Working on the farm and growing food is an integral part of the Village community. When communities grow their own food they began to take their destinies into their own hands. As the climate situation continues to snowball (or lack there of) many are seeing that sustainable practices are the sure way to decrease our carbon foot print. So lets grow together!!
The Power of Growing....
Alakiisa ni ntoju abere toun towu.
It is the owner of rags who makes sure that needle and thread are available.
As the season of survival in the world demands more and more of our effort, time and attention, we continue to focus upon the power of growing; more specifically, what are we growing?
Recent years of travel and study have brought us closer in community with many likeminded souls that are devoting time, money and energy to growing food, alternative sources of energy, sustainable living skills, stronger families and cultural connections.
We have had the opportunity to share conversations, adventures, and truths of sacred activism and conscious evolution that are effective tools that aid our growing power in relationship to the earth, each other and ourselves. Some of these groups are good food activists, coyote mentors, cultural preservationists, earth skills educators and conscious living seekers. The answer to the questions, “if not us, who? If not now, when?” can be found in the common thread that has been woven into the tapestry of better tomorrows for ourselves and future generations; that, "we ARE the ones we have been waiting for".
To that end, we are excited to move toward Spring and the year of the dragon with plans and intention for educational work weekends and tribal networking.
As we uplift our earthly head/ori to closer alignment with our heavenly head/iponri, to walk in the fullness of the personal and collective destinies we each chose coming into earth school, it is imperative that we re-commit daily to not "destroy with our feet what we create with our hands". Our first thought in the predawn hours of each morning should be, how can we pull the whole of our being into oneness with the cultural repair and design that brings about the change we wish to see in the world.
In many of the communities that I have visited, there are many conversations about composting, gardening, the nature “deficit disorder” and ways to use our life force energy to aid in planting beneficial products.
With one third of this country living at or below the poverty line, there is no time like the present to re-create the rules of engagement for sustainable living so that we can once again live in harmony with the earth!
Decades of giving away our power via 9 to 5 without returns have created nothing but frustrations on plots for "mo money"! Until the hamster steps off the wheel of constant repetition and out of the open door of the cage, he will not realize a different destination.
This spring and summer you are invited to reclaim your power of survival and sustainability. There are several choices in different locations at different levels of affordability.
March 12-16th /$150 per child
Wild Intelligence Spring Break Day Camp for children. This is a week of fun exploration and connection with the natural world through games, storytelling and adventures on the land. Here children learn the basics of how to appreciate and be at home in Nature. This is ideal for families with more than one child.
For more information, check out HYPERLINK "http://www.wildintelligence.org/" \t "_blank" www.wildintelligence.org
March 17th-25th /$50 per person
Ise Aiye/Earth Works. Oyotunji African Village is offering a diversity of cultural and sustainable living skills and tribal re-connection weekend workshop. This event is open to outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and families. Work/play/educational activities are interwoven to the heartbeat of African culture through the drum! From tilling the soil for Afin Farms, compost and soil fertilization studies to growing mushrooms, earthship and primitive kitchen instruction. Work trades are available as well as rituals of spiritual cleansing and purifications.
Please note: There is a limited guest accommodation; camping space and tents are available by advance registration. This event includes the celebration of the Yoruba New Year, the entrance into spring and culminates with the ceremonies of male rites of passage during the festival of Elegba, Ogun and Oshosi.
Look for early registration at HYPERLINK "http://www.oyotunji.weebly.com/" \t "_blank" www.oyotunji.weebly.com
The Rivercane Rendevous at Cherokee Farms in Lafayette, Ga. is now in its 42nd year. This is an amazing gathering with almost 60 instructors in various primitive earth skills. Whether you camp out for the week or bring a school age group for the day, outdoor education abounds! Last fall, we watched kids construct a canoe from tree branches and tarps and use this same canoe to paddle safely on the lake for the afternoon! There are group and family rates available. For more information see HYPERLINK "http://www.primitiveskills.org/" \t "_blank" www.primitiveskills.org
There are many beautiful Festivals scheduled in Oyotunji for this year and in late June, the first Annual Grassroots Conference is collaboration between the African Theological Arch-ministry and a descendent of Frederick Douglas is planned to bring more unity to our communities. So in essence, the opportunities to GROW more power of survival and sustainability are totally within reach.... for the if’s in Life.... the choice is yours!
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