Military, Prisons, Construction= A fast track to nowhere.

Make Agriculture More Accessible

Over 2 million people are incarcerated in the U.S..
Over 2 million people are serving the U.S. Military.
Over 11 million people are working in U.S. construction Jobs.

These three industries involve over $800 BILLION of spending each year.

What does this allocation of people and resources return to us, the citizens of earth?

On average,
Each year,
650 thousand people are released from prison.
200 thousand people finish their military service.
2 million construction workers experience unemployment.

This represents nearly 3 million people ready for meaningful work.
This represents nearly 3 million people who have experienced hardship and are now in desperate need of work that heals.

 

I want a little less money spent on locking people up, policing the world, and building structures.

I aspire to create more pathways for people out of these ‘industries’ into agriculture.

I believe that by making these opportunities available to these neglected populations, we give humanity a better shot at good food, good ecology, happy families, and great communities.

Connect the people who need good work with the work which most needs done.

 

 

 

http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/271-38/14155-sustainable-farming-a-simple-fix-zero-cost

http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/12/the-tragedy-of-the-american-military/383516/

http://www.brighthub.com/money/home-buying/articles/95017.aspx

(ps: 2.5 million was approximately the number of (European) people in the United States in 1776)

FoxMoon Values

Inspired by a visit to Casa Verde, in Colorado Springs, Colorado!

 

1- We make our decisions as equals, by consensus. We work to incorporate all members’ desires into our decisions.

2- We value the integrity of the earth. We plan, build, and live with attention to ecological sustainability. We conserve resources and recycle all that we can.

3- We value inclusiveness in matters of race, ethnicity, spirituality, age, ability, gender, sexual orientation.

4- We value trust. We are willing to trust each other and aspire to be trustworthy.

5- We value healthy lifestyles.

We keep our common areas free of harmful and/or illegal products including firearms, tobacco products and smoke.

6- We value conflict resolution that is nonviolent, positive, respectful, and fair to all.

8- We value kindness and respect in thought, word and action. We listen and strive to understand. We forgive mistakes.

9- We value a neighborhood environment that is safe at many levels: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual. We work to make our community a safe place where children and people of all ages are nurtured and protected.

10- We value fun and good food.

11- We value order. We strive to practice self-discipline, self-awareness, and self-responsibility.

A World Without Oil. Part 2 of 6.

A World Without Oil

Desire liberty? Divorce from Fuel.

This graphic begins to explain some of the problems posed by oil dependence.

How much do you depend on oil, petroleum, gasoline?

Are cars a necessary evil?

Have you eliminated driving from your life?

Do want to maintain your ability to travel the world?

 

World Without Oil was a game and thought exercise in 2007.

This game compelled ‘players’ to imagine and write what their lives might be like if there was some kind of oil shock.

 

The thought exercise of World Without Oil is a valuable one.

Thinking about the fragility of our oil dependent systems encourages an important review of how we might become more secure in a world where motorized power should not be taken for granted.

 

You don’t own a vehicle? You bike or walk everywhere? That’s great!

But, your commendable effort does not mean that you have escaped the problems that face an oil dependent system.

Where does your food, electricity, heat, and technology come from?

Unfortunately, unless you’re an off-grid hermit with a self-sufficient system, you are probably dependent on oil to some degree.

This doesn’t seem fair.

It isn’t.

What can you do about it?

 

You can begin to develop a more contained, self-supporting system.

You don’t have to do all of this yourself, connect with others within your community and work towards solutions to these problems.

 

  1. Food– Get more involved in food production. If you’re producing food, you don’t need to depend on vulnerable fuel dependent systems to feed you (remember. you eat approximately 3 times a day).
  2. Shelter (and Heat)– Discover how much your home depends on services that are provided through the use of fossil fuels. Find alternatives.
  3. Electricity– Obtain the ability to locally produce electricity.
  4. Water– Does your water supply depend on electricity or some kind of fossil fuel generated power? You might be surprised. It would be wise to change to water supply system which does not require petroleum or grid electricity.
  5. Work– Would you be able to get to your job if you didn’t have gasoline? Would you be able to perform your work without gasoline?
  6. Social/Family– Without oil, would you be able to visit your friends and family? Are the people who make your life worth living within walking distance?

These are some of the issues that should be considered when it comes to oil vulnerability.

