A few weeks have passed since i returned from my journey through northern California. This is the third time that i’ve been on such a journey, the third time that i have had to ease into the transition from the world of unsustainable convenience, into that of regenerative challenges. Yes, it’s never been easy to suddenly live in a reality where i’m never completely isolated from the weather, where i cannot get anywhere by car, and where the list of work that should get done often grows faster than the deeds which i, and the beautiful people who come through here, accomplish. This years transition has been substantially easier, though. The rains are beautiful when leaky roofs have already been fixed. Transportation is sweet when the worst part of our trail has been replaced by a relatively smooth “highway,” and when the horses are more amiable than ever (and are remarkably healthy, given that the lack of rain has been hard on pastures). And though my to-do list is still as expansive as ever, i’ve already crossed out my repair and reorder list, and begun making progress. I can’t begin to fully express my gratitude to the community members, and all the other passing residents who’ve helped them! I see the wet green house has grown and strengthened. I see a new humanure set-up that works best by far. I see new plantings. I see spots being cleared for a few humble houses. And almost every day, i eat at the seed camp kitchen, and see beautiful people sharing their passions and visions, and planning on how to work together to manifest them.
3 months without me on the farm was just what the community needed. This was a great opportunity for everybody to find their niches, and fully feel their independence. My history, experience, and energy can often make it difficult for others to feel like that this project is theirs as well. Of course, all who consider being members of the community can already see how it could be theirs, but it can take a while before they truly believe it. The tribe here had a few months to do their own things, solve their problems, make some big decisions, and they did a great job. Though i can feel my ego want to resist the fact that i am no longer needed to keep this beautiful place going, i know this is exactly what i wanted, what Sacred Sueňos needs—a community that supports itself, the individuals within it, and the land that it lives on. Besides, this doesn’t mean that i don’t have a niche within this growing socio-eco-system. I’ve got plenty of projects, and i am blessed with the support of people who share similar dreams. People who are starting their own cool projects that i want to support and help with.
I am very optimistic about this year to come. There seem to be tons of building projects in the works, including a den to bring space to the kitchen, and a couple of houses near the seed camp. I hope to contribute to those projects, as well as build some furniture at the RADi center. I also want to put up a greenhouse, and experiment with a few things: small scale aquaponics; introducing pigs into a rotating horse and donkey pasture; and several different rocket stove applications, from cook stoves to hot water heaters. The latter is part of my special focus this year, to discover alternatives to electricity as Ecuador officially gets rid of its’ gas subsidies. Of course, i will also be making some garden beds, and delving more into analog forestry and edible forest gardening. Fun Fun!! And just to make a huge list even more lofty, i would Love to make a little earth bag bedroom, if i have some extra time 😉 Hey, if the right kind of volunteers and interns come to help, absolutely everything is possible!
Wishing you all the best during this coming year! Much Love,