Dec 19, 2008

THE VISION...


so far there is a seed...
THE VISION (the potential of the seed)...

...a MONASTIC, LIFE GIVING, ECO-COMMUNITY...

let me first bring you some ideas about these 4 concepts:

MONASTIC :
  • "in the world, but not of the world"... being separate yet part of...
  • a spiritual way of living and being...
  • reaching a balance between prayer, work, rest, fellowship and service
  • an holistic & organic vision, where everything plays its part in order to function as a whole... we can see things separately, but we cannot really separate one thing from the other...
LIFE GIVING :
  • Centred on/in The Giver of Life : The Bigness :-)
  • Accepting the gift of Life
  • Acting out of gratitude to our Creator
  • Share with others what is given
ECO :
  • In harmony with all creation... respecting, caring, nurturing...
COMMUNITY :
  • Being a Family...
  • Inward and outward focused...
  • caring for one another and those around...
  • Inclusive, and not exclusive...
Lets see the picture again and the different parts of it...

-- THE ROOTS... What sustains the whole vision:

PRAYER, Spiritual growth in/with The Bigness 
  • A place for individual and community prayer (being with The Bigness)
  • A place for daily & seasonal rhythms of prayer, rest, fasting, meditation and contemplation
  • A place to seek The Bigness' presence
  • A place for rest & healing (body, soul and spirit)
  • Enjoying our gift of Life
  • A place to pray for others
  • Keeping a network of people who pray for the land and community
-- THE TRUNK... What holds it :
THE CORE COMMUNITY OF LONG TERM NURTURERS :
  • A place for intimate fellowship...being a family...
  • A place to grow with each other and in our selves (healing & transformation)
  • A place to find out more about who we are, developing our gifts and talents
  • A place of Peace and Graceful acceptance of who we are and how we are
-- THE BRANCHES... 4 different expressions...

1. NURTURING THE LAND / EARTH CARE : living the principles of permaculture, be sustained as much as possible by the land, and help it to sustain itself...
  • Natural Farming / Earth Stewardship
  • Natural & self-sustainable buildings
  • Forest Gardening
  • Respecting the natural limits of the land and not over consuming, over populating or polluting our home.
  • Use of natural resources for energy (sun, wind, water, etc...)
  • Recycling, Reusing, Repairing...
  • Crafts : wood, wool, leather, clay, metal, baskets, glass, etc...
  • Transforming products (drying, dairies, flour, bread, jams, soaps, medicines, etc...)
  • Respecting Rest, for the land, animals and people 
2. NURTURING PEOPLE / PEOPLE CARE
  • Inclusive and accepting - Seeing each person as human and equal, irrespective of ethnicity, gender, sexuality, social class and/or spiritual beliefs.
  • Provide hospitality, rest, healing & retreat spaces
  • Provide FUN :-) for children and adults :-)
  • Provide opportunities for people to serve as volunteers
  • Helping and playing an active part in the local community
  • Hosting workshops, seminars, camps : permaculture, natural building, "peace&reconciliation", different spiritual issues, music, dance, etc...
  • Hosting school groups (educational)
  • Going to markets, fairs and festivals (ways to share)
3. SEEKING JUSTICE / FAIR SHARE
  • By the way we live and how that affects others, both locally and globally
  • Networking with other communities for a fair exchange of products
  • Developing ways to support communities, projects or individuals in dificult circumstances : Through Education, Support and Resources.
  • Giving part of what we produce to those in need
  • Offer space & voice for organizations / associations and individuals who seek justice, both locally & globally
4. MULTIPLYING / BEING THE CHANGE
Every tree holds the seeds, within which is the potential of countless other trees
  • Encouraging and supporting others to do the same in other places...
  • Visit frequently those in pioneering stages
  • Praying for more communities to start or for those who are already starting
  • The goal is not to grow big, but to grow strong and steady in our values... being a model to be multiplied :-)...
Trees bear fruits with seeds, to produce the same kind of trees... but of course, there will never be 2 trees who will look exactly the same...

Nov 23, 2008