MCSW 2019 Theme: Creative Abruption


cre·a·tiv·i·ty (krēāˈtivədē/) noun: the habit of doing new things in new ways to make a positive difference in our lives

ab·rup·tion (əˈbrəpSHən) noun: the sudden breaking away of a portion from a mass.

Southeastern Arizona is home to a geographic abruption where the terrain breaks away from hot, arid grasslands and desert and erupts into mountainous woodlands and forest. The resulting biomes, or land zones, are characterized by rich diversity and a dynamic interplay among species. In 1943, Natt Doge described this area as a “mountain island in a desert sea” where isolated mountains are surrounded by radically different lowland environments. Peoples populating the Land have flourished living and playing in such a wilderness which offers our own diversity of mind, heart, and spirit. So many adventurers, thinkers, writers, designers, artists, architects and lovers of nature have come to the wilds of Arizona to experience the freedom this land has given her people.

For four days this spring, the Arizona sky island will be home to another kind of fierce change in character: creative abruption. Mindcamp Southwest will burst out of the crags of the mountains inhabiting buildings, hot tubs, canyons, and vistas where our community of diverse thinkers and doers will form their own innovative ecosystems and biomes of learning and experimentation.

In this landscape creativity and creative problem solving is essential to survival and any human endeavor is part of a long view of geologic time. There is room to be an individual and to increase our collaborative community for joy under the wide blue skies.

“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.” – Edward Abbey

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