Falling Leaves: Compost Tea
This year’s annual Falling Leaves Jam is fed by seasonal motifs of transformation and regeneration, an opportunity to celebrate and contemplate with every cell in your body the journey to ending and renewal unfolding before us.
Earthdance bursts with color this time of year, the leaves on the wind whisper of the beauty of endings as they fall to the earth to decay and ferment and become next year’s ground. Fermenting leaves steeped in hot water make tea, and tea makes culture. We use this moment of our cultural and community hot waters to steep the compost of seasons past, and we call on all the ancient and contemporary rituals from around the world of sharing time and perspective around a brew of fermented, fallen foliage to guide us in creating space for reflection and transformation in our shared CI practice.
Welcome to our Compost Tea themed gathering: In dance and conversation, with music and in silence, around the table and out in the woods, we come together to blend and steep our failed and successful efforts of the past year, to brew a potent fertilizer to feed our collective ground and warm our beings as we wonder, grieve and celebrate the moment together.
There will be abundant opportunities to contribute content, presence and care: come with ideas and you’ll be supported in finding space, context, and collaborators. If you have proposals for offerings you know you’d like to share at the jam, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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**NEW** CHILDCARE SUPPORT There will be around 2-3 hrs of childcare offered during this jam for parents with children aged 3 and over. Support for under 3 may not be possible. For more details: email email@example.com
Equity & Access
While Earthdance is making efforts to better support Equity & Access at all its events, the Fall Jam offers particularly focus and engagement on diversity, equity, and inclusion through:
- Reduced pricing, Equity & Access Tickets, are offered to people self-identifying as being underrepresented and/or marginalized in CI (more info linked below)
- Classes and discussions aimed to bring up the level of awareness and inclusion at the jam as a whole
- Affinity spaces (jams, discussions, etc.) for particular groups of people—e.g. PoGM, LGBTQIA+, differently-abled, immigrant—to connect, share CI space together, and rest from the pressures of being in a minority status at the jam
Equity & Access Tickets
Although Earthdance is not able to offer full scholarships this Fall Jam, we’re excited to offer up to 10 highly reduced Equity & Access Tickets to individuals who feel part of an underrepresented and/or marginalized group in CI, have a relationship with CI, and who have (ideally) not attended an Earthdance seasonal jam before. We know that for those who come from marginalized populations showing up to spaces filled with primarily privileged groups can be a challenge, and can feel vulnerable. For transparency and context, in the past, and we hope in the near future, we offered 3-5 full DEI scholarships.
For those who do not identify as marginalized and are in a represented group of CI, we invite you to stretch in your payment to help support creating a more diverse jam experience for all.
With education, awareness and commitment, intention moves closer to action; we also invite everyone to read the Earthdance Anti-discrimination Pledge.
- This jam averages 40–60 people and is open to all movement levels & backgrounds.
- The Jam will be a closed container with no single day options to attend.
- All participants will need to arrive during either of the specified arrival times (4-7pm on Thursday or 8-9:30am on Friday).
- Upon arrival to grounds, all registrants are required to take an antigen test (included in price).
- All participants need to attend the Opening Circle at 10:00am on Friday
Find out more about: What to Expect at an Earthdance Seasonal Jam.
No specific requirements on vaccination status are needed to attend the Fall Jam. All registrants upon arrival are required to take an antigen test supplied by them or purchased from Earthdance at $10. Please take adequate measures to limit your exposure in the days before. If you are feeling sick, or have a known close exposure to someone with COVID in the 5 days before the event, please sit this one out, and help keep the community well.
Participant Community Support
Earthdance runs as a community, thus part of the participation is that all individuals contribute to 1-2 work shifts (typically meal cleans) throughout the jam/workshop and participate in a final house clean on Sunday. These are great ways to connect more with your fellow participants and Earthdance staff, and to feel more at home in the Earthdance buildings & grounds. Your contributions to this collective caring of this space are invaluable!
Earthdance's buildings are ADA accessible. More info here.
