Mekowhy Kawon is a self taught artist with a minor background in arts. Drawing inspiration from metaphysics, ancient culture & the curiosity of self-discovery, Mekowhy plays with the color palette to help embrace the ever-evolving life we wake up to everyday. Using techniques to help examine the motion & fine detail of all that is around; the term “Liminal” has been thrown around which means a transitional stage of process.
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Conscious Organic Hip-Hop Ensemble
Poetry In Motion
We come to bring a new vibe to the table. Poetry infused with funk, jazz, and soul. From the horns, to the strings, to the keys, to the skins we come to get your soul grooving. Poetry in motion. Bring your dancing shoes..
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Grandma Kaariina Natalie Saarinen M Ed Coun is bloodline shamanka with epigenetics from Mongolia, Tuva, Siberia and northern Finland. Traveling for 15 years, Kaariina is an energetic adept, a strong and fierce light for truth and a discipline healer for humanity. Her passion is for nonviolence and purpose: to end the lies of separation from source. She longs for family reunions and lives the Way of Council, knowing that partnerships can be alchemized and traumas no longer serve as a basis for conversations.
Sacred Wheels for Community Building Saturday with Grandmother.
Saturday 1 pm Panel discussion main field
Cheryl is a Priestess keeper of The Red Tent of her community, teacher of Tarot and owner of Crystal Clear Intentions in Poughkeepsie, New York. The focus of her circles is to create a safe, nurturing, loving, supportive community for women to gather speaking their truth without judgment while learning to look upon each other as Sisters once more. Cheryl brings women together to call upon and remember the ancient wisdom flowing in their veins, empowering them to heal themselves while honoring that we are all seekers, teachers and healers. Her teachings, Tarot Soul Speak: Tarot for Your Soul is one of her greatest passions at this time. The foundation of her class is teaching students to tap into and trust their intuition while encouraging them to step beyond the comfort zone of the known. Her students leave learning so much more than Tarot. They delve into themselves leaving empowered ready to embark on the journey of themselves. Crystal Clear Intentions is Cheryl’s world of art. While using her gifts and trained modalities she creates Dream Catchers for the purpose of bringing a sense of calm, joy, peace, love, and healing to each person that receives them. Her work has reached as far as Israel and Australia. Each piece is unique; not only in design, but in the Spiritual guidance she receives for the creation.
Cheryl has studied many spiritual practices and healing modalities which include; Reiki, Feather Magick, Tarot, and Violet Alchemy ®. Her personal roots of spiritual practice are that of the Goddess and the Earth. She is a Seer and Diviner blending a combination of the Tarot, pendulum, automatic writing, feathers, channeling and her intuitive connection to nature.
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Blood Moon Sanctuary
BLOOD MOON SANCTUARY facilitated by Cheryl
Fri: 10am – 2pm; 6pm – 11pm
Sat: 10am – 8pm
Sun:10am – 4pm
We are providing a space for women in their moon time. This is a sacred place to gather while being gently and lovingly supported in rest and rejuvenation. Allow yourselves to be held by the compassionate, gentle strength of our Sisters. We will laugh, cry, share, be still, sing, be nurtured, and nurture while allowing our vulnerability to be our strength. We gather to holy love and honor ourselves, our bodies, and our ancestors who have bled before us and into us. As we nurture ourselves may we nurture the Great Mother and rise as the empowered, mature, playful, compassionate warriors she has been calling upon to heal ourselves.
HEALING OF MOTHERLINE BLOOD MOON CEREMONY facilitated by Grandmother Kaariina – please list as ceremony
Saturday 11am – 12:30pm at Blood Moon Sanctuary
We call to you our Sisters in Moon time! We gather to heal our maternal lineage through our womb wisdom. We will offer this sacred wisdom to the roots of the Mother Tree. Feeding our beloved Pachamama while releasing any shame, guilt, anger and fear we carry as women. As we offer ourselves to the land and all our relations we will remember and celebrate the beauty, power and wonderment of our cycles. We envision our wisdom like rain nurturing the sacred web of the land we gather upon, reigniting the foundation of compassion, strength and wisdom from the beating womb heart of all women.
Sisters, please bring herbs or tobacco to place in hole, prayers and a song if you desire.
Dedicated for seven generations.
