Ashley Berry is a community organizer, Thai bodywork practitioner and participating member of the New England Council Collective, an organization devoted to sharing the talking circle practices of The Way of Council. She holds talking circles at Thrive Integrative Wellness in Florence, MA
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Integrative Community Talking Circle
Talking circles are ancient practices used for community building, healing, and integration.
There will be two talking circles, one on Saturday afternoon, and one on Sunday evening. Through deep listening, reflection and verbal expression, we bring awareness to our own most meaningful moments leading up to and during the festival. We will share our stories about what brought us here, what is moving within us, and what we are taking home. In the circle, we have an opportunity to be witnessed in our story, to witness others as they share their stories, and to witness the unfolding of the larger collective story of our community, within a shared festival experience. In this way, the circle process itself is a key practice to facilitate deeper integration of our individual and collective experiences, and to clarify the role that transformational festivals play in the nurturance of healthy communities, in the interest of returning home with an integrated knowing of the gifts we receive in gathering for festival, and how they can serve and support our purpose in the world.
Leaf Boat Theater serves the human journey towards loving interdependence through ritual theater, music, puppets, goofiness, and direct actions for the sake of all beings. Artistic director and buddhist counselor Beth Fairservis is the progeny of Vaudeville and Anthropology. She has studied theater with Ricardo Puccetti, Meredith Monk, Rachel Rosenthal, and Double Edge Theater. Her puppets have danced on streets and in city halls through Western Mass for over 10 years. Musical director, composer, and cellist Stephen Katz brings a lifetime of collaboration with dance and theater to Leaf Boat. Their son Olin Katz has been surrounded by puppets since infancy. He is now stepping in as lyricist, singer, and youth perspective in all that the company creates. Joining the Fairservis-Katz family at Unifier is the strong voice of Thai Massage therapist and Water Protector Ashley Berry.
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The World We Love is in our Hands
Puppets and a passionate love for the earth come together in unique ritual theater experience. On Friday at 5pm Cellist Stephen Katz and Beth Fairservis will muse on the magical powers of multidimensional consciousness. On Saturday at 5pm Ashley Berry will join the troupe along with the community in a giant puppet parade leading to the Earth Temple for a transmutational theater experience where we will all get in touch with our inter-dependence!
Zetizen pays homage to different cultures of sound native to regions found in the Balkans, West Africa, India, and the Middle East. In the midst of recent xenophobia occurring around the globe, we seek to exemplify just how beautiful the world is with its diverse cultures combined. Featured instruments include Kora, Cello, Gadulka, Kaval, Gaida, and Ableton Push.
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Born and raised in Machakos, Kenya comes Machakos Kyalo whom is one of the most promising hip hop artists that represent Machakos. With singles such as “Run Caleb Ndiku”, “100 or So” “Uka Uka” and recently released “Victor Wanyama”, Kyalo has proven that he isn’t only a hit maker but one of the best performers that will leave you chanting sounds of Machakos.
On february of 2017, Kyalo took it upon himself to start “A greener life is a livable one” tree planting project with his last EP “Rude Boi” to plant 10,000 trees in schools around Machakos by selling digital copies of it. He accomplished that goal and is now challenging himself and his ONE TRyBE COMPANy collective to build a sound school in Kenya that accommodates all the young talents in Kenya that dream of learning music. Simply inspiring the youth to dream more.
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My summer camp roots go deep. My parents met at camp when they were 12. I grew up spending summers in day camps and YMCA nature based sleep-a-way’s. I learned many things from the atmosphere of camp that I still apply to my daily relations and interactions. I view camp as an opportunity for alternative education. A place where the cracks and crevices that are overlooked in public schools get filled in with highly fertile information and ideas that can lead to creative empowered breakthrough’s for young people.
An interdisciplinary arts major; I worked as an RA and Program advisor during my 4.5 years in college. These jobs led to teaching positions at art’s based summer camps and then finally to 2 years as the director of an arts and technology based overnight camp (ID TECH CAMP ) … The tech camp model had me as the director in charge of 40+ kids with the age range of 6 to 16. The humble and inspired 5 teacher/counselors and myself made this model everything that it could be within the prescribed parameters. However, it wasn’t everything I loved about camp – it lacked the nature element- as well as the funky/ weird/spiritual summer camp traditions that were the main event at the camps I grew up at.
