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Little Pond Arts Retreat A quiet retreat dedicated to assisting and building a community for Art Creation, Permaculture and Mindfulness.

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Here comes Winter and a very quiet time at Little Pond, but the memory of the Japanese pears just outside the Cottage st...
11/18/2021

Here comes Winter and a very quiet time at Little Pond, but the memory of the Japanese pears just outside the Cottage still refreshes.

Dear Friends of Little Pond,We have a small group of theatre artists working at Little Pond next week, and they are invi...
07/31/2021

Dear Friends of Little Pond,
We have a small group of theatre artists working at Little Pond next week, and they are inviting those interested to join them for a reading of their work, ROAR!
Saturday, August 7th at 7pm

If you're going to join us, email me, would you please: [email protected] -- just so we know who's coming. Thanks, Bill

ROAR!
A play based on a true story of the most dangerous, most expensive home movie Hollywood ever made.
By Lindsey Hope Pearlman
In collaboration with BREAD Arts Collective: Katie Melby, Andrew Lynch, Katie Hartman, Nick Ryan, Giverny Petitmermet, Kelly Klein, Ben Lewis, Me’lissa Smith and Alex Suha
In a New Yorker article on the movie itself, it was written:
“Roar,” the 1981 movie starring Tippi Hedren, Noel Marshall, who was then her husband, and a large group of lions and tigers, opens with the ultimate spoiler by omission: a title card declaring that, despite appearances to the contrary, no animal was harmed in the course of its production. The credits say nothing about the protection of humans, who both appear to be, and were, injured while making the film. Hedren, in her autobiography, goes into detail about the horrors of the shoot, which took place largely at her family home in California—the animals were theirs.

Marcena, wood spirit, alert for intruders, perches above the Little Pond graveyard, protecting those who cannot protect ...
07/26/2021

Marcena, wood spirit, alert for intruders, perches above the Little Pond graveyard, protecting those who cannot protect themselves.

Friends, Anisa is holding a series of four classes, and I want to help her get the word out.  It's for theatre people, c...
02/06/2021
The Ecological Theater with Anisa George — Embodied Poetics

Friends, Anisa is holding a series of four classes, and I want to help her get the word out. It's for theatre people, creatives in general, people who've made some things already and are mature and self-motivated.

https://www.embodiedpoetics.org/satellite/the-ecological-theater-with-anisa-george

This course will survey a broad range of artists from various artistic backgrounds who put the natural world at the center of their practice. It will also provide an introduction to concrete methods each student can utilize to forge and deepen their own path towards an original ecological-centered a

Progress
02/06/2021

Progress

02/06/2021

Well, snow .. just like everybody else. This is from Thursday.

It's been a quiet week at Lake Woebegone...   Prairie Home Companion anybody?  Rothenberg family, with closest loved fri...
12/18/2020

It's been a quiet week at Lake Woebegone... Prairie Home Companion anybody? Rothenberg family, with closest loved friends, not that long ago. At the top of the hill, in the Great Circle. Little Pond Rests.

Friends, we're trying something a little different this month.  Angel, Jamila, Guillermo, Grace and myself, are working ...
09/16/2020

Friends, we're trying something a little different this month. Angel, Jamila, Guillermo, Grace and myself, are working together to put together this Devotional -- for those of all Faiths or no Faith at all. Please join us. The Zoom link is on the image. All are welcome.

Thursday, June 4 | 12:30 -1:15pmWe’re waking up to a new world...not apart from nature, but a part of it. We now have th...
05/31/2020
Chamber Nonprofit and Business Partners Council Presents: WEBINAR: What we’ve learned during the lockdown – Advancing the health of our environment, our communities, our families and ourselves.

Thursday, June 4 | 12:30 -1:15pm

We’re waking up to a new world...not apart from nature, but a part of it.

We now have the opportunity to see how our collective actions have a wider impact. It extends past COVID-19, even now. As social distancing and lockdowns have kept us inside, we have slowed the virus’ transmission in hard hit areas from South Korea to Seattle. Along with that human impact on the disease, pollution has receded and our impact on nature has markedly diminished as well. In Venice the canals cleared. In New York, carbon monoxide levels shrank to half their usual March levels. In China, the initial lockdown drove pollution levels down by 25%.

When the factories come back to life and airplanes start flying again, emissions will inevitably pick back up. But within our hands we will have the choice to learn from COVID-19 to live better in our own ecosystems, and within the greater natural system of Earth. Why wait? This dawning sense of individual impact in an interconnected world - what has been called, “systems thinking” - is in many ways the true story we’ve long avoided acknowledging.
Let us come together and discuss how we might work together to hold on to the gains we've accomplished. Can you spare 45 minutes to share your thoughts? Join Abby Pattishall of the Wildlands Conservancy and Bill George of Touchstone Theatre to discuss how to preserve as much of the Good of Covid as we can.

