A long standing tradition, the Wesak festival has been bringing spiritual seekers from around the world to Mt. Shasta for the past 15 years.  This year’s event, despite a slightly lower turnout and some last minute speaker cancellations was still successful, according to event coordinator Dawn Fazende.
Held in the two gyms at Sisson School, the festival hosted many presenters, with presentations beginning on Friday night and running through Sunday.
The theme for this year’s event was “unconditional love” and featured speakers including healer Dr. Saul Shaye, channelers Amorah Quan Yin and Ce Ann, clairvoyant Hollister Rand, and Mount Shasta locals Troika Celeste St. Germain and Nancy Marie.
Though there was a last minute cancellation by Gay and Kathlyn Hendricks, world famous pioneers of body centered psycho-therapy, event organizers were able to procure new age authors Gary Zukov and Linda Francis to fill in.
“Ticket sales are down from last year for sure,” noted Fazende, who attributed this lull, in part, to the lackluster economy. “I’m really glad we cut back on our own expenses,” she added, noting that the festival opted not to pursue any print advertising at all, which alone costs up to $20,000.
“We’re going to break even this year, and that’s fine.”  
Fazende noted that the goal of the festival is not to make money and that the profits go to charity. This year’s excess funds will go to the Meals on Wheels program, which helps feed local seniors. 
The festival, which is well-known among spiritual seekers worldwide, has, since its inception, provided an economic boost to the Mt. Shasta area economy. “One of the reasons why I originally supported Joshua Stone (the founder of the festival) was that he was bringing 1,200 people a year to the area.  At one point, we calculated that people were spending from $150 to $180 a day, outside of the festival.”
For Quentin Smith, a ship captain from Tasmania, New Zealand, this was his first visit to the Wesak Festival.  “I had never even heard of the festival until a couple weeks ago,” he admitted. 
Smith, however, was aware of Mt. Shasta and its prominence as one of the world’s great sacred sites.