Plants enChant ~ in circular devotion to Plants, People, and Songs
This gathering can be summed as: Singing Alive + herbal gathering = Plants EnChant! It is intended to develop and strengthen ‘medicine culture’ thru the healing arts of holistic education, song-sharing, life-as-ceremony, and supportive community. It recognizes ‘medicines’ as the force of nature that cures dis-ease, that takes us from being sick to being free. This event aligns more with ‘deep herbalism‘, which cultivates a relationship thru plants to the healing presence of Nature, a pro-active approach to health, and less with the ‘shallow herbalism’ of ‘take the tincture and make the symptoms go away’, a greener version of the pharmaceutical model. It recognizes plants as the greenprint of all medicines. It acknowledges plants as elders in the society of nature as it exists on planet earth, and therefore teachers to the adolescent human species. In their yet more primal aspect, plants are ‘umbilical cords to Gaia’ (Rosemary Gladstar); they ‘help us remember’ (Stephen Buhner). As such, they can keep us aligned with the healthy functioning of the planetary metabolism, mirrored in our own inner and social ecologies. All plants (and fungi), are teachers, if related to assuch. Plants enChant is intended to honor and give space for their wisdom, to activate our abilities to receive it, and put this guidance into practice through the cultural forms and ways they affirm. We invite all who feel called to the Way of the plants.
Singing Alive ~ Teaching and sharing gathering of sacred song circles
Birthed in 2007, Singing Alive, is a progeny of the Pacific NW (Cascadia bio-region) eco-festivals, medicine circles, and community choirs. Its intent is to teach, share, and invigorate the songs that travel thru this great Family; to hold space for the songs to do their healing work, to brew the melodic magic of collective singing. It is about bringing people together who feel called to awaken, and nuture their spiritual life thru communion with songs (and prayers, chants, blessings, and so om) of celebration of life in this temple universe. Such songs clarify our lives, strengthen our communities, and foster personal and planetary renewal. At Singing Alive we gather to share them, and ourselves, in a safe, welcoming environment. Our goal is to open hearts, and the songs are the keys. These songs are multi-cultural, coming to us from many eras and lands far and near. Together they tell a perennial story, a Gaian dharma, so often forgotten, yet so joyfully remembered, of the Great work of spiritual evolution, of earth-conscious living and peaceful co-existence. By singing this story we come home to Ourselves and perform the Dream of re-Creation we have so longed to live.
Cantando la Vida ~ Singing Alive in Costa Rica
Our most intimate gathering, held early each year at Finca Amrita, a small organic farm specializing in cacao, vanilla, roselle, & holding a high and pure frequency of love … with an exceptional swimming and sunning river.