Have you ever wondered about how the universe works? How we fit in? Have you experienced the micro-macro dynamics of existence, or sensed it? Do you feel, or instinctually know that everything truly is “all one”? Or felt that science has been looking in the wrong direction? Focusing on exclusive material particles, rather than inclusive fundamental principles? Where is the cohesion in the chaos? Have you ever wondered what ancient societies may have known or experienced that we have either discarded or forgotten? And where did they learn it?
“When I first saw scientist Nassim Haramein speak I was totally blown away. He actually was able to tie together everything into one cohesive unification theory. I mean EVERYTHING – from cosmology to quantum mechanics, sacred geometry, ancient cultures, fractal structures, religious texts, crop circles, Einstein’s relativistic theories (with an added spin component) and even the nature of consciousness…. ”
Jamie is one of only a handful of “emissaries” that went to Hawaii in January 2008, where Nassim Haramein himself taught us to give his powerpoint presentation on his life’s work – a grand unification theory.
Come learn about Nassim Haramein’s lifelong journey into the geometry of spacetime, which has lead to a coherent understanding of the fundamental structure of the universe and our existence in it.
artist websiteFundamentals of Popping, Waving and the Robot with Pandora and PopNTod
For the third year in a row, Emrg-n-See brings you some of the world’s freshest underground dancers to teach the fundamentals of Popping, Robot and Waving. Whether youíre a professional dancer, or just like to nod your head to the beat, these foundational styles will increase your vocabulary of movement and elevate your whole dance. Waving is the art of using isolation to create the illusion of waves traveling through your body. Popping is the art of using rapid muscle constriction to visually and illusionally express music. The Robot is the art of starts and stops, total control and isolation of every joint and muscle of the body. Bringing together such diverse influences as kung-fu, fluid dynamics, animal movements, Egyptian hieroglyphics, puppetry, miming, claymation, robotics and that straight funk, these styles unlock the ability to achieve pure union with music through the highest levels of physical expression.
Pandora has become a world-reknown dancer with extensive experience in the robotic style of street dance that was born during the Funk era in the 70’s called Popping. However she is perhaps most known for her strong skills in a geometric and Egyptian hieroglyphic-inspired style of street dance called Tutting. Pandora has competed in and won various high level dance competitions throughout the US as well as in Europe, Japan, & Canada. She was also presented with an “Outstanding Female Popper” award at the Los Angeles Hip-Hop Dance Awards and in 2005 received a rare standing ovation from the judges on Fox 11’s “So You Think You Can Dance”. Pandora’s ultimate goal is to inspire the next generation and beyond by continuing to be a humble student of life, teaching, performing and producing her own artistic multi-media projects behind her production company name “Little Box of Hope”. Pandora’s website: www.littleboxofhope.com
Pandora’s more recent accomplishments include traveling to Denmark to dance in the avant-garde theatrical play “MENNESKE (HUMAN) ROBOT” directed by one of Europe’s legendary old school street dancers, STEEN KOERNER. Pandora also makes a very special featured appearance in DISNEY’S “STEP UP 3D”, due to hit theaters in August of 2010! Also keep an eye out for Pandora as she appears as her own character named “Autumn” in Step Up3D Director JON. M. CHU’S new original online series “LEGION OF EXTRAORDINARY DANCERS” aka “The LXD”, debuting this summer.
PopNTod (Soulbotics Krew, LXD, Guinea Pig Tribe) is one of the world’s most creative and respected underground dancers in the styles of Waving, Robot, Bopping, Dimestopping and Animation. He has spent over ten years seeking the deepest levels of dance mastery, participating in countless shows-whether locally, on the street, or on a cruise ship-battles (champion on both coasts), music videos, and cyphers along the way. From South Central to NYC to Japan, Todd has learned from the crankiest, most secretive, yet most-skilled OG’s and helped train some of the world’s most recognized up and coming dancers, including Dumbo of Poreotics, winning crew of last season’s AMERICA’S BEST DANCE CREW. For the last three years he has been instrumental in co-creating a fresh dance culture in Portland and educating the northwest about Popping and Streetdance. His most recent development is a broken toe, but before that was co-choreographer and dancer in CHRIS BROWN’S video, “I CAN TRANSFORM YA” feat. LIL’ WAYNE and SWIZZ BEATZ.
Assisting Toddler and Pandorasaurus are two of the Northwest’s legends in their own right. One is Jubz, a Portlandian known as being one of the leading ass-shakers amongst this festival-whatchamcallit scene we all love as well as being responsible for helping bridge the gap between Streetdance and wesst coast festival cultures. And the other is Icon, a Sea-At-Alien and the Northwest’s leading tutter in addition to being one of the world’s leading finger tutters.
With the intention of setting the grid of ascended consciousness throughout our festival experience, PUJAFUNK raises our collective energy to the next level with BLISS, BEATS and LOVE.
