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The Bcollective hosts frequent skillsharings, workshops, classes, bonfires, retreats, performances, and gatherings, as well as storytelling and village building events. Please consult the calendar below for the latest happenings.

 

The Grief and Gratitude Lodge


The Grief and Gratitude Lodge is place to cultivate a deepening of our capacity to grieve, and thus, to live more fully and gratefully. Our larger cultural climate of mandatory cheerfulness and open contempt for expressions of powerful emotions such as sorrow, despair, and rage ultimately deadens our ability to feel, and erodes our connections with community. Practicing the skill of grieving in the presence of our neighbors, friends and allies allows us to rekindle relationship with our own bodies, our fellow humans, our ancestors, and with the greater Earthly body.

An evening of alchemy exploring the intertwining of grief & gratitude, with the heart-filled guidance of Laurence Cole and Nala Walla.

2018 DATES:

•Sunday, February 4th, 2018
•Sunday, May 6th, 2018
•Sunday, August 5th, 2018
•Sunday, November 25th, 2018

WHEN: 2-8pm, doors at 1:30
WHERE: The Zen Dome on Marrowstone, 4894 Flagler Road, Nordland, WA 98358

PAYMENT POLICY:

•The Grief and Gratitude Lodge is offered as part of an emerging, grassroots movement to revitalize the ancient Gift Economy in a modern format. Please note that Gifting is not the same as "Free." And it is also different than other fee structures such as "Pay What You Can" or "Sliding Scale."

•By working "in the Gift," we are declining the conventional market economy arrangement which formally ends our connection once the "transaction" is complete. Author of "The Gift" Lewis Hyde notes: "unlike the sale of a commodity, the giving of a gift tends to establish a relationship between the parties involved." This desirable weaving of relationships is why we choose to offer this Lodge in the Gift economy. By participating in this Lodge, we affirm our mutual obligation, which is recognized in turn by the offering of gifts.

•In order to support the Lodge as an ongoing resource, we are asking that each participant expressly make a Gift to the Lodge that reflects both the value of the Lodge itself, as well as the time and energy invested in organizing, maintaining and building a viable and community of skilled grievers.

•A good target for your gift would be in the $60-$120 range, or equivalent service offerings, or a combination of both. Those who can afford more are encouraged to contribute accordingly, to help make the Lodge available to those in need. In addition this direct support, the growing gratitude and conviviality engendered by this Lodge also oblige us to "pay it forward" (and outward, inward and onward) as we labor together to circulate our gifts in widening circles. A multi-layered gifting is greatly needed, and greatly appreciated.

***CLICK BELOW TO MAKE A GIFT TO THE GRIEF AND GRATITUDE LODGE***

LOGISTICS:

•RSVP is required for this event. Space in the Zen Dome is limited for this event, and there is usually a WAITLIST. So if your spot has been confirmed and you can't make it, please let us know right away, so we can give your spot to someone on the waitlist.

•ARRIVAL: Please plan to arrive between 1:30 and 1:45. We will begin on time and doors will be closed for the remainder of the event.

•PARKING is limited, so please check the Facebook Event Page and coordinate CARPOOLS as the date approaches.

•FOOD: For the duration of the Lodge, we are encouraging people to engage in a short fast, or bring light snacks to "tide you over." Towards the end of the evening, we will break our fast with a simple meal of root vegetables. Filtered water and herbal tea will be made available throughout the Lodge. 

•PLEASE BRING a (full) waterbottle, pillow, blanket, and backjack chair if desired. If you feel inspired to do so, please bring items (photos, stones, flowers--anything that is meaningful for you) to add to our community altar.

•FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE: Please check back regularly with the "Grief and Gratitude Lodge" Facebook Event page for updates and announcements as the date of the Lodge approaches.

GRIEF AND GRATITUDE DISCUSSION:

•FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP: The Grief and Gratitude Facebook Group is here to help us stay connected and pay this work forward. We aim to dissolve the shame and isolation our society holds around grief and restore the grieving process to a place of value, honor, and gratitude. The waters of Grief become the glue that bonds a community together. You are hereby invited to share in the conversation. (You can find the current Grief and Gratitude Lodge Event Pages posted in this group.

Please join the conversation and feel free to invite others.
GRIEF AND GRATITUDE FACEBOOK GROUP https://www.facebook.com/groups/857149741111259/


FURTHER RESOURCES ON THE GIFT ECONOMY:

Gift Economy Activist Marie Goodwin describes the way our current society thinks of a Gift: "as something we do either anonymously, or as giving without any return expected. Both of these definitions remove the opportunity for a connection between giver and receiver, and denies the creation of the web of connection that undergirds true community."

Grieving together has always been a sacred activity by which the health of a culture is maintained. The authentic gift of shared tears are transformed into a glue of Gratitude that binds us together. By giving wholeheartedly, we honor what we receive, and strengthen the bonds of community.

An enormous amount of time, effort, love—and money—goes into producing these Lodges, as well as building viable, ongoing community around them. Thus cash gifts are quite needed, as are contributions of service hours, food, supplies, and more. Our individual and collective generosity ensures Grief and Gratitude Lodges remain a sustainable resource in our community.

Ongoing conversation and collaboration around "The Gift" is an integral part of building our local Grief and Gratitude community. Please nurture the fledgling gift culture by giving generously, by sharing your feedback, and by paying this work forward!

GIFT ECONOMY BOOKS AND LINKS:

Charles Eisenstein "Sacred Economics"
http://sacred-economics.com/

Lewis Hyde "The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World"
(former subtitle "Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property")
http://www.lewishyde.com/publications/the-gift

Marie Goodwin "How To Run A Business in the Gift Economy"
https://www.shareable.net/blog/how-to-run-a-business-in-the-gift-economy

Jeanette Armstrong on the Okanagan concept of En'Okwin
http://www.dailygood.org/story/600/let-us-begin-with-courage-jeannette-armstrong/

 

 

Northwest Permaculture Convergence 2016

NORTHWEST PERMACULTURE CONVERGENCE:
Building EcoCommunity

The Northwest Permaculture Convergence (NWPCC) brings together a remarkable diversity of people, all with creative approaches for designing living environments, and economic and culture systems that thrive within ecologically sustainable limits. Everyone who practices the ideals of Permaculture speaks a common language across the Northwest and all over the world.NWPCC teams-up with local communities and supports our allies with tours, panel discussions, workshops, and classes.

The BCollective's Nala Walla is pleased to offer a Zone Zero workshop on Embodied Activism and Ecological Eating at the NWPC on Sunday, October 9th from 10:30am - 12noon.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:
Paul Stamets of Fungi Perfecti and
Pandora Thomas of EarthSeed Consulting and Black Permaculture Network

WHEN: FRIDAY OCTOBER 7th-SUNDAY OCTOBER 9th, 2016
WHERE: Fort Flagler State Park, Marrowstone Island, WA
TICKETS AND INFO: http://northwestpermaculture.org/


 

Muddy Buddies: A Natural Building Workshop


"we put the PARTY back in WORKPARTY!"
with Hannah Poirier, Nala Walla and Keeth Apgar
at the Bcollective Homestead

It's Spring! Perfect time to get muddy again with natural plasters and floors at the Bcollective! The first layer of Lime Plaster has been patiently curing over the winter, and this little building is ready to be finished! Come smear the last layer of mud on the wall and learn about this ancient technique of using natural materials (lime, sand, and straw!) to protect the exterior of a building.

Natural builder Hannah Poirier of Placecraft will be offering demonstration and guidance for key points in the building process, materials use, and site considerations.

Wellness Educator Nala Walla of BWell Nutrition and Somatics will be offering playful somatic skillbuilding for strenghtening our body-mechanics and flexing our mindfulness "muscle." A nutrient-dense, local food lunch will be provided for all participating Muddy Buddies.

LIME PLASTER
Saturday & Sunday, April 9-10, 2016
10am -5pm
Hearty Local Soup and Salad will be provided

EARTHEN FLOOR:
Sunday, April 17th, 2016
Tuesday and Wednesday, April 19th& 20th, 2016
Hearty Local Soup and Salad will be provided

On Sunday we will lay down the earthen floor, give it a few days to dry, then we will apply the finish on Tuesday/Wednesday.

BRING:
*water bottle
*clothes you are okay with getting very dirty (lime is forever)
*vinyl gloves (we have some extra)
*metal trowel (we have some extra)

WARNING: We like to sing while we work!

A main purpose of MUDDY BUDDIES is to shift current notions of earth work and physical labor away from chores and drudgery, towards a reclaiming of the sacred linkage between play and village-building. As we build the structure, great attention will be paid to HOW we use our bodies, and empowering each other to repattern movements--lifting, bending, plastering, etc.--towards health and sustainability. Movement games, improv, exercises and stories around the campfire will be an ongoing part of each day.

Our work parties incorporate songs and storytelling, stretching and body care, and other group activities. The magic of clay and human relationships is something you can expect out of your experience over these weekends.  And we connect through sharing food together: a nutrient-dense local food lunch is provided each day, community potlucks each night.

ABOUT NALA WALLA, MS, NTP

Nala has been researching ecology and the mindbody arts for most of her lifetime. She studied dance and environmental science at Dartmouth College, the University of Washington, and continuing somatic education programs such as the Bodyresearch and Moving On Center Schools. Nala is a certified permaculture designer and nutritional therapist and somatic educator. She lives full-time on the Bcollective off-grid homestead, and collaborates widely with artists and artisans from a variety of disciplines, from musicians, to architects and healers of all kinds. Major influences in Nala's work include improvisation and play research, integrative education, community theater, as well as the philosophies of deep ecology and traditional nutrition. Nala holds a Masters Degree in Integrative Arts and Ecology and is a certified Nutritional Therapist.
BWellNow.org.

Nala facilitates the Bcollective, an umbrella organization which seeks to distribute widely the tools of bodybased arts for commonsense creation of healthy community. Nala has a private practice in Nutriton and Somatics, and her integrative presentations have been featured across a diversity of genres, from festivals to farms, ecovillage design courses and universities, to schools and community health organizations. You can also regularly find her performing with the Harmonica Pocket Children's Show and authoring ecosomatic books and articles. Lots more information, including free downloadable material and video, is available at www.bcollective.org.

ABOUT HANNAH POIRIER, Placecraft organizer.

Hannah Poirier is made of soil and soul. Dirt and memories, mostly. A fifth generation Oregonian, Hannah studied Sustainable Design at Pacific University 2008-2012, where she worked on a 3.5 acre permaculture site B Street, and lived at Planet Repair Institute and the beloved "Garden House". She has worked in farms, intentional communities, and traditional skills gatherings, drawing insights from diverse groups of people and landscapes to inform her work as a builder, gardener, teacher, and writer. She first squished cob between her toes (cold and satisfying) in 2010, and her passion for building -- walls, floors, benches, houses, stoves -- with mud perhaps only pars with her love of singing and evolutionary astrology. Hannah was an organizer for Portland's Village Building Convergence 2010-2012, and is now coordinating Port Townsend's VBC. Find out more at placecraft.org

 

Bcollective and Chimacum Grange presents: POLYFACES


The BCOLLECTIVE has teamed up with our local chapter of the WESTON A. PRICE FOUNDATION and the CHIMACUM GRANGE to present the newly released film: POLYFACES

"If every farmer in the United States would practise this system, in fewer than 10 years we would sequester ALL the CARBON that's been emitted since the beginning of the Industrial Age…"
— Joel Salatin

POLYFACES: A World of Many Choices is a joyful film about connecting to the land and the community. Produced over 4 years, it follows the Salatins, a 4th generation farming family who grow food in a way that works with nature, not against it, regenerating local communities, local economies, and---most importantly—local soils. This model of regenerative farming is being replicated throughout our global village, proving that we can provide quality, nutrient-dense food without depleting our planet.

 

WHEN: FRIDAY, APRIL 29th, 2016, 6:30 pm
WHERE: Chimacum Grange
DISCUSSION: immediately following film
DONATION: GRATEFULLY ACCEPTED


 

BOOK RELEASE:
Author Nala Walla included in Climate Change Anthology
Emergent Possibilities for Global Sustainability: Intersections of Race, Class and Gender

After three and half years, and with the help of over two hundred people acting as shepherds, midwives, cheerleaders, editors, and proofreaders, the anthology Emergent Possibilities of Global Sustainability has arrived.

It must be acknowledged that any solutions to anthropogenic Global Climate Change (GCC) are interdependent and ultimately inseparable from both its causes and consequences. As a result, limited analyses must be abandoned in favour of intersectional theories and practices.

Emergent Possibilities for Global Sustainability is an interdisciplinary collection which addresses global climate change and sustainability by engaging with the issues of race, gender, and class through an intersectional lens. The book challenges readers to foster new theoretical and practical linkages and to think beyond the traditional, and oftentimes reductionist, environmental science frame by examining issues within their turbulent political, cultural and personal landscapes. Through a variety of media and writing styles, this collection is unique in its presentation of a complex and integrated analysis of global climate change and its implications. Its companion book, Systemic Crises of Global Climate Change, addresses the social and ecological urgency surrounding climate change and the need to use intersectionality in both theory and practice.

