Sunday, November 10, 2013

The Audacious PLan

Why is it that we need to "let go" before the seeds we plant will grow? Dancing TreePeople Farm ( is no longer for sale. The Universe presented us with a solution that brought tears to my eyes because it perfectly matched my decade-old dream of a transformational intentional community. Two deaths in the family, and other misadventures led me to believe the dream would never happen, so after a decade of trying too hard... I let it go and decided to move on.   No sooner did the for sale sign go up than the possibility emerged. Now the sign has come down and community is forming with friends/brilliant changemakers. No doubt this little corner of the world will change the world. It is inevitable now. I am pinching myself.

It is time for the next phase of the Audacious Plan

Back by popular demand... a video Massey Burke and I created last year.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Inner farm work

I haven't been ill in a very long time... and this week I found myself with a raging sore throat, aches and other unpleasant symptoms.    I attribute this to a deeper internal transformation underway.  In my experience, my resistance is lower than usual to such influences when I am deeply open to change... 

Lucky me!  (really!)  I get the chance to just STOP, take care of myself and find my center.  In my weakened state, with gentle self-care, I am treated to a brilliant autumn display here at Dancing TreePeople Farm.  Armed with a few throat lozenges,  hot tea, and spiced with honey from our farm ---I let the sun warm my face, tend to my aching body.  How good it is to sink into the beauty of this place and allow it to heal me. 

Monday, September 23, 2013

The Whole Trip


The one word that best describes Loretta's and my journey across the USA to visit earth spirituality centers in tribute to her brother John.

I left California fancying myself a marginal farmer and came back realizing that what I have initiated at Dancing TreePeople farm has been amazing.  Now, my energies are drawing me to something new and yet unformed.

I am clear that I will not know what is next until I let go of what has been.

We need to put DancingTreePeople farm on the market and set an intention that someone will purchase it who can continue the transformation that was started here.  This decision has triggered the next whirlwind. In the weeks to come so much will happen.  Yet, I am at peace in the midst of it.

Dancing TreePeople Farm is a special place.  It has taught me to take things one step at a time, to be persistent and observant.  It has taught me that the universe is on my side, even though my vision might not be how things actually unfold.
It has taught me that each new cycle, each season is an opportunity for abundance and a change to try something new.  it has taught me to appreciate and value community and connection.

It has taught me that nature is powerful and fecund.

There will be a great deal of grief in letting go... for so much has taken place here and so much of my life's blood, my time, resources, hopes and dreams have been poured into this farm.   This place is special.  It is beautiful and alive.  It is rich beyond measure.

In the weeks ahead, it is my intention to share the wisdom of Dancing TreePeople Farm and the insights that I will take forward into what is to come.

Your Permaculture Soul,


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Wonderful gathering - great send-off!

Our evening event was truly successful - delicious, mostly seasonal, food and plenty of time for networking. Plus a marvelous speaker on a timely topic: Access to Capital. After hearing that we would be leaving in the morning, everyone pitched in to help with the clean up. In fifteen minutes everything was put away, then conversations continued with many well wishes for our travels. We even watched the rise of a full moon. We feel blessed.
So off to bed tonight with grateful hearts. We will rise early tomorrow for some last minute packing and a few farm tasks yet to be done. And then we are on our way!

Our Starting Place

Dancing TreePeople Farm.
The evening before we begin our journey--Thrive Lake County hosts it's quarterly meeting.

Monday, August 19, 2013

The Tribute Journey, flurry of activity.

Before we go...   fifty to a hundred people are visiting the farm tomorrow for an event.  Yikes.  Be sure to check back here to see if we have maintained our sanity... we set out on the tribute journey on Wednesday morning. 

I'm still figuring out what to pack, giving instructions to the caregivers at the farm, saying goodbye to the dogs and chickens, and setting an intention for the journey.

This is, first and foremost, a tribute to John.  In some ways, for me, it is a  reminder of how one person, with a simple intention, and inspiration, can make a huge difference in the lives of those he encounters.

My personal intention for this journey is to travel day by day with John's spirit in mind, and to pay attention.  I suspect there will be unexpected gifts and signs along the way.

In the words of John McCarthy:
"Love and Peace to the Whole World.  Think It and Make it Happen."

Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Tribute Journey -- Preparation

On August 21st, we will embark on a cross- country trip as a tribute to the memory of Loretta's brother John and his deep love for Mother Earth.  In the next weeks, we will share more about John and we invite you to both join us on a journey of tribute to him and to reflect on your own journey.

Loretta writes:
"I learned about “tribute making” in 2000 while participating in a twelve-week grief recovery program, The Phoenix Project, led by Dr. Jack Miller. Tribute making involves an outer expression of an inner truth that one has grown to understand through an honest and loving grief process.

Tributes can be a simple as writing a poem, as complicated as digging a new well, and as creative as producing a book or collage that captures the loved one’s life story.  It all depends on who is creating the tribute and who is being remembered. Creating and embarking on this trip as our tribute has unfolded as a powerful healing experience for both of us.

With this trip we want to do four things:
  1. Honor John’s generous, simple spirit,
  2. Collect stories for the book we will be writing about the last decade of John’s life,
  3. Spread John’s message of love and peace to the whole world as we travel and
  4. Give John one last trip across the country.
John deeply desired to make one more trip, but his diminishing health hindered him.  So we are making this final trip for him.  We will be bringing John's remains to their final resting place St. Francis/St. Emma in Powhatan, VA and will celebrate his life with a Ritual: Remembering John on August 31st at 5:30PM, followed by a potluck meal.

You are invited to come along with us in spirit as we travel.  You can do this in a number of ways: Join us in thought and prayer and/or contribute toward the expenses of our trip and, at the same time, support one of the places dear to John’s heart. If you live close enough, join us for the ritual of remembrance. For more information and a chance to participate in this tribute, please visit our Journey for John page at:

Loretta McCarthy (also known as Earthwalker) is deeply engaged in tending and cultivating the garden of the soul, through spiritual companioning and soulwork adventures.  Contact Loretta  here.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Spring Planting at Leonardis Organics

Denise and Loretta from Dancing TreePeople Farm help Jim Leonardis with spring planting.  Leonardis Organics provides much of the organic produce for the Lake County Co-op.