June 2020

Fortunate Ones

Our life is really good here at EVO. We have beautiful land to roam and raise our kids on, we have each other as extended family, and we have so many needs that get met, simply because we exist together. 

We are fortunate ones. 

And yet, in light of everything that's been happening around us, both in the fight for racial justice and the suffering that Covid-19 has caused, we are forced to reflect on that privilege we can so easily take for granted. There is a unique kind of "bubble" a well-functioning intentional community can provide, and for the most part, it's ideal. Most of us don't engage a lot on social media, we aren't too wrapped up in the 24/7 news cycle, and we keep our attention focused on our community, our friends and each other.

But those blinders can also limit our ability to engage in meaningful ways when it's called for. Unlike the latest tweets from Donald Trump, the death of George Floyd and the subsequent protests and demonstrations are worth paying attention to, and for us (and many others) that means leaving the EVO bubble. It's also been an opportunity to highlight the stories and voices of the folks living here who have experienced discrimination based on their race and skin color.

Leaving the bubble can be a real challenge for any community, especially the ones that have developed close bonds with each other. How do we extend our care to people we don't know when we've become to accustomed to caring for those inside our community? 

It's less of a problem to be solved, and more of a dichotomy to be embraced. Love each other, and extend that love to those who need it most. Both are important.

Here are some resources we've been using. It's by no means a comprehensive list, just some ideas if you find yourself fortunate in these times when not everyone is.

Guide to Allyship:

Mutual Aid in the Time of Coronavirus:

Resources for People of Color in Intentional Communities:

Raising Children to Understand Privilege:

Cultural Somatics Racialized Trauma Course (Free):

What's going on at EVO?

Morning Qi-Gong with Kyle Shinners

One of the great things to come out of the quarantine has been Zoom Qi-Gong classes with Kyle every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9am pacific time.

Kyle is a member of the DongHan Clan under the direct study of Daoist Grandmaster Sung Baek. Each class begins with 5-10 minutes of Qi-Gong theory and explanation, followed by 50 minutes of practice.

The classes are open to all, and are done on a donation basis. If you'd like to sign up, click here

Mastering the Money Game with cLove & Yona

cLove and Yona recently hosted a book club and mastermind around Tony Robbins book "Money: Master the Game". There were weekly meetings held on Zoom, and cLove and Yona got a chance to share their financial wisdom.

As a follow up to that class, cLove is starting a Facebook group called "Finance for Couples". Especially during these uncertain and turbulent times, so much of our financial strain can affect our relationships, especially with the ones we love the most. This Facebook group is a forum to discuss how to gain clarity and move forward with our partners in a healthy way around money.

Here's a link to join the group:

Upcoming Events

Still closed with Covid-19

We look forward to sharing space with our larger community, but currently all our events are on hold until further notice.

Photos & Memories

Crawfish in the creek y'all!

Founder Nick Heyming, always up for an adventure with the kiddos, led an expedition to harvest some crawfish in the creek running through our property! We have pictures and full bellies to show for it.
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