Nala's Walla is honored to have her essay "The Farmer and the Witch" included in this textbook which is a valuable resource for academics, researchers and both undergraduate and post-graduate students in the areas of Environmental Studies, Climate Change, Gender Studies and International studies as well as those seeking a more intersectional analysis of GCC.

ORDER YOUR COPY at
http://www.amazon.com/Emergent-Possibilities-Global-Sustainability-Intersections/dp/1138830054

 

 

 

Placecraft presents: Cob -n- Straw Building Series


"we put the PARTY back in WORKPARTY!"
with Hannah Poirier, Nala Walla and Keeth Apgar
at the Bcollective Homestead

COB n STRAW is a reunion of moving arts and architecture.
COB n STRAW is a fun and functional experience of place.
COB n STRAW is a reweaving of arts and ecology.

Together, over three-weekends, we will build light-straw-clay and cob walls for the Chlcken Palace on the Bcollective homestead. Natural builder Hannah Poirier will guide the construction process. Nala Walla, will offer somatic tools and games to heighten embodied awareness, and enhance the organic beauty of bodies working as a team.

We will be employing natural materials and technologies, best practices and uses, blended building techniques (conventional meets natural), and appropriate kinds of plasters for different finish surfaces. We'll also be installing windows and doors - you'll get your hands in it all! There will be education-focused, and mindfulness breaks to rest, connect, and answer questions about key points in the building process.

A main purpose of COB n STRAW is to shift current notions of earth work and physical labor away from chores and drudgery, towards a reclaiming of the sacred linkage between play and village-building. As we build the structure, great attention will be paid to HOW we use our bodies, and empowering each other to repattern movements--lifting, bending, plastering, etc.--towards health and sustainability. Movement games, improv, exercises and stories around the campfire will be an ongoing part of each day.

Our work parties incorporate songs and storytelling, stretching and body care, and other group activities. The magic of clay and human relationships is something you can expect out of your experience over these weekends.  And we connect through sharing food together: a nutrient-dense local food lunch is provided each day, community potlucks each night.

We like to work long days, and enjoy ourselves throughout. Work hard, and play hard too!!!! 


**REGISTRATION REQUIRED**: 
http://www.placecraft.org/earthen-house-work-party-series.html

DETAILS / LOGISTICS:

WHERE: BCollective Homestead, Marrowstone Island, WA
WHEN:Three weekends: August 1-16th, 2016
TUITION: $50 per weekend / $35 for day-long drop in--LUNCH INCLUDED
OVERNIGHT CAMPING: $12 per day
SCHEDULE: 10am to 6pm building, songs, stories and potlucks in the evenings

August 1-2: Straw-clay insulation 

August 8: Family cob stomping picnic potluck (free!)

August 15-16: Finish work on cob, straw-clay, building wrap up

ABOUT NALA WALLA, MS, NTP

Nala has been researching ecology and the mindbody arts for most of her lifetime. She studied dance and environmental science at Dartmouth College, the University of Washington, and continuing somatic education programs such as the Bodyresearch and Moving On Center Schools. Nala is a certified permaculture designer and nutritional therapist and somatic educator. She lives full-time on the Bcollective off-grid homestead, and collaborates widely with artists and artisans from a variety of disciplines, from musicians, to architects and healers of all kinds. Major influences in Nala's work include improvisation and play research, integrative education, community theater, as well as the philosophies of deep ecology and traditional nutrition. Nala holds a Masters Degree in Integrative Arts and Ecology and is a certified Nutritional Therapist.

Nala facilitates the Bcollective, an umbrella organization which seeks to distribute widely the tools of bodybased arts for commonsense creation of healthy community. Nala has a private practice in Nutriton and Somatics, and her integrative presentations have been featured across a diversity of genres, from festivals to farms, ecovillage design courses and universities, to schools and community health organizations. You can also regularly find her performing with the Harmonica Pocket Children's Show and authoring ecosomatic books and articles. Lots more information, including free downloadable material and video, is available at www.bcollective.org.

ABOUT HANNAH POIRIER, Placecraft organizer.

Hannah Poirier is made of soil and soul. Dirt and memories, mostly. A fifth generation Oregonian, Hannah studied Sustainable Design at Pacific University 2008-2012, where she worked on a 3.5 acre permaculture site B Street, and lived at Planet Repair Institute and the beloved "Garden House". She has worked in farms, intentional communities, and traditional skills gatherings, drawing insights from diverse groups of people and landscapes to inform her work as a builder, gardener, teacher, and writer. She first squished cob between her toes (cold and satisfying) in 2010, and her passion for building -- walls, floors, benches, houses, stoves -- with mud perhaps only pars with her love of singing and evolutionary astrology. Hannah was an organizer for Portland's Village Building Convergence 2010-2012, and is now coordinating Port Townsend's VBC. Find out more at placecraft.org

 

EMBODIED IMPROV workshop with Master Improvisor Ruth Zaporah

Ruth Zaporah Workshop 2014 "Ruth Zaporah is a movement artist who has internalized
a kinetic vocabulary to such an extent that she can listen to it
and follow it wherever it takes her at any moment."

--Rita Felciano, SF Bay Guardian




WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:
A SPLENDID MOMENT
with Ruth Zaporah

Ruth's passion is the body -- as an expression of the natural world, as a breath of the larger ecological system. All of her trainings and performances explore and reflect this as the baseline from which all action springs. Her practices expand awareness and stimulate imagination. The capacity for feeling is strengthened as are the roots and tools of expression and performance. Using movement, vocalization and narrative, participants experience fresh views of themselves, who they are, what they perceive and how they respond. The conceptual mind that insists on defining content learns to share with more spontaneous embodied and imaginative resources. The lights turn on, exposing splendid moments. Ruth is a New Mexico based performance artist, director and teacher. Considered a pioneer in her field, she is internationally known for her innovative work in the form of physical theater improvisation she founded, called Action Theater.

WORKSHOP LOGISTICS:

WHERE:
University Heights Center
5031 University Way NE
Seattle, WA, 98105 (U-District)

WHEN:
Thursday - Sunday, April 3- April 6th, 2014
Limited Space Available so please register EARLY!
Please email nalawalla(at)bcollective.org for info and registration

SCHEDULE:
THURSDAY: 5 - 9pm
FRIDAY: 5 - 8 pm
SATURDAY: 9 - 3 pm
SUNDAY: 9 - 1 pm

TUITION:
full tuition = $375
early bird tuition = $325 (register before February 10th)

ABOUT RUTH ZAPORAH:
Ruth Zaporah is a New Mexico based performance artist, director and teacher. She is internationally known for her innovative work in the field of physical theater improvisation called Action Theater.

Zaporah spends much of her time on tour, performing and leading trainings in the U.S. Europe, Australia, Israel, and Asia. In 1994 she performed in theaters and refugee camps in Serbia and Croatia. In the spring 2000, she added Kosovo and Sarajevo to that itinerary.

Zaporah is a two time recipient of National Endowment Choreography Fellowships. In 1994 she was honored with a Sustained Achievement award by the San Francisco Bay Area Dance Association and most recently selected to be a U.S. Cultural Envoy.

Ruth's articles on improvisation have been regularly published in Contact Quarterly, a magazine for new dance forms. Her book, ACTION THEATER: THE IMPROVISATION OF PRESENCE, published by North Atlantic Books, is in its fifth printing. Several films about her and her work have recently been released.

Go to www.ActionTheater.com for information.

BCOLLECTIVE WORK STUDY/SCHOLARSHIP POLICY:
the Bcollective works very hard to make low-cost improvisation and integrative arts training available to everyone, regardless of income level. Please help to support this important work by considering our fee policies carefully.......

Our base fee for this workshop is $375USD. Please remember, each person who pays in full enables someone else to participate at a lower cost, where we have a few slots reserved for low-income students. Scholarship recipients will be responsible for work trade duties, such as set-up and clean-up during the workshop, promotional activities such as postering/flyering/social networking, etc.

We operate on the honor system, so please contact us with a proposal for how much you can afford to pay and some basic information about yourself and your artmaking. nalawalla(at)bcollective.org

 

 

Camp PlayGROUND: A Summer Camp at Sunfield Farm

Sunfield Farm Brochure 2013
        Camp Playground: Fun with Body, Community, and Earth

Offered through a cooperative partnership between Sunfield and BCollective Integrative Arts and Ecology.

During this week of fun and games in nature, we build skills in a variety of embodied arts, such as acro-balancing, creating human mandalas, theater improvisation, making and spinning hula-hoops, and much more. Through kinesthetic play in the meadows, forests, and gardens, together we create a more grounded connection with our bodies, and our sense of place and community, redefining the word “playground.” Participants go home with a handmade hula hoop.

This year, Sunfield's camps program has been improved and expanded, led by an all-star local team of artists, artisans and adventurers. Offerings include: Fiber and Felting, Wilderness Survival Skills, Animal Language, and much more. Please check the Sunfield Farm Website for more information.

Ages: 7 to 12
Date & Time: Mon. thru Fri. · 9 AM–1 PM · July 15-19
Cost: $160
Camp Leader: Nala Walla
Registration and Info: CLICK HERE

Nala Wala is a performer, educator, and homesteader devoted to active cross pollination between the arts and ecology. She holds a MS in Integrative Arts and Ecology, and is founding member of the BCollective, an organization dedicated to the creation of healthy and sustainable culture through the embodied arts. With eight years of experience as a performing and teaching artist, Nala is a regular teaching artist at Grant Street Preschool and Kindergarten. She and her husband practice off-the-grid homesteading on Marrowstone Island. Nala teaches about Body, Ecology, and Community at venues such as the Madrona Mindbody Institute (Port Townsend), Velocity Dance Center (Seattle) and The Village Building Convergence (Portland). More information is available at www.bcollective.org.

 

Summer 2013 Natural Building @ the Bcollective Homestead

MASONRY STOVE WORKSHOP WITH JASON TEMPLE
June 14th (evening) 15th & 16th
The Bcollective is excited to be hosting this workshop on Building a Masonry Heater, presented by the Cedar Root Folk School. This will be a special opportunity to learn the elegant design of eastern European high thermal mass stoves. These fuel efficient stoves are designed to radiate heat back into a living space for a long time and can also be used to cook. This hands-on workshop will cover concept, design variations, material use, and utilization. Participants will leave this workshop with the fundamentals needed to recreate their own masonry stove for home or shop.

Location: Bcollective Homestead, Marrowstone Island, WA
Information and Registration: http://cedarrootfolkschool.org/classes
Instructor: Jason Temple of TempleFire Masonry Heaters
Fee: $180 for 2.5 days
SPACE LIMITED TO 5 PARTICIPANTS, so register early!!!

BACK AT THE CHICKENSHACK, ROUND TWO

As part of the Northwest Permaculture Convergence last fall, the Bcollective began the urbanite (reclaimed sidewalk) foundation for our chicken and duck house. This summer, we will be finishing it off with light-straw clay and plaster walls. Stay tuned for announcements about dates for Chickenshack Round Two! As usual, there will be a focus upon the somatic and yogic aspects of natural building, working with earth, stone, and tools as a way to connect more deeply with our bodies.

date/time:
TBA

location:
Bcollective Homestead, Marrowstone Island, WA

 

BOOK RELEASE!!!
Hope Beneath Our Feet: Restoring Our Place in the Natural World

After three and half years, and with the help of over two hundred people acting as shepherds, midwives, cheerleaders, editors and proofreaders, the anthology
Hope Beneath Our Feet
is here.

This anthology is a collection of essays, all of which answer the question:
"In a time of environmental crisis, how can we live right now?"

Nala's Walla is honored to have her essay, " Body as Place" included in the chapter titled "The Body of the World." Together with essays by such visionary authors as Alice Walker, Michael Pollan, Derrick Jensen, Barbara Kingsolver, Howard Zinn, Diane Ackerman, Bill McKibben, and many others, the intention behind this piece is to help us move beyond outrage and overwhelm, offering motivation and practical strategies for taking action on behalf of our world.

ORDER YOUR COPY at www.martinkeogh.com

PRAISE FOR "Hope Beneath Our Feet", edited by Martin Keogh

"There is no more meaningful action we can take than to struggle on behalf of life on this planet. The profoundly hopeful and inspiring essays in this anthology help us remember our place in the web of life and recover a deep awareness of our own ecological identity, motivating us to continue our efforts."
--John Seed, founder of the Rainforest Information Centre and co-author of Thinking Like a Mountain: Towards a Council of All Beings

"This compelling and inspirational anthology raises a chorus of voices in defense of the earth. Hope Beneath Our Feet addresses the environmental problems plaguing
our planet and the myriad forms of action each of us can take."

