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A gathering for you… by Trinka Ravaioli

The Gathering at Keystone College Entrance   A gathering for you… It seems these days there are articles everywhere on how to find happiness, how much money it takes and the science of it all. For me, The Gathering creates an atmosphere which fulfills most of what research on happiness suggests: ingredients for self care, making more friends and enjoying new experiences. The founders of The Gathering, my mother, Charlotte Ravaioli and Suzanne Fisher Staples, gave me this generous gift in return for some graphic design help. Attendance has been a first step in self care that I ‘m not sure I was aware of. As so often happens when you look back there is a thread that comes clear. I was getting a taste of the creativity that can come from workshops that have the proper ingredients in place. Suzanne and Charlotte take the time and care to ensure a flawless event and it feels that way as you are able to focus on your own journey. It was a gift to myself that replenished me so I could get back to feeling the joy of taking care of others. The Gathering brought me back to my college years in a sense with the camaraderie of regular attendees and new faces that grow to know your work. It creates an atmosphere sociologists consider necessary for developing close relationships: “proximity; repeated unplanned interactions; and a setting that encourages people to let their guard down and confide in each other.”* It becomes harder to find lasting friendships as we age, at the very time when enjoying those social bonds is most important. This is a unique event to find those that lift you and inspire you to be a better version of yourself. I have grown up in NEPA and consider Scranton a “roots” town, The Gathering offered me the opportunity to see my corner of the world through other people’s eyes. Keystone’s lush green campus in summer months begs me get outside. Not only am I fortunate to hear speakers who are experts in their field, I get to explore the mountain bike trails or do yoga beside Nakomis creek. It is a place to be present; a time aside to recharge with mind broadening conversation while using the senses to absorb new experiences. If geeking out with creative types sounds like an event that fuels your fire, The Gathering at beautiful Keystone College is for you. Trinka Ravaioli can be found on a blanket in her yard with laptop, sketchbook and picnic lunch with her kids. * Excerpt from New York Times article “Friends of a Certain Age: Why Is It Hard to Make Friends Over 30?” By Alex Williams, July 13, 2012 Read More...

Casting a Long Shadow Over Art by Dana Lise Shavin

(This article appeared first in The Chattanooga Free Press, where Dana Shavin is a columnist.) I love that this year’s Gathering theme is about the intersections of personal lives with world events. Of course all of our lives intersect with world events, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned about writing, from books, mentors, friends, other writers, and not least of all The Gathering, it’s that any story that doesn’t take into consideration the larger world around it is arguably just a vignette. Read More...

Marco Crocchianti – Artist on the Verge

Marco Crocchianti – Artist on the Verge Marco Crocchianti-1 Welcome to The Gathering blog – The Gathering is a community of people who believe in the power of imagination. To celebrate the beginning of our tenth year, we’re blogging. Members of The Gathering community have written pieces that showcase their own work or the work of someone who has been with us over our first decade. Please consider submitting a post or responding to one. If you haven’t been here before please join us now, whether here on the blog or in person at The Gathering 2015. Read More...