ABOUT THE VILLAGE SYMPOSIUM

The Village Symposium is a journey into community building, education, ritual and social change. This gathering that took place April 20th-24th 2016 at The Haven in Nevada City was a warm-up event for the Village at LIB, a conference exploring the place where science and mysticism meet and how humans can reinstate ourselves back into a harmonious and symbiotic relationship with the web of life.  

We are seeking to collectively remember the ways of an offering based culture, and to grow local as well as global community connections within a powerful network of practitioners focused on earth-based wisdom and mystical traditions.

THE NEXT SYMPOSIUM WILL BE IN FALL 2017 AND WE WILL BE LAUNCHING REGULAR ONE DAY SPEAKER SERIES EVENTS IN NEVADA CITY SOON. 

▼SCHEDULE OF EVENTS SYMPOSIUM 2016▼

 

WEDNESDAY 20th April

The Village Bazaar: 9am – 6pm

The Village Symposium market place. 

IARTMAGICK Connections Art Exhibition Opening: 8pm – 10pm

The Symposium art exhibit, entitled 'Connections', explores our interconnectedness as humans with the non-human realms; plant, animal and otherwise, as keys to that which is found in all of us and inspires the knowing of our purpose. The Gallery opening will be free and open to the public and will offer an opportunity to speak with the artists about the work.

THURSDAY 21st April

Last Supper Club with Bad Unkl Sista: 5:30-8pm - SOLD OUT

In preparation for the weekend’s journey, The Last Supper Club invites you to activate your ten thousand senses with 1001 Tastes of the Desert, a surreal and intoxicating culinary adventure where the exquisite cuisines of Persia meet the American Southwest. 

Bad Unkl Sista is a performance installation ensemble that combines still point choreography, improvised music, couture costuming, and physical theater elements to produce site-specific experiences that seek to move each witness to a state of extraordinary and memorable being. Led by artistic director Anastazia Aranaga and music director Goyo Aranaga, the group designs performance spaces that present opportunities for close interaction and deep contemplation.

Please note that the Full Weekend ticket does not include entry to the LSC dinner.

Film screening – Eyes of the Moon: 9pm onwards

The feast will be followed by a screening of the psychedelic independent film Eyes of the Moon, itself a wild love letter to the desert and her strange magic, created by an ensemble of artists including Bryn McKay, Bianca Butti, Eve Ladyapples and Sierra and Bianca Casady of Cocorosie.

FRIDAY 22ND APRIL

Each session is $15 or $35 for the whole day

Opening Blessing of the APUS and PACHAMAMA with the International Q’ero Foundation: 3:30pm

Following the Gallery opening the Symposium will be blessed and celebrated in this opening ceremony.

Cosmo Vision of the High Andes: 4 - 5:30pm

An in-depth introduction to the cosmological understandings of the Q’eros of the High Andes.

We invite you to join us, as we discuss the Andean Cosmovision, Prophecies of the Eagle and Condor and the 5th Sun, the time of Change we are living in known as the Taripay Pacha and Pachakuti, within the lineage of the Grand Central Sun, dating back over 26,000 years to the present.

Learn about the International Q’eros Foundation and projects that are seeding the life-sustenance of the Indigenous Q’eros peoples, their prophecy, and traditions.

 

Cycles within the 5th Sun with Marza Millar: 6 - 7:30pm

We are living within the times that our ancestors read the prophecies of the future. We are in their future. We are living within the decay of the 4th world and the hope and brilliance of the 5th World. We must understand our time lines and cycles to make good choices for ourselves, our families, and our future children. Ancient Future is here, we must learn to walk in the prophecy lines, pulling from the ancient past and bring that into future destiny.  Learning to live in multidimensional time, to help manifest ancient future into our daily lives. 

Community Despacho Ceremony with the International Q'ero Foundation: 7:30 - 9:30pm

The term Despacho refers to the act of making an offering. It is similar to a "give away". It is a gift to Mother Earth Pachamama, the Mother star system Hatun Chaska, the Sun Inti and the Spirits of the Mountains, the APUS- that places us in right relationship and right reciprocity. It establishes a linkage between our three centers of interaction and the physical Universe; our personal power, located in the solar plexus, our love, located in the heart chakra and our wisdom, sourced from our third eye, bindhu chakra and crown chakra.

