Scot Robinson | EcoSexual Prom Night – Gaia Says Yes!
16 or so years ago, Scot Robinson found the life he now lives, discovering ecstatic dance in NYC. Nearly 14 years ago, he co-founded Flying Turtle Dance in Seattle. For Scot, the most important and successful aspect of that dance has not been his facilitation or DJ’ing, but the unique power of this frame for free-form-expression as a platform for community building. He has known self-doubt well, not having gained social comfort for himself until he was 40. A Gemini, a cuddly mad-hatter and shape shifting mortalist, Scot is satisfied to have served, humbly and intuitively, as a catalyst for connection.
Born in Alaska, Opalyn Brenger, On-Site Registrar Coordinator, grew up in Washington State where water in its many forms has inspired, rejuvenated, and healed her throughout her many journeys. After being in the military and then studying hydrology and geology at Evergreen, Opalyn now invests her energy in stewarding land and community. A resident of the Windward community for the past six years, Opalyn tends to rabbits, milks goats, and massages the wool of Windward’s sheep into yarn ready for the hands of weavers. Whether it’s wielding a welding gun, creating concrete forms, or fixing a transmission, Opalyn immerses herself in the joys of building a life from the ground up.
Emily Boyer, Community Love Offering Coordinator, is an exuberant butterfly learning to ground herself in between migration seasons. After cocooning in SE Portland for her upbringing, she graduated from Oregon State University, where she metamorphosed, unfolding her wings through her studies of communication, experiences in leadership and event coordinating. She gained a greater appreciation for her own life and acknowledged privilege by embarking on international adventures in Honduras, Nicaragua, and Cuba, where she further developed her Spanish bilingualism, love for 100+ degree weather, and Latin American culture.
When Emily fluttered to Windward as an apprentice in 2015, she found deep love and connection with the land-based, life-supporting community, resonating strongly with the mission of treating Earth as lover. Living at Windward has taught Emily to better identify and voice her desires and emotions. She endeavors to become more physically, emotionally, socially, spiritually, and sensually aware in each moment, growing for herself so she may pollinate this world with the vibrant love that surrounds us.
Emily loves to dance through life joyfully and wholeheartedly, balancing a wakeful excitement and a lust for life with a peace of heart and a singing spirit.
Emily Buffi’s first language is dancing. She can’t help but use her whole body to communicate. When she’s not creatively coaxing culinary cuisine, she’s dancing with trees and making out with leaves. When she’s not burying herself in the sound of the soil, she’s deeply listening to the heart songs in her human community. She positively delights in being alive and experiencing the world through every sensory cell and follicle.
A community builder, weaver of spaces, and anchor for radical self-expression, Emily provides grounded ecstatic support for wild embodied energy to flow. She passionately believes in empowering other humans to cultivate a deep relationship with their bodies, with their own private Earths. Emily facilitates embodied intelligence explorations through sensory-based nature walks, improvisational movement, spoken word, rhythm and sound gatherings, and compassionate witnessing and mirroring.
Priya Kendrick is a dynamic, loving, deeply spiritual woman who puts her heart and soul into creating community wherever she lives. She is the sole proprietor of “Relax!” massage therapy and has mastered many forms of body work and numerous healing modalities, including Reiki. She provides holistic healing and deep relaxation to her clients. During her 2+ decades in Seattle, she became the Arch Druid of Emerald Grove, part of the New Reformed Druids of North America. As Arch Druid she led 8 rituals a year for 15 years and trained and initiated many others. She trained with the Human Awareness Institute and created Heart Play gatherings for two years in Seattle. Dance and music have always been a primary form of self expression for Priya and her close friends have delightedly enjoyed her original folk music, belly dance and ritual productions. She moved to the Columbia Gorge area in 2012 and just keeps on growing. She has established a women’s support group for handling the transitions of life and started the White Oak Grove Druid Circle in White Salmon. Her passion is connection. Connection with Nature, with People, with Life.