Outreach Letter 09 Gaia Theme

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

From Stardust, to all we know, the long journey through time has drawn
us to here and now. Here in Gaia's arms as we continue the evolving
journey.

This year at Free Activist Witch Camp, we weave the creation story of Gaia,
one of many names given to the Earth Mother. Gaia is Earth, a whole
and intricate living organism, 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.

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

Symptoms of imbalance, war, disconnection, and oppression haunt the
land. Many believe that globally we are on the verge of collapse.
There have been five recorded mass extinctions in Earth's story; we
may be on the brink of the next. Culturally, systemically, communally,
bodily what does this mean to us?

We come together with Gaia to celebrate and share the remembering of
the ways we honor and love Mother Earth. Through Her, we return to our
connectedness, with all life that is this planet. The microcosm of
ourselves, our relationships, and our communities expands to include
the macrocosm of Gaia. Together we walk a path back home.

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

Together at Free Activist Witch Camp, we weave ourselves into the Gaia
Story, embracing our connections with the Earth Mother and each other.

Come home with us.

We are all very excited to invite all the many communities that come
to Free Activist Witch Camp this year, a young and vibrant camp
constantly changing as we evolve.
Camp is a little different this year, specifically around the way
which Paths are created…

We are currently inviting members of our community to propose paths
that they would like to facilitate at FAWC 2009. That means you! Have
an interesting path idea you would like to teach/ co-teach? Please
submit your proposal no later than April 1st!

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 the Free Activist Witchcamp, open to everyone, no matter what
their economic status. 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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