Big feeling of transition this week in Slovenia.
On arrival there was a question “What brought you here?” and I had to stand between a space of people coming for the relationships and the ones in a crossroad. I was there for the relationships, but also sitting in a crossroad of many changes coming at once. Magically during the week my crossroad would become evident by… relationships.
One of the clearest things for me was the relationship of the Village with the kids. Nothing could be more appropriate at this time where I face a transition out of a free school to the world of hosting spaces in other contexts. Experience the village made me understand the choice of joining a school community and how much that is connected to being able to create and allow space.
On the first day after arrival we had a conversation about the question “What do we want to reclaim?”. I walked away with the answer – plain and simple – ‘Yes’. Pretty easy start of the week. :)
Part of the space was also serious play with Riwa, exploring the possibilities of all the klein and groß points made by markers.
The open and closing circles were a beautiful setting in a beautiful place. Some days I arrived late and the sound of the room from the lawn made me think of a madhouse — “this is how it might sound like” — I said to my invisible friend.
I did not feel like joining all the sessions. It struck me how vocal the whole group was, perhaps trying to find the Voice of a Village in a hurry. Invitations for humming, singing, chanting and the like were abundant. Interesting enough, not a very good acoustic place.
Being curious to listen to all these people, my offer of a space were in service of the slow arrival – a walk to the nearest village to see the place, the grounds, where things were about to happen.
Conversations about systems, labs and pilot projects called by Hendrik that reminded me of conversations I had just had a week before in Sweden. Carl shared that “the pilot is more significant than the best intellectual solution” and I came out thinking on how to create spaces so ‘champions’ come in conversation.
Sitting on a bench and witnessing others using brush and paint to align heaven, earth and human in a space called by Barbara. Realizing that the first time doing this was at 10 years ago at a very special place in Nova Scotia.
Although much has changed, nothing really did: still working in making connections heaven and earth and improving the practice, making the mark of the human in the mist.
In a conversation about the DNA of Harvesting called by Monica, it was interesting to explore how we can clarify the intentional harvest (is it a research project? a social project?) and the learning of ‘hosting the harvest’ so everyone can author and make sense of it rather than an external party doing the harvest alone.
And there was much more… in the conversations traveling to and from Statenberg, during lunch, around the fire, dancing in the kids party, having the balls to be in the men’s circle, playing with the kids…
Thank you for being part of my story.