--Leonardo DiCaprio, actor and activist

“Luscious, grounding, and disturbing, this book offers potent medicine for all those working for change, and a swift kick in the ass for those who aren’t. A bracing, polyphonic bundle of necessary voices.”
--
David Abram, author of Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology

"W onderfully uplifting and inspiringly diverse perspectives on aligning ourselves with the fullness of our own possibilities as individuals and as a species. The bottom line: flavor and savor every moment, especially the toughest ones, with not-knowing, with good will, imagination, kindness, wisdom, humor, community, and action. My father-in-law, Howard Zinn, said it so well: “Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.’"

--Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Full Catastrophe Living and Coming to Our Senses

“Hope Beneath Our Feet is just that. With penetrating clarity it takes us into the depths of our essential nature: our courage, brilliance, and resilience. We are called to take advantage of the greatest opportunity for conscious self-evolution the human species has ever been given. A real masterwork.”
--Barbara Marx Hubbard, founder of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution

“This is a wonderful, inspirational book composed of works by thoughtful, intelligent, and caring people discussing the fact that we and our fellow species face extinction if we proceed with life as we have in the last two hundred years. As I continue to struggle with the monumental challenges facing the human psyche, the hope and new ideas embedded in these essays have lifted my flagging spirits. Essential reading."
--Helen Caldicott, author of If You Love This Planet

“This fierce collection is a pragmatic and poetic call to action for the environmental predicament that we've authored. Its message is compelling and, if acted upon, contains powerful medicine to heal ourselves and the planet.”
--Richard Strozzi-Heckler, author of The Leadership Dojo

"We are learning to see and hear a new kind of beauty. That beauty is in the clear and urgent prose of this book."
--Coleman Barks, author of The Essential Rumi and The Book of Love


ORDER YOUR COPY at Powell's Books or support your local independent bookstore!


 

VILLAGE BUILDING CONVERGENCE 2013:

Urban Succession, Shift and Sprout

vbc13The City Repair Project invites you to be a villager once again at the Village Building Convergence of 2013! In every quadrant of the city, communities will be working together to directly transform the spaces where they live into ecological and sacred places that express creative and democratic participation.

This year Nala Walla returns to the VBC to share experiences and strategies for shifting towards a sane, just, and thriving culture. Nala will offer bodybased games and exercises to help us fully integrate this evolutionary material, encouraging a true embodiment of ecoliteracy and earth activism. Using a multidisciplinary approach that is both playful and meditative, we will explore repatterning of our personal movement as well as our larger social "movements." TOPICS to be explored: social technology / embodied activism / action theater / ecosomatics / developmental movement / experiential anatomy / body and earth / applied improvisation / sacred economics / regenerative nutrition. No experience is necessary...Just come with an open mind, and be ready to have some fun.


Date/Time: Entire 10 day festival: May 24th - June 2nd, 2013
Memorial Day presentation by Nala Walla: Monday, May 27th, 7pm
PlayGROUND Workshop with Nala Walla: Tuesday, May 28th, 12noon
Family-Style Performance with Harmonica Pocket (Nala and Keeth): Monday, May 27th REGISTRATION: Please go to www.cityrepair.org/vbc or call 503-235-8946 to learn more.
Location: Alberta Abbey - 126 NE Alberta, Portland, OR, 97211

The VBC is almost here--there are more permaculture projects, more site communities, and more happening than ever before! There will be natural building, public art, permaculture projects at all scales, urban design, community democracy, and tons of hands-on, educational workshops! Come see 40 community-built ecological gathering place projects being built all at once across the city of Portland!

If you have not yet heard of the VBC, please go to www.cityrepair.org/vbc, where you will also find a registration form for the event, or call 503-235-8946 to learn more.

VBC13 Sponsors Include: The Portland Bureau of Transportation, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, and the Bureau of Environmental Services, as well as Metro Regional Government, Communitecture, Inc, The Rebuilding Center, KBOO Community Radio, People's Food COOP, M Realty, Hankins Hardware, Barrett Ecological Services, Rising Vision LLC, and Portland's ReDirect Guide.

LINK HERE TO CITY REPAIR WEBSITE

 

 

4Keys to Sustainable Communities: A Sense of Place

Gaia Education's 4KeysNala's Walla is honored to have her essay, " Body as Place" included in Ecovillage Design Education's Publication, Designing Ecological Habitats: Creating a Sense of Place. The 3rd book in Gaia Education's Ecovillage Design Curriculum series, 4Keys To Sustainable Communities Everywhere on the Planet, Designing Ecological Habitats is under UNESCO Patronage and an official contribution to the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development

Edited by Chris Mare and Max Lindegger (who will be running the up-coming Hands-On EDE in Cambodia) the book is a great anthology, placed at the cutting edge of holistic, ecological design. Includes essays by Maddy Harland, Jonathan Scherch, Elke Cole, Declan Kennedy and Albert Bates, among many others.

Designing Ecological Habitats - Creating a Sense of Place - as well as the other three volumes in the 4Keys series--are available for free download from www.gaiaeducation.net

 

Harmonica Pocket Tour Dates 2014

C'mon out and dance, play and sing with The Harmonica Pocket's Children Show, coming to a library, festival or community venue near you! Visit the Harmonica Pocket calendar to view performance locations and schedule.

And please turn on your ears! We are pleased to offer several full-length albums for the Harmonica Pocket Children's Show--Ecoeducational performances by Bcollective Bees Keeth Apgar and Nala Walla.

Both Kindie albums are designed for kids and grown-ups to listen to together, and were recorded with solar power at Applesauce Studios - the Bcollective homestead's off-grid recording studio. Get ready for some fun!

To order a copy of Ladybug one, or our latest release, Apple Apple, please visit CDbabyTo sample free mp3s click here

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VILLAGE BUILDING CONVERGENCE 2012: Roots of Regeneration

vbc11The City Repair Project invites you to be a villager once again at the Village Building Convergence of 2012! In every quadrant of the city, communities will be working together to directly transform the spaces where they live into ecological and sacred places that express creative and democratic participation.

The VBC will be a 10 day hands-on event when thousands of people will live as sustainable urban Villagers once more! Get ready to join us for the time of your life, creating, learning, meeting lots of wonderful people, dining, dancing, and sharing a living vision for a sustainable culture!

The VBC is almost here--there are more permaculture projects, more site communities, and more happening than ever before! There will be natural building, public art, permaculture projects at all scales, urban design, community democracy, and tons of hands-on, educational workshops!

Come see 40 community-built ecological gathering place projects being built all at once across the city of Portland!

Evening Speakers this year will include:
•Oliver Kelhammer, One of Canada's leading Permaculture teachers and an urban art insurgent!
•Jenny Pell, International Permaculture Designer and NW Region Teacher!
•Ianto Evans, "Father of Natural Building" in North America!•
•Nance Klehm, Greywater, Water Catchment, Humanure & Soil Building Teacher!
•Mark Lakeman, Inventor of the T-Horse, City Repair Co-Founder!
•Starhawk, Author, Permaculture Teacher, Witch, & International Activista!
•Nala Walla, Body Ecologist & Permaculture Teacher!
•Eva Edleston & Molly Murphy, FireSpeaking & The Mudgirls!
•Paul Cienfuegos, Democracy Activist to End Corporate Dominance!
•Marc Tobin, Village Leader & Designer, Former Exec at Lost Valley Educational Center!
•Karen Hery, Inventor of Portland's Acclaimed Sunnyside Swap Shop and many more!

If you have not yet heard of the VBC, please go to www.cityrepair.org/vbc, where you will also find a registration form for the event, or call 503-235-8946 to learn more.

VBC12 Sponsors Include: The Portland Bureau of Transportation, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, and the Bureau of Environmental Services, as well as Metro Regional Government, Communitecture, Inc, The Rebuilding Center, KBOO Community Radio, People's Food COOP, M Realty, Hankins Hardware, Barrett Ecological Services, Rising Vision LLC, and Portland's ReDirect Guide.


date/time: Entire 10 day festival: May 25th - June 3rd, 2012


locations:

2800 SE Harrison, Portland, OR
LINK HERE TO CITY REPAIR WEBSITE

 

SPRING INTO ACTION THEATER with Ruth Zaporah

Ruth Zaporah Workshop 2012 "Ruth Zaporah is a movement artist who has internalized
a kinetic vocabulary to such an extent that she can listen to it
and follow it wherever it takes her at any moment."

--Rita Felciano, SF Bay Guardian


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:


SPRING INTO ACTION Theater, with Ruth Zaporah

By examining awareness, craft, relationship, stillness and silence, actions clarify as reflections of one's interior. The capacity for feeling is strengthened as are the roots and tools of expression. Participants awaken to the vast potential of living in a human body.

This awareness in action invites the possibilities of freshness intrinsic to improvisational action. These 4-days offer a map, a way to proceed. The workshop is appropriate for the novice, the explorer and the professional.

WORKSHOP LOGISTICS:

WHERE:
Om Culture Studio
2210 N. Pacific Street
Seattle, WA (Wallingford Neighborhood)

WHEN:
Thursday - Sunday, March 29 - April 1st, 2012
Limited Space Available! Register Early!
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Please email nala(at)bcollective.org for information

SCHEDULE:
THURSDAY: 6:30 - 9:30pm
FRIDAY: 6:30 - 9:30 pm
SATURDAY: 11 - 4 pm
SUNDAY: 10 - 3 pm

TUITION:
full tuition = $375
early bird tuition = $325 (register before January 15th)
limited work study available
please read the work study/scholarship policybelow.

ABOUT RUTH ZAPORAH:
Ruth Zaporah is a New Mexico based performance artist, director and teacher. She is internationally known for her innovative work in the field of physical theater improvisation called Action Theater.

Zaporah spends much of her time on tour, performing and leading trainings in the U.S. Europe, Australia, Israel, and Asia. In 1994 she performed in theaters and refugee camps in Serbia and Croatia. In the spring 2000, she added Kosovo and Sarajevo to that itinerary.

Zaporah is a two time recipient of National Endowment Choreography Fellowships. In 1994 she was honored with a Sustained Achievement award by the San Francisco Bay Area Dance Association and most recently selected to be a U.S. Cultural Envoy.

Ruth's articles on improvisation have been regularly published in Contact Quarterly, a magazine for new dance forms. Her book, ACTION THEATER: THE IMPROVISATION OF PRESENCE, published by North Atlantic Books, is in its fifth printing.Several films about her and her work have recently been released.

Go to www.ActionTheater.com for information.

BCOLLECTIVE WORK STUDY/SCHOLARSHIP POLICY:
the Bcollective works very hard to make low-cost improvisation and integrative arts training available to everyone, regardless of income level. Please help to support this important work by considering our fee policies carefully.......

Our base fee for this workshop is $375USD. Please remember, each person who pays in full enables someone else to participate at a lower cost, where we have a few slots reserved for low-income students. Scholarship recipients will be responsible for work trade duties, such as set-up and clean-up during the workshop, promotional activities such as postering/flyering/social networking, etc.

We operate on the honor system, so please contact us with a proposal for how much you can afford to pay and some basic information about yourself and your artmaking. nala(at)bcollective.org

 

 

Advanced Hula Hooping with Nala Walla

vbc11
where/when?:
Monday Nov 21st, 2:30 pm
Langley Library
104 Second St.
Langley, WA 98260
For more info call the library at (360) 221-4383
or click here

This hands-on hula hoop workshop isn't only fun, it's good for you too. Hooping improves coordination, flexibility, and concentration, and anyone can learn to hula hoop, young and old.


 

 

SFDI 2011 -- Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation

SFDI posterNala will be offering an introduction to the Bodyversity as part of the nineteenth-annual Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation. We will be infusing principles of permaculture and deep ecology into the body through presentations and bodybased games, creating community and a sense of empowerment in activism.

The festival will include intensives led by Susan Bauer, Benno Voorham, Barbara Dilley, DD Dorviller, as well as a variety of classes, jams, and performances to suit beginners and professionals alike. Come take part in this amazing local opportunity to study with world-class teachers from around the globe!

For more information, go to the Dance Art Group Website.

date/time: July 31 - August 7, 2011

location: Seattle, WA (Capitol Hill neighborhood)

 

VILLAGE BUILDING CONVERGENCE 2011: Urban Alchemy

vbc11The Village Building Convergence 2011 (VBC11) is a 10-day event in which neighborhoods activate to build shared public places that they have envisioned, designed, funded, and will maintain for themselves. VBC11 will include hands-on education in permaculture design and construction, ecological building, and public art. All projects are built through collaboration, community conversations and commitment of a neighborhood to strengthen itself. Everyone is invited to attend evening events at a central location, to participate in workshops or listen to visionaries speak about various aspects of sustainable culture.

