You are currently browsing the category archive for the ‘reflections’ category.

First nite at the Dreaming Festival

This last weekend I left the beloved Permaforest Trust (I’ll post more reflections on all that later) after doing two weeks there and learning a great deal from that experience and headed off with Sophie & other crew from the trust to the Dreaming Festival. For those that don’t know the Dreaming Festival is a gathering of all the aboriginal people from around Australia to celebrate the culture & arts of their people. So I spent four solid days taking in some amazing things including some pretty special theatre pieces, movies, and stories about what has happened to these people.

Much of the healing of this country is currently happening now. It’s humbling to know that frankly while healing they are still embracing the government and people that put them in this situation. I really felt an amazing connection, spirit, and intensity at this festival (that had about 3000 people attending which was really nice cause everyone was super cruisy, friendly, kind, and great). These people have been through a great deal in their time and to see them still striving to keep their cultures alive and strong makes me feel good inside. Makes me want to help them out. Makes me respect them. And makes me want to grow with all of that. Respect them and myself too.

In the process of being around such intense feelings (movies/theatre/songs about what has happened to them in the last 100 years) it created a great sense of emotional connection. I was happy to be a part of that. It also caused a great deal of introspective digging on my part too. It felt good to look back at myself in the last 10 years and think of where I’ve gotten to. How proud I am of how I continue to grow and just need to be conscious (as we all do) of what we are doing in the world, to the earth, to ourselves, in our communities, how we relate to others, what community means, and just being present in the moment.

Permaforest Trust Weekend[Previously I posted this on the permaforest trust website as an exchange for the use of their internet and computers.]

What is it about being in the country side that makes everything seem to change? Is it about being around all this nature that causes us to step back for a second and relax? Or perhaps just all the massive amounts of oxygen we are getting?

I doubt it. I honestly feel that there is something to be learned out here in the bush. Perhaps that as a permaculturalist (those taking courses and me observing them) I realise that they are watching patterns. Take things slower because food production isn’t about Mc Meals and rapid production but about quality, healthy, loving practices.

Communities can support this too. I think it happens in cities just as much as in the country. We just have to make that happen through community support, development, growth and nurturing. Think about it. We’d probably feel less stressed or rushed if we felt like things were going just a little slower. Or at the very least if you can find that beautiful get away each day or week to take for yourself – that’ll be a great start. Then invite a few friends, maybe make a pot luck meal, get some tunes, and it’ll all just meld. I think that’s the beauty of community gardens and other projects. It’s a momnent when people come together to work on some thing important and forget about all those fast moving ‘things’ that are in their lives.

Hope to see you at my next gathering, on the beach, in the surf or on a bike at a bike workshop.

Will miss you nutty peeps.

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 11 other followers

Calendar

November 2019
M T W T F S S
« Jan    
 123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
252627282930  

My Photos