Just click on this link to Please register: https://lehighvalleypacoc.wliinc16.com/events/Chamber-Nonprofit-and-Business-Partners-Council-Presents-WEBINAR-What-we-ve-learned-during-the-lockdown-Advancing-the-health-of-our-environment-our-communities-our-families-and-ourselves--837700/details

You'll be sent a Zoom link in the coming days.

The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce mission is to improve the economy and quality of life in the Lehigh Valley Metropolitan Area.

05/05/2020

The Little Pond Oak

05/05/2020
The Little Pond Oak

We've lost a number of trees this last year. First our Queen Birch. Then two of our oldest Apple Trees. Just wanted to salute the dear magnificent Oak that quietly stands on the Northern edge of the land.

Today we said good bye to the final old apple tree of the trio - my favorite, the leaning tree! I thought you would like...
03/07/2020

Today we said good bye to the final old apple tree of the trio - my favorite, the leaning tree! I thought you would like to see these photos.

It was a very moving ceremony, led by Rob Aptaker - thinking about these more than 100 year-old trees and all they have given. We were remembering how we have loved these trees through the seasons since we first found Little Pond...special moments like sitting in the shade under the tree with grand children while working on the vegetable garden, gathering apples for the apple pie making contest, and the wassail last winter - giving cider to this old tree and singing for the flourishing of the new young trees in the orchard.

xoxox

Don't know what to say. Just wishing a wonderful year ahead for everyone. 2020.  Brittany Libby and Davin workin' on the...
01/03/2020

Don't know what to say. Just wishing a wonderful year ahead for everyone. 2020. Brittany Libby and Davin workin' on the new Chicken Coop. Converting the Horse Shed.

Does anyone know what kind of tree this is.  Cherry certainly, but I've never seen a Cherry so profusely covered with bl...
04/21/2019

Does anyone know what kind of tree this is. Cherry certainly, but I've never seen a Cherry so profusely covered with blossoms. (Hey, by the way, it's Spring!)

Happy 2019 friends! We know it's only January, but can't help feeling excited for the coming Spring, because this year a...
01/05/2019

Happy 2019 friends! We know it's only January, but can't help feeling excited for the coming Spring, because this year at Little Pond we're planning on planting a little (but mighty) FOREST! On April 26th-28th we're set to fill 6 acres of our scrubby meadow with all kinds of trees, ranging from persimmon to pawpaw. We obviously can't do this alone (!!) so we're planning a weekend Permablitz (https://permablitztaranaki.net/about-2/) with good food and nightly bonfires. If you're not a digger, don't worry, we'll find a way for you to join in. Just let us know (email: [email protected]) if you can come and especially if you need housing or want to camp. The straw bale cottage will be all spruced up and ready for occupants as well. First come first served! Love you and hope we can put some roots down - together! - Anisa, Bill and Bridge

A birthday party at Little Pond...
12/17/2018

A birthday party at Little Pond...

Into the Future -- Let us Accompany Each Other.  [Heather and Gus's Marcena walks hand in hand with Sam and Carrie's Emm...
12/08/2018

Into the Future -- Let us Accompany Each Other. [Heather and Gus's Marcena walks hand in hand with Sam and Carrie's Emma.] @ Little Pond

We lost the Queen Birch this Fall.  All the rain softened the ground, and she slowly came down.  So many years, driving ...
11/06/2018

We lost the Queen Birch this Fall. All the rain softened the ground, and she slowly came down. So many years, driving up the Little Pond lane and admiring her refined and graceful beauty. She was one of the most treasured of our trees, a constant balm to our cares and lift to our spirits, a faithful and noble companion. It's hard to Imagine Little Pond without her. But I believe our most wonderful and important years still lie ahead, God willing. Much love to all our friends and any who may pass this way, at the end of this 2018 Season. Here's to a peaceful, compassionate and prosperous 2019 for us all.

Well, take a look at this!  Sweet gratitude going out to Fresh Ground Pepper for gifting Little Pond a very handsome Com...
08/17/2018

Well, take a look at this! Sweet gratitude going out to Fresh Ground Pepper for gifting Little Pond a very handsome Compost Bin. Hey! This is what LOVE looks like!

Marcena creates Little Pond.  Every Spring there is a recreation...where does it come from?  I had no idea, Gus and Heat...
05/11/2018

Marcena creates Little Pond. Every Spring there is a recreation...where does it come from? I had no idea, Gus and Heather's dear Marcena was doing all the work at home during Winter. Sending Spring blessings out to all, and hope to see you in fine fiddle soon.

Anisa sprays our new garden, Our orchard of fruit trees.
04/29/2018

Anisa sprays our new garden, Our orchard of fruit trees.

Now, in our pre-Winter quiet stage, Little Pond prepares for an Orchard in the lower meadow.  Been reading up on permacu...
10/28/2017

Now, in our pre-Winter quiet stage, Little Pond prepares for an Orchard in the lower meadow. Been reading up on permaculture and all that good stuff AND trying not to get over committed (fruit trees can take a lot of care and time). The straw piles are where the trees are planned for Spring. Excited thinking about it.

