Friday, November 22, 2019
Saturday, November 23, 2019
Living in a world faced with profound challenges from every direction—climate change, virulent racism, the suffering of children, rampant materialism—is enough to leave us feeling overwhelmed by despair, unable to find a place to begin making change. Using Seeds and Roots as our guiding metaphor, we will deepen our relationship to Ina Maka, Mother Earth, as a primary, spiritual foundation for making positive change in ourselves, our families, and our communities.
Through experiential learning and activities, the Fall 2019 Soul Conference will explore how our indigenous and ancestral legacies teach us to protect what we love. We will engage the body’s wisdom through movement, music, writing, and conversation. Participants will consider ethical questions, such as: What does it mean to be a good relative? How can we see our past traumas and challenges as teachers? How can we use our gifts to make a better world for our children? Ultimately, our goal is transformation, to see ourselves as powerful change makers, engaged in sacred activism that is rooted in love and joy.
The conference will be led by four dynamic women educators engaged in writing, art, farming, and biodiversity.
COST: $45.00, includes lunch on Saturday
“…But the old Lakota was wise. He knew that man’s heart, away from nature, becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans, too. So he kept his children close to nature’s softening influence.”
-Chief Luther Standing Bear, Oglala Lakota
Christine Baeumler is an environmental artist and a professor in the Department of Art’s Interdisciplinary Art and Social Practice at the University of Minnesota. Her interdisciplinary, collaborative art practice involves raising awareness about biodiversity, water stewardship, and climate change. Recent projects include Backyard Phenology, Bee Real, Bee Everywhere and the Rooftop Tamarack Bog. She is also artist in residence for the Capitol Region Watershed District in Saint Paul.
Carolyn Holbrook is the founder and Director of More Than a Single Story, a series of panel discussions and community conversations, and is Executive Editor of the Saint Paul Almanac, Volume 13. She is co-author with Arleta Little of MN civil rights icon, Dr. Josie R. Johnson’s memoir, Hope In the Struggle, author of the chapbook Earth Angels, and an essay collection, Tell Me Your Names and I Will Testify (forthcoming, 2020). Her awards include a MRAC Next Step grant, a Minnesota State Arts Board Cultural Community Partnership grant (2018), a 50 over 50 honoree (2016), a Minnesota State Arts board Artist Initiative grant (2015), the Hamline University Exemplary Teacher Award (2014), and the MN Book Awards Kay Sexton Award (2010). She teaches Creative Writing at Hamline University and in a variety of community locations. She is the mother of five, grandmother of eight, and is a great grandmother.
Regina M. Laroche’s offerings rise from the intersection of art and the unifying stories of humanity and the earth. Founder-director of Diaspora Arts and Diaspora Gardens, her creative works are shaped by her life of small-scale farming, family, and community along the edge of Lake Superior, her mother’s rural South Carolina upbringing, her father’s Haitian Afro-Caribbean culture, and her own varied travel and cultural experiences.
Diane Wilson is an award-winning Dakota prose writer and educator. Her memoir Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past won a Minnesota Book Award and was selected for the One Minneapolis One Read program. Beloved Child: A Dakota Way of Life was awarded the 2012 Barbara Sudler Award from History Colorado. She was named one of the 50 most inspiring and accomplished Minnesota leaders over 50 by AARP and Pollen Midwest.
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