Elements of Change: Building Skills for Resilience
November 7th, 2020
We began this event with a land acknowledgement for Indigenous communities. This 40-acre farm in Oregon City is the traditional and unceded territory of the Clackamas people. We gathered here knowing that our presence is part of an ongoing invasion and that these lands were forcibly and unlawfully taken from its original inhabitants. Recognition of the Clackamas people was just one small step in taking action and responsibility for Indigenous restoration and repair.
After the land acknowledgment, we engaged in some very interesting conversations and learned new skills for building resilience. This included “Living in Reciprocity with Mother Earth” with Falcon, “Decolonizing Western Herbalism,” with Talyce Ketura, “Friction Fire” with Karro Moss, and “Mushroom Inoculation” with Ben Jaffe.
Then, we had ongoing activities at several tables:
- Activism for Warm Springs: A dedicated table for learning about Indigenous communities in Oregon (past and present), notecards for people to write messages, as well as donations for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon (monetary and physical needs).
- Nature Weaving: A dedicated table for creative design with Wisdom Weaver! This activity used materials gathered from nature (leaves, pinecones, moss, etc.) and weaved them together to make beautiful artwork.
- Permaculture Education: A dedicated table for exploring books, gaining knowledge, and learning new skills about a variety of topics, such as permaculture, regenerative farming, biodynamic gardening, and more!
Lastly, we nourished our souls and shook our bones to the amazing music of Family Mystic! This band was definitely a treat to see. We were so grateful for the opportunity to host live music in a safe, outdoor setting! BIG thanks to everyone who showed up and supported this event! Proceeds were donated to the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs through the MRG Foundation to help restore access and infrastructure to clean water.
ADX Portland: Art, Music, & Activism
Art Design Xchange
November 6th, 2020
For this event, Conscious Growth was featured live on IGTV at ADX (Art Design Xchange). People were able to stream the event online or watch in person outside from the sidewalk. This event illuminated the interconnection of local art, music and activism in the Portland community!
- Art – Textile Art show featuring textile pieces from ADX Members and friends. It was great to share beautiful art that can simultaneously keep you warm.
- Music – Jay Si Proof plugged in and played out! This band is a musical collective of earth jazz was an authentic outpouring of positivity and emotional reflection.
- Activism – The Conscious Growth team described our new mission as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, explained our plans to build community resilience, and shared info about exciting upcoming events.
Solidarity Sign-Making for Racial Justice
June 3rd, 2020
For this event, Conscious Growth helped create signs of solidarity at Laurelhurst Park for the Black Lives Matter movement. We provided sign-making materials (cardboard, paint, markers, scissors, tape, etc.), street support materials (snacks, beverages, masks, hand sanitizer, and biodegradable gloves), as well as handouts with helpful resources to support racial justice and the BLM movement. Donations were given to Don’t Shoot PDX, a local nonprofit in PDX supporting racial justice for community members that identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color).
Love For Australia: A Bushfire Relief Benefit
April 18th, 2020
This event was held online to offer support for catastrophic bushfire relief in Australia. Educational speakers gave presentations to explain what happened with the bushfires, how we can help, and other ways we can co-create a resilient world through permaculture and restoration. Proceeds from this event were given to WIRES (Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service), Australia’s largest nonprofit organization rescuing and caring for wildlife for over 30 years. The mission of WIRES is to actively rehabilitate and preserve Australian wildlife and inspire others to do the same.
- Educational Speaker #1 – Jonah Ford is a sustainable farmer and seed collector from Australia. Living in a rural setting on a “bush” (forested) land, Jonah gained hands-on experience with reforestation projects. He also gained a strong understanding of wildfires and the potential positive impacts they have on the forest. For this presentation, Jonah shared info about the Australian bushfires and how this incident was connected to repercussions of our global lifestyle. He also shared details of the effects on flora and fauna, rehabilitation efforts, and the resilience of fire-adapted flora. Check out his YouTube video to learn more!
- Educational Speaker #2 – Kayla River is a permaculturalist from Portland, Oregon with a significant amount of world experience. In 2018, she earned a Permaculture Design Certificate at Rak Tamachat in Thailand, then spent several months working on projects in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Australia. For this presentation, Kayla gave a broad overview of permaculture and described its defining principles. Throughout this framework, she shared positive solutions for a sustainable future. Check out her YouTube video to learn more!
Spring Equinox: Planting Seeds of Change
Online (YouTube) filmed at Oasis of Change
March 20th, 2020
The Spring Equinox is a great time to plant seeds of intention for the change we wish to see. For this event, we planted both metaphorical and literal seeds, focusing on the cultivation of our internal and external landscapes. The following workshops were filmed entirely at Oasis of Change and featured online via our YouTube channel:
- Workshop #1 – Ashley Bonn, Founder and Co-Director of Conscious Growth, discussed the topic of Biodynamic Gardening and how we can grow healthy plants with the help of the moon and nature’s cycles. She also demonstrated how to create recycled seed planters made out of origami paper bags. Check out her YouTube video to learn more!
- Workshop #2 – Drake Nyx, Co-Director of Conscious Growth, offered an intuitive tarot reading for the current collective energy, as well as a guided mediation that took us deep into the soil, tapping into the quality of our personal gardens and the ways we can tend them. Check out her YouTube video and visit www.drakenyxvision.com to learn more!
- Workshop #3 – Morgan Elizabeth Bradshaw, Master of Social Work and Qualified Mental Health Associate, lead us into a guided breath work meditation that helped reset our energy centers. Check out her YouTube video and visit Lupine Holistic Wellness to learn more!
