Wintergreen is pleased to offer a variety of engaging workshops in a supportive, inspiring atmosphere. Workshops in 2017 will be clustered around four seasonal celebration themes, marking the 10th anniversary of Wintergreen. These are the themes.
Winter: Stories that Sustain
Stories that Sustain reflects the fact that we are, fundamentally, a story-telling species. The oral traditions that have been developed over centuries sustain us, and it is easy to forget the power of the spoken world in this age of digital discussions. By story, we mean not only the spoken word, but also sounds and images that tell tales. Our main event will feature Jesse Stewart, who will intersperse music with talking, telling stories about the instruments and about the music. Along with fellow musician David Mott, whose solo pieces include “The Story” and “Wordless Sonnett,” Jesse and David will lead us in story as we open our 10th year.
Spring: Land Art
Land Art will be a combination of artistic pursuits, including our annual poetry retreat, along with explorations featuring the diversity and health of Wintergreen’s land. One workshop will feature a medicine walk and indigenous teachings about the plants that heal us. We will feature poetry readings from prior participants and instructors, take part in arts explorations various media including drawing, painting, mixed media, photography, found objects, hold our Annual BioBlitz over a five-day period, and culminate with a celebration of the art and the land.
Summer: Healing Earth
Healing Earth will feature indigenous teachings to help guide and ground our actions as we learn to live in harmony with this small patch of land known as Wintergreen. In so doing, we learn from the Earth, finding, through nature and mindful attention and body work, ways of living well and living lightly. Workshops will include our annual summer drum-making, drum awakening, and community drumming circle. We will also build an outdoor labyrinth as a permanent installation at Wintergreen. Yoga workshops in the meadow are planned, as well as a seminar focusing on power in the climate era.
Fall: The Path Ahead
The final seasonal celebration The Path Ahead, will highlight not only the path ahead for Wintergreen, but also, the path ahead in a larger sense. Discussions around renewable energy initiatives will take place during the fall months, as well as our annual event on the Camino and other long walks. We are planning a three-day pilgrimage walk as well, to take place in September, with a starting and ending point in Westport. The fall workshops will close with a discussion on dying.
2017 Workshops at a Glance
Stories that Sustain
Jan 20: Stories around the Woodstove
May 24-28: BioBlitz 2017
May 24-28: Sound Walks and Geodesic Dome Art Installation (details TBD)
June 10: Medicine Walk and Salve Making
July 22: Drum and Stick Making
July 29: Drum Awakening
September 9: Power in the Climate Era
The Path Ahead
Sept 19-22: Westport Trek: A Three-Day Pilgrimage Walk
Oct 21-22: Stories of the Camino (and other long walks)
October 28: On Dying (details TBD)
Teaching at Wintergreen
If you are interested in offering a workshop at Wintergreen, please download the pdf: Workshop Q & A for potential instructors.