With respect, I offer my skills as speaker, facilitator and workshop leader.
It’s been my privilege over the years to work with groups both large and small from coast to coast, and abroad. I’ve spoken at conferences, workshops, and seminars, as well as in banks, insurance companies, hospitals, forests, farm fields, bookstores, churches, libraries, and colleges.
Now it’s time to do more.
for Steven McFadden
North American Biodynamic Conference – Nov. 16-20, 2016 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Biodynamic Association will hold its next biennial North American Biodynamic Conference in the Southwest, a region of unique landscapes, climate, agriculture — and for many, spiritual and transformational power. With its many historic sites, museums, and other cultural amenities, Santa Fe is a city that is easy and fun to explore. It has been rated as one of the most walkable cities in the US.
Biodynamics is a holistic, ecological and ethical approach to farming, gardening, food and nutrition. Biodynamics was first developed in the early 1920s based on the spiritual insights and practical suggestions of the Austrian writer, educator and social activist Dr. Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), whose philosophy is called “anthroposophy.
Today, the biodynamic movement encompasses thousands of successful gardens, farms, vineyards and agricultural operations of all kinds and sizes on all continents, in a wide variety of ecological and economic settings.
MY WORKSHOP ~
CSA Farms: Awakening Community Intelligence
Community is as essential to the success of a CSA farm as healthy soil and skilled farmers. But to fulfill their role with CSA successfully, communities must have their intelligence awakened and they must step willingly into action. In an era with increasing shadows of climate, environmental, economic and social complications, it’s time to expand exponentially the CSA vision and reality.
Over the last three decades hundreds of thousands of people in all parts of the world have come to recognize in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) a vehicle for approaching land, food, labor, environment, and community in a healthier way. Biodynamic and Anthroposophic insights and approaches have played a key role in this.
CSA farms are complex material and metaphysical systems that through community networks can establish clean, stable agrarian foundations for the high-speed, high-tech digital-wave culture that continues to emerge so dynamically. CSA farms amplify food security, and involve diverse communities of people from neighborhoods, churches and businesses in sustainable activities that increase food security while building healthy soil to trap greenhouse gases. Through exploration and application of Associative Economic concepts, CSA is incubating a quintessence of social, economic, and environmental intelligence. What has been incubated so far is wholesome, and has potential to seed a wealth of blessings.
The necessity and the opportunity is before us to help awaken hundreds of thousands of CSA farms in communities around the world, and to thereby employ an emerging, egalitarian model to address the radically changing circumstances in our climate, economics, and social relationships.
What is a healthy vision for CSA moving forward? How do we get there? And how might Biodynamic understandings continue to foster the growth and healthy development of CSAs?
After presenting a 30-minute talk with Powerpoint, I will facilitate the participants as they craft a white paper to share with the full conference.
The Santa Fe Astro Assembly
The Santa Fe Astro Assembly comes together for in-depth discussions from time to time as necessitated by both celestial and mundane circumstances, convened by Steven McFadden, your generally genial host.
When it happens, the Assembly unfolds in beauty at the justly famous Santa Fe Oxygen & Healing Bar, up the steeply ascending staircases at 102 W. San Francisco St., Santa Fe, NM, 87501.
This is not a formal group, but rather a collegial get together to consider current events – from the personal to the planetary – in light of astrological archetypes. Anyone who is interested is welcome to come along for an evening, and to happily assemble and associate in an Aquarian manner. If you’d like more information and a way to stay informed about the gatherings, all you need do is “like” the Astro Assembly Facebook page, which serves as our main communication vehicle.
Awakening Community Intelligence – Keynote talk at the Midwest CSA Conference: Moving Forward Together on December 3-4, 2015 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The conference will feature two general sessions and four concurrent workshop tracks, each with four workshop sessions, and the keynote.
In the general sessions CSA participants from across the Midwest and the nation will come together to discuss and learn about issues and opportunities for the CSA movement. These issues include, among others:
- Moving from competition to cooperation among farms and communities.
- CSA as community building versus just marketing.
