Summerland Spirit Festival 2017
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.
“A Festival and Retreat to Revitalize your Soul “ -Huffington Post 2016
July 8-16, 2017 • Turtle Lake, Wisconsin
Registration is now open!
A Taste of Summerland
JULY 14, 2017 • TURTLE LAKE, WISCONSIN
Brand new this year we are offering a one-day event for those who are interested in experiencing a day in the life of a Festival Go-er without all the hassle of packing tents or other logistics! Come experience workshops, ritual, musical performances and other fun Festival events for all-ages!
If you are already registered as a festivant for that date, there is nothing to do but enjoy.
$25 Advanced Registration · $30 At the Gate · Meal tickets for dinner may be purchased onsite
Guest Presenters and Musicians for Summerland Spirit Festival
July 8-16, 2017
Blurring the line between music, theater and ritual, Australian Visionary Songstress Wendy Rule weaves her dark ambient mystical folk songs along magical paths of storytelling and mythology to create a uniquely beautiful, powerful and transformative live experience.
Wild, wise and empowering, Wendy's music honors her deep spiritual and magical connection to Nature. Her extraordinary voice and insightful lyrics, combined with her passionate and personal storytelling, invite us to celebrate and connect with our own deep Magic.
Over the past two decades, Wendy has released 10 studio albums and numerous side projects, and has toured the world extensively as both a performer and an inspirational Magical Life Coach and workshop presenter. Alongside her busy touring schedule, Wendy also facilitates the online mystery school "Living a Life of Magic", co presented with her husband and Magical partner Timothy Van Diest.
Originally from Melbourne, Wendy relocated to Oregon, USA in 2014, allowing her an even stronger connection to her ever growing US fan base, and providing daily access to the wild Nature that inspires her unique and transformational work.
Check her out at: https://www.wendyrule.com/ and see her live at Summerland Spirit Festival. You can even get copies of her music to take home with you after.
Ivo Dominguez, Jr.
Ivo Dominguez, Jr. is a visionary and a practitioner of a variety of esoteric disciplines. He has been active in Wicca and the Pagan community since 1978and has been teaching since 1982. Ivo was a founding member of the first coven of The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel, a Wiccan Tradition where he currently serves as one of its Elders.
He is the author of Casting Sacred Space: The Core Of All Magickal Work; Spirit Speak: Knowing and Understanding Spirit Guides, Ancestors, Ghosts, Angels, and the Divine; Beneath the Skins with other books in the pipeline as well.
Ivo is also a professional astrologer who has studied astrology since 1980 and has been offering consultations and readings since 1988. Ivo lives in Delaware in the woods of Seelie Court.
Check him out at: http://www.ivodominguezjr.com/ and go to his workshops and get his books at Summerland Spirit Festival.
The Night Travelers
The Night Travelers are a virtuosic, artistic and charismatic group 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 driveing work ethic and rapidly developed exceptional skills with her Bass and composition.
Together they create a blend of American, Folk, and World acoustic music that is truly unique and memorable.
Check them out at: http://www.nighttravelers.com/ and see them live at Summerland Spirit Festival. They will sign autographs and have copies of their music for purchase.
H. Byron Ballard
H. Byron Ballard is a WNC native, teacher, folklorist and writer. She has served as a featured speaker and teacher at Sacred Space Conference, Pantheacon, Pagan Spirit Gathering, Southeast Wise Women’s Herbal Conference, Glastonbury Goddess Conference, Scottish Pagan Federation Conference and other gatherings.
Her essays feature in several anthologies, she blogs and writes a regular column for Witches and Pagans Magazine. Her book “Staubs and Ditchwater” debuted in 2012 and the companion volume “Asfidity and Mad-Stones” was published in Oct. 2015.
Byron is currently at work on “Earth Works: Eight Ceremonies for a Changing Planet”.
Check her out at: http://www.myvillagewitch.com/ and go to her workshops and get her books at Summerland Spirit Festival.
His music appeals to anyone who like their music lyrical, thought provoking andHis 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.”
Henke performs 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.
Check him out at: http://www.brianhenkeguitarist.com/ and see him live at Summerland Spirit Festival. He will sign autographs and have copies of his music for purchase.
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!
Check her out at: http://www.gingerackley.com/ and see her live at Summerland Spirit Festival. She will sign autographs and have copies of her music for purchase.
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.
Check her out at: https://www.reverbnation.com/spellsinger and see her live at Summerland Spirit Festival. She will sign autographs and have copies of her music for purchase.
