New Programs, New Film, Fundraising Update

Community is our strength… 

hands, hearts, and healthy imaginations!

Greetings Friend!

We’re wrapping up the year in a nourishing way! Our final program, part of Cooperate WNC’s Mutual Aid Roadshow, was a great way to meet sweet folks, eat good food, share seeds, learn trees, and talk about building community power!

This newsletter includes program updates and some ideas for special gifts to give this season. But first, an update on our fundraising drive and a new film!

Created by Leonardo Moreno and Romina Memoli,
music by Seth Martin and the Menders

Huge thanks to our community of support!


We have received $5,020 toward our matching gift challenge of $18,000! Those contributions have been doubled, putting us at $10,040 toward our fund drive. With your help, we can reach our goal before the end of the year. 
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Give us a boost! Share our video or fundraiser! 

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— {New Programs} —

Free the Moving Body

Mondays at 6 pm 

Starting on January 9th, Dreaming Stone will host a weekly dance practice, led by Tevyn East. Open to all levels of dance experience. We will release tension while building strength, flexibility, balance, and ease of movement.  Enjoy heightened awareness of this precious gift of a body and the eternal “now” that it inhabits.

Building Equity in Land, Food and Health
Sat, Feb 11th, 10 – 4 pm

This training, led by Community Food Strategies, will teach participants about historical and ongoing food system inequities, and offer vision for our interconnected healing and liberation. Grow your capacity to dismantle oppression and build food security, to the benefit of all. Space is limited. 

West African Drumming
Thursdays, 6 pm

Have fun playing music while learning about the beautiful cultures of West Africa. No previous experience needed, but repeat visits are required to learn all the parts of a traditional West African rhythm. Drums are provided or you can bring your own. For students, ages 13 and up. Learn more here.

— { Favorite Gift Ideas } —


I don’t need “things” this Christmas. I need spiritual nourishment and meaningful connection. Maybe you want the same for yourself and others? Here are gift ideas that provide just that…
Treat yourself or a loved one to the upcoming BKI, on “Just Community”. Jay and I will be there leading music and we’d love to see you!

Gift a subscription to GEEZ, the most beautiful, provocative, life- affirming magazine to cozy up with. My heart overflows with each issue.

Give to Community Solidarity Agroforestry efforts by Silver Run Forest Farm. Feed positive futures!

A Holiday Blessing, Holding the Light and the Dark!

Each year, we return to the power of hope within enveloping darkness. Yet again, we are weary with grief for the perpetual threats against life and are daunted by the forecasts of more trouble to come. We help each other remember – we are not alone, our trouble is not “new”, and an eternal spring of brave love is forever feeding the dark soil of possibility. 

For those of us in the Christian tradition, we are claiming that hope is a refugee child, born under the shadow of empire, amidst a brutal economic system, far removed from comfort and safety. And that birth changes the playing field for all seeking beloved community.

This year, we are aching with the grief of loss. Rick Beck, my father in law, passed on December 1st. His fun-loving, joy-full spirit will be living on – on dance floors, within epic ballads, and in the hearts of those he left behind. We recognize that so many are grieving during this season. Our hearts are with you as you weave together the pains and the pleasures of being alive in this time – so full of tragedy and beauty.

With Advent Hope,

Tevyn East

Executive Director
Dreaming Stone Arts and Ecology Center
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