May 2014 Newsletter // by Ian MacKenzie
Dear <<First Name>>,
It's rare that words elude me.
I sit in the aftermath of five days on Stephen Jenkinson's farm, awash in awe and longing. This was my third visit to the shores of the Bonnechere River, and my expectation of leaving “wrecked on schedule” accompanied my journey, along with various items Stephen had requested us to collect.
An ancestral song or chant and a jar of water from your home place. Twelve sticks cut from a living tree well-courted all winter. A handful of semi-precious stones and a deer hide, smoked and brain-tanned. And many more. We had no further instruction on the intended use, though my fellow scholars and I could smell a ceremony gathering.
It began scarcely after our bodies had settled into the teaching room, road-weary but anticipating. Stephen took the floor and hinted at the days ahead. The work would be relentless, requiring deep willingness to relinquish despair and capacity to break the two trances that hold sway over all those raised in the dominant culture: universal and eternal.
- Universal – that how we think is the same for all peoples throughout the world.
- Eternal – it has always been this way.
To wit: humans have always feared death. Life is inevitable. Our ancestors don't need us. All unquestionable 'truths' for the children of nowhere. Yet what unfolded over those old time days was a blend of hand-made endeavours, the melting of metaphor, and grief-soaked lies finally torn asunder.
Guided by memories rippling through the ages, illuminated like starlight from cultures long extinguished, I lived long enough to see what I never thought possible: orphaned humans claiming their dead.
This changes everything, friends. May the loneliness for our seen and the unseen finally come to an end.
2011 was my third year at Burning Man, and the first year I understood the Temple. When I felt this truth, when I truly let into my heart, it shattered me. And on the last morning that year, I crafted Her a love letter.
There is another essential part of the Temple that many still don’t know about. These are the Temple Guardians – volunteers who quietly hold space among the pilgrims, offering whatever is called to the moment: a hug, a word, a friend, and beyond. This role grew organically alongside the Temple, first introduced David Best and Jack Haye in 2000, as a memorial to their friend who died in a motorcycle crash.
Having served as a Guardian from 2010-2012, I realized my gift in 2013 would be sharing their story. In official collaboration with the Temple Guardians, my aim to release the full short film by June 2014.
» Watch the teaser "Dear Guardians"
CROWDFUNDING WORKSHOPS // VICTORIA & VANCOUVER
Two crowdfunding workshop upcoming that I'm excited to share with you, in collaboration with various partners. The first is my popular all-day workshop The Art of Crowdfunding, and the other is specifically for non-profits. Check out the details below and please spread the word!
MAY 10 - The Art of Crowdfunding - VICTORIA
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JUNE 14 - Crowdfunding For Non-Profits - VANCOUVER
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I've officially come on board as advisor to an exciting new crowdfunding platform based in Vancouver. Read a recent article in the Georgia Straight "Dana.io set to shake up the crowdfunding world with donation-based payments."
The site launches May 14. If you'd like to submit your campaign, visit Dana.io
RECOMMENDED CAMPAIGN: STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS
Happy to share another Victoria-based Indiegogo campaign that has huge value beyond the region: Stream of Consciousness. It's a live-streaming platform aiming to capture, archive, and share important presentations, workshops, and events for shifting our paradigm.
But they can't do it without your help! Please watch the pitch video here and contribute if inspired - and please share widely!
FROM THE ARCHIVES: YAK ATTACK
In spring 2012, cyclist Paul Bolla attempted the Yak Attack – the world’s highest, longest, most intense cycling race. The route is brutal: over 12 days and 10 stages spanning 400km on jeep track, goat track, yak track, snow track, suspension bridges, and sometimes no track, with 12,000 meters of elevation gain and a max height of 5416m, or nearly 18,000 ft.
Photographer/filmmaker John Huddart to captured the action, and I directed/edited the journey into an epic four part series.
BOOK IAN FOR YOUR EVENT
Want to bring me to your event? I'm available for speaking gigs on crowdfunding, filmmaking, and the emerging paradigm. Contact me here
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