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Unintentional Community and Daily Life March 3, 2011

It all comes down to daily life. Yes, there can be splendid moments of other worldly transcendence, but choosing to live life as a human means, at a minimum, eat, sleep, breathe, poop. There are cultural add-ons like taxes, sidewalks, and math class, but ultimately, there is just no escaping those basic human needs and the activities  and factors that have grown out of securing them. It is certainly meaningful, fun, and necessary to create and attend events and activities that are outside of those that occur everyday, but ultimately it is the venue of the home base that feels the most real, space and people included. Why is that? Why do humans have such a division between home life and outside life? Is it architecture, the mere dichotomy between indoor and outdoor space and having to travel between the two? Is it the fact that the the sun rises and sets, giving us days season years that make the repeated acts seem somehow more real? It is easy for me to get focused on projects and really feel in the flow of them, but then they are over, and I look at each new project and think that someday it will be over too. I want something all encompassing, something that integrates daily life with those bigger projects and a sense of reverence pervading throughout. It seems like intentional community is the only way to make that happen, where each action is an expression of the choice to sustain life and practice the glory of being alive. But does it have to be on a farm to make it happen? Why is it that growing your own vegetables or building your own house or pumping your own water makes life feel more integrated and real?

Maybe it is because of the extraordinary mass of stuff in our lives. Even a trip to the bathroom involves toilets made of ceramic, metal, plastic and any number of pieces produced and shipped by any number of other factories, toilet paper made obviously from trees then put in more factories, toilet paper holders, cleaning products with chemicals and more factories and more trucks and more shipping and industrial designers coming with bottle designs and graphic designers designing labels and marketers figuring out the demographics of how many people are buying the products, and all of this before even considering the amazing complexity of the systems of pipes and structures getting water to your toilet and then flushing it away to another building to clean it and maybe even back into the ocean…basically endless systems requiring endless resources and endless people so that any given day you may have been relying on the work of thousands (millions?) of other people just to go about doing “normal” activities.

And that’s what feels real about living off the land. Cutting out that noise. Living in consumer culture we are surrounded by larger and more complex communities than ever before in human history, and we have no idea who these people are and where these resources are coming from. When you are sustaining yourself on your “own” land, you have a direct relationship with all of the elements in your realm of experience, human and otherwise. These relationships are deeper and stronger because you depend on them for survival, but also because of the simple fact that you are aware of them. Each element of your life can be something that you choose to be directly present in. Do you need to be on a farm to live intentionally? No. But in cities and suburbs, the task of even identifying all of the elements of your surroundings (let alone their origin, history, or function) is nearly impossible. While it may not be necessary to know these things, the more you are unaware of, the less connected you are to the systems in place, and the more you are a cog in someone else’s machine. If it’s a good machine, well, then great. But how do you even know if it’s good if you don’t know what the machine is?

This is why I feel strongly about having a community that isn’t cut-off from the rest of the world. It may seem counter-intuitive to say that after railing about how alienating it is to be part of a system you have no connection to and how important it is to live simply, but that is precisely why intentionality is so important. Maybe my naive fantasy is to live completely cut-off from the consumerist world for a few years and then like Zarathustra come down from the mountain and start to spread the word. But these massively tangled global systems are where all of the people and resources are, and that is where our work as world-waker-uppers is. Because guess what? All of those people tangled in the systems are world-waker-uppers, too. All of them.

We’re seven billion strong.

 

Symbol October 30, 2010

Filed under: Question: Needs Input,Random Stream of Consciousness Post — indorfpf @ 9:00 pm

Should RA have a symbol/logo? Any volunteers?

 

 

Also: I’ve been caught reading that cabin book at work several times already and it always leads to some interesting conversations. One particularly memorable encounter had this old country woman ranting about how she just turned sixty and finally got her cabin after all these years and that to never EVER give up on your dream and it will happen. She repeated that last bit several times. It was touching. Thought I would share it with you all! Keep the dream alive!

 

Hosting in community August 30, 2010

This is an iPhone post.

So in my vision of a landholding, placemaking community there is alwYs some outward facing element. I haven’t quite narrowed down my vision on it yet, and I think that’s good because I want to do it in dialogue with community members. But it’s there in my mind. By outward facing I mean some integral element of inviting others to join us on a temp basis, be it the general public, school classes, workshop goers, many options. But I am ready to live boldly in the wYs I truly see fit, without having too many good examples of people that blend modern technological world with physical life system world. And I think that in so doing, others will want to participate, see, learn, at least work-trade. I suppose I do wantto live an example life in a certain sense, although I just told Ilyse like yesterday that I do NOT want that, haha. I Guess it’s that I don’t wantto proseletize ( sp??) but I do wan to create the opportunity in our community to be part of a wider community of likemimded people, and encourage those looking for better life patterns to follow our lead. I’m assuming here that we are freaking awesome and smart which we are. I mean, What if we made commune friends with another commune and then could vacation swap to new Zealand or new Mexico or Belize. Share knowledge. I can’t easily go back And edit on this tiny screen, so bear with my riffing here, lovelies. Thanks.

