World Gaels' Jam 2022
April 25-30, Online
Ciamar a tha sibh? | Conas atá sibh? | Kys ta shiu? | How are you?
Fàilte oirbh a (bhana-)chàirdean! Greetings friends!
Ge beag an t-ugh, thig eun ás.
Although the egg is small, a bird will come from it.
The past year has contained extraordinary challenges... and opportunities. This pandemic moment has created an opening where it feels like we are on the cusp of transformation. There is an opportunity for something new. As we navigate our changed lives, many of us are pondering questions, including:
How do I maintain community in a world that feels so isolating?
How do I keep and grow multigenerational connections — with those elder and those younger - in these times?
How do I promote and nurture a healthy lifestyle amidst this global pandemic?
How do we offer support to each other and collaborate as Gaels from across these distances?
How can we co-create conversations that bring in different perspectives and approaches?
How do I navigate through the ups and downs of working on Gaelic language and culture? How can I re-author the narratives I work with?
How can we heal from our personal and collective shame?
How do I live Gaelic culture vividly, whole-heartedly, in my whole being?
There are questions about how to work effectively, how to steward the culture, ways to help our children absorb the language so Gaelic will be strong in our homes and communities, and how to stay healthy and whole. The World Gaels' Jam provides the time and space to have these discussions with a group of talented facilitants and peers. And it will be a great chance to spend time in fellowship with Gaels celebrating Gaelic culture and language!
Le deagh dhùrachd is gaol, | With best wishes and love,
What is the intention of a Jam?
Jamag am Baile Sheumais, an Dàmhair 2018 | Mini Gaels Jam in Jamesville, October 2018
Jamag an Cnoc an t-Sithein, an t-Samhainn 2017 | Mini Gaels Jam - In Gaelic! - Nov 2017
Gu dé is rùn air a' Chaidreabh?
The Jam is not a conference, seminar or a typical meeting. Instead, it is a gathering intended to bring about three different levels of change: the internal (self), the interpersonal (relationships), and the systemic (the whole). On the internal level, it is a place for participants to share and reflect on our life journeys and what makes us who we are today. It is an opportunity to grow in self-knowledge, to ask meaningful questions, to unlearn our fears and blocks, access our hearts, and open our minds to move more boldly in the world. It is a time to recharge and renew and to experience self-care and personal sustainability.
On the interpersonal level, we come together to share our culture, our stories, and our struggles, to deepen our understanding of each other and of ourselves. The Jam values diversity and seeks to bring together a diverse group of Gaelic activists and enthusiasts no matter what your level of Gaelic or the nature of your work in the Gaelic community.
During the six days of the Jam, on the interpersonal level, we come together to share our culture, our stories and our struggles, to discover our commonalities and celebrate our differences. We take an honest, courageous and loving look at the struggles we face in the effort to reclaim our cultural identity in a positive way. On the systemic level, through the Jam, we become clearer about our vision and work in our communities and the world. We get a chance to link issues that aren’t commonly linked, to notice crucial intersection points, and get a clearer picture of the whole.
Nìthear càrn mór do chlachan beaga.
A large cairn is made of small stones.
Có bhios air an cuireadh dha 'n Chaideabh? | Who is being invited to the Gaels Jam?
We are looking for a range in:
community of residence (from Cape Breton to the Irish Gaeltacht, from North America's cities to the crofts of the Scottish Hebrides);
age (from young adults to experienced elders, we want an inter-generational group that reflects our Gaelic community);
leadership (from "person on the ground" to "director and founder");
years of experience (from "just starting out" to "been at it for a while");
role in community (learners, teachers, speakers, singers, musicians, dancers, storytellers, tradition bearers, advocates, Gaels); and
expression (any sincere expression of Gaelic culture and identity).
Nova Scotia Gaels Jam 2019, Tatamagouche
** Prior to the Jam, we will ask each participant to commit to refraining from using any illegal drugs, alcohol, or marijuana before or during any of the Jam Zoom sessions. We do not judge the use of these substances. Rather, we want to create the clearest and most focused space possible for our community. By committing to these sessions, you are agreeing to honour this agreement.
Có bhios a' stiùireadh Caidreabh Gàidheil an t-Saoghail? | Who is putting on the World Gaels' Jam?
We will not have typical facilitators, as the facilitation team will also be participating in full, as “facilitants” (facilitator-participants). None of us come with all of the answers. Instead, we will co-create the space together — using circles, conversations, spiritual practice, artistic expression, movement, silence, and play — to explore our questions, bring more of our whole selves to our answers, raise new questions (!), and use the depth and power of the experiences and knowledge in the room.
Ciarán Mac Siúlaí Kieran Walker
Daibhaidh mac Dòmhnaill | David Spencer
Seoighe NicDhòmhnaill Joyce MacDonald
Sionainn ni'n Aonghais 'ic Iain Peadair Shannon MacMullin
Shannon began Jamming in 2013 and has since facilitated several Jams and mini-Jams, including an all-Gàidhlig weekend, and attended the North American Jam in California in 2016. She believes Jamming offers an all-important opportunity to connect in community, to work through conflict together, to play, to listen and to share. She loves time with the family and remembering how to play with the little grandboys keeps her feeling young. She is missing travelling and visiting and is also grateful, amazed and inspired by all the beautiful connections that can be made on Zoom. She's passionate about celebrating Gàidhlig language and culture and creating spaces for Gaels to gather.
Mion-fhiosrachadh & Cosgaisean | Logistics & Costs of Attending
NS Gaels Jam in Mabou 2015
Nuair a bhios sinn ri òrach, biomaid ri òrach is nuair a bhios sinn ri maorach, biomaid ri maorach.
One thing at a time and everything in its own time.
First EVER Gaels Jam on the North Shore 2013
Nova Scotia Gaels Jam 2014 Participants and Community Members
Nova Scotia Gaels Jam gratefully recognizes the support of the Province of Nova Scotia through the Office of Gaelic Affairs. We are pleased to work in co-operation with the Office of Gaelic Affairs to design and create opportunities to work with the Nova Scotia Gaelic community to celebrate Gaelic language and culture, strengthen our community in growing and learning together.
Seoige NicDhòmhnaill agus Màiri ni’n Ailig Bhig Alasdair Òig, Bun is Bàrr 2011.
Joyce MacDonald and Mary (MacDonald) MacKinnon, Master Apprentice Program 2011.
Buidheachas | Acknowledgement
We honour, remember and deeply thank our elder Gaelic tradition bearers, past and present, who have shared their homes, time, language, culture, spirit and so much more with us - so that we can continue to celebrate our heritage, speak & share Gàidhlig and build community. The friendships we have created will be treasured, cherished and remembered always.
Tha sinn fada 'nur comain. | We are deeply in your debt.