Community Dancing with Edgard Gouveia

September 1, 2006

Edgard Gouveia

One of the MANY highlights of the Global Stewardship Dialogues for me was meeting Edgard Gouveia of Brazil. His open heart and engaging smile quickly made everyone around him feel like an old friend. Throughout our time together at the Marconi Center, Edgard showed us all the importance of purposeful playfulness. On multiple occasions, he led the entire group in song and dance, weaving together story, laughter, fun, and connections — a true master at building a sense of community.

Edgard is deeply focused on facilitating positive social change in the world. I have no doubt that his exuberance, love of life and genuine compassion for his fellow human beings will allow him to continue to accomplish positive, creative change wherever he goes.

See also the Elos Institute workspace hosted on the Berkanna Institute website and the short video clip featuring Edgar (in Portuguese)


David and Juanita’s story

August 28, 2006

David and Juanita celebrate their transition

David and Juanita were asked to share their story, their dream for the whole community yesterday evening, from a sensing in the design team.

David is speaking first, telling that he is first of all an emotional person. He learned, a very long time ago, that there are basically only four emotions. He learned to have his emotions on the front. “This community has given me the opportunity to experience these emotions. A lot of love, friendship, sadness, not so much anger…”
David and Juanita want to step away from the magician and the organizing. “I want to learn to steward this land, want to be with family, friends and live. I am ready! The letting go, at this point, is really easy. The dream will tell you… Read the rest of this entry »


Dragonfly story

August 27, 2006


Dragonfly story

Originally uploaded by theworldcafe.
Anne Dosher telling us the story of Grandmother Dragonfly…she’s gathering the right people together


Dancing the Night Away

August 27, 2006


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Originally uploaded by theworldcafe.
Many of us gathered together Saturday evening for a celebration with music and dance. We danced the night away, everything from “The Twist” to Celtic folk dances taught to us by Edgard Gouveia of Brazil. Thank you Edgard for your amazing ability to weave story, dance and community together.


Calling on the Four Directions

August 26, 2006



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Anne Dosher, World Cafe Elder begins the first session of the Global Stewardship Dialogs by following the Native American tradition of calling in the four directions. View more photos of day 1