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It’s all about Inclusion at Inclusion Festival and Everyone is Invited!

Jun 25, 2019 06:38PM

Jermyn, PA – Mountain Sky Festival Grounds will be transformed into an event that is the only one of its kind in the United States because it is sensory-friendly and designed for people of all ages and abilities.

The event will feature wellness workshops, live music performances, yoga, crafts, nature walks, hula hooping, food, vendors, and more. Inclusion Festival’s founders had a vision – to make it possible for everyone to feel welcome in a supportive community that is sensitive to the needs of others.

Last summer Inclusion Festival attracted hundreds of people who experienced the joy of connecting with others who typically avoid crowds and loud music. This year, Inclusion Festival will attract people of all walks of life, with and without special needs, for an event that will impact them positively far beyond the festival gates as they see first-hand the potential contribution of all people that make up a community.

In one of several interviews with local and national media outlets last year, Amy explained, “We all have special gifts and talents and we all have a purpose. I believe it is our responsibility as a society to support one another with love, understanding, respect and compassion. Along our path, our challenge is to identify, cultivate, and actualize our purpose so that individually, and collectively, we can experience true happiness and be free from fear and anxiety.”

Inclusion Festival is presented in partnership with Accessible Festivals, a non-profit founded by a young attorney who was paralyzed as a result of a serious car accident. The joy and freedom he experienced after attending his first music festival spurred him to ensuring that music festivals and recreational events are fully accessible.  Amy and Leah are now embarking on creating sensory supportive spaces at festivals and events throughout the country. One of their most successful initiatives is Inclusion Dining.

Inclusion Festival takes place at Mountain Sky Festival Grounds, 63 Still Meadow Lane, Jermyn, PA (just 10 miles North of Scranton) on August 9-11, 2019. Gates open 10 a.m. daily. Workshops and activities take place 11am-5pm daily with live music from 11am-11pm. Friday and Saturday and 11am-4pm. Sunday. Tickets can be purchased for 1, 2, or 3 days with onsite camping available. Kids 12 and under are free, with reduced rates for teens and young adults ages 13-21. See InclusionFestival.com for information on sponsorships, volunteering, and vending opportunities or call 609-954-8245. For group ticket purchases contact [email protected].