2015Serpent Mound's History, Mystery, And Intrigue!


June 21-24, 2018
at the Soaring Eagle Retreat

Next door to The Great Serpent Mound Park
Soaring Eagle Retreat, 375 Horner Chapel, Peebles, Ohio 45660

Festival Rules: (For everyone.)

  • This is a family friendly event - there is to be NO alcohol, drugs, guns, or nudity!
  • Children are welcome and must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times.
  • There is no smoking in the Main Tents or within the group hikes. There are proper places to put one’s cigarette butts, so please do not throw them on the ground.
  • There is to be NO Indian Policing or Politics permitted – All Races, All Religions, All Our Relations
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times, next to owner, and must be cleaned up after.
  • The back gate to the Serpent Mound Park will close at dark, no one may re-enter until daylight.


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Our 2018 Speakers Schedule

The thoughts and opinions of each presenter, are their own and FOSM does not support or promote only one view, but offers an opportunity and platform for people to share their thoughts, experiences, and theories and let the public discern what feels right to them.

All lectures are held in the large white tent.

Thursday, June 21
5:00 PM - Delsey Wilson -Friends of Serpent Mound (FOSM) Welcoming remarks and "There’s Not Just a Snake in The Grass…But also, a Labyrinth!" – afterwards the public will help us finish the Labyrinth and participate in its Opening Ceremony.
6:00 PM - Zack Kouns - Can't Make it :(
7:00 PM - Jeffrey Wilson - Sunset Tour around Serpent Mound
8:00 PM - Sunset Viewing at Serpent Mound Oval
8:30 PM - 11:00 PM - Light the Labyrinth
9:00 - 11:00 PM - Open Drumming and Dancing
10:00 PM - Fletcher Wilson - Lead stargazing.

Friday, June 22
1:00 PM - Adam Batson - People's Circle Ceremony
3:00 PM - Jeffrey Wilson - "The Women Who Saved Serpent Mound"
4:00 PM - Brian Busse - "CE-5 Through Higher Consciousness"
5:00 PM - Ed Grondine - Adena - Builders of the Serpent
6:00 PM - Steve Free - Music and Storytelling
7:00 PM - Jeffrey Wilson - Sunset Tour around Serpent Mound
8:00 PM - Sunset Viewing at Serpent Mound Oval
8:30 PM - Light the Labyrinth
9:00 - 11:00 PM - Campfire Drumming and Jam Session
10:00 PM - Fletcher Wilson - Lead stargazing.

Saturday, June 23
10:00 AM - Deo Abellera - Singing Bowl Demonstration
11:00 AM - J.J. Ainsworth - Ancient Symbolism
12:00 PM - Deborah Brubaker - Flute Music
1:00 PM - Ross Hamilton - Earthworks
2:00 PM - Hugh Newman - 'The Giants of Stonehenge and Ancient Britain'
2:00 PM - Circle of the Sacred Pipe, Inc. - Native American Drum and Dance demonstation
3:00 PM - Jeffrey Wilson - "Serpent Effigies of North America"
4:00 PM - Joseph Whitefeather Mato - Flute music
5:00 PM - Gary Argabright - "The Evidence for the Presence of the Fluted Point Peoples in Post-Glacial Ohio"
6:00 PM - DAK - Stones and Crystals
7:00 PM - Sunset Tour around Serpent Mound
8:00 PM - Sunset Viewing and Hour of Silence at Serpent Mound Effigy
8:30 PM - 11:00 PM - Light the Labyrinth
9:00 - 11:00 PM - Open Jam Session
10:00 PM - Fletcher Wilson - Lead stargazing.

