The wondrous holiday season is here.  Community member, Amy Saloner, is dancing in the Nutcracker and helping others stay healthy through teaching good nutrition practices.
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December 2017

Holiday Time at EVO

The holidays are always a beautiful time at the Emerald Village.  We take time to slow down and celebrate the many traditions of our EVO family members.  We have also created our own holiday traditions.  Each year, we go see the Nutcracker together, as several of our community members are dancers!  

EVO Connect

F O L L O W on F A C E B O O K
F O L L O W on I N S T A G R A M
Community Member, Nutritional Therapist and Dancer, Amy Saloner
"Up, Close and Personal" with Amy Saloner
Tell Us a Bit About You.
I am one of the co-founders and co-owners of the Emerald Village. I am the wife to Craig ‘cLove’ Saloner and the proud mother of Serena (10), Malakai (7) and bonus mom to Jakob (18). I received my Master’s Degree in Social Welfare from UCLA, and have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for 17 years. For more than twenty years I spent time working with at-risk youth, those with developmental disabilities and their families as a therapist, educator and in program development and management. After having my daughter, I was inspired to work in the world of pregnancy, birth and parenting with an emphasis on event production, education and community development. More recently I became a Nutritional Therapist, combining my love for nourishing foods and holistic health.  When I am not with my family, supporting the community or working in my business, you can find me in the dance studio.  I have been dancing for almost forty years now, from ballet to jazz, contemporary to tap, swing to fire dancing. There are no greater joys in life for me than traveling, dancing and teaching.
What is the work you do in the world?
My current work is as a Nutritional Therapist. Combining my therapy, teaching and nutrition skills has been the most fun for me as I have been leading groups and working with clients individually to heal their gut, adrenal and immune health issues. I have been able to grow my practice at The Station Events Center in Carlsbad. As a co-founder and more recently moving into the role of CEO of the non-profit sister organization, The Station Co-Lab Learning Institute, I am bringing together more than 20 years of experience in social work, holistic health and education to create content and develop programs in wellness, leadership and social justice. I feel more on purpose now more than ever.
How does living in community support or inform your presence in the world?
Living in community has been one of the most profound teachers in my life. Building community takes a real sense of understanding the difference between the the me, the I, and the we. I often describe these parts of our experience as the perspectives and the place where we make decisions from. The ‘me’ being that more self-focused part of ourself that wants to preserve our way of being, and usually stems from a place of fear or control. The I is that place of self-responsibility that recognizes our needs, but from a deeper place of true listening, and does not discount another persons experience in service of our own. The ‘we' is the place of choosing in service of the collective. When choosing from the ‘me,’ we often alienate ourselves from the community. The true balance comes from choosing from the ‘I’ in service of the ‘We.’ This is true in all parts of life, from family, to business, to friendship and so much more.  It is a practice of listening and operating from authenticity and true listening. Easier said than done, of course. :)
What is your greatest lesson in living in community.
My greatest lessons living in community have been around both learning to say no and yes at the same time. No to roles and responsibilities that come from a place of obligation rather than joy and yes to ALL of what community brings, the good, the challenging and the growth inspiring! Community is being in relationship with others, it’s letting go of attachments to things and beliefs, it’s following and leading, and it’s being ok with all of your silverware, cups and cooking utensils going missing on a regular basis. (I’m still getting good with that one.) It’s taking turns, it’s listening, it’s sharing and owning. It’s being vulnerable and honest. It’s all the things and I wouldn’t trade it for any other experience of living right now in my life!

Upcoming Events

Join us for Brunch and Landwork

First Sunday Open Brunch and Power Hour

We would like to invite you to join us for brunch and to help with land work on the first Sunday of every month.  Land power hour begins at 10:00 am.  During this time we work to grow food by spending time in the garden, planting seeds, harvesting, and weeding as well as caring for the animals in our husbandry program.  Bring a hat and gloves and come play with us in the gardens.  Potluck brunch to follow at 11:00 am and then a tour of the Emerald Village.  
RSVP for Brunch and Landwork

Monthly Sweat Lodge

CO-ED Lodge

Saturday December 2, 2017

Firelighting at 3:00 pm
Ceremony starts at 4:00 pm
Crawl in at Sunset
with David Goodknife and Cari Warren

Newcomers welcome.
Please bring a dish for the potluck after the ceremony (approx. 5 hours long)

Contribution: $40-$60 sliding scale
RSVP required (additional information provided upon RSVP)

RSVP for CO-ED Lodge
Women's Spiritual Journey

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
7:15 pm

Hosted by Racquel Palmese

Cost: $60
Please RSVP 

Come experience inner growth and spiritual transformation as we journey together through energetic passages. Racquel is a regular spiritual mentor at the Emerald Village and we are very excited that she is opening up her teachings and wisdom to EVO family and friends.
Please join us at the EVO healing yurt for a deep and beautiful passage.

 Please bring own water bottle, journal, blankets and warmies.  

**Note: This is a WOMEN'S ONLY Event

RSVP for Spiritual Journey with Racquel
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