Please plan to join us for the Heartwood Reunion, October 8-10, at the Lazy Black Bear, in the gently rolling forested hills of southern Indiana. This year marks Heartwood’s twentieth year of existence, and to celebrate we will dedicate a significant portion of the weekend’s program to what the next twenty years might bring and what we can do individually and collectively to chart a course of ecological integrity, human comfort and satisfaction, and community well-being. Keynotes and workshops will explore what truly sustainable human communities in the Heartwood region might look like.
Of course there will also be updates from the front lines of forest defense, including a strategy session to develop a coordinated regional and national campaign to stop forest-consuming biomass incinerators. This will be a continuation of the discussion that took place at the Heartwood Forest Council in Illinois. Other discussion topics will include renewed pressure to dramatically increase logging in public forests; “fracking” for natural gas in the Marcellus shale regions of Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York; the continuing devastation of mountaintop removal; and efforts to stop both new and existing coal-fired power plants.
And, as always, Chef Shane McElwee and her kitchen magicians will delight our palates and tickle our taste buds with more amazing meals featuring the best local and organic ingredients. We are also delighted to welcome eco-troubadour, songwriter, and hell-raiser David Rovics back to the Lazy Black Bear for a Friday night performance. Saturday will feature the ever-popular Heartwood benefit auction, the Hellbender Awards, the death-defying talent show, and a few surprises.
There will be ample social time to greet old friends and make new ones as we continue to expand the circle of dedicated activists and enthusiastic newcomers helping each other protect the places we love. We hope to see you there.
To register on-line, please visit http://www.heartwood.org/reunion/registration