I’ve successfully worked as a freelance artist, musician and designer for the last decade – but have awoken again to the call to offer my vision, talents and gifts with future generations.
I am excited to be calling in the vision – prayer and players that will make Unifier’s future camp all it can be!
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Summer camp spirit storming session . Calling all action heroes ~ summer camp needs YOU!
I believe that – like our “festival culture”, summer camp holds so much potential for transformation, activation and growth. This workshop is dedicated to discussing what summer camp is – and what it’s about to become. Let’s Revive summer camp man of the youth are not attending camp and for those of use who did we have fond memories and a few life lessons we learned from them. Let’s create ideas for the opportunity for amazing experiences for the youth and future generations. I have caught a glimpse of what is possible for the camp at Unifier’s future grounds and I look forward to learning what YOUR contribution to camp might be… For this workshop/ discussion – I want to meet kids/ parents/ and anyone who prides them self on being a kid at heart.
Ultimately, I’m looking for action heroes who want to get involved in making a significant difference in the lives and outlook of the next generation. Come pow-wow with me – and share your thoughts and view. The revolution is hiring – it’s time to get in-tune – walk our talk and take it all to the next level. We’ve god this, and it’s gonna be FUN!
Artist Meet and Greet
Saturday, June 24th, 3-5 pm
Art Gallery Location
Come meet the Unifier Visual Artists!
Mayer Kirkpatrick is a licensed acupuncturist since 1991, Developer of Guided Energy Medicine, Founder of Forest Medicines Sanctuary, Inc.- a 501(c)3 spiritual based non-profit and retreat center in Western Mass and a Father of 4.
Mayer has worked with over 22,000 thousand individuals and, through this learning, has developed unique and effective ways to access and work with the root cause of ailments.
This is a participatory workshop. Your willingness to be open and curious will allow you to learn significant directives for your healing process.
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Is Intention for Healing Enough?
Energy follows our focus. Focusing on our problem for healing is a dual path- ignoring it may not bring the necessary focus and focusing on the problem can make it more activated.
This workshop will demonstrate and allow for an inner experience when a healing intention is correct. We will also explore which layer of oneself- spiritual, mental, emotional and/or physical) is the primary block to releasing the problem.
A communication with the conscious body, the part of ourselves that is aligned with our Highest Truth is the GEM path to healing. In this process of Guided Energy Medicine, we meet and develop the medicine that we carry. !
AARON BRANDO holds a Masters Degree in Education and loves the art of crafting pedagogy in a non-codified system such as Contact Improvisation. Brando teaches and performs CI internationally. He has been instrumental in creating the event, CI Ground Research, which encourages the ongoing research of Contact Improvisation by dancers from around the world. Brando’s YouTube page has over a half million views and can be viewed via his website www.AaronBrando.com.
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Contact Improvisation: Flow and Momentum
There is a particular world we can inhabit together that comes from teasing out, indulging in, and encouraging each other’s momentum and centrifugal force. Using skill building, open play, and collaborative investigation, we will explore how to live inside momentum and deeply connect in the exploration of contact.
Moti Zemelman, MFA, began practicing Contact Improvisation 29 years ago. Over the past 22 years he has taught and performed across USA, Canada, Central America, Mexico, Europe and Israel. In 2008-09 he taught as Professor of Dance at the Instituto Naciónal de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. Over the last 10 years in his desire to integrate communication and intimacy skills in his life and teaching he has studied Non-violent communication, Tantra, Butoh, BDSM and Byron Katie’s “The Work”. Moti has been both a teacher and a board member at Earthdance Retreat Center in Plainfield, MA where he currently co-organizes the Touch&Play Festival ( https://2017.touchandplay.org ). Additionally he is a featured dancer in Sanford Lewis’ recently released documentary film about CI “An Intimate Dance.” He also designs and moderates the international Contact Improv resource website www.contactimprov.com
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Contact Improv Beginners Mind – 50 Ways to Enter the Dance
CI Beginners Mind – 50 Ways to Enter the Dance:
Seeing, feeling, sensing, surrendering, directing, imitating, collaborating, breathing, contrasting, pausing, connecting…Contact Improv isn’t just a dance, it’s a way of life! Become permeable to your own intuitions and impulses. Connect to your partner, connect to yourself, connect to presence. Every moment is an opportunity to enter the dance more deeply. Replace ambition with curiosity – Be a beginner… always