The 6th Annual Summerland Spirit Festival
July 9-17, 2016 • Turtle Lake, Wisconsin
Registration is now open for 2016!
Summerland Spirit Festival is a nine-day Earth-reverent spiritual retreat where you can experience personal growth, connect with nature, and make new friends. Each day is filled with great workshops, community rituals, entertainment, and an opportunity to relax and laugh in beautiful surroundings.
Join us this year and enjoy some awesome guests and special events!
The Night Travelers
The Night Travelers are a virtuosic, artistic and charismatic musical duo with the acoustic impact and harmonic depth to please any audience.
James McKinney, banjoist, vocalist, and band leader, is one of the most innovative and masterful players in the world today and will continually surprise and amaze you. James, 1982 national banjo champion, has performed, toured, or recorded with all the master bluegrass players and musical legends such as Vassar Clements, John Hartford, Barbara Mandrell, Porter Wagoner, Johnny Cash, and also The Grateful Dead.
Niki Portmann, the group’s bassist and second vocalist, is an astounding and highly skilled player in her own right, producing soulful and wonderfully tuned bass lines which will hypnotize and have you moving to the music. An electrical engineer and physicist, Niki started her musicianship late in life and combined her love of music with her driving work ethic and rapidly developed exceptional skills with her Bass and composition.
Shauna Aura Knight
An artist, author, ritualist, event organizer, and spiritual seeker, Shauna travels nationally offering intensive education in the transformative arts of ritual, community leadership, and personal growth. She is passionate about creating rituals, experiences, spaces, stories, and artwork to awaken mythic imagination. She is the author of the The Leader Within, Ritual Facilitation, Dreamwork for the Initiate’s Path and Spiritual Scents, and is a columnist on ritual techniques for Circle Magazine, and is a regular blogger for Pagan Activist. She’s also a fantasy artist and author, including the paranormal romances A Fading Amaranth, The Truth Upon Her Lips, Werewolves in the Kitchen, Werewolves with Chocolate, A Winter Knight’s Vigil , and the urban fantasy The White Dress, the Autumn Leaves . Shauna’s mythic artwork and designs are used for magazine covers, book covers, and illustrations, as well as decorating many walls, shrines, and other spaces.
Mel Dalton is a singer/songwriter who hails from the rural Pacific Northwest. Her music features timeless songs that combine the storytelling influences of classic country and rock with modern beats. Listeners are drawn into the emotion of the music as her dynamic vocals transform simple acoustic tunes into powerful stories of life, love, loss and happiness.
Constantly transitioning between upbeat “good-time” tunes and heartfelt ballads, Mel offers original songs as well as new interpretations of old favorites from years and decades past. A smooth and sexy blend of country, rock, and blues, Mel's signature sound is hard to define but easy to recognize. Check out www.MelDaltonMusic.com for more details.
Dr. Linda Green has been an ordained minister, priestess, teacher and elder in the Twin Cities Pagan and secular communities for many years. She has an MA and Ph.D. in sociology from Ohio State University, and has taught college classes in comparative religion, American minority relations, women across cultures, and love, sex and relationships.
She is retired from the Minnesota Community College system, and being strongly committed to social justice issues, currently teaches part-time in the prison system. Passionate about learning and travel, Dr. Green has been studying world religions for years and has been in over 125 countries. She had a Fulbright to India, has taught in England and Japan, and has led six international study groups abroad. In addition to studying ancient cultures in Italy, Greece and Crete, she has visited all the continents, including fulfilling her lifetime dream of travelling to Antarctica.
She has taught Pagan students from the 1st to 3rd degrees, and has many “children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren” who trace their spiritual lineage to her initial teaching groups. Her many years of teaching and support of the Pagan community has long been recognized and appreciated.
CELTIC TRIBAL GYPSY ROCK! Tuatha Dea is pure primal energy with a Celtic and World twist. The bands eclectic sound blends the tribal vibe of primitive drums with conventional and non conventional instruments such as guitar, bass, modern and Native American flutes, Didgeridoo and more as well as a myriad of vocal styles to create a truly unique sound. Born of a family drum circle, the group delivers an authentic tribal and clannish feel that not only draws the audience into the music but into the moment and family as well. Hailing from the Smokey Mountains of East Tennessee, the Clan has been described as "Pure Energy" organically blending their Celtic, Native American and Tribal roots into a Gypsy Rock vibe that transcends category and genre!
Jason Mankey has been involved with Paganism for the last twenty years, and has spent the last ten of those years as a speaker, writer, and High Priest. Since March of 2015 he has been the managing editor of Patheos Pagan and in January he released his first book for Llewellyn, "The Witch's Athame." He lives in Sunnyvale CA with his wife Ari and two extremely adorable but needy cats.
Murphy's Midnight Rounders
Murphey’s Midnight Rounders are the Midwest' masters of harmonious rock-folk fusion magik! Their performances include powerful originals and freshly arranged covers that groove an audience out of their seats. The vocals are well harmonized and bring you along with the band on their glorious adventures. Murphey's Midnight Rounders are bringing folk rock to a new high in this era of music that is often bland, meaningless, and overly sensitive.
Brad Murphey – Guitar and everything else
Teresa Frank – Djembe, Bodhrane, Mandolin, Bass
Josh “Chef” Lueth – Bass, Guitar, Violin, Mandolin
Kari Crow - Guitar, Bass, Djembe
Jeanette “Mom” Atwood – Washboard, and hand percussion
His unique guitar style has been called everything from Folk to New Age to Neo-Classical to Pastoral or as Brian likes to call it “a big stewpot of everything, stirred up, simmered and served to taste.” His music appeals to anyone who like their music lyrical, thought provoking and performed with virtuosity. Through it all is an undercurrent of spirituality and mysticism that Brian says is very much apart of the creative process. A winner of many acoustic and electric guitar awards, he has also been a finalist in the prestigious National Fingerstyle Contest in Winfield, Kansas, the National Guitarmageddon regional finals in Boston and New Age Reporters Top 10 for 2006.
Ginger Ackley, a Texas native now happily transplanted to Ohio, has taken her life-long passion for music and combined it with a love of history and tradition, and melded into a delightful style of Celtic Folk. Performing both traditional and original songs, she sings while accompanying herself on one of her six autoharps, or joyfully jams with other artists on her pennywhistles. She has been described as songwriter in the old style, and audiences often can't tell the origin of a given tune. Her CDs cover a spectrum from original to traditional, mystical to educational. Be prepared to laugh, cry and clap along during one of her performances!
Jim Esralien &
Beltana Spellsinger is a female singer / songwriter from the Southern Ozarks region of the US who sings femininely melodic tunes full of dark, soulful beauty. Using minimal instrumentation signifies the bare earthiness of Spellsingers’ Otherworldly sound. Words that might well describe Spellsinger and her style of music are Gothic, Gypsy Folk, Acoustic, Rock, Mystical... Evocative... Earthy... Enchanting... Captivating... Wraithlike... Beautiful... Haunting... Bohemian... A conjuring of images from the mystery of a deep wood.