You are invited to The 30th Annual Convening of the Ozark Area Community Congress…
OACC 30 – November 6-8, 2008
Ananda Kanan International Retreat Center, Willow Springs, MO
All those who love and care about the Ozarks are invited to gather together once again to celebrate, appreciate, and learn from this phenomenal part of the Earth and each other…
Our theme this year…
** LIFEBOAT OZARKS! **
**Why “Lifeboat Ozarks”?…At this year’s OACC, as part of her presentation of Ozarks biodiversity, biologist Andrea Radwell (of Eureka Springs) will tell us the amazing story of how for untold thousands of years the Ozarks has been and remains among the prime refugia of the planet. Refugium. A special place on Earth that is a sanctuary for beleaguered and refugee species. **
-The first and longest-standing bioregional congress. (The original greens!)
-An ecologically-aware, child- and family-friendly community village where together we learn, play, relax, and take care of each other.
-A meeting place for ecologically-informed, creative, talented people, growers, activists, operators of small businesses, musicians, writers and innovators; where you can meet with others about what’s of interest to you. OACC is just plain useful, valuable, and often life-changing!
-A three-decades-long planning and development process for a sustainable and regenerative green economy for the Ozarks.
-A place to network and get informed about significant issues affecting our lives in the Ozarks, in an ecological context.
OACC is a celebration of the Ozarks and all things restorative and ecological!
WHAT TO EXPECT….
– Workshops and presentations on ecologically-related subjects, campfires, music, poetry and readings, and homegrown Ozarks culture in general. Some sessions may be scheduled on the spot through the “open space” process.
-Good vegetarian food, as locally grown and organic as possible.
-Please come ready to help out daily with your choice of volunteer, community-sustaining work, whether in the kitchen, child care, grounds cleanup, and whatever it takes to keep our little village going. It’s fun to work together as well as play, and this is one way OACC keeps its costs so low. When you register we will sign you up for your choice of fun volunteer opportunities! Without your wholehearted volunteer help, OACC can not function or continue.
Jim Scott (A special treat for OACC XXX.) Friday evening concert, and collaborative song-writing workshop on Saturday. (We may even be able to coax him into doing a song or 2 at the Coffeehouse.) Jim’s guitar skills, song writing, and voice for the Earth are legendary, going back to his days with the Paul Winter Consort. Jim played for us at OACC’s 22 and 25. Extraordinary! Learn more about Jim and his music: http://www.jimscottmusic.com
Presenters, Presentations, and Sessions So Far…
-Andrea Radwell: Biodiversity of the Ozark Plateau – A New Perspective of Natural History.
-Bo Brown. Introduction to Primitive Skills. (http://www.boisdarc.info)
-Ilene Myers: Introduction to Somatic Repatterning. (Consciously create your reality by “rewiring” your neurotransmitters…access inherent potency, ease, flow, joy and gratitude!)
-Aubree Taylor- Well Fed Neighbor Alliance (Springfield); Drumming Workshop: Drumming into the Sacred. (http://www.wellfedneighbor.com)
-Lavinia McKinney: The Joy of the Home Greenhouse. (http://www.elixirfarm.com)
-Daniel Roth: Ozark Seed Saving and the Seed Solution to Hunger Program ( http://www.one-garden.org)
-Mary Mike Taylor- Green Building, Co-Housing, and Sustainable Community Development.
-David Haenke: OACC History and its Influence on the North American Green Movements.
-Denise Vaughn: “Karst in the Ozarks.” Preview and focus-group discussion for new 15-minute educational video targeting middle school science classes.
-Sasha Daucus: Memorial for Friends and Allies Passed This Year. Saturday, 5PM. (You can contact Sasha beforehand before the session to talk with her on who to remember, and how. Otherwise, just come. firstname.lastname@example.org )
-State of the Ozarks Report and Forum. All in attendance will be invited to give a short overview of their organization, their work, or an issue of concern within the Ozarks.
-Ozark Bioregional Native-Style Wrestling Seminar and “Championship”
-Ozark Bioregional Stone-Skipping “Championship” (bring your own stones!)
..and Open Space…
At any given OACC people have attended who are strongly involved in, for instance, re-localization, organic gardening and agriculture, appropriate technology, alternative health, communities, land trusts, ecological protection, forestry, home schooling, conservation, responsible media, sustainable businesses, biodiversity preservation, ecological restoration, culture, music, arts, eco-villages, and the list goes on…
OACC’s program this year will have pre-scheduled presenters, plus time available for anyone who offers to conduct a session after arrival. These previously non-scheduled presentations will be scheduled during an “Open Space” process on Friday evening. Got something to say? Here’s a place to say it! (If you want to be part of the Open Space be sure to come on Friday.)
