For the past few years (I think 5, though I am not sure) there has been a summer event called FanFest in a place called Rosia Montana (~130km from Cluj Napoca). Rosia Montana is an area rich with gold and has attracted the attentions of greedy corporations who together with corrupted & ignorant Romanian governance have been working relentlessly to start mining operations that would have destructive consequences not just for Rosia Montana but the entire western area of Transylvania. I don’t know enough about the details of this long battle but my values put me on the side of nature.
A few weeks ago the organizers of FanFest invited to me come to the event and represent Cutia Taranului at a debate on social activism. I am a bit wary of such events since travelling, camping, festivaling and what not … are not in my nature. After a few days of consideration and a kind promise by the organizers that they would arrange accommodations (a place to sleep and food to eat) for me I opted to go.
Shortly after that I realized that if I am already there why not make the most of it? So it look like I will be quite busy at Rosia Montana:
- I will be participating in the social activism debate.
- I will be giving two “introduction to Yoga” workshops (Friday & Saturday).
- I will be giving a workshop on how to build a 16 brick rocket stove and through it introducing the core concepts of rocket-stoves.
So I look forward to seeing you there, and if you are a reader of this blog please do come and say hello.