Environmental Training For Transition Concert

 Joan Henry Concert
for the Environmental Training For Transition Event

October 7, 2012
1 PM – 2:30 PM
KTD Monastery in Woodstock, New York


To Indigenous people all over Mother Earth, our songs are all sacred; we understand each as the vocal expression of a living being — and after all,  everything is alive… Some songs express the simple joy of being, while others mark a special occasion. Still others facilitate a process, move things along, create connections, bring folks together or re-attune them to a common state or feeling.

Sound like describing chants in the Tibetan tradition? Hmmm…

“The songs bring the people together – create a living Web…

I was honored to be hosted by our Tibetan brothers & sisters at KTD Monastery to bring First Nations music back up to the top of Mead Mountain; our people share many commonalities. –Wish Grandmother Tsering Dolma Gyaltong & Grandma Aama Bombo could be here to enjoy this! They would smile…

This was an intimate concert of primarily traditional music, sharing the gifts of everyday life with stories & songs showing how different Native North America is from nation to nation — and yet how of One Mind regarding living with the Earth and all her beings. Although this was envisioned as a ‘Joan Henry – Solo & Acoustic’  sort of performance, other music friends made an appearance …

“Harmony – together – is the only way we’re going to make it through this Time of Changes.”


On October 5th from 7:00 – 9:00 PM and October 6th and 7th from 9:00 AM to 4:45 PM an Environmental Training for Transition took place at KTD Monastery in Woodstock, New York. The dynamic, interactive training prepared participants to move their local communities from fossil fuel dependency to resilient sustainability against the backdrop of peak oil and climate change.

During the two-day October 6 & 7th Training for Transition, participants received tools for community outreach and collaboration, environmental education, and learn to describe the challenges of our times in ways that bring people together and inspire action. This was an opportunity for participants to meet neighbors and others in their region (from Maryland to Quebec) who share the same goals of community-building as we safeguard the earth.

An Indigenous, First Nations Celebration was also  featured during the weekend event.

New York state towns which are either official, “mulling,” or forming Transition Town Initiating Groups are: Marbletown, Woodstock, Saugerties, New Paltz, Kingston, Bedford, Albany, Troy, Schenectady, South Fork Long Island, Poughkeepsie, Hastings on Hudson, and Rhinebeck.