Sunday, June 24
11:00 AM - Jordan Serpentini - Music
12:00 PM - Mike Bastine - coauthor of "Iroquois Supernatural"
1:00 PM - Steve Free - Music and Storytelling
2:00 PM - Spirits of the Winds - Singers
3:00 PM - Tom Johnson - Spiritual Community of Serpent Mound
5:00 PM - Vendors start closing down.
7:00 PM - Jeffrey Wilson - Sunset Tour around Serpent Mound
8:00 PM - Sunset Viewing at Serpent Mound Oval
9:00 PM - Festival Closed


Presenters in chronological order:

Delsey Wilson, Executive Director, Volunteer, and a founding Board Member of the Friends of Serpent Mound will present The Friends of Serpent Mound (FOSM) Welcome you to the Summer Solstice Celebration on Thur. June 21 at 5 pm. Followed by How to Make a Labyrinth and the Opening Ceremony for the Labyrinth at 6pm.
Delsey will give a brief history of FOSM and why we hold the Summer Solstice Celebration. She will also discuss the other events FOSM holds each year and answer any question about the weekend. Followed by a brief story of how and why there is a Labyrinth this year. Then everyone will walk over to the Labyrinth location for the How to and final step. At 6 pm the Labyrinth will officially open for the weekend! It will be lit each night (Thur - Sat.) by the public and can be walked until 11 pm.

UPDATE! A special thanks to Michael and Donna Eastlake from the Great Serpent Mound Chapter of the American Society of Dowsers for leading in the creation of an awesome labyrinth! The design is a one of a kind, with 7 internal circles, one external standing circle, deadends, yet one way into the last circle. The 7 circles give it a chakra feel, so each circle will hold a color association. Here's a sneak peak...

We hope our labyrinth looks as inviting at night! Ours will also be in grass, and our luminaria in bags. This image is from The Candle Labyrinth in the Night of the Churches at Rödelsee (Germany) 2011. Follow us on Facebook to see pictures of this year's Labyrinth as it evolves. I will try to follow up with pictures after the fact, here on our website!

(CAN'T MAKE IT) Zack Kouns is undoubtedly one of the busiest and most insightful individuals in the realm of contemporary music, Zack Kouns works in capacities such as bandleader, performer, author, visual artist, film maker, researcher, prankster, and composer.

Resulting from his strict recording schedule, Kouns has issued over 20 albums to date. 

Amazingly, the musical stylings between each body of Zack Kouns' work vary considerably, in no small part due to the wide assortment of tools with which he develops his songs. As a multi instrumentalist, he plays tenor and alto saxophone, harmonium, electronics, duduk, guitar, violin, clarinet, vocals, trumpet and banjo along with other devices to bring about what Kouns describes as Death Jazz, Modern Liturgical, and Apocalyptic/Hermetic musics. Likewise, the thematic and lyrical content of Kouns' forays into these self-developed genres also draws from many distinct sources, allowing him to create concept albums teeming with metaphor and allegory. Numerous esoteric subjects, chiefly religion, mythology, ancient history and romantic philosophy, manifest themselves across the spectrum of his creative output – Kouns addressed his interest in these topics during an interview with Australia's Rave Magazine:

"The human organism in general can't escape these ageless ideas; to ignore them is to wither and die away, to withdraw into forests of personal meaninglessness of our own construction. Conversely, to acknowledge and explore them is painful; it requires fumbling through dark and hidden recesses inside yourself; hidden, archetypal afflictions that have been buried to make life a bit more bearable, but ultimately less enriched and illuminated."

A life-long resident of rural Appalachia, the region in its juxtaposition of beauty, brutality, love and poverty also plays heavily into the aesthetic of Kouns' work. Perhaps as a way to evaluate his place of birth through comparison, Kouns has a definite mandate to carry out adventures abroad. Through his exploits, Zack Kouns has conducted lengthy tours in North and South America, as well as Europe and Australia, with ambitions to perform on all seven continents.

