Head for the Hills 2016: Review
This past weekend hundreds of beautiful souls headed for the Kerrville Texas Hills for one of the greatest gatherings I’ve ever had the honor of attending – Head for the Hills Music & Arts Festival! The event spanned March 24-26th and took place in the coziest of cozy places, Quiet Valley Ranch. The festival included tons of incredible workshops; mind-blowing art; friendly food and art vendors; and of course – lots of funky, energizing, soul-touching music!
This year Heady Hills took the workshops to the next level. The fest offered over a dozen incredible, inspiring, knowledge-filled workshops including focuses on yoga, art, crystals, etc. One of the workshops I attended was led by the wonderful, kind spirited, Fawn Gregg and focused on “Healing Herbs and Plant Medicine: Spiritual and Emotional Health & Well-Being.” Throughout the workshop Fawn shared personal experiences of dealing with trauma, anxiety, etc and how it is fully possible to use plant-derived tinctures and oils to treat and help heal old wounds and drastically improve your life. I learned so much in this workshop and had a wonderful time taking in all of the knowledge Fawn had to offer her class.
One of my favorite workshops was led by the amazingly talented Chance Roberts and focused on “going with the flow” while painting. Chance taught the attendees of his workshop about the long-used filigree and how to create and utilize it while painting. We all learned so much about his artistic style, and also how to create our own amazing art. His workshop was inspirational and so informative. Not only is Chance an incredibly talented visionary artist, he was also the Art Director of this festival! Chance was responsible for putting together the mind-blowing Art Gallery and the artists involved with the fest — and I think we can all agree that he did an outstanding job.
The Art Gallery housed dozens of incredible paintings, sculptures, prints, and a bit of everything in-between. The art is always at the top of my favorite festival things and this year I was totally blown away. The sheer brilliance and talent of the artists is something I have a hard time even comprehending. It is always so humbling and inspiring to be in the presence of such incredible art and artists.
There were also art installations set up around the festival, my favorites included two amazing robots. The two weren’t planned or created together but somehow I think they were meant to be robot soul mates!
Watching artists live-paint at festivals is another one of my favorite things — and lucky for me there were a ton of amazing artists working away, creating other worlds through their art. Seeing pieces shift and transform throughout the weekend was unreal and a spectacular sight to behold. Many artists were set up nearby the gallery (which was also close to the dome) and made for a fully immersive artistic experience.
Another wonderful aspect of Heady Hills life is checking out all the fantastic vendors! Of course the food vendors are always a festival favorite – and my favorite food vendor was definitely Tica’s Tacos with their out-of-this-world loaded waffle fries and kind spirits. Aside from food, another vendor we loved chatting with and buying from was Aloha Medicinals’ who grow and utilize mushrooms for medicine. Their knowledgeable crew shared the mushroom love and taught us that mushrooms are so much more than they appear on the surface. All of the vendors were great and I love the extra dimension they provide to the festival.
Of course, the music lineup for this year’s Head for the Hills festival was absolutely unreal – fully stacked with an incredibly diverse range of artists. Throughout the day and onward till morning artists played for the attendees on one of three different stages – the Main Stage, Dome, and Meadow Stage. Each stage had different vibes, and it made traveling between the stages a true joy and experience. For me, an all time favorite performance was by Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band. The band got the main stage’s crowd moving and groovin’ with their positive, funky beats and lyrics. Another favorite for me was Blunt Force’s performance in the Dome. The energy was palpable and the folks were getting so down to their amazing music. Their performance ended with a giant group hug that I will never forget! All of the performances were next level, and it will be hard to top this year’s lineup in the future.
This year’s Head for the Hills Music and Art Festival was truly life-changing and one of the most incredible festivals I’ve attended. To see humans connecting on such intimate, deep levels is something that is beautiful beyond words. I think all of us who were in attendance can agree that we are counting the days until next year’s event! Thank you so much to the staff, vendors, artists, and attendees for making this such an unforgettable experience!
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