The idea to host a weekend gathering and have our friends play music in the woods led to the first TC Campout in July 2012. The result was a cross between our favorite events: incorporating the ecstatic nature of a music festival with the freedom of a burn, the laid-back cozy feeling of summer camp, and the intentionality of a retreat. The idea was to bring our friends together to create our own gathering, based solely on what we could offer. We were the musicians, teachers, sound technicians, and chefs. Everybody brought their own unique piece of the puzzle to a home-cooked, low-key gathering in the woods. The result was an intimate, no-frills weekend that focused on interpersonal connection in the solitude of nature.
After producing 2013’s quarterly Kinnection series in cities throughout the Southeast with some of our favorite artists, we’d been dreaming about what it would be like to combine the production & talent of a Kinnection with the intimate outdoor magic of a Campout. Thus, in 2014 we scaled up the production, renamed the event “Kinnection Campout,” and invited the public to Avalon, SC. It appeared to be a success on all fronts, so we decided to do it again in 2015 at our favorite venue in the Southeast, Deerfields, NC. Now in 2016 we are grateful to be returning to Deerfields once again to continue weaving the tapestry of magic.
In a time when a new music festival seems to pop up every other day, there are plenty of options to choose from. Each event has its own unique flavor based on a whole variety of factors ranging from the artist lineup to the location, from the attendees to the intentions of the people behind the event. After years of attending and working music festivals around the world, we have developed our own taste for what we enjoy in a gathering. Wishing to embody the idea of “create the world in which you want to live,” we have blended up some of our favorite aspects and activities of a gathering into one package as an offering for our community. We hope you will be a part of the magic!