Workshops

2018 Workshops Line-Up

Take part of the Gem and Jam Festival Workshops. This year our workshops will focus on the theme ‘Facets of Change.’ Learn, exchange and create with our presenters with the intention to make grassroots change back in your own community.

Gem and Jam Lineup

DRUMMING SOUNDS’ SACRED FIRE AREA

1/26 FRIDAY – 1/28 SUNDAY

7am • Sunrise Prayers and Offerings to fire

Start your day and ceremonial space by learning to foster a relationship with a sacred fire, the air, the water and the earth. We will do a call to the directions on a daily basis every morning at sunrise this will be an opportunity for us to really usher in the days intention and bring ourselves to a collective space of global and community connection to Source. Bring offerings of tobacco, sage, cedar or other incense that you would like to give to the fire from your ancestral heritage, bring your intentions. We will also do a brief discussion on how to utilize the smudge in a sacred way and what it means to practice a ceremonial offering to the fire and to create the sacred space of prayer. This is an environment that is truly grounded in connection to community and Source Energy and open to all people regardless of any sort of traditional or religious affiliation we all can pray in our own way and be together in the meeting place that prayer creates.

11am • Native American Hand Drum Birthing Ceremony

Andrew Ecker of Drumming Sounds and His Beloved Fiance Monica Patton  will facilitate a sacred drum building workshops each day of Gem and Jam at 10am.  We will build a 14 inch elk hide drum and drumstick.  Andrew Ecker of Drumming Sounds began doing drum building workshop with the Havasupai Nation the most remote tribe in the continental united states in the bottom of the Grand Canyon as apart of a suicide prevention program. Has since built drums with the Hopi and Navajo Nations along with countless others from a variety of communities.We will be building 14 in Native American hand drums this Workshop will allow you to create your own drum and foster a deep relationship with the animals that sacrifice for the skin and the sacred hoop it is important that everyone that wants to participate in this Workshop groups of 13 at a time bring $200 for the cost of the materials and the workshop itself. Andrew will facilitate Sacred Space and allow for you to build your own hand drum that you can take home with you from the festival prior to each of the drum building workshops we will also do a drum birthing ceremony by the sacred fire in which you will be able to call in the four directions to your drum.

11am • Native American Hand Drum Birthing Ceremony

Andrew Ecker of Drumming Sounds and His Beloved Fiance Monica Patton  will facilitate a sacred drum building workshops each day of Gem and Jam at 10am.  We will build a 14 inch elk hide drum and drumstick.  Andrew Ecker of Drumming Sounds began doing drum building workshop with the Havasupai Nation the most remote tribe in the continental united states in the bottom of the Grand Canyon as apart of a suicide prevention program. Has since built drums with the Hopi and Navajo Nations along with countless others from a variety of communities.We will be building 14 in Native American hand drums this Workshop will allow you to create your own drum and foster a deep relationship with the animals that sacrifice for the skin and the sacred hoop it is important that everyone that wants to participate in this Workshop groups of 13 at a time bring $200 for the cost of the materials and the workshop itself. Andrew will facilitate Sacred Space and allow for you to build your own hand drum that you can take home with you from the festival prior to each of the drum building workshops we will also do a drum birthing ceremony by the sacred fire in which you will be able to call in the four directions to your drum.

1pm • Drum Class

Explore rhythms from around the world and technique in safe judgement free environment in which you will learn more confidence in connecting with others through music. We will explore a variety of traditions in this class and depending on who is teaching it might be a Middle eastern Rhythm Class or  African, drum circle basics or just jam time stick around for the entire hour or drop by and say high and get daily dose of drumming.

2pm • Primitive Skills Fire Making

Jaclyn McCaffrey primitive skills expert will take participates through the mystery of friction fire. Each participant will receive an opportunity to use a friction fire making kit  and learn the skills that helped Jaclyn overcome 21 days Naked and Afraid on the discovery channels hit TV show. Jaclyn has taught these skills to variety of different of people and done this presentation at many events around the country . These skills are transformative as person learns to be gentle with the mystery of our ancient connection to fire you are transported back to time when seeking of fire meant survival. This workshop illuminates our ancestral process and opens us to the relationship with the elements.

