Friday, November 14, 2014, 7:00 – 9:00 pm and
Saturday, November 15, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
“Aboriginal people are right; we are the Earth, created like everything else from the four sacred elements of water, air, fire, and earth. This statement isn’t meant in a metaphoric or poetic way but as scientifically demonstrable reality. When we think of the ‘environmental crisis’ this way, our response has to be completely different.”
David Suzuki and Amanda McConnell
Water. Air. Fire. Earth. Each of us is comprised of these sacred elements, but what happens when our species begins to value person-made expansion and economy at the expense of environmental degradation? Ultimately, we all must encounter and explore our value of life—what are we willing to do in order to preserve our breath, our soul energy, the ground we walk on, and the water that comprises our being?
These questions will be explored throughout Fall Soul as we examine the devastation and consequences of frac sand mining in communities in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Collective discussion and reflection will be deepened through interaction with distinguished local musicians, artists,and environmental experts. On a pilgrimage to a local river, we will celebrate an earth-honoring ritual that reveals the beauty that resides within the devastation around us.
Come delve deeply into our responsibility in reclaiming the sacred elements that encompass our community and our being, and probe our role in midwifing the earth through her labor pains. Be called to challenge one another to an active ethic of life that is informed by faith and that invigorates sustainable change within our local spheres of influence.
Video: By telling the complex story of this mining boom through interviews and news stories, The Price of Sand seeks to understand what frac sand really costs—in dollars, friendships, communities and the future of our region.
*The above image is Blue Earth from Peter L. Johnson.
Many voices will weave the texture of the weekend’s inquiry: local musicians, artists, environmental experts, as well as local photographer, cinematographer and filmmaker Jim Tittle, who filmed the video The Price of Sand after an oil company bought a tract of land near his mother’s house in rural Goodhue County, Minnesota, and Peter L. Johnson, artist-in-residence at Katherine’s Garden in St. Paul, whose placed-based art seeks to express the devastating truth and intrinsic beauty of our relationship with our ecosystems.
Eileen Shaughnessy is a teacher, musician, and spiritual director. She is an Adjunct Instructor and Lecturer in Sustainability Studies, Women’s Studies, and American Studies at the University of New Mexico. She holds a BA from Saint Catherine University and an MA in American Studies from the University of New Mexico. She has been an professional and touring musician for over seven years, playing solo and with her band: “Eileen and the In-Betweens.”
Jill’s research focuses on the interaction between landscape structure, species assemblages, and biogeochemical cycling in both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Most of her work occurs in streams, lately, in Iceland!
She has also worked in restored Minnesota prairies.
Johanna Rupprecht is an organizer with the Land Stewardship Project. Based in the Lewiston office, she has led LSP’s local organizing on the frac sand issue in southeast Minnesota for the past two years. She grew up on a family farm near Lewiston and now lives in Winona.