Cultivating Connections Recommends: Events for Metro Louisville - April 2018
Affirming Connections between Planet, People, Power and Possibilities   
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April Events
April 3, 4 and 5 * Making Social Media That Matters Camp for Teens
Wednesday the 4th * Louisville Sustainability Forum: Field Trip to the Earth and Spirit Wetlands
Saturday the 31st * Pollywog Play Parties at Bernheim Forest
Sunday the 8th * Louisville TimeBank Potluck Dinner
Monday the 9th * Kentuckians for the Commonwealth Chapter Meeting
Sunday the 12th * Louisville Grows Presents a Screening of Seed: The Untold Story
Friday the 13th * Spaghetti Dinner for High School Solar Panels
Tuesday the 17th * Greater Louisville Sierra Club presents: Photography of Tom Barnett
Tuesday the 17th * Nonviolent Communication Practice Sessions
Saturday the 21st * The 2018 Louisville Earth Walk
Saturday the 21st * Active Hope Workshop with Marilyn Stoner
Sunday the 22nd * Earth Day 2018: Reconnecting with Our Earth Home
Sunday the 29th * Louisville Nature Center's Gardenaganza
Other Spring Events and Opportunities
Saturday May 19th * The 2018 Mighty Kindness Hoot
Saturday May 19th * Exploring the Wisdom and Landscape of Your Dreams
Pancultural Vision Fast experience at Harrods Creek
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April 3, 4 and 5, 10 am - 3 pm
Peace Education Program's PeaceCasters' present:
Making Social Media That Matters Camp for Teens
Peace Ed, 318 West Kentucky St, 40203

Click here or on the image above to watch a short video

This three-day PeaceCasters workshop is for people age 12-17 who want to use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and all social media to create positive change and affect their world (and maybe make some memes while they're at it). Our focus will be on building communication skills and best practices for a social media lifestyle. It will be designed and presented by other young people and is all 100% hands-on.

Session topics will include:
* Social Media Success Stories  * Going Viral - Building Followings
* Creating Messages With Meaning  * Exploring Popular Platforms
* Creating Graphics That "Pop"

Participants must be ready and willing to interact in small groups. The $40 fee covers lunch and snacks. Some scholarships are available. Online registration is available on our website.

Requests for additional information and general questions can be directed to

Wednesday, April 4, 12 pm
Louisville Sustainability Forum presents
Field Trip to the Earth and Spirit Center Urban Wetlands
Passionist Sacred Heart Retreat, Undercroft, 1924 Newburg Road, 40205

Directions to the Undercroft 
The meeting will be held in the Undercroft located down an outside stairway between the Passionist Sacred Heart Retreat entrance, and St. Agnes Church, 1924 Newburg Road.  Parking is available in the Sacred Heart Retreat parking lot, just south of the Passionist Retreat House, or in the St. Agnes parking lot, north of the church

Featured Presentation
Field Trip to the Earth and Spirit Center Urban Wetlands    
Kyle Kramer and Tim Darst of the Passionist Earth and Spirit Center

As part of its environmental stewardship and its educational outreach, the Earth & Spirit Center partnered with the Sheltowee Environmental Education Coalition and the Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District to construct two of the largest urban wetlands on the Center's 21-acre property in the Highlands.

Wetlands provide significant ecological benefit, from enhancing the health and diversity of plant and animal species to filtering storm water runoff. These wetlands will also serve as a "living laboratory" for educational programming, allowing Center participants and local schools and colleges to have hands-on learning experiences.

Meet at the Undercroft Conference Room for presentations and then walk to the wetlands.
Shorter Presentations:
Louisville Grows
Ked Stanfield, executive director
Now in its eleventh year, the purposes of the Louisville Sustainability Forum are:
1. We hold and promote the intention of sustainability for Louisville.
2. We establish and nourish relationships that strengthen
community and create change.
3. We create a space for discussion that inspires, motivates and deepens
our ability to catalyze social change.

Saturday, April 7, 10:30 am - 12 pm
Pollywog Play Parties: Green Team
Bernheim Forest, Clermont, Ky, 40110

Earth provides many green treasures, but we have to be green to help protect our planet! Pollywogs will explore plant life by planting seeds and playing in dirt, and engage in creative recycling by making instruments, bowling with recyclables, and much more.

Bernheim Members $10 per child; Non-Members $15 per child
No fee for children under 18 months, but they must be registered. No fee for adults, but they must accompany children. Registration and payment due by 4 p.m. the day prior to program by calling (502) 955-8512. Space is limited.

Sunday, April 8, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Louisville TimeBank Community Potluck Dinner
H ighlands Community Campus 1228 E Breckinridge 40204

Potlucks are a big part of the TimeBank community. We come together to share food, fun and build community all at the same time. Members get to know each other, and people who are not members can learn a bit about timebanking from chatting with our members at the potluck. Many exchanges get set up at our potlucks too!

We always encourage members to bring guests, and all community members are welcome too!

