We are pleased to invite sponsorship for HiveMind. If your company is interested in supporting HiveMind, please review our Sponsor Proposal and contact us at email@example.com
Seeking skillshares, workshops, organization representatives, artists and healers for the upcoming HiveMind at the PLACE for Sustainable Living in Oakland. The theme is Relationships - of all kinds, relationships with land, city, lovers, other species, our bodies, or those we may be in conflict with, for example. http://evolverbayarea.com for submissions. Hope to see you there and please invite friends! This is Evolver Bay Area's quarterly gathering to coalition build among Bay Area groups - an intersectional space for healing, learning, and celebrating. <3
Presenters announced for Saturday's HiveMind Forum, should be a juicy day of alternative economy demos and community connection. You can see a pretty layout of their descriptions and bios here: http://www.evolverbayarea.com/next-hivemind.html
and RSVP on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/645452388849623/
We still need volunteers for the day of, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to help in exchange for attendance, thanks!
HiveMind Community Forum & Celebration
Produced by Evolver Bay Area
Saturday, March 15, 12-6pm, $10-30 sliding scale
Call for submissions:
HiveMind provides a forum for networking and coalition-building in the Bay, expanding the impact of holistic solutions. Presenters can facilitate a workshop, present about a project or idea, give a training, or do community healing rituals.
Several organizations will be present to share their work and build community. Our intention is to bring people together around the convergence of technology, healing, arts, local economy, and sustainable farming. As much as possible we create a space that represents a true public commons space for the Bay Area. Through gathering together and sharing with each other, we build a strong collective action network in the Bay Area and celebrate our power to create the world we want to live in.
If you'd like to submit an offering, please do so via the website: http://www.evolverbayarea.com/offerings.html
Also, if you have any requests or suggestions for organizations or people we reach out to to participate, please email us at email@example.com, thank you!
-- Inspiring workshops
-- An embodied networking space
-- Coalition of organizations that empower local autonomy and global ecological resiliency
-- Community healing rituals
-- Activating foods - raw cacao, ormus elixirs, and more
-- Celebration through music, dance, and loving connection
Here's the audio from HiveMind's "Sexual Politics in Transformational Culture" panel discussion. This took place September 28, 2013 in Berkeley. HiveMind is a community forum and celebration produced by Evolver Bay Area. This discussion was a follow up to an Evolver Salon on the same topic earlier last year - it was clear we had touched the surface of something deep for people and it needed further exploration.
Click here to listen
Talat Jonathan Phillips is the author of the bestselling book on Gnosticism, “The Electric Jesus: The Healing Journey of a Contemporary Gnostic.” He co-founded the cutting edge web-magazine Reality Sandwich and The Evolver Network, coordinating 50+ regional Evolver communities. He is a religion blogger for “The Huffington Post,” creator of “The Ayahuasca Monologues: Tales of the Spirit Vine,” a Reiki Master and Connecticut Healing Institute certified Bioenergetic Counselor. He does life coaching Skype sessions for clients around the world and has a healing practice in San Francisco.
Rachel Lyra Hospodar is a horizontalist organizer, artist, and long-term Bay Area activist. She runs the production studio Medium Reality. Follow her thoughts on Twitter as @rachelyra.
Jeff Bausemer is an Alumni of Tufts University in Boston and St. John's College in New Mexico. He is a licensed massage therapist and yoga teacher and is writing his first book, "Ghetto Fabulous and Super Complex: Getting Your Spiritual Freak On In The Face Of Rational Skepticism"
We are delighted to announce the launch of Evolver co-founder Daniel Pinchbeck's new talk show. MindShift debuts on GaiamTV, a new network devoted to consciousness, spirituality, and ecology. Mind Shift explores the deeper dimensions of the present, and our potential for the future.
Please check it out and spread the word to share this level of dialogue and consciousness with a wider public.
The first episode of Mind Shift features COSM’s Alex Grey and Muslim writer Michael Muhammad Knight, author of a new book on ayahuasca and Islam, ‘Tripping with Allah’. Among other subjects, we discuss whether the visionary experience induced through psychedelics can be a part of the future of religion. A new episode debuts each week.
