Up, Close and Personal with One of our Community Members, Opportunities to Get Involved, Monthly Sweat Lodge,  Women's Spiritual Workshop 
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July 2017

Getting to Know Us Better

As a way to get to know us better as individual community members, we have added a new feature to our monthly newsletter.  This month, we get "Up, Close and Personal" with artist Rebecca Mesritz.  

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Artist and Emerald Village Community Member, Rebecca Mesritz, in front of a gate that she created.  
"Up, Close and Personal" with Rebecca Mesritz
Tell Us a Bit About You.
My name is Rebecca Mesritz, nèe Goodman. I grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, but I have lived all over the country and spent the last 11 years here in San Diego County. I am a founder of the Emerald Village. I love to travel, the farther and stranger the place the better! I also love pretty much anything having to do with food. Of course eating is on that list and enjoying a nice meal with friends is one of my favorite things to do, but I also love to cook and bake, ferment (pickles, krauts, and jun), and sprout. This passion for food led to the creation of our husbandry program, where we keep goats, bees, rabbits, and chickens so that we might enjoy homegrown dairy, meat, and honey. This year I am also leading our production and cultivation of food crops. Our gardens and fruit trees are abundant with heirloom fruits, vegetables, and herbs and we are all so excited for a summer of delicious produce. It's a lot of work, but we have a great team and it is such a joy!

What is the work you do in the world?
I am a sculptor, furniture maker, ornamental metalworker, performer, educator, and dreamer.  I love building inspired and inspiring pieces that create a sense of wonder and invite people in.  Spending a lot of time in the world of performance and dance has greatly influenced my work and my pieces often have a theatrical or interactive quality.  I love sharing my passion with people of all ages and am available to create custom work as well as offer one-on-one and small group art classes in a variety of media.  Please visit my website to learn more about what I do! or find me on Facebook

How does living in community support or inform your presence in the world?
I couldn't even begin to answer this question without acknowledging the land where we live. For me, these nine beautiful, pastoral acres are home. A place of respite and rejuvenation. While there is always something to do here and that can be distracting, there is a deep sense of peace I get when I drive on to our land, a sense of belonging when I stroll on over to a neighbor's house and am invited to stay and chat, a sense of purpose when I am in service to our vision or support a family here with a meal or spend time just hanging out with the kids. I feel that I carry this with me into the world and into my daily interactions. There is something so powerful about knowing that you are a part of something bigger than yourself. I think I am able to "put myself out there" more because I have these wonderful cheerleaders who want to see me succeed. Because of this, I've been able to go very deep in my personal, inner work while growing into more of leader. In the past few years I've been honored to bring women together to nurture, nourish, learn, and heal through various circles, gatherings, and classes. I have so much gratitude for my EVO family for supporting me in those endeavors- I feel how loved and held I am by my community and that enables me to live boldly.

What is your greatest lesson in living in community.
Where to start?!? This week (or maybe I should say this year) I am learning to slow down, to listen, to receive... the love, the information, the vision. I am learning to be quiet and still so that I can really hear the truth and the more subtle messages of the land, of people's hearts, or of my own heart. But community is so full of lessons! There is always something new to learn. Perhaps the greatest lesson is that of personal responsibility, of owning my own experience, my feelings, my reactions. Recognizing that the more I take the time to move through my "stuff" and try not to make my process about other people, the better things are. Also, don't pay attention to what everyone else is doing or not doing. If you start trying to track how many hours so-and-so spent doing the project and they said they'd be here but they aren't and how come he never pays his fair share... Whew! It's exhausting and not at all productive. Just do what feels good and right for you, contribute what you can, when you can, in a way that feels generous and loving. Then you can be happy!

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.
This photos was taken in the Springtime by Mario Covic.  It is one of our flowering peach trees in our growing food forest.  

Monthly Sweat Lodge

CO-ED Lodge

Saturday July 1st, 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, July 19th 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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