Priceless 2017 Activities
Move your sprightly selves with parkour, capoeira, yoga, or kenjetsu. Play Marco Polo for the first time since you were a young’un. Priceless professional? Give a lightning talk at Ignite Priceless. Sparkle yourself or your stuff with cosmic cosmetics and bedazzling and beyond. Tune out and drop in with sensory deprivation massage. Or meet other early risers (we know you’re out there!) or party cats at our Feather River Coffee Service on Saturday and Sunday first thing. And you won’t want to miss Priceless’ first ever “Wife” Carrying Competition.
Want to know what time your favorite activity will be? Check out the full schedule!
Intro to Brazilian Capoeira
Connect with each other in this playful martial art that incorporates fluid movement, acrobatics, and music. No prior experience necessary. Whether you just want to learn songs, kicks, or acrobatics, this workshop is a great way to exercise while making new friends! Be prepared to look a little silly.
Priceless Poetry Club
Midnight poetry returns to Priceless. At the liminal time and place, gather with us in a circle, to read and be read to. A selection of poems will be provided. Or you may bring your favorite.
Parkour Through Physics
Learn the magic of parkour through basic physics. This beginner-friendly parkour workshop will teach you how to stretch the limits of what think you can do – and also, how to safely stay at those limits while you broaden them. Wear comfortable shoes, and clothing that does not restrict your range of motion.
Conscious Terroir: Mindful Tasting with Single Origin Cacao
by Dani & Watson
Terroir, the French word for land, refers to the characteristics brought about in food as a result of the unique environmental factors that effect the phenotype of that food. In this chocolate covered workshop, you will learn about how farming and microbial fermentation contribute to the unique terroir of single origin cacao from the Dominican Republic, Madagascar, Ecuador and Belize. The interactive workshop will wrap up with a mindful eating practice of feeding yourself, or someone else, some delicious high-quality dark chocolate.
Meditation, Stretching, and Acro Yoga
by Alyssa & Charles
Start your Priceless day with meditation, stretching, AcroYoga, and tea in the forest stage. Accessible for everyone, no partner or experience required.
Wife Carrying Competition
A deeply rooted priceless North European tradition of carrying one’s spouse through the hardships of life — embodied in an obstacle course of several proportions. A “wife” is a person who is not required to be female, married, financially-emotionally-legally-paralegally-illegally-spiritually or otherwise connected to the carrier, except physically during the “carrying”. The “carrying” can happen in many ways. Immediate, intermediate, and uppermediate approaches will be demonstrated by a semi-professional Estonian wife-carrier.
Moving with the Expressive Body
by Sofia & Jeremy
Participants will go through a series of mindful movement exercises: first to get connected to the body, breath and the space, and then in relation to the class group. We will create a safe environment to explore moving with eyes closed both in physical contact with the group and in relation to the nature around us. We will learn to trust through body language and physical expression. Through a series of safe sensory experiences, we will explore the environment at large and the landscape of bodies in the space. We will giggle, bond, investigate, support and care for one another and learn to do it through movement, which is so akin to what makes us unique as human beings. This class will draw from materials used in practices such as mindfulness meditation, contemporary dance, contact improvisation, somatic movement, and movement improvisation. No experience in dance needed—come with an open mind and a willingness to move.
Come get starry eyed with cosmic cosmetics. Learn some eye makeup application basics while you primp and prep for your psychedelic space trip. Bring your own supplies and/or use what we have on hand — there will be mountains of fake eyelashes, glitters of various grains, shimmery powders and suspicious creams.
Ignite Priceless 2
Ignite returns to Priceless. These talks will each be five minutes long with 20 slides (alternatives to slides welcome) and only 15 seconds a slide (or prop). We want to hear about your projects and stories — unconventional topics welcome.
Bedazzling and Beyond
by Rachel & Jeanie
Bedazzle your bandana! Bedazzle your sun hat! Bedazzle those flip-flops someone left at the river! Bedazzle your brother? Bedazzle your burger?! Bedazzle Bad Seal!? So. Many. Bad. Bedazzle. Ideas. We’ll have puffy paint, sequins, googly eyes, and more. Bring something boring, and transform it into a bedazzled beauty! The activity will wrap up with a catwalk strut and fabulous prizes for all.
Play: Your Spontaneous Interaction Toolkit
by Bisi & Amber
Life is full of opportunities to play anywhere. Learn tools to play more, cut the tension of boring moments, make friends, and have fun. Your Spontaneous Interaction Toolkit includes games that require little or no tools, can be part of everyday adult life, and are easy to learn.
In-bodied Journaling: Get Moved To Write
In this workshop, participants will do activities, both movement- and writing-related, meant to help them un-earth the stories that the body would tell us if we’d only listen to it. Do simple movements and mindfulness activities together, and respond to a few writing prompts. We will share what we have written and discuss it with each other. In one activity, we do a special series of movements meant to help release an emotion and locate it in the body, and share our insights and reflections.
