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Day 769 – Camphill living

Perspective on living in a ecological farm

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Camphill villages is ecologically driven villages and farms and communities that is suited and designed to people with disabilities and needs, who don’t usually fit into the larger hectic/capitalistic society/system. Personally I am diagnosed with schizophrenia.

My camphill life is structured so I can work my way through my schizophrenia with walking with the tools of desteni.org

I just realized that from me living on a ecological, camphill farm and village it gives me the opportunity to have structure. HUH ! We all need some sort of structure and organizing to function optionally. To me structure is like a pattern of organizing – it gives me a sense of control in my living. And after that freedom within the application/task !

I live in a camphil village in the south west of Norway. I have lived here since 01.07.2016. Let me tell you that life here is truly swell. Now there are so many different ways to be living life here on this earth and I would say I am truly grateful for living where I am and under these conditions that is present.

It gives me routines and structure. I provides me with cultural and spiritual/emotional insight. It serves me the best and healthiest of food. It grounds me with good work for the body. It gives me inspiring and touching and dear talks and interactions. It provides me with very dear friendship and colleges and hugs, and it is a international touch to it with people here from all corners of the world.

Life here is season based. And there are things like Bible study groups and practice of Christian tradition. This is of course voluntary if ones chooses to participate or not. I find the Bible study group very interesting – I get to share my insights and perspective from this important historical script.

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me after a days work

Now in the spring I can walk outside and pick my food of herbs from the garden. I can go swim in the fjord or in a freshwater stream, and enjoy a talk, a flower, a goat  … on my way to do so.

There are currently goats, sheep, cows, chicken, birds, bees, and cats here. They provide me with honesty, insight , groundednes, stability,  and realness, awareness and strength – besides the meat, milk, honey and eggs that is also on my plate.

We are very sufficient with dairy products, meat, some herbs, some fruits, berries and also a lot of vegetables.  This awareness is awesome and it brings up gratefulness and humbleness within me.

Camphill living with interacting with animals is very therapeutic. A goat will “tell” you straight. The animals, are honest and real, they are not mind based like us humans.   They don’t have our obsessive thinking, so they are more stabile and here, firm, grounded, sound as physical and natural. Something I know that we humans must learn sooner or later…

Being able to go out and pet a cow or a sheep or talk to the chickens is just medicine ! Very rejuvenating and real! I am very grateful for that presence in my living. It makes me more honest, and alive, like colourful and expressive.

 

One can even go as far as to say that this planet should be for animals and nature only, and not for humans. If we look at how humans treat nature, other humans, animals and so on… it makes sense. Which means that we (humans) must change… or we are doomed. There is no other way.

 

I am grateful for my living in this camphill. Some of the traditions is maybe not of my liking, but there is room to discuss and debate most things. The antroposofic way is known to be a alternative way of living in Norway. Most of it is very cool and down to earth. Either way we can debate practice and reach common ground. The environment  and the ecological policy is very appealing to me and I would imagine to all people. The camphill way is by all means a way for the future.  I don’t agree to some of the Christian/religious traditions, but we can work through it and come to agreements.

The way of living is simple, and structured and rich. I recommend to find a camphill near you, and become friends with them, visit them and test it out. There are camphill villages mostly in Western Europe, North America, but also in Russia, South – Africa and India.

Enjoy your investigation of camphill !

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Day 677 – Camphill village : a schizophrenic perspective

 

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Living with schizophrenia you soon find yourself in the … rather marginalized parts of society. I have lived most my adult life in that corner.  What is important for me to explain is that I have had a hard to adjusting to the old system that I was brought into. I can’t say that I am capable of support the old system of fundaments of abuse.  I don’t mind singing dancing or yelling or whatever in the streets at – is all a part of me = that is how I live and express in this fucked up system we are currently inn. You could say I am trying to wake people up to the grim reality. To take self responsibility to be your own authority THAT is a task I am aiming at.  During one of the many journeys of escape and exploring,  I would travel and  I was at one time, I think in 2009 (?)  visiting Hogganvik Camphill village in Vindafjord in Norway. I was there for some minutes, and my heart gently melted with my surroundings and the people that I met there. I found a safe place. I found trust and a alternative to the establishment. And also the soothing anthroposophy that was appealing to me.  The anthroposophy of  philosophy is very including and considerate. It does not “freeze  you out” for believing in aliens – or anything like that. From what you might understand and experience of other more religious fixated societies and churches. The anthroposophy that I discovered and that I am currently discovering was multiple, loving, caring, warm, gentle and over all a cool thing ! There was flame that I had light in my heart. I had discovered a good place without fully knowing it. I would return to Hogganvik every now and then to recreate and stabilize. Even if just for a few days.

 

These days I am planning to go up there again. For two weeks. Then to decide if I would like to move in there permanently. I am very glad that I found Hogganvik and that I have been given this opportunity in my life. If you are out there searching and can’t really find footing. Check out the camphill movement. Keep an open mind and investigate. I sure am going to investigate and make the best of my days. I don’t want to regret or “be late”, on my dying day.  I am looking forward to spend some days – greeting spring and been a part of something beautiful and meaningful. To me Camphill movement  and anthroposophy  is lots about bringing down that spiritual “highness” – down to here, practicality and physicality. I know  I can contribute further to that. And I will.

Camphill is a good solution to me, perhaps it is not a good solution to you. Point is to not accept the old system where war is peace, debt is money etc…Time to be authority of self. Time to not let self be bullied by people who think that your mind needs governing.

The camphil in Hogganvik is consistent of a  farm with cows, sheep, goats and sometimes pigs. There are cats and chickens. There is a forest to work with wood, and there is greenhouses and wood workshop and also there is a new but old looming shop and also the kitchen service and administration. We make our own cheese. That is something I  have been requested to help out with, to learn to make cheese. I must say I am honored and I am looking forward to learn to make cheese.

 

So there is a great variety to keep self busy with. I find great peace at Hogganvik. It is close to the ocean, inn a fjord where I can bathe and swim in the  summer. There are some very big old impressive  trees, and that in itself is enough to bring me back time after time. Just walking and touching  and hugging these huge trees.

I have been in doubt lots with making this decision. I have made this decision hard to myself. So I have chosen to list up all the pro and against moving. Hogganvik wins every time. Still I would fear that change of moving. I would fear what is new. So I make  a point of bringing with me the things in my life that is cool now, here where I live now. And more than anything that is to swimming in a public pool, swimming on Tuesdays. Every Tuesday I go swimming. It is the peak of my week. So I have investigated if there is  swimming possibilities near Hogganvik like swimming pool. And there is. 25 minutes drive there is a public swimming hall with sauna. I was very glad to discover this. So I bring this part with me. This make my moving process much easier.

 

I will also work to tie bonds between organizations and movements  of this brave new world, a new monetary system is needed, how to handle mind consciousness system and so on… together we can create utopia, and we will – are you with me ?

 

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