[WE HIGHLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO COME TO OACC ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON, REGISTER, AND BE A PART OF THE OPENING CIRCLE AFTER DINNER! OPENING CIRCLE IS OUR FIRST CHANCE TO BE TOGETHER AS A WHOLE GROUP, AND ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF OACC. IT GIVES EVERYONE A CHANCE TO INTRODUCE THEMSELVES TO EACH OTHERS, FIND OUT WHAT OTHERS ARE DOING AND ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT, WHERE THEY ARE FROM, AND START PARTICIPATING ACTIVELY IN OACC RIGHT AWAY. HERE YOU GET TO SEE THOSE WHO YOU MOST MIGHT WANT GET TO KNOW MORE AND MEET WITH DURING THE REST OF OACC.]
-3 pm: registration opens
-Late afternoon: impromptu discussion groups
-5 pm: Early dinner and potluck. (We will have some simple snack-type food, and if you could bring some potluck additions, we will save our food folks much work early on as we are getting set up. Thanks in advance if you can bring something to share!)
-6 PM. OACC overview, Opening Circle. This is your chance to introduce yourself, meet all the other participants, and find out what they are doing. Very important! Tell us where you are from, especially your home watershed, and what you are passionate about!
-Open Space scheduling. If you want to conduct a previously unscheduled workshop, this is your sign-up time.
-Jim Scott Concert.
9 AM to Lunch: Workshops, presentations, events start.
– 12 Noon to 1:30: Lunch
1:30 PM to 6 PM: Afternoon workshops, presentations, discussion groups, other events;
7:30 pm: Coffeehouse. This is our own talent show, where everyone, from the smallest child up, is encouraged to perform, be it with music, poems, theatrics, dance, or jokes. (Major fun.)
Campfire – after Coffeehouse
Morning: workshops, presentations, discussion groups
10 AM: OACC 31 CONGRESS PLANNING SESSION. ALL ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND THIS SESSION OF THE CONGRESS WHICH DETERMINES THE FUTURE OF OACC, and whether we will have another OACC!
Noon to 1 PM: Lunch
After lunch: Silent auction for leftover food (great bargains possible!), clean up, closing circle. Please stay after if you can to help clean up. Thanks!
We serve vegetarian meals from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch, prepared as much as possible with organic, local, or fair-trade ingredients.
Please help us keep registration costs low by bringing food to share. It could be a covered dish for Friday night, if convenient, or perhaps your garden produce, or bulk food, or wholesome items like bread, fruit or cheese.
(However, Ananda Kanan asks that we please not bring any meat, eggs, mushrooms, garlic, onions or onion-like vegetables such as leeks, shallots, etc.)
Our kitchen coordinator would be happy to answer your questions about what food items we need the most. Contact Pearl at email@example.com, 417…. She appreciates calls to let her know what food you can bring, especially bulk items. Planned ingredients make better meals, so please get in touch with Pearl.
Ananda Kanan Ozark Retreat Center has dormitories, bathrooms, hot showers, a dining hall, excellent group meeting places, play area, large pond with canoes, and more. If it rains, we are well covered.
Bunks and mattresses are provided in the dorm rooms. BRING YOUR OWN BEDDING, SLEEPING BAGS, PILLOWS…Tent sites are also available. If you have special needs for accommodations, please contact the coordinators at 417…, or firstname.lastname@example.org; or email@example.com
WHAT TO BRING
Bring food donations, drums, musical instruments, acts for the coffeehouse talent show, your kids, your friends, and your songs. There’s a lake, so canoes and kayaks are OK. Don’t forget the kids’ life jackets. You will need your own soap, shampoo, towels, sleeping bags and bedding. Dishes, trays, and silverware are provided, but cups are scarce. Please bring cups. Be prepared for Ozark fall weather, which can range from mild and dry to cool and wet. Bring clothes to cover these possible weather conditions.
Childcare will not be provided. Parents are welcome to work together and with us to organize cooperative childcare during the Congress.
WHAT NOT TO BRING…
-PLEASE DON’T BRING DOGS AND OTHER PETS
-PLEASE DON’T BRING ALCOHOL OR OTHER DRUGS;
Ananda Kanan is approximately 5 miles southwest of Willow Springs, and 18 miles north of West Plains, Missouri.
On a Missouri map locate the junction of Highways 60 and 63 (about 2 miles east of Willow Springs). From this junction, take Highway 63 south four miles to “UU” Highway. Turn left/east on “UU” (Coming in a northerly direction from West Plains, turn right on ‘UU.)
Go about 1.5 miles to County Road 1670, turn left/north on this dirt road and go about 1 mile. Look for the Ananda Kanan gate on the left, and turn left here on the driveway up to the Retreat Center.
