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Touch Mother Earth 2018 at Mount Eden

The Touch Mother Earth Weekend is part festival and part learning center. Held from 5 p.m., June 1, through 8 p.m., June 3, on the peaceful grounds of Mount Eden Retreat, in Washington, it addresses the need to create an environment of sustainability, ensuring us a habitable home where we can all thrive.

Now in its third year, the event has grown to include an eclectic mix of 30 presenters of modern sustainability permaculture aligned with ancient healing ways. Attendees can explore transformative lectures and hands-on workshops on foraging, plant medicine, fermentation, distillation, beekeeping, gardening, glassblowing and more. They can also experience the life-enhancing benefits of reiki, aerial yoga and tai chi, in addition to expressing themselves through tribal belly dance, flow arts, hula hoop dance and nightly drum circles around the fire.

Seeking to ignite spirit through music, this year’s high-vibe lineup features VooDUDES, Answer the Muse, Dalien 13 Hands, David Young, Sharon Silverstein and the Peace Project, Solar Circuit, Gypsy Funk Squad, The Mystical Kirtan of Mirabai Moon, Way of the Sacred, Bright Hawk, Wild Moon, Tabitha Booth, Dominick Antonelli, Black Bear at the Oasis Belly Dance and Richie Olivera.

Sustainable and spiritual vendors, healthy organic food, camping, and Enrichment4Kidz complete this drug and alcohol-free, family-friendly weekend experience, and attendees are welcome to stay for one day or for the entire weekend.

Past participants have said that Touch Mother Earth events plant the “seeds for transformation, healing and sharing” while creating a “strong personal connection with Mother Earth away from the hustle and bustle of life.”

Kids under 16 can attend free. Interested readers should visit the event website for complete ticket information, as options vary from day passes for workshops and music to full-access weekend with camping. Volunteers and vendors are welcome.

“Whether you stay for one day or the entire weekend, leave feeling refreshed, informed and empowered during this amazing, three-day adventure of beautiful, communal energy,” invites Dave Miller, founder and coordinator.

Location: Mount Eden Retreat, 56 Mill Pond Rd., Washington.

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