Please bring a dish that serves 12 and your own table service to make clean up easier. If you forget, there is plenty to borrow from the kitchen.

The parking lot is behind the building with the entrance to the parking off of Barrett Avenue. The entrance to the building is also in the back of the building.

Monday, April 9 6:30 pm
Kentuckians for the Commonwealth:
Jefferson County Chapter Meeting

First Unitarian Church, 809 S 4th St, 40203

Join us for our monthly chapter meeting for good conversation, community, and food! The Jefferson County Chapter meets the 2nd Monday of every month at First Unitarian Church.  Food will be provided, and First Unitarian is wheelchair accessible and has gender neutral bathrooms. New faces welcome!  Contact Email: Becky Jones

  Thursday, April 12, 5:30 - 7:30 pm 
Louisville Grows Film Series presents: 
Seed: The Untold Story 
Louisville Grows, 1641 Portland Ave, 40203

About the film: "Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds, worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind." SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel."  Register here.

Friday, April 13, 5 - 7:30 pm 
Spaghetti Dinner for High School Solar Panels 
St. James Catholic School, 1818 Edenside Ave., 40205

The students of the OurEarthNow youth environmental group have challenged themselves to install a $5,000 solar array on each of Louisville's Catholic high schools.  Their goal is to raise enough funds through donations, grants or designated matching funds to make this idea of solar power a reality.  These young people need your help to make this happen.

Join OurEarthNow on Friday, April 13, from 5 - 7:30 pm, at St. James Catholic School for a home-cooked spaghetti dinner made by the students. All proceeds from the dinner will go to supporting the installation of solar on Louisville's Catholic high schools. The suggested donation to attend is $10.
This challenge is a unique and limited-time opportunity to help students move Louisville's Catholic schools in a renewable energy direction.


Tuesday, April 17, 7 pm
Greater Louisville Sierra Club presents
Waterfalls, Landscapes, Birds and more... Images of Nature by Tom Barnett
United Crescent Hill Ministries Building, 150 S. State St.

This beautiful nature photography program features a collection of images, captured over the past ten years, of waterfalls, landscapes, birds, insects, flowers and foliage by Tom Barnett. The waterfall images were taken in West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky and Ohio. Landscapes include early morning fog on the Park Hill Orchard in Easthampton, MA, Hocking Hills OH, and some Kentucky State Park scenes. Bird pictures depict the aviary wildlife that can be found in the local parks around the Louisville area. The flower and foliage pictures are close-up images provided by his wife's gardening efforts around their home.

Tom Barnett is a native of Louisville and has recently retired from commercial photography. His interest in photography began in earnest as a hobby while serving in the U.S. Army. His commercial images have appeared in numerous catalogs, brochures, annual reports, advertising, and web sites. His personal work has twice been published in Digital Photographer magazine and his high-speed images have been featured in the DIY Photography blog.

Currently, Tom is teaching commercial photography courses at Jefferson Community and Technical College and serves on the Student Portfolio Review Board. As often as possible, he pursues his interest in nature and bird photography.

We hope you'll join us for this enjoyable presentation. Our programs are always free and open to the public.

Tuesday, April 17, 7 - 9 pm
Nonviolent Communication Practice Sessions
with Cory Lockhart

Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion, 411 N Hubbards Ln, 40207

How can we communicate from the heart, from a place of empathy for ourselves and others?  Nonviolent Communication (NVC) developer Marshall Rosenberg notes that, "Through its emphasis on deep listening - to ourselves as well as others - NVC fosters respect, attentiveness, and empathy and engenders a mutual desire to give from the heart."    

Continuing sessions on May 15, June 19, 7-9pm; $20 per session.  

Details and registration here.

2018 Louisville Earth Walk
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Iroquois Park, Iroquois Amphitheater, 40214 
Join us for this family-friendly event celebrating the planet and raising awareness about the many ways we can all take steps to make Louisville a healthier, cleaner place. In addition, the Louisville Earth Walk draws attention and support to a coalition of local organizations who work year round for a more sustainable city.

The Louisville Earth Walk will include music, information tables, brief inspirational talks, and more. The centerpiece will be a 5K walk around beautiful Iroquois Park. Registration as well as pre and post walk activities will be hosted in the Iroquois Amphitheater. Musical groups include local favorites Troubadours of Divine Bliss and Bendigo Fletcher.

While many participants will walk and register as individuals, members of the community are already assembling walking teams representing various organizations, faith communities, work places, non-profits and families. Both individual and team members can earn incentives for the pledges they get from family and friends starting with an event t-shirt for pledges of $50 or more.

Register here.

Pledge Forms, waivers, etc. available at the Louisville Earth Walk website.

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Saturday, April 21, 9 am - 5 pm
Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're In
Earth and Spirit Center, 1924 Newburg Road, 40205

This experiential retreat facilitated by Marilyn Stoner explores how to evoke creative, compassionate and transformational responses to the crises of our time. This one-day retreat will focus on listening to our heart of compassion as we explore our own individual and collective ability to meet the challenges of this time.

