The thing about Spiritfest is that you never know what shape the day will take — people step up and offer workshops that will take you some very interesting places!

This year, we invite you to a day to celebrate creativity! You will walk away knowing more about local history, herbalism, vocal singing, Pictish symbolism, painting, puppetry, feather hair tie-making, buttermaking, weaving, drumming and painting — just to name a few.

There are also a number of artists and artisans who will be working on their projects onsite and would be happy to tell you about it.

There is plenty for the young ones to do — colour their own illuminated initials, create a mandala, make a simple puppet and learn a bit of ventriloquism, make newsprint pots to plant seeds, facepainting, and storytelling. (See KIDS AREA WORKSHOPS below)

There is food available for sale, and until 1pm, the East Gwillimbury Farmer’s Market is in full swing just steps away! Lots of good fresh local food and treats available there, too.

Why not bring a picnic and a blanket and enjoy a sweet day on the beautiful grounds of Sharon Temple? Bring your favourite musical instrument, too.

Ongoing through the day are wonderful heritage craft demonstrations by the staff of the Sharon National Historic Site — buttermaking, weaving, and the history of the buildings you see here.

Watch this space for

Spiritfest IV’s Workshops and Demonstrations:

(It may change a bit in the next two weeks, but watch for updates! This is a draft version!)

10:45 Start the day with Janis McCallen’s sound meditation in the Temple — just before the day officially begins

11:00 Feather Hair-tie making with Maia of Forest Friends

11:30 Painting lesson with Mariana Badescu — materials provided

12:00 Performance by Arts Spotlight Theatre Company Inc.

12:30 Edible Weed Foraging Walk with Karen Stephenson of “Edible Wild Foods”

1:00 Pictish Symbolism Explained by Jason Bellchamber of Bellchamber Silver Jewellery

1:30 Women of Rockabilly with Patricia Reynolds of the Elizabeth Riley Band

2:00 Drum Circle with the Georgina Drum Circle, presented by Shaw Percussion

2:30 Vocal Singing with Karen MacLeod inside the Temple

3:00 Performances inside the Temple begin

4:00 Music and poetry continued!

4:30 Music and poetry continued!

5:00 — Thanks for visiting, hope you enjoyed your day; at 7:30pm there is a concert, so feel free to stay! (Tickets for Appalachian Trance Project concert are $15.00 at the door.)


— Includes a quiet shady area to chill out — bring a blanket!

11:00 Ongoing art projects — colour your own illuminated initial, face-painting, mandala pages

11:30 Make a simple puppet and learn some ventriloquism from Barbara of “Oregano and Friends”

12:00 Hear the story of “Stone Soup”

12:30 Planter Pot Make-and-Take: recycle newspaper to make a planter pot for your own sunflower or bean seed!

Please visit our Silent Auction Table where our participants have generously donated items — and remember that we can provide tax receipts for financial donations to the York Region Food Network!