We are pleased to have him as a part of this festival. Hear his music Thursday evening at 6pm. This multi-talented individual will also lead two Open Jam Sessions, Friday and Saturday nights 9pm to 11pm. During the day you can visit him at his booth, attend his Fermenting Wild Edibles workshop on Friday at 4pm, or Edible Plants Hike on Saturday at 4 pm.

jeffwilsonJeffrey Wilson, President, Volunteer and a founding Board Member of the Friends of Serpent Mound. With a Master of Science and a double major in English Literature and History from Eastern Michigan, Jeffrey’s lectures bring a scientific approach with a refreshing side of Native American mythology. He has been researching Serpent Mound for over 10 years. He has spent the last 5 years giving the sunset tours. In 2015 he discovered a new Winter Solstice Sunrise alignment. He has become the local Serpent Mound Researcher. Spend 3 hours, with breaks, learning about the facinating artifacts found at Serpent Mound and see images of them and learn where exactly they were found, along with some rediscovered facts. (Photo compliments of Don Reed)

Jeffrey will give two presentations:
Friday, June 22 at 3:00 PM - "The Women Who Saved Serpent Mound"
Saturday, June 23 at 3:00 PM - "Serpent Effigies of North America"

Jeffrey will also lead 3 of the 4 Sunset Tours Around the Effigy Mound throughout the weekend.
Thursday, June 21, Friday, June 22, and Sunday, June 24 at 7 PM



FletcherFletcher Wilson has worked with power companies and in the electrical field most of his life. He has a full understanding of thetheory of electromagnetism. He is a co-author with E. P. Grondine. He is a firm believer of doing field research. Looking at a picture or reading something in a book may give one good insight, but it is not the same as going there and experiencing it first hand. He will lead a night sky lecture each night at 10pm,

There will be a telescope or light bucket for the public to view through. You are welcome to bring your own, also! We are in a wonderful dark sky area!

(Photo compliments of Elaine 'Stormy' Gribbins)


Adam Batson is a Volunteer and Board Member of the Friends of Serpent Mound. He will lead a Seasonal People's Circle at 1 PM on Friday, June 22. This welcoming Summer Ceremony is free and open to the public. Everyone will gather in a circle. First, we will call in the directions, an Earth-based practice to honor the natural aspects around us. Then everyone will be allowed to say something during the three go-rounds.
First - introduce oneself.
Second - one can say something about the Solstice or the place.
Third - say what has yet to be said.
Finally, the circle will close and declare gratitude.

Steven T. Barr Can not attend, we hope he will attend next year.

Brian Busse and Ron Bergner are Extra Terrestrial contactees and experiencers, Extra Terrestrial CE-5 contact workers and co-founders of a local group named Cincy CE-5. CE-5 means ‘Close Encounter of the 5th Kind’, which in turn means ‘Human Initiated ET Contact’. Ron and Brian are enthusiastic about zero point energy solutions and its important connection worldwide with our off world neighbors. They share a background in various types of paranormal research and especially Ron at an early age. Brian is grandson to the late Donald E. Busse who was a full time employee of the world famous inventor Nikola Tesla. Ron is a student of the Resonance Academy, and currently learning the new physics of how we can extract energy from the quantum vacuum. Both are excited about helping to raise the frequency of humanity through heart-based ET contact, zero point energy, and opening minds.

Friday, June 22 at 4 pm, come out and learn about human initiated ET contact happening here in Ohio and around nearly every city in the world! This form of contact is popularly known a CE-5 or ‘Close Encounter of the 5th kind’ as seen in the popular YouTube documentary called SIRIUS. Learn about the important connection between Zero Point Energy and our off world neighbors.
Hear about and see some of CE-5 experiences Brian Busse, Ron Bergner and our kindred spirits from Cincy CE-5 have been excited about around our tri-state area. Wouldn’t it be fun to make contact with our off world neighbors near Serpent Mound? Then stay for their workshop Friday night at 9 pm. Meet at the Labyrinth Sign, please bring a reclining chair or blanket, flashlight, and bug spray, from there everyone will proceed to the location for the evening.

