Play, Power, and Perseverance: Wisdom Camp 2019

Pre-Festival Offering
Thursday July 11, 2019

9 am – 5 pm

cost: $59.00


Afraid, sad, angry, exhausted – does this sound like you? 

For those of us involved in the ‘good struggle’ for a more loving, equitable planet, political upheaval, ecological devastation, racial oppression, social disintegration, and spiritual despair seem to be clocking in at record speeds, often sapping our energy, momentum, and sense of well-being.

How can we continue working in our vital vocations — be we minister, artist, activist, teacher, parent — without losing our souls?

Is it possible to slow down and nourish ourselves and what truly sustains, even as we continue feeding others?

At Wisdom Camp, we think so…and on the morning of the Wild Goose Festival launch day, we intend to spend a day together exploring the play that gives us access to genuine power and perseverance!

Drawing on time-tested streams of contemplative wisdom — from the spirituality of Jesus, the compost of Christianity, interspiritual and trans-racial lineages of Buddhism and Quaker practice, and more — this year’s Wisdom Camp brings us water from deep wells.

Join us as we set the table for:

  • Divine communion
  • Genuine play
  • Seeing and being seen
  • Healing silence
  • Resting in our bodies
  • Telling better stories

Come to this one-day celebration of contemplative practice, resourcing you for the life you live the rest of the year!

Our Guides

Mike Morrell

Mike Morrell is the collaborating author, with Fr. Richard Rohr, on The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation, co-founder of the eco-spirituality nonprofit ReWilder (, founder of Wisdom Camp, and a founding organizer of the justice, arts, and spirituality Wild Goose Festival. Mike curates contemplative and community experiences via Relational Skills and the ManKind Project, taking joy in holding space for the extraordinary transformation that can take place at the intersection of anticipation, imagination, and radical acceptance. Mike lives with his wife and two daughters in Asheville, North Carolina. You can read Mike’s ongoing exploration of Spirit, Culture, and Permaculture – and receive free exclusive updates – right here.

David Bollt

“Whatever I’m seeking in life, I realize I’m not going to find it alone. I believe our greatest opportunities for fulfillment and a sense of true connection can be found in relationship with others. I love creating spaces where we put aside all other distractions and dive into what really matters … being with people.”

Through years of personal transformation and relational training, David has cultivated a remarkable capacity to help people illuminate unconscious behavior patterns that cause them to suffer. Along with events in Asheville, North Carolina, he leads weekend workshops and retreats around the country, including the Servant Leadership School and the world famous Authentic Man Program. With his fluency in transformational work, David sees group facilitation and personal growth as an art form. He has developed his own highly articulate style of helping people realize authenticity and freedom.

Aline Defiglia

Aline Defiglia is a licensed psychotherapist adventuring at the intersection of health, healing, and the restoration of connection with self, others, and the sacred. Her practice specializes in mind and body healing modalities, life coaching, hypnotherapy, and team performance consulting. Aline is also a Certified Senior Advisor and serves as a foundational partner and facilitator with the Life Compass Living Community. She and her husband are currently in the process of moving from Chicago, IL to Chattanooga, TN. Discover more at

Bushi Yamato Damashi

Bushido Yamato Damashii often refered to as: heiwa no bushi or “peaceful samurai,” is no stranger to the Wild Goose Festival interfaith theologians, social activists, and spiritualists. For eleven years Bushi was on contemplative retreat as a Daishin Zen Buddhist monk to deeply discover himself. Only in 2018 did he emerge to tell his story from Christianity to Buddhism and the emergence of BodhiChristo®️. Bushi is a bright light of interfaith immersive practice for our time and the founder of Sangha Bodhi Christo (the Buddhist-Christian student and practice community which teaches and practices with Bushi). He is the founder, abbott, and director at Thomasville Buddhist Center in Thomasville NC, and a guest lecturer at many colleges and universities abroad, as well as, many churches conferences and small group spaces. An authorized Dharma teacher and Vajrayana Buddhist he uses the Buddhist schools of wisdom as a base for understanding Christ’s urging of compassion towards oneself and others. A truly deep thinker and luminous energy within humanity Bushi speaks to our deepest levels of suffering as Western human beings. He is a student of two of the country’s most profound Buddhist teachers, Lama Rod Owens, and Lama Justin Von Bujdoos.

Lerita Coleman Brown

Cassidy Hall

Rainier Wylde

Check In for pre-festival events will be available on Wednesday from 1 pm to 5 pm, and Thursday from 7am to 9 am.
If you’re tent camping, there’s no additional campsite charge for Wednesday night.
Some campsite locations are restricted due to large venue tent construction in several areas.
RVr’s will need to purchase an additional night.