DIY Poi and Toy: Thursday at 1:30pm

There was love, then there was concentration, then came poi. DIY Poi and Toy will be a fun filled session of fashioning your very own sock and rice practice Poi toys and then learning some of the basic skills it takes to not clock yourself in the noggin! Poi is not just an ancient dance of the Maori people but also a reflection of inner peace and communication with the self. The synchronized swinging and weaving of  ball and string(or rice and sock) demand harmonious concentration of both sides of your brain which can lead to hours of fun play. We will go over the basic moves together and maybe a few hard ones. Challenging yourself with new and fun obstacles is the best way to get in touch with yourself and the world around you, so if poi seems too scary just remember that it’s not! Come down and poi around! (ALL dexterity appropriate ages welcome)

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The Joy of Tribal Face Painting: Friday at 1:00pm

A little basic color mixing lesson mixed with a little tribal inspiration will fuel this parent on child face-painting adventures! Tribes of ancient peoples had painted themselves for reasons of war, celebration and sacred ritual, and to represent family bonds. Pulling some inspiration from our primal elements and a few from our more inspired modern face painters you will create your own tribal make up to reflect your unique family. There are absolutely no limits on where you can take your face-painting and no such thing as a mistake, just happy accidents! We will be using non-toxic water soluble paints, applied by parents and perhaps some parents will get painted too! After painting we will all commence in our Unifier celebrations and head to the Children’s parade!

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Steeped in the beautiful green mountains of Vermont, Maple “Kayla” Steen also known as Buddhaplasm Designs has been quickly and quietly pushing away the edges of art. Having done some studying at the University of Vermont I am predominantly a self taught artist, enthusiast and student of the earth. Starting at a young age with the flute I immediately wanted more, moving up the instrument ladder. Spending my time in jazz bands and volunteer counseling at a children’s summer camp for some years allowed me to grow and learn what it is to encourage and mentor a younger person in their search for art. Now swiftly approaching two decades of painting, sewing, and crafting I’ve decided to finally reflect my energy back out as Buddhaplasm Designs making thoughtful handmade objects for my family and friends. On my amazing journey to my solar powered mountain home I came across the wonderful art and dance of Poi! I was immediately hooked by the wonderful symbiosis of learning and playing. Today I have graduated to fire and light dance poi but I still use my practice set everyday! Combining this kind of dance meditation with my daily meditations and arts have allowed me to come alive in a way that I never could imagine, and I’m really excited to share it with you! If you love art and nature you can follow me on any number of online forums like Etsy, Tumblr, Instagram and Facebook.


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Unifier Festival is a Healing and Expressive Arts Festival, A Sacred World Music Festival, and a Beach Party. Immerse Yourself in Nature on 417 community owned acres in the foothills of the Berkshires

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