Workshops

 

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Photo: Canva

Mindfully Eating Local with Wild Resilience Collective

Saturday, September 21, 9:00 am - 10:30 am; $10

The Commons at 501 East 13th Street, Silver City

One of the most profound ways we can deepen our relationship to environment is to eat local foods and nourish ourselves with the plants of our region. During this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to move through a conscious eating activity inspired by local wild foods and herbs. These flavors of the Gila can heal, teach, and inspire us to connect.

Photo: Silver City Watershed Keepers

Photo: Silver City Watershed Keepers

Haiku Hike with Martha Blacklock

Saturday, September 21, 9:00 am - 11:00 am; $10

SWAG Building at 505 Hudson Street, Silver City

we won’t take this hike

‘in nature’ to get somewhere

but to be somewhere


A very short — but intense — hike on the Big Ditch/San Vicente Creek trail with some very short poems.Walk. Write. Gather again at a local coffee shop to read our catch. Bring a notebook and pen/pencil, hat, and water. Hiking boots or walking shoes advised.

 
Photo: The Lotus Center of Silver City

Photo: The Lotus Center of Silver City

Envisioning a Healthful Planet: Meditation and Discussion

Saturday, September 21, 9:30 am - 10:30 am; $10

The Commons at 501 East 13th Street, Silver City

One doesn’t have to look far or wide to find evidence – either through first-hand observation or news reports – of the fact that our beloved Mother Earth is in crisis. The situation can be overwhelming and disheartening to the point of despair, making hope (much less optimism) hard to come by.

Join Silver City meditation teacher Jeff Goin for a guided meditation in which we will, collectively, use the power of our minds to heal our hearts and, in so doing, heal the planet. Plenty of time for sharing and questions will be provided following the meditation.

Photo: Gila Conservation Coalition

Photo: Gila Conservation Coalition

Seed Saving with Basira Nickle

Saturday, September 21, 10:45 am - 12:15 pm; $10

The Commons at 501 East 13th Street, Silver City

People save seeds for many good reasons: to preserve genetic diversity; to grow plants that are adapted to our local conditions; to save money; to protect bees; to connect with nature; and many others. This workshop will teach you the basics of saving seeds.

 
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Photo: Canva

Finding Hope: Three Joys Journaling Workshop with Chris Jepson

Saturday, September 21, 10:45 am - 12:15 pm; $10

The Commons at 501 East 13th Street, Silver City

Chris has found that her 10 year practice of journaling daily has improved her sense of well-being. Though participants might not find that journaling cures what ails them or what ails our environment, Chris’s hope is that it keeps despair at bay, and even enhances the experience of joy. The journaling practice she will share does not require much time (5 minutes daily), nor writing skills.

Chris’s expertise is not professional nor academic, but rather personal and practical. Pocket-sized journals will be provided. Limited to 12 participants.

Photo: Canva

Photo: Canva

Storytelling with Esperanza Quintero

Saturday, September 21, 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm; $10

The Commons at 501 East 13th Street, Silver City

Storytelling is an ancient, interactive art form, using words, expression, and movement. People are hardwired for stories, which evoke emotions, stir our imaginations, help us make sense of the world, and reinforce society’s values. In this workshop, veteran storyteller Esperanza Quintero will share information about this age-old craft and reveal some storytelling secrets.

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Landscaping with Native Plants with Karen Danhauer

Saturday, September 21, 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm; $10

The Commons at 501 East 13th Street, Silver City

What are the benefits of using native plants in your landscaping? Because climate models predict that the Southwest will get hotter and drier as climate change progresses, we need to be mindful of our water use and landscaping choices. Fortunately, New Mexico has a rich native flora. Join landscaper and gardener Karen Danhauer for tips on using beautiful native plants and other lovely species that are adapted to the Southwest.

 
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Council of All Beings: Thinking Like a River with Pamela Morgan and Shirley Pevarnik

Saturday, September 21, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm; $10

Lichty Center, Gila River Farm, Cliff. Meet at the Murray Ryan Visitor Center at noon to car pool to Lichty Center.

According to theologian Thomas Berry in The Dream of the Earth, the "shamanic personality," which can understand and speak for other life-forms, is essential to our survival. It helps us to break free from our culture's anthropocentrism and dispel the trance of industrial civilization. The life-giving powers shaping creation from the beginning of time are still present within us, Berry writes. They exist as "deep spontaneities," accessible through the imagination.

Come join in ceremony where we humans take on the voices of other species and elements of the Gila River ecosystem and give them a voice. We will spend time near the Gila River where each person will find a part of the Gila ecosystem that wants to speak though them - be it animal, plant, or ecological feature. Then they become that being by creating a mask. All the beings then come together in sacred council to share what they are experiencing in their world, express their concerns to the humans present, and share their wisdom for the healing of our Earth.

The Council will be facilitated by Pamela Morgan and Shirley Pevarnik, both students of Joanna Macy, deep ecologist and activist. The Council of All Beings was created by Joanna Macy and John Seed as a way to step outside of our human identity and speak on behalf of other life forms.