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!
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 was born in southern California, a thin little girl with curious blue eyes and white-blonde hair. When her family moved, she quickly fell in love with the majestic trees and peaceful waterways of the Puget Sound and this has been home for her ever since.
Her remarkable singing ability comes from both natural talent and trained skill, and is the result of natural genetics, early experiences with music as a child, and a lifetime of studying the art. Mel had the benefit of classical training in college and spent several years under the tutelage of Gwenneth Bean, whose rich and powerful alto voice has graced opera houses the world over.
Through the early 2000s, Mel played with a series of local bands and developed her own personal "voice." In 2009 she was introduced to the very talented Tuck Dailey, and in 2010 the two musicians started their duo "No Baggage" with the idea that everyone should "Come out and party, but leave your baggage at the door." These days, Mel divides her music time between "Northwest Chill" and solo work, including her upcoming solo CD release.
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!
Murphy's Midnight Rounders
Murphy’s Midnight Rounders is an acoustic Americana band with their feet firmly planted in folk music. Their original material runs the gamut of human emotion while their vocal harmonies have an impact that is fresh and inspiring. They have a fresh musical feel that is catchy, danceable, and singable. This will be Murphy's third appearance at Summerland and are always a festival favorite!
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.