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Mind, Body & Soul Festival enchants Sertoma Dec. 7-10

By Diane Bedard Posted on November 16, 2017

The Family-friendly, “not under the influence” event showcases the Healing Arts

There is much debate about the healing arts in America. With medical care and big pharma becoming increasingly expensive and, in some cases, ineffective, many are turning to the treatments and “cures” of old.

If you are curious about what’s available outside of the mainstream medical community, you will want to check out the Mind Body and Soul Festival 3 with Fairy & Earth Festival at Sertoma Youth Ranch December 7-10.

This health & holistic camping event features four days of workshops by experts in yoga, massage, martial arts, meditation, healing, love and relationships, sexuality, fantasy, nutrition, gardening, sustainability, art, music, activism, dance, and fairy/nature crafts. In fact, over 150 hour-long workshops will be held at the 80-acre Sertoma Youth Ranch in Brooksville.

After 23-years in the Air Force, Doug Marris, the Festival’s producer, managed security for many festivals, including Woodstock 99. “I saw a need for a festival that was family-friendly and didn’t involve drugs and alcohol. I wanted to provide an atmosphere where people could enjoy interactions with the presenters and remember what they learned,” Doug shared. “I wanted people to wake up the day after the event feeling refreshed, so I began the Mind, Body and Soul Festival in 2015 at the Maddox Ranch in Lakeland.”

Giant bubbles help children have a great time with their parents.

Over 700 people attended the first Mind, Body and Soul Festival. People were able to network with the workshop leaders and get personal interaction. Parents could comfortably bring their children, knowing they wouldn’t be subjected to drunken antics. It was a rousing success!

Doug takes care of the Sertoma Youth Ranch and is passionate about the organization’s mission of helping youth. This festival has plenty of kid-friendly activities planned, including a playground, horse/wagon rides, a kids kamp activity area, and a 20-foot high water slide.

Well-behaved pets are welcome. There will be a pet playground, pet parade, and pet costume contest with prizes as part of the weekend’s fun!

Live music and dancing are planned for the entire event, starting on Friday night. Acts include Tuatha Dea, Bing Futch, Rebekah Pulley, The Cruz Brothers, Mama Gina, Laura Shepherd “LShepherd9”, Este Elizabeth’s Church of Love, Flint Blade, Elaine Silver, Dennis Stadelman (Cope), Barry Ertel, Grindstone Sinners, Tetra, Treblehawk, Cami Francesa, Felipe Bennett, Elaine Silver, Jun純, Taylor Lancaster, Mufassa Love, Daniela Toro, Jayn WorldBand, Brahma, Frost & Ross, Joshua Gilton, D.j. Palumbo, Theresa Morgana Martinez, Art D’Agostino, Felix Fenix, To Bring Devotion, Adept, Fahrenheit 360, Phoenix Fire Performances, 1girlfire- vashti mehtap, Astarte Tzighan, Meridy Mendoza- Brittany Grant, Michi Colson, and Melodic Muse. The Sertoma venue will allow you to get up close with your favorites!

Michi Colson holding the Spirit workshop at the Mind, Body, Soul festival in 2015.

Workshops will be held all day Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 7:30 pm, as well as Sunday. Each is an hour, followed by a half-hour for attendees to network with presenters and move to the next one. 150 workshops are planned throughout the weekend, with seven areas featuring specifics on mind, body, soul, spirit, fairy, earth, and kids. Each area will include chakras and be decorated with appropriate colors to fit the theme.

“The Mind, Body & Soul Festival workshops teach guests things we didn’t learn in school. Our presenters are passionate, dedicated, enlightened and caring,” Doug shares, “They want to share their knowledge to help others.”

There are food vendors that specialize in organic, vegan, gluten free, Jamaican, and vegetarian cuisine. Nutrition is part of the festival’s focus, so healthy food vendors are a must. Even the sno-cone vendor makes their own syrups. “The ginger-honey snow cone is delicious and really quenches your thirst,” Doug explains, “and the Bhatki-bee-hive Hari Krishnas make fantastic Indian food.”

Additionally, the festival’s on-site vendors are offering handcrafted items, instruments, clothing, crystals, art, books, and more.

A huge bonfire will be lit Friday and Saturday evenings, and the Shiny Happy People Drum Tribe will lead a drum circle with Lisa Harmony & James Orchard tending fire. Help create a community garden at the Sertoma Youth Ranch, a beautiful 80-acre property on the Hernando/Pasco county border, about half way between Brooksville and Dade City.

Get your tickets online before the event at by clicking here, and plan to camp for the weekend with your family and/or friends.  The $50 adult pass gets you in for all 4 days including all workshops, activities, contests, and primitive camping. Kids are only $5 for ages 5-15 years and free if they’re 4 and under. You can bring an RV out for only $75, including electric and water, but these sites are limited. Well-behaved pets are welcome on a leash.

Tickets are available online through December 5, and rates will be higher at the gate. Daily passes are available: $25 Adult for Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. Sunday is $15 for the day. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. You are welcome to bring food and drink, but plan to pack out what you bring in. Recycling containers will be on-site, and vendors will have plenty of delicious, healthy treats.

The Mind, Body and Soul Festival 3 promises to be a enlightening experience for all who attend. There will be a sweat lodge on-site, campsite holiday decorating contest, hay rides, fire and flow acts, and a fairy and earth realm with enchanted walkabouts by John Springer.

For campers, the Sertoma Youth Ranch is a beautiful, shaded campground in the rolling hills of eastern Hernando County with hot showers and clean restrooms. There is a nice pavilion with a stage and trails with a spring-fed creek on the property.

Enter the decorate your campsite for the holiday contest at the Mind, Body, and Soul Festival.

Whether it’s for a day or you can enjoy camping for the entire weekend, get your tickets to experience the Mind, Body, and Soul Festival December 7-10. You will find family, friends, and fun on your healing and spiritual journey. The “not under the influence” feature of this event means all ages can have a great time! Visit their web site fo

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