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 below.
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.
We are truly humbled and honored to be gathering on land where the Cow Creek Band of Umqua Tribe of Indians once gathered and shared homes, food, and celebrations many moons ago.
Seven Seeds Farm and Siskiyou Seeds is one of our local neighbors doing incredible things for the Illinois Valley and beyond! We are grateful to have such inspiring humans here in the Valley and feel excited to help support their mission this year!
Siskiyou Seeds operates at our family farm, Seven Seeds Farm. We have been growing certified organic seed for many national scale mail order seed companies for the past 19 years. We are fairly unique within the world of seed companies in that we actually produce much of the seed ourselves, as opposed to most companies that buy most (or all) of their seed from multinational corporate seed houses, many of whom also produce genetically engineered vegetable seeds.
In addition to commercial seed production, Seven Seeds Farm produces biodynamic fruits and vegetables that we distribute through a cooperative Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program called the Siskiyou Sustainable Cooperative (www.siskiyoucoop.com) in the Rogue Valley. We also raise ducks, chickens, turkeys, goats, pigs, honey bees and sheep. Seven Seeds hosts numerous on-farm classes and workshops in a variety of sustainable agriculture related topics. To see a current listing of workshops at Seven Seeds and classes that Don Tipping will be teaching in southern Oregon please see our classes page.
The Radical Monarchs create opportunities for young girls of color to form fierce sisterhood, celebrate their identities and contribute radically to their communities.
Winnemem Wintu Chief Caleen Sisk and a collective of Indigenous women, activists, and allies organize the Run 4 Salmon, a 300-mile trek that follows the historical journey of the salmon from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the Winnemem (McCloud River) to raise awareness about the policies threatening our waters, our fish, and indigenous lifeways. It’s a dire time in California for wild chinook salmon (Nur) – climate change, giant dam projects and draining rivers for Big Ag irrigation threaten the survival of the keystone keepers of our waters. Salmon bring essential nutrients to the waterways, forests, and lands. However, since the Shasta Dam was built 71 years ago, the salmon have been unable to return to their home waters in the Winnemem’s ancestral watershed. Now, the Winnemem Wintu Tribe is working on a plan to bring the genetic descendants of their salmon from New Zealand back to their home waters. Visit run4salmon.org to learn more.
For The Wild preserves and strengthens the integrity of Earth’s natural communities through land conservation and ecological restoration. Powered by community efforts and bioregional native plants nurseries, its work centers around the reforestation and diversification of degraded landscapes, informed by Traditional Ecological Knowledge. For The Wild conducts ecological research to improve restoration techniques and to adapt them to our rapidly changing climate and human landscape.
Ayana from For the Wild also has a project called For The Wild Podcast, a radio program/podcast, brings you conversations with the philosophers, scientists, activists, healers, artists and others who are leading the movements to restore our beleaguered planet and reimagine our role in this wild web of life. Key topics include the transition to a regenerative and biocentric society, ecological renewal and resistance, and healing from the paradigm of separation. They travel deep into ancient forests, align with the struggles and ways of Earth-based people, and rekindle the mysteries of intuition. The radio series has been heard across America on Pacifica-affiliate radio stations, delivering an artful blend of visionary ideas and empowering, tangible information to the growing community of biophiliacs and Earth defenders. Find out more at http://forthewild.world
Idle No More is a grassroots movement led by Indigenous women which began in December 2012, originating among the Aboriginal peoples in Canada comprising the First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples and their non-Aboriginal supporters in Canada, and to a lesser extent, internationally.
The Vision revolves around Indigenous Ways of Knowing rooted in Indigenous Sovereignty to protect water, air, land and all creation for future generations.
To date, the movement has been particularly focused on the education and the revitalization of indigenous peoples through awareness and empowerment. The movement also is known for encouraging knowledge sharing about indigenous sovereignty and environmental protections.
Spirit Weavers Gathering is honored to support and donate a percentage of ticket sales to Idle No More. For more information, please visit http://www.idlenomore.ca/.
Purple W.I.N.G.S. Organization (PWs) 501 c (3) founded in 2010 is a mentoring agency whose acronym stands for, Women Inspiring Noble Girls Successfully.
Girls participate in weekly two-hour supportive conversation circles, goal setting programs, peer and adult one-on-one mentoring, and a variety of community-based activities.
Purple W.I.N.G.S. works mainly with girls who are under-resourced (lack economic resources, family support, opportunities) and teens of color. These girls develop social, emotional and intellectual tools to help them create a positive life vision, develop success skills, serve as community role models, and access the resources they need to achieve their goals.
Visit Purple W.I.N.G.S webpage for further details.
Indigenous Environmental Network: Established in 1990 within the United States, IEN was formed by grassroots Indigenous peoples and individuals to address environmental and economic justice issues (EJ). IEN’s activities include building the capacity of Indigenous communities and tribal governments to develop mechanisms to protect our sacred sites, land, water, air, natural resources, health of both our people and all living things, and to build economically sustainable communities.IEN accomplishes this by maintaining an informational clearinghouse, organizing campaigns, direct actions and public awareness, building the capacity of community and tribes to address EJ issues, development of initiatives to impact policy, and building alliances among Indigenous communities, tribes, inter-tribal and Indigenous organizations, people-of-color/ethnic organizations, faith-based and women groups, youth, labor, environmental organizations and others. IEN convenes local, regional and national meetings on environmental and economic justice issues, and provides support, resources and referral to Indigenous communities and youth throughout primarily North America – and in recent years – globally.
Happy Period started by Spirit Weavers sis Chelsea VonChaz provides menstrual care items by collecting donations and then assembling kits to distribute personally and through shelters. Street distribution is our approach to giving back, along with shelter drop-offs.
Our initiative supports everyone that has a monthly flow, including teenagers, nonbinary, and the LGBT community.
Please visit http://hashtaghappyperiod.org for more Info!