Schedule

Faepsium Schedule 2012: 8—11 Nov.

Thursday 11/8

5:00—7:00
Open space, set up, chill, free form
7:30—8:00
Lobby social, light snacks and refreshments (lobby, 30min)
8:00—9:00
Opening ritual (large room, 1hr)
9:00—10:00
Open space, light snacks and refreshments (1hr)

 

Friday 11/9

12:00 -1:30
Set up
1:30—4:30
Trans-spirituality – Leeza Edwards (press room)
Let’s begin the journey of looking at our lives beyond the binary lens. Though the title may evoke many a concept- you’re gently encouraged in this presentation to see life as it really is- without bias. We’ll investigate together the exquisite beauty and universal truths regarding the intersections of gender of spirituality. This is a dialogue about a precious and courageous journey of transformation and transcendence. Along the way, we’ll offer a greater vision for those whom this dialogue is about. Inherent in nature is diverse expression and we are indeed aspects of this beauty.
2:30—4:30
Delving into the Tarot River River – Fagan (small room)
This workshop will give participants an open, supportive space in which to explore and deepen their relationship with the Tarot and with their own intuitive powers. After creating a circle together, a brief overview of the symbolic language of the Tarot will be offered. Participants will be invited to experience a guided visualization designed to access their inner oracles. From here, we will have the chance to draw cards and interpret them–for ourselves and each other.The exact flow may shift depending on what people need and desire. Please bring a deck of your own if you can.
3:00—5:00
Authentic Body – Kajanne Pepper (large room)
Authentic Body is a dance based embodiment ritual for faeries of all abilities, sizes and genders. This workshop will provide a brief introduction to body ritual dynamics and safe-space creation. Group ritual invokation and intention setting. A warm up to energize and become intimate with our own physical and energetic bodies. Group catharsis play where we engage in individual movement practice while expanding our awareness to contain and support the room, the space, our intentions and whole queer selves. A witnessing dance circle and a cool down.
5:00—6:30
DINNER BREAK (1.5hrs)
6:30—6:45
Opening words – Evie Erdmann (large room)
6:45—8:15
Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton – BB Ha! & Om (large room)
Here’s a sneak preview of a portion of the work-in-progress almost-finished documentary about faerie filmmaker/poet James Broughton, whose advice is “Follow your own Weird.” The story navigates the post-WWII San Francisco Renaissance, the McCarthy-era persecutions, expatriate creativity in Europe, the Beat Scene, Zen America, nudist revelations, Gay Liberation, true love, and a conscious death. We’ll talk about the perils and triumphs of following your weird.
8:15—9:30
Hang out (1hr)

 

Saturday 11/10

9:30 -10:00
Coffee/muffins (lobby, 30min)
10:00—12:00
Categorical Uncertainty – William Stewart (press room, 2hrs)
What is a man? What is a faggot? Who gets to decide? Most faeries try to honor both radical inclusivity and the right to separate space, and sometimes the two are in conflict. What constitutes “male-only space” in a culture that includes people who self-identify in ways far removed from mainstream norms? Who defines the categories, and how are they enforced and/or deconstructed? No answers will be proposed; if anything, the goal of the salon is to deepen our awareness of how these core issues don’t lend themselves to “resolution,” but rather, call for compassion, flexibility, and an embrace of paradox.
10:00—12:00
Thought IS Energy – Leeza Edwards (small room)
“In the beginning- there is a thought.”
A wonderful dialog regarding the nature of mind, the structure and content of ego and the experience of life from a space of unbounded joy. Similar to a dharma talk- we’ll investigate the source of thought, our language and shifts of perception. Let’s look beyond the notion of “thinking positively” and see what it looks like to live “authentically.” Our playfully sincere journey will reveal how the creative impulse of the universe produces such diverse beauty as that of a radical faerie. Bring your questions, insights and curiosity!
10:30—12:30
Circle Geeks Unite! A Conversation for Faerie Facilitators – Stella Maris & Mugwort (large room)
As an egalitarian culture with roots in consensus and anarchism, Radical Faerie culture offers unique challenges for those willing to take on the roles associated with holding the container for communal decision-making, healing, action, and magic.The intention for this informal discussion is to share salient questions and build community of practice among Faerie facilitators and mediators. This circle is intended for anyone with experience or curiosity about these arts of tending the collective container.
12:30—2:00
LUNCH BREAK (1.5hrs)
2:00—3:00
SILENCE IS A FOUR-LETTER WORD: A Deaf Poet “Chants” from His Work- Raymond (large room)
Silence is indeed a dirty word when Raymond Luczak performs his poetry in American Sign Language (ASL) not only from his five poetry collections but also from his poems published in RFD and other people’s work from his brand-new anthology AMONG THE LEAVES: QUEER MALE POETS ON THE MIDWESTERN EXPERIENCE. The event will be voiced for the signing-impaired, and a spirited Q&A is sure to follow.
2:00—4:00
Separatism as a useful tool – W’ fang (press room)
this is a presentation on how early queers adopted the ideals and practice of separatism, where it came from and why, how its implementation has mutated over the years, why it was and is valuable, and how to create functional separate spaces within a multifaceted and diverse community. also, we’ll be looking at what separatism actually means, and how to create healing in separate spaces that can then be brought back to the greater whole community.
3:00—5:00
Getting Out of Our Heads: Embodied, Collective Spiritual Practice – Yew Hu (large room)
In this workshop we’ll explore the power of supporting one another to get out of our heads and into our embodied, strong, fully expressed, fully loved selves through the collective practice of embodied spiritual practices like pranyama (breath practices), meditation, yoga, Qi Gong, & massage. We’ll then talk about the importance of collective, embodied spiritual practices in faerie gatherings and as central organizing practices for developing faerie community & the faerie movement. We’ll talk about the limitations of heart circles, email circles, and Great Circles when they become dominated by identification with words & thoughts — and divorced from the wisdom of embodied collective spiritual practices.
4:00—6:00
Occupy Subject-SUBJECT – Oliver (press room)
In 1976, Harry Hay proposed that gay men share a special, unique window on reality based in loving-sharing-consensus. How would we engage subject-SUBJECT consciousness in relations with beings of all genders (and species)? What the hey is a subject, anyway? And isn’t it sexy to be an object sometimes? This workshop holds space for a collaborative deconstruction of subject-SUBJECT in search of better ways of caring for our friends, lovers, and even the strangest of the strange.
6:00—7:30
DINNER BREAK (1.5 hrs)
7:30—8:00
Lobby Social (30 min)
8:00—11:00
Unicornucopia: a (k)no(w)-talent cabaret benefit for nomenus (large room)