Future guests include actor/comedian Russell Brand, playwright Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues), musician Ben Lee (Ayahuasca: Welcome to the Work); as well as authors such as Howard Bloom (The Lucifer Principle), Richard Dolan(UFOs and the National Security State), Richard Smoley (The Dice Game of Shiva), Jay Michaelson (Evolver Dharma), Mikki Agrawahl (Do Cool Shit); and much more.
Our mission is to explore controversial, edgy, transformative subjects, remaining critical without being dismissive.
Please go to www.mindshift.net to watch excerpts and learn more. Subscription to GaiamTV offers a range of programming, from yoga workout videos to cutting-edge documentaries, feature films, and other new talk shows. We hope you will check it out!
Every three months Evolver Bay Area hosts a community-building forum called HiveMind. Here you can learn with hands-on workshops and talks, connect with like-minded people, receive healing, nutrition, art, dance, and be.
You'll find a full list of speaker bios and workshop descriptions here - http://www.evolverbayarea.com/september-28-hivemind.html
Please invite your friends to this hive medicine party! (facebook event invite).
Here's the audio recording of last night's Evolver Salon on Sexual Politics in the Transformational Culture
Evolver Bay Area's next event!
Thursday, August 8
@The Center SF, 548 Fillmore St
With the rapid rise of global conscious communities, change-agents, pleasure revolutionaries, and leagues of social pioneers are redefining antiquated gender models in order to build new paradigms of sexuality and human relationships. Given the challenges presented by the high-charged sexiness of neo-tribal festivals, the vulnerable nature of the healing/initiatory path, modern-day implementation of psychedelics and plant medicines, general political correctness, as well as the daunting shadow of centuries-old patterning and history, we often find ourselves falling short of our highest intentions and aspirations when it comes to gender politics in the transformational age.
In this candid talk and community dialogue, thought leaders in today’s visionary culture will discuss how we can apply the lessons of gender alchemy, tantra, the divine feminine/masculine/androgine, radical forgiveness, intimacy building, non-violent communication, creative collaboration, and more to better unify the perceived gender dichotomy. We will also discuss practical strategies for applying this wisdom, not just to the EDM festivals and ayahuasca retreats, but to our family, friends, government, the workplace, and society at large.
Talat Jonathan Phillips: author of “The Electric Jesus: The Healing Journey of a Contemporary Gnostic,” co-founder of The Evolver Network and transformational web-magazine Reality Sandwich, Bioenergetic Healer and Reiki Master, Huffington Post Religion blogger. He has a practice in SF and via Skype. www.TalatHealing.com
Carol Queen PhD: sociologist and sex educator in the sex positive feminist movement, Center for Sex & Culture founding director, pleasure activist, Good Vibes staff sexologist, author of “Real Live Nude Girl: Chronicles of Sex-Positive Culture,” “Exhibitionisim for the Shy: Show Off, Dress Up, and Talk Hot,” and more. http://www.carolqueen.com/
Jamaica Stevens: founder of Tribal Convergence and Convergence Network, healer, artist, dancer, community organizer, leadership trainer, earth guardian, and event producer of The Awaken Festival and many other transformational events. http://tribalconvergence.com/
Mariavittoria Mangini Phd, FNP: a family nurse midwife for twenty five years; a member of the Hog Farm, the same “hippie commune” that served breakfast in bed to 400,000 people at Woodstock, since the 1970s. She has written extensively on the impact of psychedelic experiences in shaping the lives of her contemporaries, and has worked closely with many distinguished investigators in this field. Her current project is the development of a "death midwifery" practice providing services to dying persons and their families.
Lily Ross: Masters of Divinity student at Harvard Divinity School, scholar in transcultural ayahuasca phenomenon and indigenous religion, collaborative activism with Indigenous populations, storyteller, poet, writer.