Vulnerability. Fragility.

Why should you think about these things?

Solutions will present themselves before we run out of oil… humans were fine before oil, changing back won’t be that hard… Peak oil is a conspiracy to promote exploitative ‘green industries’. ~Right?!~

 

These are possible. It is possible that everything will be fine. It’s possible that some solution will be presented before we are ever forced to reconcile our imbalanced dependency on oil which is most likely finite.

 

But, why gamble on optimism when we can just as easily hedge against a multitude of very likely risks?

 

What likely risks threaten our oil dependent systems? Let’s count the ways:

  1. Social-Political Factors. If supply is disrupted by a significant social or political event, sure, there may be a ‘plenty’ of oil on the planet_ but its price could suddenly inflate in a way which makes it too expensive for 50% of people or even 99% of people. Which would explode the price of food, products, and nearly all services.
  2. Environmental Disaster. Hurricanes, Earthquakes, Tornadoes, Tsunamis, and other disasters could easily impact supply chains in such a way which would limit oil access.
  3. Technological Breakdown. Oil extraction and processing uses more complex and technical processes every day which leave it vulnerable to wide-reaching technical failure and cyber attacks.
  4. Peak Oil. Simply, There probably will be a point where oil demand exceeds oil production. This would create a rapid, if not sudden, inflation of oil prices.
  5. Other Resource Depletion. Oil extraction and processing is dependent on a large network of resources and it is likely that some key component may become scarce, therefore crippling the production or distribution of oil.

 

Here are Five reasons for a migration away from an oil-dependent lifestyle.

Does it still seem like something too big for you to address?

It’s not.

Here are some easy fixes:

  1. If you work in an oil-dependent industry find a different job. (In keeping with the theme of this series: If your job, your labor, your work, does not produce Food, Shelter, Water, Information, Electricity, Mobility, or Wellness. Your job is probably unnecessary.)
  2. If your lifestyle is oil-dependent, move and change other habits so that your essentials are not based upon fossil fuel transport.
  3. REMEMBER! PRODUCE MORE THAN YOU CONSUME! Oil is not the only way to fuel a combustion engine. Methane, Ethanol, Biodiesel, and other fuel sources can be produced locally. There are small systems which you or your local community could assemble which would meet your basic fuel needs. Remember: Doing less bad is not really a solution– Create alternatives.
  4. Reach out within your community and find others who are looking to reduce their oil dependency. Work together for alternatives.

 

FoxMoon Haven is still dependent on oil, this year, in 2015. But, we are working with engineers so that we may produce our own fuel from our own crops_ locally (not the inefficient corn ethanol model). We are preparing to install methane systems so that we can harvest the fuel produced on site by humans and livestock. Once we become more familiar with these systems, we hope to share these techniques with others.

Fuel sovereignty and robust systems won’t be obtained overnight, but the challenges are worth the time and effort. We’d love to help you however we might. Let us know if you’re interested in working together.

 

Thanks for reading,

FoxMoon Haven.

 

A World Without. Part 1 of 6.

A World Without…

PeakResource

From: https://forensicstatistician.wordpress.com/peak-resources/

 

This is the first part of a blog series that examines the fragility of the current world system.

Present ‘Developed World’ existence involves large rates of consumption with little to no production.

This series will review various reasons one should embark upon immediate and personal change instead of relying on activists and pioneers to make change happen.

This series will make these changes attainable_ you should not dismiss a sustainable life as something reserved for radical martyrs.

Hopefully, this series will clarify the differences between gestures and symbolic sustainabilityand Real Sustainability.

greenwashed-packaging

Symbolic Sustainability. You cannnot buy sustainibility. Greenwashing gives the illusion that you can pay others to live ethically for you. This is a lie. The only path to sustainability and ethical living is producing more than you consume.

Consumption must not exceed Production.

This is a physical law directly related to the Conservation of Energy.

To begin this series, everyone is encouraged to evaluate what they produce and what they consume.

 

Daily I produce this much:  

  1. Food______
  2. Fuel_______
  3. Electricity______
  4. Joy/Entertainment/Wellness_________

 

Daily I consume this much:

  1. Food_________
  2. Fuel__________
  3. Electricity______
  4. Joy/Entertainment/Wellness_________

 

Odds are you consume much more than you produce. Even if you work in the oil industry, agriculture, or electricity, your consumption rate probably exceeds your production rate.

