Celebrating Ourselves, Our Creativity, and Our Strength!
Twin Oaks Women's Gathering
We built the dome two weeks ago. It took a morning of nuts, bolts, and diagrams, but the metal skeleton finally emerged. Easily twenty feet tall, it stands in a clearing on Twin Oaks property, waiting for the annual Women's Gathering, when it will serve as a home for discussion and celebration. Over one hundred women meet here each summer for a weekend of community and empowerment.
The Gathering organizers are so excited for this year's event. We already have some great workshops lined up, on topics from sustainable living to sacred chant. Alina, one of our interns, has even talked about putting a rugby workshop together, so be sure to bring your sneakers!
This year's Gathering, from August 21--23, is part of a long tradition. For 31 years, Twin Oaks has hosted the Women's Gathering, a chance for women to come together and spend time "Celebrating Ourselves, Our Creativity, and Our Strength!" In addition to the workshops, there will be performances and plenty of free time to dance, stargaze, practice yoga, meet new people, and get dirty in our famous mud pit. Valerie wrote about her experiences, and recalled last year's atmosphere: "The evening ends with an amazing outdoor dance party, accompanied by some drummers around the campfire."
For many of our attendees, the Gathering is a spiritual experience, a space where they can find community with other women. Brittany, one of the Gathering's organizers, wrote about her experiences. "The understanding of what women's community gifts us can be intense, punctuated by tears gleaming on a woman's cheeks or a fire burning in her eyes," she wrote. "You see she is changed."
So, how can you be a part of this year's Women's Gathering? Join us by registering online at http://womensgathering.org. If you have a talent, we're still accepting proposals for workshops and performances. You can also take the spotlight by performing on our Sharing Stage, where women sing, dance, and recite poetry. Whatever your gifts are, we want to see them! The Gathering is open to all who are female-born and/or woman-identified. The fee for the weekend is $85, but a sliding scale and work exchange are available. All girls, and boys 6 and under, are welcome to attend, and childcare is cooperative. If you have questions or are interested in volunteering, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope to see you this year. The sense of community created in only three days is truly incredible, and something every woman should have the chance to experience.
Communities Conference and Money Monday
This Labor Day weekend, the participants of Twin Oaks Communities Conference will pitch their tents in the woods by the conference site, with its outdoor kitchen, shower and toilet facilities, and a hiking trail that slips right into the river. It will be a community-centered extravaganza. The bonfire is waiting, and you can expect the dance party.
Participants will choose from a variety of workshops, including "+20 Fishbowl Discussion," where older communities share their perspectives and stories; "New Kids on the Block," an introduction to communities under five years old; and the natural synthesis of both perspectives, "State of the Movement." There will be scheduled tours of Twin Oaks and Acorn communities and an Open Space section of the weekend, where participants can offer their own workshops, discussions, or activities.
This year's Monday Program -- Money in Community -- lends itself to alliteration and challenging conversation. There are three tracks (Nonprofit, New Models Track, and the Business Track) that work to unpack the nitty-gritty how-to, delve into the complex relationships and emotions tangled in money, and to empower participants to cultivate greater ease with money.
The Communities Conference partnered with EarthDeeds for a carbon onsetting program, which aims to neutralize the carbon footprint of participants travel to the conference by donating to sustainability projects. Money will be donated to projects as voted by our participants. For more information: earthdeeds.org.
Registration is open. Indoor accommodations are available. Unfortunately, because of the terrain, the conference site is not easily accessible to those with limited mobility. Folks with limited mobility interested in attending the conference are encouraged to contact conference facilitators. More information can be found at: http://communitiesconference.org.