Appalachian Summer Solstice 2022

celebrate the longest day at wisteria!

Make this a year of reconnection! We look back so we can move forward through strong roots and traditions. We lift our voices in community, raising each other up, remembering to take time to stop and listen to the wisdom of others.

The Appalachian mountains are among the oldest in the world. Their history is as rich and varied as the people who call it home. Let’s celebrate that incredible depth of knowledge and wisdom, looking to the future as we learn from the past, speaking out to create a better world together.

Appalachian Summer Solstice
June 20th-26th, 2022

The time has come to register for Appalachian Summer Solstice 2022! This will be Wisteria’s first week-long event since 2019 and it’s going to be packed with amazing speakers, workshops, rituals and community. We’ll update as our programing schedule as it grows. Keep an eye out for updates here as well as on our social media channels!

Appalachian Summer Solstice at Wisteria is a celebration of community, eco-spirituality, Appalachian traditions old and new, and the longest day of the year! The theme of this year’s event is Ancient Roots, Rising Voices.
 
Make this a year of reconnection! We look back so we can move forward through strong roots and traditions. We lift our voices in community, raising each other up, remembering to take time to stop and listen to the wisdom of others.
 
The Appalachian mountains are among the oldest in the world. Their history is as rich and varied as the people who call it home. Let’s celebrate that incredible depth of knowledge and wisdom, looking to the future as we learn from the past, speaking out to create a better world together.

See below for all our live performers and speakers!  

Appalachian Summer Solstice includes a wide variety of activities from daily workshops, presentations, live music, local draft beer from Jackie O’s Brewery, nightly drumming at Paw Paw Fire and Drum Circle, Main Ritual, Faerie Ball, Tea Dance, a swimming pond, camping, community, and so much more.

 

Coming this year

Matthew Venus

Keynote Speaker

Matthew Venus is a Folk Magician, Artist, and Witch currently residing in Salem, MA whose practice revolves heavily around folkloric craft and ancestral traditions. He is the owner and lead apothecary of Spiritus Arcanum (www.SpiritusArcanum.com), an occult shop with a focus upon handcrafted and quality magical wares including incenses, oils, and ritual tools. Matthew has been a teacher of the magical arts for over twenty years and a practitioner for the past thirty years. He currently teaches hundreds of students throughout the world through his online courses Foundations of Witchcraft, Foundations of Herbcraft, and Foundations of Folk Magic. Matthew is also the co-founder of the Salem Witchcraft & Folklore Festival (www.SalemWitchFest.com), a yearly magical gathering focused upon magical education, community, and the preservation and sharing of magical history, traditions, and practices.

Matthew will be presenting the workshops “Asperges me hyssopo: Folk practices for spiritual cleansing and protection”, “Of Plants and Planets: Animistic herbalism and planetary magic”, and the keynote “Conjuring Land and Home: An animist exploration of finding our place”.

H. Byron Ballard

Keynote Speaker

H. Byron Ballard, BA, MFA, is a western NC native, teacher, folklorist and writer. She has served as a featured speaker and teacher at Sacred Space Conference, Pagan Spirit Gathering, Southeast Wise Women’s Herbal Conference, Glastonbury Goddess Conference, Heartland, Sirius Rising, Starwood, Scottish Pagan Federation Conference, Hexfest and other festivals and conferences. She serves as senior priestess and co-founder of Mother Grove Goddess Temple and the Coalition of Earth Religions/CERES, both in Asheville, NC. She podcasts about Appalachian folkways on “Wyrd Mountain Gals.”


Her essays are featured in several anthologies and she writes a regular column for SageWoman Magazine. Her books include “Staubs and Ditchwater” (2012), the companion volume “Asfidity and Mad-Stones” (2015) “Embracing Willendorf” (2017), “Earth Works: Ceremonies in Tower Time” (2018),“Roots, Branches, and Spirits: the Folkways and Witchery of Appalachia” from Llewellyn (Feb. 2021) and “Seasons of a Magical Life: a Pagan Path of Living” (Weiser, August 2021). Upcoming: “The Ragged Wound: Tending the Soul of Appalachia” (Smith Bridge Press), “Porch Food: a cookbook from Wyrd Mountain” and a musical adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

www.myvillagewitch.com

Photo by Jessica Fritz Miller
Photo by Jessica Fritz Miller
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Ohio Canid Center

meet a real wolf

Ohio Canid Center’s goal is to educate the public, not only on wolves and their importance in the ecosystem but to bring a better understanding for other wild canine species.

www.ohiocanidcenter.com

Ohio Bird sactuary

After a wildly popular presentation at Appalachian Summer Solstice 2019, Ohio Bird Sanctuary will be returning with their feathery friends.

www.ohiobirdsanctuary.com

Photo by Jessica Fritz Miller
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Galen of Mystik fool

Night of Saturday june 25th only

Starting as a drummer at age 7, Galen took to music right way. He grew up on the east coast of the US surrounded by a wide influence of art and culture. Picking up the ukulele at age 14, Galen started writing songs heavily inspired by easter spirituality, political activism and idealistic philosophy. With that, he adopted a “live free” lifestyle encouraging others to pursue their passion as well. Through music and Mystik Fool, Galen strongly advocates for the importance of mental/emotional health. 

