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Jun 3

June 3-5 – 37th Annual Gathering of The Cumberland Green River Bioregional Council “CELEBRATING COMMUNITY”

June 3, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - June 5, 2022 @ 12:00 pm

Posted by The Cumberland Green River Bioregional Council

The Cumberland Green River Bioregional Council (CGRBC) is a coalition of over 200 city and rural homesteaders in the bio-region of two rivers in Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, and adjacent area, namely Cumberland River and Green River. Back in 1980s when the attention to natural land exploration led to the formation of a dozen or so bio-regional organizations in the USA, CGRBC was one of the largest among them and continues to be one of the few that still remain active. We gradually attract  younger generation of environmentally-minded local homesteaders and leaders who are concerned about climate change and welcome anyone who would like to meet a like-minded group of people (CGRBC membership is optional).

We are excited to celebrate our 37th Annual Gathering this year with our traditional fire circle, drums, guitars, hiking in the woods, canoe/kayak safari, music, dance, and meditation. Registration is in-person at arrival and pre-registration is by mail (below). Please bring your friends, and spread the news about our upcoming “CELEBRATING COMMUNITY” gathering during the first weekend of June each year – June 3-4-5, 2022 this year.

Dining Hall at Group Camp 1 at Montgomery Bell State Park


When: June 3-4-5, 2022. Check-in 3pm on Friday, June 3rd. Check-out 12pm on Sunday, June 5th. Could be one-day, two-day, or three-day participation.
Where: Group Camp 1, Montgomery Bell State Park
Cost: $5 for a day, $10 for a night (includes cost of a simple cabin without amenities), $20 for two nights (scholarships available). These prices are per person. Pre-registration is available by mail (below). Regular registration is at the site upon arrival (on the first-come first-served basis).

  • We will have 47 cabins, a big dining hall/meeting space, commercial kitchen, outdoor pavilion, 2 camp fire sites, and our own dock. You can pitch your own tent or stay in your RV if you don’t want to share a rustic cabin with four bunks.
  • The cabins have screens all the way around, one overhead light, and one electrical outlet; the single beds have a mattress but no bedding or pillows. BRING YOUR OWN BEDDING! Here is a 5-min. youtube video about one of the cabins at Group Camp 1 in Montgomery Bell State Park, Burns, TN (not related to CGRBC gathering).
  • Bring your own kayak or canoe to paddle on Lake Woodhaven.
  • The emphasis will again be on building community through shared experience and recreation, but there will also be educational workshops.


Due to the virus we are telling people to bring their own prepared meals, though there will be some sharing of meals. We are going to try to avoid using the kitchen as much as possible.

We are going to run FIVE workshops this go-around, but play is also encouraged!

Friday, June 3

  • 3pm   Check-in and registration begins
  • 5pm   Laughter Yoga with Jon Wolfe
  • 6pm   Dinner. Bring food and drink to share
  • 7pm   Fire circle, drums, guitars…

Saturday, June 4

  • 8:50am  Laughter Yoga 5-min. Warmup with Jon Wolfe
  • 9am    The Green Circle. Share with the group what you have been up to over the past year. Probably 3 minutes per person, followed by announcements.
  • 11am   Plenary session – Radical Revisioning: Systems Thinking and the Move Toward an Ecological Society. Permaculture, Regenerative Agriculture, Deep Ecology, Gaia’s Living Systems…Building an Ecological Framework for Sustainability with Sue Shann
  • 12pm  Saturday lunch coinciding with Auction: bring money to spend and gifts to share (anyone know who has the sparkling vest?)
  • 1pm   Workshop session 1: Wilding Your Yard with Richard Hitt and Cindy Moonrose
  • 2pm   Workshop session 2: Resilience and Coping Mechanisms in Challenging Times with Jon Wolfe and Sharon Rush
  • 3pm   Workshop session 3:  Revisiting Findhorn with Natalia Smothers
  • All afternoon: canoe/kayak safari, horse shoes, volleyball, etc.
  • 6pm   Supper
  • 7pm   Music and Dancing with Sue Shann opening for The Lemmings

Sunday, June 6

  • Breakfast as needed
  • 8:50am  Laughter Yoga 5-min. Warmup with Jon Wolfe
  • 9am    Group Circle
  • 10am “Bidness” Meeting, porch of the dining hall
  • 12pm  Check out. Clean your own cabins, help clean bathrooms and dining/kitchen rooms


  • All activities will be at the picnic shelter unless there are storms in which case we will be in the Dining Hall (Organizing Committee: If we need to use the Dining Hall, meet there EARLY to rearrange the tables and chairs)
  • Everyone is encouraged to do outreach. We want new people!
  • Everyone is expected to bring their own plates, bowls, silverware and cups and to wash them and keep track of them. The commercial kitchen is supplied with pots, pans, bowls, etc. If you use them, clean them, and put them back.
  • Swimming in Lake Woodhaven is not allowed officially. The ranger said there is likely to be broken glass and fish hooks near the dock, so if you happen to fall in, wear good footwear! There is a designated beach at Lake Acorn; there will probably be a charge to get in and the area is not pristine—watch for goose poop!
  • Alcohol and drugs are expressly forbidden. However, the ranger said he would not be checking up on us unless we ask for help.


Cost: $5 for a day, $10 for a night (includes cost of a cabin), $20 for two nights (scholarships available). These prices are per person.

PRE-REGISTRATION: If you want to reserve a space, please send a check to Cumberland Greens, c/o Eric Lewis, 7978 Highway 100, Nashville, TN  37221

If you have workshop suggestions or questions, please write to Eric: island.spring@att.net



June 3, 2022 @ 3:00 pm
June 5, 2022 @ 12:00 pm
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Montgomery Bell State Park – Group Camp 1
1020 Jackson Hill R
Burns, TN 37029 United States
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Cumberland Green Bioregional Council
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