Meet at SE 19th & Clinton
An evening of fun, heat, and magic! A special VBC after-party by bike! We will wrap up the week of placemaking by riding to two new intersection paintings, joining up with the Unicorn Party, and finally doing our own ephemeral placemaking with a special treat to be newly unveiled--a Bike Sauna!!! Bring a towel, water bottle, and lights, dress like a unicorn if you like, be ready to shake your booty and to sweat, swim, cleanse, and release.
Meet at SE 19th & Clinton
Come one Come all to the Unicorn Party. Shall there be food (yes! please bring some) Shall there be dance?! Appropriate attire is strongly encouraged...How does one dress for a Unicorn Party? You tell us.....Planet Repair Institute is the founding Place Making Site of the VBC and it is spectacular! What a lovely Unicorn time it shall be.
Please park throughout the neighborhood, disperse yourself on either Clatsop or Sherrit ideally not on 8th...Thank you!
Tropitaal A Desi-Latino Soundclash 4-Year Anniversary Celebration!
with hosts and resident DJs Anjali and The Incredible Kid
and special guest Sumohair (LA) and live cumbia from Portland's own Savila featuring Fabi Reyna, Brisa Delaselva and Papi Fimbres.
Saturday, June 10th, 2017
2845 SE Stark St Portland, OR 97214
21 and over
Take the sultry vibe of the Latin American Tropics, combine with the
rhythm of India ("Taal") and stir into Tropitaal, a Desi/Latino
Soundclash where the hottest club sounds from India and Latin America
go head to head in an all-night dance-off of epic proportions.
Resident DJs Anjali & The Incredible Kid combine their deep passions
and deep crates from across the spectrum of Latin, Indian and
Caribbean vibes. (We are not talking Salsa, but Reggaeton, Moombahton,
Digital Cumbia, 3Ball Guarachero, Latin Trap, Dembow and more.)
Join The City Repair Project in welcoming our partner, The Village Coalition (VC), for an interactive evening of listening, learning, and being led by community members experiencing houselessness on the streets of Portland. The VC Speakers Bureau will take you on their journeys from housing vulnerability, through their uncertain lives of accumulating the burdens of displacement, and into the realities of living outside and unsheltered in Portland. As experts of their lived experiences, the VC Speakers Bureau will share their observations about the impacts of houselessness upon their connections to place and people, and their implications for community in the future.
This will be a ticketed event with a recommended donation of $20 per person, and includes a vegan/vegetarian meal.
This event is in collaboration with Oregon Humanities as a part of their 2017 Public Program Grant
The moon will be bright and full and ready for our songs!! Come join us as we'll be gathering for a full moon sweat in our cob sauna on:
Friday, June 9th from 7:30-11 pm and you're invited to celebrate the moon, the land, and our work together weaving community with your prayers, songs and silence.
Please bring a donation to cover basic costs and keep our doors open ($5-10 would be great if you are able. No one turned away for lack of funds)
What else to bring:
- you, your friends, and your voices & prayers
- any snacks you'd care to share
- a towel and water bottle
What not to bring:
- dogs, unless they can be on leash at all times
We're located at 11640 SW Boones Ferry Road - you are welcome to park in the lot at top of the driveway if you are carpooling. Please carpool if you can.
There will be a shuttle at 7:15 from the New Seasons Mountain Park location
An event that calls attention to the hypocrisy and brutality of criminization of survival camping in the face of promoting recreational camping within the city.
Right to Rest Act Informational Hearing
Education on Criminalization of Homelessness
Beloved Festival Presents ~ UPLIFT Talks ~ Explore the synergy of Science, Poetry and Music with...
Prince Ea, Bruce Lipton PhD. & Ayla Nereo
Thursday, June 8th
7PM doors // 8PM show
UPLIFT Talks offers new ideas, innovative solutions and uplifting stories that elevate the heart and UPLIFT the soul.
As part of the Village Building Convergence, Jean's Farm will host a Full Moon Movie Showing. The film, The Final Straw, will run for 72 minutes and will be followed by a Q&A with the film's co-producer, Kaori Tsuji, from Kobe, Japan.
Final Straw: Food, Earth, Happiness not only gives us a compelling direction for solving our most critical issues with agriculture and food, but also takes aim at the root of larger issues of social and ecological injustice
From the majestic landscapes and moving original soundtrack, to the deeply insightful interviews with world leaders in the natural farming movement, Final Straw offers viewers a stunning meditative story of age-old ideas about food, ecological connectedness, and personal happiness.
