Daytime Each day: at locations throughout Portland: Hands-on Placemaking: Click here for locations and schedule for hands-on daytime placemaking sites
Afternoons on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 2:30-5:30pm : Repair Your City Course, in the Tea Lounge at the Main Hearth Venue, St. David, 2800 Se Harrison.
For six of the ten nights of the Village Building Convergence, we come together to break bread, learn and play together at St. David of Whales Community Center. The evening program will begin with a group dinner ($10 at the door for a delicious, healthy, homemade meal, or bring your own); followed by a variety of speaking events, workshops and activities of your choosing . Then at 8:30pm the music and dancing begins! Every evening will also feature a Children's Village from 7-8:30pm with all kinds of activities for the kids, the Village Pub, and the Village Nest providing of tea and nourishing snacks.
Dinner with music by songweaver Jonathan Brinkley!
THE VBC TURNS 15: WHAT WILL WE DO NEXT?
Mark Lakeman, VBC, City Repair
Celebrate 15 years of VBC! We’ve been learning the whole way and Mark Lakeman is going to share where we’ve been and where we’re headed as we continue to intend systemic change, bringing people together to restore a sense of place within the urban village.
7:00-8:30PM -- 5 DISCUSSIONS AND WORKSHOPS TO CHOOSE FROM
LOOKING BACK…LOOKING FORWARD: LEARNING FROM THE PAST, SEEDING HOPE FOR THE FUTURE
Steve Johnson, Judy Bluehorse Skelton, Mike Houck & Torrie Eagle Staff
Change is the inevitable way of our world. Each new generation brings new hope and possibility to the challenges we face. Each new generation builds upon the rich history of the past to create a more livable future. This panel brings in the wisdom of those who have been engaged in reshaping our world with the voice of the next generation. We will highlight the dynamic nature of change, share strategies for effective activism and advocacy, and engage in a community dialogue on how to co-create a thriving world.
FOOD NOT LAWNS: NEIGHBORHOOD DESIGN WORKSHOP
Heather Flores, Food Not Lawns
Explore friendship based community organizing with author & founder of Food Not Lawns, Heather Jo Flores. Food is central to a thriving community; a hub around which people gather. Learn through community dialogue, games and envisioning what's possible for your yard and your community. Are you ready to start a neighborhood-based garden project or to turn your yard into a garden and your neighborhood into a community? Then this workshop is for you.
THRIVING IN THE COMMONS
Tree Bressen, Group Works
Creating "the more beautiful world our hearts tell us is possible" calls us to work together. Yet the nitty-gritty of operating in groups can be provocatively challenging. What are your tribes and organizations struggling with? When have you most felt the possibilities of the commons come alive? Bring your stories and your dilemmas, ready to share and receive the wisdom of the collective. We'll be using "group pattern language" cards, which synthesize the patterns of group facilitation and process across existing methodologies and serve as a framework and learning tool. Enhance your organizer's tool belt while joining in this fun, highly participatory session.
SOLSARA: THE PRACTICE OF OPENING
Solsara (which means to bring light to what is), is a practice that supports us in being fully present and coming into open-hearted connection with one another. This experiential workshop is an invitation to courageously come together with the shared intention to be fully ourselves—to take the risk to be vulnerable, to reveal ourselves, and to see deeply into ourselves and each other
KALEIDESCOPE COMMUNITY YOGA
Explore, map and extend the limits and possibilities of human flexibility as individuals and as community with Kaleidoscope Community Yoga. Come connect, expand and co-create in this shared yoga experience.
Honey Heart Kids Yoga
Honey Heart Yoga is about feeding the spirit that fuels the Heart, Imagination, and the Body of a child as she envisions a future with solutions beyond our capacity to dream.
8:30PM - 12:30AM
MUSIC ON THE MAIN STAGE:
We are honored to be joined this year for our opening ceremony by Sara Tone, with her Cascadian Roots music fueled by the land. Followed by Max Ribner Band, with their jazz fusion-funk-R&B-world-LOVE music, and then be prepared to party with the intergalactic marching band LoveBomb Go-Go! Finally, Entheo offers powerful acoustic heart medicine anthems that speak to the awakening of beauty and truth on our planet.
