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Are you coming to this year's annual seminar?
Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 10:27 AM
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If you've been thinking about attending this year's annual Peak Prosperity seminar in Rowe, MA (April 14-17), time is running out to make your decision.

We're just a month out now, and there aren't many spaces left. Experience tells us they'll be snapped up over the next 2 weeks.

But there's more than time pressure at play here. This year's seminar is going to be notably different from years' past for several reasons:

  1. It's longer - we've added an extra day in order to be able to go deeper into the issues discussed, as well as the relationship-building side of things. When else during the year will you be spending time with so many like-minded people? Were going to make the most of it.
  2. We're the only seminar at Rowe that weekend - in year's past, we've shared the Rowe facilities with at least one other seminar group. Not this year. It's going to be all Peak Prosperity, all the time.
  3. Lots of new material - with the development of our new book and the new macro challenges 2016 has introduced, we have a lot of new content & exercises that will be debuting at Rowe this year. Even if you're one the folks who come every year, you'll find next month's seminar to be quite different from past ones.
  4. More personal action - not only will the extra time allow for greater development of your personal action plan, but we'll be introducing more post-seminar support this year. Imagine leaving with commitments from other PPers to assist you in achieving your resilience-building goals for months after Rowe ends.
  5. Great mix - the 60+ attendees signed up so far show a pleasantly surprising blend of seasoned PP posters as well as a number of new faces. And not only are folks are coming from all corners of the US, but we have a number of international attendees - some as far as Singapore!

So if you've been considering coming this year, it's time to make the call.

We sure hope you can join us this year. Especially because 2016 has quickly proved that the trend has shifted: the false tranquility of the past 7 years has ended, and that volatility and surprises will define the new era we're entering.

Is this the year the system starts to lose control? We don't know. But what we are certain of is that the need to develop personal resilience -- particularly across the other non-financial 8 Forms of Capital -- is higher than at any point since 2008 for those who seek to protect themselves from the winds of sudden change.

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darcieg76
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New face here

I've received a registration receipt and driving directions from Rowe but nothing else. Should we be expecting more e-mail regarding which lodging choice we've been given and an agenda (from you guys, presumably) of the event?

 

Thanks!

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ckessel
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The Rowe Conference

Hi Chris, Becca, Adam and the troops at PP,

I had certainly planned to attend this year but alas, there is so much to do here in the California foothills in preparation for our seasonal events that I am unable to attend. We will be doing an expanded Potato Patch project this year which will feature a third year of helping the local High School Ag program with a potato patch and we will be sponsoring our own Foothill Collaborative for Sustainability Potato Patch project which will feature opening up new ground to permaculture projects. The potatoes happen as a first phase in Spring and Summer and then in the Fall we will be converting it into a Permaculture soil building and food forest activity.

I am happy to see the wonderful activities in Sebastopol in April as well with Joel Salatin and the tours and dinner. What a great program.

So I am really on a three strikes and you're out situation as I will be attending a family reunion on the weekend Joel is in town. My thoughts are with you all in Rowe and in Sebastopol in April. I have some catching up to do. I know the events will be a great learning experience and I apologize for not being present.

Best,

Coop

 

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Give them a call
darcieg76 wrote:

I've received a registration receipt and driving directions from Rowe but nothing else. Should we be expecting more e-mail regarding which lodging choice we've been given and an agenda (from you guys, presumably) of the event?

Thanks!

Welcome!

You should give them a call.  Rowe does a number of things very nicely, but the best way to be sure of your accommodations is to get on the horn and verify you've gotten the selection you desire.

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Four thumbs up!

Just got back from Rowe, what an amazing gathering!!! Deeply moved and inspired. many thanks to Chris, Becca and Adam for near-religious experience!

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Same here!

Great to see many of you again and to meet new friends. Love the new tack towards spirituality as well!

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Much appreciation for the Rowe retreat

Friday night, Becca (who is a therapist by training) was facilitating the group working with the feelings and images of dread that accompany our imaginings of what "collapse" might look like.  She invited and called on us to describe our fears and wrote them on the board.   We felt like we had gotten it all out into the light of day.  Most of us were afraid of very similar things.

She then told a story about an old woman in a cave who over long ages was weaving a great and beautiful tapestry that included the story of all life.  Just as she was finishing it, the "black dog of time" dog bit into a corner, pulled on a thread, and it unraveled into a pile.

She returned to find the pile of thread on the floor.

She then began to sort the thread and set up her loom again, to begin remaking the tapestry.

