Understanding Consciousness-Altering Substances: Cannabis, Opiates, Alcohol, and More

Consciousness-altering substances have long been a part of ritual, medicine, and social life. As humanity develops, our relationship to such substances has changed and must be explored and seen anew. Understanding how these substances work in the human being allows us to understand their effects on consciousness and inner development. Substances explored as exemplars will include cannabis, opiates, LSD/psychedelics, alcohol, tobacco, and ayhuasca.

Event Type: 
workshop
Date: 
Friday,
02:00pm to 03:00pm
Location: 
Pendleton

Achieving Belonging in a Culture of Race and Racism

Race has been an age-old sense of belonging for humanity and one of the strongest inheritances passing through human consciousness. Race holds for us a riddle for a most important step in the evolution of consciousness and the mysteries of the Earth. We are all called into the initiation of a new Earth Culture born our higher belonging. Understanding ways of healing this gap between inheritance and creation is the aim of our workshop.  

Event Type: 
workshop
Date: 
Friday,
02:00pm to 03:00pm
Location: 
Overton

The Hidden Half of Nature: New Science of the Microbiome

Microbes are transforming the way we see nature and ourselves.  Good health — for people and for plants — depends on Earth’s smallest creatures. In this workshop, co-author of the bestselling book The Hidden Half of Nature, Anne Biklé, will share results of new research into the microbiome and its potential to revolutionize agriculture and medicine, from garden to gut. 

Event Type: 
workshop
Date: 
Friday,
02:00pm to 03:00pm
Location: 
Crown Zellerbach

Soil Value Exchange: Biodynamic Approaches to Soil Healing and Rural Economics

Soil Value Exchange is a social benefit corporation helping farmers and ranchers convert to regenerative practices on a massive scale. By 2030, we aim to convert 25 million acres of land across the US from conventional land management to practices that restore optimal soil health and biodiversity. One of our operating assumptions — based on our experiences working with many ranchers — is that there must be a financial incentive for landowners to move towards regenerative practices. But what if we’re wrong about that? What drives the next generation of farmer and rancher?

Event Type: 
workshop
Date: 
Friday,
02:00pm to 03:00pm
Location: 
Weyerhaeuser

Growing Vegetables in the Context of a Biodynamic Farm

In this workshop, Jean-Paul Courtens will cover all aspects of the biodynamic approach to growing vegetables, including planning, soil preparation, sowing, transplanting, companion planting, crop rotations, weeding, and harvest. As the founder of Roxbury Farm in Kinderhook, New York, a 375-acre farm and one of the largest community supported agriculture programs in the region, Jean-Paul has been growing vegetables for 30 years. Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn from this distinguished teacher and mentor and get your vegetable questions answered!

Event Type: 
workshop
Date: 
Friday,
02:00pm to 03:00pm
Location: 
Grand Ballroom West

Biodynamics in India

This workshop will showcase the biography of the biodynamic movement in India and its current transformation to meet the needs of farmers from an emerging future.

Event Type: 
workshop
Date: 
Friday,
02:00pm to 03:00pm
Location: 
Glisan

Biodynamic Nursery Management

By using concepts and practices derived from biodynamic agriculture, nurseries of all scales can evolve into using more sustainable and much healthier growing methods. Commercial nurseries often use cocktails of chemical pesticides, fertilizers, artificial growth regulators, and unsustainably harvested, sterile container mix ingredients to produce plants for home gardens and commercial landscapes. While many farmers have transitioned into biodynamic/organic approaches, nurseries have been slower to evolve because of the unique challenges presented by growing plants in containers.

Event Type: 
workshop
Date: 
Friday,
02:00pm to 03:00pm
Location: 
Multnomah

Australian Biodynamic Approach

What temperature should the water be for biodynamic sprays? What is a good technique for stirring? When should we spray? These are simple questions, so simple that aspects of them are often overlooked. That's not the case in Australia. Due to a harsh climate and poorer soils, everyday farmers have embraced BD because it works. Currently, over 2 million acres are being farmed bio-dynamically there. This workshop will look at the philosophy and the basic techniques they have developed to ensure high quality results

Event Type: 
workshop
Date: 
Friday,
02:00pm to 03:00pm
Location: 
Red Lion Hotel on the River - Jantzen Beach Portland , OR