Each person you interact with is an entire universe unto themselves, a divine being, unspeakably precious.
— Charles Eisenstein



October 18


7:00-8:30 pm

opening ceremony & Keynote presentation

Flipping the Script on Climate Change

 With Charles Eisenstein

4-H Events Center

 Many ask the question: “What is the biggest threat to humanity and the planet today?” Charles presents a radical take on this question that subverts both the dominating narrative of global warming, as well as that of skeptics. He will explore how the rhetoric and policies of the climate movement are often grounded in the very same mindset that generates the problem. An alternative solution can emerge as we move from the old story of separation to the new (and ancient) story that Thich Nhat Hanh termed Interbeing. Charles suggests a ‘Living Earth’ paradigm; opening the door to a deeper ecological consciousness that is vital for humanity’s initiation into a new role on earth. His deep knowledge will provide all of us with a new and dynamic perspective that tackles the issues with hope and optimism.





October 19


9:00 - noon

MORNING workshop

Unlearning for Change Agents

With  Charles Eisenstein

4-H Events Center

In this workshop many thought provoking subjects from Charles’s books will be touched upon. The end result promises to be educational, eye opening and stimulating.

We normally weave threads of the problem into the changes we want to make when we fail to question our assumptions. Consequently, we need to find ways to ‘clear the field’ on personal and social-political levels. We have to ‘unlearn’ the things we think we know so that we become aware of a new view of the world.

The goal is to step deeper into a new paradigm of Service at both personal and global levels.

noon - 2:00 pm


Please visit one of our local restaurants as you network with other participants


12:15 - 1:45

climate and community: A Networking Lunch

Christie will be hosting a semi-facilitated networking lunch. We will talk a bit about collaborations on the Western Slope and all are welcomed for this discussion.

Link Here to a Program Details Page to Learn More

2:00 - 3:30 pm

Questions and Responses

With Charles Eisenstein 

4-H Events Center

Everyone will be given an opportunity to write questions for Charles down and turn them in before lunch. Selected questions will be responded to by Charles during this session.

3:30 - 4:00 pm


Please bring your own copies of Charles’s books for him to sign. Books will not be on sale at the event.


4:30 - 6:00 pm

Spirit Brothers and friends

A time to sit back, relax and take in the gentle sounds of the Native American flutes, and percussion instruments. A concert specially created for this event by Spirit Brothers blends wholeness and Interbeing. The music of flute and guitar promotes presence, warming the heart and soothing the mind. Opening for Spirit Brothers, local Native American flute music performed by Ridgway Flute Circle members, a group that formed over a year ago to learn, share, play and perform the beautiful music that comes from these flutes. They intend to set the stage for what is to follow with Spirit Brothers. Plan on being enveloped in the peaceful, ethereal music of the Native American flutes.


October 20


Sunday will be a day of connection, integration, and perhaps even a bit of transformation. It will include practical tools to bring home to your family, community, and organizations. We will complete the day by 4pm.

10 - noon

morning workshop

Radical Joy For Hard Times

With Christie Strickland

Uncompahgre River location

For this morning workshop, we will meet alongside the Uncomphagre River - walking distance from town. You will learn a form of activism that seeks to not only attend to harmed places on Earth, but to rebuild community relationships and deepen connection with nature and elements. It is a form that you can do anywhere and anytime you come across ecological damage It will support you in remaining inspired, courageous, even joyful, in the face of ecological degradation. Radical Joy for Hard Times seeks to inspire activism born of deep listening to the Earth, and grounded in the view that all places (like all people) have inherent value. This particular RadJoy event will focus on Water and Climate Change. By the end of the workshop you will have the tools to offer this practice to your organization, community, friends and family.

Link Here to a Program Details Page to Learn More

1:30 - 3:30 pm

Afternoon Workshop

CircleForth and the Transformative Potential of Groups

With Christie Strickland

4-H Events Center

Have you ever found yourself inspired after a conference, but then weeks afterward found yourself struggling to bring it all home and make it real in your life? In this afternoon workshop we will integrate the weekend, support you in “bringing it all home” and learn ways to participate in your groups, organizations and communities that are alive with Inter-Being. Christie will also facilitate an experiential involving Loving Kindness, Joy, Compassion, and Equanimity that can be deeply transformational and supportive of going forth into the world renewed and ready to attend to the people and places you love as we face Climate Change and an unknown future.

3:30 - 4:00pm

Closing Cerememony



“Sing Together,

Unite the world.”

On Saturday evening you are invited to participate in World Singing Day in Ridgway.


Spirit fest Venue

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Ridgway 4-H Center