Come to the Circle Way camp: the circle as the future rooted in the wisdom of the past

Circle Way Camp, July 17-20, 2017

Return to the circle – 16th year

Medicine Story (US), Ellika Lindén, Peter Elmberg, Stephen Hinton (UK), Elin Teilus, Daniel Casey (UK)

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The circle has been with us a long time. It is the foundation of tribal people’s culture and recently adopted by, among others, eco-villagers and transitioners. Led by Manitonquat, we will spend four days immersed in the traditional and modern practices based on the circle.

Bring your friends and children along for this beautiful summer camp. Experience the essence of the Circle Way, enjoy the supportive listening of the circle way offers as well as the music and fun we co-create together.
Relax in the beautiful, tranquil settings and be a part of the emerging supportive, healing and healthy culture with a seven generation perspective.

Get inspired by Native American worldview and way of life!
For the 16th year we offer an adventure and a growing experience for all ages at beautiful Mundekulla. Find tools for actively listening to others, getting closer to your feelings and more conscious of your goals and dreams. During the four days of camp we experience a ”tribe” in the spirit of the circle, living in greater harmony with nature and each other.  This year we have special workshops on Sami culture and eco-village living.

THE CAMP INVITES YOU BACK…

Back to nature
– Camping in lovely setting (rooms available too)
– Seminars and dialogue on sustainable development
– Swimming in natural lake
– Restaurant With organic vegetarian food

Back to the circle
– The joy of living with others … the basics
– The original instructions
– Workshops and clan activities for children of all ages
– Supportive listening
– Mens’, womens’ and elders’ circles

Back to community
– Campfire stories
– Music and circle dancing
– Play day, play hours
– Mindfullness
– Open stage

Background
Medicine Story has been teaching the Circle Way for more than 30 years. During this time, meeting in circles has spread and become more mainstream, from the rapidly growing folk movements of Transition, Eco-Villages to Self-Development. This year’s camp offers the theme bringing generations together. So grab your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews for a vacation that promises to be the high spot of the summer.

WORKSHOP PROGRAM
•    FAMILY CIRCLE GATHERING
•    Introducing the circle way to those who are new to it
•    Listening and the talking stick
•    It takes a village to raise a child – child-raising wisdom from Native Americans
•    Healing our own childhood – it’s never too late to have a happy childhood
•    Why we need to play
•    Play day
•    Sharing and self-development circles for personal growth

Contents
During the camp people of all ages meet in clans (small groups) based on respect, mutual support and appreciation to experience emerging alternatives to today’s consumer culture.

Activities include talking stick circles, co-counselling, sweat lodge, music and dance. The daily workshops give us a theoretical and practical background and support us to deal better with our strained emotions and our partner- and friend ships to women, men, children, the environment and other cultures and nations. There are also daily activities for children (from around ages 6-7).

Daily Program
8-9 am: Clan meeting with sharing, 5–6 people created for the duration of the camp.
9-10.30 am: Breakfast on your own
10.30 am-1 pm: Great circle and workshop (Manitonquat and Ellika) / Children’s activities
1 pm-3 pm: Lunch in Mundekulla’s restaurant
3-6 pm: Various workshops to choose from
6-8 pm: Free time and evening meal
8 pm-10 pm: Evening activity: clan performance, story-telling, sweat lodge, open stage.
-FACILITATORS-

Manitonquat (Medicine Story) – lectures
Manitonquat (Medicine Story) is a storyteller, an elder and a keeper of the lore of the Assonet Band of the Wampanoag Nation of Massachusetts. Author of ten published books. He continues to develop tools for creating a more humane society based upon teachings of the elders of the First Nations and the explorations of his CIRCLE WAY camps. Read more

Ellika Lindén – workshops
Ellika Lindén is a Swedish writer of children’s plays, who also directs them, creates scenography, posters, and puppets. She has worked a lot in supporting people through circles and not the least women. Since 1985 she has partnered Manitonquat in marriage and in directing The Circle Way workshops and camps. Read more

Peter Elmberg – workshops, circle dancing
Peter is the co-founder of Mundekulla Retreatcenter as well as a musician, social scientist, a highly recommended lecturer, artist, ceremony and projectleader. One of Peter’s main inspirations is “Sustainability” of which Mundekulla Retreatcenter is a good example. From his publishing house, “Music for peace”, he has recorded over 20 cd:s and written more than 700 songs as well as musicals. He shares the Mundekulla story and offers Circle dancing support the children during the camp  www.peterelmberg.se

Elin Teilus – Sami Culture and traditions
Elin Teilus has her roots in the nordic samivillage of Udtja, Jokkmokk. The sami people are the indigenous native people of the nordic countries and they have a special singing stye called yoik that Elin has learned through her relatives. With heartfelt and powerful voice Elin offer yoiks, songs, stories and magical improvisations inspired by nature, people, animals. You get to meet and sense the water from the well and feel the sound of the wind and the reindeer convener through the yoik and its way to remember the living here and now. Elin                                              has many years of experience working with music, theatre and dance.

Daniel Casey
Daniel is a Human Ecology practitioner, has studied with one of the UK’s most innovative organic farmers, Simon Fairlie at Monkton Wyld Court Sustainability Education Centre. Daniel will talk about how to live as a community in a sustainable way on the land, focussing on the concept of Eco-Units, developed by Systems Ecologist Folke Günter and pioneered in Sweden by Änggärdet.

