Young Gaels Jam at Cabot Shores May 2-6, 2013
Cabot Shore is welcoming 15-20 Gaelic leaders and activists between the ages of 18 and 40 from across Nova Scotia. This will be the first ever Cape Breton Gaels Jam organized by North Shore local Amber Buchanan in partnership with YES!, a Californian based non-profit which connects, inspires and collaborates with change-makers to build thriving, just and balanced ways of life for all. YES! primarily works with people ages 18-35, but are increasingly also working inter-generationally as well.
The Yes! Vision:
Thriving: We believe that life is precious and magnificent, and that we were put on this Earth for more than mere survival. We all have the birthright to love, to prosper, to grow, and to learn ever more what it means to be who we are.
Just: We believe that people everywhere deserve to be free and respected as they are, to have their basic human needs met, and to experience their gifts recognized and called forth. Recognizing ever widening gaps of wealth, safety and freedom, we value sustained attention and commitment to equitability, diversity, partnership across differences, and shared decision-making.
Sustainable: We believe personal and planetary ecology are inseparable, and that everything we do sends out ripples not only to the whole Earth community, but to all future generations. We seek to walk consciously upon the Earth, bringing intentionality to every choice we make and its impact upon all of life.
A Yes! Jam is a transformative gathering of young change-makers. More than 100 Jams have been held in almost 20 countries, bringing together young people who share their experiences, ideas, questions, hopes and struggles, to learn and unlearn from each other; and to build relationships that matter to them.
Amber has been teaching Gaelic in various capacities for the last five years. Her inspiration for organizing a Jam in Cape Breton came from her great fortune of attending Jam’s in Thailand and California with YES!
“It is my hope that, in creating this Jam, our community will be even more connected and woven even more tightly. We all see each other from time to time and milling frolics, festivals and events in the community but it’s rare that we have such a chance for extended time to speak and listen on a deeper level, about all the questions and concerns we have with the work we do. I’m certain that with such a wonderful group of people gathering together, the positive results will be endless. I know that peoples enthusiasm and excitement, simply for being together, will result in beautiful project ideas for the future (though that’s not the point of the gathering). I sincerely hope that we can create some mentor-ships and group support systems that will last until we can gather again. I want people to feel (and be) supported in their projects, hopes, dreams and lives in general. Besides this, I also just want my Gaelic people together for a week of hanging out between sessions, singing, dancing, playing music and telling stories.
We have put together an impressive facilitation team from across North America to attend our first ever Cape Breton Gaels Jam. To read more about them, the Jam, and YES! please visit our websites, the one for the Cape Breton Gales Jam site and the Yes World for YesWorld.org.
Cabot Shores is thrilled to host this upcoming Yes! gathering and to create the container that will facilitate this transformative process. We trust that it will benefit all who participate and all whose lives are touched by the participants.
If you or someone you know would like more information, please contact us at email@example.com or call Cabot Shores at 902 929 2584 or Amber Buchanan at 902 322 4153.