Dinner with the folk fusion of FireWaterMountain and the acoustic dynamism of Down Home Music!
FOOD… ENSURING ACCESS IN THE URBAN VILLAGE
Judy Bluehorse Skelton, Tony De Falco & Nathan McClintock
Urban agriculture and permaculture are thriving in our bioregion. Our cities’ landscapes are being successively transformed by the creation of urban permaculture homesteads, public food forests & orchards, and gardens everywhere! Activists, individual households, neighborhoods, and municipal governments alike have all embraced urban agriculture and affirmed their commitment to food security. But the success and popularity of urban agriculture provokes us to ask, food security by and for whom? This panel reflects on urban agriculture in Portland, and explores questions of food justice in this city and and beyond. Questions to be addressed include: Who is being included in urban agriculture movements and who is not? How can advocates ensure that urban agriculture projects are contributing to justice and equity in our cities? What is the relationship between urban agriculture and gentrification in urban neighborhoods? What more can be done to ensure that these movements are diverse, inclusive, and culturally appropriate?
CREATING TINY HOUSE COMMUNITIES
Micro Community Concepts
Come learn of plans to build the most affordable housing in Portland Oregon by developing small communities of eco-friendly tiny homes through the power of volunteers and private donations. These communities will be the first in which nearly half of the rent collected will go directly to building the next micro community. In other words, Micro-communities will self replicate!
BUILDING A NEW SOCIETY OPERATING SYSTEM
Alpha Lo, Facilitator Improv
Come and experience Facilitator Improv, a participatory process which allows everyone to guide and co-pilot the group. Facilitator Improv provides a basis from which we can birth new political, economic, justice, health, and art forms.
BUILDING TRUST AND SUPPORT THROUGH ACROYOGA
Serena Scaglione, AcroYoga
Join us in this high flying AcroYoga workshop where we will blend partner acrobatics, group strength training exercises, fun acro community games and dynamic flying transitions! The intention is to learn how to support and be supported while building trust and opening our hearts! No partner or experience is necessary, just bring yourself and an eagerness for PLAY!
EMBODIED INTIMACY IN COMMUNITY
Elena Zubulake and Victor Warring
Many of us have an unspoken language with our most signiﬁcant others, our lovers, partners, children but how often do we really get to mine the depth of non-verbal, body-based communication with our neighbors, our friends, our co-workers? How often do we really get to let loose and play? This workshop is about creating strongly embodied relationships in community. Through experiential movement, improvisation, dance, music, body work, conscious communication, play, and contemplative practice, we take a group dive below the thinking mind to experience ourselves as members of an embodied organism. This is a process of discovering directly that we are actually connected and communicating all the time energetically and physically. Skillfully accessing this body intelligence deepens our relationships and ability to live together with authenticity and joy. It helps us be better listeners, better neighbors, and better friends by encouraging deeper bonding and trust.
CREATING SAFER COMMUNITIES THROUGH ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN
Greg Saville, Erin Cornell and Brad Taylor
How can we design our communities to foster connection, a sense of place, of belonging, in a way that calls us home to co-create our neighborhoods for the safety and well-being of everyone? We are not separate from our environment. The design of the elements that surround us construct a fabric that serves as a community container for our lives. We can reduce crime and increase safety in ways that support our hope, humanity, and potential to be vital participants in our collective experience.
Circus Cascadia is a not for profit that specializes in teaching circus skills including stilt-walking, clowning, tightrope, diabolo, flowerstick, ball walking and many more!
Music on the Main Stage!
