What’s New?

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!

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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/

Joe Craven and Mamajowali coming to Not-So-Simple Living Fair!

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We are excited to announce that Joe Craven and his band Mamajowali will be performing on Saturday night after the potluck. Joe, Mamadou Sidibe, and Walter Strauss are three musicians from far flung places; to hear them collaborate is to take in three souls, listening and greeting one another in a universal language – seamlessly interweaving two continents and three bright musical sensibilities. The blend of kamale ngoni (the hunter’s harp) with six string guitar, percussion, fiddle, mandolin and singing – is uncommon and familiar while traditional and innovative – all at the same time. This new “Afromericana” project places each of these respected N. CA based artists in a new sound of common ground.

Check them out at http://joecraven.com/projects