Wide Open

February 6, 2009

The world is so wide open and I can do anything, be anyone and go anywhere if I put my heart to it. The problem has often been…what exactly do I want to do?…would I be skilled at and enjoy?… Meet several criteria, ethics and morals I hold?…be compatible with Dario’s future? So we’ve schemed a lot in the last few years and here’s a few ideas we’ve come up with….

Argentinian Winery- We would move to Argentina, start a little winery and take up Spanish!…. minor details excluded are: visas, zero experience with wine making, zero property or money to buy in south america and little desire to deal with marketing the eventual wine…..

Bohemian ‘Cafe Lulu’ in Venice with free Wireless- We would have comfortable eclectic antique sofas and glassware, velvet seats, pillows amok, tea and coffee with possible exceptions to wine. Locally made pastries would be served and most of all, free internet would be available- the only one in Venice! Minor details: neither of us actually wants to work at a cafe from morning to evening….

Move to India, living full spiritual lives- We’ll live simply, buy a tiny house and land and make enough money only to live in the community devoting ourselves to spiritual pursuits. Minor details: we’d never have enough money to come home and visit family, and we’ve never actually been further east than prague….

And then there’s the more practical dreams… well maybe not practical, but the ones I’ve started to set my heart on and seem to have little to no drawbacks according to my value system. After researching and stewing things over in my head for the last month, lastnight I finally decided I’d better get serious about it and put things down on paper. Here’s the idea:

Start a retreat center and community farm!

Programs Include:
Yoga & Meditation Classes
Community Garden Plots & Farm
Weaving & Knitting
Pottery
Grinding Spices & Making Masalas
Cooking
Canning & Preserving
Beekeeping
Environmental Education
Creative Writing

Marketing & Community Outreach:
Space available for other groups and organizations
Partner with schools, hospitals, nursing homes, boys & girls groups
Sponsor cultural events such as:
Concerts, Poetry Readings, Family Activities, Local Food Tastings & Dining,
Outdoor dinners & picnics

Payment:
Bartering is welcome
Payment by suggested donation
Price always includes a percentage for scholarship fare for others
We will not support credit cards

I have also considered the space and equipment necessary to provide this, and beaurocracy which I won’t get into here.
What’s great about this plan is that I can see the big picture. It won’t all happen at once. It will have to grow from some starting point but most of it I already have experience in!

Minor details include: where should we do it? and lack of resources for funding the land and the housing with which to make it all happen….

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