Johnny Holzer is currently at the University of Missouri at St. Louis, having completed a bachelor’s of science in Mathematics and is working towards his Master’s Degree in Astrophysics. He regularly attends and hosts star-parties and observatory nights in the St. Louis area, as well as collaborating on renewable energy research and the occasional alternative fuel project. Currently, Johnny is planning a trip to a totality site during the total solar eclipse (just over a month after Summerland) where among other things, he and his group will try to recreate the experiments that confirmed Einsteinian relativity.
Johnny has also studied Tai Chi Chuan and Wing Chun for over twenty-five years. His programs strive to increase range of motion, ergonomics, and core strength to minimize risk of injury, and increase general physical fitness. While Tai Chi Chuan is certainly a combative system, Johnny has generally chosen to focus on the fluidity of the art and its health benefits.
To grossly misapply Newton: “A body in motion tends to stay in motion...”
Mama Gina, along with her alter-ego Nine Toes the Bard, travels the country, strumming 12 string acoustic, tapping frame drum and djembe, singing truth with a side of blues, and sharing the mysteries that the Gods, Goddesses and other extraordinary souls whisper in her ear.
With four - count 'em 1, 2, 3, 4 - C
Ds under her belt, and her collaboration with 13 other amazing Pagan bands/musicians on "The Green Album", she's really listening to those Gods and Goddesses, and receiving airplay on music podcasts and radio within and beyond the Pagan realm, including, International Pagan Radio, Ravengrove Radio, Wyldwood Radio, Murphys Magic Mess on KZUM.org in Lincoln, Nebraska, the Ragin Pagans Pagan Sunrise and Jerry Waller's Biscuits, Bacon n BLUES, both on WKRP in Orlando, Florida, and Bree Nobles' Women of Substance Radio in California, where she won the distinction of having her song "Weed" place in the top 20 playlist for all of 2015. This Bard is just a little bit giddy about being nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year for the 2017 International Pagan Music Awards.
Mama Gina will be sharing songs from her previous endeavors, as well as highlighting some new, zany songs from her upcoming "Nine Toes the Bard" CD. Bring your shakes, rattles and drums! Get ready to sing along! Come celebrate the Bard!
Check her out at: https://www.mamaginamusic.com/ and see her live at Summerland Spirit Festival. She will sign autographs and have copies of her music for purchase.
Music was always a thing. Between playing on my dad's guitar to singing with my mom and sister, I've had a hand in various instruments and styles from an early age. The twists and turns on this path have made this an interesting story to tell. So welcome to the beginnings of the newest chapter and enjoy the ride through folk, rock, and other styles as my harp and I sing for you!
Check her out at: https://www.facebook.com/aria.wylde.music/ and see her live at Summerland Spirit Festival. She will sign autographs.
Kari Tauring and Sonja Lidsheim
Sonja Lidsheim (Kongsberg, Norway) and Kari Tauring (Minneapolis, MN) met through the music sharing website "MySpace" in 2007. Drawing on the same obscure medieval ballads and Old Norse poetry and presenting it in new and innovative ways, they felt "separated at birth" and longed to meet and make music in person. Finally in 2011 they met, sang, played with lur and lokk on the mountain top, and drum and stav in the studio. It was amazing. They performed in Norway and Sweden in 2014 and collaborated again in 2016 for a medieval hand-fasting ceremony at the Uvdal stav church. This summer, Sonja will visit Kari for the first time and the two will teach, sing, and dance at this years Summerland Spirit Festival!
Sonja Lidsheim is a Norwegian singer and multi-instrumentalist. A performer, teacher, and music therapist, Sonja uses her talents to help alzheimer's patients. Her spiritual practice delves deeply into the Heathen past, collaborates with Sanskrit roots, and illuminates their intersection with Christian ethic. Sonja is a volva, carrying the staff for her family and community in Norway. https://youtu.be/
Kari Tauring is our "home town volva" traveling and sharing her unique understanding of the Nordic root in runes, movement, song, and stav rhythm. With a Masters in education, her workshops reach a broad and diverse audience. Kari brought "staving" to the midwest in 2003 and to the rest of the world in her travels and videos since then. Her original system of practice is called Volva Stav, the staff carrying woman's staff. She is the founder of the Volva Stav Guild and Aneesa Erinn Adams is a founding member! The two look forward to sharing their work with everyone. Kari's new rune book and musical recordings (which Aneesa did the beautiful art work for) will be available at the festival! http://KariTauring.