Earth Alive Retreat
DUE TO THE COVID PANDEMIC, EARTH ALIVE 2020 HAS BEEN CANCELLED. NEXT YEAR WE WILL CELEBRATE OUR 5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY GATHERING ON AUGUST 20-22, 2021.
SPECIAL NOTE: In honor of E.A.’s 5 year anniversary and a number of important milestones in our larger community, we invite you to stay on and join us for a very special set of offerings immediately following the event. Details are listed below in the “SPECIAL OFFERINGS” section.
JOIN US in celebration of this miraculous living planet we all are part of. This family friendly event offers opportunities for rest, relaxation, and renewal. Experience deeper, more open-hearted connections with others and Earth as we create a loving community to honor, in sacred space, both our joys and our sorrows. Activities will include: celebration, rituals, sharing circles, healing processes, workshops, and time for exploration, and play.
We offer a supportive place for kids of all ages within the larger community. Our loosely structured and co-created program includes games, wilderness connection activities, hiking, art, fairy house building, collective storytelling and more. A place for kids to spend time living close to Earth with the space to allow their creativity to emerge.
MUSIC & CAMPFIRE CELEBRATIONS
We will close down each night with an open campfire celebration and crowd favorite Saturday evening talent show and sharing opportunities (weather contingent). Led by some of the finest musicians and long time members of the Earthlands community including violinist Jackie Damsky, we will create a safe, supportive audience for all levels of expression, artistry, and performance.
In The Spirit of Andrew Goldsworthy we will co-create a living work of art made from natural materials found on the site. Participants are welcome to bring “alter” contributions such as statues, sacred objects, pictures, scarves, necklaces, stones or crystals, or other meaningful objects, that they can take back with them upon completion of the gathering. Participants will be able to work on this evolving sculpture and sacred space throughout the gathering.
Friday-Sunday, August 20-22, 2021
Arrival may happen any time after 3:00 pm on Friday and participants should allow adequate time to complete their registration, set up their tents and get settled in. Dining facilities will be available for an optional potluck prior, but the program will begin promptly at 7:30 pm. For continuity and to create a safe container, we STRONGLY encourage participants to plan on attending the whole gathering. Special accommodations will be made on a case by case basis at the discretion of the planners.
Cathy Pedevillano is a visionary healer, teacher, and guide committed to sharing the teachings of shamanism to bring balance and healing to our world. She has studied with some of the most well respected shamens, elders, and indigenous healers throughout the world. Cathy began her career as a wildlife biologist and environmental educator for a variety of state, federal, and private organizations such as the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Mass Audubon Society, and Northfield Mountain, including teaching outdoor leadership and team building programs for children and adults. For 11 years she worked for the Sacred Earth Network (SEN), consulting, coordinating exchanges of indigenous peoples from Siberia and the U.S., working to protect endangered snow leopards in Eurasia, and designing and leading workshops combining deep ecology and shamanism. Whether in private or group sessions, leading workshops or trainings, Cathy assists people in reclaiming their power and waking up to who they are.
Shanti Om Gaia is a longtime ecospiritual healer, activist, and mystic who has walked thousands of miles on peacewalks in 20 countries and spoken to over 50,000 people about environmental, peace, and holistic health issues. He has facilitated numerous deep healing and connecting workshops and gatherings (including energy healing and experiential Deep Ecology) for groups of up to 100 people and served on the EarthStory (ecological retreat) Council and coordinating team for a number of years.
Chandra Bossard brings decades of experience in personal growth, activism, vegan foods and sustainable living. She has worked with children of all ages, in diverse settings including children’s programs at a variety of gatherings, as a child care provider and as a Mom committed to consciously raising her own home-schooled children in an eco-friendly way. She is a storyteller, former co-host of The Monkey and Mama Show and current co-host of the Dragon Moon story hour on Brattleoboro Community Radio. She lives in an off the grid solar powered straw bale home with her family in Vermont.
Michelle Reid, Children’s Program Coordinator, is a mother and grandmother with many years of experience of caring for children of all ages – especially at risk youth. She’s served as Director of a teen shelter, a teacher, child care provider, foster and adoptive parent. She enjoys bringing the magic found in nature to children through teaching 3 Sister Gardening and creating supportive environments that allow children the freedom to explore for themselves.
