About

Vision

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.

Mission

  • 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.

Intention

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.


2017 Kindle Cascadia Organizers

Shay Hohmann – Chimacum, WA

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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, and continues this role as well in lead organizing.

Abby Colehour – Cottage Grove, OR

abby-bio-pic-2Abby 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. When she’s not out in the woods wild crafting medicine, or building something with her hands, you can find her in our community working hard as the Residential Steward at Aprovecho, volunteering in various community projects, and as the pulse behind Kindle Cascadia.

Lacey Jay Allred – Port Townsend, WA

Adrian Swain – Eugene, OR

Sara Eden Moss – 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, wildcrafter, council leader, loving parent, and fun-loving instigator of radical and sustainable earth-based culture change.