Presented by North Atlantic Books, Evolver SF, The Center SF, The Center for Sex and Culture, Tribal Convergence Network, Talat Healing
Thursday, August 8
6:45 Doors; 7pm Salon, $10-$15 sliding scale
The Center SF
548 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
Hello Evolvers! We just received the Institute of Urban Homesteading's July newsletter, full of classes and inspiration. We list IUH's classes on our web calendar, and encourage you to learn the earth-connecting, self-sufficiency skills they're offering. Here's what they have to say!
JULY at IUH~ Mad Skills for You & the World
Why July? Because July is the month that your garden stretches towards the sky with long days and endless berry harvests: the first flush of raspberries has gone--to return in August, but I am still collecting blueberries and mulberries every other day and the blackberries are just now coming on. My first crop of corn is sky high with tassels and silks dancing in the wind in their special pollination dance. I just harvested my first bell pepper and my first lemon cucumber of the season and green tomatoes are showing up on the vine. Canning, dehydrating and fermenting begins now! And yes--we have a class for that!
Join us in July for Mad Skills! This month we feature classes on food preservation (Canning Extravaganza, All About Dehydration & Ferment!) , Urban Goat Farming, Mushroom Cultivation, Solar Cooking, Hand Crafted Lotions and more! Plus check out our offerings for Youth with our Family Permaculture Adventure and Cold Water Scouts Youth Camps.
What Can I Plant now?
It is getting a bit late in the season to start long season crops like tomatoes and peppers, and it is a bit early for your cool weather crops for Fall. Yet there are still some things that can go into the ground in July and come to fruition before the seasons turn again. For best success check on and water new plantings daily this time of year until they get established.
Winter Squash is a gift that keep giving all through the year. For best yields winter squash can be planted early along with spring crops, but starts can also go into the ground now for harvest by the end of the growing season. Leave the squash on the plant until they change color and become hard enough that a fingernail doesn't easily penetrate the flesh.
Lettuce is one of those year round crops in the Bay Area and if you get some in the ground now, they may be ready just in time for tomatoes! For summer lettuce choose hearty slow bolt varieties like "Summertime" or "Nevada."
Beets are an easy reliable crop. They can be direct seeded in the ground and need to be watered daily to get started. Beets seeded now can be harvested through winter. This delicious, mineral rich crop is a no brainer for Bay Area weather (see recipe below).
Carrots can also be direct seeded but due to a long germination time must be watered once or twice daily so the small seeds don't dry out before they sprout. Once started this crop can be left in the ground and harvested through winter. Carrots appreciate well tilled soil with good drainage.
Beans. Both string beans for eating fresh and beans for drying can be planted now from seed or start. For dry beans leave on the plant until dry.
Recipe: Beet Quinoa Salad
This is one of my Summer and Fall potluck favorites that always gets a big "YUM!." It is gluten-free (be sure to use wheat-free tamari) and vegan, or Feta cheese can be added for an extra rich flavor.
You need: 1 cup quinoa, 2-3 red beets, 1-2 scallions or spring onions, Dill, Feta Cheese (optional), Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar, Tamari
Prepare the quinoa by adding 1 cup seed to 1.5 cups water. Bring to a boil then turn the heat down and simmer until fluffy. You may need to stir and add a little more water. The quinoa should be cooked, but not mushy. Prepare beets by simmering until the skins slide off easily. Slide skins off the beets and slice into chunks in a bowl. Mince scallions and dill and add to the bowl. Add quinoa and mix. Crumble in a 1/4 cup if Feta Cheese if desired. Dress with even parts olive oil, balsamic vinegar and tamari.
Urban Farm Tours Report Back
Thank you to everyone who came out and made Urban Farm Tours 2013 a success!. We logged over 1100 visits to the 8 sites in 7 hours. The showing was a little lower than in past years, perhaps due to the North Bay location, but all the farmers had plenty to do. A hardcore bicycle contingent made it's way from Albany to El Sobrante and visited 6 of the 7 sites. Except for the lack of pit stops (we'll improve that next year) the response was highly positive--visitors seemed to be engaged and inspired, learning new things to bring to their urban farming endeavors. Next Years Tour will feature new, never before seen sites in Berkeley and Oakland, plus a separate tour along the same model in the Vallejo area! See you there next year!