 

I know! I know! You are probably aware of this! You are probably tired of feeling guilt.

You probably feel like you do the best you can…

Please. Don’t feel guilty.

Take this as an opportunity to do some math.

This math is shameless. It is not here to judge you. These numbers can be changed. On both sides of the equation.

 

Reduce Consumption

and/or

Increase Production

 

To immediately affect both sides of this equation are simple.

  1. Be involved in the production of food.
  2. Drive less. Use electricity less.
  3. Make your own electricity (solar).

With these 3 steps you suddenly begin to work towards balance in your personal production/consumption equation.

***

This blog series is a look into why it is important that every human begin a pursuit towards real productivity.

What is Real Productivity?

Real Productivity is the shift from labor for cash to labor for life.

Most people in the current system go to work in exchange for cash. The labor of most people is not involved in the production of a fundamental component of life.

Fundamental components of life are Food, Shelter (heat), Water. Although not mandatory, we will include internet, electricity, mobility, and wellness_ new fundamental components of 21st-century existence.

 

So, if your job, your labor, your work, does not produce Food, Shelter, Water, Internet, Electricity, Mobility, or Wellness.

Your job is not necessary.

Begin looking for a different job immediately.

 

Real Productivity means that you produce something that is needed.

The difference between want and need makes all the difference here.

Does your labor produce a Luxury or a Necessity?]

This question will be evaluated throughout this series.

This series does not aim to eliminate luxuries.

The aim is to encourage all people to embark on ‘Real Productivity’ which does not preclude luxuries.

 

This series would like to promote this idea:

With slight changes to education, perspective, and infrastructure, all people can be involved in producing fundamentals for life. This does not require giant changes in lifestyle.

 

To enhance understanding of this perspective. This blog series will look at

  1. A World Without Oil
  2. A World Without Food
  3. A World Without Money
  4. A World Without Government
  5. A World Without Electronics

This series is not an anarchist luddite treatise.

The goal here is to expose the fragility in the current system and to reveal the surprisingly simply steps out of the fragile and corrupt system towards more ethical sustainable lives.

 

Hope you enjoy,

FoxMoon Haven

Seeds for Prosperity

Don’t feel powerless.

The problems of the world may seem huge and overwhelming, but you should know that you as an individual can start something that will start reversing social and ecological deterioration in an exponential way.

Below you will find “Seeds for Prosperity”.

It is a road map which defines FoxMoon Haven. Within this list, you will find 16 businesses and projects which you can start today. Businesses and projects that can improve the world and inspire others to do the same.

The defining characteristic of all of these projects is that they are financially viable. That is to say: They are not charity endeavors. They do not require your personal poverty nor do they require fundraising or grant writing.

All of these projects are easily attainable for:

  1. An entrepreneur or investor (you?)
  2. A community (like a church, school, or town)
  3. An existing entity (a charity or business who can adopt some of these methods)
  4. A governmental body (suggest these projects to your local, state, and federal office holders)

 

Perhaps, most importantly, these projects and business all stand to be fun and fulfilling. Not only are they good for humanity and the environment, but they stand to be good for the spirit as well.

Good Luck! When you pick one, let us at FoxMoon Haven know. We will try to help you however we can, we have oceans of resources related to the endeavors listed below. FMH is devoted to the actulization of all these projects, wherever possible, whenever possible.

 

Seeds for Prosperity

A collection of

Programs and Businesses

designed to stimulate 

emotional, ecological, social, economic, cultural, and intellectual prosperity.

All ventures can grow from the basic infrastructure of a simple farm/ranch/homestead.

Although in a general order, the numbers are not critical.

But, some ventures require the development of others to achieve full capacity.

Intrinsically, this is organic, multilateral development, like a complete and lush ecosystem.

(hyperlinks connect to existing examples, more detail below.)

[1] A Farm/Ranch/Acreage/Space

[2] Autonomous Tech Contractors

[3] Recreation

[4] Hospitality/Hosting Space/Hostel

[5]Conservancy College

[6] Camp/Workshops

[7] Collaborative Stores/Community Centers

[8] Urban Community Center/Hostel

[9] Publishing and Production

[10] Animal Care

[11] Eco Transportation

[12] Peace Corps Alternative

[13] Rehab and Recovery

[14] Community and Cinema Cafes

[15] Monasteries/PeaceHomes

[16] Organizing Entity

 

 

[1/16] A Space. Ranch, Farm, Warehouse, etc

Nearly any basic space can expand in the following ways:

>Housing for residents and guests.

