I was raised in Hawaii and I lived in Oregon before coming here to the North Seattle area. I am a student atCascadia College. I am interested in environmental computer and social activism. My hope is that I can learn to live a more sustainable lifeat Songaia.
It’s easy to get isolated from Nature. Many of us live a sedentary lifestyle. Our society is sedentary from school to work. I have taken classes about the environment – which means looking at photos of the environment in a dim lit room. Furthermore, we become an isolated community in our suburbs on busy streets and with steep driveways that are dangerous for kids to play in.
I combat this status quo by hiking, volunteering or working in environment organizations, practicing yoga, and stretching. I have done various activism for protecting the environment and workers rights, yet I don’t completely live a sustainable life. I don’t have land to practice gardening. I am looking into gardening in pots and garden plots.
I said farewell and biked back home. The community had a lasting impact on me. I hope to come back again, whether it be weekly visits or to apply to be an intern. I want to learn more about community housing and permaculture while I contribute my labor and knowledge.
Next week I start school again. I am reflecting on my experience at school and at Songaia. This
spring break I spent considering what kind of life I want to live and how I will be able to contribute to
the environment. My involvement with Songaia will be a big leap forward in living sustainability. I
appreciate all of the mentors in this community who have taught me so much about the gardens.
I recently found Songaia through a northwest directory of intentional communities. I biked an
hour to get to this place. It was a beautiful area in a great location. On my first day, I had a communal breakfast, toured the community, and volunteered in the gardens, and had lunch. I learned more about the communities passion principle: doing things based on interest. I removed blackberry bushes with two other members, a WOOFing intern one of the members of Songaia. I was invited for a community
lunch. I worked in the afternoon to do further weeding. It was a educational experience for me.
An Introduction to Me and Songaia, by Kainui Rappaport - Garden Intern Summer 2015
5/9/2023 07:40:49 am
Thank you Kainui for sharing your story.
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