Isolated from school and society, I was attracted to the idea of the commune; people sharing a common life. I imagined making food together and living together.
At the recent Northwest Permaculture Convergence, one person said, "With 100% self sufficiency, it is not sustainable unless we can work with others". Immersed in community is a practical way of life. When you have a group deciding on things, you could multiple views and can adapt yours based on others and influence other peoples views. The framework of consensus makes all of this possible. The individual is treasured but we try to be humble for a second and consider what is best for the group. From the food program, to the garden program, to the Trust and Communications Committee to the soirées, and to the educational events. I am sure I will return to this community someday, and it will have forever come with me,
changing me for the better.
I've had fun, learned more about permaculture and community and met so many inspiring individuals. Thank you Songaia! I am sure we will meet again.