[permaculture] Wed, March 14, 6:30 pm, An Evening with Common Vision: Dinner, Drumming, Story Telling and Video Show, Goleta Valley Community Center California
Wesley Roe and Marjorie Lakin Erickson
lakinroe at silcom.com
Sat Feb 24 09:02:54 EST 2007
Contact: Margie Bushman
Santa Barbara Permaculture Network.
(805) 962-2571, email: margie at sbpermaculture.org
SANTA BARBARA PERMACULTURE NETWORK
An Evening with Common Vision:
Dinner, Drumming, Story Telling and Video Show
Celebrating the Transformation of Concrete Jungles into Urban Fruit
Tree Forest by Tree Planting at Schools in California
Wednesday , March 14, 6:30 pm, donation $10
Goleta Valley Community Center
4rd Annual California Common Vision FRUIT TREE TOUR 2007
February 20-April 25 Celebrating the transformation of concrete
jungles into urban orchards. www.commonvision.org. Thirty volunteer
earth educators from northern California, travel to schools from Los
Angeles to San Francisco in the largest known vegetable oil-powered
caravan: six vehicles, including three busses. The all volunteer crew
travels as a nomadic community visiting schools to plant 1000 fruit
trees with urban youth. The three month tour is divided into day-long
programs at each school featuring cultural story-telling, West
African agricultural drumming, earth-conscious hip-hop, and hands-on
involvement in the stewardship of the students school yard.
Common Vision infuses public schools and spaces with
inspiration, infrastructure, and experience to support
solution-focused environmental education for urban youth. Common
Vision facilitates hands-on projects with students and community
leaders that serve to retrofit public schools and spaces into models
Students of all ages are awed and inspired by three vegetable
oil-powered school busses, hand-painted in landscape murals depicting
indigenous communities, rolling into the schoolyard and breaking the
monotony of their regular school routine. Symbolic storytelling,
strong West African Dun-Dun-Bah agricultural rhythms, and the
planting of fruit trees explodes into a celebration of life and
interconnectedness focusing on respect for the earth.
In the spirit of native oral tradition, FRUIT TREE TOUR
storytellers bring to life tales from the past of living in harmony
with the earth and the process of how society forgot our connection
with the earth. Dancers draped in African mud-cloth fabric and
drummers ornately dressed set the stage for the storytelling to
unfold. A bold cast of characters and musicians brightly portray
these events with minimal words from a narrator and an elaborate
display of culture and color.
In a tree planting celebrations students will drum earth
rhythms, while working in intimate groups with FRUIT TREE TOUR
facilitators to dig holes, prepare the roots, and plant the trees.
Facilitators will engage students in dialogues around key ecological
and cultural concepts such as nutrient cycles, interconnectedness,
diversity, and respect. Students, teachers, principals, and FRUIT
TREE TOUR volunteers gather for a closing circle. The circle takes a
moment to give thanks for the day's experience.
FRUIT TREE TOUR cultivates the students appreciation for the
earth that can serve as a foundation for environmental
responsibility, a key element of the next generation. The
participation in creating and maintaining a school yard orchard
provides a space to engage a stewardship ethic as something personal
and local, not a distant abstraction. Students are able to provide
their school and extended community with beauty, health, and abundance.
Last year Common Vision came Goleta Family School and
planted Fruit Trees and interacted with music and story for the student body.
Founded in 1999, Common Vision is a solution-focused nonprofit
organization, a project of International Humanities Center. Common
Vision's mission is to cultivate ecological awareness and respect for
the Earth while generating social and environmental changes towards
sustainable lifestyles. We integrate concepts of ecology with the
traditions, music, and art of cultures that live or have lived in
harmony with the Earth.
The evening celebration to welcome Common Vision will take place
at the Goleta Valley Community Center 5679 Hollister Ave Wednesday
March 14 6:30-9:30 pot luck dinner followed by story telling
,drumming and slide show , Donation of $10 for adults Children free
(no reservations needed) to help raise funds for the 2007 FRUIT TREE
TOUR . The Santa Barbara Permaculture Network. For more information,
please call (805) 962-2571 margie at sbpermaculture.org , visit
www.commonvision.org, or www.sbpermaculture.org.
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