December 13th, 2015
Here’s another invite just to keep on reminding you. This was sent out to theillalogicalspoon email list. I have no idea how up to date that list is and who gets it that doesn’t want it and who doesn’t get it that does want it, but it’s a tradition to send out a winter gathering email and I like tradition.
“I love the summers in this land. But I also love the feel of winter winds against my cheek, when the snow squeals underfoot, and the ptarmigan, the white grouse, come whirling down from the mountain peaks once more… to talk along the valley by my house. I love the colors of the bleak wastelands where nobody goes, when the circling sun falls low, and the leaves hang and rattle in the wind, and cranberries turn to mahogany brown, and frosted blueberries taste of wine, then my cabin on the river will be snug and tight against the arctic gale. When wild grass has turned to hay and the wild geese wing their way once more over mountain and valley to the southern land below, the canoe is put away and the snowshoe will appear. But when the arctic turns to green again and the geese return with the sun I shall take my canoe from off the tall cache, and I shall travel on the river to see some new place.”
-Constance Helmericks from We Live In The Arctic
You are hereby joyfully encouraged to meet up in the great lakes bioregion, north woods of michigan, jordan river valley, town of east jordan at
martha wagbo farm and education center (http://www.wagbo.org/)
for the eleventh annual winter gathering!
Monday – Thursday will feature various ongoing skills shares (acorn processing, fire starting, fishing, brewing, etc…) nature hikes exploring multiple areas of the Jordan river valley, movie nights (a winter series of films on people, plants and other animals adapting and thriving in the cold northern lands) and lots of time to just hang out and do whatever we want to do together.
Friday – Sunday will have a full schedule including, but not limited to concerts both friday and saturday night. Organized discussions (on topics such as rewilding, ecological restoration, permaculture, spirituality, and technology). Potluck meals. Games. Head dunking in a cold river. Wildness!!!!!!!!!!
more info to come….
we are excited to be experimenting for the first time this year with officially expanding the event to a full week (it has often turned into that anyhow. soon we may have to call it a festival) and traveling beyond the Jackson area (making it a longer drive for most, but who’s counting, right?). we anticipate that many of you will share our enthusiasm and join the adventure!
see you all soon!
-with love and a longing for colder weather,
the editor in the cabin