GROUNDED IN FREEDOM Exploring the Connection Between Capoeira Angola and the Land June 21 - 23, 2019
Location: Keerai Farm - 21 acre farm in Enumclaw, Washington Dates: June 21-23, 2019
Friday 6/21 - 7pm - Opening Roda (White)
Saturday 6/22 - Capoeira and Farming Workshops, Discussions, Party
Sunday 6/23 - Workshops, Closing Roda (end time 3pm)
Guest Artists Contra Mestre Kamau - FICA Philadelphia Treinela Myriam - Grupo Nzinga Atlanta Mestre Themba - Oakland Shakara Tyler - mother, returning-generation farmer, and community organizer, PhD Investment
Weekend package: sliding scale $125 - $200 -includes meals, workshops, and on site camping
Group Deal of 6+: $100 each (registration must be purchased together)
Check made out to ICAF Seattle sent to PO Box 14273, Seattle, Wa 98114
Contra Mestre Kamau Blakney Kamau is one of the founding members of FICA Philadelphia- the first Capoeira Angola organization in Philadelphia. Kamau has considered Capoeira Angola a way of life for almost twenty-five years and has received invaluable training primarily from his teacher Mestre Cobra Mansa and additional study and support from Mestre Valmir Damasceno while living in Salvador, Bahia for several years. Currently, Kamau teaches an introductory Capoeira Angola course for Temple University as well as elective programing for Preschool and K-12 youth throughout the Philadelphia area. Additionally, Kamauhas more than twenty years of experience as an educator and holds a Masters Degree in Special Education. As Capoeira Angola synthesizes movement, rhythm, and African-Brazilian history into an artistic form of self-expression, it serves as a unique tool that promotes harmony with others and allows for individual growth. In this effort, Kamau frequently leads demonstrations and workshops, including his group’s participation in the world renowned Odunde African Street Festival for the past twenty years. Contra Mestre Kamau aims to continually provide local communities authentic access to the art form of Capoeira Angola.
Treinela Myriam Dormer Myriam is from Cameroon, West Africa and was raised in a small town in the US mid-west. She was first introduced to Capoeira Angola in 1997 in Indiana. Soon after, she learned Portuguese and travelled to Brazil in what became a transformational journey into the African Diaspora. She is now a Treinela for Grupo Nzinga de Capoeira Angola and enjoys the responsibility of coordinating activities for Grupo Nzinga Atlanta. She is a mother of two children and is actively involved in the Atlanta community. Professionally, Myriam serves as the Community Engagement Program Specialist for The Nature Conservancy’s North America Cities Network. In this role, she works within this network to inform, co-develop and implement natural solutions and conservation as essential components of healthy, just and climate-resilient cities. Previously, as the Urban Conservation Director in Georgia, she led the implementation of a community-centered forest conservation program in Atlanta. She has also worked as a food security manager, youth programs manager for farm to school, curriculum specialist and art teacher.
Shakara Tyler Shakara is a mother, returning-generation farmer and community organizer. She received her PhD from Michigan State University studying agroeoclogical education and Black agrarianism in the Department of Community Sustainability. Her life praxis is rooted in participatory and decolonial research methodologies and community-centered pedagogies in grassroots movement building. She is a member of the Black Dirt Farm Collective in Maryland and a board member of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN) and Detroit People’s Food Co-op. She works with and in communities to explore agroeoclogical and Afroecoloigcal pedagogies as artistic tools in building community self-determination and anticolonial realities.
Mestre Themba Bio coming soon
Keerai Farm We are building Keerai Farm as a POC and family-centered space, where folks can come to feel comfortable on the land and connect to nature, explore culture through food, medicine, and nature, and nourish and heal. We try to grow food with the least harm to the earth, and we focus on growing food that is important to many different cultures. We are making this space available for farmers who have previously lost access to land through colonial violence, forced migration, or institutional racism. We create space for people to celebrate and maintain culture, earn income, and build community.
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