Daniel Mack

Rustic Furnishings

The 2009 NY Woodlanders Gathering

created an atmosphere where people relaxed and found the time for hands-on exploration and knowing of the natural world, and develop artful thinking.  There was talking, visiting, wandering and organized workshops and activities.  Everything was designed to foster freedom of exploration, insight, creativity, skill building, earth stewardship, and solid group experiences.The goal wasto help people discover what is most wonderful about themselves and to foster awareness and appreciation of others, and the world around them. written by environmental artist, Laurie Seeman, about the workshops she offers.

The New York Gathering was NOT a school or even a set of craft workshops.  Oh yes, lots of making and some instruction happened, but the whole event began as a form of community-buildingPot Luck, Fellowship and Sharing are key elements of the Gatherings. Rob Gorrell started the tradition of bringing things, supplies, materials for a Big, Free Swap.   There were two tents and 24 tables for a three-day series of never-ending workshops... which meant the materials and tools are available all the time... and instruction and encouragement happens every once and a while. It was a protected time to discover important marginal interests and sleeping passions in your life with natural materials.  It's about Wonder.  It is not primarily about job training, or even hobby work. It's an alternative learning opportunity for people who need it. It's about the interplay of Nature and Human Nature

2009 NY Gathering notes

Friday, August 21 to Sunday, August 23, 2009 at The Warwick Center Campgrounds, Warwick, NY

...  it rained almost all the time

ah, but we ate well!     see FOOD EVENTS

Two Tents and 24 Tables of Art and Nature Experiences with tools & materials starting Friday and available all weekend-- with guidance

Who Really Came  (36 people) 

Their Comments

Skekinah Rae's Photos!!

What Happened Afterwards

What Happened or could have

1. MAKING THINGS:

Bull Roarers, Rich Pillar

Make a Bamboo Flute, Matthew Fallon

Making a Rustic Cedar Slab Leopold Bench, Bill Olendorf

Tramp Art-Chip Carving, Rob Gorrell 

Weaving Chair/Stool Seats from Shaker Tape, Dan Mack  

Rustic Plant Hangers, Jessica Lawlor

Mask making: on papier mache forms

Woodland Garments: imaginal tribal clothing, Andrea Coleman!!        Leopold bench

Working with Palm bark

Mark-Making with Mud, Clay and Charcoal

HEALING: Tissue Paper Collage, Arlene Geiger

HEALING: Mattering Spirit: Imaginal Cards, Dan Mack

HEALING: Making a Rope Labyrinth

Available, but low interest:
Make a Bench Hook: a portable work area,

Hypertuffa: sand, peat moss, vermiculite, cement vessels 

Didn't Happen... MAYBE 2010

HEALING: Mattering Spirit: Imaginal Tool Workshop

Making a small rustic chair

Dyeing with Natural Materials, Rita Schwab 

Faerie Tables, Kim Vergil and Faerie Garden Design, Victoria Mowrer

2. EXPERIENCES: EXPLORING NATURE & HUMAN NATURE

Edible and medicinal herb walk, Jessica Lawlor/Adam Hamer

Rich Pillar showed us all how to find and stimulate seed release from Jewelweed

Early Morning Dream Workshop, Kim, Andrea and all

Those invasive plants and trees!   Jessica Lawlor/Adam Hamer

John Simon did a Divination Drawing of the Gathering on Satyrday

Gyrokinesis, Hannah Maxwell

Didn't Happen... MAYBE 2010

Nature-oriented improvisational workshop  Integrating actions, simple objectives, changing imaginative circumstances, play with focusing, distractions, stillness, silence Grace Woodard

The lives of animals: Tracking and Bird Songs

Woods, Water and Road Tyme: field trips to natural locations with Laurie Seeman

Yoga Nidra--Yogic Sleep, a meditation technique, Victoria Mowrer

3. OFF-SITE TRIPS

Those before us: Visiting a Lenape Rock Shelter   2 miles away

Pacem in Terris: a spiritual center and nature/art center built on a stream behind a junkyard. A MUST VISIT       2 miles away

Collecting Splintered Wood from a Tree hit by Lightening on 8/21/09

Didn't Happen... MAYBE 2010

Visit Two Great Horned Owls. In May 2009, they were juveniles.6 mi away

4. COMMUNITY BUILDING Play in Nature: 

PICNICS, POT LUCKS, BONFIRES 

Build &Burn Willow Man, Caulfields and others

Kinetic Art in Nature: the well-balanced flying dragon

Didn't Happen... MAYBE 2010

Fire-Dance, Jessica Lawlor  remember 2005!

Meditation with Tibetan Singing Bowls, Craig Cowling

Community Loom/Trellis: everybody weaves something in

5. DISCUSSIONS: WOODLANDERS back in the WORLD    
Using Media and Social Media: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Plaxo, blogging?

Applying Woodlander skills and sensibilities: Working in healthcare?

Should Woodlanders form chapters of the Children and Nature Network?
HEALING: long distance entanglements/mediatations, David Weiner.

6. AREAS for                       email your interests

Display of Work:  bring your work to show

Interesting Objects: bring interesting things to show like:

Swapping: anything you want to return to the stream of makin

Selling: stuff you don't feel quite right about swapping, yet