So this thread really began over here, with Jessica’s question about creating community in BC to rewild with.
(I want to post this in “Communities of Rewilding” but it doesn’t quite fit)
What if we moved away from the ecovillage model (investment, shares, membership agreements, etc.) and began to embrace an idea of a web of havens that welcome people who rewild? What if we carried this map in our minds, and kept it unwritten? What if these havens operated according to the principles of Open Space?
Every Open Space requires a host (the keeper of the land?), a facilitator (the one who holds the space), and attendees (those who fill and circulate through the space).
- Only the right people will come.
- What could happen, will happen.
- When it starts, it starts.
- When it ends, it ends.
The Law of Two Feet: If you learn nothing and have no contribution to make where you stand, go somewhere where you will.]
And the holder of such space will hold clear boundaries* according to what creates life and what doesn’t.
I actually believe that in some form or another, this work has begun already, of course. So let’s add to the momentum. Sometimes things just need a name. What do you think, should we open a topic in the communities of Rewilding category for folks to sign up their place (or their future place) as Rewilding Haven?
I wonder if, to volunteer such a thing, one would need a firm understanding of Open Space Gathering’s principles and law. Otherwise it might de-evolve into ecovillages again.
I feel myself on the verge of volunteering to somehow teach Open Space methods to anyone willing to put their place on the Rewilding Havens map. I don’t quite know yet what I can really offer in terms of travel to locations and such though.
But this idea really inspires me. I do think the time has really, really come to change how we think as a community, of the connection between places and rewilding.
I welcome anyone else’s insights on this. What inspires you about this idea? Where do you see the energy going? What role do you play in all of this? Would you sign up your land for such a map?
*I’ve written about clear boundaries a lot from a rewilding perspective; for more info on how I experience these issues, read: