When did you stop dancing?

When did you stop dancing?

I wrote this piece on Facebook back 3 years ago: in February 2016, around the time that I decided to go to Findhorn for the first time. This piece isn’t directly about one eco-village or any project in particular: it is about, what I believe is the most fundamental aspects of being human: being creative; being in connection; being in community and how they are […]

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El árbol

El árbol

Image: Root of Dance 2014 – Ink and water colour (Sinead Cullen) Poem by Angela Boto Original in Spanish – English Translation below: Hay quienes caundo ven árbol, Ven un árbol Hay quienes caundo ven árbol, Ven vida Hay quienes caundo ven árbol, Ven un ser Hay quienes caundo ven árbol, Escuchan Hay quienes caundo ven árbol, Comprenden Ayer vi un árbol, Quise escuchar y […]

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Fire in the heart

Fire in the heart

I learned that the annual gathering of the Newtork of Iberian Ecovillages (Red Ibérica de Ecoaldeas REI) was to be hosted in Los Portales, Spain from 28th June -1st July 2018. My first experience of Los Portales in May 2017: a month spent as a WWOOF’er (Willing Worker On Organic Farms) in their garden, was filled with great memories, and I wanted to go back. […]

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The Golden Thread

The Golden Thread

What is the thread that ties our lives together, underneath all of the details of family, friends, work, hobbies? What is the point in being here? I wanted to know the answers to these kinds of questions as a little kid. I remember this sense of lost-ness behind the questioning and a sense of homesickness, but I wasn’t sure what I was pining for. The […]

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..what if we slowed things down?

..what if we slowed things down?

We tend to take it for granted that life in our modern world is hectic and that people are stressed. We grumble about the economy, we hear that it must keep growing, and we dread the word recession. Many of us have not questioned why this all is as it is, or whether there are other systems that might be more beneficial for us. Some […]

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The Call of the mountains

The Call of the mountains

As I begin to write this piece I am aware that I am still figuring out how to describe succinctly what it is that I am doing here in Colombia. It is, like any creative project, evolving and changing: I am still learning about what an eco-village is in general and figuring out what this journey means to me personally. My reason for coming to […]

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Kindicocha

Kindicocha

In late October as I was heading south towards the Ecuadorian border to renew my Colombian visa I decided I take a detour and see some of Putumayo. This one of the larger provinces in Colombia bordering Ecuador and Peru in the south. I decided to go to Mocoa and to stop in Valle De Sibundoy (the Sibundoy Valley) on the way. The valley is […]

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Guambiano

Guambiano

In mid October after five weeks at Fundación Viracocha, the time felt right to leave and explore other parts of Colombia. I had really enjoyed my time there and left with a huge amount of gratitude for the people and the place, with great respect for this wonderful project and with a sense of excitement to see more of the country. It was difficult to […]

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Que te rinda

Que te rinda

This has been another difficult piece to write. I feel that recent experiences and ensuing writing, although challenging, are teaching me a new way to accept, to respond and to be in my life. They feel essential right now as a means of creative expression. I don’t currently have my studio for painting but I have this canvas of experiences and this writing as a […]

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Listen to your silences

Listen to your silences

This has not been an easy blog to write; I have turned my thoughts and feelings round and round in my head and I keep coming back to the same place: that I really disliked my time in Ängsbacka, Sweden. I have not wanted to write about how much I disliked it for fear of insulting anyone associated with the place, or for fear of […]

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