Kupanda! cultural sustainability gathering & Our Union Offering
Come one, come all to the summer cultural sustainability gathering KUPANDA!, as well as, Ife and Lev's union ritual!
Kupanda is a Swahili word that means both rising and sowing, thus Kupanda is being loosely translated as Sowing the Rising. It's a summer event that's inspired by Kwanzaa, and answers the question
How can we celebrate a harvest when we haven’t sown any seeds?
**Kupanda answers this question in three ways:**
The first is by inviting people to a garden with the expressed intention to share some fundamental resiliency skills.
The second is by relating those resiliency skills to the Nguzo Saba, the principles of Kwanzaa and to the Hebrew Kabballah tradition of the 7 manifested Sephirot and therefore integrating the value of these skills within culture.
The third is communicating the most expansive all-inclusive approach to this culture by proactively honoring our universally collective common roots in Africa and highlighting some of the ways that we can all access the medicine of this common bond and the symbiotic expressions of ourselves as dynamic extensions of this common foundation therein.
**The event will occur in three sections:**
The first section we will have food vendors with raw, vegan, and consciously sourced animal product options, a segment of gentle movement with yoga and chi gong, and a segment of more upbeat movement and song with African dance and drumming.
The second section will be for the union offering followed by the Kupanda ceremony. Lev and Ife's union ritual will occur which will be a communication of our family name and our commitment to each other and the community - with what we're standing for and why. (This is not our wedding, but it is a publicization of our union. Stay tuned for future wedding.) Then we will have the "Sowing the Rising" ceremony which will connect meditations on Kwanzaa's Nguzo Saba and the Hebrew Kabballah tradition of the 7 manifested Sephirot through a seven step process in how to cultivate food, life, and community resiliency.
The third section will be a return to vendors and workshops, where we'll invite more of the community to vend their goods and services and have more upbeat movement again like a Capoeira Angola roda (circle) and a workshop for hip hop dance.
This is a free event with donations requested per workshop, and of course we suggest you also bring money to taste the delicious foods we'll have available through the vendors. This is a family friendly, alcohol free event.
So please save the date and let us now if you are coming! We look forward to seeing you at KUPANDA!