As part of this incredible 10days of activated world change, Nala Walla will offer a BodyVersity presentation and workshop: we will play bodybased games and improvisation exercises to which encourage a true embodiment of ecoliteracy and earth activism. Nala will also be helping to "put the party back in workparty" by offering somatic jobsite facilitation at a few different natural building projects during the VBC.

date/time: Entire 10 day festival: May 27th - June 5th, 2011


locations:

2800 SE Harrison, Portland, OR
LINK HERE TO CITY REPAIR WEBSITE

 

BodyVersity @ Gaia University (Portland, OR)




Finally, higher education which values kinesthetic learning as central to the education process!
In June, Nala Walla offers ZONE ZERO workshops as part of GAIA UNIVERSITY'S course in Action Learning. This course can be taken as a workshop in transformative self-education or as the beginning of a larger self-designed Bachelor's or Master's Program. Come be a part of the education revolution, and create your own learning pathway in any world -changing field. Learn More about Gaia U. at www.gaiauniversity.org

Tuesday June 7- Wednesday June 15
Gaia University International/Gaia Metro Portland

Nala Walla will present a participatory, body-based curriculum. As we share experiences and strategies for shifting towards a sane, just, and thriving culture, Nala will offer kinesthetic and somatic games and exercises to help us fully integrate this evolutionary material, encouraging a true embodiment of ecoliteracy and earth activism. Using a multidisciplinary approach that is both playful and meditative, we will explore repatterning of our personal movement as well as our larger social "movements."

In these sessions, we will learn to recognize our bodies as microcosms of Earthly processes, and explore somatic gateways to paradigm-shifting change. These sessions reaffirm our innate capacities to reconnect with our own bodies--zone zero-- including the social body, the bodypolitic, and the greater Gaiac body.

TOPICS: neuroplasticity / the kinesphere / embodied activism / action theater / ecosomatics / developmental movement / experiential anatomy / body and earth / applied improvisation

Nala Walla, MSc is a transdisciplinary artist, teacher and performer known for her integrative work in arts and ecology.  From her off-grid, permaculture homestead, Nala facilitates the Bcollective--an umbrella organization which seeks to distribute bodybased art tools for commonsense use in creation of healthy, sustainable community.  For more information, view events, videos, essays, photos and more at this website. Click around and enjoy!

date/time:
June 7-15, 2011
link here to Gaia U's website

location:
St. David's Church
2800 SE Harrison St.
Portland, OR, USA

 

Advanced Hula Hooping with Nala Walla

vbc11Nala Walla teaches an advanced Hula Hooping class for 8 - 18 year olds.

date/time: Thursday June 23rd, 2:00 pm. FREE!

location:
Jefferson County Library
www.jclibrary.info
620 Cedar Street
Port Hadlock, WA 98339
For more info call the library at (360) 385-6544

**Hoopless? Participating kids can make their own hoop on Wednesday (the day before) Same time and location.


PLAYground: A Six Week Class Series

PLAYground: IMPROVISATION SKILLS FOR BODY AND COMMUNITY
.....An Adult Playshop Series with Nala Walla

Play isn’t just for kids anymore! Improvisation is one of our most valuable skills in our lives and communities, allowing us to transform unexpected events into therapeutic opportunities for fun and grace. Using simple games that integrate several mindbody systems--Yoga, Contact Improvisation, Action Theatre, Somatics--we will improv(e) our ability to roll with the flow. Through PLAY, we learn to GROUND as we navigate dynamic relationships with breath, body, and Earth.

Anyone can participate in these classes, regardless of skill level or physical ability. Just come with an attitude of experimentation and be prepared to have some fun!

Please note: This series is different from previous ones because no drop-ins will be permitted. Please join us for an experience which builds depth of material and connection each week with an intimate group.

PLAYground
6-Week Class Series -- NO DROP-INs

date/time: September 19th -- November 3rd, 2010
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm

cost: Sliding scale $120 - $90 for series--trades are available (arrange with Nala)
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED: by September 15th
http://www.madronamindbody.com/playground-improvisation/

location: Madrona Mindbody Institute, Port Townsend, WA

ABOUT NALA WALLA:

Nala is a lifelong student of the embodied arts. She studied dance and environmental sciences at Dartmouth and the University of Washington, and continues her somatic movement education at Moving On Center, and the Center for Kinesthetic Education. Nala holds a Masters Degree in Integrative Arts and Ecology, offering private and group facilitation & consultation. She is also a certified permaculture designer, performer, writer, and hulahooper.

Nala's work weaves somatic and release techniques with improvisation and participatory theater, all in service of building healthy ecology and community. Currently, Nala performs with the Harmonica Pocket Children's Show, co-directs the arts and ecology project The Bcollective, and practices off-grid permaculture and homesteading full-time on Marrowstone Island.




"The Somatics of Connection" - Fundamentals of Contact Improvisation

so•ma•tic (soh•mah•tick) adj. Of or pertaining to the psycho-biological system [from Greek SOMA: "the living body in its wholeness."]

As the pace of techno-industrial society races along, the needs of our bodies are often overlooked, creating disconnection from our own flesh and from our communities. This class reaffirms both our basic rights and our innate capacities to feel our bodies deeply. Through a series of simple exercises and games, we will focus on the sensations of healing connection offered by partnering with breath, with gravity, with earth, and with other humans.

A deep exploration of fundamentals makes this class suitable for both first-timers seeking basic safety skills in contact dance, and experienced practitioners seeking to expand their practice, as well as anyone seeking to feel more "in their body."

Please bring comfortable clothing (no sharp buckles, clasps, zippers or spangles) and a willingness to experiment and play. A chance to test out your new skills after the final class on February 8th at the first FRIDAY NIGHT JAM at Madrona Mindbody Institute.

date/time:
Weekend PLAYshop
October 2-3, 2010
Saturday 12-3, Sunday 12-3

cost: Sliding scale $85 - $65 for weekend--trades are available (arrange with Nala)
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED: by September 20th
http://www.madronamindbody.com/fundamentals-of-contact-improv/

location: Madrona Mindbody Institute (MMI), Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA

 

WATERHOUSE II: An Ecosomatic Workparty

WATERHOUSE
"we put the PARTY back in WORKPARTY!"
with Nala Walla and Mark Lakeman
at the Bcollective Homestead

WATERHOUSE is a reunion of moving arts and architecture.
WATERHOUSE is a functional, place-based performance.
WATERHOUSE is a reweaving of arts and ecology.

Together, over a four-day weekend, we will build a water-house on the Bcollective homestead from recycled materials, and natural materials we harvest from on-site. Architect Mark Lakeman will guide the design and construction process, with the assistance of Nala Walla, who will offer somatic tools and games to heighten embodied awareness, and enhance the organic beauty of bodies working as a team.

A main purpose of WATERHOUSE is to shift current notions of earth work and physical labor away from chores and drudgery, towards a reclaiming of the sacred linkage between play and village-building. As we build the structure, great attention will be paid to HOW we use our bodies, and empowering each other to repattern movements--lifting, bending, sawing, hammering, etc.--towards health and sustainability. Movement games, improv, exercises and stories around the campfire will be an ongoing part of each day.

DETAILS / LOGISTICS:

WHERE: BCollective Homestead, Marrowstone Island, WA
WHEN: Thursday, July 22nd - Sunday, July 25th, 2010
TUITION: $25 per day / $75 for entire workshop
OVERNIGHT CAMPING: $12 per day
CONTACT: nala@bcollective.org | 360.643.3747

Space for this event is VERY limited. Please preregister ASAP.


ABOUT MARK LAKEMAN
Mark Lakeman is a founder of the City Repair Project in Portland, Oregon. He is a prominent figure in the NW region, working in the fields of urban design, architecture, public art, community development, politics, economics and ecology.

City Repair is a multi-disciplinary, non-profit organization which works with place-based communities to creatively recreate the infrastructure of the public commons where people live. Whether converting street intersections into public squares, or organizing other forms of permanent or ephemeral place interventions, City Repair is effectively engaging citizens in the reinvention of the public landscape. All of these projects are ecological in emphasis, using natural building and permaculture techniques.

After working for several years in the 1980's as a lead designer of large scale corporate projects, in the 1990's Mark embarked on a series of cultural immersion projects with indigenous societies in order to derive placemaking patterns which could be applied to urban settings in the United States. These patterns include broad participation, local ownership, transference of authority to local populations, creative expression in planned and unplanned processes, and social capital as the primary economic engine of change.

Mark is the principal of the nationally award winning architecture and planning firm Communitecture, a private design firm specializing in ecological building and planning projects at many scales. He is also an acclaimed public artist working to inspire participatory projects across the USA.

http://www.cityrepair.org
http://www.communitecture.net

ABOUT NALA WALLA

Nala has been researching ecology and the mindbody arts for most of her lifetime. She studied dance and environmental science at Dartmouth College, the University of Washington, and continuing somatic education programs such as the Bodyresearch and Moving On Center Schools. Nala is a certified permaculture designer, lives at an off-grid homestead, and collaborates widely with artists and artisans from a variety of disciplines, from musicians, to architects and therapists. Major influences in Nala's work include improvisation and release techniques, integrative education, and community theater, as well as the philosophies of deep ecology and permaculture. Nala holds a Masters Degree in Integrative Arts and Ecology.

Nala facilitates the Bcollective, an umbrella organization which seeks to distribute widely the tools of bodybased arts for commonsense creation of healthy community. Nala's integrative sessions have been featured across a diversity of genres, from festivals to farms, ecovillage design courses and universities, to preschools and private consultations. You can also regularly find her singing and hulahooping with the Harmonica Pocket Children's Show. Lots more information, including free downloadable material and video, is available at www.bcollective.org.

 

VILLAGE BUILDING CONVERGENCE 2010

The Village Building Convergence 2010 (VBC10) is a 10-day event in which neighborhoods activate to build shared public places that they have envisioned, designed, funded, and will maintain for themselves. VBC10 will include hands-on education in permaculture design and construction, ecological building, and public art. All projects are built through collaboration, community conversations and commitment of a neighborhood to strengthen itself. Everyone is invited to attend evening events at a central location, to participate in workshops or listen to visionaries speak about various aspects of sustainable culture.

As part of this incredible 10days of activated world change, Nala Walla will offer a BodyVersity presentation and workshop: we will play bodybased games and improvisation exercises to which encourage a true embodiment of ecoliteracy and earth activism. Nala will also be helping to "put the party back in workparty" by offering somatic jobsite facilitation at a few different natural building projects during the VBC.

date/time: Entire 10 day festival: May 28th - June 6th, 2010
Evening presentation by Nala Walla: Sunday, May 30th
Music for Families with Harmonica Pocket (Nala and Keeth): Monday, May 31st
Ecosomatics Workshops with Nala Walla: Tuesday, June 1st @Trillium School

locations:

2800 SE Harrison, Portland, OR
LINK HERE TO CITY REPAIR WEBSITE

 

BodyVersity @ Gaia University (Portland, OR)




As part of Gaia University's program for new and continuing students in Portland, Nala Walla will present a daily BodyVersity curriculum. As we share experiences and strategies for shifting towards a sane, just, and thriving culture, Nala will offer bodybased games and exercises to help us fully integrate this evolutionary material, encouraging a true embodiment of ecoliteracy and earth activism. Using a multidisciplinary approach that is both playful and meditative, we will explore repatterning of our personal movement as well as our larger social "movements."  

In these sessions, we will learn to recognize our bodies as microcosms of Earthly processes, and explore somatic gateways to paradigm-shifting change. These sessions reaffirm our innate capacities to reconnect with our own bodies--zone zero-- including the social body, the bodypolitic, and the greater Gaiac body.

TOPICS: neuroplasticity / the kinesphere / embodied activism / action theater / ecosomatics / developmental movement / experiential anatomy / body and earth / applied improvisation

Nala Walla, MSc is a transdisciplinary artist, teacher and performer known for her integrative work in arts and ecology.  From her off-grid, permaculture homestead, Nala facilitates the Bcollective--an umbrella organization which seeks to distribute bodybased art tools for commonsense use in creation of healthy, sustainable community.  For more information, view events, videos, essays, photos and more at this website. Click around and enjoy!

date/time:
May 10-20, 2010
link here to Gaia U's website

location:
St. David's Church
2800 SE Harrison St.
Portland, OR, USA

 

Dance Art Group (DAG) Class Series: IMPROV AS SOCIAL TECHNOLOGY

Dance Art Group Presents......
Improvisation As Social Technology,
a class series with Nala Walla

This class develops our improvisation skills as technologies eco-social change.  We begin at the somatic/sensorial level, progressively building awareness of the ensemble, and the world outside the studio.  Using a multidisciplinary approach that is both playful and meditative (think action theater, viewpoints, somatics), we will explore repatterning of our personal movement as well as our larger group and social "movements."  

