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April 2020                                                                                                      Photo taken by Earthaven resident and high school junior, Jordan Baker
Earthaven Ecovillage
In this issue we’ll…
  • Share our response to COVID-19
  • Go behind the scenes to explore care bubbles
  • Converge paths with a coronavirus podcast series
  • Look at what’s ahead
Dear Earthaven friends and family,

As this global crisis unfolds, we are centering our care and support for our residents and neighbors. While we have residents with symptoms consistent with COVID-19, we recognize our privilege of living in an intentional community in a beautiful valley. May we all heal quickly and work toward a rapid transition to a regenerative and just world.

We have cancelled workshops, events, camping, and tours for the next two months.  For current information about the status of events at Earthaven, see our website at https://www.earthaven.org. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to greeting you and your friends in the future. We are optimistic that as the pandemic wanes and we can be in close proximity again, we will re-open our doors soon. We know that getting back together in-person will be more important and meaningful than ever.

Through the hazards and demands of all that's ahead, this is a great opportunity for slowing down, connecting to the earth, and strengthening our community ties. In this newsletter, we share an idea for communicating social distancing with children and also a series of podcasts with Earthaven healers.

With love from all of us at Earthaven Ecovillage
 
What’s the children’s equivalent to social distancing? Gabriel Vieira, one of our community’s early childhood educators, has devised an answer: care bubbles!

Here’s what Gabriel had to say about his “care bubble” lesson: “Social distancing is grown-up speak, technical, dry, even a bit ominous. Care bubbles, on the other hand, are personal, even comforting and fun.”
 
Gabriel prompted a dozen of our community’s seven to twelve-year-olds to imagine all the care and love you have for the people around you: your friends, your parents, other grownups in the village, the elders…. Feel that care inside your heart, feel it expand and grow out from your heart, until it makes a big bubble that goes all the way out - twice the length of your outstretched arms. That's your care bubble.
 
The kids got on board quickly. Wouldn’t you?
 
They practiced using their care bubbles, keeping their bubbles clear, gently reminding one another when the novel behavior slipped their awareness.
 
Naturally, questions and curiosities emerge. One child asks, “What are care bubbles made of?” Another responds, “Definitely something durable, so you can bounce off of trees and stuff without getting hurt.” A third child responds logically with, “What keeps you from banging against the inside wall of the care bubble?”
 
Then the banter really gets going....Maybe it’s filled with water. Or air. It could be fuzzy. Or soft, like jello. And on, until each child has thought-engineered their dream care bubble. And that wasn’t even the best part.
Ramona and Forest demonstrating care bubbles
After lunch, on a wildflower walk, the children employ their care bubbles to bounce off one another, trees, rocks, and stream banks, all the while engaging something far more contagious than the coronavirus — their laughter.
 
May the care and creativity of a beloved teacher and the lighthearted response of our children be reminders of what can be leveraged and engaged during this unprecedented time.
 
Understanding the Pandemic
An educational series from Earthaven, hosted and produced by Eric Wolf.  
 
"Who Gets Sick? Tending Your Immune System" with Swami Ravi (Rudiji), March 28, 2020
Swami Ravi Rudra Bharati, also known as Dr. Rudolph Ballentine, is the author of several books on health, spirituality, yoga, and tantra.  He took vows three years ago as a Sanyasa (monk) in an Indian tradition.
 
"COVID 19 Research Summary & Staying Healthy at Home" with Dr. Monique Mazza, March 27, 2020
Dr. Monique Mazza is a Naturopathic Physician licensed in the State of Vermont.
 
"Nursing Student Amongst the Wild" with Madison Dietz, March 26, 2020
Madison Dietz is a Certified Nurse Aide and currently in nursing school for her RN license.
 
"Herbal Energetics and COVID-19 Symptom Management" with Rachel Fee, March 25, 2020
Also see Rachel’s advice on the School of Integrated Living Blog
Rachel Fee-Prince is a trauma informed clinical herbalist and resident of Earthaven Ecovillage. Rachel studied Ayurveda, Vitalism, Southern Folk Medicine, and Greek Humoral Theory, thereby practicing her own "mutt" blend of traditional western herbalism. Once upon a time, she was a certified doula and homebirth midwifery apprentice, where her herbal practice grew and her area of expertise emerged as working with infants and young children and mothers in the childbearing year. However, she consults with folks of all ages and stages.
 
"Your Attitude is Worth Your Life in a Pandemic" with Eric Wolf, March 24, 2020
Eric Wolf is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Masters of Social Work and a Masters of Science in Environmental Education. He has been studying the art and science of survival at the Tom Brown Survival School for the past 25 years. He is currently a practicing family therapist in South Asheville and is doing tele-health for patients in North Carolina.
As you might imagine of an ecovillage, the businesses operating here are putting on their creative-thinking caps to adapt to the circumstances of the day and meet the evolving needs of their customers.
 
Earthaven depends on the income from events to manifest our unique mission. If you would like to support Earthaven, please donate to Culture’s Edge.
 
We wish you well and look forward to when we can welcome you to visit Earthaven.
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Earthaven Ecovillage  |  5 Consensus Circle  |  Black Mountain, NC 28711  |  http://www.earthaven.org

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