The Rendezvous

August 17 and 18, 2013 | Irasburg, Vermont

Thanks to everyone who helped make the Rendezvous a success!

The keynote addresses were taped by Hardwick Community TV and can be viewed on their website.

What is the Rendezvous?

The Rendezvous is a bold beginning to reorder human life on the planet, starting with our own region. It is an event for anyone who cares about maintaining a livable planet. It is a time to explore a collective vision for the future guided by the Truth about finite resources; Culture grounded in a right relationship with the Earth; Peace and environmental and social Justice; and Energy generation that protects the natural systems on which we depend.

The Rendezvous is organized by the northern Vermont coalition, Mountain Occupiers; along with members of regional groups such as Rising Tide and 350 Vermont.  Attendees will include members of environmental and social justice groups from across New England and Québec.

The Setting:

The Rendezvous will take place at Kingdom County Farm, 1/4 mile north of Irasburg village on Route 14.  Beneath the fields is a 73 year old pipeline that is under consideration to carry tar sands oil. Participants will camp onsite, sharing food, ideas, and knowledge.    Tents and an arena make the event a rain or shine affair, including over 20 workshops, local musicians, children’s activities, a Bread and Puppet performance, and keynote speakers Peter Brown, Ph.D. (Author of Right Relationships: Building a Whole Earth Economy) and indigenous organizer Amanda Lickers. The Rendezvous is a free event – attendance is by donation.

See you at The Rendezvous!

“We are participants in a conflict between two cultures.  The dominant culture regards the Earth as a natural resource to be dominated for the purpose of extraction of personal wealth. We regard the Earth and all creation as a set of right relationships and our role is to understand and live by and within those relationships” (Peter Brown).

 “According to the dominant culture what is “good” creates wealth and jobs.  According to the proponents of right relationships what is “good” preserves the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community.  It is wrong  when it tends otherwise” (Aldo Leopold).