Nala Walla, MSc is a transdisciplinary artist, teacher and performer known for her integrative work in arts and ecology.  From her off-grid, permaculture homestead, Nala facilitates the Bcollective--an umbrella organization which seeks to distribute bodybased art tools for commonsense use in creation of healthy, sustainable community.  For more information, view events, videos, essays, photos and more at this website. Click around and enjoy!

date/time:
Thursday evenings 6:15-8:15pm
April 8- 29, 2010
link here to Dance Art Group/Movement Arts Research website

location:
Velocity Dance Center, **NOTE NEW LOCATION!!!
1621 12th Avenue
Capitol Hill, Seattle

 

A SPLENDID MOMENT: 4 Day-ReTreat with Ruth Zaporah

"Ruth Zaporah is a movement artist who has internalized
a kinetic vocabulary to such an extent that she can listen to it
and follow it wherever it takes her at any moment."

--Rita Felciano, SF Bay Guardian


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

A SPLENDID MOMENT with Ruth Zaporah
a four day re-treat in Fort Worden State Park

Through action the practitioner learns about the present moment, how to be HERE, unveiling themselves to themselves, one moment at a time, one moment leading to the next. Ruth's exercises, physical, vocal and verbal, invite the practioner into unknown yet uncannily familiar territories, territories of the embodied imagination. By examining awareness, play, relationship, stillness and silence, actions become enlightened, become fresh.

The capacity for feeling is strengthened as are the roots and tools of expression. Participants experience fresh views of themselves, who they are, how they perceive and respond to the ordinary and how vast is their potential. The conceptual mind that insists on defining content learns to share with more spontaneous embodied and imaginative resourses. The lights turn on exposing every moment as a splendid moment.This workshop is for the novice as well as the experienced, all those who relish living in a human body and like to move.

This awareness in action invites the possibilities of freshness intrinsic to improvisational action. These 4-days offer a map, a way to proceed. The workshop is appropriate for the novice, the explorer and the professional.

WORKSHOP LOGISTICS:

WHERE:
Madrona Mindbody Institute
Port Townsend, WA
Beautiful Fort Worden State Park
www.madronamindbody.com

WHEN:
Thursday-Sunday March 25-28th
workshop limited to 25 participants! Early!
click here to register
call Madrona Mindbody Institute: 360.344.4475

SCHEDULE:
THURSDAY 6:30-9:30pm Action Theater
FRIDAY 11- 5 pm Action Theater / 8 - 11pm Movement Jam
SATURDAY 11 - 5 pm Action Theater / 7pm Potluck Dinner
SUNDAY 8 - 9:30am Yoga / 10 - 11:30am Ecstatic Dance / 12 - 5pm Action Theater

TUITION:
your tuition covers four-days full of action theater, yoga and dance jams

tuition = $385
limited scholarships available for low-income folks.
scholarships are based on need.
please read the scholarship policy below.

HOUSING FEES:
on-campus housing at Fort Worden State Park:
$29/per night shared bunkroom
$40/per night private room (limited number available)
camping options also available
off-campus housing:
there are many fine inns, hotels, beds and breakfast in the
historic Victorian Seaport of Port Townsend.
please email Aletia@MadronaMindBody.com for more information.

INTERMEDIATE WORKSHOP IN PORTLAND immediately following
make it a full 9-days with Ruth, by taking the Portland workshop too!
March 31-April 4th
contact: Mary Rose for more information
zambonirose@gmail.com
www.jumpingoffplace.com

ABOUT RUTH ZAPORAH:
Ruth Zaporah is a New Mexico based performance artist, director and teacher. She is internationally known for her innovative work in the field of physical theater improvisation called Action Theater.

Zaporah spends much of her time on tour, performing and leading trainings in the U.S. Europe, Australia, Israel, and Asia. In 1994 she performed in theaters and refugee camps in Serbia and Croatia. In the spring 2000, she added Kosovo and Sarajevo to that itinerary.

Zaporah is a two time recipient of National Endowment Choreography Fellowships. In 1994 she was honored with a Sustained Achievement award by the San Francisco Bay Area Dance Association and most recently selected to be a U.S. Cultural Envoy.

Ruth's articles on improvisation have been regularly published in Contact Quarterly, a magazine for new dance forms. Her book, ACTION THEATER: THE IMPROVISATION OF PRESENCE, published by North Atlantic Books, is in its fifth printing.Several films about her and her work have recently been released.

Go to www.ActionTheater.com for information.

Ruth's passion is reflected in her work, that we are each an expression of the natural world, a breath of the larger ecological system, that the lift of the hand and the anguished scream are perfect.

BCOLLECTIVE SCHOLARSHIP POLICY:
the Bcollective works very hard to make low-cost improvisation and integrative arts training available to everyone, regardless of income level. Please help to support this important work by considering our fee policies carefully.......

Our base fee for this workshop is $385USD. Please remember, each person who pays in full enables someone else to participate at a lower cost, where we have a few slots reserved for low-income students. Scholarship recipients will be responsible for work trade duties, such as set-up and clean-up during the workshop.

We operate on the honor system and do not require proof of income. Please contact us with some basic information about yourself and your life, and a proposal for how much you can afford to pay. aletia@MadronaMindBody.com

 


PLAYground: Two Six-Week Class Series

PLAYground: IMPROVISATION SKILLS FOR BODY AND COMMUNITY
.....An Adult Playshop Series with Nala Walla

Play isn’t just for kids anymore! Improvisation is one of our most valuable skills in our lives and communities, allowing us to transform unexpected events into opportunities for fun and grace. Using simple games that integrate several mindbody systems--Yoga, Contact Improvisation, Action Theatre, Somatics--we will improv(e) our ability to roll with the flow. Through PLAY, we learn to GROUND as we navigate dynamic relationships with breath, body, and Earth.

Anyone can participate in these classes, regardless of skill level or physical ability. Just come with an attitude of experimentation and be prepared to have some fun!

ABOUT NALA WALLA:

Nala is a lifelong student of the embodied arts. She studied dance and environmental sciences at Dartmouth and the University of Washington, and continues her somatic movement education at Moving On Center, and the Center for Kinesthetic Education. In 2010, Nala received her Masters Degree in Integrative Arts and Ecology, offering private and group facilitation services. She is also a certified permaculture designer, performer, and hulahooper.

Nala's work weaves somatic and release techniques with improvisation and participatory theater, all in service of building healthy ecology and community. Currently, Nala performs with the Harmonica Pocket Children's Show, co-directs the arts and ecology project The Bcollective, and practices off-grid permaculture and homesteading full-time on Marrowstone Island.

date/time:
Two 6-week class series
Tuesdays 7-9pm
January 5 -- February 9 and February 16 -- March 23
$50 for entire series -- $12 drop in

First class FREE!!!

some trade available--contact Nala to arrange

location:
Madrona Mindbody Institute, Port Townsend, WA
in Fort Worden State Park, Building 310
registration please visit www.madronamindbody.com

 

NEW VIDEO POSTING: "Clay"

CLAY
a ritual site-specific dance resulting from an ongoing investigation into body and landscape. A collaboration between Tamara Ashley (Newcastle, UK) and Nala Walla (Washington, US), both of whom landscape figures strongly into their artmaking process. Enjoy this short film, and let me know what you think! ---Nala Walla


PLAYground: A Six Week Class Series

PLAYground: IMPROVISATION SKILLS FOR BODY AND COMMUNITY
.....An Adult Playshop Series with Nala Walla

Play isn’t just for kids anymore! Improvisation is one of our most valuable skills in our lives and communities, allowing us to transform unexpected events into opportunities for fun and grace. Using simple games that integrate several mindbody systems--Yoga, Contact Improvisation, Action Theatre, Somatics--we will improv(e) our ability to roll with the flow. Through PLAY, we learn to GROUND as we navigate dynamic relationships with breath, body, and Earth.

Anyone can participate in these classes, regardless of skill level or physical ability. Just come with an attitude of experimentation and be prepared to have some fun!

ABOUT NALA WALLA:

Nala is a lifelong student of the embodied arts. She studied dance and environmental sciences at Dartmouth and the University of Washington, and continues her somatic movement education at Moving On Center, and the Center for Kinesthetic Education. In 2009, Nala will graduate with a Masters Degree in Integrative Arts and Ecology, offering private and group facilitation services. She is also a certified permaculture designer, performer, and hulahooper.

Nala's work weaves somatic and release techniques with improvisation and participatory theater, all in service of building healthy ecology and community. Currently, Nala performs with the Harmonica Pocket Children's Show, co-directs the arts and ecology project The Bcollective, and practices off-grid permaculture and homesteading full-time on Marrowstone Island.

date/time:
6-sessions
Tuesdays 6:30-8:30
October 6 - November 10
$50 for entire series -- $10 per class

location:
Madrona Mindbody Institute, Port Townsend, WA
in Fort Worden State Park, Building 310
registration please visit www.madronamindbody.com

 

Cornish College Lecture and Presentation: "The Bodyversity"

In THE BODYVERSITY, we will consider body-based practices as a University--a place where we come to deepen our understanding and seek Unity in our education. Since our body is our primary link to the Earth, a variety of mindbody disciplines will inspire our work. Simple games based in movement, sound and story will be used to create dialogue around the pivotal Earth activism of our time: "The Great Turning" of humanity towards a just and sustainable culture.

This participatory lecture will include a presentation on the politics of the body in regards to industrialization and commodification. We will outline the importance of the bodybased arts to sustainable design and new village building.

date/time:

Monday, November 16th
4-6:30pm

location:
Cornish College of the Arts
Denny Campus, Seattle, WA

 

OUTSIDE IN - INSIDE OUT: Two Port Townsend Performances

the Bcollective presents....
OUTSIDE IN - INSIDE OUT:
A site-specific performance collaboration between
Newcastle, UK and Port Townsend, USA.

As part of a unique electronic transversal of the globe, Port Townsend dancers will perform a duet with performers in Newcastle, UK, via simultaneous webcast, bringing the rural environment of PT directly into the industrial, urban gallery and performance hall, hence bringing the outside in. PT dancers will also be able to view the live performance in Newcastle, thus bringing the inside out. A small, intimate audience will view the work in Port Townsend, (please join us!) and a larger audience will view the show in its entirety in Newcastle, including dance, video and sound installations.

These events are the result of an ongoing research project and collaboration between dancers and scholars Nala Walla and Tamara Ashley. Texas Women's University and the Newcastle Arts Council have been generous supporters of the research, performance and video work.

date/time:
WHERE:Red Dragon, 3737 San Juan Avenue
Port Townsend, WA (NOTE: this is NOT Dragon's Nest)
WHEN: October 17th, 12noon to 1pm PST
(webcasting to Dance City, Newcastle at 8pm UK time)
**RSVP REQUIRED FOR THIS PERFORMANCE ONLY**

WHERE: Connie Segal's Halloween Bash
1208 Blaine Street, Port Townsend WA
WHEN: Friday, October 30th
performance begins 8pm, party following performance


WATERHOUSE

WATERHOUSE
a somatic workparty
with Nala Walla and Mark Lakeman
at the Bcollective Homestead

WATERHOUSE is a reunion of moving arts and architecture.
WATERHOUSE is a functional, place-based performance.
WATERHOUSE is a reweaving of arts and ecology.

Together, over a four-day weekend, we will build a water-house on the Bcollective homestead from recycled materials, and natural materials we harvest from on-site. Architect Mark Lakeman will guide the design and construction process, with the assistance of Nala Walla, who will offer somatic tools and games to heighten embodied awareness, and enhance the organic beauty of bodies working as a team.

A main purpose of WATERHOUSE is to shift current notions of earth work and physical labor away from chores and drudgery, towards a reclaiming of the sacred linkage between play and village-building. As we build the structure, great attention will be paid to HOW we use our bodies, and empowering each other to repattern movements--lifting, bending, sawing, hammering, etc.--towards health and sustainability. Movement games, improv, exercises and stories around the campfire will be an ongoing part of each day.

DETAILS / LOGISTICS:

WHERE: BCollective Homestead, Marrowstone Island, WA
WHEN: Saturday, August 22nd - Tuesday, August 25th, 2009
**** FOLLOW UP WORKPARTY WITH MARK AND FRANCES***
****SEPT EMBER 25, 26, 27....*****
TUITION: $25 per day / $75 for entire workshop
OVERNIGHT CAMPING: $12 per day
CONTACT: nala@bcollective.org | 360.643.3747

Space for this event is VERY limited. Please preregister ASAP.

SPECIAL EVENT:

HERE YE, HERE YE COMMUNITY BUILDERS!:
the Bcollective Presents
A FREE PUBLIC PRESENTATION and SLIDESHOW with
Mark Lakeman of City Repair and Communitecture (Portland, OR)
Saturday August 22
8pm
Zen Dome
4894 Flagler Road
donations gratefully accepted
(Turn right on the 1st dirt driveway after the
"WELCOME TO MARROWSTONE ISLAND" sign)


ABOUT MARK LAKEMAN
Mark Lakeman is a founder of the City Repair Project in Portland, Oregon. He is a prominent figure in the NW region, working in the fields of urban design, architecture, public art, community development, politics, economics and ecology.

