Waning quarter of the Seventh moon

Present: Spiro, Jake, Michael, Sam

Check out Arcata Ecstatic Collaborative (Spotify playlist) – currently not visible


  • Management progress
  • Bands check-in
  • If equinox is too soon…
  • Venues
  • Build familiarity with DJs and dancers 
  • Publicize event
  • Looking into…

*at the end of the meeting notes you will find tasks list and next circle’s agenda items**

Management progress

  • practical data management 

Create separate documents for the following: resources, project proposals (timeline), meeting notes, and tasks (updates)

  • Use group messages for check-ins/updates
  • Core team: role(s) for particular people during pre-production
    • Who’s cooking up the event? 
    • Online presence
    • Public presence
    • Producer
    • Marketing
  • Add a page for ecstatic dance on collectiverising.life

Bands Check-In

  • No from Diggin’ Dirt
  • KR3TURE on stand by
  • Drum Spyder available after October
  • U(didn’t catch name) available for October

For future reference it’s great to book people minimum 3 months in advance

If Equinox is too soon…

  • smaller scale event since event is coming up soon and only KR3TURE is confirmed
  • September 20th weekend 7 – 10 PM consensus 
  • Solstice event would give the team more time for crafting and envisioning
  • First show as a reputation currently we have Arcata Ecstatic Dance as out foundation/platform
  • Amplifying Collective Rising’s presence in the

Waning Gibbous of the Seventh Moon

Present: MycoRrhizae, Jake, Spiro, Saturn

Check-ins and Updates

Jake: Eagle House emailed us again and their budget went up so they are out of the question although we could pursue it for future events

Veteran’s Hall requests no amplified music after 10 PM

Posters looking awesome, visually engaging on poster boards

Sam started a flyer draft

Michael has emblem for collective, a circle for consensus on its use at another time

Note and FB messages were sent to Portegeuse Hall for potentially renting their space

Spiro updates on technical/logistics, we need more equipment

Jumpstart Eureka Ecstatic Dance: starting in a way with a large crowd to attract new community

Spiro suggests we make a list of  venues in order to be more aware of our options

Are we committed to Fall Equinox as the celebration’s focus? Collective Rising is interested in crafting events that are in coalition with the cosmic happenings 

DJ Suaje “Ya sounds good brother.” from email in confirmation of playing Sunday morning Ecstatic Dance the 22nd

Low-stress practice run for this event, if it happens to be large scale then that’s a perk let the focus be the quality of our event and what is it artistically that we want to create for people’s experiences. Learn what works and what doesn’t for future reference. Start with what is manageable. Mutual respect, work discipline, and communication. 

Spiro mentions the potential of art and decorations in blank spaces

Spiro has a BA in business and has ideas/theories that marketing is important and will impact the event 


  • Venues-portegeuse hall, bayside grange, acrata playhouse, jam, humbrews, ATL, dance halls, municipal center in Eureka (rate deposit 10% of ticket sales, rental rate 20%), contact Synapses about connections (Kateri and Leslie)
  • Roles
  • Poster commission/due date – Marketing 
  • Bands/Projects deadline – bringing together different crowds through our line up through their common interests in dancing, an ecstatic dance as a whole event with the flows, peaks, and aquatic realm. Contact Flobots. By mixing genres and bringing the variety it will make our event more particular
  • Tentative: flow arts


Do we agree with Eureka being the location of the event? Arcata is comfortable because we are familiar with the community, and Eureka is potent because it can jumpstart dance being there more often. 

