My name is Penny Krebiehl, and I’m the founder and directress of Little Artshram, and owner of O’k CSA. In 1990 I began a small non-profit in Lansing, Michigan called ARTSPACE, inspired by my children Zach and Allison. ARTSPACE offered programs and community based projects for children, youth and their families that focused on environmental education with creativity and art as the vehicle for applying behavioral and lifestyle changes. One of our first and dearest supporters of ARTSPACE and it’s programs, was our friend and landlord Robert Busby. In 2000, after 10 amazing years in North Lansing when it was going through the final stages of “Old Town” transformation, I moved north to the Traverse City area, and have continued developing programs, projects and educational services through the continuation of ARTSPACE, now called Little Artshram, and my permi-consulting and design business, O’k CSA.
One of the services Little Artshram and O’k CSA collaborates on, is bringing in guest speakers to continue on the path of individual and community-wide life-style change to create a more resilient future for our shared time on planet Earth. We’ve had great success in introducing the concepts and skill-building practices of Permaculture and other sustainable, creative ways to review and renew, healthier relationships with all of Earth’s species. We are committed to sharing this work and message in other parts of our beautiful, Great Lake State, from Traverse City to Marquette to Detroit.
Last year we offered a Permaculture Presenter Series in Traverse City, pairing it with a Permaculture Design Course with 30+ participants. This year I made up my version of an “institution” and called it Continual University. The Continual University Series, focuses on ways we might build upon and reconnect to what seems a basic, simple way to inhabit our home-places, coupled with real-life stories and discussions about ways in which others choose to live wisely and well. The presentations that we offer are informative, community building efforts led by real folks who are humble, honestly informed, and speak plain, language.
We are proud to end our winter series, with a special visit by Dr. Guy McPherson, and would like to inform you so that you might also consider inviting him to meet, greet or give a talk with any of your circles of folks. On February, 9th, Dr. McPherson will begin his two week Michigan stay in Traverse City, making several appearances in Grand Traverse County, Muskegon, Lansing and Petoskey. We are continuing to put the call out to the North-West to Central Michigan areas to offer an opportunity for folks to meet Dr. McPherson and experience his message and personal story. We will also offer opportunities to learn about designing sustainable, durable living arrangements, along with updated info sharing about 2012 Permaculture workshops and courses in Michigan.
Below is a press release that is just now being distributed to announce the Traverse City presentations, by Dr. McPherson.
Thank you for your good support, well-wishes, time and consideration!
SPECIAL February CU Series: SELF-IMPROVEMENT with Dr. Guy McPherson,
Saturday, February 11th, 6-8 PM
@ Cogs Creek Building/Tribalive Studio,
124 N. Maple St., Traverse City, MI
Self-improvement? Anyone can improve his/her life at will. Those who will agree with this statement, may say that in order to improve one’s life, we simply need to make the decision to do so. However, a decision, no matter how good it is cannot do much if it is not supported by the right tools to make of it a reality. In Victorian times, the idea of what it meant to help yourself was: work, work and more work. Many of us still believe in the “American Dream” and that our work will bring merit and meaning to our lives. Other recommendations through self-help guides suggest to love one’s inner child, encouraging us to ‘think positively’, ‘believe in yourself’, and give the general reminder that ‘you’re worth it’ is the way to go. This presentation will take into consideration the evolution of self-improvement in our present day, fast paced, modern world, and, what to make of hard work and diligence. We’ll ask is unlimited success a simple matter of on-going perseverance? What about randomness of luck and the benefits of family and personal advantages? Or, perhaps the idea that striving for happiness may sabotage our efforts to attain it?
Guy McPherson who will be our guest speaker for the Self-Improvement presentation is an energetic speaker and talented moderator. He has appeared before countless audiences to speak about the two primary consequences of our fossil-fuel addiction: global climate change and energy decline. Because these phenomena impact every aspect of life on Earth, his talks reach a wide variety of audiences such as universities, associations, nonprofits, and numerous educational and scientific symposia and conferences.
Building Community Resilience in Traverse City: Food and Water, Special presentation and book signing by Dr. Guy McPherson
Wednesday, February 22nd, 6:30-8:30 PM
@ Horizon Bookstore
Lower Level, 118 Front St., Traverse City, MI
How is the Traverse City community and it’s neighborhoods responding to changes due to climate change? Are these ordinary times, with natural ecological shifts and an ordinary recession or are we on the edge of huge system changes? How will energy use, water and food production change in the years ahead for our neighborhoods and families? And, one more question: How are we as individuals and families, as well as a community preparing for these changes?
Join us on Wednesday, Feb. 22nd, to hear Dr. Guy McPherson, a respected conservation biologist, social critic, and professor emeritus of natural resources and the environment at the University of Arizona.
Guy McPherson peered over the edge into the Peak Oil and Climate Change abyss, and rather than backing away, jumped in. The author of “Nature Bats Last”, and most recently, “Walking Away from Empire”, Guy is a conservation biologist who has a keen grasp of the severe ramifications of the climatic course we’re on. So he walked away from his high paying, prestigious, tenured position at a major university and now grows goats, vegetables, and community in the desert outside of Tucson, Az. He has also taught poetry in prison.
Guy volunteers his time talking to people wherever they’ll have him, about both the disaster-seriousness of our course, a course which has created the ecological and climatological chaos we’re experiencing, and ways in which we can and must mitigate that as individuals, communities, and societies. Guy talks about how individuals can work together to strengthen their own resilience, and prepare for a world of change. His talks highlight the importance of living sustainably, a necessity driven by the ongoing collapse of the environment and the industrial economy, and by the arriving shortages of cheap oil.
He’s smart, he’s laugh-out-loud funny, and he’s much more humble than he would have you believe. Guy lays the truth out clearly, in a gentle, humorous, but matter-of-fact and inescapable sort of way.
In his own words (written in 2009): “In 2002, as I edited a book about global climate change, I realized we had set events in motion that would cause our own extinction, probably by 2030…About five years ago, I was elated to learn about a hail-Mary pass that just might allow our persistence for a few more generations: Peak oil and its economic consequences might bring the industrial economy to an overdue close, just in time…If we abandon the industrial culture of death, we might persist until your children are old enough to die a “normal” death. But the odds are long and the time short… I mourn because the solution is right in front of us, yet we run from
Both events are Free and open to the public. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Donations and sponsorships will be accepted to offset costs and Dr. McPherson’s travel expenses.
Little Artshram is a non-profit 501c3 organization and accepts tax-deductable donations.
If you are interested in hosting Dr. McPherson, or helping to sponsor his Michigan visit, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
MUCH gratitude to the CU Winter Series Sponsors:
Oryana Natural Foods Co-op,
“Kima M Kraimer Rolfing® Structural Integration”,
Bleu Haven Chi Nei Tsang,
Nellie Eve Skallerup
and Friends for providing welcoming music
Much thanks to Tribalive @ Cogs Creek Studios, AND, Horizon Bookstore for hosting Dr. McPherson’s Tc events. gracias. gracias.