City Repair is a multi-disciplinary, non-profit organization which works with place-based communities to creatively recreate the infrastructure of the public commons where people live. Whether converting street intersections into public squares, or organizing other forms of permanent or ephemeral place interventions, City Repair is effectively engaging citizens in the reinvention of the public landscape. All of these projects are ecological in emphasis, using natural building and permaculture techniques.

After working for several years in the 1980's as a lead designer of large scale corporate projects, in the 1990's Mark embarked on a series of cultural immersion projects with indigenous societies in order to derive placemaking patterns which could be applied to urban settings in the United States. These patterns include broad participation, local ownership, transference of authority to local populations, creative expression in planned and unplanned processes, and social capital as the primary economic engine of change.

Mark is the principal of the nationally award winning architecture and planning firm Communitecture, a private design firm specializing in ecological building and planning projects at many scales. He is also an acclaimed public artist working to inspire participatory projects across the USA.

http://www.cityrepair.org
http://www.communitecture.net

ABOUT NALA WALLA

Nala has been researching ecology and the mindbody arts for most of her lifetime. She studied dance and environmental science at Dartmouth College, the University of Washington, and continuing somatic education programs such as the Bodyresearch and Moving On Center Schools. Nala is a certified permaculture designer, lives at an off-grid homestead, and collaborates widely with artists and artisans from a variety of disciplines, from musicians, to architects and therapists. Major influences in Nala's work include improvisation and release techniques, integrative education, and community theater, as well as the philosophies of deep ecology and permaculture. Nala will complete her Masters Degree in Integrative Arts and Ecology in 2009.

Nala facilitates the Bcollective, an umbrella organization which seeks to distribute widely the tools of bodybased arts for commonsense creation of healthy community. Nala's integrative sessions have been featured across a diversity of genres, from festivals to farms, ecovillage design courses and universities, to preschools and private consultations. You can also regularly find her singing and hulahooping with the Harmonica Pocket Children's Show. Lots more information, including free downloadable material and video, is available at www.bcollective.org.


BODY AND EARTH

BODY AND EARTH
an outdoor dance experience
with Nala Walla and Kristen Tsiatsios
at Fort Worden State Park
sponsored by Madrona Mindbody Institute

In honor of the Summer Solstice, we will explore the intimate relationship between Body and Earth. By connecting with our own bodies, we will deepen our ecological consciousness and gain inspiration for environmental stewardship. We will meet at the Madrona Mindbody Studios to communicate our outdoor movement scores for the afternoon, then move outside together in the forest and on the beach on the longest day of the year. BODY and EARTH is a community event for anyone with a desire to take their movement practice out of the studio, and into nature.

This event is a satellite of a larger festival called
SEEDS (Somatic Experiments in Earth, Dance and Science.)

SEEDS Festival is a unique interdisciplinary summer festival dedicated to arts and ecology. SEEDS cultivates innovative practices, by researching the connections between green, embodiment, justice, interconnectivity, reflection, investigation, art, science, and sacred.
SEEDS features workshops, collaborative design projects, live performances, films, panel discussions, and interdisciplinary investigations.

date/time:
WHERE: Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend WA
WHEN: Sunday, June 21st, 2009 / 1:30 - 3:30 pm
gather at Madrona Mindbody Insitute, Building 310

fee:
SUGGESTED DONATION: $10 (no one turned away)
www.madronamindbody.com



VILLAGE BUILDING CONVERGENCE 2009

The Village Building Convergence 2009 (VBC9) is a 10-day event in which neighborhoods activate to build shared public places that they have envisioned, designed, funded, and will maintain for themselves. VBC9 will include hands-on education in permaculture design and construction, ecological building, and public art. All projects are built through collaboration, community conversations and commitment of a neighborhood to strengthen itself. Everyone is invited to attend evening events at a central location, to participate in workshops or listen to visionaries speak about various aspects of sustainable culture.

As part of this incredible 10days of activated world change, Nala Walla will offer a Bodyversity presentation and workshop: we will play bodybased games and improvisation exercises to which encourage a true embodiment of ecoliteracy and earth activism.

date/time: Entire 10 day festival: June 5 - June 14th, 2009
Evening presentation by Nala Walla: Sunday, June 7th, 7:45-8:45pm
Music with Harmonica Pocket (Nala and Keeth): Sunday, June 7th, 9-10pm
Embodied Activist Workshop with Nala Walla: Monday, June 8th, 2:30-4:30pm

locations:
The New Day School Annex
1847 SE Clinton Street, Portland, OR 97202
LINK HERE TO CITY REPAIR WEBSITE


ESSAY: "PLAYground: Ecosomatics At Work and Play in the Landscape"

For an exploration of the emerging field of ecosomatics, and an investigation on how we create (or fail to create!) boundaries with technology, please read the multimedia document below.

This report was compiled for Gaia University as part of my masters program in Integrative Arts and Ecology.

Click here to link to full report

date/time:
May 2009

location:

www.gaiauniversity.com


Ecodrama Symposium: "Earth Matters On Stage"

Ecology is at the heart of burgeoning creativity and interdisciplinary scholarship across the arts and humanities. This Symposium, together with the concurrent Festival, invites artists, scholars and activists to share their work, ideas, and passions with one another and with the larger community who attend the Festival.

The mission of "Earth Matters on Stage" is to nurture connection and collaboration among artists and scholars who share an ecological sensibility. Workshops and roundtables will address the question "How are theater artists responding to the current ecological crisis?"

As part of this innovative festival, Bcollective members will offer three workshops. Nala Walla will present a Bodyversity Curriculum, Maureen Freehill will lead a Butoh Adventure, and The Harmonica Pocket will play ecothemed music for kids.

In these sessions, we will learn to recognize our bodies as microcosms of Earthly processes, and affirm our somas to be the gateway to paradigm-shifting change. These sessions reaffirm our innate capacities to reconnect with our own bodies--zone zero-- including the social body, the bodypolitic, and the greater Gaiac body.

date/time:
Ecodrama Playwrights Festival
Entire Festival: May 21 - 31, 2009
Bcollective Offerings: May 19, 20, 21

location:
University of Oregon Campus
Eugene, OR
LINK HERE TO ECODRAMA WEBSITE

 

BODY and TECHNOLOGY--an online survey

Body and Technology Questionnaire
compiled by Nala Walla | Gaia University | January 2009
click here to download survey (word Doc)

Conversation on Creating Boundaries with Technology-Nov 2008
Gaia University Masters Students in Integrative Ecosocial Design
LISTEN NOW, courtesy of Internet Archive Service


Background Information
In modern Western countries, even as we sit squarely in the center of the digital revolution, many of us can still remember a time, not all that long ago, when our livelihoods, our communication, and our recreation did not depend on digital technologies.
Both the pace and scope of change in our lives brought about by megatechnology are unprecedented in human history. While it is clear that millions of people, businesses and insitutions all over the world use and enjoy modern technology, many are unsure about how to create useful and healthy boundaries with this exciting and fast-moving world. While we are often well-informed about the benefits technology has to offer, an adequate assessment of the negative effects (both potential and real) upon our bodies and health at several levels—individual, social, planetary—has yet to be made.

our INDIVIDUAL BODIES—eyestrain | back pain | racing heart | headaches | exposure to ElectroMagnetic Fields | advertising pollution | workplace monotony
the SOCIAL BODY—slave labor conditions in building, maintaining, and dissassembling technology | cultural cloning—the homogenizing effect of technologies upon indigenous cultures | alienation from body, family, traditional skills, and the natural world.
the GAIAC BODY of planet Earth—computer manufacturing byproducts polluting rivers, oceans, and even outer “space” | massive piles of cell phones and computers awaiting “recycling” | computerized weaponry, industrial and hospital waste | massive landscaping to make way for technology: roads, powerlines, cell phone towers, nuclear plants, etc.

I am interested in creating discussion and conducting research about this very relevant topic of Body and Technology. Below is a questionnaire about your relationship to and experiences with digital technologies. Please answer as elaborately or simply as you choose. I will keep all responses completely anonymous. Please email or snail mail your questionnaire to me as you prefer at the addresses below. Thank you for your participation in this timely research.

For further information:
book: In The Absence of the Sacred: The Failure of Technology and the Survival of the Indian Nations by Jerry Mander
book: HighTech Wasteland by Elizabeth Grossman
film: Manufactured Landscapes by Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky

 

 

"Gather-In" for Strategic World Changers

As part of Gaia University's annual Gather-In for strategic world change, Nala Walla will present a daily bodyversity curriculum. As we share experiences and strategies for shifting towards a sane, just, and thriving culture, Nala will offer bodybased games and exercises to help us fully integrate this evolutionary material, encouraging a true embodiment of ecoliteracy and earth activism.

In these sessions, we will learn to recognize our bodies as microcosms of Earthly processes, and affirm our somas to be the gateway to paradigm-shifting change. These sessions reaffirm our innate capacities to reconnect with our own bodies--zone zero-- including the social body, the bodypolitic, and the greater Gaiac body.

TOPICS: neuroplasticity / the kinesphere / embodied activism / action theater / ecosomatics / developmental movement / experiential anatomy / body and earth / applied improvisation

date/time:
10 days
March 7th-16th, 2009

location:
Huehuecoyotyl Ecovillage
Tepotzlan, Mexico
www.gaiauniversity.com

 

HOOP FOR HEALTH!

HOOP FOR HEALTH
a family-style workshop
with Nala Walla
at Madrona Mindbody Institute


Have you heard? Hula Hooping isn't ONLY great fun, it's good for you too! Mind, body, and soul. Improves abdominal tone, coordination, flexibility, concentration, and even digestion! And anyone can learn to hula hoop, young and old.

In this afternoon workshop, we will begin with sizing, making, and decorating our own hoops. Then we will get down to learning basic skills and tricks, play hoop games, and learning how to dance with the hoop.

No experience necessary. This workshop is suitable for all levels, and all movement styles, from gentle sustainable flow, to raucous and wild! Come prepared to sweat and have some fun. Ages 7 and up.

date/time:
Sunday, February 22, 2009
2:00-4:30pm
Madrona Mindbody Institute
Port Townsend, WA

fee:
$35 --includes hoop to take home with you
family rates available.
register early. space is limited!
contact Madrona Mindbody Institute for details and registration.
www.madronamindbody.com

 

The Somatics Of Connection

SIX WEEK SERIES with Nala Walla
The Somatics of Connection: Body, Community, and Earth

so•ma (soh•mah) noun. The experience of body from within, where we perceive mind/body integration. [from Greek SOMA: "the living body."]

Giving ourselves permission to tune deeply into ourselves, we recognize our bodies to be microcosms of Earthly processes. These sessions reaffirm our innate capacities to reconnect with our own bodies, and in so doing, to expand outward and heal the isolation from community and from nature. Through a series of simple movment exercises and games, we will focus on the sensations of healing connection offered by partnering with breath, with gravity, with Earth, and with community.

date/time:
6-sessions
Thursdays 6:30-8:15
January 29 - March 5

location:
Madrona Mindbody Institute, Port Townsend, WA
for fees, registration, and other info, please visit www.madronamindbody.com

 

NYC Homecoming-- Tour with Harmonica Pocket

In January, the Bcollective's Keeth Apgar and Nala Walla are headed back East to bring their children's show to their hometown of New York. Expect to play along with music, dance and games at Symphony Space and the Massachussetts Museum of Contemporary Art.

click here for a complete schedule of our children's performances and projects.

schedule:
saturday january 17--two shows:
symphony space
2537 broadway
new york, NY 10025
show times: 11 am, and 2 pm
click here for tickets --->>>UPDATE! BOTH SYMPHONY SPACE SHOWS SOLD OUT!
CLICK TO READ THE REVIEW IN "NEW YORKER" MAGAZINE

saturday january 24
massachusetts museum of contemporary art
MASS MoCA Club B10
87 marshall st
north adams, MA 01247
1 pm
$6
call the box office at: (413) MOCA111
or click here for tickets

 

Essay:
The Embodied Activst: Where Permaculture Meets the Arts

For their current issue on Activism and Community, Contact Quarterly Magazine has published a article by Nala Walla entitled "The Embodied Activist: Where Permaculture Meets the Arts."

"Contact Quarterly: A Vehicle for Moving Ideas" is wonderful magazine, independently published by a dedicated group of dancers, artists and improvisors for over twenty years. Its commentaries are extremely relevant, placing moving artists squarely in the center of cultural, ethical and social change. Subscriptions help to support this important indie project. Go to www.contactquarterly.com

download as PDF

date/time: Summer 2008

location: Contact Quarterly Magazine

 

 

"A Singing Thanksgiving" -- Tour with Harmonica Pocket

In collaboration with The Harmonica Pocket, the Bcollective is offering participatory performances especially for kids, sponsored by The Library Friends College. Expect to play along with music, dance and games, and get cozy at our local libraries all over Washington State, including King, Jefferson, Snohomish, Island and Clallam counties.

click here for a complete schedule of our children's performances and projects.

date/time: november 13-23, 2008

locations: libraries, bookstores, and festivals all over the Northwest Region.

