The Relationship: Living well upon the earth involves forming
healthy relationships with the natural world. Love and
understanding, the basis for any deep and healthy relationship, do
not come from merely watching the beauty of nature, any more than
they do from merely watching an interesting or attractive person on
the street! We need to get to know that person, through shared
experiences with each other. Similarly, we need to get to know the
earth, and the best way is through working with it: eating it,
harvesting it, crafting it, taking care of it, and depending upon it. A
Simple Life Internship will deepen your relationship with the earth
by using it.
The Ancient and the Modern: Sometimes old ways are unbeatable,
sometimes new ideas are better. Primitive living can be a valuable lens
through which to see our human-earth relationship, and modern
technologies, well-applied, can help reduce resource consumption and
make life easier and more pleasant. We live in a time of privilege, able
to choose from among the best of the old and the best of the modern.
A root cellar is better than any walk-in cooler, solar electricity is better
than a candle. Far from being hypocritical, it is exciting and fresh to
choose wisely from both worlds.
Community Living, People Matter: Even sustainability is not as
important as that which we sustain. What good is a healthy relationship
with the earth if we, as humans, are not kind and understanding to one
another? We believe in the importance of good communication, non-
judgment, and appreciation. Though these practices are encouraged as
a part of daily life, once-a-week we also officially open the space to share
feelings, air grievances, and offer appreciations at our community
potluck and meeting.