Four months ago as i was walking the magic meadow site and looking at the tremendous volume of brush that needed clearing i said “we need to get Pilgrim here, way before April.” And now Pilgrim is there, with a shiny new chain saw and he looked around and said “We need to get a bunch more hands on this problem way before April.” East Wind has been helping quite a bit, but it is not the communities job to build out festival site.
So i have started recruiting, which is my favorite job actually. First it was Hayden who is on the edge of finishing his GED and in conventional classifications would be a a “kid at risk”. What i see is a jem ready to reveal itself and choose important cuts. With some luck and some tutoring he will come out on the next trip from Twin Oaks (Virginia) to East Wind (Ozarks) on Feb 18th.
What is also exciting was that Erica and her young daughter Wrenagade (see photo above) are probably coming out as well. Below is the CraigsList ad she recently ran.
(t)hey say it takes a village to raise a child. so where is it? why aren’t we living in this village, raising each others children? we all know the answer. simply put, the alienation of families makes life difficult, and consumerism more productive. we’ve replaced grandmothers with talking bears and bouncy chairs. anything and everything to give mommy a break. as a new other, this is NOT acceptable to me. I want our village, without mind-numbing TV, electronic babysitters, instant formulas, all things that only make life easier for that instant, but at a dire familial, social, and cultural cost that we all see the effects of.
I’m tired of complaining about what my daughter and I don’t have. I want to go out and get it. We want to live simply primitively, supportively, communally, spiritually, maternally, matriarchally, openly. some of these terms might scare some people off because of being red-tagged, but I assure you – if I say carefree, i don’t mean careless. when I say open, i don’t mean anything goes. when I say communally I don’t mean lack of personal space. when I say matriarchally, I don’t mean anti-male. I think all the mothers reading this know exactly what I mean because it pulls at our primordial strings in a very familiar ancient way. so how do we get what we all need? how do we make it work when we get it? what do we have to give up? how do we get the support we need to accomplish our goals?
we’re so used to living autonomously. there are plenty of individuals wanting to live more simply, in the woods, farming, bartering…..by themselves, because they have their individual vision and want things to go the way they imagine things should go. plenty of groups who’ve tried to live in a village have failed for that very reason – because their visions could not be lined up. but with the way this system is going, I don’t see it possible to do it any other way. we need each other now more than ever. we need story time around the hearth, drumming, chanting, chopping wood, initiations, direct interactions with everything and everyone, reflecting Nature that knows no good vs. evil, shame or blame, just cause and effect. i come to you all with nothing of my own…..except this vision and the drive to make it happen, to pull resources together, network, and realize.
Looks like her village is looking for our village.