LEAF Global Arts 2024 Theme Announced

Join us this May 9-12 for a beloved Asheville festival tradition! LEAF Global Arts Retreat is an intimate gathering that includes arts and culture, healing arts, outdoor adventure, and creative traditions from around the world!

LEAF Global Arts proudly announces our theme for 2024 — World Changers: Artists & Activists. This year, 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 crafts; they are beacons of hope, tirelessly advocating for a world where justice, peace, and creativity flourish.

Our journey with the World Changers theme 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 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 trailblazers who dare to dream and act for a world that uplifts every voice, honors every story, and cherishes every life. Together, let’s venture into a season of learning, growing, and transforming the world, one song, one story, one step at a time.

What is LEAF Global Arts Retreat? Imagine all the adventure, traditions, art, and music of LEAF festivals, still at beautiful Lake Eden, but in a more intimate gathering of just 1,500 attendees. “Old School Magic and Happiness” is how people have described LEAF Retreat since its inception in 2021, with space to kick back, relax, play, camp and connect with arts, music, and nature – it’s super sweet. This is sure to be your favorite music festival with an added bonus of global art and culture.

Retreats are for renewal, reconnecting, and learning at Lake Eden’s 300+ acres. Come enjoy with family, friends, or solo! Every part of this Asheville festival is family friendly!

DATES: May 9-12, 2024

TICKETS: $50-$250 for adults. Limited day passes available; Weekend Passes must be purchased by LEAF Members; Youth tickets are available; Kids younger than 10 are free! WeX Volunteering Options are available. Weekend passes include access to camping at Lake Eden. Passes for car camping, RVs, and private rustic camp cabins are limited and available through the website. 


Mayani is a Maasai boy from longido Arusha. He went to boarding school at 6 years old and lost his Maasai language and tradition. Since joining the LEAF program, he has learned to sing Maasai songs, practiced the ‘jump’ tradition and wear Maasai shukas (traditional clothing). Mayani is extremely happy and is currently teaching other youth the culture.