Water Comes First
Earth Day Event - April 20-21, 2013 - Avalon Theater, Colorado Riverfront, KAFM Radio Room & Yoga West Studio - Grand Junction, CO
Water Comes First is a two day-long multi-sensory program with speakers, film, photography and music on Saturday. Share an experience of a Gratitude Ceremony at the Colorado River's Edge in the early morning and two workshops with Keynote speakers starting at 9:00 am and 2:00 pm on Sunday.
Saturday will be a day to hear the words of visionaries for these changing times. The Colorado River and its watershed will be featured as a gift to millions of people in the Southwest who benefit from it through drinking, agriculture and wetlands as it winds its way through the desert lands bringing life to many plants and animals.
As water meanders through the program on Saturday the morning will focus on the Original People's sacred relationship with land and water and how that relationship sustained life for thousands of years. The afternoon session offer tools for living in a compromised modern world. Many people sense that the multiple crises of today share a common root. All of them come from an invisible mythology: a Story of the Self and a Story of the People that holds us separate from each other and the world. We will have an opportunity to awaken to the deep source within each of us that remembers the connection we have to all of life. This will help us build "a more beautiful world our hearts know is possible".
On Sunday Water Comes First offers an experience to give gratitude in ceremony to the Colorado River at 7:30 am. Meet at the River's Edge on Watson Island, S. 7th St., south behind the Botanical Gardens.
Starting at 9:00 am two three-hour workshop sessions will be presented by Charles Eisenstein and Eliot Cowan to deepen your connection with wisdom for living in these times of change. Both presenters are world renown authors and teachers, on the subjects of sacred economics, humanity's evolutionary journey and how it's relationship to the natural world has contributed to the changes we are faced with today. Participants will be in an intimate setting which will provide a comprehensive way to "make the change you wish to see in the world". Each speaker has authored books that will be available for purchase during the day. Workshops will be held at the KAFM Radio Room. 1310 Ute Avenue.
Sunday evening New York singer/song writer Timothy Hill will perform a House Concert at Yoga West Studio on Main Street. This concert will begin at 8:00 pm and hosted by Full Circle Living Initiative.
The two day program will begin with Ute Elder, Kenny Frost leading a ceremony to honor the sacred waters. Mr. Frost will highlight the Ute's relationship and history of water in the Southwest and and how caring for these waters is vital to our survival.
A deeper connection to water and the natural world will be facilitated by Timothy Hill's musical inspiration at key points throughout the day. National Geographic photographer Paul Colangelo's film Sacred Headwaters will be featured and beautiful and striking photography of the Colorado River will accentuate the gift the Colorado River is to the Southwest. Pachamama Alliance’s 'Awakening the Dreamer’ will enliven (see video) our sense of belonging and connect us to indigenous wisdom and modern knowledge for a just, sustainable and thriving world.
We invite everyone to come together to learn about humanity's role in the world now, in the midst of critical change. "When humans love something, something as precious as water, we love life. When we love life, we take care of it", Deanna Jenne', WCF Program Creator and Director.
Indigenous cultures worldwide have viewed water as sacred knowing that 60 to 90 percent of a human and our planet is made up of water. Only 2-3 percent of this water is potable. Organizations around the globe are taking a stand to protect water and land. We, at Full Circle Living Initiative, are listening to the voice of the Colorado River and have agreed to care for it through acts of gratitude. We have returned to listen to the ancient, ancestral voice of the river that was once listened to for thousands of years. Only in the last 100 years has this sacred being become an economic resource, and its ability to serve our people has gone beyond its ability to provide. We, the People, have an opportunity to have a more sustainable relationship with water, the land, the plants and animals presently and for our grandchildren and their grandchildren for the next seven generations.
By remembering and reawakening to the 'original instructions' we can embody tools to individually and collectively create a new paradigm for living in these times of imminent change.
Water Comes First Convergence is presented to you by Full Circle Living Initiative, (FCLI) an educational organization that fosters living in balanced relationship with the natural world, through community building, initiatives, events and projects in Mesa County.
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