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-drip- -drip- -drip- INVITE!

sitting quietly i everywhere hear
water flowing over earth, up branchwise leaftip
over this city street, into long forgotten creek ravine
in my heart

i am flow.

Greetings to all!
I am excited to let you know about a creative project I've been directing personal energy towards.

The Spirit Fish Festival resonates deeply with me, and encompasses many of my personal values: bicycles,
birds, art, right relationship with natural world, community, inclusivity, inspiration, connection, co-creating meaning... and celebration!

Please feel invited to participate, yet with no sense of obligation (intended to be a small festival).
If you would like more information read below, or email me.

I hope you are all LOVING SPRING!

Spirit Fish Festival 
 Saturday May 7th,  noon til 4pm

About the Festival:
The Spirit Fish Festival is an art and watershed awareness project
which energizes our connections to water through celebration & creativity.

This creek-side Festival takes place from noon til 4pm on Saturday May 7th, 2011. 

WALK a Nature Tour, SEE the arrival of the River Goddess, EAT cookies, CREATE an
origami boat or fishy art creation, DRINK tea, OFFER a prayer to the water, ABSORB beauty,
and lots of other FAMILY art & fun.

Festival location:
---Join the Journey of Water with Still Moon Arts Society---

Kicking off the Spirit Fish Festival is a celebratory Bicycle Parade & Pilgrimage.
Co-presented by VeloPalooza and the Still Moon Arts Society,
bikes of all fishy persuasions will ride together along Still Creek through East Vancouver
and Burnaby, arriving at the Festival site in good time to enjoy the

Meet 11:45am outside Renfrew Skytrain Station.
Ride departs at noon. All abilities welcome.
Fishy Bicycle Parade info:

NOTE: The Spirit Fish Festival is being Collectively Created.
We value low impact materials and processes, inclusiveness, & collaborative process. 
All are welcome to get involved, either day of or leading up. For real.

the Spirit Fish Project has many elements.

1. event ::: Fish Release, 25 000 Coho ::: TOMORROW Thursday, April 15!
2. Ongoing free public Spirit Fish workshops
3. event ::: Earth Day Parade ::: Friday, April 22! (linking to Wave against the Pave)
4. Festival site transformation wants YOU ::: Week prior to Festival, May 2 - 6

More info:

1. event ::: Fish Release, 25 000 Coho ::: TOMORROW Thursday, April 15 at 1pm

Join Still Moon Arts Society and the DFO to release 25,000 Salmon fry (Chum) into Still Creek.
Location: Still Creek behind the McDonalds near Willingdon.
FREE, all ages.

2. Ongoing free public Spirit Fish workshops

Everyone is welcome to drop in and check out a Spirit Fish workshop. Kids encouraged with accompaniment.
All workshops held at the Slocan Park Field House (right next to the 29th Ave. Skytrain Station), unless otherwise stated.

Core Organizing Collective
Fridays 4 – 7pm
Spirit Fish Crafts & Projects Fridays 4 – 7pm
Young Performers Fridays 3:30 – 6pm
Performer Intensive Saturdays 1:30 – 4:30pm ::: Renfrew Community Centre 2929 east 22nd ave. (dojo room lower level)
Costume Workshops Saturdays 6 – 8pm ::: Purple Thistle Centre 260-975 Vernon Dr.
Bicycle Decorating & Costumes May 3, 4 & 5 from 3 - 6pm at the Slocan Park Field House

3. event ::: Earth Day Parade ::: Friday, April 22! (linking to Wave against the Pave)

Friday, April 22 bring your bicycle and roll in style for EARTH DAY! The GREATEST thing about this event is that is from the freshest of the grassroots -- this Earth Day Celebration is being plotted by young folks throughout Vancouver High Schools! So roll out for the planet and it's young stewards.

Parade starts at Commercial Drive and Broadway at 11am, Friday, April 22. (Good Friday!)

We parade in high style -- fishy characters, mutant bikes, decorated bikes, fun fur, body paint, et al -- and party at Britannia Oval until 3pm!

After the march and the festivities, buses will be heading to an Earth Day direct action in resistance to the Gateway Project's South Fraser Perimeter Road - see for the inside scoop.

4. Festival site transformation wants YOU ::: Week prior to Festival, May 2 - 6

Get down Get dirty!
We'll be on-site ( in the mornings (10am-1pm) working magic to create mud stencils, weavings, sculptures from natural materials, ETC!. A great opportunity to enjoy nature time, for as much or as little time as you like. Connect with other creative folks who care about Nature. Kids encouraged with supervision. More info? contact me!


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