Teaching the Ways of Nature

Environmental Education Workshop

In coordination with the Boulder Valley School District and Friar Farms, a Friday morning field trip for Boulder middle school students inevitably grew into something more.

Located just to the east of the city of Boulder, Friar Farms is a 40-acre farm that seeks to bring about the best of its land and of the people who experience its beauty. At Friar Farms, “We utilize organic growing methods that are sprouted from the best seed and the purest water. Developing intent that is rooted in love brings about the fullest expression of that which we grow.”

During our time with the students, we taught principals of gratitude and intention while working with seeds and cultivating a healthy soil complex. Over the course of the day, we put together compost bags, spread seeds, gathered weeds for fermented plant juices, and spent time with these majestic horses.

With the intention of opening the minds of the students to the inner workings of the natural world, we sought to gift the experience of working with the elements of nature. In doing so, we had a wonderful afternoon full of excitement and learning. Many of the kids were excited to get their hands dirty and we hope to offer this experience again in the future. Special thanks to Scott and Friar Farms for providing the space for all to learn and grow.

By Way of Experience

Whether we are conscious of it or not, the Earth communicates with every one of us in one way or another. By way of experience, a trip to the mother continent, Africa, gifted me an expanded perspective of this diverse planet we call home. After 2 weeks, 8 flights, and 2,000 kilometers on the road, many different destinations, interactions, and experiences have culminated into a humbling wash of knowledge that has left me with a lot to think about.

Among the many individuals that I met along the way was a hero of mine, Michael TellingerMichael is a scientist, explorer and internationally acclaimed author of numerous books, and dozens of lectures available on YouTube. He is the founder of the UBUNTU Liberation Movement of UNITY & Higher Consciousness. Michael has become an authority on the ancient vanished civilizations of Southern Africa, the mysterious origins of humankind, resonance, cymatics, and the power of sound. His research includes a diverse field of subjects such as archaeology, mythology, human origins, religion, origins of money, spirituality, breakthrough science, and consciousness. By acting on principals of love and unification, he is wholeheartedly committed to bringing unity and peace to everyone and has become one of the most influential figures doing so on the planet today.


One morning while hiking atop the third largest canyon in the world, Blyde River Canyon, we came across numerous vendors selling their homemade trinkets. I had a chance to ask questions to the older woman pictured below about her life. Having crafted her pieces in a nearby village, she travels up the mountain daily with hopes of selling her crafts to provide for herself and her family. She earns a very modest living, with little opportunity to do much more than sell her handicrafts. Her values seemed to be centered on relationships and loving her family. In this sense, she has all the wealth she could ever ask for. She said that the people in her village were happy and while living was not luxurious by any means, they have access to most things that they need. The simplicity she embodied imprinted my heart with amazement, and meeting her was truly an experience that has gifted me gratitude for the privileged life that I have led.

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Shortly after landing in Johannesburg, in the northeastern corner of South Africa, a white-knuckle drive littered with car accidents and unfamiliar cultural territory led us to begin the next leg of our African adventure in Kruger National Park.

Bordering Mozambique to the east, Kruger Park contains one of Africa’s largest game reserves, with an abundance of Lions, Leopards, Rhinos, Buffalo, and Elephants. It is one thing to see these animals in a zoo, however, when experienced in the wild their true nature is illuminated. While glaring into the eyes of this Leopard, I was given the sense that something more was at play. While it was beyond words, it was as if the intelligence of the earth was staring right back at me. The culmination of millions of years of evolution glaring right into my eyes deeply influenced the connection between my mind, body, and spirit. Feeling as though I was in communication with the animals via my heart’s perception, the messages coming from the soul of these animals spoke to the simplicity of mind that these creatures embody, almost as if to demonstrate a model of purity.

Hundreds of other mammals call this area home, including a widely diverse bird and reptile population. The plant kingdom here was like none other experienced in America, with bush plains, tropical rainforests, and unique wildflowers littering the landscape. Among the most remarkable, was this Baobab tree, which can live to be over 1,000 years old. Again, an energy of simplicity and old wisdom was palpable in the presence of this woody beast.

Another notable point in my travels throughout South Africa was the genuine kindness of the people that I encountered. Despite the prevalence of poverty and hardship, each local, black or white, expressed a clear emotion of satisfaction. It is said that the epidemic of depression has not yet reached South Africa and based on my experience, I would hold this to be true. To me, this was another example demonstrating that money does not equal happiness.

