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March 10-12, 2017
In change between Winter and Spring -- let's be together, craft and sing!
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* This is a drug and alcohol free event *
We will have small group workshops during the day, and whole group activities in the mornings and evenings -- singing throughout. Singing is optional, but all voices are encouraged. Workshops will focus around teaching simple craft skills or being at craft stations.
Please note, Sunday (12th) will be at a different location.
Please bring your own eating plates, cups, bowls, utensils.
Craft projects (feel free to bring your own)
* Friday, March 10
10:00 AM Registration Opens
Set-up party, informal crafting and singing
Snack-&-sandwich lunch items will be offered from 12 PM until 4 PM
5:00 PM Dinner
6:30 PM Opening ceremony
7:15 PM Storytelling with Aimée Ringle & song circles
* Saturday, March 11
Saturday is our one full day together. We will focus on skills such as knitting, crochet, and felting so one can finish a small project.
7:00 AM Sunrise ocean dip (optional)
8:00 AM Qi gong / Thai Chi
9:00 AM Breakfast
10:00 AM Morning Circle, workshops, & song circles
2:00 PM Workshops / "Open Space" & song circles
5:00 PM Dinner
6:00-6:30 PM Mirandy Cook Children's song & story circle
6:30 PM Fusion Dance lesson thanks to Sarah Peller & Chaz Hillyard
7:30 PM Fusion Dance thanks to Fusion Inclusion Dance Project in large room, continue mellow-er crafting and singing in Hearth Room.
10:30 PM Closing & Clean up party
* Sunday, March 12
7:00 AM Sunrise ocean dip (optional)
8:00 AM Final clean up & Out of the church
9:00 AM Breakfast/Brunch Day 1329 22nd Street, Port Townsend
10:00-11:30 AM Optional: Caravaning to Madrona Soul Motion morning dance
11:00 AM Optional: Join Unity Church service and offer songs/cross-pollination from our gathering.
Other Sunday activities after breakfast: beach walking, forest hikes in town...
**Promotion for another event: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Sound Bath with Chrystalina at Dancing Sky Studio, 909 L Street. More information by clicking here. Cost for event: $20.
We hope this gathering inspires other Working Songs for various occasions. In addition to doing physical projects, those attending can collaborate on technologies for community building -- land development, conflict resolution, sustainability resiliency, rituals and rites of passage, integrating kids, innovative and collaborative business models, mental health healing and integration, social justice, singing, sound healing, permaculture, soil building and carbon sequestration, community organizing, and other topics for bridging the current world we live within.
Essentially, we want to encourage conversation through a foundation of community support and personal healing, and find work projects that best support our ideas. To amass a crowd of gratitude to shower the world with our thanks for living.
Staff & Instructors
Jennimae Hillyard - opening & closing ceremonies
Sarah Peller - knitting for beginners & organizing/teaching fusion dance
Chaz Hillyard - co-teaching fusion dance
Aimée Ringle - song leading and storytelling
Laurence Cole - song leading
Shiloh Circle - song leading
Alison Miller - cooking nourishment
Heather Lovetree - registration greetings
Hannah Poirier - coordinating
Mirandy Cook - children's song and story circle
Leaf Lovetree - book binding & music for dance
Simon De Voil - music for dance
Andrea Blair - paper crafting
Kalan Hatton - spinning and fiber craft
Shayna Wiseman - hangdrum and buckskin sewing
Terry DuBeau - Standing Rock discussion group
Holly & Rayel Gossett - sound and vibrational healing
& More :)
In general, we encourage children to be a part of the activities that are going on, alongside the adults. Kids of all ages are welcome. There is a Children's Area thanks to Singing Tree Preschool.
Advanced notice: enjoy using Singing Tree Preschool items in the preschool room only, and do not let the toys and art supplies wander anywhere else in the church. Thanks!
Kids!!!: If you would like to teach, let us know how we can support you!
Everyone attending contributes approximately 3 hours of service to this gathering. You can choose for your 3 hours to be in the form of a teaching, help prepare meals, clean up after meals, set up, take down, or children's activities. We'll have a sign up board when you check in.
We also recognize the value in the adventure of a "Resting Song" -- in sitting back in the Grandmother's rocking chair and watching the day's activities unfold around you. Please come and chat, witness and listen. The more the merrier.
If you wish.
No formal training or experience necessary. Singing is a human birthright to expression, and this gathering is open to all ranges and confidences of voice. The focus is on sharing simple songs and being together, using music and craft to build culture and connection.
Unity Church of Port Townsend
3918 San Juan Ave
Port Townsend, WA 98368
While everyone will get their hands in the mix, there are a few jobs for full work-trade positions.
* Hosting out of town individuals, couples, or families
* Teachers for crafts
* Set up and take down errands-runner extraordinaire
Fill out the registration form below, there is space for you to comment on what you're interested in.
Registration helps us with meal planning, and sending logistical updates to those we know are coming, but you are welcome to drop in and bring others unannounced. Pass the word and spread the Love
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