Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Evolve Detroit: Free Movie tonight in Shed 5, Raw Foods Fundamentals this Sat

Evolve Detroit
take it easy on your eyes and see Evolve Detroit as it was intended to be seen.

July 15th, 2009

Great things are done when men and mountains meet.
~William Blake

Greetings Detroit and all who grace us here!
For those of you who are new or maybe just getting to actually read one of these, thank you for finding us and lending us your eyes and your time. We encourage you to look at Evolve Detroit as an opportunity to take a break, learn something new, or you can feel free to simply check our event listings and move along.

If you have a few minutes to take it all in, give yourself permission to relax a bit while you do so. Grab a tall glass of water to enjoy while you read and take a few deep breaths to shift your focus. We strive to put our heart into our work and find that it truly resonates with those to take a moment to receive it in kind. We really appreciate your time and your attention, no matter how near or far.

We want to thank everyone who has been working with Bill Wilson of Midwest Permaculture on his upcoming South East Michigan tour (details are below). We are honored to work on meaningful projects like this with others who inspire us. Please come out and join us at one of these events across SE Michigan.

We also want to take a moment to thank Alan Scheurman for the support he's provided us as a partner and friend. Alan practically carried "The Lab" single handedly as we celebrated Aya's birth and began our adaptation to parenthood. He also fostered new creative alliances with musicians and artists throughout the city and provided a beautiful soundtrack for countless hours at the old Lab. As Detroit Evolution lets go of "The Lab" to focus upon Sustainability & Health/Food Education, Angela and I will again "take the reigns" and move forward. We are looking forward to continuing our work with Alan on the Transition Movement and future Detroit Evolution events. Simply put, we wouldn't be here if it were not for Alan's insight and kindness. In Lak'esh.

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Angela, Aya & Gregg at Faith Farm, June 2009

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Zen Questions
We've had a great many questions about our new home and what it's like living and working with the monks at the Zen Center. For the past few weeks, we've been assisting around the center as a work exchange for our space in the Residency. Though we are excited to learn from and share with our new friends at the center, we're not taking over the Cafe, we're not converts, and that's certainly not expected. Angela and I are moving forward with Detroit Evolution as we continue to learn and grow. We're currently seeking a small home with a bit of land in the city and planning Detroit Evolution events, classes and workshops across the region.

Please make sure to check out the details of Bill's Intro to Permaculture Tour, tonight's Detroit Abides movie, A Convenient Truth, and our upcoming Raw Food's Fundamentals class this Saturday!

We hope to see you out and about around the city or the market this week. Our blessings to you and yours!

In Health, Joy and Liberation,
Gregg for Angela, Aya & Detroit Evolution


Wednesdays: SEED Wayne Farmers Market
Every Wednesday, 11am-4pm
Location: Wayne State Campus on Cass Ave
We keep fresh picked veggies all week by supplementing our Eastern Market Saturdays with SEED Wayne Farmers Market on Wednesdays. Your body absorbs more nutrients from fresh food. To assist in this, you can shorten the shelf life of your produce by buying less more frequently. Also, think about using a bike or walking when you increase the frequency of your produce runs. This will help keep your carbon footprint down.


Detroit Abides, A Monthly Sustainability Gathering
This month's movie: A Convenient Truth
TONIGHT! Wednesday July 15, 7-9pm - FREE!
Location: Eastern Market's Shed 5
A Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil is an informative, inspirational documentary aimed at sharing ideas to provoke environment-friendly and cost-effective changes in cities worldwide. The documentary focuses on innovations in transportation, recycling, social benefits including affordable housing, seasonal parks, and the processes that transformed Curitiba into one of the most livable cities in the world. Cities should be a solution not a problem for human beings. The city of Curitiba has demonstrated for the past 40 years how to transform problems into cost-effective solutions that can be applied in most cities around the world. Please read more about this month's Detroit Abides and spread the word!

Everyday Raw: The Fundamentals of a Raw-Vegan Diet
Saturday, July 18, 2-5pm - $50
Location: The Detroit Flyhouse
NOW is the perfect time to begin your transition to a raw vegan lifestyle! Angela will show you how to successfully incorporate more raw foods into your diet by sharing basic techniques and tips meant to inspire and empower. Learn how to blend, sprout and dehydrate with confidence! (Don't fret if you don't have all of the fancy equipment and gadgets, we always try to have a low-tech option available with each recipe.) Angela will also share her own personal journey to healing physically, mentally and emotionally through diet and how you can also learn how to tune into your body and unleash it's incredible healing capabilities.

DUST & ILLUSIONS; a history of Burning Man
Special screenings in Detroit, July 17/18th

July 17th 5pm (Artist Village) The film starts at 6:00pm.
July 18th 3:30pm & 5:30pm (Artist Village) The film starts at 3:30pm & 5:30pm.
July 18th 10:30pm (Theater Bizarre) The film starts at 10:30pm.
Please view the trailer and purchase tickets online!
Dust & Illusions looks at 30 years of history of Burning Man all the way back to the late 1970s deep into the origins of the event. Through 21 interviewees the film presents the philosophies that fueled the creation of the festival, and its evolution from a small gathering of friends to the largest “counter-cultural” event in North America. It offers a new perspective of the meaning of the event, and questions whether its organizers are more concerned about making sure the show is ready when the gate opens or if they still truly engage in building a community and fostering art.

Introduction to Permaculture
with Bill Wilson of Midwest Permaculture

Wednesday, July 22, 6:30-9:30pm - $20 (all donations accepted)
Location: Marygrove College, Liberal Arts Building
Detroit Evolution is pleased to assist with this 4-city speaking tour for Bill Wilson, co-founder of Midwest Permaculture. Wilson will travel throughout the region next week to deliver his 3-Hour Introduction to Permaculture with a special focus on urban and suburban landscapes. He will present in Ann Arbor 7/21, Detroit 7/22, Flint 7/23 and Ypsilanti 7/24 beginning each evening at 6:30 and ending by 9:30. Wilson has developed a clear, inspirational, pragmatic and concise explanation of what permaculture is and how it can successfully address problems of local food security, global climate change, and living abundantly in economically uncertain times. During the seminar Bill Wilson will share pictures and descriptions of some exciting examples of how permaculture design is transforming the possibilities before us.

Some of the successes explored will be:

  • A permaculturist who has learned to grow bananas and figs in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado
  • A new permaculture greenhouse that produces food all year round with 90% renewable energy, allowing the grower to provide fresh food to local consumers and restaurants in January as well as July
  • A village that uses its common green areas to raise crops for community income, use and enjoyment
  • A farmer who makes a better living on his 9 acres, growing fresh organic food than his neighbors do on their 2000 acre conventional farms
  • Laurie's permaculture yard in Peoria where she now has over 300 useful plants that require no planting, fertilizing and little weeding
  • Growing 25 pounds of potatoes from a single vertical box, on an abandoned lot, in the city of Chicago
  • Growing sweet potatoes and 12 other vegetables right on top of concrete

Please save the date and join us for one of these exciting evenings. We're going to try to "table" at each city on the tour so please look for the Detroit Evolution sign and introduce yourself.

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