The warm cast of natural farmers, chefs, and teachers together illuminate a brilliant yet maddeningly simple path to sustainability and well being for people and the environment, centered around the philosophies of the late Masanobu Fukuoka and his seminal book, One Straw Revolution.
This movie showing is a benefit for the film as well as for the Jean's Farm VBC project work. A healthy vegetarian dinner will be provided with attendance and will be served from 6:30-7pm. Movie will start promptly at 7.
Due to the sensitive nature of hosting an evening event at the farm, all guests are required to RSVP to attend. In the event of rain, check beck here for info on venue change. Tickets will not be available at the gate.
Please also check out our the Jean's Farm Global Village Building Project video and donation page. We're especially asking those who can effortlessly contribute between $100 and $1000 to consider this project. Donations are tax deductible.
There is no vehicle access to the farm. Biking/bus highly encouraged. If coming by car, visitors must park on SE 36th or SE 40th Ave (avoid parking on grass) and walk to the address. Gate will be attended. *Please do not pull in or drop off at gate*
Advanced registration required. No tickets will be available at the gate. Please sign up at: https://www.meetup.com/Portland-Permaculture-Meetup/events/240066151/
Registration requires signing up to receive updates from PDX Permaculture. If you prefer an alternative method to pay in advance, please email Matt@pdxpermaculture.com.
#CityRepair believes housing is a human right. But in an economy in which houses are commodities, and in our city which is still in a state of emergency around housing -- what is the meaning of home? What helps one feel a sense of belonging to a place? As the theme for #VBC17 is#HOME.
City Repair is hosting a group art show with work looking at home and belonging within the context of displacement and gentrification. What tools and activities can we utilize to strengthen our bonds to our neighbors and the places we live in? How does making and sharing art reinforce this bond? Portland Artists of all ages and backgrounds are contributing art, comics, zines, poetry both written and performed, dance, music and other kinds of performances.
For our collective of activist-artists, making and supporting art is an act of resistance. It’s a vote for the kind of world and communities we want to inhabit. Let’s come together and celebrate expression, creativity and soulfulness in the face of fear, apathy and resignation.
Event is free and for all ages. Tea and snacks provided. The venue is an alcohol, drug, tobacco, GMO and pesticide free zone.
More details about the artists and event as we get closer to VBC 17. But plan on coming to this show to see the art, meet the creatives, and check out this amazing community space the #EmersonStreetHouse.
Artists interested in participating click here: https://villagebuildingconvergence.com/call-to-art/
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/765894540237507/
We'll be cookin up wood-fired pizza pies at our magical community urban homestead, Ujima. Come see the numerous VBC projects we've hosted over the years including rocket stoves, a cob oven and hut, a straw clay retrofitted garage space, and our notorious treehouse. Stuff you can bring: toppings, instruments, appetite.
Sliding scale suggested donation of $3-5.
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1330103307070668/
During the Village Building Convergence take a tour of intersections made beautiful by the neighbors who live near them. Part of Portland By Cycle, a series of summertime rides hosted by Portland Bureau of Transportation.
Leave at 5:30
A dinner party & house concert with open hearts, peaceful minds, well-fed bodies, and fiery spirits alive with a passion for community and deepening our roots.
…~*~...Join us for an evening of family, food, rhythm, and song…~*~...
At 6:30pm we begin our journey with connection, dropping in, rooting in place.
At 7pm we will feast on a delicious dinner generously provided by the scrumptious DesiPDX, Indian fare with a local flair, lovingly cooked by Deepak Saxena.
At 8pm, our musical journey begins with the sweet sounds of One Root: Ryan Powell and Kristin Bowen
One Root offers songs of spirit and heart woven by sound alchemists Ryan Powell and Kristin Bowen. They offer songs of remembrance and return to the common source, songs of celtic fae knotwork and honoring of the shadow and light of our lives as human beings. Ryan and Kristin also offer Dreamtime Healing Concerts, which combine sacred sound healing with guided Qigong meditations and messages from spirit, at festivals, yoga studios, ceremonies and events around the Northwest. www.one-root.com
Then we’ll be serenaded by the Bardic Beauty of Michael Steen, offering heart songs from Americana, Irish, and Welsh traditions.
Bringing us home will be Sara Tone with New Roots Music for Gaia Culture!!
