What’s New?

Join us for the 2016 Not So Simple Living Fair

Dates:  July 29 – 31, 2016

Location: Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville

Check back later for more information.

If you are interested in being a presenter, volunteer, or vendor, click on the tab all the way at the top of the page (Present, Volunteer, Vendor) and fill out the form.

Thank You!

Another successful event! Thank you to all the presenters, volunteers, organizers, and attendees. It’s takes people in every role to make the Not-So-Simple Living Fair such an awesome event. We had a wonderful time rubbing elbows with all of you and hope you are settling back into your lives reinvigorated and inspired by your weekend. Keep in touch; let us know if you want to get involved in organizing or presenting next year. Thanks for sharing!

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We’re adding a Wellness Area!

This year a number of California herbalists are collaborating to offer a wellness area to compliment our basic first aid station. There will be herbalists on hand to facilitate informal discussions on a variety of topics as well share some basic remedies and preventative care for the weekend of fun and learning in potentially hot weather. If you have questions or are interested to learn more about alternative medicine, please drop in sometime during the weekend.

Border Collies are coming back to the Not-So-Simple Living Fair!

This year Kevin Owens is hosting a non competitive sheep dog “fun trial” in the big arena on Sunday morning. This a chance to get behind the scenes of the ever popular Sheepdog trials that take place at the County Fair in September. Kevin and a number of other handlers will discuss how the trials and scoring work as well as how the dogs are trained and utilized at home on the ranch. There will also be a unique (and possibly first ever) opportunity for teams of participants to take to the field and herd sheep through the course themselves, and then the handlers will demonstrate  just how valuable a well trained canine herding companion is. This is bound to be extremely entertaining and not to be missed. Come laugh at the humans and marvel at the dogs!


Keynote Speaker for 2015: Starhawk

starhawk_smStarhawk is the author of The Fifth Sacred Thing and eleven other books, including the prequel, Walking to Mercury, her feminist spirituality classic The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess, and her latest, The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups.  She directs Earth Activist Trainings,  www.earthactivisttraining.org/ which offers training in permaculture and ecological design with a grounding in spirit and a focus on organizing for activists.  She is currently writing a sequel to The Fifth Sacred Thing and working with Yerba Buena Films to bring her novel to the screen. http://thefifthsacredthingcom/. Her website is www.starhawk.org/