We'll start the evening out with Zach’s heartfelt lyrics and sumptuous guitar, followed by the booty-shaking future funk of Cherimoya! After a captivating performance by Attunement Movement, we'll get down to the global collaboration of Joe and Sekou, with their boundary-trampling high-octane hybrid of electrified kora, rap and irresistible Afrobeat. Halo Refuser will take us further into the night with his signature style of sonically rich original material ranging from Midtempo Breaks, to Future Chill-step. Water Dropz will round out the evening with her ambient live looped meditations…
Dinner with the funk rock jams of PERK! Pdx
TACTICAL URBANISM: SHORT-TERM ACTION FOR LONG-TERM CHANGE
Mike Lydon, Street Plans
Short-term, community-based projects—from pop-up parks to open streets initiatives—have become a powerful and adaptable new tool of urban activists, planners, and policy-makers seeking to drive lasting improvements in their cities and beyond. These quick, often low-cost, and creative projects are the essence of the Tactical Urbanism movement. Whether creating vibrant plazas seemingly overnight or re-imagining parking spaces as neighborhood gathering places, they offer a way to gain public and government support for investing in permanent projects, inspiring residents and civic leaders to experience and shape urban spaces in a new way.
ART & DESIGN WORKSHOP: CREATE PORTLAND’S FUTURE, with the GREEN LOOP
The Green Loop is a big idea that’s being discussed as part of Portland’s Comprehensive Plan Update. It is a place making project that will link important cultural places with a family-friendly bicycle and pedestrian network. There will be new public spaces along the network to welcome families, visitors, and workers to the heart of Portland. This art and design workshop will help create a vision for what the new public spaces can include with the ultimate goal of a City Repair demonstration project along the future Green Loop.
STACKING FUNCTIONS FOR COMMUNITY RESILIENCE
Jeremy O’Leary, PREP Oregon
Another level of stacking functions is to discover how placemaking sites can serve to build community resilience and be a focal point of the community response after a disaster. What elements are required for an effective community rallying point and how can existing placemaking sites can be adapted? Discussion topics will include: sanitation, water harvesting, water filtration and purification, communication needs, basic sheltering options, first aid stations and an overview of situational awareness.
SOCIAL PERMACULTURE: CREATING LASTING CULTURAL IMPACT
Matheo James, Venture Stewardship
Discover the keys to creating lasting, healthy community, by applying the 12 principles of Permaculture in a social context. As we dive into the fundamentals of what it means to thrive into the future, we'll see the emergence of social capital as a complimentary currency vital to creating lasting impact and meaningful change. Deconstructing the patriarchy and colonial consciousness gives us insights into how things came to be the way they are, and we'll dive deep down to the root of the problems we face today. By integrating a perspective that sees all parts of society as valuable and interconnected, and weaving this into our ideas about ecology, we can define the parameters for laying the foundation for a wholesome, abundant, and regenerative future.
STORYLINES WITHIN THE SONGS OF THE UNIVERSE
Songlines with Jon & Lulu
SongLines is an invitation to hear, learn, and sing songs--heartfelt, fun, energizing, and sacred--in circle with your fellow villagers. To dance along with this human-made music. To laugh and cry with story woven through adventures with beloved characters and nature, to connect your life with those of your village right here. Hey, our village looks and feels a lot like how people have lived for eons! Let's re-integrate ourselves in circle with embodied music of the voice and expression of the heart. Villagers of all ages welcome--children are invited to participate for a special portion, and everyone is open to interact. Listen with your body and open your heart to the Storylines within the Songs of the Universe...
TIME AS MONEY: A DOCUMENTARY FILM ABOUT TIME BANKING
Lenore Eklund, film viewing followed by discussion
Time As Money is a documentary exploring time banking, a service exchange program that uses time as the currency. Time banking began in the 1980s while civil rights lawyer and former speech writer for Robert Kennedy, Edgar Cahn, was lying in a hospital bed after a heart attack. This experience of feeling helpless, similar to the disenfranchised and unemployed, gave him the idea to create a new system of money as a tool to connect people and neighbors called time dollars. Time bankers find that not only does this complimentary currency bring improvement to their lives, but it empowers them to create larger-scaled time bank projects, giving everyone involved ownership in the community. Time AsMoney was funded by time dollars. $0 federal dollars were needed in the making of this film. Director, Lenore Eklund, will open up a discussion after the film about time banking and about the PDX Time Bank. Lenore has taken on the role of PDX Time Bank coordinator since its restart a year ago.