Jade Alicandro Mace is a bioregional herbalist practicing community herbalism in western massachusetts. Her favorite plants tend to be the weeds and her current top 3 favorite locally abundant plants are Dandelion (Taraxacum officinalis), Wild Rose (Rosa multiflora), and Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica). She delights in sharing the wonders of the green world with intrepid seekers and avidly teaches classes and leads walks throughout Massachusetts and beyond. Dedicated to the accessibility of herbal medicine, you can find her most Fridays at the Greenfield Community Herbal Clinic at Blue Dragon Apothecary, seeing clients on a sliding-scale, low-cost basis. She own Milk & Honey Herbs in Shutesbury, MA. Learn more about her work at www.milkandhoneyherbs.com
Wild Edibles & Medicinals Plant Walk with Jade Alicandro Mace
Join us for a walk around the grounds exploring our bioregionally abundant wild edible and medicinal trees, shrubs, flowers, roots, berries, and more! We’ll focus on field botany and plant ID, common medicinal uses, edibility and recipes, medicine-making, wildcrafting and harvesting practices, and practical tips for weaving the use of these plants into our every-day lives. We’ll also spend some time practicing sensory integration and gaining intimacy with the green world all around us.
ReTribe supports youth to become powerful, self-realized adults who, together, will foster a “New Culture” built on radical acceptance and connection to self, others, and the earth.
ReTribe is an organization based out of Vermont that offers summer camps for children and teens as well as year round school programming. Our programs include; Rites of Passage retreats for teens-using meditation, yoga, wilderness solo, breathwork, and live action role playing, day camps and a school year forest day school as well as after school program for children-teaching traditional skills and imaginative, wild play in the woods, and adult and college programming- teaching traditional living skills, and facilitating deep healing through Integral Breathwork.
ReTribe provides a wide range of programs that all help to guide youth and adults through the many transformations of life. Whether it be the small changes of childhood as our day campers learn to build fires, carve wood, and explore their imaginations in the woods, or the profound changes that the teens face on our Rites of Passage retreats as they find themselves, and explore deep emotions, participants will come away from all our programs having grown and transformed, bringing them one step closer to the person that they hope to become.
ReTribe was created as a response to the imbalances we see in the world in an attempt to foster a healthy culture that can help humanity move through this challenging time.
ReTribe is more than just an educational organization, we are a community of people who want to live our lives in connection with each other and the earth. Many of our staff live cooperatively together year round. We grow most of our own food and spend our days doing what we can to help others heal, and find a positive and joyful way to contribute to our world. When we aren’t running programming, we try to create space for community by playing music in the local parks, and holding gatherings where we can share healthy food from our gardens.
Julia co-founded and has been running Retribe’s summer camps, teen rites of passage retreats, college programming, and girls coming of age groups for the past 8 years. She also helps facilitate the Social Harmony program by working with youth having social and behavioral difficulties at the Orchard Valley Waldorf School, in East Montpelier, VT. Julia has been a staff member of the Wayfinder Experience, a fantasy role-playing and improvisational theater camp for teens, for the past 10 years. She has been working with youth since 2000, teaching movement, social emotional learning, theater, and sexual education. She is certified in Integral Breath Therapy as well as Energy Medicine. She leads kirtan and sacred chanting and plays the flute and harmonium. She is very passionate about helping youth and adults to heal, grow, and transform. She has a deep connection with nature, imagination, and magic and hopes to help facilitate others to foster these connections, which already exist so powerfully within them.
Having grown up on a farm in Vermont, John has been engaged with the natural world since childhood and has a passion for helping others strengthen their connection. He has studied with expert survivalists and trackers and has done extensive research on his own through study and direct exploration. For the past 10 years he has been mentoring youth of all ages in a wide variety of settings including summer camps, afterschool programs, and outdoor education schools. He co-founded and has been running programs through ReTribe for the past 8 years. John is a poet and drummer, has a strong meditation practice, and because of his deep love of Gaia, he has a passion for, and understanding of, sustainability issues on both a worldwide and individual scale. He is certified in Integral Breath Therapy, Energy Medicine and Wilderness First Aid (SOLO), and was trained through The Mindfulness in Education Teacher Training from Daniel Rechtschaffen at the Omega Institute. He loves helping others discover, through nature connection, their unique and beautiful power.