Is outside an option? It takes more work buuuut Redwood Acres and Renaissance Fair

What capacity venue would we like to see? It depends…300 minimum

$15 minimum tickets 


Information based on Jake’s experience with production sets: Directors- creative elements, Producers- supporting elements to creative elements, Technical Directing- stage manager, set up crew, Running green room for bands

Keep communication a central focus all elements that are being worked on are valuable 

Collective Rising vision of yin and yang balance will be a feature of how we participate in focalizer positions and blending our contribtutions

Jake: Producer

Spiro: Stage manager and needs assistant potentially, supporting the bands (hospitality)

Michael: creative director, how the event plays out, crafting the experience for people is energizing

Saturn: adaptable, flexible, mulitlogical approach to what is needed, detail oriented, art and visual happenings, magical touch, providing service, communication – getting meetings crafted, contacting musicians and venues, creative director


Name, branding, emblem

300 posters minimum

Promotion- Facebok, radio (Spiro can record in his studio the ad), and Dar (meeting with Jake about event production in Portland in a few weeks), Emerald Sisters, newspaper, Lost Coast Outpost- the lounge, KMUD, Student run radio HSU

Saturn shows poster draft: feedback was to include more ribbons and information


Object Heavy, Roslyn’s band (Chris Perreia), Absynth Quintet, King Foot, No Good Redwood Brambles, Tropa Magica, Marty O’reilly, Drum Spyder (call Zeke), Spiro has contacts, Urathyme (early October show)

Acts: Kateri, Live Artists, Humboldt Circus, Albert Z, Shea Freelove and the dude, flo artist, silks

Smudge Fairies, sell fruit

Action Items

Find venue and talk to friends about what they know

List of rates and venues – Jake 

Get rates for promotion – Jake and Sam

Talk to artists – everyone

Long Term Action Items 

Record radio promotion after bookings complete

Get walkie talkies


FloGlo Show: multiple acts, visually potent, technical wow-ism, amplifies possibility 

Artistic beauty and the inspiration of the people 

No fillers, seamlessly into a musical performance/dance event

Why are we doing this? What is each of us in this for?

Focus on what we want


Gratitude for any medium through which vision circle can inject its essence is a great opportunity for building community

This is a cool way to experiment with the yin and yang balance. Find a way for work to be harmonious and more reflective of how we would like to live our lives. It’s a platform for experimentation

Gatherings of celebrating and being in sync with celestial cycles as a priority for balancing our trust of our self-identity and community-identity

Fall Equinox nights become longer, shorter days, winter is coming and celebrate the summer happenings, time of feeling and noticing the transitions


Outerspace vibes, cosmic energy: art as organization, we define what is big and accessible, we inform and motivate people to participate, and politically share thoughts/food

How we expose people to art and opening their perspectives through cosmic energy and communication

Communities across distances, massive connections through networking collectives


Changes in humboldt’s attraction to people, now would be the perfect time since the economic areas are fluctuating, ability to form the “new wave” of humboldt, conscious and diversifying people’s exposure to worldwide cultures, supporting the dynamics of relationships and evolving from the current and historical structure

Bioregionalism: facilitating networking and linking up peoples and places 

Potential when effort is present



We are reflections of that which we are attracted to — we are us

Equinox = transitions, remeeting ourselves

Sharing visual experiences 

Balance the intelligences beyond our logical capacities by having the opportunity to practice them through sensuous exploration

The eleventh new moon of 2018

Present: Bianca, RJ, Chelsea, Saturn, Michael at the Spoon House

Serving: Sho pu-erh – Deeper than the Deepest Hole


  • Reconsidering “living naturally” 
  • Opal St. – (D)NA, i(M)provisation, (T)heatre Collaborations
  • Non-profit/club
  • Next vision circle

Reconsidering “Living Naturally” 

Due to green washing efforts of the industrial complex there’s a misplaced use of the word “natural” we are reconsidering our phrasing of that which we are envisioning in a considerate manner of word choice (spell-ing)

Rearranging our approach to work: sharing tools, facilitating sustainable learning processes

Mutual exchange of resources (re-sourcing?)

Honest and connected (Chelsea): connected to each other and to places (honest = transparency)

Finding INspiration is being honest with ourselves (simmering on what are we really wanting)

Feelings are honest, multidirectionality, what do we do everyday?

