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


June 16-18, 2017
at the Soaring Eagle Retreat

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


mapFOSM encourages the public to park at and visit Serpent Mound before joining the festival.

Vendors, speakers, and volunteers that are camping enter Soaring Eagle Retreat from Horner Chapel Rd.

This is a festival to share new and ancient knowledge, stories, and crafts!

There are many theories, stories, knowledge, and unknowns with Serpent Mound. The Friends of Serpent Mound started this festival as a way for the public to share and learn about the many facets of Serpent Mound. Our speakers vary from locals, historians, Native Americans form different Tribes, Scientists, Spiritualist, and more. We are neither inclusive, nor exclusive. This started as just a one day event in 2009, and we are ecstatic that it has grown into a 3-day festival! In 2014, we had torrential rains on Friday, but Saturday was beautiful and there was close to 1000 people that among the booths! In 2015, even with Tropical Storm Bill raining on us off and on all weekend, most of our vendors and participants enjoyed themselves and stated how they liked the new location - it gives everyone an opportunity to enjoy the natural ambiance of Serpent Mound and the hustle and bustle of the festival, separately!

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 parent or guardian 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 are permitted, but 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.


Workshops are given by our vendors, volunteers, and speakers. The topics are juried to match the festival theme and most are FREE! We allow the instructors teaching a craft to charge for supplies when patrons get something to physically take home. For years now, we have offered free 45 minute metaphysical classes, a perfect oppurtunity to learn about something you may have had questions about, but was afraid to ask. Everyone is friendly and open to questions.

Want to be a vendor or offer an educational booth? Go here to learn more.


Visit our Speakers Schedule

2017 Workshop and Hike Schedule

Tentative Schedule.

The thoughts and opinions of each of our speakers 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.

Workshops are free unless they have a $ next to them!
Donations received at the workshops will go toward those craft supplies.

These workshops will take place in the White Workshop Tent,
some will also take place in the woods, just follow the signs.

There is electicity, but no projector and screen.
Hikes are in italic.

Friday, June 16
2:00 PM -
3:00 PM - Justin Huston - Native Plants Hike
3:00 PM - FOSM Volunteer - Summer Fun Craft ($ Donation)
4:00 PM -Tammy Peach - Lard Soap Making - $
5:00 PM -
5:00 PM - Haily Hinson - Nature Meditation @ Spring
7:00 PM - Jeffrey Wilson - Sunset Tour
10:00 PM - Fletcher Wilson - The Solar System, The Stars, The Zodiac and Beyond (30 minute presentation, then walk to a location for star gazing.)

Saturday, June 17
11:00 AM - Tom Johnson - Pipestone Carving $ Varies according to stone (2hrs) (Please bring your own carving knives, stone can be bought there.)
12:00 PM -
12:00 PM - Justin Huston - Native Plants Hike
1:00 PM -
2:00 PM -
2:00 PM - "Patches" Everett Patch - Nature Meditation @ Spring
3:00 PM - FOSM Volunteer - Gourd Rattle ($ Donation)
4:00 PM -
5:00 PM -
6:00 PM -
7:00 PM - Jeffrey Wilson - Sunset Tour
8:00 PM - Trade Blanket
10:00 PM - Fletcher Wilson -
The Solar System, The Stars, The Zodiac and Beyond (30 minute presentation, then walk to a location for star gazing.)

Sunday, June 18
11:00 AM -
11:00 AM - Alan Skelly – Rock Hunting Hike (meet at the entrance of Serpent Mound)
12:00 PM - Linda Roberts - Nature Meditation @ Spring
1:00 PM - James Ravenwolf - Connecting to Nature the Celtic Way @ Spring
12:00 PM -
1:00 PM -
1:00 PM – Buckeye Trails Association – Hike the Serpent Mound section.
2:00 PM -
2:00 PM – Adams Batson – Native Plants Hike.
3:00 PM - FOSM Volunteer - Summer Fun Craft ($ Donation)
4:00 PM -
5:00 PM - Vendor booth close.
7:00 PM - Jeffrey Wilson - Sunset Tour

One can view artifact collections from area collectors like Alan Journey and John Barnhart. We hope to have Donnie Tincher doing flint napping demonstrations.

Some of this year's Workshops

Pixie Dragon Soaps - Herbal Soap Making
Tammy Peach, a descendent of Daniel and Jennie Wallace, one of the first caretakers of the Great Serpent Mound Park
Tammy Peach will share her love of Serpent Mound and soap making! She will be teaching on making old fashioned lard soap.

Ohio Pipe Stone Carving (2 hour)
Presented by 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. $ Please bring carving tools, Tom will have some for sell, along with the stone. Prices vary.


FletcherFriday and Saturday, June 16 & 17 - 10:00 PM
From the Earth to the Stars and Beyond
Presented by Fletcher Wilson
Fletcher has worked with power companies and in the electrical field most of his life. He has a full understanding of the theory 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 also lead a night sky lectureon Saturday night at 10pm,
(Photo compliments of Elaine 'Stormy' Gribbins)

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Contact Us

If you need any assistance during your event, if you would like a free tour guide, or you have questions or requests, please contact us at...

Address: Peebles, Ohio
Telephone: + 937 - 587 - 3953
Telephone 2: + 937 -205 - 0094
E-mail: beautiful-lights@serpentmound.org

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