It will follow Joanna Macy's creative empowerment approach to eco-justice and social justice issues through her elegant small group processes practiced and developed over the years throughout the U.S. and all over the world. Joanna Macy, a respected voice in the movements for peace, justice, and ecology, has been interweaving spirituality with activism for over 50 years.

Participants learn the transformative art and skill of deep listening - how to listen to the voice within, the voice of our fellow human beings, and the voice of Earth. The process includes the use of dyads, journaling, guided imagery, mystic poetry, and wandering on the land.

Cost: $60 for reservations made by April 7; $75 after April 7.
Some scholarships are available.
Register online at
For more information call 502.452.2749 or email

Sunday, April 22, 3:30 - 5:30 pm 
Earth Day 2018 
Re-Connecting with Our Earth Home 
Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion, 411 N Hubbards Ln, 40207

Take a new step in your commitment to reverence the Earth and all sentient beings.  All ages are invited to: Decorate your own reusable cloth bag, Take home a plant in a compostable pot, Learn adopting about your own plastic reduction plan, Hear the wisdom of great peacemakers, Take an Earth Reverence Commitment.

Free Event but Registration Required.

Made possible by the Stephen W. Thieneman Earth Reverence Fund.

Sunday, April 29, 11 am - 3 pm
Gardenaganza 2018 
Louisville Nature Center, 3745 Illinois Ave, 40213

Come out for Gardenaganza 2018 featuring:

* The music of Hominy and Grizz
* Master Gardener annual sale of annuals,
perennials, herbs, veggie plants & more!
* Native plants from Dropseed Nursery
* Herbs from Goodwin Greenhouse
* Annuals from Peerce Greenhouses
* Tomatoes & Peppers from Wallitsch Garden Center
* Perennials & Shrubs from the gardens of Master Gardeners

Also featuring: garden raffles, door prize, food truck,
arts and craft vendors, rain barrels and music to shop by.

Vendors interested in having a booth should contact
the Nature Center at 502.458.1328

Please - No Pets! 

Upcoming Spring Events

Coming Saturday May 19, 11 am - 7 pm
the 2018 Mighty Kindness Hoot
Brown - Forman Amphitheater, Waterfront Park

The Mighty Kindness Hoot brings together regional services for the body, soul, heart and mind that make our commonwealth more rooted and kind.        
    The Hoot is a free community unity festival where you'll find local food, music, art, green businesses, neighborhood & social justice organizations, all sorts of Art,  

 fun for kids,  the healing arts, Amphitheater Stage & Solar-powered Sun Stage, The KindheARTWalk,  Free Educational Workshops,  Massage-a-thon, Movement Circle , Mighty Kind Second Line Parades, Community Jam  over 200 Booths and more!
 The Hoots are all about feeding the peace, love, joy, healing, knowledge, sustainability and strength of our community so bring your family and friends for a celebration of life and possibility!

   The Mighty Kindness Earth Day Hoot was voted "
Best Festival" after the Derby by LEO Weekly & "One of the Top 15 Music Festivals in Louisville" by

Saturday, May 19, 2018 9 am to 5 pm
Exploring the Wisdom and Landscape of Your Dreams
Earth and Spirit Center, 1924 Newburg Road, 40205

Discover how your dreams offer a vision and a revelation
that can inspire and guide you to a deeper life.

Nightly, dreams offer the conscious mind access to an inner wisdom that is both personal and universal. This unconscious underworld realm is a reservoir of unrecognized feelings, skills, perceptions, thoughts, habits, hidden phobias, concealed desires, and inherited experiences.

This workshop - using body, nature-based, and experiential exercises - will guide participants through a process of uniting the conscious and unconscious minds so that their original unique promise might be fulfilled. By re-entering and immersing ourselves in dream time together, we will invite the deeper realms of our human psyche to lead us toward an encounter with the deep inner wisdom of our souls. This powerful approach can help us find direction, uncover forgotten or buried parts of ourselves (shadow), and offer guidance for positive personal change.

* Learn how to remember the "visions of the night."
* Explore how to work with dreams and come to
a fuller understanding of their rich meanings.
* Wake up to a source of guidance, healing and creativity beyond
the reach of the everyday mind.
* Experience a holistic approach to conscious dreaming with
the aims of psychological growth and self discovery.

Cost: $60 for reservations made by April 28; $75 after April 28.
Some scholarships are available.
Register at


Dear Friends,
We're very excited to offer this Pancultural Vision Fast experience, the first
of its kind in our region (in our knowledge). The Harrods Creek Quest, a
multi-phase ceremony, is being offered over a three month period in 2018, at
Harrods Creek Farm (private land) in Goshen, Kentucky just 30 minutes outside of
Louisville, Kentucky.  Guided by Doug Van Houten and Dustin Pickett. 
Please open the our flier for a full description of this program. 
Dates: August 4, Sept 1, Sept 25-30, and Oct 13, 2018
For more information about the program or to register please contact Doug Van
Houten at 502.472.6563.
For Earth,
Dustin and Doug

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