*simple language: approach-ability and spaciousness

Empowering others without telling them what to do while being available to provide guidance

How would a project approach collective rising? 

no need or interest “owning” projects, non-possession

ecstatic dance, wood shop are examples of places/projects of collective 

crowd sourcing: we would show up to support projects

formatting/organizing: create a help forum (ex. community resource map), mutual learning

Tapping into records: consciousness of other collectives (forests, constellations) “work”/creating a living together through our projects (direct experiences) 

**Together: to gather consciousness to learn how to make an honest living together

playful approach: subtle and simple

Opal St. 

changes appearance, fluctuating, not definitive 

projects that are approachable, street orientation 

ethereal dance company

Non-profit/Club for Collective

There is paperwork that we can fill out at HSU, and there’s a non-profit committee in Humboldt County that meets with groups interested in becoming a non-profit project

Broader than ecstatic dance? expanding space for dancing

Relationship with community yoga center, approach cautiously and hesitantly 

Star/Brennan: reaching out to their project at Humbrews, get feedback

Opal St. projects in motion

Next Vision Circle

Do what we are saying!

show up to each other’s projects

go on an adventure together where we make it up as we go! (firewood harvest?)

generating so much resource that it attracts community by modeling that resources occur in different ways including but not limited to money

Bianca & RJ > club of meaning and empowerment – generating performance art, expanding club idea

Dance Your Own Adventure @ Community Yoga Center T/TH 7-9:30 PM

Open source legislation, surrealism manifesto

rotating focalizers of council gatherings (as a project itself) “it’s not their project, breaking mold of leadership” 

each moon: quest/council 



Waning cresant of the second moon.

{1:00 pm at the Spoon House. Present were Timothy, Jacob, Michael, and Mario}

Some of the things talked about in vision circle were:

  • Conceptualizing a framework with which we draw our network of inter-relation and exchange between projects, individuals, and the community.
    • There is a great bridge to cross between the visualization of this framework and the communication of it, especially since we are driven by a desire to create something that does not just appear different, but something that is actually built on an entirely different paradigm of experience and perception from that which informs the current state of consumer culture in colonial countries.
    • We wish to approach this concept with patience and longevitycontinually evolving and adapting to the emergence of the collective dream.
  • The cycles of winter/summer and our own internal cycles
    • embracing the the times of darkness, quietness, sadness of winter as a natural rhythm providing necessary contrast to the bright and lively summer.
    • nurturing compassion


Discussions from the agenda:

  • Arcata Saturday Market Table!!
    • First necessity: Business licence
      • being researched by Michael and Hannah
      • this will allow us to market our products across a large variety of markets
      • can provide a great service to local creators who would join the collective
    • Next: apply for a table
      • Maybe Sara M has a connection?
      • Maybe there’s a waiting list??
      • Maybe someone who already has a table wants to collaborate?
      • Maybe the Arcata Saturday Market should expand to allow the community greater access to the products of its local creators?!
    • Confirm all of the products to sell at the table
      • Things that are ready for sale now:
        • Whale Tail kneeling stools
        • Curiosity Cubes
        • Live edge furniture
        • Cutting boards
        • Raw Pies
        • Spoons
        • Art Prints
        • Veggies/fruit
        • Herbs
        • Honey
        • Ceramics bliss ware
        • Tea ware
        • Ceramic lanterns
        • Custom textiles & leather work
      • Things that may be ready later:
        • Shakers
        • Frame drums
        • Cajóns
        • Other instruments
        • Miniature fairy temple houses
        • Lanterns – metal and wood
        • Tinctures
        • Knives
        • Beeswax products
        • Spirulina
      • Things that we could sell if we had a certified kitchen to prepare foods:
        • Kombucha
        • Cacao
        • Apple Sauce
        • Kimchi
        • Great Scott Fermented foods
        • Fire Cider
    • Tea circle in the grass in front of our table?


