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Pachamanka means "earth pot"—using the earth to cook things. The place facilitates the cooking and manifestation of nourishing ideas and visions.
—Nance Klehm

Restitching the Relationships Between Land, Ourselves, and Each Other

How do we undo the damages done to landscapes, other-than-human populations, and to ourselves, by the industrialized, petroleum-based society we are forced to rely on? How do we develop empathy and work with a hill, a stream, microbes, and other creatures in a landscape while also shifting our sense of self, and creating a different kind of culture? How do we imagine a future that is based on reciprocal, non-extractive relationships in everything we do?

This camp is a place to investigate these questions and challenges, and to do practical work to restitch many broken connections. We will explore the implications of petro-subjectivity—our sense of self that comes from the all pervasive presence of fossil fuels in our lives—and practice other ways of inhabiting and healing landscapes and ourselves. 

There will be land restoration work, walks with people who are working hard to shift how we understand our relationships to land and the nature that surrounds us. Presentations by inspiring people who can help us to understand and implement ancient land ethics. We will engage in directly embodied learning processes—adapted from Deep Listening—to build empathic capacities with other-than-human actors like animals, streams, plants, weather patterns, geological formations and time. We will discuss the psychological impacts of climate breakdown on us as individuals and our communities.


The camp is an immersive DEEP MAP running 3 full days and 2 half days. We will engage in directly embodied learning processes like Deep Listening and The Work That Reconnects (WTR). We will work with the permacultural systems of Pachamanka to deepen our connections to the landscape.  Confirmed speakers, facilitators, and workshop leaders are: Nance Klehm (Social Ecologist), Brett Bloom (Deep Listening), Kathleen Rude (WTR), Nuno Sacramento (Deep Mapping), and Paul Dickinson (Acoustic Ecology). CLICK FOR MORE INFORMATION ON FACILITATORS. We will add more in the coming weeks. A complete schedule will be posted on the web site March 1st.


The camp opens at noon, Thursday, June 8, and runs to noon, Monday, June 12, 2017. CLICK FOR COMPLETE SCHEDULE (Please note that this is still in progress and will be completed by March 31st.)


9669 N Bellview Rd
Freeport, IL 61032A

A description and link to a map of Pachamanka is available below.


The cost of the camp is $400 - $550. We ask that those who can afford to pay the full price—at the ABUNDANCE LEVEL—do so in order for us to help cover the costs of those who cannot and need to pay at the BASIC LEVEL. We are offering work-trade spots in the camp for those who need this option. We also have a limited number of scholarships for people of color working with ecological issues.


Meals are included in the cost of the camp and will be vegetarian with a vegan option. They will be prepared by EDEN BAKTI who runs a weekend brunch café at her home in LA. 


You will need to bring a tent and camping gear. There are solar showers and composting toilets. (If you need to stay in a hotel, you will have to arrange that yourself; it is not included in the cost of the camp. The closest hotels are 20 minutes from Pachamanka.)


Here is a link to the application form to attend the camp. We would like to know a little bit about who is coming and what they offer to the camp. Please note that there are only 25 spots available. Once they are filled, we will close the application process. APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED.


Nance Klehm and Brett Bloom have co-organized this camp. Scroll down to read more about them.

Get In Touch

If you would like to join the camp, please look just above this section for the link. You can also send general inquiries using the form below.

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Where is Pachamanka? Click for map.

Workshop facilitators, speakers, and chef

These are the folks that will be leading workshops, giving presentations, taking us on walks, and preparing food.

Kathleen Rude

Shamanic Practitioner
Work That Reconnects Facilitator

Kathleen Rude has a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and an M.S. in Natural Resources. Kathleen began her career as an environmental writer. Her studies of indigenous spiritual practice led her to become a shamanic practitioner and ceremonial leader. Mentored by Joanna Macy, Kathleen is a senior facilitator of The Work That Reconnects. She also runs workshops on environmental awareness and Earth-based spirituality. Kathleen’s first novel is The Redemption of Red Fire Women. She is a board member of Nuclear Energy Information Service, a nuclear power watchdog organization, opposing nuclear power and promoting sustainable renewable energy.