>A small simple lumber mill to process wood harvested and replanted with ecologically beneficial tactics.

>Grow enough vegetables, fungi, and fruits to feed all residents, employees, and neighbors year round, with a surplus to be sold at farmers markets and given to CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) or Coop.

>The beef calves can be organically raised and grass fed to an age of approximately 15 months so that they can be directly sold to consumers. Slaughter and distribution taking place in the fall, directly before the first snow of their second year.

Note: full utilization of all cattle products. Also: diverse meat options, such as jerky, and special occasion slaughter and catering.

>Raising and utilizing a small collection of every type of livestock possible:

Pigs, Chickens, Goats, Emu, Lama, Bison/Beefalo, etc.

>Cultivation of Herbs, Medicinal Plants, Tobacco, etc.

>Cultivation of Hemp and development of hemp products, from textiles to biofuel.

>The organized, humane training and sale of horses and other labor animals.

>The production and sale of “schwag”_ Promotional clothing, accessories and products.

>The production and sale of crafts and goods created by residents/employees/guests/etc.

>An apiary, with the sale of Honey, and bee by-products. Emphasis of developing bee population.

>Support of wildlife and ecosystem. Bats, deer, flora, etc. Aquatic Systems.

>Production of Biofuels. Ethanol, “Greasel”, etc.

>Attainment of total self-sufficiency. Localized production of all utilities necessary to sustain life, productivity, and joy.

FOOD.WATER.HEAT.ELECTRICITY.FUEL.

>Attain the highest level of carbon neutrality possible. Theoretically: carbon negative (reclamation).

>Utilization of all byproducts: Bale string, tires, pallets, tin cans, oil, ash, etc.

>More certainly exist…

 

 

[2/16] CONSTRUCTION. A Team of Skilled Workers Who know how to install the tech for a home’s Autonomy (Self-Sufficiency)

Systems for:

FOOD. WATER. HEAT. ELECTRICITY. FUEL.

Products and services to aid the widespread use of ecologically harmonious, self-sustaining, and cost-saving practices via:

>Energy consultations and analysis.

>Fundraising consultation to aid entities in adaptation. (grant application, customer support, etc.)

>Turbines.

>Ethanol stills.

>Solar systems.

>Energy storage.

>Smart electric systems.

>Insulation/Thermal systems.

>Mechanical Retrofits/Upgrades. (Vehicles, appliances, etc.)

>Green houses.

>Water collection/Gray water/water conservation fixtures.

>Smart irrigation for private, business, public, and agricultural entities.

>Xeriscaping/Zeroscaping/Beneficial Landscaping.

>Recycling systems and services.

>Mall/Suburb Re-purposing_ Net Zero Communities

>Etc…

 

[3/16] Recreation

Engineered to accomplish 3 primary objectives:

*Incentivize health and intellect.

*To teach healthy/useful skills and habits to all, promoting self-esteem, confidence, civic duty, etc.

*To promote visitors. Stimulating the local economy, external interest, and cultural exchange.

Recreation may include the following:

>Zip lines

>A natural amphitheater for public use. Scheduled music, theater, lectures, etc.

>Bike/Jog/Horse trails

>Equipment rental.

>A motor park? (for 4 wheelers, dirt bikes, etc)

>Swimming Pool.

>Arts programs.

>Archery.

>Climbing. Trees. Cliffs. Climbing walls.

>Natural water slides and pools.

>All sports possible.

>Martial Arts.

>Equine sports.

>A Fitness trail with intermittent workout stations.

>An obstacle course.

>A Maze.

>Mountain boarding.

>Club promotion.

>Event hosting.

>Community programs and outreach.

>Hamster balls.

>Winter sports.

>”Crossfit”

>Etc…

[Note: gaming via record boards, etc]

[4/16] A Hostel/Public house/ Shelter

Affordable lodging and programs for all forms of travelers and local guests.

Online=Air B&B. Couchsurfing. Etc.

>Camp grounds.

>Dry dock RV_ non-invasive RV hook ups.

>Micro-Cabin rental.

