22 Jan An Empowered Community for All
Spirit Weavers Gathering recognizes the importance of Solidarity and Allyship work. Over the last six years we have welcomed women from Australia, Indonesia, Spain, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Chile, Canada, Singapore, Kenya, South Korea, Japan, China, Israel, United Arab Emirates, UK, Netherlands, and Latvia.
Creating availability and diversity within the gathering has been a key focus for us over the last few years. Building the gathering from the ground up has brought forth lots of learning curves, as does anything that is planted as a small seed. We recognize that this work is life long and we are committed to continual growth and needed changes within the gathering.
Below you will find a few of the programs we have created over the last 5 years, and are continually developing within the realm of inclusion. Thank you for believing in these small but sincere offerings as we strive to create a empowering, unique and diverse gathering.
SEVA PROGRAM (Work Exchange)
Each year we offer almost 200 work exchange positions for the gatherings. This means that in exchange for seva, you receive a free ticket to the session of your choice. This ticket includes all meals, camping, shuttle to and from the airport, and your choice of early arrival or to stay later on the land. Priority is given to those who would otherwise be unable to attend the gathering on their own. We have an incredible seva program and many women end up returning year after year.
Here’s a list of our 2018 scholarships:
- Scholarship 1: International Women’s Day:: A scholarship for our own First Nations/Indigenous sisters. Available for 4 women. Announce March 1st, Deadline March 7th
- Scholarship 2: Women of Color:: A scholarship for WOC, including multi-racial and/or self-identified woman. Available for 12 women. Announce March 21st, Deadine March 27th
- Scholarship 3: Elder and Crone:: A scholarship for women over the age of 50. Announce April 10th, Deadline April 14th
- Scholarship 4: Earth Day:: A scholarship for caretakers of the earth. Announce April 14th, Deadline April 21st
- Scholarship 5: Mothers Day:: A scholarship for Mothers. Available for 2 Women. Announce May 6th, Deadline May 12th
Learn more about Scholarships here: https://spiritweaversgathering.com/scholarships-and-raffle/
THE INVISIBLE VISIBLE
The Spirit Weavers Gathering Remote Inclusion Program
The Invisible Visible program at Spirit Weavers is our newest offering that we will be sharing about in the coming month. The program will facilitate inclusion and connection across distance, honoring women with physical ailments, chronic illness, disease, or disabilities that prevent them from attending the Gathering in the physical realm on the land.
We see and honor these women, and want to provide a way for their voices to be heard, and their spirit to be felt, despite not being physically present.
The Invisible Visible is a remote experience, where participants have the opportunity to share their work, have their voices heard, and receive some of the magic and offerings from the gathering in the physical realm. The program is facilities by Laura Vesta and Kelsey Moore. If you are interested in participating please email email@example.com
WOMEN OF COLOR IN THE WILDERNESS
Last Summer we invited 3rd time attendee and our Guest DJ Bibi Mcgill to use the land for the gathering she created called “Women of Color in the Wilderness.” This was a smaller version of Spirit Weavers with the intention to get women out into the wilderness and find comfort in camping and gathering in the comforts of other WOC. We unfortunately had to cancel the event due to the 300,000 acre wild fire that swept through the Valley in September. We are excited to support Bibi with the WOC in the Wilderness gathering for 2018 and look forward to sharing more details about this in the Spring!
Last year we partnered with our sister community Sisters Bonded in Action and created a 6 part webinar series focusing on Social Justice Issues. We hosted special guests such as Barbara Jefferson, Lyla June, Jade Begay, Yasmine Christopher, Mollie Crittenden, Malia Hulleman and Joanna Macey. We dove into topics such as Power, Oppression and Intersectionality, Decolonizing and reclaiming Indigeneity, Dismantling Systemic White Supremacy, Exerting and Expanding our Rights, Direct Action from the Grass Roots, and Keeping sane and active among mass Psychosis. Our 2018 Spring Webinar series will be announced in April!
Sisters Bonded in Action is a national network of local groups committed to the intellectual, emotional and tangible work of being an activist amid a languishing paradigm birthed at the Spirit Weavers Gathering. The intention behind this webinar is to provide emerging activists with a foundation for their craft, and/or to prepare any interested women to lead a local group of their own. Our prayer is that through these talks we can create a safe, held space for women to listen and learn from our incredible panel of unique guests. Each segment of the Webinar is 1 hour and 15 minutes. The first hour features interview-style presentations by outstanding guests speakers, followed by audience questions and comments.
SISTERS BONDED IN ACTION
Sisters Bonded in Action is a network of local groups of women working in service of the Earth, social justice and indigenous rights and sovereignty. The organization emerged from a seminar given by Ayana Young at the fourth annual Spirit Weavers Gathering, where alliances began to take shape around common passions and complementary processes. A series of actions and projects have already begun in the spirit of unseating the narratives of exploitation of land and livelihood. In August, a group of 10 dedicated women initiated a film and campaign to halt the logging of old growth forests in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. This Fall, several women ventured to Standing Rock in support of the water protectors. From there Mea Woodruff, Ayana Young, and Jade Begay collaborated with Idle No More SF to organize a powerful woman-led March on San Francisco’s financial district demanding the divestment of the banks involved in the Dakota Access pipeline project. As solidarity actions arose in other American cities, principal financier Wells Fargo agreed to meet with Standing Rock Sioux elders, a major inroad in this ongoing resistance to colonialism and fossil fuels.
EDUCATIONAL CLASSES OFFERED AT THE GATHERING
Each year we offer a variety of classes that can support and empower the Spirit Weavers Community and beyond.
Classes from last year include:
Allyship & Reconciliation
Sisters Bonded in Action
White Women as Allies
Allyship & Collective Healing
Between the Frontlines
Earth is Ohana
Ending extractive storytelling
Honoring the gifts of our Ancestors
Each year we work with the Native people of the land in which we gather. In Mendocino we were honored to have Violet Renick of the Band of Pomo Indians come and speak about the history of the land and her tribe. Now that we have found our home in Southern Oregon we have begun to establish relationship with the local Takelma People. This of course always takes time and relationship building and we look forward to sharing about the progress within this. Donations from Ticket Sales are always gifted to the local tribes of the area in which we gather.
PROGRAMS WE SUPPORT:
The Spirit Weavers community extends beyond the annual Gathering. Every year Spirit Weavers Gathering chooses a number of different organizations to support. This year, we are honored to support and for a few selective organizations, donate a percentage of ticket sales to the causes listed here: Cow Creek Band of Umqua Tribe of Indians, Seven Seed Farms, Happy Period and more.
Causes we have supported in the past:: Save the Redwoods, Call of the Forests, Restoration of Camp Navarro, Standing Rock, Purple W.I.N.G.S and Save Little Lake.
WRITE TO US!
On the About section of the website we share that if you are unable to attend the gathering on your own and would like to attend there are a variety of ways we can work with you. We encourage you to reach out so that we can accommodate all those who truly feel called to join us. firstname.lastname@example.org