Help Us Create Our Community Space With VBC!!
HARP is honored to once again be collaborating with City Repair during their VBC events for our third year.
City Repair is an organized group action that educates and inspires communities and individuals to creatively transform the places where they live. City Repair facilitates artistic and ecologically-oriented placemaking through projects that honor the interconnection of human communities and the natural world. The many projects of City Repair have been accomplished by a mostly volunteer staff and thousands of volunteer citizen activists.They are an amazing group of motivated community minded natural builders, architects, permaculture experts, educators and much more who collaborate every year to create the Village Building Convergence, a ten day city wide event helping communities like ours turn places into spaces. Please visit them online at www.cityrepair.org
We have an exciting line up of events and fun learning opportunities . We are excited to have all of you on board to help us beautify our grounds.
HARP Introduces The Triskelle Commons!!
We are activating our backyard with your help by creating a neighborhood sanctuary for everyone to enjoy! The intent of this project is to collaboratively build a space where the community can walk through our learning garden, participate in art projects, play on the kids’ structure, or simply take peaceful respite from the hustle and bustle of the city.
We will be providing coffee, breakfast snacks, and family-style vegan lunch from 12-1:30 for everyone who helps by volunteering during and after VBC. There will be lots to do, even after VBC 2013 is over.
We still need lots of hands on deck to prep the grounds, source materials, and help us reach out to our community. If you are interested in supporting our project and would like to volunteer, please contact our volunteer coordinator. Contact us A.S.A.P. – time is of the essence!
Please note that the events list marks the beginning of each project and that project will continue until it is complete! This means that you can hop in on a project at whatever time suits you. To find out how to get involved, contact our volunteer coordinator:
For questions or more information on these events, contact the director:
Stephanie Dougherty: (503) 704 1810
Below you will find the list of events for VBC throughout the week; if you would prefer to see it in calendar format see below:
Calendar of Events:::
Opening night of VBC!
Friday, May 24th from 6-8pm:
Kid’s Art Project- Prisma Community Arts will be hosting a kids mosaics class today! We will mosaic a water feature for our medicinal garden. (for kids of all ages, even the kids at heart!)
After the opening VBC ceremony, please join us for Soma Lounge. Sip delicious elixirs while you mingle with other VBC enthusiasts in a heart-warming environment. We are holding a Cacao Ceremony from 8-10pm. $10 Love Offering
Saturday, May 25th:
10am-4pm: Living Bamboo Fence- Today we will be planting a living fence line with transplanted bamboo. This will frame in the side of our garden to define and beautify the space.
2pm-4pm: Help us convert our compost bin into a vermiculture bin. With a workshop on how to keep happy worms lead by Serena.
Sunday, May 26th:
10am- 5pm: Forest Understory garden planting. Today we are planting native forest understory plants, leveling the ground and creating a flat area for patio seating. We will also have an art project set up for the kids to help us glaze the clay name plaques we prepared for the learning garden.
1-4pm: Meditation & Personal Sustainability: Sustainable Design as a Way of Life. All relationships – with one another, with our resources, and with our planet – begin with our relationship with the self. Whether we are seeking more balance, focus, and effectiveness as change agents and activists… or whether we simply have an emerging awareness that the principles for sustainabiltiy apply as much to the inner landscape as they do the outer landscape, this workshop is about embodying personal sustainability, or cultivating sustainability from the inside out. In other words, how we treat ourselves and how we treat our world are one and the same.
This workshop is taught by Deborah Eden Tull, founder of Mindful Living Revolution, author, meditation & mindfulness teacher, and sustainability consultant. Eden’s contribution merges over 20 years of experience in the field of sustainability and permaculture with 20 years immersed in Zen Buddhism, including 7 years as a Buddhist monk. This workshop will include meditation, awareness exercises, writing, and group discussion. Please bring a journal/pen. For more info visit www.deborahedentull.com
Monday, May 27th:
10am-3:30pm: Planter bed construction. Join us to build a series of planter boxes out of cedar paneling to frame the front patio space for cafe seating as an extension of our learning garden. They will be planted with full sun medicinals donated from Mostly Medicinals.