Eden Batki


Eden Batki started a restaurant called the Serving Spoon in her dad’s apartment in the mission in San Francisco, serving such specialties as Pickle Salad and Blackberry smoothies. Eden wandered the streets of urban SF and picked such things as bush cherries, blackberries, fennel, and nasturtiums. Relocating to Los Angeles in 2001, she began a weekend brunch cafe at her home and has done various pop-ups as Eden’s Herbals, serving foraged herbal sodas, cocktails and full blown meals in various cities. Recently Eden and her cousin started Catering Cousins, where they have joined forces in the food world by cooking specially curated meals for people in their homes.

Paul Dickinson

Acoustic Ecologist

Paul Dickinson makes sound and video recordings, installations, and performances. These artifacts have been exhibited, broadcast, performed and streamed in many venues in North America and Europe. He has collaborated with many other media artists as composer, sound designer, and production sound recordist for their sculpture, video, installation, and web-based works. Since 2006, a major focus in this activity has centered on wilderness soundscape recordings. Active listening also plays a significant role in his practice as a Zen Shiatsu Therapist and Therapeutic Qigong instructor.

Nuno Sacramento

Director of Peacock Visual Arts

Nuno Sacramento was born in Maputo, Mozambique and now lives and works in Scotland where he is Director of Peacock Visual Arts in Aberdeen. He is a graduate of the deAppel curatorial training programme and also completed a Doctorate in Visual Arts at the School of Media Arts and Imaging, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee. He is currently committed to issues of land use and ownership, climate change and the commons, in relation to art practice. He is involved in research, project curation, writing and lecturing

The Camp Organizers

We are the people responsible for organizing and running the camp.

Nance Klehm


Klehm cultivates and forages medicinals and edibles, keeps bees, has chickens and quail, co-runs a seed bank and stewards Pachamanka. She is the Director of Social Ecologies (www.socialecologies.net) which works internationally on wastestream revisioning and reallocation, soil contamination and fertility, and agroecological practices.

Brett Bloom

Artist, Deep Listener

Bloom collaborates with many others on Breakdown Break Down camps, workshops, and schools. He is an artist, and has been working at the intersections of art, ecology, land use, and understanding petroleum culture, for many years. He is currently working on certification in Deep Listening.

Teria Gartelos Stamatis

Camp Coordinator

Teria Gartelos Stamatis is an actor/singer with a focus on group oriented direction with her  past work in Theater Oobleck and My Damn Butterfly. As a Birds in my Neighborhood volunteer,she partners with the Audubon Society and Openlands to bring the joys of birdwatching to urban school kids. She is a Sadaka in the Himalayan tradition based upon the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

Hannah Meister

Pachamanka Land Intern

Hannah grew up in the cricks and fields of rural Illinois. She is a plant person and is fascinated by how they interact with their surroundings. Hannah is finishing her undergraduate degree is Soil and Crop Sciences at UW Platteville.

Cal Pickrum

Pachamanka Land Steward

Cal started working at Pachamanka to become more connected to land and to widen his grasp of the interconnectedness surrounding us. 'I love the beautiful wildlife on this land and working to the symphony of birds.' Cal is currently studying Sustainable Energy Systems at Rock Valley.

Camp Schedule

The planning of the camp is done by making a Deep Map of a place and inhabiting the many overlapping subjects and understandings of that place simultaneously.

We will be using embodied practices like Deep Listening and The Work that Reconnects, Landscape Reading, and Acoustic Ecology, to explore our Deep Map in ways that build empathy and connections to things we don't typically engage with in the Petroleum-based spaces of our lives.

The themes of each day will integrate all of our activities for that day using The Spiral of The Work That Reconnects:

The Work That Reconnects occurs in a spiral, mapping a journey through four successive stages: Coming from Gratitude, Honoring our Pain for the World, Seeing with New Eyes, and Going Forth. These four stages support one another, and work best when experienced in sequence. They help us experience first hand that we are larger, stronger, deeper, and more creative than we have been brought up to believe.

