Share Fest
Is a celebration designed to promote the power of sharing, as well as the fulfillment and gratitude that result from the adoption of the gift economy – a true embodiment of the natural world and how it operates. Imagine an atmosphere of appreciation that spurs wonderful thoughts and feelings into action!
Each Share Fest is a co-creation, so let’s demonstrate how we would like our community to look, act and feel!  We encourage you to reach out to us ahead of time if you would like to come share your gifts of (but not limited to): live music, performing arts, workshops, leading yoga, leading meditations, live art, etc.  We want to facilitate an opportunity for people to come together and share in order to make our lives richer and more fulfilling, build up our community, celebrate peace through culture, and to have some fun!  A major theme for Share Fest is to feel and spread feelings of appreciation and joy. The results are self-evident.
Think of each Share Fest as a way to spread seeds for change… who knows what will grow from them, or who will tend or benefit from these metaphorical plants. Giving and receiving freely is of vital importance in a rich culture and for evolution.  We want to give back to all those who have helped us, or our land in any way, and extend a gift to others who align with our view of a self-reflective world.  The collective appreciation felt by those present will effectively act as a world peace meditation, spreading pure joy. Share-fest is a time to let abundance flow! Bring your favorite recipe, a homemade gift, or maybe your great smile and some hand slaps.
Share Fest is…
•       All about sharing and having fun
•       An introduction to the gift economy
•       An evolutionary process to hone what we collectively want in our life experience
•       A chance to share what you love most with the intent of spreading joy
•       Applicable to any celebration; music festival, block party, etc.
•       An opportunity to immerse yourself in the feeling of gratitude that inspires and nurtures authentic freedom.
What makes Share Fest a share-fest?
•      Minimal money exchanged. We intend to make these events as free and easy as possible w/o losing money, all with the intention of cultivating a network or sharers, opposed to consumers.
•       Pack it in pack it out – anything left behind will be assumed a gift to the farm.
•       Scheduled sharing with open sign-up sheets for workshops, music, art, or anything you would like to present to an interested group.
•       What you bring to express yourself; food, art, skills, costumes, drones,  etc.
•       Potluck dinners, trade circles, jams, networking, etc.
•       Cooperative effort; preparing takes a lot of time out of our normal farm schedule, so please do what you can to help the farm transition smoothly, and clean your site of any garbage you may have generated.
•      A cooperative effort between Farm-staff and each participant.
Side effects of Share Fest may include…
•       Ongoing relationships between all people involved, bolstering our community and culture
•       A personal sense of interconnectedness with the community and nature, and one’s purpose within it
•       Self-reliance, fun, interdependence, and collective unification
•       Free sharing of natural abundance; you give away what you have too much of so it can be useful
•       Good ideas coming into action
Parking – This year at Interdependence Share-fest you will have the option of Car or Primitive camping. We will share with each car, a 25×25 sq. ft space to park and set up tents, or you can choose to camp in our tent only camp areas. Bring all you think you will need for two nights of camping because we want to keep car traffic on and off the farm to a minimum during the event. Camping spots will be shared first come first serve. We will let you camp where you want within reason. RV’s and campers are welcome (no hookups). As always carpooling is encouraged. Anyone is welcome to organize a shuttle for people who don’t intend to camp overnight.
Some things to keep in mind, seeing how we are inviting you into our home –
•       We have limited clean water access out here, so please conserve water when washing, and bring your own drinking water.
•       Reduce waste by bringing gallon jugs of water and a refillable bottle.
•       Hidden Grove is not only well hidden, it’s HILLY. Feel free to bring along your mountain bikes, wagons, or golf carts to help move yourselves around (no ATV’s or other motorized gas or diesel vehicles like Gators or go-carts.
•       Only start fires in a grill or designated bonfire area, please.
•       Please be respectful of the wildlife, both plants, and animals.
•       Make sure ALL trash makes it into a proper rubbish bin.
•       RVs & Campers are welcome, however, there are no electrical or septic hookups.
•       Kids 13 and under are free. Anyone younger than 18 must have a guardian present.
•       Sharing your art or passion in any way is welcomed whether it be through sharing bartering or vending/selling. Please feel free to be free. (Larger setups/ booths that need electricity should notify us via email)
•       Respect our privacy. This is a HOMEstead. If you are interested in seeing our personal live/work spaces, there will be a guided tour of the whole farm system to answer any questions and demystify permaculture techniques for people, generally.


