You can now support the work I'm doing via my Patreon page at http://patreon.com/imaginationhealer. My first goal, at $200/month (I'm already halfway there!), is to produce a video series about my experiences living on gift economy for 5 years. Here's the intro video I made for that, and I hope you'll check out the fun and helpful rewards and choose a tier to support at. Thank you!
Here's a recording from NuMundo's Beta Launch Party in Oakland. The theme of the panel discussion was Leveraging Networks for Social Good. So wonderful to meet folks from GEN (Global Ecovillages Network), get to know Raines Cohen of CoHousing California better, and meet Ashay Aek from Australia! Lovely to meet networking counterparts from different communities.
Via Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/numundonow/videos/10153747482652811/?pnref=story
NuMundo now has a booking tool on their site where people can register for stays at ecovillages and "impact centers", as well as classes and internships. They've started populating the site with centers in Central America and are now fleshing out their North American listings. Check it out: http://numundo.org
Big ups to CEO David Casey and the whole NuMundo team for the amazing networking they host at events, for people working on transformational projects to meet and support each other. <3
I also got to do a lightning talk about Bloom Network. Several folks offered me support and collaboration, including developer support for our website (ok, so maybe I don't even have to raise money to get the site built??), mainstream media support, and incredible projects to feature on Bloom's site, including a mobile mushroom educational center and an upcoming thinktank in Washington DC on regenerative agriculture. I was able to also ask for personal support, since Bloom Network is scaling up very fast and it's a lot of pressure and newness for me.
I'm honored to be speaking at Baltimore Yoga Village April 23 via Skype. Along with Jim Sanders, founder and director of Tonkiri, a centre for healing and the study of medicinal plants. Jim is also a documentary filmmaker and photographer; you can watch a beautiful film he made on Tonkiri's website: http://www.tonkiri.ca/
The event will also feature a community discussion on personal and planetary healing. Participants can enjoy tea, yoga, meditation, healing rooms, and mushroom cultivation tips from Mushroom Life.
The gathering is part of Bloom Network's current theme, Planet Medicine, about humanity's relationship with the plant kingdom.
More event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/484596841745477/
I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Sheri Herndon, co-founder of Indymedia and a fellow social architect. We've known of each other for a while, and it was lovely to have time to meet this kindred thinker. Sheri engages at the edge of cultural and scientific innovation, seeking to see their social implications brought to life. A practical futurist, she provides consulting and strategic interventions to government, nonprofits and business.
You can listen to our chat here. It's about Bloom Network and my role with creating regenerative systems.
Bloom Network is a global community of visionary culture producers. Our collective vision is a world where people can easily share their passions and resources, resolve conflict, and live creatively in balance with nature.
I'm so building some kind of earthen circular home someday. If you've never been in one and come across one, go inside it if you can. It feels completely different than a wood frame and insulation house. Being surrounded by earth is literally grounding and calming.
I fantasize about making a circular bed that you have to kind of crawl down into, that's all super fluffy inside like a nest, and hanging some kind of changing color rainbow light sculpture on top of it. A friend pointed out to me that that sounds like a tripper crib. Giggle.
At some point I'd like to travel around helping make sacred spaces for people, with earthen architecture and arts. My friend James Gyre at Naked Geometry makes incredible laser cut wooden panels. One way to get natural air conditioning is to put a grid like that at the bottom of a fire flue and wet it - some of the geometries you see in middle eastern architecture are functional!
Read the full article on Off Grid Quest here: http://www.offgridquest.com/homes-dwellings/building-methods/an-earthbag-round-house-for-less-than-5000
Mind blown. Just stick this in the dirt and harvest electricity. I already trip out on the fact that you can pull plants out of the ground and then plop them back into the dirt somewhere else and their "circuitry" plugs in. Nature is so cool! These ladies are my heroes. Via E-Kaia
I just started doing social media for this amazing company a friend of mine runs, Ojai Energetics. They make CBD products that are sourced from hemp plants imported from Europe. This means they can be ordered from any state in the U.S. If you have friends and family who are looking for optimal health and have been curious about CBD, this would make fantastic holiday gifts!
You can order online at http://ojaienergetics.com . Type in the code in the image below to get a discount. P.S. the tincture tastes like rainbows, I'm not kidding. There are superfoods in the tincture that potentiate the effects of the CBD. Science.
Will Kleidon is the CEO. He has been studying plant oils for many years, and is devoted to making a business that supports people and the planet. He created a patented process that encases the oil in water bubbles, so your body can absorb much more of the oil than it otherwise would be able to before it passes through your liver. His team is developing how to target delivery of CBD + other plant extracts to specific systems in your body. This is what happens when smart hippies become CEO's.
Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram if you'd like to stay tuned in. I believe in the power of this company to assist with the legalization movement and bring safe access to people.
I've been fascinated at learning the FDA's rules for what can and can't be said about nutritional supplements. I think marijuana will be legalized by the U.S. very soon, but it's astonishing to see the difference between how pharmaceutical research is financed and supported by the government, in comparison to whole natural plants. I mean, I know all this already but getting into the nitty gritty details and having to think about it every time I write online about why CBD is a helpful natural chemical for people's bodies... is another thing entirely.
I hope you'll scoop some of these up and give them a try, and let us know what you think!
For the love of plants,
Today I wanted to share a post I wrote for my visionary art tumblr, which has almost 60,000 followers!
A couple years ago I was at the Rubin Museum in New York City which hosts art made in the Himalayan mountains. I was shocked at how bright the colors were on paintings that were many hundreds of years old. I asked the docent why they were so bright, and she said it’s because the binding they used for the pigments was boiled yak skin. After 2,000 years all the paintings that used that binder go through a breaking down process and all the colors turn either red or black.
Morals of the story: animals are awesome and we should care for and respect them. We don’t have to use plastic to make art. And yaks are beautiful.
Here’s a book that shows you how to make art materials from nature near you! http://www.nickneddo.com/shop/the-organic-artist-book
I love you!
New EP is up! Me and Wobbly ( Jonathan Leidecker) making very silly dance music. Big thanks to James Gyre of Naked Geometry for permission to use his piece as the cover art. Wurly playing by M.C. Schmidt of Matmos. Owl on the title track by, an owl.
Scrolling thru my fb feed today, I came across a photo of the person who made the "fairy's bow" mouth harp that somehow found its way to me. Amazing to see him staring at me with one of his magnificent pipes. This is a great article that hints at the depths of pure magic and care that exist in the world, and some pearls of wisdom about the difference between western disease models and older lineages of healing. It's lovely to see more photos of the person who made the instrument I have that plays between all the dimensions. The bones in my head resonate for a whole week after I play it.
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