4-5pm: Stay for a workshop on Backyard Herbalism led by Stephanie Dougherty
Tuesday, May 28th:
All day long we will be continuing to work on current projects that need more love. AND, you are welcome to come in and take a break…
PAMPER DAY! Today is the day we want to celebrate everyone and take some time out to nurture ourselves!
11am – 3pm Waffle Bar!! Gluten free waffles served with an array of toppings to choose from. By Donation
12-2pm: Beauty Care from you Pantry- Come indulge your self and learn how to make homemade products for relaxation and beauty care. Lead by Lynn Dougherty
2:30-4:30: Bees and Hive Celebration. Brian Lacy from Live Honeybees will be leading an interactive song and dance educating about the benefits and beauty of honeybees.
5-7pm: Healing Foods Potluck- Do you have recipes from home that helped you feel comforted when you were sick or felt nurturing when you needed it? Lets share that with each other. Bring a traditional dish from your heritage or imagination and join us for one of our favorite rituals… The breaking of the bread!!
5-7pm: Transformational Tea with Po the Tea Monk… have you ever been tea drunk?? We can take you there. After your meal we invite you to sit and enjoy some magical and ancient blends.
( $15 dollar love donation, some love for Po’s tea!)
7-9m: Ho “O” Pono Pono – with Alaya Love – Hawaiian Huna forgiveness ceremony and teachings. Alaya LOVE was gifted the lineage of Huna from the Kahuna’s Kahuna of all Polynesia…the beloved Makua from the Big island of Hawaii. She worked with Makua from 1999-2004. Alaya was asked to bring these Secret Teachings out to the public during this important time for those ready to receive, awaken and REMEMBER.” $
9-11pm: Opening show for the Commons! Outdoor concert: Artist TBA
Sip drinks from our herbal elixir bar and listen to a lullaby
Wednesday, May 29th:
10am-5pm: Prepping the Fairy Garden. This is the perfect day for families with kids who want to participate. We will be prepping beds, planting, defining the space with woven branch borders, etc. Roman from the Children’s Permaculture Guild will be leading a workshop later in the day (3:30 PM) to put the final touches on making a fun, whimsical home for our fairy friends!
2-3:30pm: Bite Size Edible Plants Taster Tour – plus collecting plants and materials for the Fairy Garden. Guided plant walk of local edible and medicinal plants by Portland’s resident urban forager Becky Lerner. $10-$15 suggested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.
3:30-5pm: Fairy Garden Workshop – Join us to plant our fairy garden and build an enchanting tiny city for our winged friends out of natural materials, lead by Roman from the Children’s Permaculture Guild.
1-7pm: Barter Trade Fair- We will be serving snacks and hosting a trading fair where everyone can bring things to exchange with each other. Bring a blanket to sit on and display your wares. Then go shopping! Focus on medicinals / edible plant swap and Fairy Garden planting party- Is your walkway being taken over with mint? While your neighbors backyard is a yellow carpet of dandelions?
Umm…. Plant Swap!!
Thursday, May 30th:
10-8pm: Decorative Art Project – Today we create bamboo lotus flower light fixtures to put on the trees out back. They will be beautifully luminescent and water resistant. Another great kids project!
All day, another chance to work on running projects that still need love…
Friday, May 31st:
10-3pm: Help us build our kids play area! Installing kid’s playhouse, hanging swings, and slack lines to climb on. Led by Robin Koch.
Saturday, June 1st:
10-2pm: Soul Alchemy Play Workshop with Joy Elizabeth and Monica G Day- We will be
exploring through fun movements, sound, breath and intention how to cultivate more play and aliveness into your life.
Sunday, June 2nd:
10am-4:30pm: Finishing up building projects from the last two weeks.
2:30-4:30: Mahatma Multiple Hands Healing Circle. Come give and receive. After all this hard work, give your worked muscles a little love…4
4:30-5:30pm: Kaleidoscope Yoga Jam. Kaleidoscope Community Yoga (Portland, OR) is an organization dedicated to the sharing and culture of mandala-style community yoga practice in the greater Portland area. It’s yoga like you’ve never experienced before! Check out their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KaleidoscopeCommunityYogaPortlandOregon
5:30-6:00pm: Closing circle and prayer blessing with Kriyanna Feyalove
6pm: After our events we will carpool to the venue for the closing event.