NEWSPERFORMERS |  FAMILY  |  HEALING  |  HANDCRAFTS  |  CULINARY 

DATES FOR 2024!

LEAF Global Arts RETREAT: May 9-12
LEAF Global Arts Festival: October 17-20

Lodging & Tickets on sale NOW for Retreat!

WORLD CHANGERS: Year of the Artivists
What does World Changing mean to YOU?

In 2024, we celebrate the extraordinary global citizens who not only create art but also champion causes that resonate with the heartbeat of humanity. These are the voices that echo in the halls of change, the hands that paint the canvas of a better tomorrow. Our chosen artists are not just masters of their craft; they are beacons of hope, tirelessly advocating for a world where justice, peace, and creativity flourish.

Our journey with World Changers is more than just an exhibition of talent; it is a call to action. It is an opportunity for each of us to reflect on the role we can play in shaping our world. As we delve into the lives and works of these remarkable individuals, let us be inspired to become active participants in the story of our global community.

Join us at LEAF Global Arts as we celebrate these trailblazers who dare to dream and act for a world that uplifts every voice, honors every story, and cherishes every life. Together, let’s continue this season of learning, growing, and transforming the world, one song, one story, one step at a time.”
— Otto Vazquez, LEAF Performing Arts Coordinator

Artist, Sir Tom Foolery (Tommy Lee) created the artwork to guide the spirit of Retreat and inspire us, “This piece is called “Dear Momma” inspired by 2Pac’s song. To me, she is the embodiment of renaissance. There are so many women who are not only world changers, but give birth to world changers every day. I created this image while driving through the mountains going into the city. One Love spirit!”
LEAF World Changer Poster May 2024

LEAF Global Arts RETREAT Performing Artists
(in creative design... more artists, workshops, panels & inspiring moments tba. Get your tickets 💕)

Haviken Hayes

Legendary festival and club DJ/Producer from Miami brings his signature blend of Funk music to LEAF.

Adama Dembele of Ivory Coast

LEAF Schools & Streets Master Teaching Artist & Ivory Coast Culture Keeper graces LEAF with his immaculate rhythm!

Asheville Jazz Orchestra

An 18 member Jazz orchestra will take you on a sound excursion through time!

Keith Shubert's Toybox Theater

Keith Shubert returns with his hilarious and wildly entertaining puppetry slam to Retreat!

Meet our media partner,
Asheville Multicultural!

This is LEAF...

Music & Traditions from Across the World

SUPs

Outdoor Adventures

Dance

Poetry

Visual Art

Family Fun

Ceremony

Healing Arts

Culinary Adventures

LEAF Festival, Oct. 2023

Feel the music! Steve Atkins' photos capture the moments

LEAF Festival, Oct. 2023

More magic! Tia Nicole's photos refresh our LEAF love

LEAF Festival, Oct. 2023

Unforgettable moments captured by Reggie Tidwell

Adventures for All Ages - LEAF Retreat Camp Life!

Zipline

Get on the Lake! Charleston SUP Safaris Stand-Up Paddleboards, camp canoes & boats

Healing Arts

Relax and rejuvenate with Healing Artists Booths to get treatments you don't have time for and over 30 Workshops to explore Feelin good!

Workshops

Workshops

Illuminera: Jelly Dome+

Kickin' It is the collaborative effort of Greg Ignasiak and Rae Liebtag creating interactive installment art, captivating environments, and experiential events. They seek to provide outlets for community creativity by encouraging self expression. Fun, playful, "under the sea" adventures!

Hikes

Hikes & Runs with Bruce & Shonnie

Lake Eden Trails cover hundreds of acres up to Eden Rock if you make it to the top. Find your pace hiking or running with family or solo and the trails welcome you.This is a vintage pic & the tradition continues.

