Location: Urban Tribe Collective
657 West St. Mary’s Rd., Unit C-12 Tucson, AZ 85701
Cost: Free – $10 suggested donation to Diamond Mountain, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
To raise funds for Diamond Mountain University and Retreat Center, Tucson performance artist Christopher Stephen has planned a slate of entertainment to intrigue, awe and educate. Hosted by Urban Tribe Collective, the April 30 event, titled “Medicine in Motion: the Shamans Awakening“ will feature free yoga classes, an acro yoga performance by Flight School, an overview of Diamond Mountain Retreat Center, live DJs, and a performance art piece that combines sacred symbology and elemental dance to tell the story of a shaman’s journey. Doors open at 5:45pm.
“I’ve spent a good part of the winter at Diamond Mountain,” says Stephen. “With mostly volunteer help, the Center has just completed twenty-nine off-grid retreat cabins in what we call ‘The Retreat Valley’. These cabins are now occupied by thirty-nine people who are undertaking a three-year silent meditation retreat for peace.”
Now in the works is a plan to build eight earthen domes in a small valley adjacent to the teaching campus. Stephen remarks, “As the only ecological Tibetan Buddhist University and Retreat Center in Arizona, Diamond Mountain is working to create an alternative powered desert rural environment for deep retreats and teachings. To support them, I want to help raise funds for this second retreat site.” Donations raised at the event will go specifically to fund the first phase of building the earthen domes.
“We need to drill a well to provide the remote retreat location with water,” notes Rob Ruisinger, Diamond Mountain President. “It’s the first step in what will be an off-grid and sustainable retreat site. We’ll use composting methods for sewer needs, solar arrays for electricity and desert-sustainable gardens to augment food needs.”
6:00 pm: Beginners Yoga
7:00 pm: Advanced Yoga
8:00 pm: Acro Yoga Dance Troupe, Flight School
8:15 pm: All About Diamond Mountain Retreat Center
8:45 pm: Medicine in Motion: the Shamans Awakening, choreographed and designed by Christopher Stephen
9:00 pm: DJ Krti, live
11:00 pm: Vostek, live
For more information about Diamond Mountain University and Retreat Center visit:
diamondmountain.org and retreat4peace.org.