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Please forgive the funky text. My computer is tripping... but i forge on nonetheless! 

 

Happy Autumn!

 

This year is moving so fast. Fall has come and I just celebrated another year around the sun. This is the best time ever to be alive and I thank you for joining me making a difference in the world. 

 

I know we can't be everywhere for everything, but you might want to know about some of the events that rocked just this past summer. (The events might not be in order)

 

The Soul Sisters Women's Retreat in Pacific Palisades, CA -

Off the Chart! Close to 200 women, beautiful weather, and soulful communication about the things that matter most to the women who were present. This retreat only gets better. Thank you Rev. Greta and the Soul Sister Angels who work together to deliver an amazing event year after year. Make plans to come (if you are a woman) and reserve July 23-26, 2015 as the time you set aside to do something wonderful for yourself. You will truly appreciate the time you dedicate to being with your sisters. Registration opens in Jan. 2015 at www.agapelive.com

 

Rhythm and Joy Music Festival (RAJ14) August 30, 2014.

 

RAJ 14 was held at the beautiful Warner Center Park in Woodland Hills, CA. This year we loaded everything into a jam-packed, joy-filled, one-day explosion of love! Approximately 3,200 people came to RAJ 14, and left inspired, full, and satisfied. 

 

Why? To name a few exceptional things: 1) extraordinary musicians, dancers, artists and even the RAJ All-Stars parade that included children and elders alike; 2) the Roll with it Flow with It Fashion Show that featured fashion apparel for folks who can’t always find cool stuff to wear (folks like war-veterans who have suffered major trauma to the body and are in wheelchairs or wear prosthetics, and others who strutted the catwalk especially built for them). They were included, they were beautiful and they were HOT in that 100-degree weather, Lol!!!

 

Music

 

Our incredible line-up of performing artists included: Panache Desai aka MC- IAM, Eric Benet, Jami Lula, Charles Holt, the Nailah Porter Ensemble, Daveon Overton, Faith Rivera, Ali Stroker, Dani Shay, DJ Shiva, Afro-Blues Tribe of Joseph, the Kev Choice Ensemble, Luc and the Lovington’s with the Agape Youth Choir, Movement of Agape, The Promise Band, the Agape House Band and the Agape International Choir, and of course I got to sing a lil bit, too!

 

 

Information

Fifty vendors on the leading edge of holistic healing, sustainable living, artistic rehabilitation, health and fitness, conscious vegan food, medicinal herbs, fashion and design, and so much more offered alternatives to living. People were informed and encouraged to try new foods; to participate in Yoga classes or to drum with the Drum Circle; and, in general, to ask deeper questions about how we may live a more wholesome, happier and healthier life. Folks loved that food court with the free samples of kombucha!

 

Community

The Santa Ana winds of last year’s RAJ 13 were replaced with HEAT! It was beautiful to see perfect strangers share blankets on the ground, shade tents, food, and cool drinks of water. RAJ 14 truly embraced oneness. And lots of folks who entered the festival as strangers made friends with each other. It was a truly beautiful day!

 


RAJ 14 was a success in every way imaginable. And we cannot wait to do it again! Soooo….

 

SAVE THE DATE!!!!! RAJ FESTIVAL 2015 - August 29th @ Warner Center Park.

 

Stay tuned as RAJ continues to grow and expand! Keep up with us by visiting www.rajfestival.com, as we will be announcing artists as they are confirmed. You will not want to miss next year’s festival!

 

 

Kuumba-In-Motion: Fun Under the Sun Summer Camp Round-up

 

It never ceases to amaze me how children flourish when they are given the space and the freedom to express who they are. Our summer camp came back this past summer for its third year, and we truly out-did ourselves! Our guides and over 30 children took Los Angeles by storm as we spread our Kuumba love everywhere we went. Our travels included the Hsi Lai Buddhist Temple in Hacienda Heights, Big Heart Ranch in Malibu, The Gentle Barn, Will Rogers State Beach, LACMA, California Science Center, Underwood Family Farm, Farmers Market, Bowling, The Getty, The Train Museum, The Arboretum, Venice Beach Boardwalk, the Lake Shrine, Grammy Museum, The Annenberg Space for Photography, and more which all culminated in a slamming pool party. We rocked so hard and our kids were sad to see our camp come to an end… BUT!!!!

We have something really big in the making. This is a very exciting time for Kuumba-In-Motion. We are setting "in motion" and planting the seeds that will become the Kuumba Kuumba Shule (in the Swahili language, “shule” means school and “Kuumba” means creativity).

Imagine…. a school where a child gets individual attention because class sizes are smaller and will allow for that; where curriculum is not limited (to Readin’, Writin’, and ‘Rithmetic) but where the study of how a community could work together to achieve a common good is the aim; where activism, dance, music, kinesiology, nutrition, and whatever else a child may want to learn is the focus. Kuumba is a place where the unique voice of every child is heard and revered.

For the last 5 years we have successfully engaged in projects that now bring us to the next phase of our emergence. We intend to open Kuumba Shule in September 2015. We are inspired and invite you to be a part of our vision.


How can you help? We want your input! We are looking for funders, grantwriters, families that want to attend, educators, administrators, or just your brilliant ideas.

Drop us a line here, or email us at kuumbalove@gmail.com

 

The Awakened World Film Festival Oct. 27-30, 2014

 

AGNT’s debut Awakened World Film Festival in Santa Barbara was an amazing success. What a beautiful event! I watched many films made by individuals who have put their necks on the line in order to produce meaningful films. I left better than I came. I also had the honor of receiving the 2014 Barbara Field’s Peace Award for my work in the world. It’s an interesting thing to hear one’s journey reflected back to oneself. I am grateful for all the ways that what I do touches the lives of others. And as long as I can, I will keep on striving to be the peace wherever I go.

 

Upcoming Performances/Event, Fall 2014/Winter 2015:

 

2014 Nov 21st - Fri. 7PM—Harvest For Agape (Music & Arts Celebration)

2014 Dec 24th - Agape Christmas Eve Program
Dec 29th through Thurs. Jan 1st- New Year’s Eve Meditation Retreat 

2015 Jan 16-19th Sedona Wisdom Days (Rickie BB facilitates a workshop and presents in concert. See www.sedonawisdomdays.org 

2015 May 20th – Revelation Conference (Music and Arts Director), LAX Marriott

Lots of stuff coming up. Vancouver, San Jose, New York... stay tuned. Thank you for the love you show me, always. I hope to see you again real soon! Until then, be the love.


Yours in Triumphant Joy,

Rickie Byars Beckwith
aka Rickie BB

 

 


 

 

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