Goals The goal of the Whippoorwill Festival is to promote sustainable living in Appalachia by sharing earth-friendly living skills with one another in a joyful, healthy, family-friendly atmosphere. 2018 will be the eighth year for the festival, and we hope to continue to grow and learn together!
The Whippoorwill Festival celebrates our Appalachian heritage and traditions while helping prepare our minds and bodies for a future world of climate change and a decreased supply of resources. Together we are building a community and working towards creating a society that will be more resilient in the face of these challenges.
About the Festival The Whippoorwill Festival features over 75 earth-friendly workshops, tent camping, food and guest speakers, plus a community campfire, folk and traditional music, and dancing.
Many of our workshop leaders are experts! We have longtime residents of Appalachia and community educators who live the Appalachian way of life every day and who understand traditional self-reliant ways of living in the mountains. Some workshops are led by young people who are relative novices, as a way of encouraging leadership development in a region that is rapidly transitioning to a post-coal economy.
In order to promote a healthy and family-friendly atmosphere, the use of alcohol is discouraged and there is a quiet time each night beginning at 11:30 pm. Drumming is also not allowed. This is not a clothing-optional festival.
Children The Whippoorwill Festival was inspired in part by the book Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv and its call to bring more children and young people into the outdoors. See Youth for more details.