Stephen Hinton – workshops
Since leaving Ericsson in 2002, Stephen has been working on developing ways for organisations to take the lead in sustainable development. Starting with addressing resource shortages as limits to growth, he went on to work with envisioning techniques to develop ideas for sustainability and then to practical implementation of a range of instruments, from city walking maps to flexible pollutant fees. Stephen was one of the founders of the Transition movement in Sweden, an original member of the Humanitarian Water and Food management team, and co-founder of  the Eco-village, Änggärdet.

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General Information

Times
July 17 to 20, Mon 3 pm–Thu 4 pm

-Camp Price-
Camp price includes food and tent space. Rooms can be booked through the online booking.
• Adults, over 26 years    3150 SEK
• Young people, 15–25    2460 SEK
• Children 4–14 years     1250 SEK

Book early
After June 29 + 200/100/100 SEK

-Meals-
We serve organic, vegetarian food

– Accomodation –
Tent space is included in the admission price. Rooms can be booked in the booking form.
• Tent space – Free
• Mobile home/ Caravan, 300 SEK
• Dormitory & Mattress, 500 SEK
• Bed in double room shared bathroom  and toilet – 900 SEK
• Bed In double rooms with private shower and toilet – 1200 SEK
• Single room with private shower and toilet – 1800 SEK
– Extra Mattress (children) 300 SEK 

Information 
stephen.j.hinton@gmail.com

The Camp is arranged by Mundekulla, Nordic Transition Network and Stephen Hinton

Back to the Circle – Circle Camp July 17 to 20, Mundekulla

The circle has been with us a long time. It is the foundation of tribal people’s culture and recently adopted by, among others, eco-villagers and transitioners.  Led by Manitonquat, we will spend four days immersed in the traditional and modern practices based on the circle.

July 17th 14:00 – July 20th 16:00 at Mundekulla Conference center

Bring your friends and children along for this beautiful summer camp. Experience the essence of the Circle Way, enjoy the supportive listening of the circle way offers as well as the music and fun we co-create together.

Relax in the beautiful, tranquil settings and be a part of the emerging supportive, healing and healthy culture with a seven generation perspective.

Learn more here

http://www.mundekulla.se/en/festivals/circle-way-transition-camp-30440637

Return to creation

Reproduced with permission from the book Return to Creation c.1991 by Manitonquat)

I lie with my back upon the earth.  I rest deeply, supported securely on the bosom of the Mother as she turns me toward the Father. The blue depth of my Sky Father’s mind absorbs my own mind. A few frail puffs of cloud fleet across his face like quizzical expressions. The salt wind from the low tide flats sighs through the marsh grass and rustles the silver poplars in a glimmering dance. Continue reading

Creating a Different World – An Interview with Medicine Story

This guest blog comes from Sanna Hellberg http://www.sannahellberg.com/55-2/ Reproduced with gratitude!

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I met Manitonquat, Medicine Story, or simply Story, as he likes to be called, at my first Circle Way Camp at Mundekulla in 2013. At eighty-seven, the Wampanoag elder is still writing books and travelling the world with his wife Ellika, to share the wisdom of his ancestors and teach the art of listening. Continue reading

TOWARDS A NEW STORY OF LIFE IN HARMONY AND JOY

story.pngSays Story:

As far as money goes, I am in a transition process from the Old Story of a capitalist economy, which we all live under, and a New Story for a New World that I would like to model – an economy of giving rather than getting, which for me means that I tell folks that I do not price my income but I still must pay my expenses – I indicate what the expenses are, then leave it up to the recipients of the gift of my services to give back what they are able and would help them feel okay about the transaction.

For more on this see my friend Charles Eisenstein’s book ‘Sacred Economics’ and ‘The More Beautiful World our Hearts know is Possible.’
His descriptions are clear and precisely what I have been trying to say for many years – we got together for a combined interview on video last fall at ZEGG and I can’t wait to see it!

The Circle Way is an old ‘new’ story as it is based on the ways of all people before mass agriculture and the building of urban civilization, when communities were small and connected to each other and to the land and other life on the land and there was no concept of individual ownership because all was in relationship (how can you own your mother the Earth and your cousins the plants and animals?). Civilization changed that old story and everyone alive today has been affected with that individualist thinking of ownership and competition resulting in disconnection, isolation, separation, domination, war, law, police, prisons, lies, scams and manipulation etc etc.

None of that is anyone’s fault and blame only increases the separation.

What is needed is connection, seeking together commonality in our human condition and how we can help one another to fulfill our common needs
and desires. So every way in which anyone can make connections with the hearts of others and bestow the gift of understanding and compassion is going to help move us all in the direction of that more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.

So every moment we spend listening to and sharing with others advances us on the journey together and we are strengthened with the love and the joy that comes with those connections. Gratitude and celebration bring us also closer and further together.

Native American Elders call on us and UN

THIS MESSAGE RECENTLY GIVEN TO THE UN BY OUR NATIVE ELDERS – WHAT IS NEEDED NOW TO SAVE ALL LIFE ON EARTH

Excerpts from the address of Chief Phil Lane, Jr, Chairperson of the Four Worlds International Institute to UN Secretary General, Javier Perez de Cuellar & the World Commission on Culture and Development

Very Respected Friends and Relatives,

I have complete faith that, together, we will be able to build a new world civilization. Drawing on the collective consciousness of countless previous generations, we have the divine capacity to resolve and heal all past grief, fear, hatred and broken trust, while building a just, sustainable and harmonious world that will fully realize the unlimited potential of the human family, both individually and collectively. Continue reading