By Ewa Chwojko-Srawley

Mental health affects everyone. Within our families, among our friends, and in every corner of our community, there is a growing call for spiritual healing and supporting our mental health.

According to festival organizer Jennifer Aves, the 2nd annual Free Spirit Festival, on Saturday, June 22 at ClearWater Farm, will help meet that need.

“I have been in touch with several local wellness advocates dedicated to practices that promote overall well-being. We realized that one-on-one or small group sessions are not enough,” said Aves, who is also a holistic practitioner and owner of Balance Health Solutions.

“We wanted to reach a larger audience to send the message that you are not alone. There are many ways to connect with your inner self, and with one another.”

Aves adds that this year’s festival is dedicated to promoting understanding and empathy towards individuals experiencing severe depression, including suicidal thoughts.

That is why a strong emphasis is placed on multiple resources aimed at relieving stress and finding balance.  

At the festival, attendees will explore the world of yoga for a deeper mind-body connection, try meditation to unwind and quiet the mind, and groove to the rhythm of drumming and dancing.

They can also soak in wisdom from inspiring speakers, including Apryl Jones from Naturally Enchanted, who will be on hand to share tips on using your body to tune into your intuition.

Of course, throughout the day, there will be plenty of musical entertainment by local musicians.

And art workshops for kids and adults to get the creative juices flowing and help shake off any stress.

That is for your spirit. But there will be plenty for your body, too!

With several food stands and special sessions, you will be inspired to better connect with the fuel that keeps you going.

And don’t miss out on the local vendors offering treasures you won’t find anywhere else!

Tickets are $10 (kids 12 and under are free). Parking is $5. But if you bring a food donation for the Food Pantry, it’s free!

To find out more info and purchase tickets visit,

(ClearWater Farm, 1614 Metro Road N, Willow Beach)