Program Descriptions

Keynote Presentation - Sunday, Aug. 10

This will include pieces on irresistible ideas (memetics), co-empowerment, deep fun, accessible revolutionary behavior and building the better party (and festival).

Destiny Calling - Sunday, Aug. 10
In your passions lie the capacity to be a revolutionary. Your allies then help you identify what inhibits you, and you envision yourself beyond those blocks as your empowered revolutionary persona.

Creating Healthy Culture - Monday, Aug. 11
Culture is the vehicle used for the transmission of collective values and belief systems. This workshop is about identifying the behaviors and belief systems we inherit from mainstream culture, considering how these impact ourselves and our lives and looking at what can shift them.

The Star family is an expanded family of 4 adults and 1 child, all residents of the Twin Oaks intentional communty.

Paxus Calta-Star manages recruiting for the community and marketing for the businesses, does teen advocacy work, makes tofu and tries to spark revolution whenever possible. He is a prolific propagandist and has been published in numerous mainstream and radical periodicals.

Anissa Ljanta-Star is an active creatrice of healthy culture, herbalist, writer, conflict resolution mediator and longtime activist for social change and earth rights. Living her dreams and called to lead a juicy fulfilling life in balance with the earth, she is committed to inspiring others to do the same.

Sky Blue-Star has lived most of his adult life in intentional communities, living out values of cooperation, non-violence, equality, ecological and social sustainability, and searching for key aspects of healthy culture.

HAI Workshop - Tuesday, Aug. 12
Come explore the balance in your own humanity through interactive exercises, guided visualizations, and sharing with others. Balance between mind, heart, body, and spirit. Balance between individuality and community. Exploring the alpha and omega of being human so one knows where one's balance point is. It promises to be fun, heartfelt, and informative!

Going Deeper - Thursday, Aug. 22
This presentation is designed to dive a little more deeply into some of the possibilities for growth available at camp.

Sharon Byrd facilitates conflict resolution and a monthly Human Awareness Institute (HAI) support group. She is also presents at HAI community nights. She believes that we are on this human journey to learn to love, and delights in creating experiential opportunities for others to find expanded ways to dive more deeply into the experience of loving. Sharon brings her joyful heart, mind and humor to all that she does.

Playback Theatre - Thursday, Aug. 14
Playback Theatre is a form of improvisational theater where participants become tellers and actors for each other, sharing real life moments, feelings, and stories, and then witnessing them played back through the actions of the other participants. In this full day workshop we will explore the themes of Summer Camp as a way to learn the basic forms of Playback Theatre, then play for each other in the evening.

Judy Dolmatch, MSW, is a nationally certified practitioner of psychodrama and group psychotherapy. She has worked in mental health settings for 25 years, and conducted trainings in psychodrama, action methods, and improvisational theatre for public and professional groups. She founded the Rogue Valley Playback Theatre in 1995, and has been a Summer Camp presenter each year since SC'01.

Melanie Kundert, one of the original members of the RVPT troupe, has trained new members, and co-facilitated previous Playback workshops. In addition, she has trained at the Dell Arte School for Physical Theatre, and in the Theatre of the Oppressed and Rainbow of Desire, (interactive social awareness theatre forms based on the work of August Boal).

Nonviolent Communication™ - Friday, Aug. 15
Nonviolent Communication™ (NVC) is a process that strengthens our ability to inspire compassion from others and respond compassionately to others and ourselves. NVC guides us to reframe how we express ourselves and how we hear others by focusing our consciousness on what we are observing, feeling, needing, and requesting.

John Cunningham trained individually in Nonviolent Communication with Marshall Rosenberg and is a certified independent trainer. He has led workshops and trainings in NVC in both North America and Europe, and has worked in a variety of settings to bring understanding, reconciliation and renewed connection where misunderstanding and conflict have arisen. He is particularly interested in introducing this work into Waldorf schools and communities. For more info, see his web site.

Auction - Friday, Aug. 15
Expect to be amused and surprised by the variety of unusual items and services donated by fellow campers for bidding. Previous auctions have included such offerings as "1000 kisses" and "a morning serenade". Auction proceeds help to provide scholarships and improve future camps.

Open Sessions - Sunday, Aug. 17
Join in as the entire camp self-organizes for an afternoon of concurrent events, inspired by your own passions and interests, all set up within about an hour. Open Sessions are an opportunity for campers to convene dialogue groups on topics they've been wanting to explore, or create group massages, or do a music jam together. If a group doesn't feel fulfilling, participants are encouraged to move to a new one, honoring their instincts and natural enthusiasm.

Tree Bressen is a group facilitator who's been involved with the communities movement for over a decade and living in intentional communities since 1994. She also works with political activists, schools, worker co-ops, and other nonprofits. Her work arises from lived experiences, and an enthusiasm for growing the cooperative skills that enable us to build a better world together.

The Heart of Healing - Monday, Aug. 18
The HeART of Healing (HoH) uses a sequence of acting, improvisation and theater games to help you strengthen your muscles of preparation, observation and choice in order to help you come to deeper connection with others. HoH uses a heart-centered approach where you practice "shifting" your consciousness to your heart. By so doing, you learn to minimize the interference of your thinking so that you can better deal with the moment that is right in front of you.

Russ Reina ("Firetender") currently lives at Lost Valley Educational Center, an intentional community, where he counsels and offers his workshop. He has over thirty years experience in allopathic and alternative healing modalities, along with fifteen years involved in the arts as writer, actor, stand-up comedian and musician.

A Day with Madrone - Tuesday, Aug. 19
Madrone is a counselor, life coach, and jewelry designer in the Santa Cruz area. Her teachings are dedicated to developing awareness, support, and empowerment in the world. She also commits her work to all people taking leadership, and taking responsibility for their own actions and breaking the cycles of oppression in our world. She is known for presentations at wiccan/pagan gatherings such as The Magic of Sexual Empowerment where participants work on deepening intimacy with self and others, exploring personal hunger and desire, sexual fulfillment, healing and liberating the creative sexual being. Madrone considers herself a wild woman, witch, musician, performer, producer and organizer, wounded soul, lover of nature and wild things. For more info, see her web site.

Sensual Feast - Tuesday, Aug. 19
Imagine a table loaded with succulent fruits, candies, and nuts; and in the center are large bowls of chocolate sauce and whippped cream for dipping. But there's a catch - the one rule is that you may not feed yourself! Serving, and being served, are the watchwords of this event. The result is a delicious combination of sensory input: music, movement, people, touch, and yummy treats.

Forum - (various times)
The Forum is a group process developed at ZEGG to provide a stage for whatever is happening inside the person: one's true motivations, deep feelings, ideas and emotions. The Forum helps facilitate transparency, sharing and clarifying unsolved situations of daily life, and it can be a catalyst for one's own personal growth.

For a detailed examination of the development and use of this process at ZEGG, see What is the ZEGG Forum? in our document library section.

How We Come Across
In this popular camp event, campers get an opportunity for 1 or 2 minutes of spontaneous "popcorn-style" feedback from the entire group about how their personal projection comes across to others. Campers may choose to receive only positive feeback, negative feedback, or a mix of both.

The Fishbowl is a type of discussion group where only some members participate (often either just men or just women), while the others observe silently from the perimeter of the room. This provides a unique sharing opportunity for the participants and an equally unique learning opportunity for the observers.

Lighter Side
Participants create and perform skits to illustrate humorous events that they have observed or experienced at camp.

Lady Luck
Lady Luck is a game of chance where campers pull a name from a hat to spend some time getting to know someone new or coming to know someone already familiar even better.