Weaving Threads of Change

Community Resilience, Civic Resistance, and Regenerative Culture:
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April 28-30, Atlanta, GA (session postponed)
July 4-8, Asheville, NC
October 19-22, T.B.A.

This program focuses on sharing tools that empower you to stay strong in yourself & enhance the resilience of your local community, while building effective movements for political/social change & cultural transformation. We are “weaving” together this unique mix of “culture-transforming threads” to create a program that integrates essential skills for personal empowerment, earth-based living, & social agency:

  • Tools for transformative culture-building & repair
  • Homesteading, permaculture & primitive skills
  • Organizational development & values-based leadership
  • Healing arts & earth-based spiritual practices
  • Strategies for political resistance & civic engagement

Come join us for any, or all, of the Threads of Change Intensives as we feed each other’s spirits, develop our practical how-to tool-kits, and enhance our capacities to create the future that we all belong to!

Learn essential skills for strengthening personal & community resilience, and building effective movements of political change & cultural transformation.

Come to Any or All of These Sessions

  • This 3-part series has been formatted so you can come to any or all of the sessions.
  • Sessions will not repeat content, and content will be integrated throughout the sessions
  • All 3 intensives will also functionally stand alone & be accessible to newcomers

 

Three Day Spring Intensive

April 28 – 30 // Atlanta, GA  (this session postponed to a later date)

  • Effective & Strategic Progressive Politics
  • Participatory Local Government
  • Compassionate Communication and Graceful Leadership
  • Practical First Aid and Herbal Medicine
  • Survival Skills
  • Yoga and Mindfulness practices for the Revolution
  • An Evening of Songs and Stories for radical and effective change with Leah Song of Rising Appalachia

Sliding-Scale Price:
$300-500

 

Local Accommodations in Atlanta, GA

This workshop will be held at the urban cooperative learning space, The Elevator Factory. We are very excited to be bringing our Resiliency training into the downtown Atlanta community, as it seems more and more imperative that our urban and rural community build bridges and share resources with one another.
The Elevator Factory is in a beautiful central part of the city, across from the Oakland Cemetery and 4 blocks away from Grant park- one of the largest inner-city parks in Atlanta.

You are in between several historic and beautiful old neighborhoods, and there will be many options for renting houses.

Look into AirBnB https://www.airbnb.com and couchsurfing  https://www.couchsurfing.com for many different home-stay options.

Look for places in the following neighborhoods to be central to all the weekend programing:

Grant Park, CabbageTown, East Atlanta, Decatur, Lake Clair, Candler Park, Virginia Highlands. Little 5 Points, Kirkwood and Edgewood.

ALL of these neighborhoods are close by and full of character.

There are also several hotels in the downtown area and these hostels nearby:

The Atlanta Hostel http://www.theatlantahostel.com

The Ashby House http://www.theashbyhouse.com/

Instructors in Atlanta // April 28 - 30

Leah Song

Leah Song

 

 

Natalie Bogwalker Wild Abundance Instructor

Natalie Bogwalker

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Emily Ruff

Frank on Mushrooms

Frank Salzano

 

Five Day Summer Intensive

July 4 – 8 // Asheville, NC
@ Wild Abundance

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  • The Power of Daily Practice, Ritual & Prayer
  • Appropriate & Effective Strategies for Grassroots Leadership
  • Wild Foods: Ethical Foraging & Preservation
  • Cultivating Community Incubators of Cultural Transformation
  • Resiliency Farming: Growing Staple Vegetable Crops
  • Paleo-Nutrition: Wisdom for the Modern Eater
  • Collective Liberation: Challenging Oppression & Privilege
  • Depth History: How Societies Choose Collapse, Radicalization, Tyranny, or Transformation
  • Practicing Forgiveness & Vulnerability: The Personal & Social
  • Direct Action, Civic Engagement & Reclaiming Our Political Institutions
  • Organizational Development & Community Organizing
  • Building Cultural Bridges, Peacemaking & Real-life Diplomacy
  • Growing up the Future: Pathways to Initiation

Sliding-Scale Prices:
$400 – 750 (Early Early Bird Price) now- April 27
$500 – 850 (Early Bird Price) April 28- May 25
$600 – 950 (Regular Price) After May 26

 

Four Day Autumn Intensive

October 19 – 22
Location T.B.A.

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  • The Healing Path: Cultivating Wholeness in a Fragmented World
  • Cultivating Perennial Staple Food Crops
  • Organizational Development For The Long Haul
  • Honoring the Earth & Ancestral Healing
  • Preserving the Abundance: Food Preservation on the Homestead
  • Ancestral Cooking Techniques: Firepits & Rocketstoves
  • State of the World & Future Scenarios
  • Emotional Resilience & The Mythic Journey for the 21st Century
  • Meeting Facilitation Skills & Getting Things Done…For Real
  • Sacred Economics, Transformative Economies
  • Media-Savvy How-To & Campaign Strategy

Sliding-Scale Prices:
$350 – 700 (Early Early Bird Price)
$450 – 800 (Early Bird Price)
$550 – 900 (Regular Price)

 

Entire 12-Day Weaving Threads of Change Program

April 28 – 30 // Atlanta, GA (session postponed to a later date)
July 4 – 8 // Asheville, NC
October 19 – 22 // Location T.B.A.

