Part of the Villages in the Sky organizing team (Sara, Paxus and Bean) journeyed from Twin Oaks to East Wind to discuss the festival with the host community. So far East Wind has been quite supportive of the project and we are hoping to build stronger relations with them than we did with Acorn during the Testival.
We just produced another fingerbook (small handbook) which goes over the central issues which we are discussing here. These include the use of the EW saw mill and metal shop for tree house construction (the metal shop is useful for the construction of artificial limbs for trees). We are also negotiating what fraction of revenues the project makes (ticket prices and grant income) goes to East Wind. We have actually proposed that East Wind receive some of these funds, in exchange for their generous loaning of what looks like it will be 40 acres of land for the festival itself.
Also in the fingerbook we have floated some of the more radical ideas for Villages in the Sky which relate to what happens to the site after the event is finished, but before the 2011 festival happens on the same site. One proposal is that we open a commercial zip line/giant play structure space. Another is that the tree house village be the site of a new pod for the community. And while the word “process” is something of a swear here, there would have to be quite some community discussion for either of these and especially the second to actually manifest.
If you are curious about Paxus’s thoughts on the difference between these two sister income sharing communities, you can check out this blog entry.