SATURDAY. OCTOBER 7th. 2-6 pm
Americans know Mohandas Gandhi as a peace activist who led his country to freedom with the use of non-violent civil disobedience. He championed the disenfranchised and tried his best to keep the country unified as well as peaceful. His birthday is a national holiday in India just as Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday is here in the USA. It falls on Monday, October 2nd.
Would you like to know more about the man who used water fasting to bring attention to the issues of his day? The man who encouraged us to ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world’? The man who developed a concept he called Satyagraha – Truthforce – to motivate people to use their inner strength to overcome oppressive rulers without resorting to violence? You will have this opportunity on October 7th! On that day Gandhi will be amongst us as portrayed by Don McAvinchey.
Don is an unusual Gandhi. As a tall, white-skinned man with blue eyes, it must be the balding head and round glasses or maybe its the dhoti and walking stick. He certainly is a deep listener with a peaceful demeanor. He returned to Michigan this summer after being in New Mexico the past 18 years. By profession, Don is a Family Therapist, specializing in Narrative Therapy. He will address the audience as Gandhi around 4pm.
Between 2 and 4pm, peace dances will be offered. Robin has been involved with the Dances of Universal Peace for many years. Her friend and co-dance leader, Sister Mary Fran, IHM, will share simple dances that remind us of our human unity. Each dance has a melody and a phrase that all can learn. Old hands join with young ones in the circle. These spiritual folk dances come from a wide range of traditions. They ground us in our bodies while elevating our feelings. The dances are happening between 2 and 4pm.
Also between 2 and 4pm, there will be activities for the superheroes amongst us. Michael Francis Mallon, aka Laughing Moon, has a passion for breaking through the impossible. He founded the Superhero Training Academy in Detroit. He is a skillful leader, creatively encouraging joy, fortitude, compassion and wisdom. Three Roods Farm has partnered with Michael and the STA for many years. In the summer of 2012, 20 superheroes spent days camped out on the farm preparing for an epic bike ride. When they were ready, they costumed up, rode off, and searched for people and situations where they could be of service. It was awesome! Robin served on the board of directors. Greg is working with Michael to design a living playscape on the land next to the STA educational building.
For those who have always wanted to walk through the orchard and arboretum, Dr Greg will be on hand to answer questions and show the trees. He recently tallied up the number of woody plant varieties that grow on 3RF and came up with 95! That is varieties, mind you. The number of trees he’s planted and nurtured exceeds several thousand. He plants trees with all the farm interns who stay long enough because that it still the single most effective antidote to global warming anyone can perform. Planting trees is one thing. Keeping them alive and protected from nibbling rabbits, bucking deer and invasive insects is another. He’s a master composter and will gladly explain his compost system. Michael dubbed him Mulching Peacock. Dr Greg is my superhero, for sure.
No event is complete without food. I invited Swaroop and Sumi Bhojani to bring their Nutri-licious snacks. The Bhojanis have devoted their lives to creating the most tasty and nutritious foods possible. Swaroop was a research scientist who thought his way into developing the foods on the menu of Hut-k Chaats. He and his wife own and operate Hut-k, the name being an expression meaning ‘out-of-the-mainstream’. The restaurant, located in Ann Arbor, uses locally sourced produce and Indian spices to get a product not available anywhere else. We are fortunate that the Bhojanis are making the time to be with us all afternoon. They will offer several items from their menu – Whole Bowl, Mango Lassi, Samosa and Power of 7 – all reasonably priced.
There is no charge for this event. A donation box will be available in the barn for those wishing to help offset our expenses. Thank you. Peace and blessings ~ ~