SolFest 2003

SolFest 2003 is slated for August 23rd and 24th at the 12-acre Real Goods Solar Living Center in Hopland, 94 miles north of San Francisco. We are underway with plans to bring you the best ever weekend of incredible education mixed with fun.

August 23, 24
Solar Living Center, Hopland, CA

SolFest 2003 is slated for August 23rd and 24th at the 12-acre Real Goods Solar Living Center in Hopland, 94 miles north of San Francisco. We are underway with plans to bring you the best ever weekend of incredible education mixed with fun.

Join us to experience first hand the latest renewable energy technologies and healthy lifestyle practices. Meet kindred spirits working on the cutting edge of technology and future thinking to pioneer innovative solutions and sustainable lifestyles. Find out what's hot in renewable energy systems (such as solar roofing), learn about hydrogen fuel cells as well as efficient, environmentally sound building materials that will help you achieve your goal of walking lightly on the planet and becoming energy independent.

SolFest is a family affair with more programs and workshops for children added each year. The Central Oasis at the Solar Living Center features a fun zone where kids can cool off in the bubbling stream while learning about solar energy and the characteristics of life-giving water. The "flow-form," designed by Rudolph Steiner soothes the children's spirits while activating their imaginations. Activities and art projects that cater to their special brand of curiosity guarantee that parents will be able to stay as long as they like because SolFest is for children too.

SolFest 2003 highlights will include a special focus on alternative fuels including hydrogen and the increasingly popular biodiesel. In addition, we're expanding our workshop categories to include a designated Food and Farming series of informative one-hour presentations throughout the weekend.

In conjunction with the ecological Farming Association, SolFest will be facilitating a special Greening the Farm seminar on Friday, the day before SolFest. Farmers from all over the country will have an opportunity to learn how to transform their current fossil fuel based energy sources into renewable technologies.

Our keynote speakers this year include nationally acclaimed columnist and radio commentator JIM HIGHTOWER; author, activist and renowned eco-psychology pioneer DAVID ORR (author of Earth Literacy and Earth in Mind) from Oberlin College in Ohio; GRANNY D (aka Doris Haddock), a long-time activist who received widespread recognition in 1999 for her walk across the U.S. at age 90 to draw attention to campaign finance reform; activist and author STARHAWK just back from Israel and Palestine; environmentalist and activist JULIA BUTTERFLY HILL who lived on a 200-foot-tall ancient redwood tree for two years; actor and environmentalist ED BEGLEY JR., and MOLLIE KATZEN, famed author of The Moosewood Cookbook. Also presenting will be NEIL ROSSMEISSL, with DOE's Office of Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and Infrastructure Technologies Program, who has been working on hydrogen technologies and issues at DOE since 1993.

SolFest entertainers bring the message of sustainability to life in music, drumming, and drama. They remind us that living a sustainable life encompasses heartful expressions through the performing arts, too.

The highlights of this year's entertainment include the fabulous MICHELLE SHOCKED, folk legend HOLLY NEAR with pianist Adrienne Torf; balladeer extraordinaire JIM PAGE; Tai ko drumming and dancing by San Francisco's DANCE BRIGADE; danceable northern California festival favorites !AKIMBO; and the original 'flamencadelic' music of ALMA MELODIOSO.

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