Multi-instramentalist Galen Deery is the front man, and writer for up and coming band “Mystik Fool”. He takes the alias on as a solo artist to play the bands music using looping technology. Galen has toured all over the US opening for artists like Trevor Hall, Matiyahu, The Happy Fits, Kyle Smith, and more. Galen plays drums, ukulele, piano, didgeridoo, guitar, tanpura, harmonium, and has dynamic vocal ability. The exhilarating live experience of Mystik Fool is a must. Big sounds and storytelling makes the show intimate and personal. 

Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/mystik-fool/1483012270

Dixon's violin

Night of tuesday june 20th only

The world’s premier visionary violinist, Dixon’s life mission is to inspire people – and he has done so at over 1,000 concerts across North America, including giving four TED talks/performances, over ten years at Burning Man and Electric Forest, plus radio, TV, and film appearances. A former technology leader and symphony violinist, Dixon walked away from a distinguished career to follow his dream full-time, and invented a whole new music genre. Dixon now improvises on a 5-string electric violin with a looping system he developed to create an all-live one-man symphony, guided by his remarkable personal story of life transformation…

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Photo by Jessica Fritz Miller
Photo by Jessica Fritz Miller

Brother hill - Hill spirits

Brother Hill- a bard of Ohio.
Chieftain of Appalachian folk ensemble HILL SPIRITS
Appalachian representative of international folk alliance SLAVALACHIA.

Unity Rising

Night of Thursday june 22th only

Come warm your heart and soul with Unity Rising, Moon and Majik will be bringing their full of joy show of love and light that unites people together in the desire for deeper joyful human connections to each other and our planet.  

Unity Rising is the musical aspect of Circus of Purpose. An ever-changing cast of characters, we are a collaboration of individuals dedicated to seeing humanity thriving with a mission of bringing our shared vision into sound. We sing of hope, freedom, our love for the planet, community building, heart actions, and being the change.

We’ve created our own genre and call it Pungent Folk. We are an experimental jam band, traversing multiple genres and cultural styles of music. We are a complete love light experience and no two shows will ever be the same.

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Thursday night: join the show in your favorite costume! it's a costume party and a show!

As part of the Unity Rising evening show, we are encouraging all to dress up in your favorite costume! 

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Phoenix Chaplin

Phoenix Chaplin; 22 year old, Visual artist and Indie singer/song writer/guitarist. Preforms original music and unique covers of songs. 

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Levi Merrill

As a young singer/songwriter growing up in New Jersey before trekking to Ohio to pursue a music business degree. I grew up playing in many classic/psychedelic blues rock bands. Growing up being influenced by such acts as The Band, James Gang, Steely Dan, Jackson Browne, Dire Straits,  Ellis Paul and more.
 Having had a personal connection to the Levon Helm Band & friends through my father (a former studio musician during the 80’s & 90’s),excelled my love for performing & songwriting.
After graduating college in 2016, I’ve stayed in Athens and moved to performing more solo acoustically, also slowly discovering my love for guitar making while working at StewMac in town and building my business. “Merrill Guitar’s, repair’s & workshop”.
Looking extremely forward to performing at this year’s Wisteria festival! 

All the favorites are back:

the feast

Tea Dance

Faerie Ball

Main Ritual

make a dagger with a Blacksmith

Sweat Lodges

Nightly Drumming and fires at pawpaw

Swim at the pond

Grab a bite at Hestia's Hearth

Local Jackie O's draft beer on tap at Green Man Tavern

Walk the Wildflower Labyrinth

Visit the Faerie Shrine

Appalachian Summer Solstice 2022 offers the workshops, programming, ceremony, and community that we have all greatly missed. From drumming and nightly fires in Pawpaw, to Main Ritual, to the Faerie Ball, come and rekindle your inner fire with us as we revere the Longest Day.

Caffeina’s Coffee House and Hestia’s Hearth Kitchen will also be open during the event. Check back for details on a pre-registration lunch and dinner meal plan soon!

More coming! check back soon!

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