What Do the Indigo Girls, Krista Tippett, Philip Yancey and Nadia Bolz-Weber All Have in Common?

They’re all going to the Wild Goose Festival this summer!

Yep, you heard right … these fabulous folks and many, many more interesting and passionate people of faith are all part of the line-up for the third annual Wild Goose Festival — a 4-day event centered around social justice, spirituality, music and art in the beautiful town of Hot Springs, NC, just outside of Asheville, from August 8-11, 2013.

What exactly is the Wild Goose, you say? Here’s a brief excerpt from the invitation on their website:

Wild Goose is a community gathered at the intersection of justice, spirituality, music and art. Our main annual event is a 4-day, outdoor festival hosted each summer in North Carolina. We also present several smaller, more specialized events in other parts of the country throughout the year.

“Wild Goose” is a Celtic spirituality metaphor that evokes unpredictability, beauty, and grace. We take inspiration from this concept, as well as many events such as GreenbeltBurning Manthe Iona Community and SXSW.

We invite you to join us. We welcome you to talk, listen, eat and camp together with us as equals, captivated and challenged by the call of radical humanity, and who seek to celebrate diversity and promote the common good.

And here’s a great video featuring Executive Director Gareth Higgins and music-maker Phil Madeira talking about the festival, in which Madeira likens the Wild Goose to the Burning Man Festival – without the fire:

Best of all, dear Patheos reader, all month you can get 20% of of your ticket price when you enter the promotion code of PATHEOSJUNE.

Learn more, and buy your tickets here. I’ve made it to the past two festivals and I can promise you – you won’t be disappointed.  Tired and sunburned maybe, but disappointed … no way.

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