In the two years since we came to Kokiri, we have managed to avoid getting sick and then we got a surprise. It’s been a 5 week surprise and there have been moments where we thought we may have bitten off more than we could chew. In addition there has been an extended deep freeze here. Huge respect for folks who live closer to the land!
While there have stunning mornings of sparkling snow and cozy evenings sleeping in the living room by the fire, (because the electricity was out!); it’s required a lot of humour to get through. Just keeping the house warm the past few weeks, while feeling yucky, has been a challenge for us. It’s been a lot of work, nap, work, nap…repeat. Some days it’s been an effort to just cook supper.
Thankfully the variable fevers and chills and coughs and aches have gradually faded away just like the snow. We are so very grateful to all those who brought us food, medicine or just checked on us out here in the forest. Thank you all! While doing much prep work for the Spring and trying to move along with our plans for Quintessence Collaborative has been hard, there is always a silver lining. Not being able to work in the domes gave me the time to focus on course creation, manuals and channelling and new a client healing protocol.
We have some truly incredible friends. Whether we are outside or indoors working on programs, there is always encouragement. Remarkable people show up! One of these great gifts was a visit from Tim Yearington and his partner Shannon Parsons. The visit has opened the door to having the opportunity to have Tim share his Native Bird Shamanism Teachings here at Kokiri. To begin this process, Tim held a Sacred Fire Teaching afternoon that was very healing for me personally.
When I finally had the energy to climb the stairs and return to the greenhouses, I was greeted by a sign that read “Alani we understand you’re busy but we miss you. Love the greenhouses” written by our carpenter friend, Carl.
Walking around the greenhouses I was encouraged by how many plants had survived the extended deep cold. The over night temperatures in the domes often dropped below -10c. Then I saw that the Hascap bushes were already blooming!
Still exhausted and being careful with my voice when it was time for the Ostara Ceremony, my dear friends Crystal, Jason and Nicholas helped write, plan and set up for the ceremony. I knew they had my back if my voice gave out. The night before the space still wasn’t ready but I was too fatigued to finish. So I messaged our Wolf Camp friends Tamara and Bernardo (and family) who came early and finished the set up. The ceremony and gathering went wonderfully!
Our friend Ian came by to check on our “sketchy” internet and figured out a way he could check on it, to take care of us, from home! More friends came by and offered a way to build a floating dock through the marsh to the lake, this Summer. This a dream we have had since we came to Kokiri.
Every spring Tom and I feel a huge sense of relief as the snow goes away and the birds come back and the buds begin to swell on the trees. We made it through the cold and all the challenges of winter. Much of the Winter we have 3' deep snow near the house and deeper in the forest, to give you some context!
As the snow melts away my determination grows. It’s been a challenging winter everywhere and many people are seeking ways to rekindle their inner sense of peace and balance. Many people long to rekindle their sense of hope for the future. This is what we are building and working for here at Kokiri, to offer a way of thinking, at whatever stage you are in life, whether you are ready for “retirement”, re-evaluating your life and career in your mid-forties or trying to figure out how to create a meaningful life for yourself just starting out. Sustainability is about adaptability, with ways to bring people together, as well as work in balance with the land, any land, even the wild, maple and cedar covered glacial sand dunes we live on.
While I really expected to feel more rested by spring I’m humble that I don’t, however my spirit has had time to recover and I feel more deeply committed to our vision than when we began. In reference to our previous blog, Tom’s vision was right, now we are in the depths of figuring out how to really make this huge project work and bring people together. What is clear is that Kokiri itself, is bringing those people with its own magic. I’m so grateful our premise is collaboration, simply based on the number of naps I’ve needed this winter!
Can we talk about Bugs? Warning, you may feel itchy after reading this next paragraph.
Similar to the rush to prepare for snow, we now have a sense of urgency to use the next three weeks (maybe) before the black flies hatch…and then the mosquitos…and then the deer flies. Finally by the middle of July we will be able to venture outside without our wilderness hazmat mesh suits. Oh!..and the ticks! Where there are deer, there are ticks! We are now collecting tick jokes. Example:
As ticks become more active will they be carrying signs?
There is an up-“tick” in the dear population.
But mostly, wrapping our legs in tape before every time we venture out… just ‘ticks” us off!
(By the way we are accepting ticks jokes via email)
Looking forward, we are excited about our plans for improving the living dynamics of the soil in the greenhouses with cover crops and compost worms in the beds. Now that we understand the greenhouses a little better we are looking forward to growing more herbs and veg for our growing community. I trust that no matter whats going on there will be food and friends, helping hands and laughter. With more minds and hearts than just our own, we can figure it out and make it happen. Summer is coming!
Blessing and gratitude,
PS. It is definitely spring. As we are typing this a fly fell into my coffee! We started making jokes about whether you can do a reading similar to tea leaves or coffee grounds by how the fly is floating? Shhh… don’t tell, everybody will want one.