Day: April 1, 2015

In the beginning…

At twenty-two, caught in a winter storm, blowing hair tickling my face, I watched the swaying dance of marsh grasses animated by the wind and stood stone-like, in awe. At that pregnant moment I came to know the cosmos before me: the grass, the lake, the wind, the ducks, and clouds and sky and stars and moon as co-revelers in a dance; a dancing into being. I realized too–immediately, not in retrospect–that I had a role in that dance, at once spontaneous, unbounded, mysterious, but I had no way to choreograph its steps or perform its movements. Instantly I became part of something larger, something beautiful, something entirely Other and still me at the same time.  This vision sustained me for a decade or more, even as it poked at me, festering.  It wouldn’t leave me alone! Unable to get on with life in a Western way I finally sought a different way of being, one being pressed upon me it seemed, by the cosmos itself, luring me from afar, irrepressible.  No longer able to turn my back, I turned towards it seeking the nature of nature, seeking …

Workshop Rationale

A HUMAN NICHE IS A PLACE THAT FACILITATES A FLOWERING OF THE FULLNESS OF HUMANNESS. A place that facilitates me becoming fully “me,” in my wholeness. More than just a place, it necessarily includes the Other, many Others.Ensconced in such a rich, varied environment, i might emanate humanness–with joy! In forests, squirrels spontaneously create niches.  How do they know how? How can I come to know how?​​ “WHO” IS ENSCONCED IN THIS NICHE? IS IT ME? WHO IS THAT? What is it like to become, to feel wholly, authentically me?  Squirrels are naturally authentic, spontaneously enacting a series of behaviors that lead to squirrelness.  How does a squirrel become squirrel? How can I become human in that way? AUTHENTICITY AND NICHE-MAKING ARE ARRIVED AT THROUGH ONE ACTIVITY. As with squirrels, that ONE activity should be spontaneous and natural. Ubiquitous in squirrels, it seems rare in humans. That ONE activity arises out of a relationship with place.  Ever-changing relationships that can never be reduced to a formula that can be taught or learned. That ONE activity is a function of behavior.  Not any behavior, but those in agreement, in conformity, in harmony with place, …