Water: Source of Life

FLYER Mona Public EventTogether with indigenous grandmother Mona Polacca from the Hopi, Havasupai and Tewa tradition, grandmother Rita Long Visitor Holy Dance from the Oglala Lakotas and grand Sioux people, grandmother Clara Shinobu Iura from the Santo Daimo Amazon Rainforest in Brazil, and 78 participants, we have honoured water as our first source of life. The three grandmothers are part of the Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers.

During this day we have discovered building a continuum between traditional wisdom and contemporary knowledge to set bearings for the kind of awareness that a multi-generational (seven generations) way of living entails for our lives and in the world.

We addressed the following: Do you ever wonder about the state of the world’s fresh water? When are you aware of the impact of the availability of clean drinking water as our basic need?  Today already, in many parts of the world, people are challenged by water related issues. Such as, no access to clean drinking water endangers the populations’ health. In the time ahead of us, this situation grows significantly worse due to recurring events of extreme droughts, floods, contaminated water (e.g. mercury), acidified oceans, saline groundwater, and more.

In the afternoon everyone was welcome, from great grandparents to great grandchildren! In the morning session we held an exclusive session with leaders of the business world as well as leaders from the universities to come together to focus on the themes of leverage and leadership as well as adaptation and integration necessary for strategies and business planning.

We have been in a star-shaped tent and outdoors in the center of the Netherlands at the confluence of the rivers Maas & Waal in Slot Loevestein, a water castle from the 14th century.

Thank you every one for looking back at an incredible day!

Li An & Mona

Date:                      Tuesday 14 July

Time:                     14-17:00 (arrival from 13:30)

Location:              water castle Slot Loevestein, Loevestein 1, 5307 TG Poederoijen (Gelderland)

Speaker:                Grandmother Mona Polacca (possibly joined other grandmothers who will be in the NL)

Costs:                     35 euro | 15 euro (for students)

Donations are very welcome and will support the work of the Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers around the world.

Register:               Payment to Spring College account NL38 TRIO 0254 8451 26 at Triodos Bank, Zeist with your name + Water Event 14 July (FULLY BOOKED)

Send email to springcollegenl@gmail.com title ’Participate 14 July’

Last minute:       Payment in cash at the door will be 50 euro.

Carpooling:         Via Spring College Facebook page you can self-coordinate traveling together.

For any further information or inquires please also contact us via email. We are happy to hear from you.