Remarkable! The third quarter of this year has arrived – who knew what this would look like or feel like, eh?
For myself, it is a lot more, and also a lot less ‘fulfilled’ than what I had imagined – I’ll just admit that openly. The ‘lot more’ has to do with what we’ve accomplished on the premises this year – a productive onion garden, a greenhouse full of houseplants and last year’s surviving & yummy tomatoes, new garden beds, the Abode of the Divine Feminine nearly complete (with outbuildings coming along – such big ideas!), the cabins have facelifts and look like big colorful jelly beans scattered around the place! One of the 6 cabins has been commandeered (by me) for use as the new Office of the non-profit and the Desert Monastery et al. the various activity & project titles – it feels right to have a separate space for all of that, and makes the Main House a lot neater, too.
Speaking of the Main House, what a transformation it is undergoing! As Kevin & I move out into our own personal spaces, we have freed up our old bedroom for the new Dining Area, which will have seating for 10-14 folks – that will be way more comfortable for our guests and for our community potlucks, just in time for the Fall/Winter season of celebrations. That means the current eating area becomes the buffet service line, and that opens the kitchen a lot, which we’ll all enjoy. With the Library completed, and the ‘back room’ that was part office-part storage now the sewing room (at least for this winter), everything we own seems to have changed places at least once this summer! What all this activity has lacked in sociability and events on-site for the 2012 season, I expect will be amply made up for over many years of operation ahead, and with more ease & comfort!
This month marks an important watershed for Kevin & I, as well as the property: our 10th anniversary is in two weeks! We’ve discussed holding our annual Open House now, at the end of the season (instead of the usual April/Earth Day date), on Saturday the 22nd from 4-6 in the afternoon, and offering tours of the new Labyrinth and the Main House, if we can just get a few more things done by then! Stop by in any case, and forgive us if we are still under construction, OK? But the more important ‘watershed’ is the direction and intention for this property… will we offer classes in 2013 and beyond? or retreat opportunities? Is there interest and economic will to travel to our remote location from places far afield, or have folks hunkered down and choosing to stay home? These are issues for the whole community to contemplate, and I will post in the months ahead as decisions are made and openings created for you to visit us. What choices are you considering lately, and what changes do these represent in your reality since the beginning of this year? Since 3 years ago, or five? Hmmm…
We had a visitor recently who said she had studied us from miles away, during the past several years, and now (being in the vicinity) she brought her large heart and soul ideas’ energy for what could be accomplished here… her vibrant excitement was a breath of fresh air for me, but it all seemed [sadly] out of sync with our Now, something out of our past iteration(s). That has given me much to consider – has the formative dream that created this place died, or just taken a sabattical? What will emerge from this fallow period of 2012? I am as interested to see what comes next as you are, no doubt, and far less certain of how it will look & feel – here, and in our greater world – than I have ever been before. I consider this place – this experiment in eco-village – to be a microcosm of a far larger movement, the groundswell of hope and optimism that thrives beneath the surface appearance of our society. Literally no one now knows what the future holds – and that is downright uncomfortable for the average American, I suspect; perhaps for the average human being. Living in this transformative time, during the transition between the old paradigm and the New… well, its unpredictable, and that is just how it is as we enter the time of Balance once again – the seasonal time when the length of the day shrinks to draw even with the length of the night. May this Equinox be the tipping point into the New – I, for one, am certainly ready (I think)! Be well… Namaste