>Yurts, Tepees, Tree Spheres, Tree houses, and all assorted alternative lodging.(storage containers)

>Hill home lodging.

>A general store. Offering of delivered essentials. Water, firewood, food, meals, etc.

>Hunt hosting and guides.

>Themed/guided retreats.

>Pack trips of various lengths. Foot, horse, etc.

>Hygiene Shacks.

>Public bath/sauna.

>And so on…

[5/16] A Conservancy College (also functions as “Maker Space”)

The Financial Structure of this college may be its most important aspect: As long as an individual puts in the allotted time necessary to sustain the infrastructure of this college, they will be welcome to attend as many classes as they are able.

The Curriculum is a second noteworthy aspect: There is a clearly defined Curriculum, but students and teachers are encouraged to set up classes of their own on nearly any subject they wish.

The cornerstones are:

  1. Education and housing for anyone willing to work for it.
  2. An emphasis on sustainability, production, and the business acumen necessary to maintain practice and proliferation of these disciplines.
  3. An emphasis on “whole system” education, teaching all subjects within their relative context to all other subjects and how their understanding is not complete without consideration of the causality between Economics, Civics, Biology, Cognition, Ecology, Meteorology, Engineering, etc.
  4. Stringent Standards_ No certification will be given without demonstrated Competence and Comprehension in the area of certification.

 

A Curriculum built upon the following Subjects:

>Self Sustainability_The production and management of life sustaining amenities. Agriculture, Civil engineering, Animal skills, etc.

>Green Technology_ Implementation of environmentally harmonious practices. Specific training available for the founding of programs/businesses that solve problems.

>Business/Economics_Direct instruction on the creation and management of business.

>Teaching_ Programs based upon the innovations in cognitive research and proven methods with the highest yield in student progress.

>Kinesiology_ The whole human approach to health and wellness via diet, fitness, emotions, cognition, relationships, etc.

>Medical Skills_ Practice of preventive medicine, the care of aging individuals, and all other subjects to fill in the cracks that exist in the current healthcare system and ideology.

>Holistic Health_ Martial arts, Yoga, Alternative Medicine, etc.

>Music and the Arts

>Joy and Awe Proliferation_ A type of missionary program that teaches proven techniques to spread sustained well being and quality of life.

>Etc.

[6/16] Camps/Workshops

For concentrated purposeful excursions. These are double edged; to generate revenue and facilitate outreach.

The business model is based upon the principle that every paid participant pays for the participation of someone interested in participation but cannot afford involvement.

“For every pass you buy, you are buying a pass for someone in need”.

Some of the programs include:

>Mind Body Boot-camp_ a holistic fitness combine that places emphasis on emotional and intellectual conditioning in addition to physical conditioning.

>Rural Skills_ retreats for those who would like to learn about agriculture but are unable to dedicate an entire semester to on-site study. Especially important for “underprivileged” inner city individuals.

>Survival Training

>SpcOps_ training in disciplines taught in special forces training: weapons, strategy, infiltration, teamwork and coordination.

>Best Friend Time_ a multi-day outdoor seminar working with dogs and their human companions, while backpacking through wilderness.

>Horse Training_ a programs interested in the art, and a counseling program for those seeking alternative emotional therapy.

>Couples Retreats_ with infinite subcategories_  Considering Marriage, Marriage Distress, Parenting, etc.

>Parenting Retreats_also with infinite subcategories_ Mother Daughter, Father Son, Mother Son, Father Daughter, Single Parents, Adoptive Families, Repairing Rifts, Preparation for team endeavor, etc.

>PTSD_ Overcoming trauma, backpacking excursions for veterans and non-veterans alike.

>Traditional Living_ Weekends and weeks spent immersed practicing the traditional lifestyle.

>Etc

 

[7/16] Collaborative Stores/Community Centers

An integration of old “world commerce” with “new world” distribution.

Based upon a website connecting all.

These locations, through the network do not only serve as conduits for commerce but also as community business incubators.

The goods and services are vended locally at the location, and promoted online through the website.

The idea is to train a local operator. This person can help provide artists/craftspeople with supplies, and once a good is made, the operator will will take pictures/videos and promote the items online.

These centers should also serve in the following capacities:

>Community gatherings.

>Community organization, planning, communication.

These centers should be prepared to expand to the following capacities if entrepreneurial locals demonstrate the interest and capacity:

>Ethanol/Greasel production and/or sale.