INTRODUCING: Api-centric Beekeeping and Bee-Centric Honey
Honey Bees have been in the news a lot the last few years due to declining populations and the mysterious CCD (Colony Collapse Disorder). While the cause of CCD has been definitively proven, most people aren't aware that conventional beekeeping practices are as ill-conceived and counter to nature as practices in conventional agriculture. These include such misguided activities as the use of antibiotics even if the bees are not sick, poison miticides which impact queen fertility and build up in wax & honey, feeding high fructose corn syrup which alters the pH and natural ecosystem inside the hive, forced labor out-of-season, manipulation of how bees build their comb, artificial insemination and decreased genetic biodiversity---all of which impact the immune system and vigor of our honeybee populations. This year IUH is introducing and promoting the idea of api-centric beekeeping. Rather than adopt practices to maximize honey production and what we "get out" of the bees, we focus on supporting the natural evolutionary resilience of the honey bee towards their health and well-being. We use neither phamaceuticals or any other chemical inputs (thus also creating wax and honey free of these noxious products) and for the most part, we get out of the bees way allowing them to do what they do best. We trust that the bees know what the are doing, having been around much longer than we have and provide simple support such as a clean box and ample floral forage. We allow them to self-select through natural die offs and adapt to our local climate, allowing weaker less disease resistant colonies to perish, so that stronger colonies can survive to reproduce. Want to help the bees? Plant flowers! Want to learn more? Attend an Api-Centric Beekeeping Course. A small amount of Bee-Centric Honey will be available this seasons' end at our WINTER OPEN HOUSE. Mark your calenders for December 13 &14.
July Classes: MAD SKills!
ADDED Canning Extravaganza July 27 10am-2pm
TIME CHANGE Luscious Lotions will now start at 2:30pm instead of 2pm.
RESCHEDULED Home Smoking is now on September 22, 2:30-5:30pm
Wednesday, July 10, 6:30-9:30pm
All About Dehydration
Instructor: Seth Peterson
Cost: $35 -65
Sunday July 14, 2013 10am-3:30pm
One Day Urban Permaculture Adventure for Families
For youth 6-10 and their parent(s)
Instructor: K.Ruby Blume
Location: North Oakland
Cost: 1 parent, 1 child $75-105, 1 parent, 2 children or 2 parents, 1 child :$90-125
Sunday, July 14, 11:00am-3:00pm
Urban Goat Farming
Instructor: Jim Montgomery
Location: West Berkeley
Sunday, July 14, 2:00-6:00pm
Mushroom Cultivation Homestead Style
Instructor: Patty & Ray Lanier, The Mushroom Maestros
Location: West Oakland
Cost: $40-70 plus $12 supply fee in cash on day of class
composting process.. Working with either oyster, shitake or king stropheria mycellium, students will then make a starter kits to take home.
Saturday, July 27, 2:00-6:00pm
Cooking with the Sun: Making and Using Solar Ovens
Instructor: David Glaser
Location : Berkeley, Curtis near Dwight
Saturday, July 27, 2:00-5:00pm
Make Your Own Beauty Products: Luscious Lotions Revealed
Instructor: Lila Ann Frechette
Location: North Oakland
Cost: $35-65 plus $12 supply fee in cash on day of class
Sunday, July 28, 3:00-6:00pm
Cheese Making 101
Instructor: K.Ruby Blume
Location: North Oakland
Cost: $40-60 plus $12 supply fee to bring on the day of class
Monday, July 29th- Friday, August 2nd
Coldwater Scouts Youth Camp: Session One
Instructors: Katharine Jolda & Jared Aldrich plus guest instructors
Location: Canyon (Oakland hills), SF Hyde St. Pier, plus camp-out at Kirby Cove (session 2 only)
Wednesday, July 31, 6:30-9:30pm
Ferment! Lacto-Fermenting for Flavor and Health
Instructor: K.Ruby Blume
Location: North Oakland
Cost: $35-65 plus $5 supply fee to be paid on day of class
Institute of Urban Homesteading
"When in doubt, ,just add compost."
Urban Farm Tours Visits Soul Flower Farm
Photo: Lori Eanes