august/september 2014 newsletter
Several years ago, I hired a fancy photographer who shot for the studios, and promised stellar shots. He showed up with gaffers and massive amounts of equipment. While the models waited around, he and his assistants fiddled with lighting. The morning wore on… By the time he got to the second model, the energy had gone out of the shoot. Eventually, I received lots of perfectly-lit shots of models, mustering only the faintest of smiles.
A couple of weekends ago at Pranafest, I assembled a crew and embarked on a different kind of photo adventure. I happened to meet a couple of women who were shooting stills and videos for the fest, a stop on their journey, documenting female circus acrobats. They were game. Within a day, I recruited several customers, who gladly agreed to participate in exchange for some vital hemp clothing. We went out with one group in the morning, and another in the afternoon.
We posed near the teepees.
We visited the mother bear
We picked Oregon blackberries.
We gathered, and shared thoughts and a prayer for a hempy future, invoking the mysterious hemp chakra, whose sound is “hom~”
We made human designs...
And we acted like hemp-wood.
In all, it was a fun day, with much merriment, laughter and love. We got some wonderful shots. And some new friends got some new hemp clothes. Most vital, we all collaborated to create something joyful and inspiring, a shared experience of freedom within a festival already full of free spirits.
This month, we return to the festival that started it all: the Green Festival, now in Los Angeles, September 12th-14th. We’ll be running the booth, filled with all the colors and some new styles too. So, for a taste of a more healthy, sustainable life (or maybe just some samples of organic chocolate or chai tea), come check it out. On Sunday, I’ll be speaking on a panel called “Do You Wear Fair?” discussing ways businesses are working to ensure their products are made responsibly.
On September 18th, we collaborate with Rawvolution and The Hippocrates Institute, welcoming Brian Clement to the vital hemp store in Santa Monica, where he will give a talk entitled, “A Recipe for Success.”
The end of September will again find us at the Abbot Kinney Festival, a most raucous, artsy street faire on the hippest street in America (or maybe that was last year… :) Anyway, a great place to people-watch, see some curated crafts, take in a band or two, drink good beer or sangria, and maybe see someone on one of those old-fashioned bikes with the big wheel in front. It happens.
Wherever you are this month, I wish you health, abundance and love.
Thanks for being vital,
Ron and the vital hemp crew
~satisfy your hemptations~