Endless Poly Summer

When: 20 Aug 2014 - 24 Aug 2014 (Wed - Sun, 4 nights)
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A.C.T. Retreat Center

A.C.T. Retreat and Event Center situated in the spectacular natural beauty of West Virginia.  Eco-Friendly Lodging, Camping, Cabin and Cottage rentals along a beautiful cascade and waterfall filled stream in the West Virginia Potomac Highlands; perfect for vacation getaways.  Group retreats and events welcome.  


Our event staff has helped to put on many events, and we can help if you don't know where to start.  Come see why once our customers have held their event here they always come back!  

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Michael Rios

Michael Rios is an entrepreneur and practical visionary with a creative genius for freedom and empowerment; as some have said, “Michael doesn’t have a box to think outside of.” In 1964, he founded a commune based on service, spirituality, and sensuality that lasted 30 years and (among other projects) provided emergency shelter and support services for homeless people and troubled young adults. In addition, he started one of the first domestic violence hotlines in the USA in 1971, and one of the first computer business in the DC area in 1976. Michael co-founded and lives at Chrysalis, a small urban intentional community in Arlington, VA, whose mission is to support activists and healers (www.chrysalis-va.org). Since 2004, he has been a major organizer of Network for a New Culture’s East Coast Summer Camp (www.nfnc.org, www.cfnc.us) and other events aimed at creating a culture based on awareness, compassion, and freedom rather than on fear and judgment. In 2011, Michael became the director of Abrams Creek Center (www.abramscreekcenter.com), a retreat center in the mountains of West Virginia. His current passion is creating an “intentional village” there and in the nearby town - a place where people live consciously with and near one another, building a life based on personal enterprise and freedom, economic independence, and a web of social interconnectedness (http://aciv.cfnc.us). See more photos and other events by this presenter

Debby Sugarman

While working on environmental issues in her twenties, Debby Sugarman realized that the issues she cared about were won or lost based on the strength or failure of human relationships and the effectiveness of interpersonal communication. Hoping to be part of more effective endeavors, Debby became a connoisseur of all forms of group and interpersonal communication. She became trained in mediation, studied various forms of meeting facilitation including a 2 year class with Laird Schaub, and immersed herself in personal growth work and experiments in group dynamics. Debby has facilitated Heart of Now personal growth weekend workshops and evenings in the DC area for many years. Along with Sarah Taub, Debby developed a training for ZEGG Forum facilitators focused on breaking down the facilitation process into its different aspects and creating exercises for participants to practice new skills. Debby has enjoyed experimenting with bringing a new culture into her workplace, a 30-person nonprofit retail store. She adapted a version of ZEGG Forum and led a monthly Forum at work for 3 years. She also taught a monthly leadership training workshop for new managers. See more photos and other events by this presenter

Sarah Taub, Ph.D.

Sarah Taub, Ph.D., is a cultural activist whose passion is creating events where people transform. She teaches the skills of peaceful, sustainable community – self-awareness, honesty, clear boundaries – and facilitates group processes of many sorts, including consensus decision-making, business meetings and retreats, ZEGG Forum (www.zegg-forum.org/), and conflict resolution sessions. Sarah co-founded the first cohousing community in Washington, DC, and for the past 10 years has lived at Chrysalis, a small urban intentional community in Arlington, VA whose mission is to support activists and healers (www.chrysalis-va.org). Since 2004, she has been a major organizer of Network for a New Culture’s East Coast Summer Camp (www.nfnc.org, www.cfnc.us) and other events aimed at creating a culture based on awareness, compassion, and freedom rather than on fear and judgment. In 2006, she left her tenured professorship in Cognitive Linguistics at Gallaudet University to focus full-time on events, community-building, and cultural change. Since 2011, she has been the financial and programs manager for Abrams Creek Center(www.abramscreekcenter.com), a retreat center and community in the mountains of West Virginia. Sarah’s current koan: only when you let go of urgency can you be truly effective. See more photos and other events by this presenter

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