Summerland Spirit Festival
Dear Summerland Family:
I pray that this note finds you and yours well and enjoying this Harvest season. All of the golds and reds, the crisp air and the thinning of the Veil always stirs such memories and feelings for me. It is a bittersweet season.
As everyone knows, these past few months have brought great changes and transitions for our community and it is with great sadness that I send this letter out on behalf of the Summerland Spirit Board and myself. We recently began discussions with Turtle Creek Glen's new owner regarding hosting Summerland 2018 and were informed of substantial increases in land rental costs and other related fees. These increases have made it prohibitive to return to this venue.
We called a Special Board Meeting last week and after much difficult and heart wrenching deliberation, a Motion was passed to cancel festival for 2018 in order to provide ourselves an opportunity to prepare and resume Summerland Spirit Festival in 2019. We will be issuing refunds to the folks that have registered for 2018.
Moving forward Summerland Spirit Circle will continue to conduct monthly Board Meetings. We are also going to continue to hold events throughout the year. We have Divine Voices and a drumming circle in the works. Please stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for announcements of our other upcoming projects!
We greatly appreciate your patience as we move into our next transition. I recall last Summer's Opening Ritual where we worked with our ashes, reflected that re-birth and transformation is painful but that the blessing comes from rising from the ashes. The real magic of our Summerland Family is that we are a group of compassionate, loving and very creative and innovated folk. Now is the time to heal and refocus our efforts. We appreciate your dedication in building our community.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
One Heart, One Spirit, Many Hands-
Diana Spoonfire Snyder- President
Scott Wardzinski- Vice President
Rosemary Kosmatka- Treasurer
Mary Oczak- Secretary
Kathleen Culhane- Site Director
Mark Masters- Registration
Shelly Willowsong Larson- Outreach Director
Allecia Elvers- Outreach Coordinator
Heather Masters- Youth Director
Laura Hermans- Ritual Director
Byron Ballard- Ritual Coordinator
Bryan O'Dell- Merchants Director
Alaina Johnson- Kitchen Coordinator
Brian Henke- Activity Director
Sheri “Artie” Rasko- Activity Coordinator
Todd Berntson- Founding Member
“A Festival and Retreat to Revitalize your Soul “ -Huffington Post 2016