>Salons.

>Lodging.

>etc… the goal of this project is: if a resident has the earnest desire to go into business, experimentally or long term, the local staff should be able to help them investigate and pursue that desire.

[8/16] Urban Community Center/Hostel (rewilding/abundance/hospitality)

A Hostel, Housing, and Cultural Center/Performance Venue. Connected to Rural efforts.

 

[9/16] Publishing and Production

For the publishing and production of media.

>Books.

>Newsletters.

>Blogs.

>Radio.

>Internet.

>Video

>Music/Performance Art

>Graphic Art

>Etc.

 

[10/16] Animal Care

Dependent upon the development of a comprehensive animal program,

a Veterinary Clinic and Animal Shelter should be built.

 

[11/16] Transportation

Developed from the already existing transit infrastructure in place for other Endeavors, a Human and Material Transportation venture should develop naturally.

The network will grow from local to regional to state to national transportation.

Fueled by renewable resources, the network should be multipurpose as often as possible, serving the needs of many entities and individuals.

Other aspects include:

>Themed trips.

>Sober Ride Programs.

>Small Air Services.

 

[12/16] Peace Corps Alternatives

Equipping people for outreach when and where necessary.

 

[13/16] Rehab and Recovery

Helping people find self worth and sobriety while teaching them food production skills.

 

[14/16] Community Cinema Cafes

Making community places for study, and the exchange of art and ideas.

 

[15/16] Monasteries/PeaceHomes

Places for people to find themselves, peace, divinity, purpose. Not a life commitment. Simply a space available for those who need it.

 

[16/16] An Organizing Entity

A central coordinating entity that manages and maintains synergy between all ventures. It facilitates cooperation and prevents unnecessary redundancy.

Its diverse functions are as follows:

>Financial Services– Loans, Grant Application, Financing, Grants, Scholarships, Accounting, Etc. for Ventures and Individuals.

>BUSINESS INCUBATION and Training

>Purchase, allotment, and coordination of land, structures, equipment, and various assets.

>Organization and Promotion of events_ Races: Foot; Bike; Tri; Rally; Baha; Horse; etc.

>Program Proliferation

>Healthy Fast Food

 

*** You made it all the way to the end! Thanks for reading! What venture did you decide on? Is there something missing from this list that you think we should add? Let us know! Good Luck!***

SOL Adventure Series

This is a post to introduce the concept of the SOL Adventure Series.

The SOL Adventure Series is a series of four playful and illustrated books which function as course material for a semester of Whole Human Development learning.

There is one book for each stage of education:

1) Sasquatchers is a book designed for elementary age students.

2) Mission to Mars is designed for middle school students.

3) Zombie Apocolypse Preppers is designed for high schoolers.

4) Escape from Supermax is designed for working adults and college students.

The books are designed in a way so they can be read in class rooms by teachers or at home by parents.

The idea is that readers can read one chapter a day, five days a week, for 16 weeks, and by the end of the ‘semester’ they have completed the book and the course material contained within the story.

The four books cover the same subjects through four different narratives. Each story covers over 160 subjects. The repetition and various narratives allow for an easy review of the material, four times over, without boring the student with wrote repetition. By the completion of the fourth book, most of the subject matter will be naturally internalized.

These four books are also designed to coincide with four different stages of human development.

1) Sasquatchers, designed for children, is a story that takes place within a safe supportive environment. In the story, children, with the guidance of some unusual teachers, go on a field expedition looking for Sasquatch.

2) Mission to Mars is designed for young teens. It reflects the nature of the early teen years: There is structure, in the form of the space agency that trains and plans the mission. But, similar to the separation young teens feel_ the characters and the readers are separated from that structure and forced to reestablish themselves and to create solutions when their structure can no longer help them.

3) In Zombie Apocolypse Preppers, the story resembles later teen years and the entrance into young adulthood. There is almost no structure or safety net within the story of ZAP. The characters within ZAP are often on their own, forced to redefine themselves and to reach a total self-sufficiency like never before in life. This is a metaphor for high school and the entrance into life as an autonomous human being.

4) In stark contrast to ZAP, Escape from Supermax is a story about characters completely confined within structure. The restrictions of prison are compared to the restrictions of college, employment, and adult life in general. The characters within the story escape from Supermax incarceration, therein providing a roadmap of escape for adults who are feeling oppressed by institutions or aspects within their life.

