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SanKofa Festival


“Celebrate the Creative Spirit”
July 9 – 15, 2018

Brushwood’s Sankofa Festival returns to Brushwood’s roots and continues to promote an open, accepting and safe environment that allows participants the freedom to have fun and celebrate the creative spirit. The festival takes place the week BEFORE Sirius Rising. The focus has been on community and frivolity, while embracing different learning paths from specialized tutors. Sirius Rising focuses on ritual and elemental aspects whereas this festival has more focus on the following three things: 1. Having fun and being creative 2. Learning different pathways 3. Sharing within our community. So whether you are interested in more focused workshop experience or simply relaxing and having fun, come and enjoy a great time with the Brushwood community. There are over 100 workshops and performances.


  • Art: Anyone can be creative. No matter what your level of expertise, come enjoy the creative experience through these Art and/or Body Art Workshops.
  • Music: Music workshops focus on drumming, didgeridoo, song writing and others.
  •  Dance: Tribal and Cabaret Belly Dancing, Burlesque and all others are encouraged.
  •  Mind, Body, Soul: Take a journey into a new sense of health and well-being; an array of natural health practices, spiritual beliefs and alternative philosophies are explored.
  • Sankofa Fires : Ceremonial, Sacred Ritual, Community Fires, Sacred Circles with a tribal influence are explored. Nightly Roundhouse Fires are open to the entire community and are a mainstay at Brushwood….drum and dance all night long.

If you are interested in presenting workshops at SanKofa Festival, please use our online application form to submit your proposal. The deadline date for applications is January 31 (round two applications due February 28)

Performances All Week

There’s entertainment every evening on the Main Pavilion stage. We’re setting the stage for more participant involvement this year. Plans are underway for a Tribal Belly Dancing Hafla, Burlesque Workshops and Performance, Voice Contest, Open Mic Night, etc. What’s your idea? Join the fun!
Except where noted, performances are in the Main Pavilion and begin at 9:30 p.m.

We are always looking for new talent to bring to the Brushwood Stage. If you are interested in performing during SanKofa Festival, please use our online application form to submit your proposal. The deadline date for applications is January 31.

Sankofa Festival Registration and Fees

  • Adults (12 and over) – $150.00 Monday through Sunday. Sunday departure time is 3:00 PM. Overall pricing is provided in the sliding scale below. A sliding fee will be applied based on your day of arrival (refer to the table below).
  • Weekend only: $70.00 (12:00 noon Friday to 3:00 PM, Sunday.
  • Shopping passes are $15 per day, and valid until 6:00 p.m. each day.
  • On site parking for special circumstances is $25.
  • See our Information page for additional fees for electricity use and RVs.
  • These prices are subject to change.
Arriving Monday $150 each
Arriving Tuesday $130 each
Arriving Wednesday $110 each
Arriving Thursday $90 each
Arriving Friday $70 each
Arriving Saturday $35 each
  • $25/night for Sunday between Sankofa and Sirius Rising.
  • Shopping passes are $15 per day, and valid until 6:00 p.m. each day.
  • Evening/stage passes are $20 for performances at the Large Pavilion, 7 pm to midnight.
  • Prices are subject to change.

Remember to bring with you:

  • Dress in layers (hot days and cool nights)
  • Sun screen
  • Rain gear (just in case)
  • Camping equipment
  • Medications
  • Folding chair or blanket to sit on during workshops and performances
  • Notepaper and pens or pencils
  • Tote for workshops and shopping
  • Some like to bring clothing that celebrates Air (yellow), Fire (red), Water (blue), Earth (green), and Spirit (white & purple), which are honored each day at Sirius Rising
  • Radio (Listen to Brushwood Radio

Food is available onsite

  • Brushwood Cafe
  • Phil’s Grill
  • Wine and Mead also sold onsite


The Sirius Rising vending fee is $50.00. Sankofa vending fee is $50.00. Regular camping fees apply for all merchants before Sankofa and after Sirius Rising. See the Merchants information page for sales tax and insurance requirements.