Registration is now closed. Thank you for your interest in this newly reconfigured version of Cahoots! We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!
Register for free for Cahoots Transfigured on Saturday, May 23rd. We have four workshop options in the morning, a group gathering in the afternoon, and a remote dance party in the evening. The free registration closes at midnight on May 21st and we will send you the links to the sessions you have chosen. See all descriptions here. (Please note you will need access to Zoom.)
Entitlement and Gratitude with Lane Silas Patriquin
Entitlement is one of the most pervasive social and spiritual problems in Western society. But for many marginalized people, it is also essential to self-advocacy and liberation. In this workshop we will explore expressions of entitlement as they can be both healthy and harmful, as well as the healing and connective power of gratitude.
Lane is a Christian anarchist educator whose work centres around transgender liberation, climate justice, grief processing and anti-colonial solidarity.
Humans of Basic Income with Jessie Golem
Jessie was a part of the Ontario Basic Income Pilot that was cancelled by the Doug Ford government. She reacted by taking photos of the other BI recipients holding cardboard signs with their handwritten stories on it. Overnight, she went from being a starving artist trying to build a photography career, to political activist fighting for basic income. Jessie has travelled around the world with those photos and has spoken in front of too many audiences to count.
Jessie has been involved in photography, from weddings, to portraits, to events, for almost ten years. Her passion for adventure has led her to a number of exciting and unique photography experiences. Her photos of humans of Basic Income have been featured on CBC, The Huffington Post, the Toronto Star, the Lindsay Advocate, the Moonshot Podcast in Australia, and Kyoto News in Japan. Jessie is also a classical pianist and a writer, with work that is published in the Huffington Post.
Subversive Living: Fighting the Cis- Hetero- Patriarchy through Identities with Steph Chandler Burns
In this workshop, we will explore how to live faithful lives that make room for diverse identities. We will talk about the ways that LGBTQIA+ identity makes the world a more beautiful place, discuss what we can learn about living well from LGBTQIA+ wisdom, and prepare for the future by discussing ways to live more fully (whether you identify as cis and straight or queer) by subverting society’s expected norms.
Steph is a bisexual Mennonite pastor who loves to explore topics of feminism, social justice, LGBTQIA+ identity, and how these relate to living lives of faith. She has completed a Master of Theological Studies, where she focused her work on queer theology, specifically questions such as “What can we learn about God through LGBTQIA+ identity?” In asking such questions, Steph hopes to help prepare the church for the future, with a new, more inclusive understanding of who God can be.
Tools Beyond Rules (for Radicals) with Isaiah Ritzmann
As we face the future we also face the inadequacies of rules as a tool for moral decision-making. Life is too complex to be easily navigated using rules yet both our faith and activist communities easily fall into “rules talk,” as if clear rules or strong norms are enough to guide us. In the middle age and early modern times theologians recognized the limitation of rules – teaching, for example, that rules are always “generally and for the most part” and that it wasn’t impossible to create a rule that doesn’t admit to some exception. To help those genuinely seeking to live moral lives in confusing situations these theologians invented a method known as Casuistry, a method that helps people discern what the right thing to do in a situation where rules aren’t able to give relief to a perplexed conscience. Together we’ll explore different aspects of Casuistry and what it might mean for us today in our era of ecological, economical, and political turmoil.
Isaiah works in both refugee housing and community education in Kitchener, Ontario. He graduated with a Masters in Theological Studies from the University of Waterloo in 2015 and is inspired by the Catholic Worker vision of “building a new society within the shell of the old, where it is easier for people to be good.”
Virtual Ultimate Frisbee (not really) for Youth with Jonathon Reed
One of the most special parts of Cahoots (plus one of the most impactful parts of social justice organizing) is the relationships we form. They’re what bring us back again and again, and they’re something we look forward to throughout the year. There’s no way we can really replicate the wild barefoot mud-sliding youth vibe that comes to Cahoots every year (just like there’s no way we can play ultimate frisbee virtually) but we can sure try. Join the youth session to catch up on each other’s lives, play socially distanced games and have non-socially distanced love in our hearts.
Afternoon Session 1:00-2:30pm EST
Join us for a time of community gathering with music, worship and prayer, and speaker Sarah Mikh, Cahoots founder.
Dance Party – 7:00pm EST
Keep the Saturday night Cahoots Dance Party alive in your own living room, basement, backyard or balcony! Hang some bunting and Christmas lights and dress up in your sparkly clothes and kick it to favourites from past Cahoots playlists.
You read that right friends. You can now register for our amazing festival, which is taking place from May 21 to May 24 at Pearce Williams Family Camp! Just click on the link above and you are hopping!
Hey there friends. Tickets are opening soon for Cahoots Fest 2020! So, save the date in your calendar – May 21-24, AND check back here on February 3rd to grab your tickets for the hottest Faith, Justice & DIY festival Southern Ontario has to offer!
We’re very excited that ticket sales are now open for the 2019 Cahoots festival, May 23-26, at Pearce Williams Christian Camp, close to St Thomas, Ontario.
We have 150 tickets available and we’re looking for students and young adults, families with kids and teens, babies, elders and everyone in between! Our tickets are remarkably affordable thanks to the hard work and generosity of our many volunteers:
Early bird prices are in effect until April 1st…
Festival pass – Adult $135 (12 years or older), Child $75 (3-11 years old), Family $400
Day ticket – Adult $75, Child $45
Tickets include all your meals, cabin accommodation, all the sessions and workshops, and support to carpool to and from the site. Book your tickets through this link. If cost is a concern, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out about subsidized tickets.
Contact us to get a copy of the poster or some postcard invites for your church, school, youth group, or parenting circle!
Learn more about Cahoots at our website: cahootsfest.ca
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Hey, there one and all! It’s that time of the year when we reach out to you our friends for your wonderful ideas for workshops! Do you have a workshop you’d like to facilitate? Then fill out the form below OR click on the link and fill out the form in a new tab! Do you know someone who would be amazing at facilitating a workshop? Then send them the link to this post (or the link below) and get them to fill it out!
We will be receiving submissions until December 17th, 2018. You have 2 months to get your peachy keen ideas to us!
Hey there friends! We are very excited to announce the dates for next years fantastic #cahootsfest!
Join us from Thursday, May 23rd to Sunday, May 26th 2019 @ the lovely Pearce Williams Family Camp in Fingal, ON!
Stay tuned for more information about submissions for workshops. We will be asking you to help us out!