Sunset • Mayan Cacao Ceremony

Join Jose Federico Mayan Day Keeper for a transformative journey into the ceremonial use of Cacao which has been used for thousands of years to bring communities together and foster a deeper relationship with each other and Source Energy. Open your heart and mind to love and connection as we drink the sacred medicine of the cacao in a facilitated ceremonial way through the rich heritage of Jose and his ancestral connection to this medicine and Mayan people. This is a perfect way to begin your evening of friendship, dance and community we will share by the fire until the Cacao is gone and our hearts are filled. Please bring your own reusable cup. During this time Jose will also offer teachings on the Mayan Calendar and Sacred Mayan Crystal Skulls this is a great time to learn from one of the most sought after teachers in the Festival Community.

8pm • Drumming Sounds Facilitated Ceremonial Drum Circle

Join us for an experience with music and ceremony that crosses the ethnocentric divide and brings us all closer to our indigenous heritage and ancestral medicine of sacred drumming in a FUN JUDGEMENT FREE ENVIRONMENT. You will hear stories of the power of group drumming and you will reconnect with the rhythm inside of everything connecting us back to source of energy. This is not a Drumming Class but instead a beginner friendly facilitated experience with music. If you have not explored music as a wellness and ceremonial practice or the ability that every person has to create and transmute energy through music this is great opportunity to learn from one of the most seasoned drum circle communities in the nation. Drums and instruments provided or bring your own, all ages welcome. We will sing fun songs make up new ones and chant to the AIR WATER FIRE EARTH.

Late Night Sacred Space

Come and sit by the fire, share stories, a song, a poem listen and learn share offerings to fire tobacco and other sacred medicines for fire offerings will be provided. Share a prayer, share your heart. Long before the digital age drew our eyes to the screen the eyes of our ancestors were drawn to the fire awaken this connection again with in your soul and learn to be in relationship with the fire once again people of ancient wisdom are drawn to the fire and you will only know the medicine if you come take a break from the laser lights and stages and come be simple authentic and humble.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 26TH

10:45 AM • Amethyst Stage

Find The Light ~ Hatha Yoga

Joanna Lynne Smith

Find the light as we flow through the poses with your breath. This alignment-based class links poses together, allowing you to bring mindfulness to your movements. We’ll focus on finding the light within ourselves, within others, and bringing that light to the world to ignite positive change.

10:45 AM • Opal Stage

Curing Capitalism with Cooperative Communities

Neal Briant (Dr. L.I.F.E.)

In this workshop we will discuss the problems that our communities face as a result of capitalist enterprise and the conscious evolution that is emerging in our communities that promotes the ideology of “We” rather than “I” that is the key to producing meaningful socioeconomic change in them. The discussion will broach subtopics that include a variety of existing cooperative economic models, cooperative power blocs, the development of sustainable consciousness and greater empathic egalitarian community relations. This workshop will hold special interest for business leaders, community organizers and grass roots activists.

12:15 PM • Amethyst Stage

Conscious Breathwork Journey

Lindsay Balgooyen & Nibumbu

Conscious Breathwork is an accelerated healing modality using a technique called circular/connected breathing. By taking in such a large amount of Prana, energetic blockages that stem all the way back to birth trauma are able to naturally release, healing conditions at the root cause. Through connecting with your higher self and source energy, you will be able to access expanded states of consciousness, where clarity and insights are able to shine through. Experience major shifts in just one session!

12:15 PM • Opal Stage

Sacred Geometry and Earth Energies for the Evolution of Consciousness

Harlan Emil Gruber

An in depth presentation of the golden ratio and three dimensional geometric forms showing their relationship to the nature of the universe and the evolution of the Earth’s vibrational energy body and human consciousness. These geometries have been employed in the design of the interactive Portal installations for Burning Man and other festivals around the world since 2004. The Portals are intended to create an environment that can harmonize participant’s multidimensional vibrational energy body with the evolution of the Earth’s geometric grid to facilitate an evolution of consciousness through the use of sacred geometry, colors and sound vibrations. You will come away with an understanding of these geometries and how and why they can be employed for the evolution of consciousness so that we may choose to create a world in sacred harmony with all of creation.

2 PM • Amethyst Stage

Flow and Grow-Mindful Inversions and Arm Balances

Creature Habitz

Beginning with warm up yoga flow and moving into arm balancing poses, inversions, and funky variations. An overall mindful exploration of your body and what it can do.