 

Kazuo Ohno 102 Butoh Showcase

Please join us for a night of butoh and butohesque performances in honor of the 102 anniversary of the birth of Butoh Master Kazuo Ohno. Performers will include Yuko Ota (Japan) Maureen Freehill (Port Townsend, WA), Vanessa Skantze and Alex Haverfield (Seattle), Nala Walla (Marrowstone Island, WA). Soundscapes will be crafted by Keeth Apgar (Marrowstone Island, WA).

date/time: Sunday October 26, 2008

locations: Masonic Temple, Port Townsend, WA

 

Action Theater with Ruth Zaporah

In collaboration with The Jumping Off Place (Portland, OR), The Bcollective is honored to bring a treasured teacher to the Northwest for some intensive study. This workshop will be small, and intimate, so please register early to assure your spot.


Action Theater: A Workshop in Embodied Presence

The practice of Action Theater incorporates the disciplined exploration of embodied exercises that lead to increased skills of strong, clear, spontaneous, and artful communication.

Action Theater is a tool to examine one's perceptive and responsive process, bringing awareness to and thereby disempowering distracting thoughts of self obsessions, fears, judgments and analysis. Students increase their ability to hold and express emotion, dance with their own poetry and recover lost personal material. Composition, listening and relationship are deconstructed to be reassembled with greater awareness.

Acting from a sense of play, students are encouraged to venture into transpersonal realms, accessing intelligence more encompassing and boundless than their personal experience.
Awareness and play are fundamental to the practice, as both are portals to spontaneous imagination.

TO REGISTER, CONTACT: nala@bcollective.org

For more on action theater, go to www.actiontheater.com

date/time: October 10, 11,12, 2008
Friday 5-9pm
Saturday 1:30-6:30pm
Sunday 2:30-7:30pm

location: Dance Underground
340 15th Avenue Seattle WA, 98122
www.dance-underground.com

program fee: $350 ($325 if paid by September 1st)

registration: nala@bcollective.org

scholarships: We have reserved a few slots for low-income students. Please consult the scholarship policy below, and contact Nala if you qualify.

Bcollective scholarship policy:
the Bcollective works very hard to make low-cost improvisation and expressive arts training available to everyone, regardless of income level. Please help to support this important work by considering our fee policies carefully.......

Our base fee for this workshop is $350USD. Please remember, each person who pays in full enables someone else to participate at a lower cost, where we have a few slots reserved for low-income students.

We operate on the honor system and do not require proof of income, so if you earn LESS THAN $850-$1000 per month, please contact us with a proposal for how much you can afford to pay for this workshop. If you earn above this amount, and have other circumstances which make this workshop prohibitively expensive for you, please contact us with a proposal.

Portland Workshop: for more Action Theater in the Northwest, Ruth will offer a workshop in Portland,OR, OCTOBER 15-19. Contact Mary Rose for more info.

zambonirose@gmail.com

www.thejumpingoffplace.com

 

SEEDS Festival 2008 (Somatic Experiments In Earth, Dance and Science)

•SEEDS Festival invites a diverse group of artists, movement practitioners, architects, scientists, spiritual leaders, and activists to creatively research ecology and experiential arts. At SEEDS, we will explore how physicality, practice, and science-based inquiry inform one another, through collective experimentation. The festival, itself an ecosystem, will provide a rich nexus for dialogue, reflection, and action. download SEEDS flyer here.

•"DWELL" is an transdisciplinary collaboration which will involve a week-long construction of a Teahouse Dwelling by a group of dancers, led by dancer/activist NalaWalla and visionary architect and community-builder Mark Lakeman. The week will culminate in the performance of a sacred tea ceremony in our collectively built teahouse on the Earthdance Campus.

•A main purpose of DWELL is to shift preconceived notions of “work” away from chores and drudgery, towards a more wholistic understanding of the sacred nature of community-building, play, and ceremony. Likewise, we seek to debunk current views of dance as self-indulgent or irrelevant to real-world challenges like creating sustainable society. In this merger of conventionally separate disciplines, the mcving arts will demonstrate their practicality by facilitating a lasting physical impact upon the landscape, and architecture will take on a kinetic aspect, deeply rooted in place-based ceremony instead of the mere cold abstractions of straightedges and numbers.

•Both disciplines will explore a rediscovery of their roots in village life, where no lines between dance, song, storytelling, and the daily labors of shelter and sustenance were drawn. Also, by offering efficient understanding of body ergonomics to the building process, dancers' somatic expertise will extend beyond the confines of the studio or theater, and apply to the project in a pragmatic manner. Throughout the creative process of construction, we will recall the all-too-often forgotten connection between earth and dance, between art and activism.

related websites:
www.earthdance.net/SEEDSfest
www.cityrepair.org
www.communitecture.net

date/time: 9 august - 17 august 2008

location: Earthdance Retreat Center, Plainfield, MA.

 

SFDI 2008 -- Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation

Nala will be offering an introduction to the Bodyversity as part of the sixteenth-annual Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation. We will be infusing principles of permaculture and deep ecology into the body through presentations and bodybased games, creating community and a sense of empowerment in activism.

The festival will include intensives led by the legendary Nancy Stark Smith of Contact Improvisation fame, and author of "Body and Earth" Andrea Olsen as well as a variety of classes, jams and performances. Come take part in this amazing local opportunity to study with world-class teachers from around the world!

for more information, go to the Dance Art Group Website.

date/time: july 27- august 3th 2008

location: various studios and theaters around Seattle, WA.

 

VBC 8 --- Portland Village Building Convergence 2008

Nala Walla will be back at the VBC again this year to offer presentations and workshops as part of this fabulous 10 day event of hands-on experience in creating a liveable, sustainable city. Other featured presenters and performers this year will include Starhawk, Art Ludwig, Kat Steele, Alpaca, and many, many more.

The Village Building Convergence 2008 (VBC8) is a 10-day event from Friday, May 23rd – Sunday, June 1, 2008 in which neighborhoods activate to build shared public places that they have envisioned, designed, funded, and will maintain for themselves. VBC8 will include hands-on education in permaculture design and construction, ecological building, and public art. All projects are built through collaboration, community conversations and commitment of a neighborhood to strengthen itself. Everyone is invited to attend evening events at a central location, to participate in workshops or listen to visionaries speak about various aspects of sustainable culture.

please go to the CityRepair website for more information, directions, and locations.

date/time: entire event -- may 23 - june 1, 2008


evening presentation -- sunday, may 25th, 7pm
@ Bossanova 722 E.Burnside St. Portland, OR


bodyversity workshop with Nala -- monday, may 26th, 2:30-4:30pm
@ Bossanova Ballroom 722 E. Burnside St. Portland, OR

 

The Bodyversity- Body, Community and the Great Turning

In THE BODYVERSITY, we will consider body-based practices as a University--a place where we come to deepen our understanding and seek Unity in our education. Since our body is our primary link to the Earth, a variety of mindbody disciplines will inspire our work. Simple games based in movement, sound and story will be used to create dialogue around the pivotal Earth activism of our time: "The Great Turning" of humanity towards a just and sustainable culture.

This weekend workshop will include a presentation on the fundamentals of permaculture design by Jenny Pell, morning yoga warmups with Michael Suzerris, somatic arts and discussion facilitated by Nala Walla, as well as optional ecstatic dance, hikes, beachwalks and feasting. Many of our explorations will be loosely based around the "Reconnecting Work" of Joanna Macy and other groundbreaking whole-systems theorists.

All events will take place in spectacular Fort Worden State Park, and are accessible to every-body, welcoming a spectrum of experience and physical ability levels. The only requirement is a spirit of openess and curiosity towards our ever-evolving community. Come participate in this affordable weekend full of ecology, dance, and nature!

SCHEDULE:
May 2/3/4
Fri: 7-9pm permaculture and bodyversity introduction
Sat: 10-11 am yoga • 11am-12pm lunch
• 12-4pm bodyversity and discussions
Sun: 8:30-9:45am yoga • 10-11:30 ecstatic dance (optional/$9)
• 12:30-4 bodyversity and discussions

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS

NALA WALLA merges the expressive arts with deep ecology in service of community and sustainability. She is a founder of the Bcollective, an off-grid, arts-based permaculture project on Marrowstone Island, WA.
see www.bcollective.org
MICHAEL SUZERRIS is a practicing yogi and yoga therapist, and is founder and director of the Yoga Life studios in (Greenlake and Queen Anne) Seattle.
see www.yogalife.com
JENNY PELL is a permaculture teacher and founder of THE WILDER INSTITUTE, offering hands-on permaculture education in Port Townsend, regionally, and internationally.
see www.permaculturenow.com

date/time:
weekend of may 2/3/4. begins 7pm friday and runs through 4pm sunday. see aboveschedule for specific offerings.

contribution: $75 for Olympic Peninsula Residents ($65 if deposit received by April 15th)
$150 for non-residents ($125 if deposit received by April 15th)
NO ONE TURNED AWAY - please contact us if you have special financial circumstances
NOTE: FRIDAY NIGHT INTRO is open to the public. Admission $10.

pre-registration recommended:
send $35 deposit along with name, address, email address and phone # to:
Madrona Mindbody Institute (MMI)
200 Battery Way, Bldg. 310
Port Townsend, WA 98368
360.344.4475
www.madronamindbody.com
please contact MMI with questions and suggestions for accomodations.

location: Madrona Mindbody Institute (MMI), Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA

 

"The Somatics of Connection" - UltraBasic Contact Improv Series

so•ma•tic (soh•mah•tick) adj. Of or pertaining to the psycho-biological system [from Greek SOMA: "the living body in its wholeness."]

As the pace of techno-industrial society races along, the needs of our bodies are often overlooked, creating disconnection from our own flesh and from our communities. This class reaffirms both our basic rights and our innate capacities to feel our bodies deeply. Through a series of simple exercises and games, we will focus on the sensations of healing connection offered by partnering with breath, with gravity, with earth, and with other humans.

A deep exploration of fundamentals makes this class suitable for both first-timers seeking basic safety skills in contact dance, and experienced practitioners seeking to expand their practice, as well as anyone seeking to feel more "in their body."

Please bring comfortable clothing (no sharp buckles, clasps, zippers or spangles) and a willingness to experiment and play. A chance to test out your new skills after the final class on February 8th at the first FRIDAY NIGHT JAM at Madrona Mindbody Institute.

date/time: a six-class workshop series, friday evenings, 6-8:15pm
SPECIAL friday night jam after class February 8th, 8:30-10:30 with DJ Angelfire

cost: $18 per class. discount for MMI class card holders.
feb 8th jam- sliding scale $5-$15

location: Madrona Mindbody Institute (MMI), Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA
www.madronamindbody.com

 

Scarecrow and Mister Xylobones: An Outdoor Halloween Performance

the Bcollective bees Nala Walla, Maureen Freehill, and Keeth Apgar will be performing their Scarecrow and Mister Xylobones participatory dances and music for the Halloween Parade and Blaine Street Festivities. Be on the lookout for jangly bones, and weak-legged scarecrows dropping hay all over Water Street and come play with us!

date/time: 31 Octobrrrrrrrr, 2007, 4pm, free!

location: Water Street Halloween Parade, Port Townsend, WA

 

Bodystorming: A Fall Teacher's Exchange Residency at the BCollective

Dancers Maureen Freehill and Nala Walla team up with Becca Brenner and Corinne Cappelletti of University of Utah Integrated Movement Studies will for a week in the woods at the BCollective, sharing resources and preparing material for performance works on the subject of Bodybased Activism. Our research will explore topics including "the body as home," "the expressivity of health," and creation of a "wellness curriculum." There will be a public showing of our material on Thursday, October 11th. Stay tuned for finished works to come!

Special thanks to the University of Utah modern dance department for their generosity in funding this important work.

date/time: October 6-12, 2007
Public Showing, Thursday october 11th, at the Zen Dome on Marrowstone Island, 6pm.

location: The BCollective, Marrowstone Island, WA

 

Article Release:
Zone Zero: Where Permaculture Meets the Arts

Permaculture Activist Magazine will include a feature article written by Nala Walla in their November "Art of Permaculture" issue. The article demonstrates how committment to localism begins with our own bodies and shows why the bodybased arts must be included in our designs for new villages.

read article or download as PDF

date/time: January 2007

location: Permaculture Activist Magazine

 

Pilgrimage: A Full Moon Ritual Performance

The culmination of a six day intensive training in Butoh Ritual Mexicano with Diego Pinon will be a Full Moon Ritual Performance. Cast members will include such misty northwest luminaries as Sheri Brown, Maureen Freehill, Alan Sutherland and Nala Walla.

