March 2 09 Amara Glimmer

march 2

when's a good time to talk on the phone? email has so much lag time, and i really want to get this out soon.
i'm also having lots of fun playing around with writing this.

gabriel
i appreciate the awareness that you've brought to all the issues we're engaging with.
i was checking out the other camps pages to see what they've written.
it seems as though they mostly have their story, and/or a description of who exactly they are as a community.
i think a lot of the things you mentioned— war/gender/opression etc are most certainly things that we as a camp culture are engaged with… i wonder if there's a piece for us to speak more directly about that stuff, on the website or otherwise, separate from the poetic enticing part of our call, but of course, still engaging it in the call, so that we all come with the awareness of doing the work.

i think the gender/sexuality is a big one for me, that i want to subtly address in the call, by using gender neutral language in more places. i feel that using 'she' is empowering for some, opressive for others… hmmm. i kept she/her in some places, but kept it out of the whole thing. gosh this is a tricky, and wonderful challenge.

i cut out the ancient greece part again. i see it's place, as acknowledging the roots of where the word 'gaia' came from, but as the story and the mother earth is present in so many cultures i feel reluctant to give them cred.

the call was feeling kind of long, i pruned it a little. i hope it still holds everything that you brought.

Free Activist Witch Camp: August 1-7, 2009
The Gaia Creation Story

Our Bodies
pulsing, bleeding, breathing, birthing, dying, cycling, harmonizing
Our Community
warriors, healers, predators, prey, white blood cells, bacterial culture, mycelium
Earth's story
turning, floods, fires, eruption, extinction, evolution, uprising, sacred balance
Our Path
networks, veins, roots, trails, tributaries
To Home
hearts, community kitchens, forests, villages, the multiverse

In times and places outside of empirical culture, humanity lived in balance and harmony with Earth, conscious of our deep interconnectedness with all living things.

Symptoms of imbalance, war, disconnection, and oppression haunt these lands. Mass extinctions have always been a part of Earth's story. Many of us believe that globally we are on the verge of collapse, the next extinction. Culturally, systemically, communally, bodily what does this mean to us?

This year at Free Activist Witch Camp, we come together with Gaia, the Universal Mother. She is Earth, at one time worshiped in all cultures, by all people. It is from her that all life is birthed and to whom all life returns when it dies.

We come together to remember our ways of honoring, and loving Earth. We return to our connectedness, through Gaia, with all living things on this planet, and the very matter that is this planet. The microcosm of our selves, our relationships, and our communities expands to include the macrocosm of Earth. Together we walk a path back home.

May we find our place as we recognize ourselves as Earth's cells working in harmony, whatever our unique calling may be, to restore balance.

Together weave the story of Mother Earth with our own roots, embracing our connection to her and to each other.
Come home with us.

amara

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Hello again sweeties. Thanks for continuing this co-created message. fyi, I don't get home until 8:30 p.m tomorrow so may be late to organizer's call. On Wed night I could talk anytime after 7 p.m. CST.

I'm thinking that maybe the email message we send (hopefully this week) will contain the call out language we are working on with a link at the bottom of the message to our web page. With that in mind, I wonder if we should try to work the timing so that the web page is updated a day before we send out the call to camp email. I will contact Song tomorrow and make sure that she is going to have time to make updates to our web page. I'm thinking that the call for community led Paths and other longer language describing our culture could be on web page along with new imagery that invokes the concept of Gaia (hopefully you guys are working on the image parts as I am not artistically inclined in that way)

About the email message, I would put the ancient Greek part back in even though I think Amara makes a good point about leaving it out. However I think if we are working with Gaia as Deity and not just as metaphor or concept then we need to acknowledge Her roots and the fact that while She is Mother Earth, called by many names in many cultures worldwide, when we call Her as Gaia, She is Goddess who comes to us from ancient Greece. This doesn't mean that at camp we can't call Her by other names and make this a part of ritual…

I also want to be sensitive about gender language but emotionally it sometimes feels for me that we lose power in some situations when we leave out gender. "It" or the Earth does not inspire in me the awe that the words: Great Mother, She, Her, Mother Goddess or Gaia does. But, maybe that's just the way I'm wired… Amara, if you feel really strongly about this I would bow to your judgement as you are probably closer to genderblurring issues than I am. I just think of how a child calls his or her Mother, and that is how I think of the Earth. As my momma, as She.