Capoeira Angola is an Afro-Brazilian art form–a fluid, rhythmic martial art; a ritual; a dance of deceptive vulnerability, wit, and grace.
Music on the Main Stage:
We'll start the evening with the playful heart-songs of Cat8Crow, bridging Indie-folk to devotional soul. Our sonic journey will continue with the artistry of Rena Jones Ensemble, as she orchestrates her violin and cello over hand crafted beats melding the organic with the electronic. This potent performer is a sophisticated example of the modern movement in electronic dance and ambient music.
Dinner with a dynamic and inspiring Capoeira Roda!
RESTORING BALANCE AND PROMOTING HARMONY: AN INDIGENOUS APPROACH TO INTENTIONAL COMMUNITY
Terry Cross, NICWA
Are you ready to take VBC to the next level? We are inviting all of our stakeholders, placemakers, community members and partners to join us for this strategic visioning and skill building session. Together, we will learn an Indigenous way of understanding health and wellness in individuals, organizations and systems, looking at ways to apply them in a post-colonial society, specifically as they relate to our work in placemaking. How does a relational worldview see life as harmonious relationships where health is achieved by maintaining balance between the many interrelating factors in one’s circle of life? How do we provide our services in such a way that we restore balance and promote harmony in the lives of our community? Please join us for this important discussion.
GREEN EQUITY: ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE & SUSTAINABLE URBAN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
Edward B. Hill, Groundwork Portland
The Green Equity workshop will interactively converse about the connections between urban land ownership, displacement (spatial injustice) and environmental justice as it related to the barriers to and opportunities for advancing new models of solving housing, nutrition, and health impacts that are culturally and historically appropriate. The dynamics of these relationships affect factors such as environmental quality, land use, and environmental health disparities. Urban development continually stresses the natural and human/cultural landscape and has compromised environmental quality for many, especially African-Americans and First Nation peoples. These communities are disproportionately impacted by changes in land use and land cover, understanding the environmental justice implications of changing the landscape as it pertains to the delivery of justice and solutions is important.
FUNGI AS ALLIES IN COMMUNITY AND CULTURE
Peter McCoy, Radical Mycology
As soil builders, habitat molders, nutrient cyclers, and toxin remediators fungi serve as keystone species in the development of plant, microbial, and animal communities. And yet, they are so often undervalued in the creation of healthy and holistic human societies. In this presentation, Peter will present an array of insights and skills that come from working with fungi for the benefit of the person, their culture, and the environments that we grow within. Simple cultivation and remediation techniques will be covered as well as how these tools can be integrated with a variety of existing sustainable design models. With potent healing abilities and incredible survival strategies that exemplify the ideal of resilient living, the fungi have much to offer us in the development of new paradigms and ways of living on the earth.
POLLINATION, BEES AND US
Rose Madrone and Melanie Rios, Connectivity Project
Let’s take a peek into the interconnectedness of the world around us, exploring the web of life and how the pollination process is critical to its health and vitality. You may have wondered why all the fuss about the bustling bees. Together we will look at why it matters to us, how plants communicate to pollinators what they want, and how we are each an integral element in this process. You may take home a new and inspired way of seeing the world, with a deeper knowing that what we do matters, from how we garden, to what we eat, buy, and vote for.
Ibrahim Kelly, Drumming Circle
Ibrahim Kelly from Mali, West Africa, is a master djembe teacher. He operates the non-profit Music is for You, an organization devoted to bringing music to all people of the world
MUSIC ON THE MAIN STAGE:
POPgoji is a mashup of American pop/soul and infectious Brazilian beats. Fine tuned vocal harmonies, layered percussion, and unique strings pay tribute to spiritual traditions of the African diaspora. Diaspora Dance Theater is treating us to a special performance entitled "Phenomenally" a tribute to Maya Angelou. Clinton Fearon was born in Jamaica, and was the bassist, vocalist and lyricist for the mythic Gladiators, and has been singing his powerful message all his life. We are honored to have him on the VBC stage this year perfoming his solo works, spanning decades of social and cultural change.
Dinner with the eclectic roots stringband The Moonshine!
ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION: FAITH, ECO-JUSTICE AND PERMACULTURE
For centuries the religious establishment in the West has blessed the colonization of land, oppression of indigenous people groups, and extraction of natural resources. While this narrative of domination continues among churches today, some people at the margins of faith are looking for ways to transform the narrative from oppression to liberation for both people and land. Can churches be mobilized so that rather than perpetuate the problems of capitalism, they operate as centers of resistance? How do we find language to include people of faith in building the village?
This roundtable discussion with local faith-based organizers and eco-justice initiatives explores the intersection of faith, permaculture, and ecojustice. Join Laveta Gilmore Jones, Leaven Community Organizer, Cheryl Lohrmann-Riggs, EcoFaith Recovery Organizer, Solveig Nilsen-Goodin, Pastor of Wilderness Way Community, and Randy Woodley, Keetoowah Cherokee, Professor of Faith and Culture, George Fox University, North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies. Facilitated by Dave Pritchett.
SOCIAL PERMACULTURE-DEEPENING OUR COMMITMENT TO PEOPLE CARE
Pandora Thomas, Earthseed Consulting
How can we grow learning communities that allow permaculture principles to flourish and support all people to access the resources necessary for thrival and not just survival? Just as permaculture calls us to integrate rather than segregate, use and value diversity, edges and the marginal, Pandora will share inspiring stories, tools and techniques for applying these principles into social and cultural opportunities that exist today.
THE TRIPLE BODY: INTERCONNECTING THE PERSONAL, POLITICAL AND PLANETARY BODIES
Nala Walla, BCollective
Because our bodies are our most direct link to the Earth, the body-based arts have always offered us help in developing a truly rooted sense of place and ecological activism. From a place of rootedness, we will consider the relationship between what is good for our bodies and what is good for the Earth, and the politics of what perpetuates this disconnection and keeps us at odds with ourselves and our fellow Earth citizens.
PLACEMAKING: A NEW CITIZENSHIP FOR A CHANGING WORLD
Matt Bibeau, VBC
What responsibility do we all have to take an active role in shaping the places that we live and the impact we imbue onto each other and the ecologies that surround and support us? We will take a close look at what has made the work of City Repair's Village Building Convergence so unique, and consider how the process of Placemaking, as defined by this organization, holds so much promise and is worthy of being considered the most impactful approach to Citizenship in the 21st century.
SPEAKING THE UNSPEAKABLE: A JOURNEY INTO FREEDOM
Amanda Rain & SaraHope Smith, Speaking the Unspeakable®
What lives in the unspeakable reaches of your heart, mind, body, spirit and soul? What secretly cries out to be heard, seen and witnessed? What calls to be composted and what hungers to be cultivated? Imagine being free from all the lies you were ever told about you, life and the way our world should be…all those unspoken voices and stories that run in the background of our programming. Who are you outside your identity concepts and constructs? The social and cultural conditioning? Are you ready to embody the fullness of your sovereign self, living from the center of your circle of life? Join SaraHope Smith and Amanda Rain as we embark on a journey into Speaking the Unspeakable. All things are possible when we speak our truth with heart and power. Together we will change the course of the future and build a sustainable, resilient world we can be proud of.
BUILDING COMMUNITY THROUGH THE ART OF STORYTELLING: A WORKSHOP ON THE PRACTICE OF COUNCIL
Lillian Soderman, Center for Council
Since the dawn of humanity, we have gathered together to share our stories. This form of community is deeply imbedded in our DNA, but largely lacking in our modern day society. In the practice of Council, we come together to listen and speak from the heart. By speaking our stories and bearing witness to the stories of others, we create more resilient communities. In this workshop, participants will learn the basic elements of Council, enabling them to hold Council circles within their own communities. The health of the village and the emerging villages largely rests on our ability to come together and be together, fully present to ourselves and one another. The practice of Council was developed at The Ojai Foundation in California in 1975. To learn more, please visit the following websites: ojaifoundation.org,centerforcouncil.org, councilinschools.org.
