I feel so joyful because so many things are suddenly coming into place that I have wanted ever since I started Vegan Utopia Ecovillage.
- Cliff Mikkelson, my former husband and friend, wants to be co-founder. Now I have someone to work with who lives on the Ecovillage land, and who adds such a beautiful energy and focus of his passion–teaching people about the oneness of all.
- Kyle Luzynski, Rob McNeil, and Scott Masters are happy to be part of our board of directors and they are helping Cliff and I refine our Mission, Vision and Aims as well as figuring out what their roles will be, and sphere of decision making. Cliff and I are part of the board, of course.
- I am working with Kyle and Rob to create the international organization, Project Animal Freedom, which will be very connected to Vegan Utopia Ecovillage and has a similar vision and mission.
- I am taking an advanced class where I am learning through practice and study how to implement Sociocracy, AKA Dynamic Governance in Vegan Utopia Ecovillage and Project Animal Freedom.
- I’m working on a team to write and edit the Vegan Intentional Communities Handbook for the US political party, Humane Party.
- We are continuing to receive coaching from Diana Leafe Christian, one of the leading coaches of the best practices of intentional communities.
For once in my life, I am really trying to focus because I am supporting this wonderful group of people–4 separate teams–in being successful. Working with a team that is passionate about what we are working on, and in alignment with my vision and values, is what I have wanted to do for my entire life!
Now, I have 4 different teams to work with, and I love it! My roles vary in each team–but my duties include facilitating, creating agendas, taking and publishing minutes, tracking action items, writing proposals for the big picture and for policies. Whew! This is a full time job!
Fortunately, I am trading rent and getting most of my food expenses paid for through a trade so I don’t have to work very much, and I am living super frugally! I am doing my best to take care of myself–exercising, meditating, journaling, praying, connecting with friends and family, doing emotional release work, and other things that help me stay peaceful and joyful. All of the teams I am working with have big visions for helping to create a world where all of life thrives and this is a big job!
Here are a few specific things Cliff and I as cofounders who are setting the direction of the Ecovillage are working on:
- Fine-tuning our new focus of being a training center for people who want to transition to veganism, be part of the animal rights movement, and learn the skills needed for optimally healthy community.
- Developing all the things that are needed that Diana Leafe Christian recommends for healthy community to have in place.
- Creating a plan for making the land a secure place that is owned by the community and has clear covenants which will insure that the community will live on through the next 7 generations at least.
- Figuring out the roles of the board and our structure as a sociocratic organization.
- Fine-tuning the membership and screening process so we can start welcoming people to live on the land by spring time.
- Go over the website together and make sure that we are in alignment with everything on it and make it easier to navigate.
I have SO much to share, but I am way behind on my commitments, so I will leave you with this story from this article by Matt Morris.
“Like any plant, growth of the Chinese Bamboo Tree requires nurturing – water, fertile soil, sunshine. In its first year, we see no visible signs of activity. In the second year, again, no growth above the soil. The third, the fourth, still nothing. Our patience is tested and we begin to wonder if our efforts (caring, water, etc.) will ever be rewarded.
And finally in the fifth year – behold, a miracle! We experience growth. And what growth it is! The Chinese Bamboo Tree grows 80 feet in just six weeks!”
My sense is that all my dreams are going to shoot up this year. Why has this has taken so long? That’s another story!