Part guided Puja Ritual, part Dance Church, this interactive community play space helps raise our vibration and open our hearts.
Created by Avena Shakti Bliss in 2006, she serves as a DJ and Guide to creating heart connections, ecstatic energy movement, and focused group intention through a bass friendly dance journey with cutting edge electronic music.
artist websiteQi Gong Laughter and Smile Meditation with Anahata Sound
Laughter and smiles relieve & heal stress. Laughter increases creativity, self expression and imagination. Also control blood pressure by reducing the release of certain stress related hormones, strengthening the immune system and increasing endorphin levels (body’s natural pain killer). Anahata joyfully seeks to guide you into self expression and a unique journey with your child spirit. Including celestial language and song healing to make it a well rounded healing experience to balance the physical, energy, spiritual, soul, emotional, thought and pain bodies. Fun starts in the thumbs up!
artist website“Introduction to the Phenomenology of Ancient Greek Mystery Religion and Festival Culture” with Matheus
This talk and workshop will aim to provide a window into ancient Greek festival traditions, focusing on the mystical principles and practices of the Orphic, Eleusinian, and Samothracian lineages in the context of Greek religion, postmodern philosophy, and our own festival culture. We will seek to gain an understanding and memory of the emergence of Muse song / choral theater in the initiatory event of the sacred marriage (hieros gamos) and its round dance of demigods, the becoming of elemental nature or physis within the concealing and unconcealing wisdom of the goddess Aletheia (truth), and finally, the interweaving domains and ritual roles performed in Greek festivities by select deities of their pantheon such as Hestia, Hades, Hermes, Apollo, Persephone, Demeter, Dionysus, Mnemosyne, Zeus, and Hera. After giving an overview of these topics, the facilitator will attempt to craft an immersive atmosphere for primary source and ritual-based meditations that speak to and from these visionary horizons. The purpose of the workshop will thus be to catch a collective glimpse of an elaborate ancient festival culture and its advanced insights, while also seeking to ask questions concerning our own West Coast festival culture and its various ways of relating to and appropriating tradition. The facilitator is a doctoral candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies (Philosophy and Religion) at the University of British Columbia, Canada, and holds an M.A. in Philosophy and Literature from Warwick University, UK. He has been an active participant in the West Coast festival scene since 1998. This will be the first workshop presenting the fruits of his doctoral research on the concept of festival in German philosophy and Ancient religion, to the contemporary festival community.
Folk/Workshop Stage An intuitive, interactive, somatic personal growth journey
Using art, guided visualization, dance, setting intention, affirmation, group sharing & sacred ceremony, participants will discover a vision of what they would like to manifest in order to help facilitate healing, balance, sustainability, unity and/or transformation of themselves, others or the earth.
Fire is the element of change, will, and passion. The results manifest quickly and spectacularly. It is not an element for the faint-hearted. It is the spark of divinity which shines within us and all living things. It is at once the most physical and spiritual of the elements. And now you can control it in the palm of your hand!
This workshop will begin with a live demo on what a fire staff is made out of and how to build one with a trip to the hardware store and some Kevlar wicking. (if you want help building one on site, be sure to check here http://www.luxotica.com/education/howtomake/staff.php for an idea of what materials you will need. I will have a limited amount of Kevlar for sale or bring your own!)
Then we will progress into spinning with some basic maneuvers with focus on hand placement, concepts and techniques. The session will end with some advanced concepts on contact and double staff including demonstrations!
Bring your own staff if you have one… or a broomstick… or any stick! I will have a limited number of staffs and sticks to borrow.
Come hear the messages of Mother Earth from channel & visionary artist Grace Mantle. Come with an open heart, as we will sit in the power of her energy and allow her to come to us. Gaia is going through dramatic changes as we move through the 2012 changes, and she needs our help and our love! Learn how you can help her to evolve, and how you can learn to keep up with her, and go through the great changes with her!
A gathering created to explore, share and invent alternative pathways towards greater health and wellness. We gather monthly in Portland, OR. Learning and sharing a various paths towards healing. Essential oils, psychic powers, massage, dance, yoga, shamanism, naturopathic medicine, and much more.
We will begin with Hoop Yoga, basic postures engaging in stretching, warming up the muscles and tuning movements to your breath. Next we will flow through FUN conceptual exercises. Incorporating plane changes, grace, flow and beat punctuation. We will be using single and double hoops! Feel free to bring your own, and hoops will be provided. I’ll be urging creativity and pushing your boundaries as a dancer! This workshop is designed for mixed level of hoopers! So come one, come all!
Often called “the NEW Astrology” Human Design is so much more. It is the treasure map to our selves, with all the treacherous pitfalls, and to treasure. Never heard of Human Design? Well, its the next wave, you might want to surf this one! Design gives insight into not only our conscious minds, but our unconscious motivations, traps, and self sabotages, it offers a thorough explanation of what makes relationships work, or not, and gives us specific acuity into who we are (outside of cultural conditioning). Many traditions speak about Self Love and Enlightenment, Human Design literally maps the Mechanics of Awakening and revealing our True Selves, practically, with very little mumbo jumbo.
