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Solstice in the Pines

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June 21-24, 2018
Near Sisters, Oregon

Immerse in nature, invigorate your creative practice, and celebrate the longest day of the year with us. We'll have campfires, potlucks, and gatherings. Explore creativity in the woods during intimate workshops on writing, herbs, Tarot, movement, and nature connection. Family-responsive programming lets all ages participate in various ways.  

Join in for one workshop or several activities. Or set up your tent and camp all weekend! Or find lodgings in nearby Sisters, Oregon. Pre-registration is required for all events except the Labyrinth Walk & Drum Circle/Potluck. To register, just send email to neworegonarts (at) . It's free. Donations cheerfully accepted.


Solstice Labyrinth Walk & Drum Circle (no pre-registration required)
Celebrate Midsummer! Dress in bright colors, bring a drum or noisemaker, and walk the community labyrinth with us. If you feel inspired, bring or make an object that's made of organic materials, to leave in the labyrinth. 5:30 on June 21, at Sisters Community Labyrinth, corner of W. Hood Ave and Highway 242 in Sisters.

Campfire potluck to follow nearby. Bring food and drink, plates/silverware (try to avoid disposables, which are hard on Mother Nature), a folding chair if you like. We'd welcome extra firewood if you happen to have some! 

Poetry Share & Campfire Potluck
Bring a favorite short poem or short, beautiful paragraph to read aloud around the campfire. Or heck, bring two. Choose work that celebrates Midsummer! If you're a poet: one piece may be your own work. Keep 'em short! Families welcome; plan your poems accordingly.

Bring food to share, drinks for yourself and friends/family, and dinnerware too. Try not to use disposable stuff, which is pretty hard on Mother Earth. A folding chair might keep you comfy, too. Firewood donations welcome.

Remembering Larry Harvey, Founder of Burning Man
Larry Harvey—founder of Burning Man and creative influential thinker—died this April 28. He told me how growing up in Oregon formed his character and his creativity, how he roamed the grasses and creeks and climbed the trees. His early connection to nature fomented a spirit and sense of freedom that changed the world.

Burners and artists around the world will celebrate his legacy on June 21, Summer Solstice. Join us in Central Oregon for a memorial sculpture during our Solstice labyrinth walk, or mail us a remembrance, writing, or art object to include if you can't make it in person. Inquire at neworegonarts (at)


Writing in the Pines
Reboot your creative practice in the great outdoors! Appropriate for published writers & secret journalers alike. Bring your notebook and pen; no laptop computers, please. Multi-genre, professional writer/editor T leads the sessions. Parents welcome–we're working on on-site childcare. Limited spaces available, pre-registration required.

Nature Connection 
Join life coach & certified teacher Susan Prince to enhance your powers of peaceful observations. Nature connection, sit spots, journaling, & story maps. Families welcome. Limited spaces available, pre-registration required.

Embodied Storytelling Under the Stars
Dancer, writer, and embodiment artist Cara Cadwallader of San Diego will lead workshops in movement & creativity June 21-23, evenings, outdoors. Adults & teens welcome. Limited spaces available. Please pre-register.

Solstice Herbs & Meditation
Explore and meditate on herbs appropriate for the longest day of the year, with theatre artist and herbology leader Maesie Speer. Adults & teens welcome, on-site outdoor childcare available for younger kids. Limited spaces available, pre-reg required.

Tarot for the Creative Soul
Use the tradition of Tarot cards to tap your intuition, shake up preconceptions, and delve into your creative spirit. All levels welcome. Bring a favorite Tarot or other cartomancy deck if you have one (Tarot preferred). NOTE: Our exercises and discussions will focus on intuitive, everyday Tarot, not Kabbalistic or highly esoteric approaches.



