I realise I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog… well this is just a short-ish post to catch you up on recent events.
After spending six weeks in Queensland (just a tad longer than we expected, but well worth it!) we’ve started heading south again and are nearing the end of our second road trip visiting intentional communities. Whilst up north we’ve had the privilege of spending time with numerous individuals, couples, families and groups to chat about living a different way, as well as catch up with old friends. It’s been a great time of work and play which has helped shape what our future might look like. I want to thank numerous people for making the time to hang out with us and especially those who have provided a roof over our heads…
Ralph on the Gold Coast
We greatly appreciated your warm, relaxed hospitality for a few days. Thanks for the conversations about living in a share house and dealing with different personality types, your insight and feedback as to how Mike and I differ, and the suggestion to each write down our ‘non-negotiables’ and ‘desirables’ when it comes to living in community – all very helpful. Thanks also for helping us to connect with others in Brisbane.
Andy and the folks at Dorothy Day House
It was wonderful to meet you, hear your stories and witness your lives of simplicity and non-violence. Thanks for giving me the unexpected opportunity to share about our road trip at your event. I was humbled by your interest and your questions, especially as many of you already know what it’s like to live in intentional community.
Wendy in Caboolture
Thanks for showing us around your just-about-finished house and sharing with us your vision to provide short-term accommodation to those in need… or whomever comes across your path! I really respect your desire to follow Jesus in this way, whilst recognising your need for boundaries to ensure the venture is sustainable.
Greg in Woolloongabba
Thanks for a chilled afternoon, chatting in your backyard. I loved hearing about your life experiences and art. Thanks for opening my mind to conversations to be had about language, history, a sense of identity and community and how all these intersect with each other.
Cathy and Mark and their friends in the West End
Thanks for welcoming us into your four-story community house and giving us a glimpse of your relatively new shared life. Thanks Cathy and Mark in particular for the rich conversation and your brilliant listening skills. You helped Mike and I to voice some things that we hadn’t already, and greatly affirmed us in the process. I also appreciated your positive outlook and humour – great assets. Thanks to all of you for your humbling and tempting invitation to join in the fun!
Aaron and Christy, Christel and Scott and their friends in the West End
Thanks for the fantastic time of gathering and hearing about your exciting prospect of purchasing land together. Your desire to live off the land, raise your kids where they can explore and climb trees, and perhaps even provide a home for the elderly or infirmed is wonderful. You seem well on the way and we look forward to visiting your intentional community one day!
Catherine and Andrew in Maleny
Thanks for showing us around your beautiful, shared property, chatting with us and making us the best home-brewed coffee ever! I especially appreciated hearing about the very active neighbourhood house in Maleny and your involvement in discussions about creative solutions for homeless people. We are very attracted to your area for various reasons and were touched by the invitation to become your neighbours!
Cara at Manduka intentional community
Thanks for taking the time to chat with two complete strangers about life in your little haven. We greatly appreciate your openness and honestly towards us – the challenges you face and what makes it all worth it.
Various individuals at Crystal Waters
Thanks for your friendly welcome and conversations about life in one of most famous intentional communities in Australia. I was impressed by the beauty of your permaculture village, tucked away amongst the hills and trees, as well as your community hub. Not surprisingly, your members seem pretty happy here.
Ah Brooke, what a joy it’s been to do “pop-up” intentional community with you for five weeks! Thank you, thank you, thank you for having us. I had a great time with you and truly value all that you’ve taught me about first peoples. Thank you for answering my questions (and forgiving my ignorance). And let it be said, if there’s anyone who knows the importance of relationship and community, it’s your mob. Much respect to you, sister.
Matt and Ashlee in Sydney
Thanks for accommodating us during a very busy time in your lives. It’s so fantastic what you’re planing to do with your property in the Blue Mountains; create what sounds like a very holistic, wholesome, in-harmony-with-nature home for your family as well as others who come to stay. We look forward to visiting your little community one day too!
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Thanks again to every person we met with – we are extremely grateful for your time and each piece of wisdom you shared with us. This quick recap doesn’t do you justice! And finally, a big thanks to friends who put us up for a night or two – you all made this trip so much more doable and enjoyable.
After four months on the road, I’m ready to be returning to Adelaide to reconnect with friends and unpack my suitcase for a while. Excitingly, we’ll be living in Christie Walk (Adelaide’s urban intentional community) for a few months, which means the adventure and learning continues. Yay! Watch this space!