--A great archtypal story, told by one who feels it deeply.

This was very powerful for me:  meeting that deep dread, and holding it in the context of a cycle of creation / collapse.  Even the dreaded "collapse" is not "the end." 

The old woman sets up to weave again.

Much appreciated.

 

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Energized by Rowe...

I am continuing to think about what a new compact between humans and the earth would/should look like.  I found this discussion of money quite compelling;

  http://gaiaemerging.blogspot.com/2009/12/gaia-economics-money-and-wealth...

The true source and measure of value and wealth is not money
or any kind of human currency. Rather, it is the resources and
ecological integrity of the Earth. At the same time, whatever
(derivative) value and measure of wealth that money carries is
backed solely by earth's ecological integrity, and comes fully
and directly from the earth and the resources of its ecosystems.
This is the most radical and universally ignored economic truth.
Money, and all of economics, has no function, no reality outside
of ecological reality.

The health of our (Primary) wealth  : )

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That is a beautiful story

That is a beautiful story Sand Puppy.  Reading it has me really wishing I was at Rowe again this year.  A new puppy and cash shortages kept me away this year.  Thankfully a completely unexpected change in fortune at work has eliminated the cash problem and the little guy will be all grown up next year!

If you want to take the story farther, the tapestry is really being unraveled and rewoven (at least in part) each moment.

Thank you.  Keep the little snippets from Rowe coming.  They really feed me.

sand_puppy wrote:

Friday night, Becca (who is a therapist by training) was facilitating the group working with the feelings and images of dread that accompany our imaginings of what "collapse" might look like.  She invited and called on us to describe our fears and wrote them on the board.   We felt like we had gotten it all out into the light of day.  Most of us were afraid of very similar things.

She then told a story about an old woman in a cave who over long ages was weaving a great and beautiful tapestry that included the story of all life.  Just as she was finishing it, the "black dog of time" dog bit into a corner, pulled on a thread, and it unraveled into a pile.

She returned to find the pile of thread on the floor.

She then began to sort the thread and set up her loom again, to begin remaking the tapestry.

--A great archtypal story, told by one who feels it deeply.

This was very powerful for me:  meeting that deep dread, and holding it in the context of a cycle of creation / collapse.  Even the dreaded "collapse" is not "the end." 

The old woman sets up to weave again.

Much appreciated.

 

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Our fantastic retreat at Rowe

Well, I can honestly say that the Rowe retreat has left me inspired and renewed.  The new bent towards spiritual and emotional content was powerful for me, particularly as I wonder which direction to head in next and how authentic and open I should be.

The answers were (1) keep doing what you do and (2) be as open and as transparent as you are willing to be.

Another key thread popped out in the comment by Mark at the end about belonging, and being a part of the PP community.  Whereas before he felt like a consumer of PP material, the seminar helped him feel like a member of a community.

And that's what we are; a community.  We are special people who have the ability and therefore responsibility to see the world in the way that we do.  

It's always astonishing to me to see the wide and powerful cross section of individuals that arrive at Rowe, and I was, in the end, thankful for the latest stock market jamming because it meant we were stocked up with people who were there mainly to derive their own personal sense of "what next?" and less represented by people with a strong sense of urgent worry.

Of course we all share the BIG worry about the major direction of things, but there's a distinct difference between stage 1 fear and stage 2 worry.

So here's my open challenge to myself end everyone; how do we make this community more of a community?  I guess we begin by naming it as such directly.  We here at Peak Prosperity are a community.

And we have a lot we need to do, both individually (of course) but also more widely.  

Lots more to share about the weekend, but for now that's the main piece I am sitting with...

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I wish I had been there

To hear that story. I have been regressing in my emotional responses to what's coming down the pike & relapsing into less healthy ways of coping with it. I notice I'm happier if I stay away from ZH for a couple of days and otherwise stay busy with work and the garden and music.  Maybe the answer for me is to just set my puts and calls, set the monthly barbarous relic program on automatic but otherwise unplug from the doom newsfeed. I try to embrace the positive aspect of the PP message but it's still very difficult to process it that way for me personally. Sorry to vent. 

 

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the doom newsfeed
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  but otherwise unplug from the doom newsfeed

I strongly agree with that. We need a general understanding of the problems that are brewing, but we need to guard how we allocate our "brain share". Too much negative news is paralyzing.

The productive way to respond is to figure out useful steps we can take to improve our own situations, and get 'em done, one by one. We can focus on positive action even though we know there's a lot of negative stuff out there.

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