We welcome you to the Starwood Festival; a celebration of diversity and alternatives in belief systems, lifestyles, and spirituality. Here you will never find a struggle to define which truth is the "real" truth, but rather a community of explorers fresh from their many journeys through realms both alien and familiar, flush with discovery, eager to share the wisdom they have found. Here are the children of the quest, their vision neither obscured by the forest nor are their minds diverted by the numbering trees, but peering upward and outward in wonder, beyond the night sky to the distant stars themselves.

The Starwood Festival features over 15 performances of music, drumming, dance and theatre. Its a multiversity featuring over 150 classes, workshops and ceremonies offered by teachers from many fields, disciplines, traditions and cultures. It's a family-friendly camping event with tenting and hiking, a pool and a hot-tub, a food court, co-op child care, a Kid Village and multimedia shows. Starwood is also a social event with costume parades, jam sessions, merchants, parties, all-night drumming and much more, including the blossom of our fest: our huge and infamous Bonfire!

We have an exciting and super-cool musical line-up for you this year full of old friends and new projects. Jim Donovan (of Rusted Root) brings his newest African rhythm band Drum The Ecstatic International. We also welcome the master Didgeridoo artist Stephen Kent. New to our stage are the new duo Hymn for Her, amd the hot Cleveland Jam band The Sultans of Bing! Plus, Starwood favorites include The One Hat Band, The Buddhahood (bigger and badder than ever), Leo Starwind and the Raft, the fantastic world-music group Telesma, and the long-awaited return of Maggie, Pierce and EJ!

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