Wednesday, August 5, 2009
The Deep Change Gathering in June of '09 brought together social justice leaders from across the country who are bringing transformative practices into their work for change.
Sponsored by the Seasons Fund for Social Transformation and created by the Movement Strategy Center, stone circles, and the Rockwood Leadership Institute, the gathering gave practitioners an opportunity to learn, explore, and connect around new strategies for transforming ourselves and our world.
These images were taken by Willie Davis and the musical accompaniment is from Baby Cowboy- a local up-and-coming Asheville, NC based band.
by Tahz Walker
Within the long hot days,
And the cool
Dips into night
Sanctified and naïve brush strokes
And the remembrance of summer
In its wildness and wonder
In the saltiness of work with the earth
And laughter at the shared hands
And shared sweat
Fly' s that light our way as the sun sinks
Squawks as the star rises
Meeting I meet you in a mid day slumber
Big sky opening big arms
For circles connecting
As we live with the summers past
And await their return
Last week at the Stone House we hosted 7 youth from the Durham Inner City Gardeners (DIG) for a weeklong intensive program about food, food systems, identity and expression called Ground Up! The Ground Up! program consisted of practical farm trainings, healthy cooking, workshops about mass media and food systems, music and photography journaling.
Ground Up! is a leadership and community building program whose intention is to not only provide practical farm skills for youth interested in food and agriculture but to also provide support to youth interested in building relationships and creating change within the food system.
During the week youth had opportunities to play, cook and create fellowship with each other around questions like: How far does food travel and where does it come from? Does media play a role in how we are shaped as consumers? And, how do celebration, ceremony and intention play a part in how we interact with the food we cook and eat?
We had an amazing time together and look forward to bringing the program back next summer!