edgrondine E. P. (Ed) Grondine, space reporter and author of "Man and Impact in the Americas" will present on Friday, June 22 at 5 PM. Grondine was a reporter on NASA, the Russia Space Program, Discovery, and the China Manned Space Program. While researching for his book, he visited many libraries and local museums. He now has a very large library of his own, now. He will have many items at his booth to share with the public and none were purchased, they were either trade items from the Native Americans that he talked with or they were gifted to him out of gratitude. In his presentation he will discuss the who and when the Serpent was built. How it changed hands and how it changed over time. (Photo compliments of Don Reed)

stevefreeSteve Free an internationally known singer/songwriter/recording artist who draws upon his Native American & Appalachian roots through songs and stories to educate and entertain audiences of all ages. Free is an Award Winning Internationally Acclaimed singer/songwriter and recording artist. He has won numerous Music Industry Awards including 9 ASCAP Awards and a Grammy nomination. .In 2008, he won The Governors Award For The Arts as the #1 Artist in his home state of Ohio. In 2009 he was nominated by The Kentucky State Senate for his contributions to Appalachia and his Native American (Shawnee/Cherokee) roots. He has charted over 40 songs on the International Charts.

He will be presenting on Friday, June 22 at 6 pm, and Sunday, June 24 at 1 pm. He will play for the Arc of Appalachia's activities on Saturday, Visit his website. (Photo compliments of Steve Free)

Debbie Brubaker (Yellow Flicker) will play at Noon Saturday, June 23.
Yellow Flicker started playing her flutes a couple years ago. She has played at fundraisers and nursing home and group homes. Since then she has gotten "The Seven Sacred" Chakra Healing Flutes and plays healing music at SunWatch Flute Festival, WolfCreek Native American Gathering, Healing Fairs, and the VA Hospital. Starting this year she is also playing at Gift of Light and Victory of Lights.

Visit her website.




Deo Abellera is a member of the Great Serpent Mound Society of Dowsers. Along with many other hours he volunteers throughout our community here in Adams County. He loves sharing his enjoyment for Singing Bowls. He will do a demonstration at 10:00 AM on Saturday morning, June 23. Visit his tent any time to learn more on the subject.

J.J. Ainsworth - "Ancient Symbology"

rossRoss Hamilton - will present on Saturday, June 23 at 1 pm Ross Hamilton, author and long time researcher and supporter of Serpent Mound. Born in New York and a University of Cincinnati alumnus, Ross Hamilton is a writer and researcher currently specializing in piecing together ancient North American prehistory with a view toward understanding the hidden heritage of the American continent for its future spiritual advancement. Ross' book, The Mystery of the Serpent Mound, represents a 12-year research effort to correlate the main body of the teachings of the ancient Mystery Colleges to the shape and design of the famous earthwork. He also authored 'A Tradition of Giants' about the race of mound-building giants of North America, and Star Mounds: Legacy of a Native American Mystery. Ross has appeared on several television shows including Ancient Aliens, America Unearthed (with Scott Wolter) and In Search of Ancient Giants (with Jim and Bill Vieira.)

Hugh Newman - The Giants of Stonehenge and Ancient Britain, Saturday, June 23 at 2 pm
Newman's presentation will be based upon my forthcoming book. Looking at British giant skeletons & traditions and how they relate to ancient sites.


Joseph WhitefeatherJoseph Whitefeather Mato - Flute Music
Joseph Whitefeather Mato is a recording artist, flute maker, and storyteller with Lakota heritage. We were happy to have him return, but on June 14 Joseph had a stroke and was placed in the VA hospital. He is home now and doing well, we hope to see him next year!