 

This is an incomplete introduction to these book concepts,

it is a huge and complex project,

if you are interested in support or collaboration, please email us at foxmoonhaven@gmail.com.

FoxMoon Haven, Daily Routine, 2016

Below is an overview of the basic activities we aim to facilitate here at FoxMoon Haven.

Motion and Meditation all day every day.

1) Meditation and Motion practices at sunrise. 

2) Morning classes, discussions, and projects.

3) Fitness and language work around lunch.

4) Field work in the afternoon.

5) One to two hours before sunset: Afternoon class/discussion/project. 

6) A little yoga(etc) and meditation near sunset.

7) At sunset, the fire.

Discussion. Music. Stories. Theater. Dancing. Council. etc.

If you are interested in participating in these activities, please email us! foxmoonhaven@gmail.com

We are always interested in a variety of instructors, please fill out our application on the ‘Contact Us’ page.

See you then!

Additional Reading: FoxMoon Education is inspired by modules like

the Seven Spiritual Laws and The Compass Advantage.

Working With Horses

Horses represent a perfect analog of what life and this world is to me. So full of power and beauty_ horses, the world, life_ all this is so much bigger than us. Complex. Alive. Sensitive. So much potential for disaster. Crushed bones, terrible injury, heartbreak. But, with compassion, patience, structure, give and take… Listening to so much more than spoken words… There is the possibility that all that destructive force_ fear, violence, strength_ that all of that is embraced, digested, understood, and then transcended. Transcendence to a place of love, understanding, strength, and so much more. When you work through the danger wholeheartedly, courageously, compassionately… the separation between one and the horse/life/world dissolves. Two become one and everything becomes possible.Horses taught me this and Brene Brown gave me the words and data about this phenomenon.1380204_169780913225652_838432130_n

Earth Skills Gathering

February 18th!

My Nephew is 2 years old today and we are all nearly 2 months into this new year!
It has been a mad dash!
So much has happened just recently in these cold wild months.
We have been meeting many locals with similar interests (see our “sites worth visiting” page”).
In addition to meeting active locals, we went to an Earthskills Gathering down in Florida!
For this event, hundreds of people set up a little village within the Little Orange Creek Nature Park.
Within this village there were days of workshops wherein people received in person experience with the skills that can compose an independent more self-sufficient lifestyle.
It was wonderful to see all that was taught but heartbreaking that one couldn’t attend everything.
We managed to attend
>Stalking and Primitive Hunting
>A Mushroom Talk and Walk with Mycol!
>Rocket Stoves
>Seven Song’s Herb Lectures
>Leather Working
>Natural Hygiene Products
>Caring For Bees and Honey
>Permaculture Talks
>Physical Therapy
>Agricultural Hand Tools
And more I’m sure…
We managed to get plenty of discussion time with informed people outside of workshops as well_
So, we were flooded with information and inspiration.
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What an amazing group of people.
How great to meet an entire village of people desperate to live more harmoniously, less destructively.
How great to meet all kinds of people at different stages of that journey_ from starry eyed college kids newly introduced to these concepts, to the seasoned “Swamp Man”.
A worthwhile trip.
But, the workshops did not seem to end with the Gathering…
Visiting Olivia’s parents we got a tour where they have begun homesteading themselves.
We talked about digging wells, security, ponds, tree houses, bartering, and so much more for hours on end.
On the way home, we traveled mostly rural roads discovering the wealth and diversity of agriculture which still remains throughout this country, from Florida to South Dakota.
During the drive, we listened to Prodigal Summer, by Barbra Kingsolver, which seemed to weave all that we had been learning and experiencing within a poetic narrative which just soaked into our bones.
Our second night was spent at Nick’s maternal family’s farm in Nebraska. Where talks with his uncle revealed so much about agriculture finance and infrastructure. The most exciting was to find out how he was beginning to shift away from chemical use by trying out cover crop techniques.
And now we’re home. We’ve all the materials for a green house ready for assembly,
and all the resources we could wish for to host our own kind of “Earthskills Gathering” all day, every day, year round.
It’s exciting.
We might not be Swamp Man or Kellie Nightlinger.
But, we’re on our way.
Like so many others.
Blessed with the opportunity.
Be well everyone, thanks for reading.