- Supporting new CSA farmers as well as more experienced farmers.
- Exploring a unified vision for the Midwestern CSA movement
CSA farmers and shareholders from across the Midwest are invited to come together in Eau Claire for this key gathering of the movement. Registration details for The Midwest CSA Conference are here.
Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society – Annual conference, January 29 & 30, 2016 at the Lied Lodge and Conference Center, Nebraska City, Nebraska. Details and registration are updated on the NSAS website.
The Healthy Farms Conference has been hosted by NSAS for over 40 years. From Aurora to Grand Island and Nebraska City to Columbus, the conference has laid the framework for promoting sustainable agriculture and local foods in Nebraska and the Midwest.
The Healthy Farms Conference features over 20 breakout sessions aimed at equipping farmers, aspiring farmers, foodies, and advocates to with the skills and knowledge they need to be successful. The conference also features several keynote sessions meant to inspire and motivate people to action, and that what they are doing and why they are doing it makes a difference. Together we can change the world one farmer, one eater at a time!
The conference provides support for farmers by fostering growth and stability in sustainable farming methods, including organic agriculture and sustainable agriculture. A variety of interactive educational opportunities are available for adults and youth. Participants will have the chance to network with farmers, university faculty, and fellow agricultural colleagues. Besides providing informative, educational sessions, the conference offers a wealth of commercial and educational exhibits.
Odyssey of the 8th Fire – June, 2015 marked the 20th anniversary of the first steps along the Odyssey of the 8th Fire. To celebrate it, journalist Steven McFadden will sound the drum, tell the tale, and show an 8th Fire film relating the fundamental wisdom teachings of North America.
This one-time evening event – Odyssey of the 8th Fire – is set for Thursday evening, June 25, 2015 , 7-9:30 PM at the Unitarian Church of Lincoln, 6300 A St. Lincoln, Nebraska. The Odyssey is free, although the storyteller will “throw a blanket” to cover costs.
Storyteller McFadden will relate the true tale of a great prophetic pilgrimage from the Atlantic to the Pacific which began precisely 20 years ago — a pilgrimage which remains suspended in mystery. The journey began in the east at the Atlantic sea, then the pilgrims walked for eight months across the Heartland, fading at the Pacific’s Western Gateway.
In the unfolding of this true tale, learned elders of all nations make a great and generous giveaway of the teachings they carry for human beings.
If you’d like to sit in the circle and hear the story, you can join the Facebook events page for Odyssey of the 8th Fire.
Watch the trailer for the film at this link: http://imagicapictures.com/_movies/Trailer_8th_Fire.html
40th Anniversary Celebration – Open Harvest Cooperative. Sunday, November 8, 2015. The 3,000+ members of the Open Harvest Co-op in Lincoln, Nebraska will mark the 40th Anniversary.
Our co-op is engaged in business with over 100 local, sustainable farms, and has been a pioneer in bringing healthy food to the capital city.
Reiki Training – I’ve been practicing and teaching the art and discipline of Reiki hands-on complementary healing for almost 40 years. I offer Reiki training classes regularly in Lincoln, Nebraska. Dates not the poster below for August, 2015 have changed. Check the listing below the poster for the correct August class date for Reiki II (8/29/15).
Everyone can learn Reiki healing, and everyone is welcome. Certificates awarded. You must complete Reiki I before taking Reiki II. For more information or to register, click here.
Yoga for Yeomen and Yeowomen: Farm Safety 101
A yeoman is a farmer or householder who diligently cultivates the land working constantly with his or her body – someone who works also with the forces of nature, tools, and machines.
Farmers and gardeners must properly care for their bodies – for the body is our most valuable piece of equipment, and over the years it eventually absorbs tremendous wear and tear.
In this experiential, physical workshop, we will talk about basic body safety for farmers, gardeners, and householders. Then we will learn and practice some stretches to keep our bodies strong, limber, and uninjured while we attend to garden, farm, and kitchen chores. Participants will want to wear loose, comfortable clothing for this session.