Sara Tone has been dedicated to bringing a steady stream of music that expresses the Joy and Celebration of Creation. Deeply moved, she finds fuel for the fire of this expression through Vigilance and Awareness of the state of the Earth and our Relationship to Land. Inspired by her travels and tours throughout the West Coast, Cascadia, B.C., Minnesota, and Hawaii, Sara Tone comes with Songs and Stories to help connect the Community through Music to that Sacred relationship! http://saratonehome.org/
As we drop deeper into the evening we flow with Water…
Water Eye is a song strength spirit channel invoking sound scapes that range from ambient meditative, experimental acoustic, soul folk to hip hop. She calls for subjects from the audience, freestyle ciphers, invokes spiritual tongues, laughs, cries and vibrates sound with the prayer of popping hearts and minds open in their spirit. https://watereye.bandcamp.com/
And woven through the night will be poetry from Niema Lightseed, a mythic poet and priestess of the new paradigm who weaves words to invite experiences of deep embodiment and healing - www.niemalightseed.com
Yellow Lotus House is a community home in the Cully neighborhood. We value open-hearted connection, tending the roots of our gardens, standing for justice, sharing food and nourishment, clear communication, participation and co-creation.
Tuesday, June 6th
10:30p Closing Community Circle
$20 - limited to 30 people
Get Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/roots-calling-us-home-tickets-34625611135
Cully neighborhood, NE PDX
Address given upon registration
There’s a magick that flows forth when hearts align into one rhythm, one song, one poetic verse dancing on the winds of Creation. Can you hear the drumbeat of the Earth calling us to find our roots, to come home?
When the fabric of our culture is sewn from that which was grown out of colonized conquest, the web that it weaves is fraught with hidden patterns encoded into each of us. Join us for an evening of open and honest exploration into how colonization has shaped those of us who are grown and rooted in its soil, inheritors of a bloody legacy.
Together we will lean into the discomfort, touch the uncertain, vulnerable places within us, and hold a safe space to show up, do our best, make mistakes, learn, and grow. This is perhaps the most important work we can do at this time, and it is the pathway to healing generations of division, separation, and trauma.
Indeed, the way of colonized culture is to divide and conquer. Therefore, the greatest medicine we can offer our ailing world, is unification and love. But we won’t really get there until we’re honest about how the subtle and not-so-subtle ways of colonization live within us and this land we inhabit, the scars of displaced memories that still echo through the mountains, roll across the plains, and hang in the hills.
Together we will explore what it means to be a colonial settler on Turtle Island; how we participate, the ways we are impacted and we impact others, and the journey of coming into right relation.
Once full and ripe from the discussion, we will work with the elements and find our way home within through a ceremony for integration. This will be a personal ceremonial experience that is quite simple, yet impactful.
Facilitated by Amanda Rain of Speaking the Unspeakable®
Monday, June 5th
1627 NE Alberta St.
Donations gratefully received. No one turned away.
~*~ Schedule ~*~
6:30p - Gather
7:00p - Discussion Begins
8:30p - Integration Ceremony
9:00p - Reflection Circle
9:30p - Toren Collective Open House
Note: Timing will be a little fluid between the close of the discussion and the opening of the ceremony, which will be held in Toren’s Temple. Heart connection and soft discussion can continue in the lounge area where the discussion will be held while people come in and out of the Temple.
~*~ About Amanda Rain ~*~
Amanda Rain founded Speaking the Unspeakable® to support people in speaking their truth with heart and power. Amanda’s insightful understanding of the struggles of the soul and pathways to freedom comes from her own experience of rising like the phoenix from the ash of her life to heal, transform and fly again. She inspires courage to face our personal and collective pain to free ourselves to walk with honesty, integrity and truth as one human family. Her voice offers hope for the spirit and medicine for the soul.
~*~ About Toren Collective ~*~
Toren Collective exists to support the cultivation of personal and community evolution. We apply potent and ancient tools toward all of our endeavors with a focus on healing and spiritual awakening. We offer unique, modern day experiences that catalyze personal growth and deep, lasting transformation. Our offerings are meant for those who are ready to fully step into the LOVE, POWER, and WISDOM that resides both within and around us.
Event admission and vegetarian meal are being offered by donation. No one turned away.
Dinner & Acoustic Music 6-7pm
Mark Lakeman, co-founder and creative design extraordinaire, shares with a public audience his signature presentation that has transformed thousands of peoples perspective on the ways that ordinary citizens can change the world that they live in.
THE VILLAGE LIVES offers us a glimpse into the past, present and future of what it means to be in relationship with our surroundings and with each other, making the case that it's the daily acts and the local strategies that can shift us from being mere inhabitants of spaces to being the designers and builders of places.
