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 sacred, 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 sacred/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.
What is “Cascadia”?
Kindle Cascadia uses the term “Cascadia” simply to refer to the Place in which this gathering is rooted. Prior to European settlement, this land was Calapooia territory, and is presently home to people of many origins. As organizers who are majority European descent, we have chosen to use “Cascadia” as a way to identify ourselves with the geography and ecosystems that make this place unique, without limiting ourselves to the political boundaries imposed by colonial government or co-opting the name given to the region by its indigenous people–Chinook Illahee (among others). As leaders of an ancestral skills gathering, we are very aware of the issue of cultural appropriation and are consistently striving to educate ourselves and our community, amplify marginalized voices, and maintain dialogue around how we can inhabit the place that we call home and practice land-based skills in ways that acknowledge and heal the genocidal history of this country and ongoing systems of oppression. We encourage your participation in this dialogue and welcome you to contact the organizers privately at firstname.lastname@example.org, or to initiate constructive dialogue during the gathering.
More about Cascadia
Here are a few excerpts written by the founder of the Cascadia flag, Alexander Baretich on the FreeCascadia website. Kindle Cascadia does not necessarily condone or share all perspectives given on this website, but we do relate to the following description of Cascadia and bioregionalism.
Cascadia is a bioregion. Cascadia is a noun and a place. Bioregions are defined by geology (the Earth and formation of the land), hydrology (water cycles, rivers, watersheds and rainfall), biology (ecosystems, plants, fungi and animals as well as the human species) and even anthropogenic (human impacted) landscape. Bioregions are NOT borders imposed on the Earth, but are the observations and honoring of distinction of places. The name Cascadia relates to the word “cascades” meaning falling water or waterfalls and was inspirational to the name Cascadia. In the 1820s, David Douglas named the mountain range Cascades and the name Cascadia in various circles came to mean the whole Pacific Northwest. This bioregion was and is also called Chinook Illahee in the trade language of Chinook Wawa that was spoken by indigenous and settler people alike. We honor both names as names of this beautiful place.
Cascadian is an adjective or demonym meaning someone or something associated or from Cascadia (the bioregion). Cascadian as an identity is NOT an ethnicity, race or any other social construct. Cascadians can be any number of ethnicities or races or social classes on this planet (Gaia). […] We do acknowledge that at present the dominant socioeconomic structure within the bioregion is from colonial cultures and as a bioregional awakening we need to seek decolonization and acknowledge a history of oppression and colonization by Anglo-Americanized people. […]
Bioregionalism is a paradigm shift away from the current paradigm of resource extraction, anthropocentric worldview, domination over, consumerism, “Man vs Nature” division and even patriarchy. Bioregionalism is focused on communities (sociological and ecological), interconnectedness and interdependence. Bioregionalism is a combination of biocentric (life centered), ecocentric (ecosystem centered), kincentric (relationship centered) and/or Gaia-centric (Earth centered) as opposed to anthropocentric (human centered). Bioregionalism is a living celebration of life. Bioregionalism and in this case specifically Cascadian bioregionalism (or Cascadianism) is the radical shift in our relationship with the Earth and all other living beings and the shift in relationship with each other as humans as well as ultimately a shift in the very relationship with the self. […]
We (whoever “we” are) need to recognize and be in solidarity with the Indigenous People who still call this beautiful bioregion home. If we are not struggling against oppression or at least recognizing it and supporting those in the resistance to oppression then “we” are the problem. Let us manifest a new paradigm of bioregional consciousness, solidarity with marginalized voices and live as part of the Living Mother Earth.
Additional reading from the Free Cascadia website: