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Reflecting on Everywhen and the Valley of Spirits
by Mathew Gilbuena

Published on July 19, 2023

Captain Ron and his Flame Thrower. Constellation City 2023

Dear Friends,

As the dust settles on the unforgettable journey of Constellation City 2023, my heart is filled with immense excitement. It's a sentiment reminiscent of the exhilaration we felt when this project first sprouted wings. Together, we've been part of something truly extraordinary, and there's a sense that we're standing on the brink of even more remarkable adventures ahead.

Celebrating Our Constellations: The Power of Our Growing Community

The stars that make up the constellation of our community shone brightly this year. Our gathering saw a record number of attendees and volunteers, each a unique star in the vast cosmos of our desert city. To each and every one of you who journeyed with us, I extend my heartfelt gratitude.

Timmy and volunteers raise the Pillars of Chaos at Constellation City 2023

Reliving the Magic: The Triumphs of Constellation City 2023

The saga of Everywhen and the Valley of Spirits unfolds in a series of treasured moments that have become part of our collective tapestry. Our communal core, the Backstage Camp, grew larger than ever this year, reflecting our community's commitment to crafting richer shared experiences and building extraordinary new realities together.

Each sunset, the torch bearers weaved their glowing trails through our city, turning our landscape into a mesmerizing spectacle of light. The stunning fireworks show, despite its challenges, echoed the bright spirit of our collective experience.

The Witches of When bestowed enchantments that filled the air with an aura of magic and mysticism, and the full moon ceremony at the temple carved out moments of shared serenity and unity. Add to these the triumphant debut of our food service, the successful passing of kitchen inspections, the bolstered ranger service coverage – and we've truly had a magical year.

On the Horizon: Envisioning Everywhen 2024

With the echoes of Everywhen 2023 still resounding, we now cast our gaze forward to Everywhen 2024. Our collective dreamscape burgeons with plans for new streets and zones, neighborhood development, a sustainable bus stop concept featuring solar-paneled shade, and a dedicated family friendly area. As we continue to explore and evolve, we also anticipate the growth of our artist and volunteer programs, providing even more avenues for participation and expression.

The Temple of Spirits at Constellation City 2023

Nurturing the Self: Post-Desert Self-Care

Emerging from the dust of our desert city, self-care is paramount. Reconnecting with our daily lives while retaining the spirit of Everywhen can be a delicate balancing act. Here, we offer some self-care suggestions to help smooth the transition.

  • Nourishment: Revitalize your body with a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Hydrate with plenty of water and consider adding some electrolyte-rich drinks to replenish your body's essential minerals.

  • Restoration: Dusty skin and hair can be revived with a thorough cleanse. Consider indulging in an Epsom salt bath, which can help soothe aching muscles and promote relaxation.

  • Relaxation: The power of good sleep cannot be overstated. Rest is essential for physical recovery and mental well-being. Make sure to re-establish your sleep schedule and allow yourself ample time for rest.

  • Reflection: Create space for processing your experiences. Journaling, meditation, or engaging in creative activities can be beneficial outlets. If you find the adjustment challenging, don't hesitate to reach out to friends, fellow attendees, or professional counselors.

  • Reconnection: Stay in touch with your Constellation City family. Share stories, photos, and laughter. These connections can offer comfort and make the transition less jarring.

A dust storm covers the Sleeping Elephant (Old Razorback Mountain)

On the Horizon: Upcoming Fundraisers and Ticket Pre-sales

To keep the magic alive and evolving, we depend on the support of our wonderful community. Be sure to keep an eye out for our upcoming fundraiser dates and the much-anticipated 2024 ticket pre-sales. These events not only provide vital funding for our ongoing efforts but also offer opportunities to continue fostering our vibrant community spirit.

To say that I'm excited about what lies ahead would be a vast understatement. Here's to another incredible journey around the sun as we gear up for Constellation City 2024. I am confident that together, we can write an even more stunning chapter in our collective story.

Thank You!

Until we see each other again in the Everywhen!



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