Earthdance offers a sliding scale payment for participation in this event, please take a moment to reflect as you decide on where you best fit. Your level of contribution is self selected and does not need to be advocated for. However we invite you to remember this contribution is currency and we ask that you stretch where you are able so that those who cannot stretch as far of a financial distance may also have potential access to community events.
As you choose your rate please consider the following factors:
- Your access to income and wealth, as connected to family and partnership, both currently and anticipated in the future.
- The historical, systemic impacts of wealth accrual based on culture, race and other intersection marginalizations for you and your family.
- The regional ease of your attendance, while some community members can drive to Earthdance, others will need to consider tuition based on their ability to travel longer distances.
- Earthdance is a community and rental funded organization which recently, historically and uniquely through the Covid-19 pandemic has struggled to have viable income.
Sliding Scale: More details about the distinction amongst rates can be viewed on our sliding scale page.
Tier One: $550
Tier Two: $400
Tier Three: $325
Tier Four: $275
Tier Five: $235
Equity & Access Tickets $150, Read more and apply here.
Children: Ages 0-3 Free and Ages 3- 13: $225
Documenter/Photographer Ticket. If you are interested in a work exchange for your photography skills, there is one opening for this event. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct 6th to share some of your work and receive more details.
Tickets include room at the Earthdance Dormitory and full board. The Gratitude Lodge (a.k.a. the Earthdance dorm) is the main lodging facility, connected to the Farmhouse by a short wooded trail. The lodge includes large and small rooms featuring dormitory-style bunks and beds (twin & queen size) and is included in the base Jam cost. Beds are available on a first come basis. Camping is also available with a $40 discount (beware that temperatures may be cold)
Refund available up to 14 days before the event less a $75 processing fee
No refunds available less than 14 days from the start of the event.
Partial refunds might be given if a cancellation takes place under extenuating circumstances (e.g. a death of a 1st or 2nd degree family member, serious non-preventable illness or accident requiring hospitalization). Refunds in such cases remain at the discretion of the local organizers and will be decided on a case to case basis according to the timing of the cancellation and other factors.
Meet the Hosts!
Ophra Wolf (ophrawolf.com, www.forceandflow.com) is a dancer and performance artist, teacher and healer dedicated to a lifelong study of movement and embodied intelligence as a vehicle for personal and cultural transformation. Improvisation is her core creative practice, CI is at the heart of her journey as an artist. Her teaching is informed by a love of play and collaboration and weaves together highly technical approaches with knowledge from her advanced bodywork, Medical Qi Gong and performance practices. In recent years she’s been focused on bringing dance improvisation to underserved communities via Newburgh Open Movement (@NewburghOpenMovement) and applying her collaborative, site specific art making skills to water rights reclamation and environmental justice actions. She holds an MA in Performance from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and a BA in Sociology and Dance from UC Berkeley and is the recipient of numerous grants for the creation of original work and dance and art related community events.
Jungwoong Kim is a cross-disciplinary artist and arts educator who brings to his work more than 20 years of practice in experimental and improvisational performance, Contact Improvisation, set design, film editing, and choreography for theater. His work often addresses the role of human loss and grief in shaping individual and collective identities. It embodies aesthetic traditions of Korean Shamanism from his homeland of South Korean, as well as Deep Listening studies with Pauline Olivers, immersive strategies of visual artists such as Ann Hamilton, and work with site-specific and post/modern choreographers. He is especially grateful to Asian Arts Initiative and Wilma Theater/HotHouse for being generative spaces for him to explore and present his artistic imagination during his nearly 15 years living and working in Philadelphia.
General Schedule Overview
3–6:00pm Arrival + Registration
8pm Open Space (settling in, warming up, jamming, labbing, sauna-ing, etc.)
FRIDAY & SATURDAY
10am Opening Circle (Friday) into Warm-Up and Open Jam (Both days)
11:45am–1pm Workshop Offerings
3–6pm Workshop Offerings
12-1 Closing Circle
2–3pmish Final House Clean