Path Proposal for the EcoSex Convergence 2018
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Calling all ecosexual educators! We are excited for you to share your teachings, practices, and tools of embodied earth-loving as a form of path work with participants of the EcoSex Convergence as Path work leaders in teams of 2-3 people.

Pathwork at the EcoSex Convergence offers participants a small group initiatory experience, an opportunity to get to know other ecosexuals more in depth, and the chance to belong to a small group while practicing skills in Earth-loving. Path work provides two hours of group activity before lunch on Thurs, Fri & Sat during Surrender. Pathwork is intended to integrate head and heart skills with embodied practices and to leave participants with tangible steps they can take to courageously live an Ecosexual identity. Pathwork is often the most memorable part of participants' experience at the Convergence.

What Kinds of Path Work Are We Are Looking For?

We are looking for experience-based path work activities centered around the relationship between body, earth, community, sexuality, art or spirit. This may include ethnobotanical explorations, ecosexual storytelling or a song circle, earth/erotic sensory experiences, ecosomatics, earth-based skill building, ecosexual (performance) art , etc.
We respect and recommend the ecosexy writings of Cascadian transdisciplinary activist Nala Walla and recommend her works as a guide for you. Especially “Body As Place: A Somatic Guide to Reindigenization” but many of her writings and videos are instructive of the ecosexual culture we’d like to create with you. We also find Debbie Baxter’s Nest project particularly inspiring.
Due to the remote nature of the venue (we’ll be in the woods, yeah!), we cannot support PowerPoint presentations or other digital visuals. Audio can be available through portable music devices and speakers. We provide a hostess/liason for presenters who can welcome you onsite and help ensure through advance communications that you understand what audio and visual equipment we already have and what we can support.

For two examples of previous path work descriptions and outlines please click here

Required skills include:
Leading groups of up to 25 people,
Leading embodiment exercises, including ritual, sensory "presencing" and ecosomatics
Grounding at will (anchor classes available with Kathy McKeever or Oakry, communicate with Teri if you have questions)
Prepare path work for participants that provides a sense of initiation. For greater clarity, you can request a conversation with Teri Ciacchi by contacting her in text or phone at 206-612-3511 or email: ecosex22@gmail.com

Surrender is a closed container event, starting with the opening ceremony on Wed and ending with the closing ceremony on Sunday. Ideally workshop presenters will be available to arrive on Tuesday evening @6pm to have dinner with other organizers on the day before the event begins and will be able to stay through the end of the event on Sunday at 1pm.

We ask that the path working activities reflect the diversity of experiences and expressions of ecosexuality, that workshop facilitators offer teachings that stem from their own embodied life-experience and we encourage the development or deepening of original material specifically for this event. Our core values include honoring diversity and inclusivity and to that end we ask that you be familiar with non-binary language for gender, be sensitive and aware regarding issues of race and class, and be able to think well about accessibility regarding your presentations and any exercises they may contain. We are willing to provide you coaching and will make suggestions/edits of your submissions if needed. We also require that all presenters understand, adhere to, and role model our definitions of consent for the duration of their time on the venue property. Please review these two documents for our values, and our guidelines for safer/braver space which includes our definition of consent.

Path leaders will need to work together as a loving and connected teachers, and meet before Surrender to develop resonance as a team and hone material for the path.

Our new venue has one indoor room with a screen and the capacity to show movies or do PowerPoint presentations or other digital visuals. We also now have a projector and a laptop at our disposal and can make them available for your use. Audio can be available through portable music devices and speakers. We provide a hostess/liason for presenters who can welcome you onsite and help ensure through advance communications that you understand what audio and visual equipment we already have and what we can support.

Compensation for Path Work Presenters
-- Presenters are eligible to receive the $250-500, sliding scale, entrance ticket for free; but due to the expense of our new venue (we signed a contract for $20,000.00) any amount that you can contribute towards the cost of the venue would be greatly appreciated. We estimate that the actual cost of the venue, food and set up and take down labor ranges from $200-$300 per person and are asking that anyone who can afford to pay for this, please do so.

