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What: Becoming Cascadian
When: May 31 – June 3, 2018
Where: Rainier Beach (Seattle) WA
Cost: $80, plus meals
Who: 10-30 participants, featuring keynote poet Andrew Schelling. Poetry writing experience is not necessary. We hope to provide two Rainier Beach students with scholarships. We are open to giving another scholarship to someone willing to document the weekend via a publishable account for the record. Advance registration required.
The Practice of Outside
For poets and bioregional visionaries, a practice of outside will take on several meanings. First should be the colloquial sense of outside, simply “outdoors.” Learn something of your bioregion—Cascadia, the Southern Rockies, or any place else—by getting outdoors. Then, as an inhabitant of the S. Rocky Mountains, for me to visit Cascadia as a poet means I will arrive as something of an outsider. I will explore significant differences between the water-rich, heavily forested, maritime regions around Puget Sound, and the arid high country where I live. I’d also like to explore some of the familiar elements or medicine powers we share. Certain trees (Douglas fir), many of the charismatic large animals (cougar, black bear, coyote), and a storehouse of story and song that may reach back to the last glaciation (“the Girl Who Married a Bear”). With these shared elements in sight, I’ll look at territory our poems share.
Andrew Schelling is a poet, translator, and essay writer. He has published twenty books, including seven of translation from India’s early poetry. His own work encounters the rhythms and features of the natural world, as well delving into linguistics. Recent titles are From the Arapaho Songbook and the folkloric study, Tracks Along the Left Coast: Jaime de Angulo & Pacific Coast Culture. Schelling lives in the Southern Rocky Mountain Ecoregion and teaches at Naropa University
Agenda: We will gather for Zen Meditation at the Seattle U Eco-Sangha, at 7pm on the 31st. Meet for dinner the following night in Rainier Beach, then have an opening circle, during which time participants may offer breakout sessions related to the area at the intersection of bioregionalism and poetics. As in Cumberland later in the summer, we gather to share strategies, discuss our role as poets and bioregionalists at this time of ecological crisis and end-stage empire, and to support one another in our efforts to create the deepest gestures in response to this situation and how that relates to Cascadia. Dr. Jason Tetsuzen Wirth will lead a tour of Kubota Garden Sunday morning. There will be a closing circle Sunday afternoon and a reading by Schelling and some participants Sunday night. Schelling’s Saturday keynote talk/public discussion happens from 2-4 at Red Wing Café in Rainier Beach. Free admission and open to the public.
To register contact Paul Nelson at pen (at) splab (dot) org or at (two-oh-six) 422.5002. You can also Paypal $80 to the pen (at) splab (dot) org address.
Thanks to co-sponsors like the Seattle U Eco-Sangha, Humanities Washington, Red Wing Café and more to be announced soon.
Andrew Schelling FREE Keynote Talk, Saturday, June 2, 2018, 2-4pm at Red Wing Café:
Summer Revival Gathering!
A team of creative conveners is collaborating to bring 250 PNW artists & changemakers together for 3 days on Vashon Island, WA!
Our highest goal is to foster Connection, Creativity, Celebration, & Collaboration among a diverse, inter-generational group of participants.
If you can imagine a mix between an ARTS FESTIVAL, an UN-CONFERENCE, an ACTIVIST MEETUP, and a FAMILY REUNION; you’re on track to understanding the dynamism of what we have in store!
Come spend the solstice weekend with new & old friends alike at the summer’s best Party with a Purpose!
MORE INFO about Summer Revival Gathering:
Visit our website at to find all of the following info and more!!!
The Revival Gathering themes will revolve around: sacred activism, live music & celebration, intergenerational empowerment, authentic relating, racial equity, personal & collective story work, personal wellness, spoken word, transformative media, indigenous right relations, participatory song & art, nature connection, mindfulness activities, kinesthetic movement, permaculture projects, gender reconciliation, philanthropy, immersive theatre, and more… Find a full list of presenters here: www.backtolife.org/workshops/
MUSIC / POETRY / STORYTELLING:
The 2018 Revival will host a robust lineup of performance & participatory artists to catalyze our artful time together!
