A Celebration of Cultural Diversity, Folklore and Tradition

Skills are a key part of sustainability yet we have let go many practices our grandparent and their grandparents used daily. This Saturday, 1/19 from 10am – 7pm a wide variety of practical skills will be showcased at the Arlene Francis Center, 99 6th Street in Santa Rosa. The event then continues into the evening with music, dance, collaborative workshops, and art-making.  Admission: Suggested $20 donation~ No one turned away for lack of funds. ~ Evening event: $10 Symposium participants and $15-$20 Evening only participants

For more information visit the event’s Facebook page. This event is sponsored by LITE Initiatives, Bread For The Journey,   and Copperfield’s Books as well as Arlene Francis Center.

This will be a communitywide celebration of skill building and cultivating awareness – crossing the themes of food systems, indigenous wisdom, primitive skills, folklore, re-claiming the commons, art, music, sustainability and cultural diversity. Enjoy dynamic workshops, film, food, music, art and discussion.

Re-skilling workshops on zero waste life styles, seaweed ecology and nutrition, the beneficial aspects of hedge rows as demonstrated in S. Africa, relationship design for regenerative culture, the Grange movement, sustainable food systems, musical instrument crafting, storytelling, plant medicine, essential oils, cured meats, fermented foods, kefir water ayurveda, mushroom ecology, the new culture of sensuality (feeling), place-making and more.

In addition there will be a screening of the Documentary Dyadya Wayla
Director: Nikolay Davtyan, Producer: Dzhaginyan Ryben, Story Teller’s Country: Armenia, 2009
Synopsis: Valentin Podpomogov is not an immigrant. Most likely, he never will be. It’s his pictures that are migrating to America: in Los Angeles alone, there are already more than a dozen of them. He lives in the city where he was born, Yerevan. His second name reveals that his father was Ukrainian. It’s his mother who was Armenian – and therefore he considers himself to be a refined Armenian. People in Yerevan say, “Valushka? He’s the salt of Armenia”, for those who don’t know Podpomogov, don’t know Armenia. He is a true Armenian artist; every cell in his body has absorbed the country’s essence, its culture, pride and pain.

Please contact Gabrielle Albright, gabrielle_lite@sonic.net, for more information.