The Autumn equinox approaches. The nuts and fruits of the end of summer fall, the birds begin to flock and the nights begin to cool. The land will be changing and it's our task to notice those changes and what they mean for the coming colder half of the year.
Since time immemorial, people have given gifts to the land or in some way celebrated the bounty of the growing season, we'll talk about what an offering really is and what kind of offering is appropriate and indeed helpful in our present world. Additionally, Lindsay will lead us in some awareness exercises to help us connect more deeply with the living world.
Ages 16+ please. $10 per person. Park entry fee included in registration. Please meet at the Loess Hills Lodge.
Dustin Clayton is a lifelong student of the natural world and an avid woods walker. He has for many years been a practitioner of various Earth-based skills including: flintknapping, folk herbalism, foraging, traditional woodworking, cordage making, and fiber arts. Additionally, he has extensively studied folk traditions and practices from around the world. He believes very deeply in approaching the land as it presents itself through the lenses of myth, craft, and contemplation. Dustin’s goal in all the programming he presents is to inspire people to get out into the woods and begin to build respectful relationships with the living world all around them.
“It is my very great hope that this program will provide people who are not scientists, but who are nevertheless filled with wonder and curiosity while in natural spaces, with access points for being in the right relationship with the living world.” — Dustin Clayton
Lindsay Knieper is a longtime student and teacher of movement and mindfulness practices. She aspires to support others on their journeys of self-discovery and connection as an instructor of Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga at the University of Nebraska Omaha. When she’s not teaching, you can find Lindsay hiking, camping, exploring or sitting around the fire with her husband and their two wildlings: 5- and 2-year-old boys.
Awaken Your Connection to the Natural World Today:
This is one of ten programs that Dustin will lead this year, all with the goal of guiding you into a deeper relationship with the land by awakening your senses, curiosity, and interconnectedness with the living communities of which you are a part. Each program will include three components: traditional craft, folk/ancestral knowledge, and contemplative engagement. These programs will naturally build on each other and have cumulative value, but participants do not need to attend them all to gain understanding and a sense of awakening. We hope to see you soon - whether it’s for a single program or more!
Please note that processing fees will not be refunded. Guests may cancel their reservation for a refund up to 1 week (7 days) prior to the program date by calling 712-545-3283 and speaking with staff directly. Cancellations received less than 1 week (7 days) in advance of the event will not be refunded. Fees for programs canceled by Pottawattamie Conservation due to weather or other circumstances will be refunded, including the processing fee.
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