2 PM • Opal Stage

Understanding the Blue Light in the Copper Scrolls

Jaclyn Ouillette & David Lonebear Sanipass

The Copper Scrolls are ancient, documenting 20,000 years into our past. David Lonebear Sanipass has been studying these Copper Scrolls and was taught to translate the language of the Universe as a young boy. Elders traveled from around the world to come to the mountain where his family lived in Northern Maine. David Lonebear has been traveling and teaching for the past 42 years, but only recently to non-natives. In 2012 these teachings crossed the threshold and what has followed has been tremendous. Communities have grown in many parts of the US and Canada and as each of the teachers are awakened, more information and understanding comes to the surface. These teachings have inspired the local community to begin a non-profit organization called Star Teachings Society, to help deliver this message to 7 million people around the world.

3:30 PM • Amethyst Stage

Handpan Soundscapes

Hamsa Handpans

Come and let the ethereal sounds of the handpan take you on an introspective journey through time and space. The handpan was invented in 2001 for the purposes of healing and meditation. The rhythmic melodies will hold space for deep relaxation and release. Handpan music expresses feelings words can not, to connect the listener and player as one.

3:30 PM • Opal Stage

Event Sustainability

Clay Young

This workshop will explore what event sustainability means. The purpose will be to address some of the ways that events influence economic, environmental, social and cultural components. We will also talk about how the event industry is changing and discuss how the future of sustainable events might look.

5 PM •  Amethyst Stage

Embodied Spirituality & Imagination In A Time of Change

Robert Cohen with Diane Call

The future of our planet, and of spirituality on this planet, lies within our individual imaginations. How can we change anything if we cannot imagine it first?

As children, we experience powerful imaginations. However, by the time we reach adolescence, cultural influences have taught us to abandon and significantly limit our ability to imagine. This reduced imagining induces a fairly traumatic break in our souls, the bridge that connects our physical and spiritual worlds.

In this immersive workshop, we will use physical and theater based exercises to re-integrate the body as an instrument of imagination – in service to the greatest possibilities for change in our world.

5:00 PM • Opal Stage

Opening Ceremony

Drumming Sounds

Join Andrew Ecker, Monica Patton and guests for an intentional call to the 7 sacred directions and opening of the energetic field for Gem and Jam 2018.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 27TH

9 AM • Quartz Stage

Morning Yoga: Embrace Change & Awaken Your Inner Gem!

Phoebe Jenkins & Savitur

Phoebe Jenkins (RYT) will lead a 90 minute yoga class with an invigorating sequence designed to awaken your Gem like nature.

“Change is not something that we should fear. Rather, it is something that we should welcome. For without change, nothing in this world would ever grow or blossom, and no one in this world would ever move forward to become the person they’re meant to be.” – BKS Iyengar

The different facets of yoga help us positively change our physical feeling, muscles, breath, mental state, and our perception of our world and of ourselves. Live musical accompaniment by Savitur – Eastern fusion music combining ancient mantras with the soothing sounds of traditional and modern instrumentation.

10:45 AM • Amethyst Stage

Yoga Flow: PEACE, LOVE & BASS

Hannah Muse & Jason Burruss

Calling all lovers of life, music, peace and bass.

Get ready to play + pray, experience Hannah Muse’s masterful blend of sacred movement, meditation, mantra, mudra, mythology: all to delicious live beats by Jason Burruss.

Let’s unite for inner peace to amplify WORLD PEACE + radically feel our bodies, blow our minds and soothe our souls.

(No yoga experience required – all sentient beings welcome.)

10:45 AM • Opal Stage

Ethical Non-Monogamy How To

Kate Kincaid ­– Stage Name: The Poly High Priestess

Ethical non-monogamy is having a “cultural moment”-maybe you’re already doing it, maybe you have friends that are trying it, maybe everyone you try to date wants it- but what is it really and is it for you? In this workshop, we will discuss what makes for healthy, ethical, consensual non-monogamous relationships. We will also discuss the benefits and rewards as well as how to cope with the challenges. Polyamory is not for everyone, and that’s ok! Come with an open mind and open heart to learn what works, and what doesn’t for you and your loves.

12:15 PM • Amethyst Stage

Intro Into The World of Hoop Dance

Stephinity

Join Stephinity for a beginner friendly, all levels hoop dance class.  We will begin by warming up and strengthening the core with waist hooping exercises.  The main portion of class is designed to teach hoop tricks.  Stephinity has both a beginner and experienced curriculum of tricks she can offer to students at all levels.  The last portion of class my be reserved for a skill share for other experienced hoopers to share their tricks with the class.  Bring your own hoop or borrow one that will be provided for the class.

