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Burdock 2003! Starks, Maine (english)
07 May 2003
You are invited to the 2nd annual
A Gathering For A Free and Sustainable Future
JULY 22-29, 2003, STARKS, MAINE

You are invited to the 2nd annual

A Gathering For A Free and Sustainable Future

JULY 22-29, 2003

RR1 Box 1450 Anson, Maine 04911 burdock (at) 207-649-5980
Please pre-register with the above address if you plan on attending, when
you register you will receive details about the event including: workshop
schedule, directions, and what to bring (update site will be available soon)
Last year, people came together for a week on a beautiful farm in Starks,
Maine for the first annual Burdock gathering. People had such a good time
sharing, eating, swimming, playing and learning together, that we have
decided to organize Burdock again this year.
Burdock is a gathering for people of every walk of life to celebrate each
other, the earth and a sense of community on local and global levels. At
Burdock we seek to break free of the disposable culture of consumption and
become creators and producers. We can no longer be only spectators of the
world around us and so at Burdock we encourage everyone to participate and
help make this gathering happen. We want to nurture an environment for
people to educate each other on practical everyday skills, life issues,
ecology, political and social issues and ways to make the world a better
At Burdock we want to build relationships and a sense of community with
people from around Maine, through out the entire region and around the
world. Burdock will be child friendly with workshops and events
specifically designed for children. People from Maine are cooperatively
organizing Burdock with no one person having more control than any one
else. Burdock is not affiliated with any government, political party, or
corporation. Burdock will be based on mutual aid and cooperation to
encourage education, community building and a wicked good time.

We are looking for more people to get involved in organizing Burdock this
year and into the future. Below are descriptions of the different areas
of Burdock and contact information for specific working groups. To be
informed about our next general meeting contact burdock (at) Become
a participant in the Burdock Planning Email List:

At Burdock, everyone is a participant and we encourage people to bring
workshops, skills, music, art, and good food to share with one another.
This year we plan to have workshops and discussions on Do-It-Yourself
Skills, Sustainability, Social, Ecological, and Political Issues. If you
would like to offer a workshop or play music contact: Ed Democracy
207-775-0270, democracy (at)

A schedule of workshops and music will be available closer to the event and
will be sent out with your orientation information.

Last Year Workshops Included (some of these may be repeated this year):
Workshops: Screenprinting, Knot Tying, Bike Repair, Plant Identification,
Beer Brewing, Train Hopping, Origami Folding, Alternative Media, Green
Death, Cob Oven Building, Forest Defense and Tree Climbing, Fiction
Writing from a Political Soul
Discussions: Patriarchy and Sexism, War in Iraq, Transgender, Racism and
White Privilege, Fertility Awareness and Non-Invasive Birth Control,
Veganism, Supporting US Political Prisoners, Sustainability

Starks is located in Central Maine approximately 2 hours north of
Portland. Burdock will be on a farm in Starks, Maine with lots of fields,
woods and a beautiful river for swimming. There will be plenty of room
for tents and adequate parking but you are encouraged to carpool to save
resources and space. When you register you will receive more information
about travel options, directions and camping information. Further questions
can be directed to the general Burdock contacts.

There will be a communal kitchen that will provide food for the gathering.
Because of fire dangers people are not allowed to cook at their own
camps. We are hoping for food donations from our communities, but funds
will be raised to purchase what is not donated and please bring food to
donate to the communal kitchen. If you can, bring your own reusable plates
and utensils. For information about food and how you can donate food,
propane stoves, propane tanks, big pots, dishes, cooking utensils, tables,
tents, firewood, barrels for compost and recyclables, tools, or money
contact: Josh, jlambert (at), 207-946-4478

We want to ensure that Burdock is a child friendly event and provide
activities for kids to participate in at Burdock. If you're interested in
holding a workshop for children, helping with childcare, or have children
and have concerns you need addressed please contact: Hilary,
sterren (at), 207-649-5980

We will soon have a poster and a printed flier of this information for you
to distribute in your local community. To help promote Burdock,contact:
Jonah, moss (at), 207-761-0114

Burdock is free to anyone who wants to come, but we are asking that those
who can donate money please do so. Burdock is a grassroots, non-profit
gathering and is not being sponsored by any corporations, governments, or
political parties, so therefore all donations are greatly appreciated. If
you know of any groups or individuals that may be able to donate larger
amounts of money, food and/or equipment please get them in contact with us
or pass on their info to us. Checks can be made out to Maine Independent
Media Center and sent to the main Burdock address with your registration or
donated online at in the "Payment
for" space please write Burdock.

With two hundred or more people coming to Burdock we need to set up
facilities for people to use such as the kitchen, workshop areas,
composting toilets, camping areas and fire areas. We need people to help
setup the site and take down after the gathering is over.
If you'd like to get involved contact: Breanna, 207-491-5444,
breannaerb (at)


Please pre-register with the following address if you plan on attending,
when you register you will receive details about the event including:
workshop schedule, directions, and what to bring
RR1 box 1450 Anson, Maine 04911 burdock (at)

Burdock is a free gathering, but if you can donate any money please send
it with your registration or bring it with you.

Name or Nickname:__________________________________________
Phone Number or Email:_______________________________________
How many/which days are you planning on joining
Do you need or could you offer a ride?________________________________
If so, could you give more details:___________________________________
Do you have children you plan to bring to Burdock?___________
Do you have special needs such as diet/accessibility/translation/or other?
Can you offer translation for workshops? _______________________________

Here is a list of things we are in need of. Check off if you are able to
__food __cooking materials __toilet paper
__large, army-sized tents for workshops __5 gallon buckets
__sawdust from non pressure-treated lumber
please describe:__________________________________________________
is there anything else you wish to contribute?____________________________

(send the following to democracy (at) or call 207-775-0270)
Are you planning on having a workshop at this gathering?________________
If you have not already registered for a workshop, do you want to organize
Workshop Name:_________________________________________________
Length:______________________ Days Available:______________________
**please bring your own materials for your workshop

Please come prepared to participate!
We will need volunteers to sign up for shifts to help with things such as
the welcome table, childcare, cooking, firewood collection, clean up, and
more. Info will be posted when you get there.

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