Evolver’s Dream Spore

by Philip Laubner

Photo by Philip Laubner

It’s morning on the farm and Michael Tew leads a session of meditation and yoga. Clockwise from left: Singer/songwriter Gail Silverman, Singer/songwriter Adi Love, my assistant James Hodges, artist/alpaca farmer Mckenzie Ditter, Alpaca farmer/musician Jamie Goetz and Michael Tew.

Evolver is a national social networking group that host events, or spores, devoted to the expansion or evolution of consciousness. This Dream spore was conducted on Three Streams Farm in Freeland, a farm owned by local poet and spoken word event organizer, Julie Fisher. It’s fitting that Fisher would grant the use of her land for the event, as she herself was granted the sixty acre farm by Otis Spicer, a White Mountain Apache and pipe carrier.

The Dream Spore was a two day, overnight camping event that celebrated dreams with round table discussions, readings, a bonfire, fire spinning, a sculpture burn, drum circles, yoga and meditation.

Above, the sun sets on the Dream Spore, Evolver event organizer Michael Morstein summons the spirits from the woods.

Robin Gunkel reads a poem about dreams from Technicians of the Sacred before she and her Evolver companions set fire to Fred Merrill’s latest wooden sculpture. Robin is a graduate of The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in Boulder, CO where she received her low-residency MFA in Creative Writing while living abroad in Japan. Robin is the founding member of the Baltimore Evolver group.