Getting My Goose On: A Q&A with Wild Goose Festival Director Gareth Higgins

With only five weeks to go to the third annual Wild Goose Festival in Hot Springs, North Carolina, I checked in with Festival Director Gareth Higgins about what to expect and look forward to at this year’s 4-day gathering at the intersection of spirituality, social justice and the arts.

In addition to the stellar and diverse line-up of speakers and bands the festival is known for, this year’s event will include daily workshops on non-violence, ecological consciousness and multi-culturalism; morning prayer in the river; interviews with NPR’s Krista Tippett and progressive Christian “elders” Phyllis Tickle and Vincent Harding; more live theatre, stand-up comedy, and talking circles; and perhaps most importantly, cooler weather and fewer tics (oh thank you, Wild Goose organizers!).

“One of the callings of the Wild Goose is to create a different kind of space in which dangerous conversations can happen without fear,” says Gareth. Hear more from the passionate Gareth Higgins about this radically different, inspired and growing new community of the Holy Spirit that’s drawing thousands of people of faith each year.

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For tickets and more information on the Aug 8-11 event, check out — and enter promo code PATHEOSJULY for a 20% discount on your pass. I’ll be there, learning, connecting, playing, and interviewing folks about where the goose is flapping its wings in our lives. Come find me and share where your own wings are flapping at the festival and I’ll share your comments here on the blog when I return.

See you at the Goose!

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About Deborah Arca

Deborah Arca is the Director of Content at Patheos.