The Crestone Eagle • August, 2021

Crestone Energy Fair 2021 happens August 28 & 29

Reconnect:  Self, Village, Nature

—Crestone Energy Fair 

The Crestone Energy Fair is a long-standing tradition that unites our community around ideas and projects that support a more sustainable and regenerative lifestyle.  This year’s theme will explore what it means to enhance our connection to Self, Village and Nature.  Each year we come together to celebrate our lifestyle by sharing innovative and visionary practices for our health, home environments, energy methods and resource consumption. We will dive deeper into the Reconnect: Self, Village, Nature theme at the 32nd Annual Crestone Energy Fair held on August 28 & 29.  

This year’s event will be hosted at the new Crestone Energy Exchange Venue site at 19850 Camino del Oro from 10am-10pm.  This allows us to create more permanent installations in an off-grid setting.  Without the distractions and conveniences of being in town, we hope to create a powerful experience that catalyzes deeper healing and opportunities for growth and connection.  It’s good to get out of the box sometimes!  

Lydia Sprouts, new Energy Fair Booking Coordinator, jamming with her band Pioneer Mother.

This past year has found us all questioning what we value, how we work together and how to create new systems of living together with respect for our natural environment.  We will host a community panel to dive into our theme Reconnect: Self, Village, Nature to discuss some of the most important questions arising in our community. Through a restorative lens we continue working to create solutions by bridging our elders and wisdom keepers with the emerging energy and organizing of our youth.

This year the children’s area will be hosted by Rainbow Lightning, a Colorado non-profit organization dedicated to creating safe spaces for children and families. Their goal is to inspire young minds to live their dreams by providing a variety of outlets for creative and imaginative play. Workshops and activities for children and parents will fill the weekend with memories that will last a lifetime! If you are interested in sharing an offering for families please do not hesitate to reach out! Contact Taylor Martin at: TaylorTheTailor@RainbowLighhtning.org. To learn more, visit:  www.RainbowLightning.org.

In an effort to mix up our educational programming and bring in fresh new ideas and perspectives, we are hosting speakers and entertainment from around the state. We want to thank Lydia Sprouts, our new Booking Coordinator, for all of her hard work designing a motivating lineup.

Some of the inspiring workshops and discussions Lydia has secured for this year’s event include Edible and Medicinal Plants of Crestone, Economic permaculture and thinking in systems, Biodynamic Source & Viva La Vida Foundation, Vote Nature, Society for Psychedelic Outreach, Reform & Education (SPORE), Authentic Relating,  Rocky Mountain Hemp Build, Kundalini, Chanting, Meditation, Song Circles and Storytelling.  Check our website for the complete lineup and presenter bios.

During this year’s building demonstrations series we’ll be providing an opportunity for you to get your hands dirty by helping build a permanent structure on the site. You’ll learn about strawbale, adobe, hempcrete, bottle walls and other beautiful natural ways to build.  You will also find innovative and inspiring educational booths demonstrating greywater, humanure, solar, wood gasification and other eco-friendly technologies.

Our Saturday night music headliner from Denver, Autonomix,  plays a captivating mix of psychedelic  jazz, funk, and space rock.  Other music highlights include Pioneer Mother—outlaw bluegrass/americana; Bethy Love Light; Tio Puerta—Spanish/Gypsy soul, Earth Tribe vibe; Chances R Good; Chloe from Intuit & Sami on ceremony songs; new local favorite, Treaphort, providing World-infused electronic grooves; Sand Mountain Band—Crestone’s newest rock band; Cailan Boone—Crestone youth live music soloist and jam session; and more! Check the website for the most current activities.

There will be a diverse group of vendors with local arts, crafts, healing products and delicious food for sale. Special thanks to our sponsoring vendors Chelsea Braden of Forged & Sewn and Laura Enzer of Mountain Laurel Apothecary who will be supporting our Green Room with their amazing elixirs and tonics for sale.  

It would not be an Energy Fair without the amazing Home Tours!  Goldie Mariola is once again coordinating this foundational component. See the full article highlighting the Under Construction and Completed Homes in this issue.  Contact Godie if you’d like to share your home in a future tour.

Special thanks to the Saguache County Commissioners for a sales tax grant, ScSEED as our fiscal sponsor, and our ongoing sponsors Joyful Journey, SLVREC, Orient Land Trust, Valley Roots Food Hub, Sangre de Cristo Real Estate and The Windwalkers.  If you would like to join our preparation efforts for this year’s event, please contact our new Volunteer Coordinator, Melissa Ketchum at volunteers@crestoneenergyfair.org.  Our crew meets at the venue site every Sunday noon-5pm for volunteer projects and 5-8pm for networking & potluck.  You can also find us in the Baca Park every Wednesday from 5-8pm for potluck & playmo!  Visit our website crestoneenergyfair.org or email crestoneenergyfair@gmail.com for more information, schedule of events, applications and to learn about the history of this amazing community celebration.