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 – firstname.lastname@example.org