So, what do you think of this last revision (below) also, what do you think about ending the message with "we come together with Gaia?" ;)

Free Activist Witch Camp: August 1-7, 2009
The Gaia Creation Story

Our Bodies
pulsing, bleeding, breathing, birthing, dying, cycling, harmonizing
Our Community
warriors, healers, predators, prey, white blood cells, bacterial culture, mycelium
Earth's story
turning, floods, fires, eruption, extinction, evolution, uprising, sacred balance
Our Path
networks, veins, roots, trails, tributaries
To Home
hearts, community kitchens, forests, villages, the multiverse

In the days of ancient Greece, the poets spoke of Gaia, the Universal Mother. She is Earth, the Mother Goddess at one time worshiped in all cultures, by all people. It is from her that all life is birthed and to whom all life returns when it dies.

Once humanity lived in balance and harmony with Her; conscious of our deep interconnectedness with all living things. Now humanity lives as though there can be no limit to our consumption or desecration of her gifts.

Symptoms of imbalance, war, disconnection, and oppression haunt the land. Many believe that globally we are on the verge of collapse, the next extinction. Mass extinctions have always been a part of Earth's story. Culturally, systemically, communally, bodily what does this mean to us?

We come together to remember our ways of honoring and loving Earth. We return to our connectedness, through Gaia, with all living things on this planet, and the very matter that is this planet. The microcosm of ourselves, our relationships, and our communities expands to include the macrocosm of Earth. Together we walk a path back home.

May we find our place as we recognize ourselves as Earth's cells working in harmony, whatever our unique calling may be, to restore balance.

Together we weave the story of Mother Earth with our own roots, embracing our connection to Earth and to each other.

This year at Free Activist Witch Camp, we come together with Gaia.

Come home with us.

Glimmer

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march 2

hey again,
I'm loving all the dimensions we bring to this together. it would all be so flat with just one person working on this.

Glimmer, in response to your suggestion about the donations sentence…
i think it would be great to include all of those things, and i think it would be great to ask for donations that aren't money based, (supplies, food. i like that you referenced how much it takes to put camp on, and the idea of donating little bits here and there…
i imagine in another couple months we'll send the call out again with more specific requests of what to bring (camping suggestions for individuals and specific all camp supply needs like first aid, extra camp and kitchen gear, special diet stuff etc)

below i added that seeds of peace is supplying foods, and the call for teachers.

love
amara

This year, to strengthen the integrity of our container, we
are experimenting with a new gatekeeping process— The
specific location of camp, a beautiful wilderness area in
the central Cascades of Oregon, will be shared upon
registration.

Seeds of Peace are returning, providing two hearty meals a day, breakfast and supper. Donations of food are greatly appreciated, and make our meals much merrier and more abundant!

We are currently inviting members of our community to propose paths that they would like to teach at FAWC 2009. That means you! Have an interesting path idea you would like to teach/ co-teach?

We are the Free Activist Witchcamp, open to everyone, no
matter what their economic status. But we can all
participate. It takes energy to create camp,
FAWC is very much a participatory community, We grow
together as we work together, sharing skills and resources.
Many people have no money, and so they donate no money.
Others have more and donate amounts between 0 and $500
(consider how much it costs to provide food and everything
needed to make Free Activist Witch Camp happen. The
average cost of a week long witch camp is $500).

Our web site is also set up to accept donations. Consider making a

weekly donation of a few dollars at a time if this is a way
of supporting FAWC that works for you. Donations of all kinds are very much welcome!We encourage you, to contribute and offer what you can.
For more information, and to register
visit www.Freewitchcamp.org
To check out other witch camps - www.witchcamp.org
For info about Reclaiming- www.reclaiming.org

Blessed be,

Glimmer, Gabriel and Amara
FAWC Outreach/Communications cell

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