This show is one night only, so mark your calendars!

date/time: 26 September, 2007, 7:30pm, $15

location: Chapel Theater, Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave, Seattle, WA

 

Western Massachussetts Moving Arts Festival '07@ EARTHDANCE

Nala will be offering a three-day Bodyversity intensive at Earthdance's beautiful Berkshire Hills setting in rural Massachusetts. We will be infusing principles of permaculture and deep ecology into the body through presentations and bodybased games, creating community and a sense of empowerment in activism. The festival will include intensives led by KJ Holmes (NYC) and Ishmael Houston Jones (NYC) as well as a variety of classes, jams and performances.

Meals, sauna, and bodywork are all available onsite. Beautiful cabin and camping accomodations can be arranged by contacting Earthdance directly.

For more information, go to www.earthdance.net

date/time: August 2nd- August 5th 2007

location: Earthdance, Plainfield Massachussetts

 

Blueberry Jam: Summer Sunday Performance Series

The Bcollective is putting together a smorgasbord of talent to provide family-style activities, music, and performances for Finn River Farm's annual blueberry season. Come play with acro-balancing, make a scarecrow, listen to music in the grass and fill up a bucketful of organic blueberries to take home. Dates and times for specific musicians are listed below:

For tickets, directions & questions, go to www.finnriverfarm.com

July 15th
Main Act: Gretchen Yanover / cello / gretchenyanover.com
Opening Activities and Music: Keeth Apgar & Jon Ryser / guitar & sax / face painting

July 22nd
Main Act: Dwyer Family Band / old-tyme folk/grass / jackdwyer.com
Opening Activities and Music: harp music with Paula Lalish /
r ecycled origami paperbooks with Loran Scruggs

July 29th
Main Act: Victor Johnson / roots children's performer / victorjohnson.com
Opening Activities & Music: African Drumming & Music with Rob and crew / african-inspired body painting with Annie, Dava, Maureen and Nala

Aug 5th
Main Act: George Rezendes with Dave Meis / local Port Townsend favorites
Opening Activities & Music: Rin / Vancouver politico-folkie wonderwoman /
Japanese Kirgami (paper cutting) with Thaddeus / paper making with Lisa Doray

Aug 12th
Main Act: Charlie Spring / sweet & soulful family-style singalong / charliespring.com
Opening Activities & Music: Nanda / juggling, theatrix, and other circus antics / acrobalancing and yoga with Sweethome / juggling lessons with Joe the Juggler / opening music by Caveman Cyborg.

Aug 19th
Main Act: Harmonica Pocket / kidpop, interactive games, theatre/ harmonicapocket.com
Opening Activities & Music: Native American flute & other indigenous instruments by Raven / Support native bees! Hands-on Bee and Insect Hotel Construction with Nala and Tosh

August 26th
Main Act: Sara Tone / a live experience in organic acousto-dub: deep beats and heart song
Opening Activities & Music: scarecrow making--bring clothes and fabric of all sizes to stuff (doll clothes, kids clothes, big people clothes, hats, scarves, bandannas)

September 2nd
Local Musician DayI! (U-Pick depending on crop availability)

date/time: Every Sunday July 15th-- August 2nd, 2007
u-pick blueberries 10 - 4pm
music & activities 11-2pm

location: Finn River Farm, Chimacum, WA

cost: $10 per carload ---pack 'em in! carpooling encouraged!
parking is limited, so reservations are strongly recommended!

 

 

 

Article Release:
The Yoga Of Gardening: Expanding the Boundaries of the Body

Nala's Article, "The Yoga of Gardening: Expanding the Boundaries of the Body" was written for The Village Builder, City Repair's annual magazine. City Repair is an organization, originally based in Portland, OR, and now spreading to cities nationwide, with a mission of "Educating and inspiring people to build community by creatively transforming public space into neighborhood gathering places." For more information, please visit the City Repair Website.

download article as PDF

date/time: may 2007

location: City Repair's Village Builder Magazine

 

ZoneZero at the 7th Annual Village Building Convergence

Nala Qalla will be back at the VBC again this year to offer presentations and workshops as part of this fabulous 10 day event of hands-on experience in creating a liveable, sustainable city.

On Friday, May 25th, Nala is pleased to be part of a night of presentations on urban sustainability, which will include well -known mycophile Paul Stamets of Fungiperfecti as well as community-building games, music and a groove-a-thon. Join us at 5pm for local, organic dinner, followed by presentations at 7pm, and jugband music to finish off the night!

***NOTE CHANGE***
on Saturday afternoon, May 26th , Nala will be teaching a free workshop at Awakenings Wellness Center in Southeast Portland.

Please go to the CityRepair website for more information, directions, and locations.

date/time:
Friday 25 May 7pm until---->>>>
Saturday 26 May 2-5pm

location:
Friday night@ Disjecta, 230 E. Burnside, Portland, OR
Saturday afternoon@ Awakenings Wellness Center, 1016 SE 12th Avenue.

 

Sustainable Living Festival -- Huxley College of the Environment

In conjunction with The Harmonica Pocket, the Bcollective will be offering a participatory performance for all ages in honor of the first annual Sustainable Living Festival, sponsored by Huxley College for the Environment and Built Green of Clallam County. Expect to play along with music, dance and games, and spend the day at the festival!

Please visit the Harmonica Pocket's Children's Project on the web for more information on our children's performances and projects.

date/time: Mar 31st, 2007----festival begins at 10am---Bcollective show at 3:15pm

location: Peninsula College Campus, Port Angeles, WA

 

Children's Festival of Art

The Bcollective will be appearing, disappearing and reapprearing many times as Me, Myself and I at the Children's Festival of Art. We will offer participatory games, creative movement, roving-human PaintMe sculpture as well as a Harmonica Pocket performance and starfotos with the Queen of Art.

Please visit the Harmonica Pocket's Website for more information on our children's performances and projects.

date/time: Mar 11th 2007

location: Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA

 

BodyEcology: Presentation and Workshop at Portland State University

As part of the Portland International Initiative for Leadership in Ecology, Culture, and Learning (PIIECL), Nala Walla will give an experiential presentation and workshop on the importance of transdisciplinarism and the bodybased arts to the sustainability, permaculture and community building movements. No experience necessary. just bring comfortable clothing and a playful, open spirit.

date/time: Friday & Saturday, February 9&10, 2007

Friday: lecture/demonstration 7-9pm......free

Saturday: workshop 12-4pm ...................fee: $20-$30

location: Student Rec Center, Portland State University, Portland, OR

 

Zone Zero: A Bodybased Permaculture Fundamentals Workshop

Spend the weekend in a hilltop yert learning a wholistic permaculture curriculum that stimulates the body and spirit as much as the brain. We will introduce fundamental permaculture principles, then utiliize arts various arts practices and games in order to integrate this knowledge. Intellectual knowledge will be transformed into deep understanding and body wisdom. Activities will run the gamut between yoga sessions, meal sharing, visual and lecture presentations, improvisational games and a slumber party saturday night. Space is limited to 20 participants, so register early!!!

PLEASE NOTE: This will be a rustic gathering in a yert where we will all share responsibilities for cooking, cleaning, camping chores, etc. Participants will bring food items from a preorganized list, and we will assemble the ingredients into delicious meals-dinner on saturday, breakfast and lunch on sunday. Your participation in these tasks helps keep these workshops affordable to all, so thank you in advance for your cooperation!

Accomodations will also be rustic. Bring a sleeping bag and pad to get cozy in the yert, or bring a tent if you want more privacy. Also, bring flashlight, warm layers and boots.

facilitators: Marisha Auerbach and Nala Walla

cost: sliding scale $100 to $60 or trade. Please contact us to arrange.

date/time: January 27/28, 1pm Saturday to 4pm Sunday.

location: High Grove Yert at Wild Thyme Farm
Oakville, WA (40 minutes south of Olympia)

 

 

OPEPO Children's Diversity Training Through Participatory Performance

The Bcollective and the Harmonica Pocket team up to provide an afternoon of interdisciplinary arts education for kids ages 5-10 years. A participatory performance—comprised of music, movement, theatre, story, games and songs—is much more than the sum of its parts. This type of performance encourages active participation in the Arts, rather than passive “watching.” The usual lines between performer and audience are creatively blurred, and kids are empowered to explore their artistic selves thereby establishing their own relationship to the arts, and to the world.

date/time: 10 january 2006, 1 - 3:15 pm

location: OPEPO School, Port Townsend, WA

 

BodyEcology: Workshop for City University Master's Program

Nala Walla will give a presentation and workshop on using the bodybased arts and transdisciplinary teaching to usher in the era of sustainability. This will be a experiential workshop, so wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to move, make sounds and have some fun.

date/time: Saturday, Dec 9, 2006

location:City University Extension Campus, Port Townsend, WA

 

Day of the Dead Community Ceremony and Participatory Performance

Please join us at dusk on Thursday, November 2nd for a Day of the Dead Community Ceremony, participatory performance, and procession through Redmen's Cemetery in Port Townsend, WA.

This event will include the extended Bcollective family of artists incorporating genre-crossing dance performances, live music by a "bones band," storytelling, and a participatory parade to honor the dead of all species and all eras.

PLEASE BRING WITH YOU: a biodegradable offering for the dead, photos and names of the dead, a flashlight, warm clothing, and a potluck dish to share at the after party.

This is a rain or shine event.

Volunteers are being sought to assist with setup on the day of this event. Please get in touch via the contact page to offer your support.

date/time: Thursday, November 2, gather at dusk.

location: Redmen's Cemetery, Port Townsend, WA. click here for a map to the site.

cost: Free -- donations are welcome to off-set costs of producing this event.

 

Bcollective presents: The Carpetbag Brigade at Dragon's Nest

The Bcollective is happy to welcome our circus artist friends from the San Fransisco Bay area for the first and only Renegade Kitchen of the Season. The Carpetbag Brigade will bring their stiltwalking physical theater show "The Vanishing Point" to the Dragon's Nest as part of their NorthAmerican tour. Come early to get seats for the show, and stay late to enjoy Jerry's fabulous indian food feast and music around the fire.

date/time: tuesday, 26 sept, 2006. show begins at 6:30 SHARP!!!!!!

location: Dragon's Nest, 1620 S. Discovery Road, Port Townsend, WA

cost: $10 for the show, plus another $5-$10 if yer eatin'

 

BodyEcology Workshop at Port Townsend Ecovillage

As part of the Wilder Institute's two-week permaculture design certification course, Nala Walla will offer a bodybased method of learning the permaculture curriculum through game-playing. A short presentation will begin the evening, then we will transform this intellectual understanding into wholistic bodymind knowledge by using community-building games.

date/time: Monday, 25 September, 2006

location: Ecovillage, Port Townsend, WA

 

Small Barn Skillbuilder

This summer, the Bcollective will be working intensively on raising a small barn on the homestead. Please come swing a hammer and join us for dips in the bay, cookouts and and music around the campfire.

date/time: August 1st thru September 15th 2006

location: Marrowstone Island, WA

 

Sunfield Farm Tour Children's Show

The Bcollective and the Harmonica Pocket team up to offer some good wholesome fun---music and dance that will entertain both kids AND their parents.

date/time: 24 September 2006

location: Sunfield Farm, 1903 Rhody Drive, Port Hadlock, WA

 

Body Retreat on Marrowstone Island

Yoga twice a day, beachwalks, cooking over an open fire, naps in the grass, community building games. The BODYVERSITY curriculum synthesizes body-based art forms with principles of deep ecology in order to move beyond the rational, and facilitate a wholistic, wholebody understanding of permaculture.

more information

date/time: June 23-25, 7pm Friday - 2pm Sunday

location: Marrowstone Island, WA

cost: sliding scale $120-$60 (what is this?)

 

The Ecology of the Body

In this workshop, we will begin with the premise that our own body is our most direct link to the earth. Beginning with a brief presentation to engage our sense of ethics and activism, we will explore various improvisational and body-based art games derived from such diverse techniques as yoga, contact improvisation, action theater, butoh and many others. Through these physical practices, we initiate the process of learning permaculture principles directly through the body. This work is intended to restore the arts to their rightful place at the center of a healthy and sustainable community. No experience necessary--just bring a spirit of playfulness.

Potluck immediately following workshop.

Registration and scholarship info: 360.643.3747

date/time: Fri, May 26, 4-7pm

location: Jackson Wellsprings, 2253 Hwy 99, Ashland, OR

cost: $35 - $75

 

Sixth Annual Village Building Convergence

Nala Walla will be offering BODYVERSITY presentations and workshops at the 6th annual Village Building Convergence in Portland, OR, sponsored by the fabulous "wizards of wonder" at City Repair.

www.cityrepair.org/wiki.php/projects/vbc

date/time: Sunday, 21 May, 8-10pm

and Monday, 22 May, 1-2:30pm

location: DISJECTA, Portland, OR


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