Asheville Made Magazine just published an article about my shoe making classes called “You Don’t Have to Know What a Cordwainer is to Walk in His Shoes”. This article is perfectly timed with the launch of my new website that will make it even easier for people to access my shoe classes, see photos of student shoes, and easily register online. At last I will sneak out of the Asheville shadows and into the media light. The print copy of the magazine hits the streets on Feb. 1st.
In May I will set off on an 11 day vision quest ceremony with 4 days of fasting and solitude in nature. To do this I will need support from community. My intention is to seek a vision that will support both me and my community, as well as inspire others down the path of healthy rites of passage.
At 21 I realized I had never spent more than a day alone in my entire life. I decided to venture into the Olympic National Forest for 10 days of solitude. By day two I was talking to myself out loud. Society told me that was abnormal behavior and I knew not know what to make of it. After 3 days of hiking I decided to climb a peak to see if I could view Mount Olympus. As I climbed the slope got steeper and steeper until eventually I was face to face with a rock wall. I turned around and realized my descent was just as steep. On the side of that mountain I finally felt fear. The fear that if I tumbled down the mountain and broke my leg no one would no where I was. Or even worse, what If I died out there? I was three days hike from my van. I decided to give up my 10 day solo and return home. (more…)
A wise friend recently shared these words that really struck a chord with me: “It feels like a radical expression of hope for a conscious person to choose to have a child in this time.”
The co-creation of the Wild Leaders Adult Immersion, my most ambitious offering to the world to date, is my radical expression of hope. A hope for a future where humans view themselves as one with nature rather than above it. A hope that the nature-connected leaders of tomorrow will have a positive impact. And a hope that we are handing future generations a viable planet.
This immersion is a 9 month journey into Deep Nature Connection, Culture Repair, and Authentic Leadership, all of which are near and dear to my heart. Once a week a small group of participants, along with Luke Cannon, Sara Callaway, NikiAnne Feinberg, Clint Corley, and myself, will come together to support each other on our quest to be fully alive and fully human.
I invite you to support this dream by checking out the website, spreading the word, joining us in this immersion, or supporting others to be on this journey.
It took 8 months but I finally feel settled into my new homestead in Barnardsville, NC. Since May I have dropped trees, cleared an old logging road, set up my outdoor bed, flattened the cabin and outdoor kitchen site, set the new locust posts, set up a yurt workshop, disassembled my cabin in Asheville, moved it 20 miles north, to Barnardsville, set it back up, and then finished the season building a wrap around deck.
The actual cabin moving took 12 days with a massive amount of help from my friends and one tractor (Thank you sweet friends!) The rain gods had a bone to pick with me and graced me with afternoon thunderstorms every single day starting as soon as I got my roof off. At one point my cabin looked like a miniature swimming pool with several inches of water; I’m looking for new wood flooring.
But thankfully the hard work is behind me. Now I get to enjoy living on the side of a mountain, in an amazing valley, surrounded by amazing forests and a wonderful community of friends. I still have big plans for a pop-out bedroom, an outdoor kitchen, a wood-fired hot tub, and many other projects but there is no urgency. I think I will sit for a while first.
Two and a half years ago I built a tiny modular cabin knowing full well that I would have to take it apart and move it one day. Well that day has come. Fortunately, I am moving my cabin to an absolutely dreamy spot on the side of a mountain in Barnardsville, 20 miles north of Asheville, NC. My new home is walking distance from a swimming hole, has plenty of bottom land for gardening, and is surrounded by forest. It’s everything I hoped for.
On June 30th I will start taking apart the cabin. I am hoping to get it down, moved and reassembled in 4 days. The only way I will be able to pull that off is with a lot of community support. So if you have some time and would like to help out I would really appreciate it. Let me know if you can.