Spring Sustainability, Peace & Justice Series
Shakori Hills has been committed to practicing and promoting environmental sustainability since its inception. Look around and see composting and recycling bins, solar electric panels, local foods, an organic community garden, tractors powered by renewable biodiesel, water conservation and preservation of woodlands. The Sustainability Pavilion is the center of this practice. Here we offer a series of demonstrations and discussions where you can learn more and meet local leaders in this movement.
Friday, May 5
12pm – WILD SPRING WALKABOUT with Leif Diamant
Nature in the Spring is wild beauty, abundance, magic, and transforms all who enter and connect. We’ll wander from Shakori Hills with neighbor Leif Diamant (organic farmer, naturalist, psychotherapist, and interfaith minister) to his Box Turtle Road homestead and farm, identifying, discussing, experiencing, and sampling various edible, medicinal, and beneficial plants. Enhance your abilities to survive and thrive and deepen your relationship with the wild side. We may see wild animals, meet some asses, and tour the organic garden. Please join us to experience more intimacy with and knowledge of Nature. Meet at Bridge by Healing Arts, return by 2 pm
6pm – The Southeastern Social Farming Collective
The Southeastern Social Care Farming Collective is a group of farmers and community members who are interested in using farming and farm-related activities to promote therapeutic intervention, employment, spiritual engagement, meaningful activity and/or community connection for marginalized and vulnerable populations. Please join us as we gather together (bring a beverage or snack if you wish) to share experiences and perspectives, explore opportunities to create and expand this work and participate in a community-engaged dialogue with others who are or who wish to be a part of this growing movement.
Saturday, May 6
9:30am – Food Preservation with Pierre Lauffer
We preserve that which we value. Pierre, with close to 30 years’ experience in environmental science, will lead a group discussion on the historical and philosophical aspects of food preservation. Open dialogue will touch upon the various techniques and strategies for preserving our food and why it is important to maintain food preservation techniques.
Tiny Houses are growing in interest and sophistication due to their stylistic and functional flexibility, as well as acoustic privacy and affordability. Michael will share images, plans and construction methods of the many tiny houses he has built in a Q&A session—bring your ideas and questions and get informed answers. Michael is a local green builder, teacher and writer. His company has won the DOE Energy Value Housing Award, NAHB Green Home of the Year, NAHB Master Green Builder of the Year and NAHB Green Builder/Advocate of the Year.
12 pm – Common Ground for Peace & Justice with The Independent Progressive Politics Network
Our 24th Forum will gather in open community space to share dialogue and discover how to bring the energy and inspiration of Shakori Hills into our daily lives. If an act of injustice occurs, are you prepared to stand for justice? Do you know what it looks like to live your principles every day? We can—and need to—be honest about how our culture creates and maintains ways to divide and undermine us. Our challenge is to change how power is expressed in our lives. Come share your hopes, concerns and solutions.
1pm – Sacred Ecology & Nature Spirituality: Connecting to the Source
Leif Diamant will lead this experiential class exploring Nature as Beloved, Inspiration, Healer and Teacher. The original source of many religions and spiritualities. Nature is our home: wildness is our roots. We are designed as human beings to Love Nature. We will discuss and practice ways to deepen and expand this primary resource in our daily lives for rejuvenation, healing, and happiness.
2pm – Composting & Zero Waste with Bob & Camille Armantrout
Bob and Camille are zero-waste advocates who have been composting for more than a decade. They will present waste reduction strategies and basic composting techniques using low-tech, inexpensive methods that almost anyone can follow. This interactive discussion is intended to help those new to home composting, as well as seasoned composters improve their personal organic waste management practices.
Sunday, May 7
1pm – Small House Sustainable Communities w/ Harvey Harman and Laurie Cone
Drawing from a life spent focused on building Community, Harvey Harman will lead this interactive discussion focused on the many benefits of Small House Sustainable communities. Harvey Harman is the Construction Director for Chatham Habitat for Humanity and is currently starting the Living Well Community, an eco village on the Deep River in Randolph County. Laurie Cone is a high school Environmental Science teacher in Raleigh, a big fan of downsizing and a member of the Living Well community.
2pm – GrassRoots Festival as a Social Enterprise: Modeled Structures for the Future of Capitalism with Jordan Puryear
GrassRoots Festival Founder Jordan will lead a discussion on creating socially conscious business enterprises that contribute to community sustainability. Jordan is co-founder of Shakori Hills, Virginia Key and the Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festivals, which he has been involved in organizing and running since 1991. The festivals are self-supporting, non-profit corporations whose missions are socially conscious.