Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31st - Sept. 3rd
at the Twin Oaks Community in Louisa, Virginia
The 2012 Communities Conference is swiftly approaching! Save a few bucks by registering today for what is sure to be the best celebration of communal lifestyles and resource-sharing that we've hosted in recent years. The "door price" of $100 for a camping ticket goes into effect on Aug. 24th--one week before the Conference--so this is your last chance to pre-register and get a discount. You could also get on the waiting list to sleep indoors this year at neighboring retreat center Sophia House.
We'll be opening the conference Friday evening with a group discussion inspired by the Occupy Movement, which took America by storm in 2011. What are some lessons about working together and resisting the status quo that we can take from Occupy? What do intentional communities, the Transition Town movement, worker-owned cooperatives, resource-sharing groups and Occupy have in common? And how can we all find common ground from which to build a better world together?
Release your energy afterward with bonfire drumming and "Five Element" & Danjeon breathing exercises hosted by Paula Damaskinos and associates. The fun will continue throughout the weekend. Activities on Saturday and Sunday will include sweat lodges, community tours, more drumming, a dance party, and the classic "Meet the Communities" session. See our schedule of events for more information.
As for workshops we've got lined up for the weekend...
- Value-based Consensus by Comparison by C.T. Butler, activist and author of influential handbook On Conflict and Consensus
- Conscious Connections by Debby Sugarman, interpersonal relationship expert. This was a very popular workshop last year!
- Starting and Maintaining a Worker-Owned Cooperative by Joe Rinehart, worker/owner at Firestorm Cafe & Books in Asheville, NC and member of the Democracy At Work Network. Panel discussion to follow.
- Activism and Service Communities panel discussion featuring voices from Little Flower Catholic Worker Community and Innisfree Village
- Transition Towns: Building a Better World by Paula James, co-founder of Transition OurWay in Ouray County, Colorado. Discussion with Joanie Freeman and Dave Redding of the Charlottesville Rabblerousers to follow.
- Circles Make the World Go ’Round: Organizing Your Community to Get Things Done an introduction to sociocracy with Sheella Mierson and Ron Czecholinski of The Sociocracy Consulting Group
- AND MANY MORE, from intentional community movers 'n' shakers such as Laird Schaub and Ira Wallace and on subjects ranging from resource-sharing cooperatives and communal gardening to spirituality in community!
We are also thrilled about two major new additions to this year's Conference, both happening on Monday, Sept. 3rd. The first, an Occupy role-playing experience, will be led by activist and communitarian Paxus Calta. Put your newly-learned community-building skills to work in a fun, fast-paced environment! Alternately, attend a day-long sociocracy (Dynamic Governance) intensive led by Sheella Mierson, Ron Czecholinski and Ted Millich. If you’re interested in bettering the communication style and decision-making method of your community or organization, this intensive is for you. For conference attendees, the day-long workshop has a sliding scale fee of $30-$60; if you can pay more than $60, it will help low-income people to attend.
Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or suggestions, and we'll see you this Labor Day weekend!
You can help us spread the word! Like us on facebook and forward the following links to interested friends: www.CommunitiesConference.org (our homepage) and http://www.communitiesconference.org/resources/august-e-newsletter (the web version of this newsletter). If you know anyone who'd be interested in sociocracy--also known as "Dynamic Governance"--but not in attending the full conference, you can tell them that we're offering "non-conference attendee" tickets for the day-long workshop!
2012 Communities Conference 138 Twin Oaks Road, Louisa, VA 23093 [masked]
conference at twinoaks dot org Co-sponsored by the Fellowship for Intentional Community