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I am so excited to be producing and working on this wonderful event for Alice Walker! If you have ever heard her speak – you will know that her very presence imparts peace and beauty. I have been working with her for a few years on various projects through our not-for-profit, Palm of Her Hand to produce events and greeting cards and her website, and now, we get to be with her LIVE in Healdsburg! For me she is a visionary for our times in many categories, but the one I resonate with the very most, is her perspective on life. She has been on the front lines around the whole world, delivering medicine of many kinds, seeing the horrible conditions of our people – and yet she stands for Happiness. Yes, Happiness. When those who have seen the suffering, can come home and choose to find joy, and then continue to act to end the suffering, that means they are a Shero!
Join us for a delightful afternoon conversation with Author, Activist and Visionary,
Alice Walker in Sonoma County.
Starting with a tea party and silent auction opening at 1:30, followed by live music and Shiloh Sophia McCloud, Palm of Her Hand founder, introducing Alice Walker at 3pm. Hear from Kwomboka Okari, the founder of Margaret Okari Children’s Foundation about her work in Kenya. Then, hear poetry from Alice’s forthcoming book, Hard Times Require Furious Dancing and some Q & A. Followed by dancing in the aisles listening to the music of Lavender Grace. Sound like a good time!? YA! And if you would like, there are limited number of openings to an afterparty and artist’s reception at Electric Rose Gallery, where you can meet Alice and Kwomboka and eat cake and champagne.
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August 26, 2009
Contact: Palm of Her Hand, Mary MacDonald or Shiloh McCoud
SPEND an AFTERNOON with ALICE WALKER
Sonoma County, CA, August 26, 2009: A Conversation With Alice Walker is being produced by Palm of Her Hand, and is a benefit for the Margaret Okari Children’s Foundation in Kenya, East Africa which works with educating children who have been orphaned by AIDS. Join Alice at the Raven Theater in Healdsburg, on Sunday, October 25th at 3:00 p.m. The afternoon holds live music, tea, chocolate, an art auction, and of course, the gift of hearing from Alice Walker, including poems from her forthcoming book, ‘Hard Times Require Furious Dancing’, as well as a question and answer period.
The founder of the Margaret Okari Children’s Foundation, Kwomboka Okari will be joining Alice and sharing about her work with children in Kenya. Shiloh Sophia McCloud, the founder of Palm of Her Hand, will MC the day. The afternoon will conclude with a reception at Electric Rose Gallery on the plaza, which is donating 20% of proceeds to the Foundation.
“If you have ever heard Alice Walker speak, you will know what I mean when I say that her presence is the very impartation of being “peace” even in the middle of a war zone. Whether that war is metaphoric, personal, or political, the space she holds of how we can continue to choose happiness despite out challenges, is riveting and transformational” says Shiloh McCloud.
Alice Walker, a visionary for our times, continues to share her wisdom and inspire our hearts and minds through a series of conversations happening internationally, and online in her “living book”,www.alicewalkersblog.com. From Mexico to Burma, from Rwanda to Egypt, from Berkeley to Healdsburg, we get to share in her experiences through her teachings on topics all of us can relate to: love/hate, justice/injustice, war/awakening. Through all of her work, central messages emerge that are that ultimately call us to compassionate action.
This event, takes place on the 3rd day of a Visionary Conference called Bountiful which features teachings by Bay Area women visionaries on creativity, transformation and thriving during challenging times.
Ticket sales open today at We will sell out, so get your ticket now!
Visit Alice on-line at http://www.alicewalkersgarden.com
To learn more about the three day Visionary Conference for Women called Bountiful: http://www.cosmiccowgirls.com
Learn more about the Margaret Okari Children’s Foundation at http://www.okarichildren.com.
The Margaret Okari Children’s Foundation envisions a Kenya who bestows upon all of its children the opportunity to attain their fullest potential, as they take their place as leaders and contributors to their communities, their country and the greater realm of humankind. We believe that educating our AIDS orphans has the power to shape not only their destinies, but that the collective power of educated individuals can influence the destiny of Africa herself. We currently provide education, medical care and a safe and nurturing home for eighty primary age children. We have committed ourselves to supporting these children through high school or until they have developed a trade through which they can support themselves.