How can we scale a regenerative food system? We believe through the growth of bio-regional food sheds! Our winter retreat offers the opportunity to delve deeply into this question within the food hub of HAWTHORNE VALLEY FARM in Columbia County, NY. Part of our focus will be on soils—literally the ground of our existence—through a spiritual, scientific and artistic lens. Another part of the week will help build the image of an economically, ecologically and socially just food shed concept that includes everyone from the small to mid-sized farmer through to the most currently marginalized consumer. The program provides ample space for learning, personal reflection and collaborative problem solving through various awareness-based practices.
Guest Speakers: Will Brinton, soil scientist and founder of Woods End Laboratory, Conrad Vispo, Farmscape Ecology Program and the Institute for Mindful Agriculture team: Steffen Schneider, Rachel Schneider and Jill Jakimetz from Hawthorne Valley and Ursula Versteegen, Presencing Institute
The daily schedule balances mealtimes, seminars, group awareness-based practices, participatory art, guided walks, solo-journaling, dialogue walks, and collaborative group work.
Fee: Sliding scale $750-$500. Please contact Rachel Schneider for fee reductions or more information at: email@example.com
Food: Fee includes continental breakfast, main meal at noon, suppers and snacks.
Lodging: Up to the participant with some “floor space” with sleeping bag options available at two locations, for those who will need it.
Register: Join us to shape our foodshed here.