This is an all ages family-oriented community building event. We want you all to responsibly enjoy your freedom, by all means. However, let’s always avoid the use of any substance in daylight hours around the presence of young ones. We want to show kids that we can all celebrate our freedom with dignity and responsibility and without compromising our own or others wellbeing. Be discrete when using any substances including alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, or even sugar.  Just be mindful of your surroundings, be a good example and all will be right with our world of sharing. More leeway (and more for Randy) will be made for people getting taken with the spirit of freedom that surrounds them after 9 or 10 pm when the kids are put to bed.

Some Things to remember…

  • Only 400 passes will be sold.
  • Early Bird Passes go on sale on March 1st
  • All Sharing, Trading, Selling, or Vending of homemade/handmade goods is free.
  • Pancake Breakfast will be served from 9 to Noon Saturday Morning (5 dollar donation).
  • Personal camp stoves and charcoal grills are permitted.
  • Volunteer opportunities are available in the months leading up to the event.
  • Carpooling is encouraged as we only have room for 300 cars this year.
  • Only cars parked in the non-car camping lot will be allowed to come and go during the event.
  • There will be no tolerance for blatant drinking of bottles or jugs of liquor at any time. Remember to be discrete.
  • Simply, Do No Harm.
Event Entry 
  • Early Bird pre-sale passes are available now through March for a $45 dollar donation. (Link @ bottom)
  • Must have proof of donation at entry gate to receive your passes
  • Parking is free, but limited. Please carpool
  • Location: 697 310 st. Windsor IL
  • Gates Open from 10 AM — 10 PM each day of event a


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Setting the Intention

The Idea is simple. We at Hidden Grove homestead are planning to host an event that invites us to ask ourselves as individuals and as a community, “What Liberates You/Us?” We want you to chew on that until June 29th. Then pack up whatever you think you’ll need to share that feeling into your car with some supplies and a tent, for a weekend of camping, great music, and sharing; nestled between the permaculture gardens and future food forests of Hidden Grove Homestead. Think of it as an experiment in free will, guided with the intention of revealing your unique style of freedom to your community. Everyone expresses their freedom differently, and that expression defines you as a unique, one of a kind individual!

This has historically been the event where we open our gates to the greater public to share and co-create reciprocal feelings of genuine freedom, love, and gratitude in an environment that reflects all those good feelings back at you. This year we are taking our small, private, word of mouth celebration to the next level by extending the invitation to share this experience with more members of the community.

Besides inclusiveness, we are stepping up everything including staff, sound, lights, and food. We are offering this event to only 300 more attendees this year than we have in previous years to ensure we don’t sacrifice the quality that has been achieved over the last 6 years. We have come to understand that the more we nurture and share the type of genuine freedom and quality of life we have achieved at Hidden Grove the more we all will remember our humanity, and the more humanities condition will improve.

This year we are organizing workshops, classes, tours and speeches all revolving around the many perspectives people on and off the farm have about freedom. It’s a wide and varied subject and everyone’s input is certainly welcomed.  Please email us if you have something to share on a particular subject, that you would like us to make time or space for.

A limited number of passes will be available through a work trade. Anyone interested in earning their entry to the celebration and picking up some permaculture skills while they are at it can contact us expressing such interest, at which point we will add you to an email or Facebook group to keep you informed of work days.

We can’t express enough how lucky we feel to be in a position to share with you. We are eagerly awaiting and patiently planning an intentional fun and enlightening experience and we know you will only add to it. Let’s co-create the reality we know we all deserve. Until then, Stay Well. -HGH


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