12:15 PM • Opal Stage

Psychedelics, Living Technologies, and The Future of Humanity

Michael Garfield

Evolution has a direction and it is toward MORE: more diverse ecologies, more opportunities, and bigger challenges. What does this mean for all of us alive today, in this age of accelerating technologies and escalating crisis? Join Michael Garfield, paleontologist-futurist and host of the Future Fossils Podcast, on a philosophical free-jazz adventure exploring what it will mean to be a human in the years to come – empowered by evolving tools, connected to extraordinary flows of knowledge, immersed in shared experience, and living in a world far more dangerous, creative, magical, and strange than ever…

2:00 PM • Amethyst Stage

AcroYoga All Levels

Cirque Roots

Let’s fly, base and spot! The wonderful art of acro yoga lies within all of us. Whether you are brand new to AcroYoga or more experienced you will find many people to connect with and plenty of opportunities to deepen your practice.

2:00 PM • Opal Stage

7 Sacred Containers of Self-Identity

Andrew Ecker

The seven sacred containers of self-identity is a Sacred Space that has been developed by a professional facilitator Andrew Ecker in order to give participants an opportunity to identify the Seven Sacred containers of their own individual metaphysical architecture. This process is based on Ancient Tribal Technologies associated with a ceremonial introduction. Participants are taken through a series of protocols in order to create a safe environment in which they can fortify their own self identity by fortifying the space of their this fortification process enhances the spiritual identity, energetic body & the relationship & acceptance of self. Groups of up to 50 are set in circle and the process is facilitated.

3:30 PM • Amethyst Stage

Being Present with Ourselves, Our Community, and the Earth

Danielle Austin

This space will be a facilitated collective exploration of the questions: what does it mean to be present with yourself? with the earth? with your community, and thus stand for justice? And how do we practice it? What does it mean to think about things in an interconnected way? There will be space for individual meditation, reflection, gentle yoga, as well as group conversation. Expect to: think critically, be collaborative, breathe, and participate in an engaging learning space.

3:30 PM • Opal Stage

Be The Dragon

Dixon’s Violin

Feeling stuck? Want to find or strengthen your super-powers? Want more passion in your life? Dixon (of Dixon’s Violin) shares how he walked away from a successful technology career to follow his dream and became a full-time performing artist and music shaman. He now tours North America, has given three TED talks/performances, and shares from personal experiences how you can remove external influences in your life in order to connect with your authentic self. By tapping into your power, your life can be transformed and together we can change the world for the better.

5 PM  • Amethyst Stage

Wavy Vibes: A Waving Workshop

Sacred G’s • Vo Vera & AKELLZ

Dance has been used to exercise, express, energize and elevate. And there are other possibilities for you to create. This workshop isn’t about making haste, but instead open ya up, feel the body enough, fill your cup, become loose—less rough, and witness all the waves that you can generate. ***No training or experience needed – Movers of all levels, especially beginners welcome! Have fun diving into your natural flow.

5 PM • Opal Stage

Handpan Playshop

Hamsa Handpans

Peak behind the curtain of the illusive handpan and hang drum. Maker of Hamsa Handpans, Stevan Morris knows these instruments inside and out! Come by for an in depth look at the instrument, its history, evolution, how they are made, a Q&A, and ending with a group jam. If you have ever wanted to know more about these instruments or play one yourself, now is your chance!

SUNDAY, JANUARY 28TH

9 AM • Quartz Stage

Bathing in Grace: Yoga & Meditation

Hannah Muse & Dixon’s Violin

According to one Buddhist text, “You can search the whole universe and you won’t find a single being more worthy of loving attention than this one, right here and now.” Let Hannah Muse’s nurturing voice, poetic words, and mindful movement guide you home to loving presence, in this beautiful slow flow / yin practice, accompanied by Dixon’s stunning violin soundscapes. Let your body, mind and heart, be bathed in grace. (No yoga experience required – all sentient beings welcome.)

10:45 AM • Amethyst Stage

Sacred Dance of Thai Massage

Adam Mednick

Thai Yoga Massage is a rich and ancient bodywork tradition with roots drawing from both Ayurveda and Chinese medicine traditions. In modern practice, the experience of receiving Thai massage is comparable to a yoga asana practice where the receiver’s body is skillfully brought through various positions to release tension, relieve sore muscles, and improve ease of movement with invitation for deep relaxation. Thai Yoga Massage is also an opportunity to practice metta, a meditation for loving kindness, offering undivided attention in support of health, healing and well being.

