Bioneers’ co-founder Nina Simons trace the arc of her evolving leadership priorities, purposes and calling - from Arts to Earth, and Earth to Women and Restoring the Feminine, and from there to Racial and Economic Justice and Indigeneity… an arc that parallels and reflects this inclusive movement of movements of which we’re all a part - all while reinventing leadership to be something we can all whole-heartedly aspire to.
Climbing PoeTree will perform two selections from their newly released record INTRINSIC
We make the world with our minds. The view we bring determines not only how we interpret our experience, but the actions we take based upon those interpretations. Seeing and treating this living creation as if it were a machine, we have made it act like one, one that is prone to entropy, falls apart and has a limited life span. Focusing on the stuff of the world we have missed the fact that life is exchange, it occurs between things. Life is movement and processes and can only be seen and understood as patterns. Using the traditional mind of the tracker, navigator, wildcrafter, singer, dancer, and human being we can relearn to see, live in, and reweave the living world that is our birthright. This is a Pattern Mind.
An acute shortage of affordable and sustainable housing has motivated many cultural creatives to reinvent shelter that is out of the boundaries that include the usual approaches to home ownership or apartment rental. In the vanguard are the small and tiny house builders who, as radicals in the best sense of the word, are showing us, by a process of creative subtraction, how to dramatically reduce the footprint and burden of the American home. We will hear from two professional builders, who will help us understand the larger cultural issues and from three individuals who have created dwellings for themselves that are, at this time, legally out of bounds.
Permaculture is an ecological design system that incorporates Indigenous wisdom from around the world to help us create a more life-affirming, ethical world and work with nature. Even though permaculture is often thought of as a fancy word for a fancy gardening system, in this session we’ll break down the principles of Permaculture Design and cover ways in which those principles can be used as tools to radically heal harmful and unjust social systems (invisible structures) and can help us work towards social justice. In an era of Black Lives Matter, Standing Rock, skyrocketing living costs on the Front Range, climate chaos, and the largest women’s marches in history, we can’t afford to keep ecological design or social justice issues in the background.
Join us for a unique presentation with innovative permaculturists and permaculture educators from the Front Range who are also deeply committed to and embedded in social justice work and education.
Welcome to a Special Offering of The Death Café Boulder County !
This is a Group Facilitated Open Forum to Discuss End-of-Life Issues Concerning Death.At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. Our objective is 'to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives'. A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session.
Our Death Cafes are always offered:
- On a not for profit basis
- In an accessible, respectful and confidential space
- With no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action
- Alongside refreshing drinks and nourishing food – and cake!
Note: The Green Burial Council of Boulder County is a local partner in end-of-life issues who will be presenting at the conference. We support their endeavors. Please see the conference program for more info about their presentation.
Note: This session does not require separate eventbrite registration but you do need to have attended Friday and/or Saturday programming to participate. Parking is free in the SEEC lots on Sunday but not at the hourly metered spaces.
For millennia, cultures across the world have recognized the value of going into “retreat” from time to time. Varying in intensity, specific purpose, ritual, ceremony, practices, etc., a fundamental principle seems to be tacit amongst them; removing oneself from the every-day contexts of life to gain a more elevated perspective into how life works and how one finds their purpose in it.
The modern western context in which we find ourselves has its own versions of this. Front Range Eco-Social Solutions is an example; you’ve likely come here seeking greater understanding about the challenges we face and what you can do about them. Every week of the year, thousands of opportunities exist for us to go into retreat, and we should be grateful that so many of these opportunities abound for those of us who have the means to attend them.
However, one area in which many of these gatherings can fall short is how one transfers their retreat experience back into the daily contexts that comprises the bulk of our lives. While in retreat, we can have amazing and insightful experiences, meet wonderful new people, get excited about new possibilities…and then it’s Monday.
Any culture who has a long-established tradition of retreat is also likely to have a tradition of transitioning back to daily contexts with the newfound insights. One such example can be found in some of the more esoteric truth-seeking traditions of Japan, where practitioners spend time in the mountains engaged in intensive practices geared towards the cultivation of spiritual power and understanding through nature. Having been through these rigorous experiences, there follows practices that one might call “Bringing the Mountain Home”; in other words, intentional consideration and practice in how to directly transfer the power of knowledge and insight gained back into day-to-day living.
Please join us for this transitional session geared towards making the most out of your recent retreat experience by combining your inspiration with practices that will help you transfer your elevated experiences back into your day-to-day contexts, where life really calls to us to step into action. Remember, the real purpose of retreat is to advance…