About Unifier

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The Unifier Team is working with a great team of people from the Dance New England Community to purchase and create plans for caring for our home of the last two years, Camp Timber Trails.

In this year, in the interim, we have downsized our festival efforts to offer something as deeply loving, but somewhat less epic.

Our location for 2017 is truly gorgeous, with riverside camping, and stunning hills that lead to a beautiful lake.

We move forward with great hopes that our community will be co-owning our own sacred festival grounds and retreat center by the end of this summer, a dream that has been at the core of our mission from the beginning.

We were born to live creatively.
Let’s come together and dare to be inspiring.
Let’s create culture together.fire ceremony
Through sharing wisdom, ideas, dancing, singing, painting, sharing story, poem and song, balancing our minds, our hearts and our bodies, and honoring nature, ourselves and one another, we come together without excuse to share our beauty.

Unifier Festival will bring together an amazing group of inspirational artists and educators.  This is a sacred celebration of all that we are and all that we can be.

Honoring and bringing together different sub-cultures, this gathering is a yoga festival, a sacred world music festival, and a tribal belly dance festival.  It is a live art show, a dance party, a place for ceremony, for permaculture, for  sculptural works and circus arts.  It is a place to care for the land and to eat organic food, and to be inspired and inspire our kids and our elders.

A significant portion of proceeds from Unifier Festival over multiple years will be put in a Land Trust Fund for a retreat center and  potential eco-village to be owned in perpetuity, governed by council, and in service to the community.  

Just by attending this gathering, just by showing up and having an amazing time, you will be supporting the creation of a place where people come together to share creativity, culture, knowledge and wisdom through various mediums in the healing and expressive arts with a focus on a healthy relationship to the natural world.

“The power of humanity comes from people getting together and unifying.  Choose what to unify around”  Ac Tah- the Walking Shaman

It is our aim to leave the Land that holds us more beautiful than how we find it.
And to offer these days together as a fertile ground for sparking new ideas and projects.
Unifier Festival would like to thank Jan Betts for the use of her amazing work “eternal moment”.  See more of her work at www.janbettsart.com
We also thank Cada Johnson for the us of “The Dancer”  www.cadajohnson.com, and Kate Kinsey for our logo.

From Our Council Members

These are the folks who have agreed to hold the vision and be in service to the Sacred Land that our community human-i-FESTS:
“One of the reasons I’m excited about Unifier is not only the obvious: “let’s come together for the Earth and future generations” but also that it is an incubator for a new Earth-honoring culture.  Learning how to do that is the most compelling task of our times and, if we choose, the most enjoyable. Unifier is where we feel our strength as we take baby steps into something so ecstatic and different we may hardly recognize ourselves. Can’t wait to see you there!”

Bill head shot w_o beardBill Pfeiffer aka «Sky Otter» is the founder of Sacred Earth Network which implemented leading edge visions for almost 20 years. In that time, Bill made Russia a “second home” having traveled there 42 times – giving him a rare cross-cultural perspective. During that time he also led dozens of spiritual ecology workshops in the U.S. He has 25 years of experience in Re-evaluation Counseling and Vipassana meditation, and has undergone extensive training with Siberian shamans as well as with Joanna Macy and John Perkins.
He has also spent much time in the US Southwest learning about Native medicine ways and the crucial importance of the petroglyphs and pictographs.His new book, Wild Earth, Wild Soul: A Manual for an Ecstatic Culture has already been met with high acclaim.Bill has been living in the forests of Nichewaug (Petersham) Massachusetts for 18 years.

pam kimballPam Kimball works to create sustainable community where we can manifest our dreams by focusing on visions of joy and the power of love.  Pam is grateful to all who are willing to open their hearts to listen to greater guidance and be directed by their soul’s journey.  Her priorities are understanding and protecting the sacred landscape, living in love, facilitating healing, and listening to spirit.

Pam currently works to build Zero Energy House Developments in New England with Transformations, Inc. based in Townsend, MA.  These super-insulated homes produce with solar the power that they need for heat, hot water and electricity.  Their newest project is a 73-unit fossil-fuel-free Zero Energy Development in Northampton, MA, which includes a Co-housing village of cottages.  The project will integrate Permaculture and Low Impact Design techniques and is inspired by the Living Building Challenge vision.  www.transformations-inc.com

For many years she worked with Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust as the Development Director to protect farms, forests, and wildlife habitat in Massachusetts.  She attended Babson College studying Business and Entrepreneurial Studies where she started the Babson Environmental Society.

Pam was one of the founding members of Earthlands – a spiritual healing community based in Petersham, MA where she served on the Board of Directors and the Land Trust Committee and co-led Green Goddess weekends.  Pam is a certified DolphinBRETH Facilitator, Shamanic Studies Practitioner, and a bellydancer.


jim farhamJim Farnham for years has provided inmates within the Massachusetts Correctional System a forum for spiritual expression using traditional Native teachings. Jim is one of the core organizers of the Eighth Fire Gathering in Massachusetts.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Jason Cohen, the creator of Forestdance, Sacred World Interdependence Day and founder of Unifier Festival has experienced numerous healing and expressive arts rituals around the world.

His knowledge, experience, sensitivity and training as a ritual facilitator and his life long pursuit of exploring passion and subtlety in music, has led him in service to spark and curate the Unifier Festival Gathering.

Forestdance at the root of the Unifier lineage has taken place in 7 US states and has happened 8 times in Costa Rica a total of 26 times!  These are powerful transformational ritual gatherings designed to bring people into their full power through the process of burning off symptomatic energies, coming fulling present, and balancing heart, mind, body and spirit inside and out of the sacred fire circle. When not facilitating one of these gatherings, Jason often is composing and performing with his musical projects Incus and Sacred Side Project, or producing events for the heARTbeat Collective. His latest endeavor is called Unifier Festival, a larger healing and expressive arts festival with a mission that includes bringing people together to create a community owned Land Trust. Jason is a community organizer deeply committed to creating spaces where people can become empowered and inspired.

Jason has held ceremonial space and studied with many blessed teachers, including Suzanne Rancourt (Abenaki Bear Clan), Mandaza Kandemwa (Shona), and Malidoma Some (Dagara), and takes much of his inspiration from his humble and direct connections to nature and his ancestors.