David Snieckus, Chef, is a Macrobiotic Chef and Counselor, is a graduate of the world renowned Kushi Institute of Brookline, MA and has been practicing macrobiotics since 1977. He is an experienced, entertaining, and engaging speaker who is passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience, invoking self-awareness, and empowering individuals to experience optimum health, well-being, and happiness through the understanding of healthy, wholesome foods. David’s vision is that every kitchen is a wellness center contributing to a peaceful and healthy world. He is assisted by his incredible daughter Abigail Arndt, a passionate, mindful chef and meal organizer (and an AMAZING singer).
All meals are vegan with gluten-free options available, and consisting of healthy, mostly organic items such as salads & fruits, rice or grain dishes, soups or stews, snacks and juices, coffees & teas. Some of the highest quality well water from the Quabbin Reservoir watershed is available throughout the gathering. The following meals will be offered:
- Friday – Evening Pot Luck – **OPTIONAL** – NO MEALS SERVED
- Saturday – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
- Sunday – Breakfast & Lunch
We’ve found what works best is to loosely structure the gathering around 2-3 hour session blocks that allow us the freedom and flexibility to customize and be responsive to the evolving needs of the group, including adjusting for weather conditions.
*** The schedule is tentative and subject to change ***
- 3:00 PM Arrival, Registration & Check-In, Set Up
- 6:00 PM Optional Potluck
- 7:30 PM Opening Circle
- 10:00 PM Campfire
- 7:30 AM Yoga and/or Meditation
- 8:00 AM Breakfast
- 9:30 AM Morning Session
- 12:30 PM Lunch
- 2:00 PM Afternoon Sessions
- 6:00 PM Dinner
- 8:00 PM Campfire Celebration & Talent Show
- 7:30 AM Yoga or Meditation (TBD)
- 8:00 AM Breakfast
- 9:30 AM Morning Session
- 12:30 PM Lunch
- 2:00 PM Afternoon Session & Closing
- 4:00 PM Completion
To register, simply please send an e-mail with the heading “EARTH ALIVE 2021 REGISTRATION” and the following information:
- Names/(s) of all adults and children who will be attending
- E-mail address
- Phone #
- Mailing Address
A confirmation e-mail will be sent to you with payment and additional registration details.
Registration includes on-site camping, 5 meals, all program materials including children’s.
$200 BY JUNE 30, 2021 – $100 DISCOUNT
$250 BY JULY 31, 2021 – $50 DISCOUNT
$300 THROUGH AUGUST 20, 2021
*** Children under 5 are free & under 12 are 1/2 price.
*** Family and financial assistance and a limited number of work request discounts are available upon request.
*** Private & semi-private dormitory accommodations are also available at at a rate of
$40.00 per night, payable directly to Earthlands.
WHAT TO BRING
- Sacred items to contribute to the Earth Art alter.
- A journal or note book & writing, drawing, coloring instruments including markers, colored pencils &/or crayons.
- All camping gear including tent (unless staying in the lodge), bedding, sleeping gear, towels
- Toiletries & personal care items
- A water bottle, any dietary or nutritional supplements needed, and a food offering for the optional Friday night potluck (if attending).
- Sun tan lotion, insect repellent.
- Appropriate outdoor/camping clothing for a variety of New England climates including: shorts, long pants, rain gear, and bathing suits for those who’d like to swim, and a change of footwear.
- Yoga mats, blankets, meditation cushions or special chairs
- Incense, sage/smudge sticks, essential oils
- Musical instruments, balls, frisbees or other fun game type things.
- Flashlights, lanterns or other non-flammable illumination
The closest mass transit points for bus & train are Amherst & Worcester, MA. Pick-ups and drop off must be coordinated & confirmed in advance and are subject to staff/volunteer availability.
The site may have limited cell phone & Internet connectivity. In the event of an emergency or to be reached during the event you may use the Earthalnds lodge phone # 978-895-7693.
You may contact us at email@example.com or 401-575-9973.
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This year marks the 5 year anniversary of Earth Alive, the 30 year Anniversary of Earthstory (an important predecessor event for many in our community) and the 1st year we will gather without a beloved member of our community who transitioned in 2019. Harriet “PranaRose” Meiss (1936-2019), was a profoundly wise, deeply caring, inspirational and loving teacher for many people all across the country. She generously facilitated Sunday morning BRETH sessions for most of the the last 4 years. We are designing a special post event program to celebrate, share, mourn, recognize and honor her and these important milestones for our tribe and larger community. Program details are being worked out and will be posted here as they become available. Essentially the program will begin Sunday afternoon-evening and run til Monday, Augst 22-23, 2021. While related, this will be a separate and distinct program from Earth Alive and participants may attend both or either.