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VISITING ALONG THE SPINE OF THE AMERICAN CONTINENT(S?):  NOW & ABOUT

Growing community, ability and food security!

A new kind of public facility where we socialize and learn while working together to provide food, community and enjoyment for all. Connected on-line, world-wide, and by mass transit, Our Heart Gardens (OH-G's) will create strong, resilient multi-faceted cities that embrace All Our Relations, and honour Mother Earth.

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First Peoples' philosophies of abundance and respect are credited for their centuries of peace before colonization. Their experience can help us overcome the causes and effects of mainstream thinking. Living and striving only for oneself or one's family, in competition for a perceived shortage of resources, has resulted in hunger and poverty for multitudes, while the few with lots are disconnected from their communities. Illness and disease caused by lack of good food, health care, money, time or ability, drains the vitality of our civilization. And we can fix it, together...

Earth is going through changes, and Her changes require us to change. We need to protect our crops and grow them closer to us, but that's the least of the matter - mostly, we need to learn to live together and support each other so we don't lean so heavily on Our Mother. She's had a hard go and deserves honour and respect!

The future is forming in which we can meet the intrinsic human needs of everyone for community, dignity and food security. In in-door organic gardens in re-purposed buildings and malls in communities around the world, we can produce year-round fresh food, tended by people enjoying the company of others as they work together, surrounded by living walls of the plants that feed them. While we work, in that future we weave in our dreams, we are engaged, entertained and educated by a diversity of people, in person, or connected online and shared on big video screens. Instead of money, meals, fresh produce and/or bus tickets give value for value given. Mass transit linking Our Heart Gardens will generate higher ridership, frequency, dependability and improved security. Creating a kaleidoscope of diversity; visiting different OH-Gs in a city can be a day-trip excursion, and a tourist attraction.

The smell of fertile earth, enclosed within a building is not only pleasurable, it has medicine in it… Just 15 minutes breathing the rich smell of fertile earth can relieve symptoms of Anxiety and Clinical Depression all day. This was the key to the concept and it was inspired by Crow Surgeon. It's never the wrong medicine, has no bad side-effects and you can't overdose!  Everyone can enjoy and benefit from it - drop in for breakfast and take the happy to work!

In large and small forms, Our Heart Gardens offers an inclusive opportunity for affiliation. Large OH-Gs will include some of the following, depending on needs, location and involvement:

  • a large area surrounded by living walls where people gather to work, share, learn and play
  • large parking lot with many stalls converted to growing space with movable planters
  • a food hub, kitchen(s) and restaurant(s)
  • artisan studios, so students and mentors can find each other
  • child, elder and challenged engagement
  • government services access /collaboration
  • rehearsal /presentation space
  • a Sweat Lodge, sauna, Red Tent /Moon Room, bathing facilities
  • arts & crafts, laundry and sewing rooms
  • clinic space for scheduled visits by specialists and doctors (psychologist, podiatrist, nutritionist, nurse and midwife, etc.)
  • alternative health practitioners and aestheticians whose free/cost-only services help those in need while they attract new clients, or to begin their practice before moving into their own businesses
  • composting, soil mixing, and gardening workshops
  • exercise machines that convert our recommended daily exercise into power (POP = Power of People)
  • offices for planning and administration

Small satellite OH-Gs could include gardens, POP (gym) facilities, retail outlets for produce or products created at the OH-G, family baths and meeting places in Seniors’ Homes, clothing swaps, alterations or re-purposing, and composting facilities. This is how like-minded establishments can have an affiliation with the OH-Gs network.

Management, internal and external, is provided by an internal council elected and informed by inclusive Sharing Circles, another valuable part of First Peoples' culture that requires all participants be fully heard with consideration and respect. OH-Gs are places where we can develop a new culture and new ways of thinking and interacting--from an abundant and grateful point of view. We need to deeply experience and practice these new ways and learn how to get along! The 16 Guiding Principles developed by Chief Phil Lane Jr are a good foundation: Starting from within, working in a circle, in a sacred manner, we heal ourselves, our relationships and our world. 

Connections broken by colonization and life in today's world can be recreated, rewoven with the help of Wise Elders and participants teaching while living and doing ritual, storytelling, ceremony, or simply listening while preparing or sharing a meal. Our Heart Gardens are places with opportunities to make friends and learn about new choices, learning from and with each other. Our Elders, teachers and leaders who share skills, wisdom and experience are honoured, supported; their gifts and stories savoured, and best practices spread throughout our world. 

THE VISION: Each downtown core is centred around a large OH-G, open all day, every day. It is a safe place where good things happen. It shelters the vulnerable and gives shift-workers, insomniacs and people in recovery a good place to go. Elders, as much a part of things as they wish, are in a safe place. New moms with child-care needs, people who are hungry or homeless or travelers in need of a bath are welcomed and encouraged to help in the gardens, cafe or work areas. Abundance grows indoors and out, and everyone has all they need, and more. After working in mainstream offices and stores, people come to socialize, exercise, study,eat a meal and catch up with the rest of the world before going home to, or with their families. There are no more lost and lonely ones, except by choice, and the outreach continues.. 


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If OH-G, Home In-Sight resonates for you, the other two pages of the website, How & Why and Now & About, have different bits involved in the visioning and creationing of Our Heart Gardens. I see the nodes of the network forming. I wonder if what is happening is the gathering of imaginal cells of the hearts of the "butterfly" Wyrm we collectively are... It seems the Hearts are actively forming.  The tech-net is under construction: S7 Foundation & Noomap

Four Families, Plus describes how an OH-G could impact the people in a small city. When you've had a look, click over to the Contact form and tell me: How do you think an OH-G would change your life? Your city?


Copyright Shannon McArthur