Inspired by the crowd of people left out, left over, left behind, and gathered by God around a manger in a sleepy small town, we imagined Cahoots Christmas Leftovers, an online gathering to allow our community to connect during Christmas this year.
But wait, I’m busy at Christmas! – Don’t worry, friend! Christmas is a season, not just a day! We’re meeting on Tuesday December 29, at 6:30pm (Eastern), and we hope you’ll be there!
I’ve never gone to Cahoots festival, will I feel awkward? – yes, you’ll definitely feel awkward, we’re a bunch of awkward people. It’s built in. Come be awkward with us – share some silly and profound activities. It would be a real gift – welcoming new people at Christmas is a whole stable vibe, after all.
So I don’t get it, is this a church service or a hangout? – YES! We love going beyond binaries! We’ll sing some songs, pray some prayers, maybe make a craft, invite people to play a game. You can decide how and how much you participate.
How is this helpful? Sounds self-indulgent to be praying & playing while people are facing sickness & eviction. – Good challenge! We resist the myth of superhero labour; that the problems of the world are the result of us not working hard enough, or caring enough. We know that many of us are burnt out and exhausted, and stuck without their usual ways of recharging. This is our way of helping bring some restful, festive power. For us, prayer produces action – and action is rooted in spiritual work. Come pray with us – whatever that means to you. And then let’s work together to change this system!
Do you have a super duper poster and maybe a registration link? – you betcha! Click https://tinyurl.com/cahootsxmas to register, and then tell your friends. Can’t wait to see you.
Are you entitled? Have you ever been entitled? This is one of those questions that lands very differently depending on your social location – the particular balance of privileges and oppressions that any given individual can be assigned by social power.
To help us think through these questions, Lane Silas Patriquin adapted their workshop, originally intended for the in-person Cahoots, into an online session Cahoots Transfigured. we were blessed with several workshops originally pitched for the in-person festival.
Now we are pleased to present the full workshop video, to help us consider these important interpersonal/communal dynamics. Many thanks to Lane, to Emma for facilitating, and Lyf for editing!
Cahoots has always been something of an economic experiment. Can we create a space where everyone’s needs are met, and where we don’t need to worry about money – even for a few short days each year?
Our answer is – let’s try!
This year, Cahoots Transfigured heard from Jessie Golem about the possibilities of Basic Income to support us all in a changing world. And now, activists and advocates are working to transform the Canada Emergency Relief Benefit into a permanent guaranteed livable income!
We are proud to share Jessie’s workshop video with you! Thanks to Jessie, Chris for facilitating, and Lyf for editing!
With great sorrow we must cancel the 2020 in-person Cahoots festival.
We recognize that this will be a great loss for many and we assure you that we are working through our own sorrow as well.
Because we love you and couldn’t bear a year without seeing you, we are creating Cahoots Transfigured on Saturday May 23rd – a free virtual gathering. The day will involve sessions, music, and reflection. We will be using Zoom as our online platform and we hope this notice will give you some time to figure out how to use it. We will send an email and update our website and social media platforms with the details as we iron them out.
Cahoots Transfigured will have free registration. If you already purchased a ticket for 2020 Cahoots, we will refund your money in the coming weeks.
It is our sincere intention to return to our usual four-day festival in May 2021, all being well.
We wish you great peace and hope amidst these difficult times. Awit, Chris, Emma, Kateri, Kathryn, Lyf, Peter, Core Organizing Group
Just a quick update – if you use Facebook, be sure to check out our event page for 2020 Cahoots which will be updated as we get closer to the festival.
If you have an idea for a theme that would go really well with our ‘Faith, Justice, DIY’ style, reach out and let us know! email firstname.lastname@example.org or message us through the Cahoots Facebook page.
Keep an eye out for our Callout for Sessions – we’ll be looking for thoughtful, hands-on spaces of skillsharing and collaborative learning. We’d love to tie them into whatever theme we go with, but we’re generally excited about what you are excited about in the world of Faith, Justice, and Do-It-Yourself. So let us know what you can offer!
So excited to be able to share the date and location of the 2020 Cahoots Festival! Please mark it in your calendars and ask your friends to do the same. Drumroll…
Thursday May 21 – Sunday May 24, 2020 Pearce Williams, Fingal ON
That’s right! We had such a great experience at Pearce Williams that we’re thrilled to return, and we hope that you’ll be there with us, sharing your joys, sorrows, skills, calling and conviction.
Please sign up to our email list and/or follow our Facebook page to get more updates towards the end of the year when we put out the call for workshops. But for now please do put it on your calendar. If you’re part of a faith community, share a ‘save the date’ announcement!
With gratitude and excitement (and signing off for now)
Just a quick post to celebrate another successful Cahoots festival!
Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who came, made donations, volunteered, led workshops, drove food, picked up trash, cleaned, stargazed, played music, made fires, checked for ticks, and helped out.
We had a great time at beautiful Pearce Williams. Thank you to a dedicated staff for all their support before, during and after. It was a wonderful way to be in community with God’s good creation – bugs, trees, stars and rain!
No April Foolin’ – we are into the second phase of our ticket sales! See below for the breakdown, or just head over to the registration form to get going…
With half of our tickets sold we still have enough room for you, your housemates, your pew-friends, study-buddies, kiddos and elders and all! Join us at Cahoots Festival, May 23-26 2019, at Pearce Williams Family Camp, near St Thomas, ON.
Festival pass – Adult $150 (12 years+), Child $90 (3-11 years old), Family $400 (2 adults and 2+ children) Day ticket – Adult $80, Child $50
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.