— CLIMBING POETREE: Featured alongside powerhouses such as Alice Walker, Danny Glover, Cornel West, Alicia Keys, Erykah Badu, Little Dragon, and Naomi Klein, this Brooklyn duo brings together performance and justice like nobody else on the planet. www.climbingpoetree.com
— LAURENCE COLE: This Port Townsend elder has been hosting song circles and grief councils all over the world for decades. Find out more at www.laurencecole.com
— LYDIA VIOLET BAND: This dynamic group highlights social justice and the work of Joanna Macy in a “protest-folk-gospel” style all their own. Find out more at www.lydiafiddle.com
— PAUL CHEOKETEN WAGNER: As an award winning flutist & environmental activist of the Vancouver Island Saanich tribe, Paul shares traditional songs and stories of the Coast Salish peoples locally and internationally. Find out more at www.sacredbreath.ca
— DJ ERICA DEE: By night we’ve got a honey laced voice with peachy summerday melodies over stick-to-your-ribs beats & sub-synth harmonies. By day, facilitating voice workshops and youth music experiences. Find out more at www.facebook.com/mcericadee
— More to come soon!!! www.backtolife.org/music/
Our container will be held by a diverse & experienced team of creative facilitators, employing many cultural & facilitative techniques: Open space technology, collaborative ritual, keynote presentations, participatory art creation, council circles, group storytelling, small & whole group processes, graphic recording/facilitation, the work that reconnects, community asset mapping, improvisation games, needs & offers markets, and whatever else wants to emerge!!! Find out more about our team here:www.backtolife.org/our-team-2/
We’ll gather together on a beautiful 28 acre organic farm on Vashon Island, directly off the coast of Seattle, WA. (easily accessible by public transit, carpool, & plane). Natural amphitheater, outdoor showers, outdoor kitchen, pond, nut orchard, etc (More than can be explained here, find out more at: www.backtolife.org/infoabout/
Because we know how valuable time around the “dinner table” is, all meals at the Revival will be eaten together! We just ask (to be able to keep our costs low), that you bring a couple food items (we’ll send you specifics upon registration), and sign up upon arrival for a 1hr shift in the volunteer kitchen! (It’s a communal gig ya know? ; ) … and we’ve got a lead chef that you’ll LOVE working with! Find out more at: www.backtolife.org/infoabout/
Most people participating at the Revival will be camping, though the hostel will be reserved (3 blocks away) for anybody desiring indoor lodging. These bookings must be made by April 15th at the latest… You are also (obviously) free to book a nearby AirBnB, though these get reserved on island pretty early in the year, so book soon! ((BTW: We have 30 tents available for urban participants who don’t own camping gear. Inquire on the reg page.)) Find out more at: www.backtolife.org/infoabout/
In addition to the core infrastructure of the event, we’ll have many auxiliary venues and art installations throughout the grounds: a Teahouse & Library, the Song & Meditation Yurt, the Sacred Marketplace & networking Hub, Find out more at: www.backtolife.org/art/
Full price tickets are set at a very affordable $200. This includes 3 days of camping, content, meals, parking, and networking with some amazing PNW change makers!!! (Families/children are totally welcome! 12 and under are free) … More info here: www.eventbrite.com/e/revival-gathering-2018-registration-42104072414
SCHOLARSHIPS / VOLUNTEERS:
We have 5 levels of tickets available, with over 150 people coming on some form of scholarship! Please inquire at the registration link above for more info. (Prioritizing youth, elders, POC, & activists FYI). Please fill out a form here: http://www.backtolife.org/collaborate-2/
DONORS / SPONSORS:
We sincerely welcome any leads toward sponsors, donors, and the like! (Businesses, individuals, philanthropic groups, etc). We’re a fiscally-sponsored non-profit project, and can accept tax-deductible donations by request! …Big thanks… This is a labor of love, we’ve got a LOT of support going out, and we need ALL the help we can get coming in! Please fill out a donor form here:https://goo.gl/forms/zwUXmNqAT8pPXF5G2
***MORE INFO ON OUR WEBSITE: The amount of info on this invitation is utterly ridiculous! For real… Go to our website at www.backtolife.org/ to find all of this info and more, along with beautiful images, and info on our past events!!!
***PLEASE LIKE OUR FB PAGE “REVIVAL EVENTS” and share with friends who may be interested!!! : )
Many blessings to you and yours,
~Ben Browner and the Revival Team