Blazing Star Herbal School is collaborating with the Institute for the Musical Arts once more! and Co-Sponsoring this event
FUNDRAISER FOR STANDING ROCK
"Standing for Standing Rock"
Saturday November 12th 3:30-9:30pm
@IMA in Goshen MA
Open Mic, Fire Circle and YES Herb Nerds unite an Herbal Spelling Bee!
plus Silent Auction and Bake Sale
Sliding Scale $5-50
On Nov 18th Zoe and I will be driving out to North Dakota for 10 days to show our support, stand in solidarity with the water protectors and volunteer in anyway we can! I will be checking in with the Medics/Healers Council and Zoe with the Indigenous Youth Council. Over 20 years ago I spent a summer running a youth leadership program on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota- it was a life changing experience and I have always been drawn to return.
Since April, members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, environmentalists, and allies have peacefully protested the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) a private venture belonging to the Texas-based company Energy Transfer, is projected to run through four states and connect production areas from North Dakota to Illinois. Construction has already destroyed sacred Sioux religious sites and treaty-protected territory. The pipeline endangers North America's longest river, the Missouri River, which is the primary water source for the Standing Rock reservation and for other communities downstream. More than 90 Indigenous nations and non-Native accomplices have gathered in camps near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, to protect lands, waters, and people from a crude oil pipeline.
On Aug. 24 a federal judge heard arguments on the temporary injunction to halt construction, and U.S. District Judge James Boasberg will rule on the injunction September 9th with appeals to the decision scheduled for Sept. 14.
About the event: Facebook page link
Heartbeat Fire/Drum Ceremony:
The fire circle will be the heartbeat of the event, holding space and sending our prayers, starting early in the day and continuing well after the event ends. We are looking for drummers to sign up for an hour at a time to hold a steady heartbeat. Fire ceremonies are the core ceremonies in many medicine traditions, and are typically held around the full or new moon of each month when the veils between the worlds are the thinnest. And Nov 12 is the night before the full moon!
Herbal Spelling Bee
Oh yes! I have been threatening an herbal spelling bee for years now so herb nerds you know who you are brush up on your botanical names and pathologies and chose your team mates wisely-3 per team. The competition will be steep! Please pre-register your team $15 per team and chose a team name!
4-7 pm continued 8-9:30pm
Theme: We request that all performances take a stand for a positive future !
Best to sign up ahead of time
Ways in which you can participate:
- Find 2 friends and register as a Spelling Bee Team and pre-register at link above ($15 per team)
- Sign up to perform at the open mic (10 min slots)
- Sign up as a drummer to help hold the space (slots will be an hour long starting at Noon)
- Donate Items for the silent auction (artwork, services, healing arts)
- Bake for the Bake Sale/ Donate food
- Publicize the event, spread the word, social media, local TV, schools
- Attend the event, bring a friend or 3
- Volunteer the event- We are looking for volunteers of all ages! There is LOTS to be done.
- Educate yourself I have listed some great must read articles
- Donate Donate Donate (See paypal link below!)
Finally, bring a packet or three of Hot Hands hand warmers as we will be collecting them to take with us and donate as per requested
I will be updating this page with the updated herbal needs of the Standing Rock Medic & Healer Council and would love to take deliver any of your donations.
A word about our AMAZING sponsors for this event
Our Hilltown neighbors! The Institute for the Musical Arts was founded by Ann Hackler and June Millington in Northern California in 1986 and received its nonprofit status in 1987. It operated its studio and programs from Bodega, California’s historic Old Creamery until 2001 when property was purchased in Western Massachusetts for a permanent facility. The institute’s nonprofit mission is to support women and girls in music and music-related businesses. Rooted in the legacy of progressive equal rights movements, IMA's development is guided by the visions, needs and concerns of women from a diversity of backgrounds and has grown from the need to nourish ourselves and each other.
The IMA will be hosting the event at their 25-acre estate which features a house and several barns all built in the early 1800's. The largest barn has been converted into a recording, performance and teaching facility. The space accommodates a multitude of artistic endeavors and has a seating capacity of 200. In addition to its summer programs for girls, IMA offers concerts and workshops year-round in support of its nonprofit mission which, unless otherwise noted, are open to the public.
Imagine a world in which the major decisions affecting the community are made in the kitchen, rather than in a boardroom; a world where what is central to the workplace is the coming together to break bread, rather than simply to make bread. Imagine this because it is happening here at IMA as we grow this place rooted in women's relationships. Imagine this because as we continue to work to bring equality, balance and harmony to the world, we are moving toward a place where everyone who comes to The Table is fed.
--Ann Hackler, IMA co-founder and Executive Director
This is the second time Blazing Star Herbal School collaborates with the IMA, the first time saw the creation of our coming of age program Rock The Moon!
Taproot Threads- you have seen them here, you have seen them there, at herbal conferences, at botanical gardens, at farmers markets around the country! You have lusted over their amazing herbal wear! dandelions, passionflower, echinacea, california poppy and more all have their own clothing!! SO excited to see what Carol cooks up for this event!
Taproot Threads is a sustainable apparel company Based in Greenfield, Massachusetts, offering original designs for adults, children and babies. We use environmentally responsible water-based inks, and source our clothing from ethical manufacturers.
Blazing Star Herbal School is dedicated to teaching traditional herbal medicine in a way that supports a more sustainable future for all living beings and shows respect for the integrity of nature. We offer a unique perspective on herbalism, weaving social, ecological and political aspects of health and healing through the study of medicinal herbs, ceremony and food practices. We inspire students to find their own healing path by creating a personal relationship with the natural world.