Mark's passion-driven and image-saturated journey into the possible will leave the audience hungry for the opportunity to get their hands dirty in the ever-evolving journey of the transformation of urban environments. Fortunately, with 6 more days of the Village Building Convergence (and 3 evenings of the Village Building Design Course) to follow, there should be plenty of opportunity.
BUY YOUR TICKET HERE
Join us for this exciting course catered to inspire both long term and newcomer village builders alike!
Based on the 20+ years of community-building experience with the City Repair Project under the guidance of ecological architect, Mark Lakeman, the course hones its successful approach to inspiring citizen-initiated community improvement and offers participants a condensed training on how to initiate both community projects and organize local Village Building Convergence events in your city.
This course will take place in four evenings during the internationally recognized Village Building Convergence (VBC) in Portland, Oregon (which runs June 2 - 11th). During the day, participants will have dozens of hands-on community site projects to choose from to attend and gain direct experience. These include natural building, permaculture, and community art installations. Participants will also have the option of participating in more days and evenings of VBC before and/or after the course.
We will explore topics like:
- Principles of Placemaking and the origins of the City Repair Project & the VBC
- How ecological and social design considerations intersect to strengthen sense of place
- Reclaiming the commons, and re-indigenizing our relationship to place
- Recognizing public art, natural building and permaculture as effective community-building strategies
- The Placemaking Process Template for successful community projects
- Effecting poltical change at a local level
- How City Repair's work can connect with allied organizations and movements, in Portland and beyond, in any place in the world.
Participants who complete the course will earn a 12-hour certificate of training in Urban Village Building Design from the City Repair Project.
- Mark Lakeman, Founder of City Repair and Communitecture Architecture and Planning firm.
- Marc Tobin, City Repair Executive Director
- Ridhi D'Cruz, City Repair Associate Director
- Priti Shah, City Repair Operations Director
- Kirk Rea, City Repair Volunteer Coordinator
- Matt Bibeau, City Repair Affiliate
Cost: $160 for 4 evening sessions (Sunday June 4 - Wednesday June 7)
Costs includes 4 hearty vegetarian dinners. If you have specific food needs, check with us and we will do our best to accommodate (there will always be vegan and gluten-free options).
Additional Consulting Package: We are also offering additional customized consultations for individuals or groups for an additional $140.
This package includes a 2-hour consultation for your project/organization scheduled with our Placemaking Team between Thursday June 8 and Sunday, June 11.
If a group selects this, only one additional consulting package is needed for the group to attend, as long as the group is associated with the same project.
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Sunday June 4th, Come out for a tour of Share-it Square, the first intersection repair in the world! This project was the original prototype that first established the legal transformation of street intersections into community crossroads. Then we will head 4 miles north along the Willamette river and go to a work party at the new City Repair Headquarters on Division. After the work party we will head a couple blocks east to hear a talk from one of the founders of City Repair, Mark Lakeman. All ages welcome! :)
2pm-4pm with optional talk after the bike ride/work party.
Soul'd Out Productions proudly presents
The Legendary Genius on the Wheels of Steel
Collaborating with City Repair, attendees of the Village Building Convergence can receive a $7 discount by using promo code "VBC17."
DJ Premier and the Badder Band
The Catalogue Bash Tour
with DJ Heat from KWEE/Alpha Media and Brady Watt
& DJ Wicked
June 3rd at the historic Star Theater Portland
21 and Up // 8pm Doors
Portland, OR is an epicenter for the farm-to-table movement. We have growing farmers markets, community gardens, more non-GMO and organic options, ethically sourced restaurants and general education around sustainability. With communities of color continuously facing inequalities from structural racism and socioeconomic disparity, we ask what makes a place inclusive, equitable and sustainable to marginalized communities? This roundtable event will share stories from food justice activists and advocates working on food access, urban gardening, and community health service.
Laquida Landford - Urban Harvest Garden, Community Organizer
Shantae Johnson - Mudbone Grown Family Farm
Nyanga Uuka - Community Health Worker
D’Ana Valenzuela - Independence Gardens
Farm Up! and Tryon Life Community Farm
Jared Maurice (Ashi) - Urban Gardener
No one turned away for lack of funds and a $10 donation is suggested to help cover costs. Food provided and youth are welcome! This event is partially funded by a grant from Oregon Humanities.
FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1597053036971921/
AFTERPARTY: DJ Premier & the Badder Band at the Star Theatre. VBC attendees receive a discount through a promo code.
