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/
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!
Next speaking appearance: Aya Awakenings, film screening and panel discussion February 18 in San Francisco
Aya Awakenings will be screening in SF on February 18 at Clay Theater, please come check it out. I'll be speaking on a panel afterward, along with Erik Davis, Jonathan Talat Phillips, Diana Slattery, and Rak. The screening itself is a ritual, with sacred space set, pauses for collective energy work, and deep discussion. I hope to see you there, and thank you to Rak Razam for creating this.
"Wake up you monkeys!"
From a video interview for the film. Dennis Mckenna gets real about plant medicine and the state of planet earth. Shot and edited by Carl Gnosis.
rites of passage walking into the business and media worlds this month
- drafted my first contracts
- consultations with lawyers
- conflict resolution (oh my goodness have i had experience with that over the past few years. it's an interesting exercise in learning how to be very careful and conscious with what one says, and knowing how to communicate appropriate boundaries.)
- interviews with amazing shamanic brothers
- partnership meetings and strategy
- watching media for research, not inspiration
- emerging from my subculture bubbles of avant-garde, experimental, and activism, to be more receptive to learning other vocabulary and concept structures
When I first decided to resign as a professional classical pianist and work in the visual arts, I wrote a mini-proposal for a museum of artists working with art and technology, that would feature a biannual exhibit of interior environment design, where an interior architect, a materials scientist, a psychologist, and an artist would collaborate to showcase new materials and explore the creative possibilities of innovative spaces. What I'm actually doing now is far more complex and larger scale, but shares the interdisciplinary aspect, and the day-to-day tasks of a director.
A big part of my currents projects' focus is the built environment and its impact on ecological systems' and humans' health. One big thing shifted - I did not go through formal education to learn skills. Because of that, or because of destiny, I developed an awareness of what is going on in the world, outside of formalized containers and industrialized career fields. So I'm choosing more practical and less abstract applications of my synthesizing creator mind. I never thought I would follow such an unconventional path, nor that learning could actually be brutal, terrifying, and kinds of difficult I didn't even know existed. At the end, I get self-appointed rainbow stripes ;P
I still wish I'd learned how to write like people learn to in college though. I should probably backtrack on that one.
Land based gift economy:
A story about how we can DIY a society where people are actually happy and empowered.
I have been researching financial permaculture lately - using the 3 ethics of permaculture (Care of Earth, Care of People, and Fair Share of Surplus) to inform how one runs a business. I'll eventually write a longer post summarizing the organizations I've been learning about, but here is one now!
The Ecotrust Foundation acts as an incubator for social enterprise, and a capital vehicle for organizations that inspire change toward healthy ecosystems and resilient communities.
You can see more of their work on their website - http://www.ecotrust.org/
"Ecotrust believes that the wellbeing of people and the planet are inextricably linked. We believe that diverse, healthy ecosystems are the foundations of healthy communities, which together form the bedrock for healthy economies. Nurture people and nature, and business thrives."
Here is a spread of the areas they focus on. Please join me in thinking about business and commerce in consideration of this kind of scale:
Food & Farms
Forests and Ecosystems Services
Marine Consulting Initiatives
Indigenous Affairs Program
Natural Capital Fund
Whole Watershed Restoration Initiative
The Ecotrust Foundation runs an investment fund called - The Natural Capital Fund - http://www.ecotrust.org/ncf/
Please stay tuned to this blog for links to more permaculture and sustainability incubator and financial institutions.
One of my favorite excerpts from this talk is a description of Portland having the first public bike parking shelter in the history of the grid. When the mayor of Portland came to cut the ribbon on the structure, he said: "I didn't even plan to say this today, but I'm the executive of the city and today I declare all these [city repair] projects will be free of permit. The city will insure all these things. We are getting out of the way of facilitating this, because we have a lot to do, and a lot not to do."
Please check out their website at http://cityrepair.org/
There is also a Planet Repair Institute that is a demonstration site for neighborhood repair - http://planetrepair.wordpress.com/
"We employ tools of permaculture, natural building and placemaking to create ecological and social relationships that are cyclical, interconnected, symbiotic, and life-affirming. The energetic outputs of our house feeds our gardens, our landscapes, and our communities, which then feed us. We are currently engaged in projects to correct the inefficient, wasteful, and resource intensive structures of our house in order to create a home that is built from natural, local and living materials, and powered by captured energies that pass naturally through our landscape."
Thank you Mark Lakeman, and city and planet repair folks!
If you could create your own reality, what would it look like? We live in a time where global interconnectivity, love, and compassion enable a civilization that can hold your dreams.
This blog will be a source of inspiration with:
The root of the words imagination, image, and magic, is "magh" - to make and be able. I look forward to joining you in an exploration of this power.