Despachos are fundamental ceremonies of the Q'eros, which involve an offering of the Mesa, or medicine bundle. The ceremonies are an act of creating a mandala-type form, in three levels of consciousness or the three worlds; with prayer and intention through Kintus, sacred herbs, grains, food, jewels and other objects, these connect to the Living Energy of All Life.

Despachos are beneficial in aiding an individual's process of healing on the personal, planetary and universal dimensions.

Tickets for Friday are $35, which goes directly to the International Q’ero Foundation.

SATURDAY 23RD APRIL

Each session is $15, or join us for the whole day (including the evening event) for $55

The daytime programs for Saturday and Sunday are the heart of the Village Symposium, with a diverse array of classes and ceremonies intentionally designed to engage and activate the full spectrum of intelligence within us, from body, to mind, to heart, to spirit. These offering are made by visionary adepts in their fields, who have vast experience and wisdom to share.

DAY PROGRAM

Mukta Yoga with Danielle Rubio: 9:30-10:30am

In this class Danielle offers an experience in which you remember that you are the vast expanse of creative self-empowerment and self-healing. 

Through deep holds and attentive transitions, we flow in playful movement, observing the fluctuations of the mind. While remembering the Divine play, we aim to release our tensions and uphold our connection to Self. We practice recognition of true peace no matter the movements of our bodies or minds or external experiences.

We play and pray. We offer and receive. We rejoice and remember (who we are).  

 

Middle Pillar Ritual with Naha Armady: 11am – 12:30pm

The Middle Pillar Ritual is magical operation in the tradition of the Western Hermetic Mysteries.  Based on the teachings of Israel Regardie who first published this ritual in 1938 as practiced by the magical society Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, the Qabalistic practice know as the Middle Pillar is used to bring all unbalanced states in the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual realms into harmony.

Participants will invoke the 5 elements of Fire, Water, Air, Earth, and Spirit, and engage in a guided meditation which focuses light on the elemental energy centers, creating harmony and equilibrium in the aura and subtle bodies.  The body is aligned with the Middle Pillar on the Tree of Life - a magical glyph used to represent how the universe came into being, and the connection between the macrocosmic and the microcosmic worlds. In the Tarot, the High Priestess represents the Middle Pillar. 

Please bring a yoga mat / mat to lie on. 

 

LUNCH BREAK 12:30 - 2pm

Kava Temple: Sacred Sexuality with Erin Rivera Merriman: 2 - 3:30pm

Kava Temple is a place where we experientially explore Kava and its ability to facilitate healthy communities by gently guiding us into healing conversations. This ceremonial conversation will center around the important role that our sexual energy plays in our spiritual awakening process. In our time together, Erin Rivera Merriman will share the magic of Kava and it's ability to help us navigate more easily towards personal truth while holding sacred space where all parts of you are welcome. Every circle is different. In past ceremonies we have explored ideas of: how Kundalini energy functions in women versus men, the meaning of Shakti and how to recognize her in your body and life, your hormones as accelerants for personal evolution, Tantra, vulnerability, new relationship paradigms, authenticity, boundaries, and our sexual identity. Our journey will conclude with guided meditation and group second chakra clearing with sacred sound.

Cost includes 2 servings of vaporized Kava. 

*Registration for this event constitutes an agreement that you are not currently pregnant, nursing, drinking alcohol, or taking any prescription anti-depressants or anti-convulsants

 

Dance with Auberon Shull: 4 – 5:30pm

Nothing is more sacred, especially for a woman, than to be fully in embodied. In this workshop we will explore foundational movements that aid us in being fully present and rooted, having exceptional posture, healthy movement, vigorous freedom, feeling powerful and full force. Using a variety of eastern and western dance forms  (tribal Bellydance , hip hop, flamenco , Afro Haitian , contemporary )  we will explore lines shapes and movements that help us feel grand and present. We will drop deeply into our bodies and move from our cores with grace, beauty and ferociousness! 

Serpent Path Ritual Workshop with Isis Indriya and Eve Ladyapples: 6 – 7:30pm

Beginning in the personal constructs of the present material world and traveling up through the tree of life to the transpersonal realms of spirit and source, the Serpent Path is an interactive individual and collective initiatory ritual experience. Drawing on practices and techniques from indigenous traditions, kabbalah, permaculture, hermetics and utilizing movement, song, language, meditation and collaborative ritual, participants in this work will be guided on a journey through the mystical dimensions of ordinary experience. We will learn to recognize, utilize and evolve our own unique tools and offerings, both for personal, community and cultural transformation.

