Kindle Cascadia 2019

DECEMBER 17 – 22, 2019

Registration will open in September!

Hosted at Aprovecho Sustainability Education Center in Cottage Grove, OR

Summons for Kindle Cascadia 2018

In the darkest time of the year, many of us feel the darkness in the world more potently. The challenges ahead are no longer able to be ignored. We can no longer hide from our shadows. So we have no choice but to face them.

This world, this society, the many cultures and communities that inhabit this land, may feel more divided than ever these days. In difficult times, we seek solace in what is familiar. It is easy to find the people who think like us, who act and socialize like us, who share common values. Surely there is value in the security of a close community in which you can fully and safely express yourself. We each need this. But it’s not enough. We share this world with everyone else too. We must recognize our common ground and the humanity of others, no matter how different they seem, if we are to move forward. We cannot build a resilient world while leaving out the people we disagree with. We are ALL in this together.  

Kindle Cascadia seeks to establish such a common ground by connecting us with the skills of our ancestors. No matter who you are or what you believe, your ancestors had to find and process their own food from the land, had to make their own tools and clothing, and had to collaborate with the people around them to survive. Though our industrial society makes these skills seem irrelevant, they are invaluable to connecting us to our roots, to the earth, and to one another. Weave a basket with someone who dresses differently than you. Learn to process acorns with someone who shops at a different grocery store than you. Experience a rejuvenating hike or meditation with someone who has different struggles than you. And find that these differences suddenly seem unimportant!

This year’s theme for Kindle Cascadia calls for radical change. We all very likely want things to change, though we may have different ideas about how to do that. The radical part speaks to our need to step outside of our comfort zones. To expand the limits of our circle, of our imagination, and of our reality to see what else is out there, even if it scares us. Let’s start with remembering that we’re all part of the same web, find out where our common ground is, and start the change from there. It’s not the easy way, nor the quickest, but it is our best—our only—hope for building a beautiful, resilient, inclusive world where we all can thrive.