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Summer 2011: You’re Invited!

Hello gypsy goddesses and fellow wanderlusters! Thanks for spending time with me here while my lovely mentor Alessandra is on maternity leave. Today, I want to talk with you about a magical event I just know you will love!

If you were anything like me as a child, you were no stranger to endless hours of imagination. When I was five, I threw wild parties in the forest to honor of each of my best imaginary friends: flower-faeries, shamans, luck dragons and other nature spirits. As kids, nothing was beyond our power to dream up and play. But, now that we’re adults, we’ve got lots of other pressing matters to attend to. Money. Business. Giant oil spills. You know, the usual.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could return to our magical forest getaways? A place to coalesce, to refresh our youthful, creative spirits… The kind of place where beauty, kindness, light and art are celebrated…..

Welcome to the Oregon Country Fair!

What is this awesome event, you ask?

Well, for three days every summer, spanning the last 41 years, artisans and dancers, musicians, children and other fantastic folks have gathered in the luscious forest near Eugene, Oregon to celebrate creativity. According to their website: “The Oregon Country Fair creates events and experiences that nourish the spirit, explore living artfully and authentically on Earth, and transform culture in magical, joyous and healthy ways.” It’s a festival of music, pageantry, and food from all over the world. There are drum circles and belly dancing shows, yoga tents, artful parades and of course tons of good vibes. Plus, it’s community focused, family oriented and environmentally friendly. The Fair has even won awards for being a zero-waste event!

In other words, the Oregon Country Fair is a gypsy girl’s dream, come true! It’s a magical festival. So don’t forget to mark your calendars. The next time fair gates open is in July of 2011. But if you can’t wait and you need your Fair fix now, you can see more pictures of this year’s event at my blog {Vie Boheme} or on the Fair’s flickr group.

Consider this your happy invitation to come out and play.

Hope to see you in Oregon next summer :)

Do you know any other gypsy festivals like these? If so, please do share with our community!

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Sarah Ann Stevens is a photographer, tree-hugger, light-chaser, gypsy intern and mother who lives in lovely Portland, Oregon. As a traveler on the Gaia Path, it is her personal mission to make a positive impact on the planet through creativity and kindness. You can learn more about Sarah at her blog, {Vie Boheme}.