The Wild Goose Festival: Erasing the Sacred/Secular Divide to Reveal a World that is Wholly Holy

The Wild Goose Festival trailer debuts today!

I think my friend Travis Reed (founder and visionary behind Alter Video Magazine and The Work of the People) did an amazing job capturing the essence of our heart, drive, & passion to create a ‘temporary autonomous zone‘ for freedom, exploration, and action at the intersection of vibrant faith, restorative justice, and generative arts. For the past two years, I’ve been privileged to work with the Wild Goose Festival to help set our tone, create our culture, and expand our space in the marketplace of ideas. I’ll be saying more about my particular passions around the Goose in an upcoming Wild Goose blog entry, but for now let me direct you to our trailer, because a picture truly is worth a thousand words:


If you were at the Wild Goose Festival last year, I already trust you’ll be back. You know as well as I do that there’s simply no other space like it in North America. And if you haven’t been yet, I hope you join us in 2012. I see our little grassroots festival as erasing the sacred/secular divide that so plagues our culture, revealing instead a world that is wholly holy, infused with God’s gracious, transformative presence. These aren’t just words; you feel this as you’re on the 70 acres that is Shakori Hills, taking in music, making art, smiling at a child, hearing a world-class speaker, sharing food with new friends, camping under the stars. By the very way we’re set up to encourage conversation and mutuality, we’re erasing violence in all forms to re-connect with God, ourselves, others and our environment through the way of Jesus. It’s an altered state of consciousness that lasts for four days, and reverberates long after.

Maybe you’ve been reading my blog for a few days now, or maybe you’ve been a reader for years. Either way, I’d like to meet you at the Goose this June 21st-24th! If you enjoy (or are infuriated by) what I post here, I’d like you to take advantage of a special ticket offer that my friends at the Goose have granted me permission to extend: Purchase your festival passes by next Thursday, February 16th, and receive 15% off your total purchase (not including camping) by entering “FriendOfMike” at the checkout!  Purchase your passes here, enter “FriendOfMike” where prompted, and save. For one week only. And then we can camp together. 🙂 

I’m going to close with these easy ways to share the Goose with friends & family from our amazing new marketing maven, Sarah Cunningham:

Are You A Wild Goose Alumnus or Supporter?

If you’ve been to Wild Goose or are a friend of the festival, we’re asking you to invite your friends to check out this video by posting it on your Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr or Blog.

1. You can click here to share an easy, pre-written tweet inviting people to check out the video.

2. You can click here to share a pre-set video link on your Facebook page.

3. You can email a friend or email list using this pre-written subject line.

4.  You can embed the video on your blog or other pages by pasting the following code into your HTML:

<iframe src=”;byline=0&amp;portrait=0″ width=”650″ height=”366″ frameborder=”0″ webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe>

To which I’ll add a fifth:

5.) If you are part of an organization, ministry, nonprofit, business, or philanthropic foundation that would like to partner with the festival to help make us happen, would you be in touch? You may leave a comment here, or email me at mike [at] wildgoosefestival [dot] org. I’d be happy to discuss opportunities to feature your organization with our growing community.

Thanks for tuning in, dear readers. I love our online interactions, and I’m grateful for the physical space the Wild Goose Festival affords for similar conversations, as well as opportunities for spiritual formation and action. This movement is happening. Our moment is now. Let’s flock together and be the change we wish to see!


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