This event is in collaboration with Oregon Humanities as a part of their 2017 Public Program Grant
When we remember our own childhood, what memories do we treasure most? Building a secret fort in the woods. Digging for ‘dinosaur bones’. Making up the rules for a game with a group of friends. When we look at the memories that have shaped our young lives, we find a common theme. They are the times that we had the freedom to create, explore and play. These experiences were formative and essential for our development as autonomous, creative, socially sophisticated human beings.
Rising Song Preschool is a Waldorf inspired Preschool nestled in a 1/2 acre of property that host a wonderful natural playscape with mandala gardens, easy climbable trees, an enormous sand box, and a young food forest, for children to recreate the environment around them through the use of various natural loose materials. It is a place for creative, collaborative, explorative and messy play, where children are given the freedom to shape their own world and the trust and space to develop their own risk assessment skills.
We invite children and young people to come visit our school and play freely in our beautiful playscape from 2-5pm, rain or shine. Play is a biological, psychological and social necessity, and is fundamental to the healthy development and well being of individuals and communities. Children determine and control the content and intent of their play, by following their own instincts, ideas and interests, in their own way for their own reasons. We will have trained play facilitators to support them through their play time. Relatives are welcome to observe and learn from this process.
We are also honored to host Kelly Brown Hogan for an interactive presentation from 3-5pm. “Nature Connection in Urban Education: using permaculture principles and ethics to illuminate the benefits of outdoor play”.
Kelly Hogan is a co-founder and former preschool teacher of Mother Earth School, and now directs a K-12 program at the Portland Waldorf School called the LivingLAB. She has been training teachers in permaculture education for 7 years and is excited to share resources with other people passionate about outdoor education and healthy child development.
At 5pm get ready to shake, rattle, and roll with the Rock N Roll Fairy for an interactive and fun musical experience. She creates a container that feels inclusive for the whole family. She hopes to help children embody positive messages about themselves and the world around them by singing songs about peace, gratitude, empathy and reverence for the Earth. Tye-dye and fairy flare are highly encouraged! Feel free to bring any percussion instrument for the final drum circle!
There will be healthy treats and snacks for sale on site. Suggested donations of $5-15. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Schedule: 2pm to 6pm
3-5pm Nature Connection in Urban Education Presentation
5-6pm Rock n' Roll Fairy Performance and Drum Circle
Venue: TABORSPACE 5441 SE Belmont St.
Event by donation at the door. Suggested $5-10. No one turned away for lack of funds.
Light vegetarian fare provided.
This evening takes a global focus on the VBC theme of HOME and welcomes distinguished guests from Portland and Japan to explore what unites us, what excites us, and what we can do to strengthen the global network of placemakers in the effort to repair our urban ecologies and preserve our cultural traditions.
Presenters will include:
Steven Johnson, PhD, Portland State University
Atsuya Yoshida, PhD, Tokushima University, Tokushima, Japan
Kaori Tsuji, co-producer of film, 'The Final Straw", Kobe, Japan
Shintaro Kurama, Shinto Priest, Okayama, Japan
Yumi Sato, community organizer, Tokyo, Japan
Remi Fuji, Tokyo Urban Permaculture, Kamakura, Japan
Yuri Baxter-Neil, Life Sampling, LLC, Portland, OR
Yu Murakami, City Repair Project, Portland, OR
Hosted by Matt Bibeau
Doors at 5:30, speakers and performances 6 - 8:30pm
Right2DreamToo, a nonprofit providing safe places to rest for the Portland houseless community since 2011, will be relocating! Support the dream and join us in the move! We're welcoming all trailers on this ride: small Burlies, 6-foot long Bikes at Work trailers, custom built trailers, child trailers, etc.
After the move, join us for an after-teaparty with City Repair's newest mobile tea cart, the T-Crab! We'll also have the opportunity to ride down to Taborspace for a special VBC evening event: https://villagebuildingconvergence.com/hearth-schedule/2017/6/2/our-global-home-place-making-culture-repairing-from-portland-to-japan
1:30 - Meet at R2DToo, with an hour or so for loading
2:30 - Leave to new location at 900 N. Thunderbird Way
3:30 - Unload, Drink Tea
5:00 - Ride to Taborspace
5:30- VBC event begins
*** This event will also kick off R2DToo's big moving weekend. If you are interested in helping out with deconstruction and construction throughout the weekend, please sign up to volunteer!
T-crab Fundraiser: bit.ly/teacrab