All Presenters will still need to purchase a meal plan for the weekend (we manage to keep the food costs down to $100 for 11 vegetarian meals: Wednesday dinner through Sunday lunch, we cannot defray the costs of food without incurring debt on your behalf). We have increased the capacity of the event from 175 to 200 and believe that this allows us to offer presenters the opportunity to pay $250 and participate in either the community kitchen or be one of 50 people we have the capacity to cater food for without us going into debt. Event Producer Teri Ciacchi would love to set up a time to personally review what you can afford to pay and discuss the different meal options with you before sending you a personalized letter with a registration link customized for your registration process. Please call or text her at 206-612-3511 to set up a time to negotiate your registration fees.

-- If you wish, we can include a link to your work as an affiliate in our monthly newsletter.
—Whenever possible, we will help arrange transportation by connecting you with potential carpooling options for you from Portland or Seattle to the event site.
-- We are encouraging participants to gift presenters meaningful hand-crafted, home-made, home-grown tokens of appreciation.
--We will have a place where you can sell your books, advertise your classes, and market your materials and we ask that all presenters take a shift working the booth. These shifts will be coordinated by the workshop hostess/liaison.
--We offer presenters a platform to promote their work to an audience of 199 like-minded participants.

Pathwork Acceptance and Agreements
If we select your Path work proposal, we will notify you by phone before February 15th and follow up by February 20th, sending you a letter of understanding that outlines the agreements we hold with you as workshop leaders.


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Name of Co-Leaders (If you have a clear path idea but no co-leaders you can let us know and we will try to match you with others who are submitting proposals) *
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Proposed Path Title *
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Proposed Path Description *
Please provide a description of the pathwork, suitable for publishing on the website, under 150 words.
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Detailed Path Description *
Please provide an overview of how you plan to use each of the 3 two hour sessions, including the focus and learning goals for each day. This looks like a time line of what will happen, examples are available on request Teri can send you if you email ecosex22@gmail.com
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Personal Bio *
Please provide bios (under 150 words) for each of the path leaders
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Photos
Please send an image of each of the path leaders to info@ecosexconvergence.org
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Can you attend all 5 days of Surrender from noon on Wed June 20 until Sun June 24 at 2pm ?
Can you attend the Tuesday June 19th presenter & organizer potluck on site at 6pm?
Have you attended EcoSex events and activities before Surrender 2018? If yes, please name/describe activities
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Here is the definition of Consent we use at Surrender, Do you agree to abide by and role model this definition while at the venue? Surrender Definition of Consent We are choosing to adopt four principles for evaluating consent as valid given by ethicist Morten Ebbe Juul Nielson (“Safe, Sane and Consensual -- Consent and the Ethics of BDSM,” The International Journal of Applied Philosophy 24:2 (2010): 265-288). Nielson asserts that consent draws its moral force from the idea that individual freedom and autonomy is a basic human right and cannot be given to acts that destroy autonomy. For consent to be valid it must: Be Informed, with both (or all), parties fully understanding the activities they are agreeing to perform and their risks; Must be whole-hearted and intentional (“enthusiastic”), not being used as a bargaining chip; Consent must be voluntary, not compromised by the threat of force or harm; Consenting individuals must be competent (not intoxicated, under extreme emotional duress, underage, etc). For the purposes of Surrender: The EcoSex Convergence, consent must also not be obtained while the persons involved are doing trance work, invoked as deity, in the middle of a ritual process and or already within the boundaries of Lilith’s Forest.
Are you familiar with our Safer/Braver Space policy as it is posted on our website? If not can you please read it before finishing this form?
Are you aware of our requests that workshop leaders be attentive to inclusivity, diversity and accessibility? Have you thought about how these values apply to your path work activities
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