On October 15-17, Telluride residents and visitors will have the opportunity to hear inspiring speakers from the sold-out "Mother Conference" for four hours a day, in the intimate setting of the Sheridan Opera House. Telluride is one of only 15 sites throughout the nation to broadcast the Bioneers plenary sessions, live.
The simulcast speakers, including such luminaries as Amory Lovins, Amy Goodman, Terry Tempest Williams, Jim Hightower and more, will provide provocative food for thought for participants. In Telluride, live speakers and events will offer tools for action about issues of particular interest to our region.
Discussions throughout the weekend — happening between and after plenary sessions —could stand alone as a festival in their own right. Topics include alternative health, socially responsible investing, effective activism, renewable energy, conflict evolution, the future of food and low-impact building. We're thrilled to welcome such speakers from near and far as Hal Brill, Amy McBride, Kevin Williams, Josh Geetter and Sharon Shuteran.
We'll discuss the concept of local currency with founders of the highly successful "Cortez Cash." Local currency is already working in cities across the country as a legal form of paper money that is earned by doing service locally, and can only be used locally.
Local mediator, non-violent communication expert and conflict resolution consultant, Sharon Shuteran will lead a workshop entitled, "Conflict Evolution: Shifting Your Paradigm."
Josh Geetter is preparing an exciting presentation, "The Coming Medical Revolution? It's Already Here!" This interactive session will include a panel of various medical practitioners and individual presentations. The panel will discuss trends in integrative medicine, application of traditional medicine to modern pathologies, the national health care crisis, thinking outside the political box, and how individuals can pioneer their own health care. There will be an acupuncture demonstration and samples of medicinal foods, herbs and teas.
If that's not enough to choose from, we'll also have conversation cafés each day at ReStore Our World. Some of these will provide an opportunity to process the simulcast plenary speeches. Others will offer a chance for round table discussions of the latest news in genetically modified foods with local organic farmer, Kris Holstrom and the concept of slow food (as opposed to fast food) with Telluride Farmer's Market organizer, M'Lissa Story.
Anna Lappé, co-author with her mother, Frances Moore Lappé of the book Hopes' Edge will be here in person to help host the weekend festivities and to present her ideas of honest hope for social change on Friday night at the Opera House.
Attendees might like to meet the 60s' simple-living guru Lloyd Kahn for his talk about hand-built shelters, on Saturday evening at the Opera House. Kahn wrote the cult-classic Shelter and will present his new book, Home Work, sure to be of interest to the building community of Telluride.
To round out the weekend, yoga will be offered each morning and communal, organic lunch will be available each day (by advance reservation). Philip Miller and Chris Hazen will lead guided hikes during the midday breaks. Coffee and muffins will be served each morning. Evening films, music and speakers will provide some relaxed social time for those who attend.
For $15, ticket holders may attend one event or a whole day. $40 buys a weekend pass. $100 angel tickets helps support the event.
As one of our own local Bioneers, Betsy McKinney has said, "We face a clear choice: An age of extinctions or an age of restoration.
Which do you choose?"
Join us for a weekend of restoration.
For a schedule and information or to reserve tickets or lunch, please call Elisabeth at 970/728-4689 or Sheep Mountain Alliance at 970/728-3729.
Joan May is Director of the Sheep Mountain Alliance.