Harvest is a beautiful time to share with friends and family.  We are featuring one of our community members who is creating an app for disaster relief.
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November 2017

Harvest Time at EVO

As the seasons change, we work together to prepare the land, our homes and our hearts for the coming winter.  Community member, Nick Heyming, shares about his work in disaster relief and ways for the rest of us to get involved.  

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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
Nick Heyming in His Element... Working on the Land
"Up, Close and Personal" with Nick Heyming
Tell Us a Bit About You.
I'm Nick Heyming, the representative for the Land and Human Relations Circles at EVO, as well as designated dangerous tour guide, hot tub operator, technical maven, and audio-visual guy.  As you can tell, I wear quite a few hats around the Emerald Village, which is the way that I like it.  I really enjoy sharing our space with the larger community, and helping people envision how they could create something similar for themselves.

What is the work you do in the world?
I'm currently working on my benefit corp. start-up, Grow Games Interactive, to develop, a web application to help victims and volunteers after disaster identify needs and resources, and then do real-life missions to address those needs and deploy those resources and document their progress to learn and share.  It's an outgrowth of a project called Seeds: The Game that I've been working on for a few years now, which is a community gardening and permaculture app.  I've got some really awesome partners working on it with me right now, and we're hoping to get a working version of out in the next few weeks to help with the recent hurricanes, fires, and earthquakes, and a beta version of Seeds out in the next few months.

How does living in community support or inform your presence in the world?Living in community is about more than just having some land and awesome neighbors.  It's about a chosen family that extends far beyond the walls of our little compound.  When we first started at the Emerald Village we'd have frequent work parties where we invited the community at large to come in and help us get our place together.  Lately, we mostly just handle our work internally, and try to focus our outreach on providing education and celebration opportunities for our extended network of family and friends.  We just found that we really want our village to be in service to those living outside of it, rather than the other way around.  

I also take it upon myself to distill the best parts of what we're creating here and help share them with the outside world.  One example would be the Flowbrary, a mobile version of our Elemental Flow Dojo with hundreds of different kinds of flow props that I've taken out to events like Youtopia, Original Muscle Beach in Santa Monica, and Burning Man.  We have an awesome outdoor gym and obstacle course that I've built out here at EVO, and we use it regularly for personal development, physical practice, and accessing flow states.  It's important to me to share those skills and tools with the outside world though, and helping make flow states and peak physical and mental performance accessible to those who've never been exposed to them before. 

What is your greatest lesson in living in community.
Being in an ecovillage is rife with lessons, both the fun and the difficult kind.  My greatest lessons have been humility and patience.  I am a big dreamer and have visions of how we can change the world with our various projects, but living in community has helped me become aware of my limitations and humble myself to ask for help.  It's also shown me how to pace myself and scale projects up so that they grow organically rather than putting the cart before the horse and running out of steam.  That being said, it's awesome to almost be 7 years in, and to see all the progress that we've made.  It can feel like we're running in molasses sometimes, then I look around while giving a tour and realize, "Wow, we've really come a long way!"

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 November 4, 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, November 15, 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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