• Thursday, June 21 ~ 
9:30 am          Welcome Circle
10 am-Noon    Nature Connection
1-2 pm             Tarot for the Creative Soul
2-4 pm            Solstice Herbs & Meditation
5:00 pm          Optional ~ meet early at Labyrinth
5:30 pm          Solstice Labyrinth Walk & Drum Circle*
                       + Larry Harvey Remembrance
6:30 pm          Potluck & Campfire*
8:30 pm          Embodiment Under the Stars

*with Friends of the Labyrinth. No registration required. All are welcome! Please register for all other workshops and events (email neworegonarts @ ).

• Friday, June 22 ~
9:30 am          Morning Circle
10 am-Noon    Nature Connection
2-4 pm            Writing in the Pines
6:00 pm          Potluck & Campfire
8:30 pm          Embodiment Under the Stars

• Saturday, June 23 ~
9:30 am          Morning Circle
10 am-Noon    Nature Connection
1:30-2:30         Tarot for the Creative Soul
3-5 pm            Writing in the Pines
6:00 pm          Poetry Share & Campfire Potluck
8:30 pm          Embodiment Under the Stars

• Sunday, June 24 ~
9:30 am          Morning Circle
11 am               Farewell Potluck Brunch

About Our Workshop Leaders


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Susan Prince is a life coach and workshop leader living in Sisters Country. A certified teacher, Susan spent many years running her own outdoor school for children—helping them hone their observation skills while fostering a deep love of nature. She has co-facilitated Grief Support Groups and Empowerment Retreats for elders, and participated in an indigenous model of community where elders play a pivotal role. There she learned the tremendous value of Nature Connection.


Cara H. Cadwallader, MFA, is an embodiment artist, writer and dancer. She has spent the past decade building community through ritual, dance, and local food in San Diego County. Her writing has appeared in Elephant Journal as well as Radiance and Vision Magazines. She is a graduate of Goddard College's Interdisciplinary Arts program as well as from Sonoma State University's Theatre Arts and Modern Dance department. After the birth of her son three and a half years ago, Cara shifted her educator lens towards women's health and well-being. Today, she runs a cooperative for mothers and their children in north San Diego. Passionate about transformation, Cara believes that parenthood, much like the arts and humanities, can be a doorway to greater personal and collective evolution.

Born and raised in Memphis, TN, Maesie Speer has been working at the intersections of education, the arts, and public health for over ten years. A lifelong performance-maker, Maesie was a company member with Portland's Hand2Mouth Theatre, where she co-created many productions, touring regionally and nationally. She's known to Central Oregon locals as the Arts Center Program Manager at nearby Caldera Arts; previously, she administered the Oregon Community Foundation's arts and culture initiatives and scholarship program. Other passions include botany, plant-based medicine, and cooking. Maesie holds a BA from Carleton College. 



T is a writer and interdisciplinary artist from Oregon. An editor of Plazm magazine and author of the prose-poetry collection A Compendium of Miniatures, T has written for Utne, Tin House, Bookforum, Oregon Humanities, and various journals and books. Her art and performance pieces have been shown at Performance Works NW, Reed College Cooley Gallery's CaseWorks, and Portland Center Stage, among others. Themes of nature, spirit, and the American West intertwine with gender, disability, and mental health explorations in her work. An adjunct faculty in the Master of Arts in Humanities program at Prescott College, she is the director of New Oregon Arts & Letters. She's been reading Tarot since 1991, and is the instigator of the Burning Tarot deck and art project at Burning Man. In Sisters, T writes for The Nugget newspaper and volunteers with Friends of the Labyrinth and Sisters Elementary School.

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Very close by, children ages 5-10 can spend the day at Earth Keepers Adventure Camp at Sisters Parks & Recreation Dept during weekdays (enrollment fee required). We're also working on getting childcare help on-site, so our kids can be nearby but we can do grownup things like write, dance, and take workshops. 

Kids are welcome to join in potlucks, and you can sign your whole family up for Nature Connection class on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings. 

To inquire about joining or volunteering for our first Solstice in the Pines gathering, please send email to neworegonarts (at) . Thanks!

Earlier Event: June 7
Workshop: Get Your Voice Heard
Later Event: June 21
Nature Connection