- Workshop #4 – Evan Gregoire, Founder of Portland Seed House, facilitated a seed saving workshop and discuss stories of heirloom seeds. The Portland Seed House maintains a diverse seedbank of culturally significant varieties of edible plants with remarkable flavors and stories. Check out his YouTube video to learn more!
Tree Planting at Forest Park
with Friends of Trees
February 22nd, 2020
For this event, Conscious Growth helped remove invasive English Ivy and planted 925 native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers to enhance the iconic Forest Park. Big thanks to Friends of Trees for providing the plants, gloves, tools, and guidance!
2020 Emergence: Activation & Creation for the New Year
at the Lloyd Center
January 4th, 2020
This event helped people emerge into 2020 by envisioning their goals, moving their bodies into alignment, and crafting their desires for the new year. We organized 3 yoga classes, live music performances, crafting stations, live painters, astrological insights, intuitive readers, tea service, organic lunch service, and networking opportunities. It was a great experience for our community to support a healthy transition into the next decade!
Dammed to Extinction Screening
at the Lloyd Center in Portland, Oregon
December 15th, 2019
Conscious Growth hosted a screening of the film Dammed to Extinction, that was followed by a Q & A session with filmmakers Michael Peterson and Steven Hawley. Proceeds from the film were donated to the Center for Whale Research, a nonprofit organization in Washington dedicated to the study and conservation of the Southern Resident orca population in the Pacific Northwest.
Peace for Amazonia: A Holiday Benefit Fair
at the Lloyd Center in Portland, Oregon
December 6th-8th, 2019
This was a 3-day event that promoted awareness, connection, and support for the Amazon Rainforest. Local artisan vendors showcased holiday “gifts for good, and donated at least 20% of their proceeds to the Dessana Institute, an environmental organization in Manaus, Brazil that works to protect and restore the Amazon Rainforest through permaculture education. We also organized a cacao ceremony, live music, inspirational speakers, and live painters that led us into a deeper understanding of how we can co-create the world we desire to live in.
Revitalize: A Community Healing Event
at Oasis of Change in Portland, Oregon
November 23rd, 2019
For this event, Conscious Growth revitalized our community by providing two yoga classes, herbal tea blending, Gongfu tea service, open poetry readings, and networking opportunities. It was held at Oasis of Change, a local wellness center that integrates all aspects of health where families and individuals can celebrate life.
Saum Creek Trail Tree Planting
with Friends of Trees in Portland, Oregon
November 16th, 2019
For this event, Conscious Growth organized a group of 17 people to help plant 1,050 native trees and 300 pollinator plants at Saum Creek Trail in Tualitin, Oregon. Big thanks to Friends of Trees for providing the tree saplings, gloves, tools, and planting guidance!
Hillberry Music Festival
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
October 10th-13th, 2019
- Workshop #1 – Recycled Instrument Making
First, we made guitars out of cardboard, paper towel tubes, and rubber bands. Second, we made rhythm shakers out of plastic water bottles (or plastic cups) with lids and beads. Third, we made harmonicas out of popsicle sticks, rubber bands, and straws.
- Workshop #2 – Recycled Halloween Craft Making
Using toilet paper tubes and egg cartons, we made bats, monsters, ghosts, skeletons, spiders, and pumpkins!
The Great Willamette Clean-Up
with Willamette Riverkeeper in Portland, Oregon
October 5th, 2019
For this event, we teamed up with Willamette Riverkeeper, a local nonprofit organization in Portland dedicated to river conservation and restoration. From 9am to 12pm, we picked up trash at Kelley Point Park, and area covering the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers.
Northwest Permaculture Convergence
at Lost Valley Education & Event Center
September 28th, 2019
Our Founder and Executive Director, Ashley Bonn, gave a presentation at this event called, “Shifting from a Linear Economy to Reciprocity.” She described how organizations can redirect their inputs and outputs to circulate as mutually beneficial feedback loops. By healing our relationships between humans and the natural world, she believes we can create regenerative and resilient lifestyles.
Apple Fest: A Fall Equinox Event
with Tryon Life Community Farm
September 21st, 2019
Workshop ~ Cultivate & Integrate: Plant Seeds in Recycled Origami
For this event, we showed people how brown paper bags from grocery stores can be folded up into cubes and used as seed pods. Once the seeds sprout, the paper pods can be planted directly into the ground and will quickly biodegrade!
Onion Music Festival
at Pegasus Project PDX
September 21st, 2019
- Workshop #1 – Cultivate & Integrate: Plant Seeds in Recycled Origami
For this workshop, we showed people how brown paper bags from grocery stores can be folded up into cubes and used as seed pods. Once the seeds sprout, the paper pods can be planted directly into the ground and will quickly biodegrade!
- Workshop #2 – Educate & Activate: Learn Ways to Help the Amazon Rainforest
For this workshop, we shared information about the devastating fires that burned Amazonia. Then, we held a raffle drawing and raised $400 for Amazon Watch, a nonprofit organization that helps protect the Amazon Rainforest and its indigenous peoples. Thank you Alfredo Zagaceta (Peruvian artist) for donating an original oil painting to this raffle!
Sawtooth Valley Gathering
Saturday, July 27th 2019
Workshop ~ Let It Grow: Create a Recycled Garden Planter
For this event, we collected disposed cups generated on site and washed/dried them. The next day, we set up a booth where kids planted kale, basil, squash, and strawberries in the recycled cups. This workshop promoted sustainability, recycling, and garden education in a festival setting!
Oregon Country Fair
Saturday, July 13th & Sunday, July 14th
Workshop ~ Recycled Mask Making
For this event, we collected disposed materials generated on site and washed/dried them. The next day, we set up a booth where people created their own masks made out of the recycled materials. This was a great way to help divert the waste stream, promote sustainable festival production, and encourage artistic creativity!
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