  • Community Music Space:
    • Harmonic Resonance Lounge?!?!
    • A space to store musical instruments where they will be played and cared for rather than being left idle.
    • Instruments want to be played and make music!
    • Appropriate space to make lots of noise!
    • Temperature control would be necessary for many instruments
      • The proposed space in the Spoon House workshop building would require insulation and heating elements for temperature control
        • Combined insulation & sound proofing
        • Green house passive solar heating
        • Compost shitter heating
        • Veggie compost heating
        • Solar electric heating
        • Solar water heating
      • People must be vouched for
      • Owner of each instrument gets to decide whether the instrument is totally open, whether the people using them must have an orientation with the owner first, or whether only specific people can play it.
      • How do people contribute?
        • costs:
          • heating/ electricity
          • time/energy creating space
          • time/energy maintaining space
          • strings and such for instruments
    • Moving forward:
      • Cleaning/Refreshing the space
      • Clearing energetically
      • finding flooring
        • Carpet, foam square, wood?
      • Acquire Paint
      • The barn where Nicholas is moving his recording equipment has a leaky roof. They need to wait until the rain stops for it to get fixed and for the equipment to get moved. i.e. it might be a month or two before we can move forward on this :/


  • Weaving the collective vision of how we want to create this world together, and how the Collective Rising can support our efforts.
    • We are trying a thought experiment which is attempting at a form of open sourced organizational structuring.
      • The idea is that a collection of thoughts are transcribed onto paper, with spacing between each thought.
      • The paper is copied and passed out to whoever is interested in contributing to the vision.
      • Each person can add their perspective to each thought in the space provided.
      • They can also add any new thoughts to that back of the paper
      • Before each vision circle, the copies are recollected and someone takes the role of refining all of the thoughts into something cohesive, resembling a sort of collective dialog or a sort of collaborative essay, where noone in particular needs to be associated with any of the statements made and needs no attetchement to harbor defenciveness and argumentation.
      • The refined collaborations can be copied again and redistributed, which will give everyone a chance to reflect on the thoughts of other contributors and then respond.
      • The idea is to discover an ever more refined and accurate representation of the collective dream and have something tangible to present to ourselves and to the world.
    • To contribute to the collective vision, please email become@collectiverising.life or contact Michael Rrhizae

Waning quarter of the second moon

(A conversation which took place AT THE OMSTEAD after a Tendril Tea Circle – PRESENT IN THE CONVERSATION WERE JACOB, JOEL, SARA M, TREE LIGHT, MICHAEL, SHANON…)
  • Much inspiration flowing with the spirit of pu-erh, lapsang sochang, and nettles 🙂
  • We talked about the incredible number of skilled creators in Humboldt and how we could help to support each other in our efforts to make a living doing what we love.
  • We talked about tapping into an inner source of guidance that seems to lead us in a direction that fulfills our dreams and and brings harmony to our environment.
  • Using the Collective Rising website to host a portfolio page for members of our community who would like to showcase their work.
  • What would it take to have a collective table at the Arcata Saturday Farmers Market!?
    • Business licence for The Collective Rising
    • Applying for a table
    • Having enough people with inventory to sell
  • Tea House in downtown Arcata!
    • Yes!

Waxing gibbous of the second moon

  • We talked about the basic intentions of The Collective Rising – which are recognized as being a vision which is emerging from the collective conscious, something no one of us can understand on our own. Some of the things we touched on are:
    • Living our inspiration is living naturally
    • Re-conceptualizing what it means to make a living as being the act of working directly for ourselves and our community to provide sustenance and co-create an environment that truly supports and nurtures our well-being and that of our ecosystems.
    • The Collective Rising being something that can nurture creativity in all of us
    • Discovering ways to unite people and projects so that we can facilitate mutually beneficial exchanges of resources, skills, labor, and products as a way of supporting  one another’s dreams and livelihood.

The first new moon of 2017


The name “Collective Rising” emerged from a brainstorming session in the Spoon House kitchen during a meeting to discuss our permaculture farm and how it relates to the greater community and other projects such as the creation studio wood shop, the recording studio, Food not Bombs, and the Spoon House itself. We had been previously referring to the concept of The Collective Rising as The Real Life Paradigm, which was a name that described our desire to return to and innovate a lifestyle that actually makes sense in the scope of the world, our natural environment and our community, but the name didn’t quite fit because of the flawed concept of anything in particular actually being ‘real’. The Collective Rising was officially inaugurated with a toast of home-brewed kombucha.