August 2015

Atlan Center

*Upcoming Gatherings*

*9th Annual White Salmon River Fest: WedsJuly 15th.  River guides and local community members gather together to raft down the legendary rapids, compete in kayak competitions, learn about the river, eat, dance and celebrate. More info online!

*CultureSeed presents Confleunce Fusion: Saturday July 18th-19th. Gardening, Labyrinth preparations, CoCrea Dance, Entheo concert, Geomancy workshop, sharing food, forest camping and more. See adjacent details….
This is a great time to plan a visit!

*SEED Gathering: Aug 14-16th. In the blissful days after Beloved Festival we will host a decompression gathering.We are inviting our community of artists and musicians to share creative time and space over the weekend following Beloved Festival……encouraging collaboration and sharing our offerings with one another.  Speak of Stars featuring Mike G and Sommer, will be previewing their new upcoming CD!  Save the date and let us know if you are planning to come and create*

*The Artists Journey with David Heskin andAloria Weaver: Sept 4-6th.In this multi-day workshop, Aloria and David will guide students through a mythological hero’s journey to nurture inner vision and capacity for creative manifestation.
Working from basic foundational principles of drawing to a multi-layered approach to oil painting, this workshop is ideal for advanced artists and beginners alike (no experience necessary).

*Atlan VBC (Village Building Convergence)Sept 25-27th :Join our annual VBC event featuring a cob oven building workshop with Bernhard Masterson in the Community Garden.

*Bali Temple Raising by the creek and  Forest Labyrinth Creation are both in store for the summer season. Dates to come (and may coincide with the VBC)

*Community Garden Hours: 
Saturdays ~8:30am-10:30 (we are shifting earlier as the days get hotter!)


Join us this upcoming weekend for…

   Confluence events at Atlan are an exploration of cultural and community creativity. These events represent the synergy and fusion of various modalities of life experience ~ building bridges from seemingly disparate aspects of our lives from feeding ourselves, to dancing, to interacting with nature, and to finding ourselves anew together in an exciting living universe.
    Fusion is a reference both to fusion dance (such as blues fusion and partner dance) though also is representative of the over-arching intention for synergy of various modalities of dance and culture.

SATURDAY July 18th

8am :: Weekly Community Garden work-party
11am :: Regenerative Forestry Presentation: Learn about the land: take a plant walk! refreshments served ::
2pm :: Collaborative Lunch@ Forest Camp
3pm :: Labyrinth – experiential learning toward building our labyrinth in the forest
7pm :: Community Potluck @ Forest Camp
9pm :: Cocrea Partner Dance Class.
“Less is More” with Antje Schaefer. In this class we will learn to distinguish subtle movements and pick up even the smallest suggestions our dance partner gives us. To really listen is to begin in stillness. Layered on top of partnered movement basics, we’ll explore creative expression in a conversational dance.
10pm :: Entheo Live @Artifactory
Theo Brama and AmmaLi Lightweaver are a genius musical duo devoted to self-cultivation and bringing authentic expression of feeling and heart into all their creations. Their etherial soundscapes layer atop juicy bass and spacious beats giving dancers a lush, buoyant, and ripe atmosphere for finding deeply connected movement.
12am- 2am :: Open Dance continues with guest DJs TBA

SUNDAY July 19th

10am :: Collaborative Brunch @ Forest Camp
Noon :: Join the Atlan Geomancy Guild for a study of Ley Lines with visiting instructor Jacob Caldwell. Getting a “Ley of the Land.” Building with the Energy of the Land is very inspiring and when they are built symbiotically a new energy emerges

Join us for any portion of the day. Daytime events are free, Evening dance class and Concert $15.  Forest camping $10 contribution per person/night
*Click HERE to RSVP
(includes rideshare and potluck info)

*To learn about latest details and full description of event click to visit our Facebook event page

*For advance tickets to the evening concert and Cocrea visit: Eventbrite 

 *How to Get Involved*

Want to learn more about

“What is Atlan”? …
Come spend time on the Land and
get to know the Community.  This is a great season to plan a visit. You may contact to be hosted for personal retreat or to learn about other ways to participate.
You may also fill out our contact form on on our website if you’d like to share more about yourself
Join a Community “Pod”
We all participate in smaller focus groups in various interests.  A great way to learn more and divein. These groups meet at varying times. Garden Pod, Geomancy Guild, Land & Forest Management, Building Pod, Council Pod….

Call to Collaborators
In the upcoming seasons, we have some opportunities for paid or work trade opportunities for skilled builders, foresters, and permaculture designers & landscapers
Tell us more about you here!

Culture Seed Learning Opportunities:
We see work and play as places for learning.  Programs, events, internships and artist in residence opportunities are on their way. Ideas for learning programs? Tell us about it here!

Contact about volunteer opportunities and event inquiries.

Thank you to all who have been contributing time, energy and love to our emergence!
To Learn more about Atlan.…Please visit our website:, including the FAQ section.  Still have a question for us…reach out.

Community Happenings

Summer Solstice at Atlan: 
Atlan celebrated Summer Solstice with a weekend of wonder and song. Camping in the Forest, we also spent time in the garden, braiding garlic, and playing games Our ceremony at the Sky Temple was filled with late afternoon sunshine as we sang and prayed and celebrated. Nighttime in the yurt was a highlight with harmonium and kirtan. We enjoyed a yoga class on Sunday morning, and a heartfelt Closing Circle to honor our fathers. Adorable Rowan, aged 3, performed Eensy Weensy Spider on the ukulele and for the grand finale, 12 of us rafted the lower White Salmon River with Heather from All Adventures…..It was such a nourishing time for all~!

Atlan Community Garden:
What a bountiful year!  Our medicine wheel is full of medicinal flowers and herbs (and butterflies and bees) and Our garden rows are full of food.  Snap peas and garlic have finished and we are awaiting a bounty of tomatoes, peppers, tomatillos, cucumber, squash and more. Oma is perfecting the compost setup and in this third year is organizing it all in one place with a goal of being able to teach the bionics of agronomy…Workshops coming soon. We are seeing the miracles of super-charged soils, the blessings of extra-strength compost, and explosive results of super-activated compost teas. Applause to the Garden pod for keeping the garden lush in this summer’s heat wave.

CultureSeed non-profit is excited to share the news that Mike Gundlach has been hired to as Executive Director. Mike has served on the Board of Directors for the past year and a half. He comes with lots of Non-Profit experience and is especially interested in outdoor experiential activities and life skills training with youth, that have an emphasis on environmental sustainability and stewardship.
The Kin of Atlan…is an invitation to be involved with us, this land, and this vision. It’s a very real opportunity to Learn and Live with Atlan. It’s happening. The kin are gathering. We want you to gather with us. Click here to Connect.
With much excitement and Love,
the Atlan Community