Kindle Cascadia is a bioregional community dedicated to integrating traditional and ancestral life ways into the present cycles of our lives.  Gathering together with our diverse backgrounds and gifts, we reweave the fabric of our village in mutual commitment to the holy, the wild, and the emergent.


  • Find synergy and mutual support within the movement dedicated to co-creating place-based village and right relationship with the natural world and the holy/mysterious.
  • Create a welcoming space for our diverse community to gather together as a village to celebrate our emergence from the darkness into the light on the winter solstice.
  • Share traditional, and ancestral skills, as well as emergent creative solutions (such as permaculture) to re-create our conscientious place based culture.
  • Support new, sprouting, and established teachers, artisans, and performers, whose work is deeply in accord with our mission and vision.
  • Respect diversity by deeply honoring people’s histories and traditions.
  • Reclaim our ancestral ways through traditional practices, deep listening, resource sharing, and co-creating opportunities to share and represcense.
Who are we?
 This gathering began nine years ago as a primitive skill share and winter solstice celebration. It was basically a house party hosted by Rob Miller, Kristie Steele and friends in the Eugene community. We were inspired to turn up the heat and grow our village in this region, hence… The birth of Kindle Cascadia!

We are a community of people focused on evolving culture through the practical use of primitive skills and indefinitely sustainable lifeways.  We are part of the emerging movement reclaiming and co-creating place based village with many interests and pursuits that support the village such as primitive skills, permaculture, nature awareness, rites of passage, creative expression, and so much more.

Some people come to share, others come to learn, and in some way everyone comes to do both.  There is no minimum or maximum skill level.  Join in!  It is the mix of everyone’s gifts, skills, and innate talents that makes this event wonderful.


We want to share the darkest days basking in the warmth of our togetherness.  As we celebrate the growing light, our intention is to hold a stable, safe container for people’s gifts to unfold, and for our mutual reciprocity to find its maximum expression.  We do this by fostering conditions for good social interactions, practicing hands-on ancestral skills, and co-creating empowering and enlivening rituals.

2018 Kindle Cascadia Organizers

Abby Colehour – Cottage Grove, OR

Abby is a proud Minnesotan who has been working on life skills in the southern Willamette valley for the past several years. She is a catalyst and organizer for social movements and organizations, and devotes her energy to supporting people and projects working to develop meaningful connection with the land and each other. She enjoys meeting life’s daily needs creatively and opportunistically with her eclectic toolkit: chainsaw, axe, knitting needles, sewing machine, gardening hand tools, food and herb dehydrator, kitchen implements, pen and paper, and most importantly her hands and heart. She has been on the Kindle Cascadia organizing team for six years, and this year is spearheading the gathering as the Lead Coordinator.

Hannah Themann – Eugene, OR

Jessi Pongratz – Cottage Grove, OR

Odaya Ionis – Portland, OR


Flow Withwater – Portland, OR

(Kids programming)

Ilana Jakubowski – Eugene, OR

(Kitchen lead)

Kindle Cascadia Advisory Council

Rob Miller – Eugene, OR

Rob Miller is the lead guide, program designer, and director of Cascadia Quest. He is a wilderness guide, ceremonialist, wild-crafter, council leader, loving parent, and fun-loving instigator of radical and sustainable earth-based culture change. Rob founded Kindle Cascadia in 2008, when he invited a bunch of friends to his house to craft together over the winter solstice. With his energy and devotion, Kindle Cascadia has grown into what it is today, and he continues to support the organizers and give energy to the gathering.

Shay Hohmann – Chimacum, WA


Originally from western Washington, Shay recently moved to the Olympic Peninsula after living in Eugene for several years. There, he studied botany and herbal medicine at The Columbines School of Botanical Studies, and continues to wildcraft and grow his own herbs. He devotes much of his time to developing hands-on skills of all types, which currently include metalworking, shoe-making and leathercraft, animal processing, natural building, and land use planning. He first became involved with Kindle Cascadia in 2013 as part of the kitchen team, continued this role as well in lead organizing through 2017, and joined the Advisory Council after he moved to Chimacum.


Lacey Jay Allred – Port Townsend, WA

LaceyOriginally from the great state of Utah, Lacey now calls the Pacific Northwest home. Most recently, in Eugene, Oregon, Lacey has spent most of her time as an instructor at Whole Earth Nature School, studying herbalism and botany at The Columbines School of Botanical Studies, building community, and working on farms. She currently devotes much of her time to creating beauty and operating Sweet Seed Flower Farm, providing a local flower CSA. She was a core member of the organizing team and headed up registration in 2016 and 2017, and now supports new organizers in these roles. In her spare time, Lacey enjoys outdoor adventures, sitting by a fire, and a good cup of tea.