We will have “OACC” signs at the Junction of Hwys 63/”UU”, “UU”/Co. Rd. 1670, and at the Ananda Kanan gate.
(CAUTION: If you go too far east on Hwy. “UU” you will come to Hwy. “U”. If you come to “U”, turn around and retrace to Co. Rd. 1670. Don’t take “U” highway. Obviously it could be easy to confuse these similarly-named roads.)
Ananda Kanan’s phone number is: 417…. The address is: 3157 County Road 1670, Willow Springs, MO.
After decades of charging the amazingly – and even absurdly – low amount of $35/person, $15 kids; $60/couple; $100 max/family, this year we are with great reluctance forced by the rising costs of everything, particularly our per-person costs for Ananda Kanan (up nearly 40%), and food, to raise our attendance costs.( If we get several more co-sponsors, or someone gives us an extra pot of money or a serious amount of good food, this could much help our bottom line. Money or food angels, are you out there??) The bottom line is, we are committed to keeping the attendance costs as low as we possibly can and still be able to continue with OACC. As oft this writing, however, please note the small increase…
Registration fees for all three days, covering everything (meals, lodging, programs, etc) are:
-Adults – $40 (still cheaper than staying home);
-Couples, $70 for the two of you;
-Kids (aged 5 to 18): $20
-Kids, 5 and under: no cost
-Family Maximum: $120
Attendance for the whole three days is encouraged, but day rates will be pro-rated. Please help us out and register as soon as you get to OACC.
Attendees under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
OACC 30 CO-SPONSORSHIPS.
For $120 (or more if you are able), you or your organization can be an OACC 30 Co-Sponsor. Co-sponsorships help us keep our registration costs down while giving good people and organizations recognition.
If you or your organization would like to co-sponsor, please make co-sponsorship checks out to:
THE OZARKS RESOURCE CENTER
P.O. BOX 1226
WEST PLAINS, MO 65775
For more information, please contact Co-sponsorship Coordinator Michelle Gurley. Tel.: 417…; firstname.lastname@example.org
OACC 30 Co-Sponsors to-date…
-Acupuncture Werks, Van Buren, MO.
-Alford Forest, Inc., Brixey, MO. (http://www.alfordforest.org/ )
-Noelle and Keith Callaway, Springfield, MO.
-Crater Critter Community Council, Osceola, MO.
-Golden Light Center, Doniphan, MO. (http://www.thegoldenlightcenter.com/ )
-Scott Hamlet, Talihina, OK
-Hawk Hill Community Land Trust, Drury, MO.
-Thomas Hubbard, San Francisco, CA.
-Lick Branch Settlement, Pettigrew, AR
-Mama Jean’s Natural Market, Springfield, MO. (mamajeansmarket.net)
-Mary Mike & Associates, LLC, Springfield, MO. (http://www.marymike.com/)
-Mid-Missouri Peaceworks/ The Peace Nook, Columbia, MO. (http://www.midmopeaceworks.org/)
-Missouri Coalition for the Environment, St. Louis, MO. (http://www.moenviron.org/)
-Ozark Regional Land Trust, St. Louis, MO. ( http://www.orlt.org )
-Ozarks Resource Center, West Plains, MO.
-Planet Drum Foundation, San Francisco, CA. (http://www.planetdrum.org )
-Renaissance Books and Gifts, Springfield, MO.
-Scarlet, Rick and Gloria Johnson, Springfield, MO.
-South Central Solid Waste Management District, Eunice, MO.
MAJOR THANKS TO OUR WONDERFUL C0-SPONSORS!
(That’s all for the particulars…Now, a little more about the nature of OACC…)
WHY IS OACC DIFFERENT AND EXCEPTIONAL? WHAT IS A “CONGRESS”?
OACC as a “congress” is distinguished clearly from a run-of-the-mill “conference” in that it is a gathering of peers (not just conference attendees passively consuming information from paid “experts” and “professionals”) who inexpensively and on a volunteer basis organize and conduct the event themselves as a temporary green “village,” take care of themselves (preparing food, providing their own entertainment and presentations from within the group itself, cleaning up, etc.), and decide among themselves by consensus the present and future directions and content of OACC as an informal “organization.” The “Open Space” format for workshops and presentations is very much a part of this Congress tradition.
HOW YOU CAN ENSURE A FRUITFUL AND INSPIRING OACC 30…
Come to OACC and contribute your talents and energies to the community!
Invite and bring one or more like-minded folks who you would like to be there with!
For Further Information:
OACC 30 Co-coordinators:
Michelle Gurley; email@example.com ; 417-37…
David Haenke; firstname.lastname@example.org ; 417-679-3098