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Sliding Scale Prices:
$800-1200 (Early-Early Bird Price)
$900-1400 (Early Bird Price)
$1000-1500 (Regular Price)

A $100 discount will be given to any purchase of 2 of the 3 sessions.  Scholarships are available. Please contact us for more information.

What to Expect:

The intensives that make us this program are meant to push your edges & integrate material coming from multiple different paths & skill-sets. The class time will be a mix of hands-on learning, discussion groups, informative presentations, group activities & break-out exercises, and engaging evening activities.

We are asking you to come with an open mind, an open heart, check your ego at the door, be vulnerable & present, and be motivated by that rich space of humility and gratitude that makes us all human.

An important note:  

Often times people grow comfortable with the social spaces and cultures they are use to and sometimes develop over-simplified or preconceived notions about other cultural spaces or movements. For example, social justice activists may be critical of permaculturists or homesteaders for “ignoring their political responsibilities and living in bubbles,” folks focused on healing arts or spiritual commitments may think that social & political activists “neglect their self-care and aren’t very centered,” or people focused on “hard” skills like primitive & land-based living may think that those who pour their energy into the“soft” skills are out of touch with the wild and local habitats.

Truth be told, we are all on the same team, and all these various cultural spaces hold a different piece of the sustainable & regenerative puzzle that we need to put together… and this is the generation of humanity that needs to do it! If you attend this program, we are asking you to really “show up.” We are asking you to come with an open mind, an open heart, check your ego at the door, be vulnerable, and be motivated by that rich space of humility and gratitude that makes us all human.   

Instructors

Leah Song

Leah Song

 

 

Natalie Bogwalker Wild Abundance Instructor

Natalie Bogwalker

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Emily Ruff

Frank on Mushrooms

Frank Salzano

Why are we doing this Program?

The future is really here!
The impacts of our modern world are increasingly a problem for the present generation…it’s time to develop more grounded, holistic & powerful tool kits to create the world we want future generations to inherent.

The heavy consequences of our global industrial society are not 100 years out, they are powerfully emerging more & more everyday.  Our society is currently at an important crossroads of how it is going to engage the unfolding economic, political, cultural & ecological crises of the present moment. In this era of climate change, unsustainable economies, perpetual wars, growing refugee populations, political bankruptcy & cultural divisiveness it is essential for those of us who deeply care about our world to develop grounded, holistic & powerful tool kits to create the world we want future generations to inherent.  

Local Accommodations

Atlanta, GA

Our Atlanta trainings will be held at the urban cooperative learning space, The Elevator Factory. We are very excited to be bringing our Resiliency training into the downtown Atlanta community, as it seems more and more imperative that our urban and rural community build bridges and share resources with one another.
The Elevator Factory is in a beautiful central part of the city, across from the Oakland Cemetery and 4 blocks away from Grant park- one of the largest inner-city parks in Atlanta.

You are in between several historic and beautiful old neighborhoods, and there will be many options for renting houses.

Look into AirBnB https://www.airbnb.com and couchsurfing  https://www.couchsurfing.com for many different home-stay options.

Look for places in the following neighborhoods to be central to all the weekend programing:

Grant Park, CabbageTown, East Atlanta, Decatur, Lake Clair, Candler Park, Virginia Highlands. Little 5 Points, Kirkwood and Edgewood.

ALL of these neighborhoods are close by and full of character.

There are also several hotels in the downtown area and these hostels nearby:

The Atlanta Hostel http://www.theatlantahostel.com

The Ashby House http://www.theashbyhouse.com/

Asheville:

While many locals prefer to commute to Wild Abundance from Asheville, NC, students from the area and out of town are welcome to camp in our very rustic and quaint open-air buildings, or pitch a tent in one of our flat camping spots in the woods or in a field located on our seven-acre property.  We  suggest bringing a sleeping bag and bedding.  We have a fully functioning outdoor kitchen and outdoor shower on the site.

If you prefer something more conducive to creature comforts, we suggest browsing Airbnb or checking out some of the local motels and B&Bs within a 10-15 minute drive to Wild Abundance.

Below are a few local accommodations you might find to your liking:

Mountain Light Sanctuary

Comfort Inn in Mars Hill, NC

Registration Info

We strive to make our classes accessible to those who wish to learn.  There is a sliding scale available for these classes (pay what you can afford according to your own financial situation).   

The following are included in the price of the course: classes & materials, optional camping in North Carolina only, and facility use of the kitchen and bathroom in North Carolina only.  

To register, please complete the appropriate registration form (click button in the descriptions above for the class you want) and then make payment.  Registration will be processed upon receipt of payment.

Scholarships available. Please contact us to learn more about scholarships for this program.

Expect to receive a confirmation email within one week of sending payment. Additional emails will cover logistical details as the program approaches.

Click here to see our policy on refunds, payment plans and work-trade opportunities.

Also, feel free to read our Frequently Asked Questions.