  • 2017
  • 8 Jun 17

    Day #1—Thursday

    • 12:00 NOON — Snacks, coffee and tea available. Campers begin to arrive
    • 3:00 PM — Introduction to the Camp. Everyone introduces themselves.
    • 5:00 PM — Discussion about Climate Breakdown
    • 6:00 PM — DINNER
    • 7:00 PM — Introduction to The Work That Reconnects, with Kathleen Rude
    • 7:30 PM — Petro-Subjectivity: De-Industrializing Our Sense of Self, with Brett Bloom
    • 8:45 PM — Ground Rules, with Nance Klehm

  • 9 Jun 17

    Day #2—Friday—Coming from Gratitude

    • 7:00-9:00 AM — Breakfast
    • 9:00-10:00 AM — Deep Listening
    • 10:00-12:00 NOON — Work That Reconnects with Kathleen Rude
    • 12:00-1:00 PM — LUNCH
    • 1:00-3:00 PM — Introduction to Pachamanka + working with Pachamanka systems with Nance Klehm and site manager
    • 3:00-4:30 PM — Deep Listening
    • 4:30-6:00 PM — Free time to bike, walk, reflect, and relax
    • 6:00-7:00 PM — DINNER
    • 7:30-8:30 PM — Presentation: Nuno Sacramento on Deep Mapping

  • 10 Jun 17

    Day #3—Saturday—Honoring Our Pain for the World

    • 7:00-9:00 AM — Breakfast
    • 9:00-10:00 AM — Deep Listening
    • 10:00-12:00 NOON — Work That Reconnects with Kathleen Rude
    • 12:00-1:00 PM — LUNCH
    • 1:00-3:00 PM — Working with Pachamanka systems with Nance Klehm and site manager
    • 3:00-4:30 PM — Deep Listening
    • 4:30-6:00 PM — Free time to bike, walk, reflect, and relax
    • 6:00-7:00 PM — DINNER
    • 7:30-8:30 PM — Presentation: Paul Dickinson on Acoustic Ecology

  • 11 Jun 17

    Day #4—Sunday—Seeing With New Eyes

    • 7:00-9:00 AM — Breakfast
    • 9:00-10:00 AM — Deep Listening
    • 10:00-12:00 NOON — Work That Reconnects with Kathleen Rude
    • 12:00-1:00 PM — LUNCH
    • 1:00-3:00 PM — Working with Pachamanka systems with Nance Klehm and site manager
    • 3:00-4:30 PM — Deep Listening
    • 4:30-6:00 PM — Free time to bike, walk, reflect, and relax
    • 6:00-7:00 PM — DINNER
    • 7:00-8:30 PM — Presentation: TBA
    • 8:30-10:00 PM — Council of All Beings — Work That Reconnects exercise with Kathleen Rude

  • 12 Jun 17

    Day #5—Monday—Going Forth

    • 7:00-9:00 AM — Breakfast
    • 9:00-10:00 AM — TBA
    • 10:00-12:00 NOON — Closing Ritual — Work That Reconnects with Kathleen Rude
    • 12:00 NOON — Light snacks, coffee, tea

About Pachamanka:

Pachamanka is an oasis in the industrial farm landscape of Northern Illinois. It is stewarded by Social Ecologist Nance Klehm. The land is being naturally decontaminated and returned to its native state while at the same time functioning as a working farm where, among other things, rare plants are cultivated and a seed bank is kept.

Camping at Pachamanka is a bit different from your Yogi Bear or State Park experience. Nance Klehm explains a bit about the unique amenities you will encounter at Pachamanka:

We practice Eco- Sanitation here at Pachamanka which means that everything goes back to the land. What that looks like is outdoor solar showers, dry toilets where waste goes right back to the earth, grey water sinks so that no water is lost. We compost EVERYTHING to make beautiful soil.

Do you have to bring your own toilet paper? No! The outdoor dry toilets are quite deluxe in their own way. There is electricity and running water and a full kitchen where meals will be prepared...but these are a ways away from the primitive campgound we will be using. The human footprint at Pachamanka is designed to be as minimal and respectful as possible, making it a perfect host for Camp Breakdown Break Down. Showers need to be quick-if you decide to take one, no showering is fine with us!

To make the camp as unobtrusive to and respectful of our host, the farmhouse is closed to campers during the stay.

IMPORTANT! There is no internet service at Pachamanka making it truly an oasis of calm.

Pachamanka Map:

Here is a link to the MAP of Pachamanka.


Readings for the camp are here as a portfolio of files. And here as a zipped file of individual PDFs.