Tito, who has been working with Design for over seven years, will be your tour guide on the fantastic journey of
practically awakening to you. Career choices, relationships, and success (or lack thereof!) can be mapped and understood through working with Human Design. Tito will introduce many of the concepts that Design works with, aspects of its format, and show examples of keys that have the capacity to open one’s eyes and heart in ways that stagger the mind! Its all very practical, and you can walk away with strategies for living a more powerful life that gets you out of your own way, and into the sun a little more.
Any subject of study, if followed to it’s depth, is eventually revealed to be a study of consciousness itself. Consciousness and technology create one another, and are continuously evolving. The invention of language, the printed word, and the internet are one linear description of this cocreation. Lucas Schwartz of The Resonance Project presents a conversation on the forward motion of technology, the technology of consciousness, and the realm where consciousness and technology become one.
Living our dreams, myths, avatars, archetypes, and stories. Everywhere!
We live in a world where anything is possible and we can create any reality we so choose. Immersed in the world of festivals, art, music, performance and healing we strive to make the world a better place by simply living our dreams, singing our heart song, sharing our gifts, creating community, envisioning the future, and striving towards our highest potential. History shows us that creating the world we want to live in, is as simple as telling our own story.
In this playshop we will share our visions and dreams for ourselves and the future. Nature will do a guided meditation into the Theta Brainwave state to focus our intentions and dive deep into the creative process. We will co-create a space of love that allows for us to become clear within ourselves about what we dreams we choose to live.
By the Pond
Come wake up your body and get energized! We’ll use breath and movement to get ourselves ready for another day of celebration. Come share your practice at these morning yoga sessions and enliven your body, mind, and soul. Together we will move through ancient poses landing in a place of bliss.
Daniel has had a passion for yoga for over 18 years and has trained in India and Oregon. He’s a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher teaching a blend of vinyasa flow and traditional hatha and has taught in Oregon, the Caribbean, and Japan.
artist websiteSolsara: Awakening – Connecting – Evolving with Carrie Koester
Folk/Workshop Stage Awaken ~ Connect ~ Evolve
Recognize and Let Go of Attachments
See Yourself and Others Clearly
Solsara means illuminating through honesty; shining light on reality. Through this practice you will experience an increased ability to see yourself and others clearly and to communicate in a distilled, honest, graceful and authentic manner. Solsara will assist you in cultivating more spaciousness, presence and stillness. During Solsara, we evolve and free our consciousness primarily through practicing honesty and recognizing and letting go of attachments, but also through a compassionate responsiveness to what arises in the moment.
Pond Workshop Annex
Still Dance is a shamanic ritual based on the 5 rhythms of Gabrielle Roth and the Trance Dance of Frank Natale. Similar to older forms of shamanic dance, Trance Dance focuses on the internal journey, not what is occurring outside the dancer. “To the Spirit belongs the Dancer.”
Bring your own bandana and a blanket.
Facilitated by Elena Minari, certified Trance Dance trainer from TNI Amsterdam.
Pond Workshop Annex Stiltwalking fun!
Come learn how to stilt walk. This 1.5 hour workshop will draw on physical theater and contact improvisation to help you transform your body into something 8 to 10 feet tall, dynamic, stable, fragile and beautifully precarious! Specific stilt skills taught will include stillness, walking, falling, landing and rolling, pathways to the ground up, partner and ensemble thinking.
Stilts provided for first 5 participants – so please bring a pair if you can!
Soma, the elixir of immortals, is a term used in the ancient text of the Rig-Vedas. In modern times, it has also been used to describe the body, flesh, physique, anatomy or the physical, material structure. So we move, from this solid place of form, into formlessness, through the exploration of Tantra and its practices.
This workshop will be a safe place for you to go deep into the recesses of your own being and explore what is there, accessing inner truth, wisdom, growth and awareness. I will guide you through various exercises that involve breath, bodily movement, moments of stillness and visualization. Prepare to open, unfold and shed any unnecessary layers.
Pond Workshop Annex
A super fun dance class in which students will learn house dance steps in relation to some of its main influences stemming from the African diaspora including dance styles from West Africa, Cuba, Brazil, and the USA. We will also take a look at the musical influences in house music today from these countries. Come prepared to sweat and enjoy the movement inside your body.
This is a lecture and group discussion on many aspects of women’s sexuality, including cutting edge info and practices for reaching full potential as an awakened, aware, and erotically expressed woman. The workshop will include topics such as where we’re at culturally with our sexuality, different ways to experience arousal in the female body, individual sharings within the group, paired verbal exercises on communicating your needs with your lover, a group meditation, and it closes with a beautiful, sacred, angel walk.