 

EVENING PROGRAM 

Origins presents Stellamara with Ashes and Seeds Ritual Theater: 9pm onwards

On Saturday evening we are thrilled to be collaborating with Origins to present Stellamara, an internationally acclaimed electro-acoustic world music ensemble steeped in the Middle East, Balkans and beyond. The evening will also feature the premiere of a new work by Ashes and Seeds Ritual Theater.

SUNDAY 24TH APRIL

The daytime programs for Saturday and Sunday are the heart of the Village Symposium, with a diverse array of classes and ceremonies intentionally designed to engage and activate the full spectrum of intelligence within us, from body, to mind, to heart, to spirit. These offering are made by visionary adepts in their fields, who have vast experience and wisdom to share.

Each session is $15, or join us for the whole day (including the evening event) for $55

DAY PROGRAM

Vinyasa Yoga with Veronica Webb: 9:30 – 10:30am

Veronica is known for her heartfelt, playful vinyasa style. Her attention to alignment, breath, and mantra weave through her sacred class space. Her deep love of yoga sutras overflows into her teachings. Being an acupuncturist her teachings reflect a deep knowledge of healing and the body. Veronica's classes are strong, sweaty, all levels vinyasa flows,  with structured discipline to finding the path to the heart. 

The Heart is the Emperor: Intuition and Chinese Medicine with Gianna de la Torre: 11am – 12:30pm

We live in a culture that places an overwhelming emphasis on the prowess of the mind.  I argue that our intelligence is systemic. In being overly cerebral, we miss some of the gifts that accompany other organ systems. To access intuition we must bypass the mind and allow ourselves permission to know. This workshop will cover basic Chinese Medicine 5 element theory so we can better understand the roles our organs play in our emotional/intuitive intelligence.  Come prepared to exercise your intuition and receive an intuitive reading as a group.  

LUNCH BREAK 12:30 - 2pm

Songs of the Soul - Vocal freedom with Eastern European Songs and Technique: 2 – 3:30pm

While becoming a vehicle for pure awareness and tone, we will learn beautiful songs of the Balkans and the Near East. These songs carry the emotions of ancestry transformed into exquisite beauty. We will learn how to carry on this transformative healing into future generations. 

Studies in Stillness with Bad Unkl Sista: 4 – 5:30pm

The aesthetics of Bad Unkl Sista choreography and performance philosophy have been distilled into the Stillness Studies training method, which is devoted to the investigation of the still point of the body. Utilizing space, stillness, and silence as tools for self-reflection, participants are invited to excavate dormant energy of inner landscapes, transmute energy, and heighten awareness.

Stillness Studies leverages 20 years of individual and group movement and analysis in multiple forms of dance, physical theater, experimental and therapeutic modalities. The training focuses on bringing the body and mind into a hyperconscious state of awareness. This is achieved by studying the body's micro-movements dispersed with extended periods of held stillness. Although the body is moving, movement is only a catalyst to better understand and explore stillness. This "stillpoint" creates a pathway for a person to better experience an objective witnessing of the self, both inside and out.

Ceremony in the Alchemical Union of the Sacred Masculine and Feminine

with Kalita Todd and Natalia Price: 6 – 7:30pm

Within us all is contained the seeds of the masculine and the feminine, the yin and the yang, that are expressed as the polarity we find in all of life.

These two polarities are divinely designed to seek resolution, integration and union. 

Enter into an alchemical journey as we deepen our understanding of our inner male and female aspects and how they play out in our lives. Using archetypes, sacred tools and symbols, we will tune into which polarity is more developed or unexpressed; and explore ways to nurture and balance them in the embrace of both their shadow and light. We will create a Sacred Marriage ritual within ourselves, as a growing in to our wholeness and to step into embodiment and rightful alignment to bring the highest potential of Male and Female energies to serve humanity. 

Rebalancing and raising the vibration of our inner masculine and feminine is a powerful means to create fulfilment within us, our relationships and the Planet by standing as sovereign beings in equality and right relationship with authentic power sourced from within.

EVENING PROGRAM

IARTMAGICK Connections Art Exhibition Closing: 9pm – 10pm

With a live talk and live performance art

HeartBass presents KMLN 10pm-1:45am

On Sunday evening we gather to celebrate all that has been offered and received during the Symposium with a special HeartBass dance floor session, featuring the deep, undeniable sounds of Nevada City favorite DJ, KMLN fresh from a residency in Tulum, Mexico.