My friend Daniel here traveled to South Africa From Malawi, one of the least developed and most impoverished countries on Earth. His mission is to sell his paintings to tourists, to support his family and modest lifestyle in a nearby township. A kind individual at heart, I was happy to pick up one of his paintings and support his journey.

By way of chance, my travel to Africa connected me through the incredible city of Dubai, where I was able to explore the nightlife. This city is predicated on the spirit of ” Why not” and is essentially a sandbox for engineering and luxury lifestyle. This picture was taken from the tallest building in the world, The Burj Kalifa, and shows the breadth of the city at night. This building was so tall in fact, that you could watch the sunset on the ground, jump in the elevator to the 126th floor and watch the sun dip below the horizon all over again.

To experience such extremes of poverty and wealth conveyed to me the need for greater gratitude and compassion in our world for a more harmonized society. With a greater value of humility, we can bridge the gap between these extremes and value all human beings as the beautiful expression of this universe that we truly are. No matter the ethnicity, no matter the race, we are all equally deserving of love. With the energy of peace, we can dissolve self-constructed boundaries and act as one to co-create a more unified world. Coming together in this way first requires purifying ourselves, and realizing that we are the creators of our own realities. On the wavelength of humility and gratitude, we may come to manifest the highest and best good by acting on these selfless intentions.

Much gratitude for all experience that has come my way.

On to the next adventure ~

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Despite the fact that we have gathered libraries of information on water, our current knowledge of this life supporting liquid may still be trivial-a drop in the ocean. The old sciences speak to our intellect. They function inside a carefully crafted box encumbered by the slow, linear progression from hypothesis to acceptance of new ideas. Although there is nothing wrong with this approach, it tends to dismiss ideas that cannot be tested using traditional methods from inside the box. The old sciences limit us to what we can experience with our senses. They teach us that reality is defined by what we can experience through what we can see, touch and hear – forgetting that our senses, themselves, are limited. The new sciences speak to a heart centered intellect. By taking us to the subatomic world, they reveal how all things are a part of the whole. They show us the inadequacy of our physical senses for evaluating the universe. They honor both the intuitive and physical senses, bridging the gap between right brain and left brain as well as the gap between science and spirit. From this new perspective, there are no boxes, there is no separation, and we are all participants in the ongoing creative process. Where water is concerned, the new sciences reveal a fourth phase of matter – a liquid crystal designed to interact with our biology. When used consciously, liquid crystalline water can be used to heighten our experience as water beings on this blue planet we call home ~ Dancing With Water

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The Rooted Center

The Rooted Center is a truly wonderful farm, run by an equally wonderful family. Cultivated on 1 acre of earth near Boulder, Utah the high desert climate certainly provides an interesting mix of ecology as well as natural resources. In late March, we arrived for what would be a week of expansive learning in many aspects of nature and life.

“The Rooted Center is a permaculture principled homestead outside of Boulder, UT. Our interest lies not only in growing food, but also growing people, as we are constantly learning and growing ourselves. Here you will find the unique opportunity to learn small-scale farming and aquaponics coupled with opportunities to learn about Chinese Medicine, internal martial arts, Qigong and woodworking. We have our initial structures in and will be moving into building rocket mass heaters, Cobbing, earthbag building etc. this coming season.”

The primary creative energy behind the cultivation of this land is a warm human being named Sylas, who genuinely embodies the wisdom he has gathered from many years of yogic practice. To experience the energy of the land, as well as the presence of Sylas and his family truly gave our week at the farm a feeling of retreat rather than work trade. We worked on building a greenhouse, cobb benches, tended to chickens, transplanted Chinese herbs, as well as built a sprung floor for the martial arts studio.

Not only did we learn about each building process, but we were able to learn holistic healing modalities including Kung-Fu, herbal medicine, and bodywork. Early one morning, we trained our bodies in the fine art of Kung-Fu, inspiring in us a mindfulness of human movement and energetic expression.

The experience here at The Rooted Center was transformational, to say the least. Embodied teachings from nature create the foundation of intent on this 1-acre permaculture homestead. In all aspects, the acquired wisdom we walked away with contributes to a greater harmonization of mind, body, and spirit. Feeling whole, connected and extremely grateful, we left this magical place with intentions of returning in the future. Blessings to this land and those who inhabit it.

 

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