January 22, 2013 in General News

Wild Goose Festival Returns in August 2013!

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With gratitude to Shakori Hills for helping us start so well in our first two years, we are excited to announce that Wild Goose Festival will be returning August 8-11, 2013, in Hot Springs, near Asheville, NC!

We have identified a site that far better suits our needs, and Asheville’s geographical location is more amenable to a wider range of people traveling from as far away as Chicago, Pittsburgh, New York City, Miami, and Houston. (And it’s not too far from our previous site so still accessible to everyone who attended at Shakori Hills!)

Asheville is also one of the natural homes for the Wild Goose community, with a huge array of vibrant culture, natural beauty, artistic richness, and spiritual searching, not to mention the fact that the weather will be much better — on average 10 degrees cooler than our previous site.

Wild Goose 2013 will take place from August 8-11, a better time, we feel, to fit in with typical summer plans, family vacations, and school calendars.

We have only 2,000 tickets available for the festival this year — so make sure you register right away. Tickets will go on sale this Thursday, January 24, with a special 48-hour “early bird” rate!

While the North Carolina event will be the only Wild Goose Festival in 2013, we are actively discerning and continuing to be in conversation with communities across the country about expanding our presence elsewhere in a sustainable way. In the first instance, we continue to work with the Wild Goose community in the Northwest to build on the experience of the festival hosted in Oregon in September 2012, and are exploring the possibility of a Wild Goose retreat in the Northwest later in the year. In future years, we hope to expand further, including other types of events in various places.

While we know that Wild Goose events are fun, moving, and transformative for the individuals who attend, these spaces are aimed at cumulatively building a movement for change, in the U.S. and globally. We are called to renew ourselves in love of God, neighbor, and self; but we are also discerning a call to imagine what we must demand of political, cultural, and church authorities. Not only this, but a movement for change requires its members to ask what we will demand of ourselves.Wild Goose aims to nurture a community of people who are willing to commit to the teachings of Jesus and the way of love, even when it costs us. We are compelled by the idea that it’s the only thing that works. War, poverty, marginalization and exclusion, racism, and other forms of fear and dehumanization dominate our public life and media: Wild Goose is committed to leading an alternative way of joy, hope, courage, and radical inclusion.

Join us at the festival this summer!

This year’s festival lineup will be announced soon …

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P.S. Just before Christmas, a generous donor offered to donate $7,500 to Wild Goose if we confirmed 50 new Wings members — our community of monthly supporters, whogive $5 or more per month — by the end of the year.  In the rush over Christmas, 37 of you signed up, and we’re sincerely grateful. This donor has graciously extended this offer to the end of January: If 13 more monthly donors sign up in the next week, we will receive a $7,500 donation on top of that, all of which will help sustain Wild Goose as we build toward the festival this summer. If you are able, please become a monthly donor now. Thank you!

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