Call for Stories! is now closed. Thank you to all the foolish lovers who sent in a story. Announcements coming soon…
Our neighbor to the south, the “Cosmic Fool” himself, author Tom Robbins, will be joining us April 1st (no foolin!) to share an excerpt from his recent memoir, “Tibetan Peach Pie”. Village Books will be on hand with copies of his works, both classic and current. This is a man whose very life embraces the poetic, the juicy, the foolish and the divine. Come, see a legend offer up an authentic piece of literary Americana.
Doors open at 6 pm on April Fool’s Day this year, with $10 admission for adults and $5 for youth ages 12-17. Pre-show tickets are available now at Village Books. You can also expect a little music, some delightful vaudeville, heartfelt games, and of course, tales of romantic folly…
You still want to be among them? Great! There is one week left to send a first draft of your story for consideration. What better way to cleanse and fortify your soul in the days leading up to Valentine’s Day?
Yes, it’s true. Brave souls among us still have one whole month to submit their tales of romantic mis/adventures for consideration in Love’s Fool 2017! This year, we are celebrating at Boundary Bay Brewery, in their Mountain Room (around the corner from the beer garden). We will be guided by the lovely Carolyn McCarthy from Little Bird Theatre, as our MC, and entertained by performers and storytellers alike.
Village Books, a long-time Rooted Emerging supporter, will be sponsoring the event. So, look for juicy tales of love from local authors to be featured at the tent outside the performance space.
The guidelines are still the same – bring us your tender, your funny, your heartfelt and subtly sexual stories from the early days of romance (3-8 minutes or roughly 500-1000 words)… and we will give you the chance to be honored publicly. Pretty fantastic, right?
Here are the details: loves-fool-story-guidelines-2017
Send your submissions (hey, even those don’t have to be perfect – we’ll have one rehearsal together) to:
firstname.lastname@example.org by February 15, 2017 All Foolish Storytellers will be notified by March 1.
Happy Holidays to all of our supporters & clients!
Here’s to making a better world with all of you in the new year to come ~
Truth of the Time
What does Rooted Emerging do? We honor the transition from childhood to adolescence and support healthy sexual maturity. We offer puberty support combined with a Rite of Passage. How do we do that?
Our approach has evolved and grown over the 7 years we have been in operation. Seven years! Sexuality is a sensitive topic and rites of passage can evoke a confusing array of images, depending on life experience. Yet, when these two elements combine to lift young people up, the results are profound.
So, we continue to lay the path and invite young people and families to walk it alongside us. We listen attentively to the needs of young people, and refer to the most current research on healthy youth development. We skillfully weave in the strongest messages we hear from parents. We work on the community level, the programmatic level and the personal level. We grow.
We hope you find the information clear, concise and welcoming. We hope that the path we have laid is accessible, relevant and inspiring. Most of all, we hope you will continue to walk it with us.
For questions and/or feedback, email <email@example.com> Thank you for your support!
Board Member Jeff McKenna will be honored as a Peace Builder on Friday November 18, 2016 at the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center’s Peace Builders Award Gala, 5:30 pm in BTC’s Settlemeyer Hall. The event celebrates the accomplishments of community members in eight categories. Jeff will be given the Youth Education Award for creating MAD-HOPE, Making a Difference, Helping Other People Everywhere; a training to give youth the tools and resources for courageous and compassionate conversations about youth suicide.
Jeff McKenna has been a wise, solid and compassionate presence with Rooted Emerging for more than three years now. We encourage all community members to attend the Gala and to learn more about the inspiring work of the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center. Congratulations Jeff!
Bravo to all who came together to make for a beautiful event!
Photography by Mari Selig (except for two workshop photos, by Vanessa Osage). Thanks again to Jeremy James of the Bellingham Musician Convivial for bringing music and festivity to our day! Here’s to Dr. Kimberley Bauer and family for outstanding event organizing, Board Member Jeff McKenna for creative puppet placements, performers Virginia Rose & Meghan Yates – and to all the families who came to be a part. We celebrate you!
A Council is a coming together of various beings to arrive at a greater truth. It is a conversation, inspired by a larger wisdom. The animals… well, we think they might have another perspective worth hearing.
Who is this for?
Everyone who grows, who has grown and who is growing. When the animals and Story Keeper come together to speak on Saturday September 24, we trust that this is for all young and old who care. It is for parents, kids, young adults, middle adults, elder adults. This is for everyone who has a vision of where they have come from, where they are going, and how they intend to get there.
So what happens?
People (and animals) gather at Larrabee State Park starting at about 9:30 am and prepare to be a part of something beautiful. Musicians start sharing their love of creating by 10 am and invite people to join them. An official show and experience runs until 11 something.
Then, people connect and share over lunch. Younger kids (ages 9-12) who are ready to prepare for their rite of passage in later years go sign up for workshops at the Welcome Tent with their parents. At 12 noon, Vanessa Osage and Erik Bracht (see People) set out to guide these young people on fun, adventure and discovery throughout the park. Parents and friends linger to enjoy more music, take a hike to the beach and savor the crisp fall days.
Youth workshops conclude at 4 pm. Folks are welcome to stay to enjoy the fun with the Bellingham Musicians Convivial (their official show starts on that same stage at 2 pm). You could count on them to be keeping it genial on into evening.
What do I need?
An open heart and mind, an eagerness to play and take time away from our daily lives. Willingness to dream. You can bring a blanket, a picnic lunch, water to drink, sunscreen/rain gear (you never know) and an instrument if you have one. Oh, and yes, you may come dressed as an animal.
So what do I do now?
To pre-register a child ages 9-12, fill out council-of-animals-2016-registration and scan/email, drop it in the speedy mail, or bring it all filled out on Saturday. Grab a few friends, young and old, and make plans. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to ask any questions.
Council of the Animals
Saturday September 24, 2016
Larrabee State Park, Amphitheater (follow the signs)
10 am Community Show, 12-4 Youth Workshops
Show by Donation, Workshops $35/youth
Free Parking – a ‘Discover Pass Free Day’ !
Rain or Shine
Each fall, we have a burst of new life at Rooted Emerging. These days, between shifting fronts of rain and blazing bright sun, our year begins. We are gearing up now for our second annual “Council of the Animals” at Larrabee State Park on Saturday September 24. In response to parent requests, we make this year’s event a celebration for all, followed by workshops for ages 9-12.
Some fine local talent will be coming together to help us illuminate rites of passage on the Larrabee stage at 10 am. Meghan Yates of the Reverie Machine will hold the role of Story Keeper, sharing story, song and her wise, powerful presence. Members of the Deacon’s Ruse Vaudeville troupe will speak to the journey from childhood to adolescence with their signature flare and artistry. Music, story and giant puppet animals frame the experience for all to enjoy.
We also join forces this year with the Bellingham Musician Convivial, featuring Nick Taylor of Wild Hare Music and friends, who will kick us off at 10 am – and stay to entertain parents and kids alike from 2 pm on. Their show will consist of a couple of local bands, an open mic, and end with a collaborative cover jam session. Their goal is to highlight a mutual love of music in an atmosphere where everyone can get involved. Come, enjoy the overall positive impact music has on our lives!
This celebration is a way for community members to revel in the spirit of rites of passage – and for youth to get to know us in a fun, low-commitment way. Show starts at 10 am. Share a bring-your-own lunch from 11:30 – 12. Workshops and adventure for boys, girls and other-gendered youth ages 9-12 begin at 12 noon and conclude at 4 pm. Early registration is encouraged – all day youth $35 (show entry is by donation). On site registration will be available, space allowing. Scan/email or mail in the following form: council-of-animals-2016-registration
Event Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/662445263917416/
Here’s to the rich and changing fury of the season!
Rooted Emerging does not hold summer programs at this time – you can look forward to finding us Saturday September 24, 2016 at the second annual, “Council of the Animals” at Larrabee State Park, from 10am – 4 pm
This year, we hold a community-wide celebration of rites of passage with storytelling, giant puppet animals and a day of activities for ages 9 – 12. Want to volunteer? Drop us a line at <email@example.com>
Enjoy the beauty of the season!