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Grace Kalinosky is 25 years old from Litchfield, CT. She graduated in 2013 from American University in Washington, DC and received her degree in business, specializing in marketing and entrepreneurship. Trained as a child in ballet and figure skating, Grace first picked up a hoop at 20. Her interest in flow arts was piqued at a music festival, where she was entranced by the hoopdancers and poi spinners there. Once home, she promptly read as much as she could about the different types and sizes of hoops and purchased one of her very own. From there, Grace’s background and love of dance was born anew with the presence of this partner. In the winter of 2010, she dedicated herself to the art form wholeheartedly. Since then, she has immersed herself in wide variety of spinning arts and Fractal Phoenix was born. While mostly self-taught, she has been fortunate to attend many workshops and fire/flow festivals led by the highest caliber of flow arts innovators. Grace finds herself constantly inspired by music, the art of movement, geometry, and the raw beauty of nature. She enjoys teaching hoopdance to children; 2016 will be her third year as a teaching artist with the After School Arts Program (ASAP) in Washington, CT, as part of their summer camp for students ages 4-13. She performs regularly at Alex Grey’s Chapel of Sacred Mirrors in Wappingers Falls, NY and also in 2016 will be returning to Unifier Festival in Tolland, MA for her second year to perform for artists such as Emancipator, Desert Dwellers, and the Human Experience. Past clients include Insomniac (Electric Daisy Carnival), the city of Danbury Connecticut, the Mayflower Inn & Spa, and Western Connecticut State University. She performs frequently throughout the tri-state area and beyond.
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For over twenty years, David Jason Williams a.k.a. U.N.D.A.K.O.V.A
(Universe. Naturally. Delivers. All. Knowledge. Of. Vitality. Automatically.) has been awakening audiences with his special brand of insightful & knowledge infused hip hop. He spiritually guides his listeners and shares the benefits of healthy living while, quite fittingly, making you move & groove in the process. Whether spinning disco, funk and breaks, or Latin beats, his artistic sensitivity enables him to affect crowds in a powerful way. Wearing the hats of Emcee, Songwriter, and Producer also open doors for Undakova to shine his light as a lyrical wordsmith, blending mood altering melodies and uplifting messages. He believes true success involves reestablishing the positive foundation of hip hop culture. With a seasoned background in yoga, meditation and philanthropy, Undakova teaches by demonstration that selflove and all forms of artistic expression are the leading ways to empower communities. Through heartfelt displays of compassion, leadership, and creativity, loyal fans continue to grow with him.
Urban monk and teaching artist, his seasoned background in yoga and meditation has allowed him to develop a yoga hip hop curriculum for urban youth with the organizations non-profit BEAT NYC, GENERATION WIRELESS (Now Amplify) and the ABC Sanctuary just to name a few. UNDAKOVA believes selflove and artistic expression are the ultimate tools for empowering communities.
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Lisa DePiano is a lead permaculture designer, teacher and practitioner. Her work includes the Montview Neighborhood Farm, one of the first public edible forest gardens in the country, G.R.E.T.A, the greywater system for Occupy Wall Street and her company Mobile Design Lab is featured in the award winning film Inhabit, a permaculture perspective.
Edible Forest Gardens: Creating an Edible Paradise with Lisa DiPiano
Paw, Paw’s, Persimmons, Currents, Raspberries, Figs oh my! Learn how to garden like the forest and turn your yard into an edible paradise. In this workshop you will learn about site prep, species selection and planting methods to grow your own edible forest garden. For thousands of years people have been using these gardens to provide food, forage, fuel, fodder, fertilizers and medicine–you can too.
Renard performs with Bread & Puppet theater and has taught over 200 people to walk on stilts. He makes masks and puts on shows in the Bread & Puppet style.
Get High on Stilts
Fearlessly learn to walk and dance on stilts and make beautiful masks with simple materials. Very fun and rewarding. Advanced stilt walking techniques will be offered.
Casey is a musician dedicated to offering intuitive sound therapy and meditations using natural rhythms and ancient universal vibrations of the Didgeridoo, Gong, Singing Bowls, voice overtones, as well a variety of primitive instruments used for Pranic cleansing/balancing and alleviating stress, anxiety, tension.
Didgeridoo Sound Journey
Allow the ancient sounds of the didgeridoo to transport and transform as you journey deep within. Now meets zen to create an atmosphere of contemplation & inner peace, let the sounds envelop you in the present moment. The deep tones of didge drone is known to lower brainwaves into theta range.
Intro to Didgeridoo
Learn the basic & some advanced elements of didge playing. We will cover the drone, animal sounds, simple rhythms, cheek movement, beatboxing and circular breathing. Practicing the didgeridoo is a meditation, a form of pranayama and just a few minutes of playing is a powerful ecstatic experience. The intuitive nature of the didge makes it