Collective Power and the Spirit of Regeneration: WNC Mutual Aid Roadshow – Dec. 4

An empowering day for group learning, skilling up, bartering, seed sharing, tree planting and storytelling!

Learn about plant propagation and mutual aid economies.

Hear stories of land practices that build healthy communities.

Space is limited! You must register in advance


Co-presented by Cooperate WNC, Silver Run Forest Farm, and Dreaming Stone Arts and Ecology Center

Schedule for the Day

12:00 –  Potluck lunch and barter fair

1:00 – Opening circle – introductions and seed swap 

2:30 – Plant introductions along with famous acorn doughnut snacks

4 – Tree planting and teachings on the power of propagation

6:30 – Dinner

7:30  – Storytelling – Mutual Aid as traditional knowledge, spiritual recovery, restorative solidarity and climate catastrophe response.

Afternoon attendance is required with registration.

Evening attendance is optional.

Registration Fee is $25. Full event costs is sliding scale. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

If you need your registration fee waived, please contact [email protected]


Dec 04 2022


12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dreaming Stone


Dreaming Stone
Dreaming Stone
Jonathan McRay


Jonathan McRay

Jonathan McRay is a farmer, facilitator, and writer in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. He grew up in the Central Appalachian Mountains of East Tennessee and worked overseas before returning home to take responsibility for his life and history. Jonathan helped found and garden Vine and Fig, an urban farm, education center, and supportive home, where he also served as house mediator. Jonathan co-founded the Cambium Collective and co-facilitated Uprooting Racism in the Food System trainings with Soul Fire Farm. He teaches classes and workshops on cultural ecology, conflict transformation and restorative justice, participatory decision-making, and agroforestry and agroecology. He farms with Silver Run Forest Farm, a riparian nursery, woodland collective, and folk school propagating beautiful and useful plants that cross-pollinate food sovereignty and ecological restoration with a vision for land reform and redistribution. Jonathan has facilitated circles of support and accountability in the legal system and community, as well as emotional support circles for a residential mental health and recovery program. He joined grassroots organizing against jail expansions, immigrant detentions, and white nationalists, and helped provide de-escalation and nonviolent protection for local youth-led uprisings in 2020. He has an MA in Conflict Transformation and Restorative Justice and trained with the Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute. Jonathan does what he does because he loves trees and the land he tends, storytelling and reading out loud, the possibilities of community economy and turning conversations into action, outlandish jokes, and friends and family. He’s also learning to give up erosive perfectionism in favor of joyful growth.


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