Erin's BIG dream: Dance and Nature

"refuse to ever give up or die
with a dANCE          unmoved       through the weariness of these bones.

I will age and love
and owe it all to
the pain, the blessings, the lessons, the seeds,
the music constantly drumming in my heart,
The creative chaos in my spirit.

I refuse to ever fall silent
with a song half-whispered from these lips
nor a prayer unspoken to the trees.
I sing. I dance. I long for. I notice. I collapse.
I return. Blessed, I remain."
~Erin Adams

My name is Erin. I have a BIG DREAMS for the work I want to do in the world. And, I need your help getting there. ***I am raising money for TUITION to continue my studies in Dance, Authentic Movement Expression and Deep NAture Connection. ***

I am:  
a teAcher,
a DanCeR ,
a helping hand,
a weaver of baskets and songs,
a lover,
an herbalist,
a friend and a deeply tender-hearted one,
a bold leader and fierce advocate,
an artist and songstress,
a volunteer,
and a healer,  
And that is not all of me.

I have spent the last 20 years of my life collecting experiences and skills in a wide range of areas - Nature connection, survival, plant medicine, dance, counseling, early childhood education, and much more.

I am taking my work as a teacher to the next level:   Integrating my work in Nature connection/Herbalism with my work with Open Floor International dance/movement.    

In fall of 2015, I moved to California to participate in the Weaving Earth Adult Immersion program and to Study with Open Floor International and the amazing team of teachers in the Bay Area. I  plan to integrate my studies: teaching others how to come in to deep relationship with themselves, the natural world, and the mystery/spirit in order to live as embodied, awakened and fully alive HUMANS. 

I need the support of my community in order to full DIVE in to this learning process.

More about Weaving Earth:
www.weavingearth.com

More about Open Floor: 
www.openfloor.org

A Glimpse of what I am already doing:     www.wovenbranches.org

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Let me tell you about my DREAM for my life's work and why I need both these educational opportunities to support me.

I plan to develop  a body of work - therapeutic work -  that builds off the work I am already doing as an Herbalist and Plant Medicine Teacher - that supports children and their families in awakening their innate human intelligence: the unfolding into our most vibrant selves. Work that is rooted in the body  and connected to rhythms and patterns of the natural world. I will do it through dance, art, nature and play: by combining Conscious Dance, Music, Plant Medicine, Nature connection, Movement Therapy, Evolutionary Psychology and Somatic Experience Therapy. 

I am committed to social justice, deconolonization and and anti-oppression in my work. 

I will serve  educators, parents, teachers, children, childcare providers to support children. I will work in
LGBTQ communities, support people of color, bring this work to neighborhoods and communities of people who don't have privilege and access to the resources of these kinds of transformational work.  

A wise person once told me that the best gift I can give myself is to ask myself every night "When did I feel most alive today?" and to wake in the morning and ask "How will I offer my gifts to the world today?" I have been doing this practice off and on for years with boundless wisdom unfolding.  *This* DREAM  that I am pursuing and asking you to support with these funds is the picture my heart and mind painted from those daily answers. 

It's big work, and I have BIG passion about doing it. 


           ****** SO HELP ME GET THERE!!******

Why you, my family and community,  want to help me:
(You seriously need to check out those AWARDS for donating, they are pretty awesome.) 

- You have seen my passion for working with children and the immense amount of love and experience I bring in to that work. 

- You have been inspired, comforted or touched by my work:  either on the dance floor, as an herbalist, as a teacher, in my basketry classes or  in my work with children. 

- Because my *big dream* tickles your curiosity and inspires something for you. 

- Because I am already answering the calling to serve, help, heal and support others in my life. By helping me gain tools to do what I do even better, you are maximizing the benefits of my work. You will be improving the lives of a wide network of people: all my students, my clients, my friends and those who they in turn share their lives with.

- I am committed - as I always have been - to making myself, my work, and my knowledge available and accessible to many. I will continue to operate on the ethics of care, accessibility, community service and compassion that underly all my work - volunteering, offering sliding scale and scholarships to make my work accessible across economic, social, racial, heteronormative, ableist and gender-biased barriers.

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MY GOALS:

I NEED YOUR SUPPORT!!

It's not been easy to reach out and ask for help with this. But, my heart keeps returning to one truth: I will give back to my community more than I have received.  My heart knows that this is the path I want to follow. 

I am reaching out for financial support from the community of people who have been and will be touched by my work: all of you! I need to make the puzzle pieces of this continued education fit together.

The funds from this campaign with contribute to just a portion of the expenses for the trainings I am currently pursuing:

- Open Floor International Teacher Training: $6,500 

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YOUR SUPPORT OF THE BIG DREAM:

I have no doubt in my mind about succeeding in manifesting this vision that I have for my career as a therpist, coach and healer. These courses and classes are tools that I need to build my career.

The trickle out from every small contribution you make here will magnify compassion, support, love, joy, inspiration, freedom, passion and soulful-awake-alive-heart-centered living in the lives of many many people. 

***If you can't contribute financially right now, or are interested in other ways of being involved check out my project on patreon: patreon.com/37loveletters. 

Or on facebook at facebook.com/37loveletters


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                                              THANK -YOU
                            for YOUR TIME and Support !!
                                                      <3
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