Registration is officially open!!!!
Exchange includes 5 full days of workshops, including all instruction and materials; one week of camping in pristine High Desert country; water and basic facilities, including sheltered cooking area complete with stoves and fuel. Oh, and an experience of our true nature, community, and authentic empowerment that we all long for so dearly.
please note: this event is not a capitalistic endeavor; rather, it is an attempt at local co-operative economics.
- At the Gate: $395
- Early Registration (before July 21st): $345
- Really Early Registration (before July 1st): $295
- Children under age 7 and elders over age 77 attend for free!
- Children aged 8-14 receive an additional $50 discount
- Day Rate: $100
We are keeping this event as low-tech as is reasonably possible. We believe that remembering how to interact without the use of electronic mediums may well be the most valuable skill-set we can focus attention on. Thus, you cannot register on-line, nor pay with any sort of plastic card. One can register by means of mail (snail) or in-person; payment options cash, check, or money-order. This also keeps our financial resources within the community, with none of it going to paypal, credit-card companies, or other financial “middle-men”.
To Register in Person:
I, Cannon, the event organizer, am in (the town of) Durango, Colorado several times a week. Thus, if you live in or near Durango and would like to meet up and register in person, please email or give me a call and we can arrange a time and place (586.262.7216). I’d love to meet you, share a hug, and be present with each other as we make this exchange!
To Register by Mail (snail!) :
simply make out a check or money order to: Brian Cannon, then send to this address:
Cannon; 385 C.R. 225; Durango, CO; 81301
be sure to include a note with your full name(s), and contact info including phone number(s) and email address(es). What could be simpler?!
Upon receipt you will receive a confirmation email, with other pertinent information.
There are a few work-trade positions available. Work-traders will pay $100, and give 20 hrs of work, either before, after, or during the event. If interested in work-trade, please send us a detailed email about yourself and why you’d like to be a work-trader for this event, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
Directions to Thunderbird Ranch and 4CG/2017:
From Colorado Highway 160, about midway between Mancos and Hesperus, take Cheery Creek Road South for about 5.5 miles. Valley turns to canyon, narrower and narrower, and then you will see the fancy sign pictured bellow these words, possibly along with other fancy signs, indicating that you have arrived, and directing you where to park and so forth.
A Few things to be Aware of
This is a Screen-Free Event! Meaning: this space, this event, this village we are creating, will be free of all digital screens, including: all phones, cameras, computers, televisions, tablets, i-pods, and whatever else they come up with between now and then. Now, we know what you’re thinking: “that’s great! finally! a break from all that! but…. i sure would like a few photos. hmmm..” Well, we would like a few photos too; so, we will have a professional photographer at the event, and the screen on his/her camera will be the one and only exception to this policy. There will be designated times when the photographer will circulate and take pictures. If anyone does not want photos taken of them at any time, simply communicate this clearly with the photographer. After the event, the photos (the best of them) will be made available to all who were present.
We are unable to welcome dogs at this event. (Or any other pets or livestock.) The only exception may be certified leader dogs for the visually impaired. “Service dogs” cannot be welcomed, as the “service-dog” label has been abused to the point that it is no longer valid.
About Drugs and Alcohol
It seems many folks today feel they are victims of culture. I do not believe this to be true. I believe that we are, every one of us, creators of culture.What is culture?Simply stated: culture is any person’s or people’s survival strategy, beginning with the meeting of one’s most basic needs, extending to the meeting of our most complex needs, the needs of the family, the needs of the community. Every time we make a decision and take action to meet one of our needs, we are creating culture.An easy example to examine:Several times a day we get hungry- we have a need for food. How do we meet that need? Do we go to the super-market and buy some plastic-wrapped food from the other side of the planet? Perhaps go to the Farmer’s market and buy food from local farmers? Go out to a restaurant? Are we growing our own food? Do we harvest wild plants and animal to nourish ourselves?And etc., for each and every one of our needs. Every single time we take action to meet one of our needs, we create culture. We create the oil companies (and spills and wars), we create the corporations, the politicians, the madness, all of it, every time we take an (let’s just call it) unhealthy action to meet one of our needs.
Unfortunately, many or most folks in the modern world are taught very few (if any!) skills that would enable one to provide directly (let alone sustainably) for one’s own needs, or the needs of the family or community. We are utterly dependent on a system of domination, exploitation, consumption, and destruction to meet our needs for us.Thus is the acquisition and sharing of Skills the pathway to authentic empowerment. Skills give choice, choice in how we meet our needs; choice is Freedom. Skills empower one to be an active creator of culture.And so I ask you: what culture are you creating? Is this the culture you want to create, to be a part of, to pass on to future generations? Would you like to acquire more Skills, more choice, more freedom, more power, in the creating of culture?Will you join us in this Skill-sharing event, culture creator?….
We most sincerely hope that you will be inspired to join us in co-creating this
Community-Building and Culture-Shaping Event!