We celebrate the unfurling at Dreaming Stone!

Spring is here!

We salute the perennial power of spring and all of life’s new shoots! We are all creatures of the Earth. As much as we might distract ourselves with flashing screens and the doldrum of modern life – the power of these lengthening days and spring blossoms can reenchant us. I am happy to share updates on recent programs and community happenings. But first, I want to direct your attention toward upcoming programs.

— 2023 Programs —

West African Drumming Thursdays, 6 pm

Jay’s classes are so fun and we’re now learning our second traditional rhythm. The classes will continue through May, and you are welcome to join.  Play with polyrhythms, learn about the beautiful cultures of West Africa. Drums are provided or you can bring your own. Learn more.

April Fool’s Spring Clean Sat April 1st, 9 – noon

We’re not joking, we need help! Our land was previously dumped on and we want to remove trash and restore ecosystems. Our wetland will thank you, the river will thank you! Lend us a few hours of volunteer time and we’ll feed you lunch! And if you like, stay and Sing in the Spring with us!

Sing In the Spring! Sat April 1st, 2 – 4 pm

Let’s circle up, create beauty and foster joy! This event will include easy to learn songs and harmonizing chants, taught by a facilitator, in the style of a Community Sing. While this program will attract folks comfortable with singing, there are no expectations about singing “well”. All are welcome! Please register

Dance of Hope residency

Drum and Dance Workshop Sat May 6th, 3 – 4:30 pm

This Ugandan drum and dance troupe will be our artists in residence the first week of May! They will be performing and teaching in the schools, sharing a concert in town, and then leading a drum and dance workshop on our campus. Come enjoy their passion and generous gifts! Register now

C0-creating Ecological Art

May 20th, 1 – 6 pm

This free workshop will teach about permaculture gardening practices, and enable participants to develop hands on skills: Building Living Soils  |  Double Digging and Amending Garden Beds  |  No Till and Hugelkultur Methods  |  Bio-Intensive Approaches  |  Companion Planting and Cover Cropping. Space is limited, so please register.

Arts, Ecology, and Circus Camp! July 10th – 15th

Registration is officially open. We are excited to build upon our past successes and create a memorable and empowering experience for youth. We will have programmed activity Mon – Fri, and then will invite family and friends for a performance and community meal on Saturday.

Collective Effervescence Contact Improv Retreat Sept 22 – 24

We are hosting our first contact improvisation retreat this year, which will include a live music jam, playful forays into the forest, delicious local food, and workshops led by Brad Stoller. Come, dance, and be nourished by this beautiful setting. This will fill up. Register now!

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— Reflections and updates —

The recent Racial Equity Training was a thoughtful deep dive for the 22 that attended. The facilitation provided by Community Food Strategies was exceptional – helping us untangling the histories, power dynamics, systemic structures and cultural norms that must be addressed to build just and sustainable food systems for all! We also had an awesome showing of the On Sacred Ground film and highlighted the awesome work of Indigenized Energy, a project to build tribal energy sovereignty. We are grateful for this work and see this as a hopeful & actionable response to the Fossil Fuel Industry’s continued violations against land and communities.
Dreaming Stone’s garden 4.0 is going to the next level. Jason MagLaughlin has joined Jay Beck on garden management, and there are more than 2,000 seedlings getting his most thoughtful attention. This year’s garden is going to do more experiments in cover cropping, deep soil amendments, double-digging, and bio-intensive garden craft. Diverse Demonstration Plots will include a salad bed, a Sicilian heritage bed, a Cherokee medicine bed, and gourd growing for a future instrument building course. It is beyond thrilling to have inspired and committed community members cultivating the potential of the garden.

— Community News —

Jay and I had an amazing time connecting with long-time friends and co-conspirators in February in Oak View, CA. We shared songs, led rituals for celebration and for grief, and planted seeds for organizing efforts ahead. Our hearts are with those who are fighting to protect the Weelanuee Forest. We are humbled by the brave organizing efforts by faith leaders, within this movement.
If you have time to plug in and contribute to national organizing work, you are needed. May we all remember the wise mantra of our friend Sarah Nahar, that the “Struggle of the People and the Struggle of the Land are One!” May we all find ways to broaden our understanding and build our capacity to heal wounds, protect beauty, and build community!
Thanks for staying connected to our journey!

Tevyn East

Executive Director Dreaming Stone Arts and Ecology Center dreamingstone.org
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