If you have been tracking me here, you will recall I finally retired from the web business last October (in retrospect, I don’t think I am very good at business) and hit the road with Bubble the Truck. That trip took me to Philadelphia and then Boston, where I have been staying with friends and family, getting my life in order, launching professional programs in Authentic Relating (which have been very successful), and generally contemplating what to do with my sorry ass, post-retirement. Specifically, I have been thinking of ways to inject a little love into the strange surreal place the world has become lately, of which the surreality of my own life is merely a reflection (although perhaps a bit amplified, as per my nature).
Well, it seems that phase is complete, as I am traveling again with the intention of finding an intentional community or eco-village to settle down for a bit. A utopia, as it were. There are plenty of these places with big aspirations. I have been on this quest most of my life, so this does feel like a historic turn in my life. This has the potential for being a glorious and never-ending adventure. Imshallah.
What do I mean by “utopia”?
To clarify, in the short-term I am simply looking for a “good enough utopia”. I want to settle down some place for at least the winter, hoping to do my work, connect with the community, and live a life that feels more immediate and more organic than the life I have been living until now. Maybe getting out of my head and reducing the obsessive self-preoccupation which has accompanied me through my last decade or so of “troubles” (if not my entire life).
I have 3 community candidates on my initial itinerary, all of which look very good on paper: Dancing Rabbit (near St-Louis Missouri), Solidarity Collective (Laramie Wyoming) and Heartland Collective (Grass Valley CA). Assuming I find a place that likes me and I like then, I can live in an existing structure, in an RV that I will buy, or build a house out of mud and straw (although that probably not happening immediately). In any case, I am much more interested in the quality of the people than the quality of the accommodations. This dude is looking for some action.
That’s it (very short for me 🙂 ). I am feeling extraordinarily blessed and very optimistic about the future. I will post occasional updates here, of course; but I am also building an interest group for people bringing Authentic Relating to intentional community. If you want to participate in that, you may subscribe to the Manifesting Community site. And of course if you are interested in Authentic Relating and wanting to bring it to your community, subscribe to the Circling Guide.