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Outdoor Vibes 

Two camping music festival options. Two very different experiences.

Healing Powers:

The two-day Coyote Spirit Festival in the south-central Oregon town of Paisley, is as much a therapeutic treatment as it is a camping music festival. Set among the reportedly healing waters of Summer Lake Hot Springs and featuring a venue called "The Devotional Dome," the Coyote Spirit Festival blends hoovy-groovy things like laughter therapy, yoga and sound healing with Tibetan bowls and didgeridoos with the elixir of concerts from an eclectic group of artists.

According to the festival's website, the event is an experience rooted in old traditions. "Hot springs have always been a place of peace between tribes, a place for healing, harvesting and celebrating. With the spirit of our ancestors strong on this land, we felt the importance to continue a tradition of honoring the abundance of the earth, the healing waters and the pure, ecstatic joy of people coming together."

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Special items to pack:

Healing crystals

Musical instruments

Swimsuit (or probably not)

Yoga mat

Coyote Spirit Festival

June 14-16

Summer Lake Hot Springs

41777 Highway 31

Paisley, Ore.

Tickets $100 at bendticket.com

Backyard Get-Together:

With a location just outside of Bend, the 4 Peaks Music Festival has been a High Desert staple since 2007 (excluding a 2009 hiatus due to the recession).

"Bringing this kind of music into a family-friendly camping festival is wonderful for the area," says festival organizer Stacy Totland. "I'm a massive live music fan, and to have this in my own backyard and to see the excitement revolve around it, I get high off it."

In a major change from last year, multiple food vendors including Bend's Dump City and The Codfather will be inside the gates.

The family-friendly nature of the three-day festival is what sets it apart from other events around the region. At 4 Peaks, children under 10 get in free, and there's even a kids' tent inside the festival with games, crafts and hula hoops.

Lineup includes Greensky Bluegrass, MarchFourth Marching Band , Poor Man's Whiskey, Dehli 2 Dublin, Head for the Hills

Special festival info:

Ticket prices go up $20 the day of the show

Bring creative ways to light up your campsite. There may be a contest.

Don't bring pets or glass bottles.

Parking and camping are included in the ticket price.

4 Peaks Music Festival

June 21-23

Rockin A Ranch

19449 Tumalo Reservoir Rd.

Tickets $125 at www.4peaksmusic.com

About The Author

Ethan Maffey

Both a writer and a fan of vinyl records since age 5, it wasn't until nearly three decades later that Oregon Native Ethan Maffey derived a plan to marry the two passions by writing about music. From blogging on MySpace in 2007 and then Blogspot, to launching his own website, 83Music, and eventually freelancing...
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