Having Fun in Community
Free fun events are all about community. All events are family-friendly and done in a sacred way to honor and respect all people and all belief systems. Each event always begins with a sharing circle and ends with a sharing circle so that we can get to know each other better and learn about each others' creations. All events are smoke-free, drug-free, and alcohol-free.
The purpose of all events is to have fun together, which is the literal meaning of the word community, without the use of mind-altering substances. It makes sense that as we have co-workers, we also need co-players. This is the purpose of community. Community works to improve understanding and help us to become better at getting along and caring for each other.
Sharing Our Stories & Myths
We give great gifts to each other by sharing our experiences and stories with each other. There are three main steps to the process of engaging and enchanting life: letting go of the percieved safety of the known, experiencing something new, and then sharing about it. First, we let go of the known and dive into a new experience. Second, we have the experience. Third, we return to share about the experience with others.
"If you got story, heart
Stand for it." –Bill Nietjie, Australian Aborigine Elder
We share for the sheer joy of sharing, for the insights that other people can give us, and for the insights that others receive as a result of our sharing. The sharing connects us in the power of the meeting. Whether it is in person or online, the power of the meeting experience is real. But the meeting would be nothing without the having of the experience or the letting go of the known. All three steps are crucial.
"Art and story are the essence of all living form. Everything is storied, from the unfolding tale of the DNA molecules to the precession of the equinoxes. Story contains the potencies through which space time materializes in the creative act." –Dr. Jean Houston
Taking action by immersing yourself in an experience (all three parts) is the most important part of Earth Creativity School. Most everything we see is an illusion that we have created to assist us in having the experiences that we seek. The experiences are real.
"You are not a human being in search of a spiritual experience. You are a spiritual being immersed in a human experience." –Teilhard de Chardin (French Geologist, Priest, Philosopher, and Mystic, 1881-1955)
If you are a spectator who likes to sit on the sidelines, Earth Creativity School is not for you. Our classes are for those who want to engage life, not just read about life or listen to the lives of others.
By sharing the story of your experiences, you will deepen them. Be a participant rather than merely a spectator. Each class uses several resources, so becoming familiar with the resources associated with your class can help you to focus on the assignments given in class.
"When we get out of the glass bottles of our ego, and when we escape like squirrels
turning in the cages of our personality and get into the forests again, we shall
shiver with cold and fright but things will happen to us so that we don't know ourselves.
Cool, unlying life will rush in, and passion will make our bodies taut with power, we shall stamp our feet with new power and old things will fall down, we shall laugh, and institutions will curl up like burnt paper." –D. H. Lawrence
Embracing Our Experiences
The experiences you have by doing the activities and exercises will help you work on your class goals.
The reason for doing an activity or exercise is so that you can have the experience. The experience is real; that is where the learning happens. After each experience, write about it in your journal, share about it at the next class meeting, and share about it in our online community (our "Earth Creativity" Yahoo group). Having the experiences are the most important parts of the class.
The Peace of Wild Things
"When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free." –Wendell Berry
Sharing Our Dreams & Artwork
Share your poems, dreams, quotes, articles, messages, artwork, and pictures of your creations with the entire Earth Creativity School community by adding them to our online Yahoo group, Earth Creativity. Also, host and attend free "Earth Creativity School Art Show" events where you live.