Visit his website at http://dancingbirdflutes.weebly.com/





Gary Argabright
- The Evidence for the Presence of the Fluted Point Peoples in Post-Glacial Ohio, Saturday, June 23 at 5 pm. - Gary Argabright is a retired educator with a life-long interest in Ohio’s prehistory and its prehistoric peoples and has been collecting, researching, and cataloging Native American artifacts for the past forty years. He currently serves as secretary-treasurer for the Mound City Chapter of the Archaeological Society of Ohio and is actively involved in the preservation of prehistoric sites in Ross County. He has served as chairman of the collections committee for the Ross County Historical Society and currently assists with the care, study, interpretation, and display of its extensive prehistoric artifact collection.

Distinctly-crafted fluted flint tools have long been associated with the earliest known peoples of North America, and the discovery of these tools serves to provide us with our best evidence for their arrival and entry into the geographical region which we today think of as Ohio. Using information gathered from archaeological sources as well as from chance discoveries by surface collectors and lucky everyday people, Gary will discuss the evidence for the activities of these Ice Age peoples and their exploration of a world being exposed by the retreating Wisconsin Glacier.

DAK is the owner of the Blue Rock Medicine Show at Findlay Market and the Pendelton Arts Center. He will talk to us about some uses for rocks and crystals on Saturday at 6 PM.

Jordan Serpentini will perform on Sunday at 11 AM. Jordan is a Reiki Master who infuses it into her music. Experience her concert of high vibrational music with an atmosphere of reiki healing. She will also, be debuting her newest album Acoustic Spirit: Sound, Light & Love.

Photo by Jeff Black





Mike Bastine is an Algonquin healer, elder, and former student of famous Tuscarora medicine man Wallace "Mad Bear" Anderson and Tuscarora healer Ted Williams. He and Mason Winfield are the authors of Iroquois Supernatural. "...stories of encounters with beings of Iroquois legend: shapeshifting witches, strange forest creatures, ethereal lights, vampire zombies, talking animals, and haunted battlefields, along with accounts of miraculous healings by medicine people." He will present Sunday, June 24 at 11 AM.


Azurea Windwalker and Penny Best - Ascension lecture - At the begining of May Azurea was in a bad car wreck, one which she survived and is still healing from. We pray she will heal enough to attend next year's Summer Solstice.

Spirits of the Winds
Native singers Spirits of the Winds -
Little Red Dragonfly, Horse Women, Star Fire Hawk, and Spirit Wolf will sing songs to Creator in several different Native American Languages.

Thomas Johnson
Tom is a rock man from Michigan and has been collecting rocks since he was 4 years old. Collected a lot around Sylvania, Ohio in an old 350 million year old seabed 90 feet underground through the 60's and 70's until the government stopped that activity with MSHA and OSHA 1979, He then moved to southern Ohio and began collecting an even older seabed of 438 million. Many trips around the planet to collect and study fossils dating back to 2.7 billion years, recognized for his achievements in 1984 by the Smithsonian and National Geographic, he has written three books and lectured on the subject of trilobites and Meteor Craters for many years.

Public Drumming and Dancinghulahoops
Thursday, June 21 from 9 PM to 11 PM.
In honor of the Summer Solstice Evening Thursday there will be Family Friendly Open Free Style Drumming and Dancing this first night, and the public is welcome to join along.

Friday, June 22 from 9 PM to 11 PM.
Friday evening will be a laid back atmosphere with another evening of Family Friendly Open Free Style Drumming and Dancing around the main fire ring, and an Open Mic - Jam Session in the main tent.

Saturday, June 23 from 9 PM to 11 PM.
Saturday evening we are encouraging a Open Mic - Jam Session in the main tent.

Open Drum is for any style of percussion instrument - djembe, bongo, frame drum, hand drum, cummunity drum, tamberee, or rattles. Drumming connects one to the heartbeat of Mother Earth in all types of beats. The goal is to become one sound, one rythem, with our Mother Earth. There is an area for those who want to dance, hula hoop, or use other light up expressions of movement. No nudity.

Zack Kouns will oversee our Open Mic - Jam Sessions. The first hour and a half we will offer open mic and then finish the night with an open jam for anyone who wants to join.


Please, join us!

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