It's hard to imagine how much work it would have been to provide firewood for the winter before chainsaws. How much time...
10/15/2017

It's hard to imagine how much work it would have been to provide firewood for the winter before chainsaws. How much time it would have taken. I took down this dead tree about a month ago. Unfortunately I didn't see the overhead wires and I took down power to our house for a couple of days too.

09/16/2017
Shots taken during Flux's 2017 residency at Little Pond

Thanks going out to Flux Theatre' August Schulenburg, and in particular Chris Wight, for these nifty drone shots of Little Pond and the surrounding Pennsylvania countryside. We love being here, being able to share it with friends old and new.

It's September, and a pretty strong Fall nectar flow is underway.  These hives are "alright", but not great. (Stop think...
09/10/2017

It's September, and a pretty strong Fall nectar flow is underway. These hives are "alright", but not great. (Stop thinking hurricane Irma for a minute and think "honey!" everybody.) November they get wrapped up for Winter. And, thanks to the friends at Fresh Ground Pepper (they planted our four pear trees) we have about 70 pears. Young trees. We're putting 50 in brown paper and storing them down in the basement, leaving ten on the tree, and leaving ten out in the open in the kitchen as an experiment to see how they best ripen once picked. That's Emma helping me out.

09/10/2017
Man Flees Bee (Fall visit to the Little Pond Hives)

After a wonderful visit from Sharon Sharon Jones Zondag advising me about my Rubee Hive (no, her Queen IS laying), I lowered the hives, adjusted their tilt and added sugar throughout. This is my "goodbye", and I'll sugarwater them in two weeks.

08/04/2017
Little Pond Long Barn 2017

Little Pond, all dressed up and excited to meet Fresh Ground Pepper. Many thanks to Robert Aptaker, Aidan Gilrain-McKenna, Gregory Tapler, the MKP brothers (for their support and patience) and the entire Little Pond family. Still a long way to go, but Little Pond Rises!

Everything’s ConnectedOnce, we were two Bethlehems, and it was 100 years ago North and South realized the importance of ...
06/21/2017

Everything’s Connected

Once, we were two Bethlehems, and it was 100 years ago North and South realized the importance of working together and became "one" (and, we’re still working on it, really). Here's an image of the two Bethlehems, in "the good ol' days", when “working together" may seem to us a remarkably less complex challenge, but back then was as “crazy hard” as anything one could imagine.

Touchstone is exploring a project called Festival (un)Bound, and to do it, we've got to get EVERYBODY working together to envision what kind of future we want for this city that today we call just “Bethlehem”.

The problem is, more and more, as we sit down and talk with folks, it becomes apparent that everything effects everything else. Let’s say you’re homeless. One might be homeless because one is dysfunctionally dyslexic. One might be dysfunctionally dyslexic because the educational system didn't recognize it and teach good coping mechanisms. The educational system may have failed you because you were living in a poor community and there weren't funds for such things. There weren't funds for such things because the political system was too combative to achieve anything but band-aid solutions. Combativeness got out of hand because of entrenched, old power structures and a media that feeds on sensationalism in order to sell information to the general public. And... I could go on FOREVER! Everything's connected. Still, there you are, homeless!

The important thing to remember, we're learning, is that it's not you that's homeless, it's us, you AND me. We're all connected. When we begin to realize that, the net of connections begins to be healed.

One of the major movements in redesigning our culture is called the permaculture movement. Permaculture uses observation of nature to create regenerative systems. The place where this has been most visible has been on the landscape, but there has been a growing awareness that the principles of permaculture can be used as effectively to create vibrant, healthy and productive people and communities as they have been in landscapes.

The permaculture “flower” diagraming the connectedness of our multiple systems.

But, these days, it’s hard to believe we have any power to effect that “net” that holds all the pieces of the flower together.

(Special note, EVERYONE!!! Come see The Jakopa’s Punch Processional, a puppet parable about working together and making a difference! July 14 & 15, 2017 at 6:30pm - run time 60 minutes - on the South Bethlehem Greenway, meet us at the Chinese Harmony Pavilion between Webster and Taylor Streets. Tickets – FREE)

It’s tempting to despair at our social dysfunctionality, but if we look at the bigger picture, it’s clear we’re making great progress, folks! Here’s a fascinating article called: A History of Global Living Conditions in 5 Charts. The conclusion of this article states succinctly: “The successful transformation of our living conditions (is) possible only because of collaboration. Such a transformation would be impossible for a single person to accomplish. It is our collective brains and our collaborative effort that are needed for such an improvement.”

An NGO for the United Nations recently wrote: “If community is to further the progress of society in its own right – complementing the roles played by individuals and social institutions–a much more expansive conception of community life must be actively embraced. New patterns of action and interaction will have to be built, and new forms of relationship and association constructed. Experimentation, trial and error, and a robust process of learning about the nature of lasting cultural change will be vital – all of which require effort and no small amount of sacrifice... Movement in this direction will require qualitatively different approaches to decision-making than those adopted in the past."

Festival (un)Bound is one of those "qualitatively different approaches".

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Nazareth, PA
18064

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