Looking for a place to put down roots
They arrived with a lighter load than usual, they tell me. Normally, they move around like a big purple snail, in a 40′ veggie-powered-purple-school-bus, from which they have, for quite some time now, lived, worked and played. Freyja owns a clothing company called Maha Devi Design that she runs by satellite from a laptop on the bus. She has attended many a festival, sewing machines in tow to sew and sell on the spot thanks to the on-board deep-cell battery pack (and even a treadle sewing machine!).
More recently, Freyja’s business has grown into from a one woman show to a little studio in Vancouver and wholesaling contracts! While Freyja sews, Marley creates in his own right, using copper wire to make jewelry and fancy functional LED flashlights. Yet another aspect of life for them has been touring together as Elvolutionaries skye dancing using silks, hoops and other circus performaries. As I sat with them I could feel the intensity of the life energy they reap from living such diverse lives as close to the earth as they have been able to.
Freyja and Marley were joined by Seanna Sati a couple of years ago, and have decided that they have been touring for long enough in their bus. They want to have a place to teach their little girl about how to care for the earth and her needs, which is what brought them here, looking for a community minded place to put down some roots in the off-season. This is a common theme within visitors, as it is in all Ecovillages who are taking applications for residents. Every community flavour is different, depending on the all sorts of factors including common values and agreements, the collective vision of the future and the governance structure. These two have a beautiful vision… different from OURS and I thought I’d share a little about it, in case it strikes a chord with one or more of you out there.
In our little conversation, Freyja and Marley talked about the fact that we are born without money in hand onto this planet without the choice to live anywhere else. Taking this into account, the concept that we need money to do everything – including supplying our basic needs to survive on the planet – doesn’t make a lot of sense. It is an unnatural way to live.
Because of this, the two feel a deep frustration with the current land governance system, the Roman land governance structure that is based on the premise that the creation is owned by people, namely our governments. Which inherently means that land is property – something that one must pay for to have. The problem is that we, humans, are part of creation, which makes it absurd that we would be separate from the land on which we stand. Freyja and Marley believe that the Roman land governance structure not only disconnects us from the earth, but sets us apart from each other through fostering competition. They feel that if people could organize themselves according to natural law, in villages and co-operatives as we used, to we could avoid this disconnect.
Not an easy conversation to have. But one we have heard mentioned for many centuries and more recently in a set of delicious books called The Ringing Cedars Series. If this story lands in your heart at all, Marley and Freyja suggest checking out one-heaven.org. I’m letting you know that they are putting themselves out there to start a dialogue that questions something we take for granted as the best thing for us, the current ownership model of land and earth. Comments are welcome from you all too, the conversation has just begun!
Blessed be on your journey to find a place to put your roots.