POETRY OF THE SOIL AND THE SOUL
Hannah Poirier, Placecraft
Original poetry readings interspersed with group meditations and simple songs for singing. The style will take you traveling through our fantastic Cascadian bioregion and into the depths of our emotional human experience on the planet. A biodiversity of connection to patterns bigger than us.
Red Yarn: folk music and puppetry
Red Yarn is a dynamic family performer who weaves folksongs and puppetry into engaging shows for all ages. With his energetic performances Red Yarn shares positive values while reinvigorating American folklore for younger generations.
Main Stage schedule
Cosmic Rose will start us off with their energetic, collaborative interplay, weaving their songs together with Passion and heart! Attunement Movement will treat us to a special dance performance before Loveness Wesa & the Bantus will get your feet moving with their signature Afro-pop dance music! Pachi Pamwe will round the night with their lush melodies featuring mbira (thumb piano) and guitar.
Beloved Presents, in association with The Village Building Convergence is proud to present The Polish Ambassador featuring the Liminus Visual Experience and special guests Desert Dwellers and Dirtwire at the historic Crystal Ballroom! More information here!
Dinner with the soulful harmonies of Habits!
VBC LOUD AUCTION!
When has City Repair ever done things quietly?! 1st Annual Village Building Convergence LOUD Auction! Hosted by our very own animated auctioneer Bill Bradley! Bid on some TREMENDOUS TREASURES including: Spa getaways, yoga memberships, private vineyard tours, concert tickets, restaurant gift certificates, locally designed crafts, cooking classes, eco-home design consulting, dates with dashing City Repair team members, and MUCH MORE! All proceeds will provide provisions for our placemaking projects!
A PLACE TO CALL HOME: AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN PORTLAND
Eli Spivak, Cameron Whitten, Jes Larson, Marc Jolin
Home, an essential element for a thriving life. Yet there are as many barriers as possibilities within Portland’s housing market. What happens when development takes priority and results in the displacement of long time residents and community members? How can we co-create a social, political and economical environment that allows all of Portland to thrive? From those without a home to people of color to low-income wage earners to the many families who are barely making it, everyone deserves a place to call home. Join Eli Spevak, Jes Larson, Cameron Whitten and Marc Jolin for an engaging discussion on creating Affordable Housing in Portland.
SACRED CACAO: A RETURN TO THE HEART WITH MATHEO JAMES “GOLDEN DRAGON”
Sacred Cacao: A Return to the Heart: Matheo "Golden Dragon" offers a non-traditional Cacao ceremony, in which we will have the opportunity to delve deeply into a heart-based energy. Here, we can examine and redefine our agreements with ourselves and the outside world, in order to better align with our passion and goals. Ages 12+. Some medical conditions and medications may be contraindicated.
Circus Cascadia is a not for profit that specializes in teaching circus skills including stilt-walking, clowning, tightrope, diabolo, flowerstick, ball walking and many more!
HOW YOUR UNIQUE GENIUS CAN HELP HEAL NATURE AND CULTURE
Using his characteristic style, deep knowledge, and immersive storytelling, Michael Meade takes participants on a journey to faraway lands and deeply personal terrains. Meade advocates for the need to awaken the genius qualities within each individual as a path to finding greater personal fulfillment; but also as a creative way of addressing the problems we face as a global society. Amidst the diversity and depth of current world crises, it becomes necessary to call upon the array of genius, talents, and abilities hidden in people of all ages. Only then can we hope to help nature and heal culture.
VBC Hearth Finale!
Yaima will transport us from the soul stirring words of Michael Meade into their ceremonial indie-folk-tronic dub melodies, taking the listener along for an exploration of the heart. Downtemple is a duo hailing from Seattle, with a unique dance and multimedia performance. We are pleased to debut a collaboration between Bibi McGill, Numatik, and Zahira with a lush soundscape of electronic and organic beats, love-fueled guitar and soulful vocals. These masterful performers are planning a special performance just for us, not to be missed! Lapa will bring us deeper with his virtuoso violin and textured electronic production. We'll celebrate the close of this year's VBC with the heart-opening fractal bliss of Sol Nectar, seducing you back to source.