Explore the #1 Kids Festival in Western North Carolina, and one of the best FAMILY festivals in the world. All of LEAF is family friendly with activities spread throughout the magical setting. Family Adventure activities are throughout LEAF and designed to engage and inspire. Watch performances, create, play, and discover whimsical Puppetry shows. Support children’s crafts, hoop and flow, and play boffer games. Immerse into cultural creative arts in Easel Rider with LEAF teaching artists. Swing in the Jelly Dome. Play sports with a global community. Jump, roll, pet, climb, and retreat: life-sized hamster ball, climbing wall, launch rockets! Each festival has different offering and tradition- you. may find Toy Trains on the hill, paper rockets, and Giant slides & bounce houses!

If you have little ones, Elfhaven Childcare in Buckeye Lodge is a world of wonder and time for parents to go play. 

Do you have a young artists in your family?
Sprouts Corner Youth Vendors is ORIGINAL kid-made art sold by kid artists! Here kids can offer their handmade art, special skills & services, like fortune telling or manicures… just has to be $10 or less

Healing Arts Workshops & Booths

Massage Therapists|Chiropractic Consult|Workshops | Lectures | Ceremonies | Yoga | Movement Activities | & MORE

Enhance your Retreat experience with a massage or a chiropractic consult. We will have multiple healing artist booths and LMTs providing a variety of modalities including: Ashiastu, Thai, deep tissue, myofascial release, cupping, and more. 

Enhance your LEAF weekend with Healing Arts, Movement, and Earth Skills workshops, all with the intention of helping you flow with whatever comes your way.  Enjoy flow yoga to live music, nature hikes, dance, music workshops, sound healing, meditation, and more. Express your true self without judgement.

We are so grateful for our wonderful  presenters and vendors! Currently we are curating for 2024. TBA in late March.

Handcrafts & Folk Artists

LEAF Love to amazing Artists who artfully inspire the LEAF experience! LEAF Festival’s Juried Handcraft Art Fair exhibits 50+ national & local artisans. More artists coming soon….

drawing | painting | fiber | furniture | glass | jewelry | metal work | mixed media | photography | printmaking | ceramics | apparel | wood

Browse and shop the colorful booths, meet the artists, and visit the Global Interactive Outpost to win artful donations from fabulous artisans at LEAF Art Raffle benefiting LEAF Schools & Streets. Check out & shop these amazing LEAF Festival Handcraft Artists! You can support artists online now and buy gifts at LEAF Retreat & Festival.

Culinary Arts

LEAF Cafe in Eden Hall and various Culinary Booths throughout the festival grounds provide gourmet, international fare from local chefs. All the food is freshly prepared on site, and there is something for almost anyone from vegetarians to BBQ fans. We have a good diversity and long hours to keep everyone happily fed. { Gluten Free & Vegetarian Options Available }

Want to save time & money? Want 5 World-Inspired Meals for $65?

Culinary Food Booths
LEAF Festival hosts various local culinary artists that represent many cultures and cuisine options to make your LEAF life delicious. A few change from time to time; however, many culinary booths are longtime LEAF Traditions. Click on images below to see the various culinary booths throughout the festival. 

Need to revive your festival spirit? Visit their eateries in Asheville area.

Soundtracks of LEAF

Since 1995, LEAF has hosted over 16,000 performers from 104 countries! “It never ceases to astound me how each artist was able to transform their sets into their own unique experience offering culture, inspiration, and creativity. I invite you to sit back, relax, and let these tracks take you on a journey. And as you hold your family close during during these challenging times - think back to the power of those moments when you first heard these songs, and allow that feeling to fuel you onward into a bright and beautiful future.” - Ehren Cruz

 WNC’s favorite LEAF Festival was back and celebrated Global Citizenship! 

“As peoples from different geographical locations, we so often have been separated by borders and countries, that we forget that we are part of a much larger family…humanity!!  LEAF is your passport to experience rich cultural music and traditions, to remind us of our glorious diversity, but with the purpose of bringing us closer together. From stellar acts like Tito Puente Jr. and Las Cafeteras, to the world orchestra of Ethno Camp with young artists from 10 countries and Afghani Musician Quraishi Roya. Time to pack your bags & get ready for a World tour. Time to be a “Global Citizen!!” 

– Otto Vazquez, Artistic Director 


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