Sharpening Your Intuition with Yoga Nidra
Yoga nidra is the practice of relaxing the body into a state of ‘sleep’ while keeping the mind fully alert. Move through the layers of the physical, mental, and intuitive body with guided imagery and visualizations. During the practice we activate our parasympathetic nervous system, which allows us to tune more clearly into our intuition and enhance creativity. Afterward, journal about and share insights from the practice.
Dive in to yourself through the medium of your breath and join Domini in a journey through your body, via the breath. Explore the waves of expansion and contraction as they drive circulation to every tissue that maintains your life. Just as proprioception allows better agility in the outside world, interoception allows you a better view in to your body’s articulations of its inside world.
Aura Cleansing & Fluffing 101
Learn to shift your vibe and that of your friends in this simple yet fun skillshare. Learn easy ways to move stagnant/negative/unwanted energy in your field and give it to mama earth, find your ground, and how to then fluff that invisible stuff back up, leaving you clean, protected, charged up and ready to get up and down all over again!
Dancing Like Dragons with Swords: A Modern Adaptation of Kenjutsu
This class is an introduction to a unique style of martial arts, the Dancing Dragon School of Kenjutsu. Students will learn the basics of footwork, attack, and defense. Interspersed with the mechanics will be a discussion on the philosophy, history, and ethics of combat. Students will spend the entire class with bamboo practice swords in hand. Students who complete the course will be given a copy of the Book of Five Rings, an ancient text written by history’s greatest swordsman.
Treasure Hunting & Rock Appreciation
There’s treasure all around if you just take the time to really look. Wander favorite rock gathering sites and practice the art of rock stacking along the beach shore. Make leave-no-trace sun paper rock collage/drawings for those who’d like to leave their Belden treasures for others to find, or play with paint, glitter, glue and feathers for those who want to dress their friend for Party within the Party. Fun for all ages.
Feather River Coffee Service & Social
Meet other early risers while sipping delicious, handcrafted pour over coffee.
It’s time to channel your inner mad scientist. Take discarded stuffed animals and spark a new life! Mash together the various creatures we have into new creations. For example, behold the Penbog: head of a bear, body of a dog, with the flippers of a penguin! Helpful guides will be on hand to help you learn how to sew.
Knot Your Usual Workshop
by Lyra & Brian
Brian and Lyra teach knot tying for play, fashion, and more. Start with a quick partner stretching, then move on to teaching knots to control and/or restrict movements (or just look cool). No prior knowledge necessary – bring your own partner or find one at the beginning. After learning a few knots, stick around and lab their ideas with help from the instructors.
Let’s Make a Pop Up Book!
by Heather & Lee
Our publisher, Irrational Geographic, wants us to make an educational pop-up book about an as-yet unnamed, elusive and mysterious creature which morphologists believe to be covered in hot pink feathers! Pair up with a new friend to make a pop-up page about this creature’s habitat, diet, temperament, life cycle, social structure, mating habits, or anything else the world needs to know about this beautiful beast. Work collaboratively to creatively brainstorm and then cut, glue, draw, color, write, and manifest your ideas. Your majestic creation will then live forever in the final bound book and be available in years to come at Black Rock Public Library for thousands to enjoy.
Make Marco Polo Again
Marco Polo hasn’t been hard since you were 10, but that’s because you’ve never tried to play it amidst the floaty labyrinth in the Feather River. Rapids permitting, we’ll lead a giant game of Marco Polo on Sunday afternoon, and you’ll have so much fun you might even forget you’re post-pubescent.
Simple Sewing & Clothing Construction
Join this workshop for an introduction to sewing fundamentals. Learn how to properly sew a button and patch a hole, understand clothing construction as we make sense of a commercial pattern, and dream up future creations. No experience necessary.
Earthly Delighted Exploration Station
Explore the ways in which the body can be lead to a state of delight with light hearted and joyful tools. Enjoy sound experiences such as gongs and bowls, real bubbles, and live watersounds, as well as misting with scents and cushy textures.
Sensory Deprivation Massage
Come take a break from overstimulation by plugging up your senses and getting a massage. Following a discussion regarding communication and consent, we will be partnering up and learning/performing a relaxing massage sequence on each other with blindfolds on and earplugs in, led by a veteran massage therapist. Gain some massage skills and hone your communication skills around touch. Soothe the aches and pains of last night, and reset your body so that you’re fresh as a baby for the night to come! Choose your massage partner in advance and come to the workshop as a pair or be paired with a partner at the workshop.
Connecting Through Questions
Conduct meaningful conversations and establish deep connections with nearly everyone you meet.
Learn how and why to ask consequential questions through participation and reflection.