 

Sunday 11/11

9:30 -10:00
Coffee/muffins
10:00—12:00
Heartspace for a Dying World – William Stewart (press room)
Our planet is in mortal danger. As a species we have squandered the earth’s natural resources to fuel a binge of exponential growth, causing environmental degradation, climate disruption, and social and psychic breakdown. Do we queer-spirit folk have any special responsibilities as we anticipate collapse of the natural and manmade systems on which civilization depends? Perhaps as walk-betweens we are uniquely well-equipped to recognize the underlying spiritual nature of this crisis, and to challenge its corollaries of mass numbness, and denial.
10:00—12:00
Researching the Tribe – Husk (large room)
This session is meant to gather those interested in Radical Faerie, LGBT, and queer history. Participants of all levels of academic and research skills are welcome. Questions and subjects to be discussed and explored include, but are not limited to: the ethical implications of doing queer history; trouble with the archive; funding queer research; how to collaborate; what research methods work best; what issues must we address; finished, failed, current, and future projects. The hope is for this panel to not only explore, but also identify and network with those interested in the subject.
10:30—12:30
Firebird: Turning On, Going Down, Re-raising the Flag of Revolution. -Truthspeaker (small room)
Everyone come! Fill the tent! David Azoulay, founder of the Church of Political Enlightentment, Sufi minister, and Faerie, will give a combination dharma talk, group activation session & tent revival. Firebird is the energy of due change. Why not a faerie president next time? Who says we can’t– who dares? The mind cannot accomplish it; being right won’t help. Bring your open heart, the ashes of your longing, and humility enough to be changed/ be the change.
12:30—2:00
LUNCH BREAK (1.5hrs)
2:00—3:00
Edward Carpenter and the Roots of the Radical Fairies – Joey Cain
Edward Carpenter, the British poet, socialist/anarchist, and early Gay freedom pioneer was an important influence on the four Gay activists who organized the first Radical Fairy gathering in 1979. This presentation (with lots of pictures) explores Carpenters life and ideas as they relate to four central values that motivated those organizers and are imbedded in the Radical Fairy development: communalism, Gay uniqueness, contributors to larger society, and immanence
2:00—3:00
Donald engstrom-Reese:Queer Spirit, Radical Iowa, and Faerie Beginnings – Husk (press room)
This presentation is a reading of a paper based on interviews with Donald Engstrom-Reese. He currently lives in Minneapolis and participates in, among many things, the Reclaiming Tradition. The paper focuses on Donald’s life during the 1970s and 80s when he lived in Iowa. While there, he and his partner participated in a collective that explored queer spirit, produced RFD, and created a network of queers in the Midwest from Minnesota to Arkansas. This presentation illuminates the Radical politics of the Midwest that blossomed while Arthur Evans and Harry Hay began creating queer culture in California.
3:00—5:00
Ritual construction/queer/trans theology – W’ fang (press room)
This presentation is a reading of a paper based on interviews with Donald Engstrom-Reese. He currently lives in Minneapolis and participates in, among many things, the Reclaiming Tradition. The paper focuses on Donald’s life during the 1970s and 80s when he lived in Iowa. While there, he and his partner participated in a collective that explored queer spirit, produced RFD, and created a network of queers in the Midwest from Minnesota to Arkansas. This presentation illuminates the Radical politics of the Midwest that blossomed while Arthur Evans and Harry Hay began creating queer culture in California.
3:00—5:00
((((HEART CIRCLE)))) (large room, 2hrs)
5:00—5:30
Closing Ritual Queer Magic (large room, 30 min)

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