In this introductory workshop, we will learn foundation skills and practice in community a guided sequence with opportunity for everyone to give and receive. No prior experience or partner necessary.

10:45 AM  • Opal Stage

Consent Is Sexy

Natalie Brewster Nguyen & Serena Tang

In this workshop, we will put in plain words the nuances of consent: from a thorough definition of consent to tools for practicing consent in a supportive and sex positive space. Some of the topics that folks can expect to engage in will include: consent (what it is, why it’s required, how to practice it), gender-based violence, safer spaces, sex positivity, power, and privilege. Through activities, discussion, and media, the workshop offers a chance for us to talk about all the ways we can provide safe, fun, and sexy ways to build relationships with the people we care about.

12:15 PM • Amethyst Stage

Medicine Dance

Erin Deo

Set to an eclectic blend of soul-stirring music, this workshop explores creative movement as a healing practice and instrument of transformation. Participants will be lead through breathing and movement techniques to open and warm up our bodies and induce an altered state of consciousness, taught partner and solo exercises to create connections and expand our dance vocabulary, and then gently guided into a free-flow transcendental dance experience.

12:15 PM • Opal Stage

Flower Power Head Wreaths & Flower Essences

Echo Rae & Kathy Nicole Champagne

Awaken your mind and spirit with the essence and language of flowers; learn the time-honored art of wreathmaking as well as the poetic meaning of flowers and their magical and medicinal properties. Begin your journey with a taste of handcrafted flower essences, selected to enhance your ability to tune into the positive creative energies within. Open your mind and activate your chakras with a Flower Power mantra and discussion of the language of flowers. Let your creative juices flow as you are guided through a lesson to craft your very own personalized head wreath from a selection of fresh and dried flowers. (Pre-made wire wraps, wire pieces, ribbons, and flowers will be prepared for all participants. Flower Power description cards, meanings, and poetry will also be available).

2 PM • Amethyst Stage

Circus Jam

Cirque Roots

Come hoop, juggle, flow, partner acro, unicycle, lasso or stretch! Bring your own flow props or borrow one of ours. Teach some tricks up your own sleeve or meet some new people to learn something new! This 75-minute skill share with sweet tunes will be a great way to get loose with your fellow festival community.

2 PM • Opal Stage

WakingUP! with Ayurveda

Susan Sykes

What’s the first thing you do in the morning upon waking up? I don’t mean once you’re out of bed and already making a cuppa, I mean when you open your eyes and ……. ?

In Ayurveda it is believed that our morning routine or Dinacharya is of utmost importance to our overall health, well-being and longevity.

Susan will explain the many ways in which to create your own personal Dinacharya to suit your unique body type and persona (dosha). Start using these ancient ways now and feel better fast or simply continue with good health if you already have a morning routine or ritual.

Bring a notepad and be ready to try out a few easy practices that could become part of your own Dinacharya to last a lifetime!

3:30 PM • Amethyst Stage

Experimental Movement: THE LAB. Learn, Abstract, Build.

Sacred G’s • Vo Vera & AKELLZ

The Lab is common term used in urban movement practice and the dance styles umbrella’d by hip hop culture to “Level up” and add more “juice” to your creative storytelling. Here we will explore exercises, games, training methods and other indirect ways to create movement and add to your creative toolbox. Applicable to any movement form: build movement/phrases, develop improvisation techniques, and find your own time/space artistry. ***No training or experience needed – Movers of all levels, especially beginners welcome! Have fun diving into your natural flow.

3:30 PM • Opal Stage

Compost Workshop

Compost Cats

5 PM • Amethyst Stage

Intro & Intermediate Contact Staff: Inclusion & Incorporation

Eric Magnuson

Whether you’ve never picked up a staff, are a novice staff spinner or intermediate contact staff spinner. Join Eric has he teaches you the basics of contact staff, flow techniques and drills to take your practice to the next level.

5 PM • Opal Stage

Closing Ceremony

Drumming Sounds

Join Andrew Ecker, Monica Patton, and guests for an the energetic closing to the sacred space of Gem and Jam 2018  and the opening of the  newness of our collective transformed experience lets agree to share the medicine of Gem and Jam the rest of our year.