AN INVITATION –  January, 2019

Since its inception, All Beings Confluence has been governed by a belief in abundance with the direction being determined by the energy of those wanting to participate.  It has been wonderfully successful following this concept of organic growth and has flourished despite having no plan and no budget.

All Beings Confluence is a point of hope in these times of uncertainty.

It is time for All Beings Confluence to evolve into something new.  It’s time for a Change.  We invite you to explore this blog further and  to post your ideas and thoughts under the Conversations heading above.


All Beings Confluence is a community-based, interactive project that was directly inspired by Carolyn McDade, a composer, social activist and environmentalist whose music has sustained and nourished many over the decades.

All Beings Confluence is an ever-expanding installation crated by many individuals. It consists of a series of long, narrow sheer panels, each representing a single living Being — perhaps a ladybug, a bird, a tree, or a single blue-green algae who first provided our planet with oxygen. The completed panels are installed to fill a whole area and a single panel is never seen by itself. It is always “in community” with all the other Beings. Everyone is invited to walk amongst them – they move gently with the currents, always merging into different patterns & combinations of colour & light. For a brief moment we can actually feel ourselves as part of a vast, complex & interconnected whole.

All Beings Confluence began in 2010 when four Canadian prairie women, Madeleine LePage, Martha Cole and Shannon Carson from Saskatchewan and Fenella Temmerman from Manitoba, were learning the music for Carolyn’s latest CD, “Widening Embrace”. By August, 2011, when the CD was being recorded, 75 Beings were installed at the Banff Centre of the Arts to offer support and inspiration to the singers who had gathered from across North America. Since then, All Beings Confluence has been seen in over 50 venues across Canada and the United States, including the Sisters of Earth Conference in Indiana, “Bioneers” in Detroit, Michigan and the Western Women’s Conference at the Naramata Retreat Centre in Kelowna, BC. Over 17,000 people have moved through these Beings and the number of panels has increased to over 350.  It is, indeed, a point of hope for us and for the planet and is a celebration of who we are together.

May we each find our place in this complex web of life which sustains us all.

Martha Cole,  Companion to the Beings

Would like to have an installation of these panels for an event or an exhibition in your community? Would you like to make a panel or have a workshop offered in your community?

If so, contact: Martha Cole –

4 Responses to

  1. Just wondering what’s happened to the “All BEings Confluence”. We followed it for a while, but have lost track. If you have finished with the show, we were wondering what’s happening to it. Also, if you are disbanding it, the group from Scarboro United in Calgary would love to see our pieces again.

  2. Mary-Etta says:

    Martha, is it possible to build a panel? Are there instructions and peramitors for creation the panels. I have seen several made in a Saskatoon workshop. That’s you ME

    • Hi Mary-Etta. There are no workshops planned to make panels at this point, but I do have a set of instructions that I could send you via email. And, given this request, I will try to get them posted on the blog! I’m new to managing this blog and don’t have a whole lot of knowledge about how to do that, but I and the Beings have some very supportive and knowledgeable friends. Martha, Companion to the Beings

      • S. Grace Ann Schmersal CDP says:

        I made a panel at Springbank, SC, I would love to have directions, etc to do that again.
        Can you send me the direction, I would be so happy to receive them.
        Best of greetings to Martha.Thanks to Martha for helping the red fox come alive, back in Fall 2015

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