Lots of exciting activities are available to experience at Wild Rose Moon the week of April 17 to April 22. Come help celebrate all of God’s creation on our beautiful planet. All the activities are free and open to the public and refreshments are provided.
Monday, April 17th, at 6 pm, “Earth Flow Yoga.” Join area yoga and meditation Instructor, Heather Baron, for a session that is designed for all ages. Heather will lead a yoga session that is designed to connect you with the energy of the earth while grounding the body with breath work and mindful movent. It’s all designed to “help get you out of your head and back into your body.” Please bring a yoga mat, and call 574-276-1185 to register.
Tuesday, April 18th, at 6:30 pm, “The Great Work: Thomas Berry and Eco-Spirituality.” Moon Tree Arts director, Matthew Celmer, will give a presentation designed around Thomas Berry’s magnum opus, “The Great Work.” Berry was a Catholic priest, cultural historian, and scholar of the world’s religions, especially Asian traditions. Later, as he studied Earth’s history and evolution, he called himself a “geologian”. Berry’s term for our current task at hand for the human species was designed to help facilitate the global transition to the Ecozoic Era, a time of mutually enhancing relationship between Earth and humanity. Matthew will introduce Thomas Berry and his work and discuss what is meant by “eco-spirituality” and how that fits into the Great Work.
Wednesday, April 19th, from 7 to 9 pm, “Earth’s Answer” Open Mic. Join host Martina Samm as she introduces songwriters, storytellers, and poets who will be sharing works that celebrate the earth and God’s creation, or providing poignant commentary on the ecological moment we find ourselves in. Martina Samm registered dietician, RDN,LD, will have free nutrition handouts from previous NEON presentations.
Thursday, April 20th, from 7 to 8:30 pm, “Living on Indigenous Landscapes: Potawatomi and Settler Histories in Northern Indiana.” Join us for a presentation and follow-up discussion with Dr. Luke Gascho, from Goshen College, who will ask: Who were the Indigenous peoples who lived on the land where we live today and how can we respond to the injustices that caused them to lose this land? Dr. Gascho served as the executive director of Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center at Wolf Lake for 22 years. During his tenure, he led the implementation of field-based undergraduate and graduate programs in sustainability and environmental education. This presentation is funded in partnership with Indiana Humanities.
Saturday, April, 22nd, from 11 to 12 am, “Earth Day on the Wild Rose Moon Radio Hour.” Join us for our first ever “Earth Day” radio hour, with special guests John Kennedy, Chris O’Brien, Joel Cooper, and Nathan Waddill + John Bahler, Jim Yocom, George & Michele Schricker, Maggie Kubley, Martina Samm, Howard Gibbs, Mark Snell, Pam Gunterman, and more. The show will feature the original work of all these fine artists expressing concern and paying tribute to the planet and all of God’s creation.