 

Thinking of You August 11, 2010

Filed under: Random Stream of Consciousness Post,Vision — lily @ 7:59 am

I am thinking of this group. I am thinking of these ideas. I am thinking and dreaming about a big home. This dream I can feel, this dream I know I want.  This dream is growing and I am happy to let it grow at its pace right now. I’m so glad to have this blog.  What cool humans we will be when we create in reality what we are talking about here. Steps are being made and laid every day. I am walking toward this.  I don’t really have big content for this post. I just like this blog format to be able to say “hey, im here, im thinking about group land and building homes with good people and nice chickens.”  Love, papa

 

Random June 2, 2010

Filed under: Random Stream of Consciousness Post — indorfpf @ 11:30 am

info on chickens: http://www.backyardchickens.com/

p.s. free mulch from VA dumps and transfer stations…. possibly elsewhere as well?

 

Extension office May 8, 2010

Contacting your local extension office can lead to lots of information specific to the ecosystems in your county. Also- for those who wish to learn about gardening they have links and info concerning the master gardener program. Following is a link for the San Francisco County Extension Office:

http://cesanmateo.ucdavis.edu/

On a completely different note, I have been touring different properties in the Shenandoah mountain area (a subset of the Appalachians). Criteria have included walking access to water (such as lakes or rivers), being an hour or less driving distance from my current location, and roughly one acreage of property. For future reference, a 3 bedroom two story house can be purchased for 70 grand and plain lots on the smaller side for as little as 5 thousand!

Wells seem like an interesting concept that I haven’t though to much about however, they typically require permission from the local health department.

 

List: ICs and Reading Material April 26, 2010

Filed under: Random Stream of Consciousness Post,Social Structure,Vision — indorfpf @ 4:59 pm

ICs:
Acorn (VA) http://www.acorncommunity.org/
Twin Oaks (VA) http://www.twinoaks.org/
Ecovillage of Loudon County http://www.ecovillages.com/index.php
Sandhill (MO) http://www.sandhillfarm.org/
Dancing Rabbit (MO) http://www.dancingrabbit.org/
Eastwind (MO) http://www.eastwind.org/
Oran Mor (MO) http://oranmor.freeservers.com/OMfiles/home.html
Earthaven (NC) http://www.earthaven.org
The Farm (TN) http://www.thefarm.org/lifestyle/index.html
Ithaca (NY) http://ecovillageithaca.org/evi/
Ganas (NY) http://www.ganas.org/

Rainbow Gatherings 2010
http://www.welcomehere.org/gathering_of_the_tribes/annual/

Other:
Ecovillage Network of the Americas
http://ena.ecovillage.org/eng/
Fellowship for Intentional Communities
http://www.ic.org/

Reading Material:
Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid’s Tale.
Beecher, Jonathan, Bienvenu, Richard. The Utopian vision of Charles Fourier; selected texts on work, love, and passionate attraction.
Butler, Octavia. Parable of the Sower.
Fogarty, Robert S. American Utopianism.
Frank, Pat. Alas, Babylon.
Golding, William. Lord of the Flies.
Heinlein, Robert. Stranger in a Strange Land.
Hine, Robert V. California’s Utopian Colonies.
Jenkins, Joseph. The Humanure Handbook: A Guide to Composting Human Manure.
Kanter, Rosabeth Moss. Commitment and Community: Communes and Utopias in Sociological Perspective.
Kinkade, Kat. Is It Utopia Yet?: An Insider’s View of Twin Oaks Community in Its Twenty-Sixth Year.
Le Guin, Ursula. The Dispossessed.
Melville, Keith. Communes in the counter culture; origins, theories, styles of life.
Piercy , Marge. Woman on the Edge of Time.
Robinson, Kim Stanley. Red Mars.
Shute, Nevil. On the Beach.
Skinner, B. F. Walden Two.
Strieber, Whitley. War Day.
Twin Oaks Community. Journal of a Walden Two commune; the collected leaves of Twin Oaks.
Varley, John. “The Persistence of Vision.” The John Varley Reader: Thirty Years of Short Fiction.

Movies:
Kozeny, Geoph. Visions of Utopia: Experiments in Sustainable Culture.