In Cali - so much to tell.....

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View from my favorite little spot for reflection and meditation.... Mirador
Well I arrived in Cali last week and crashed the first night with the son of one of the ladies who lives at Aldeafeliz. So much has happened in one short week that I don't think I can hardly describe it all. I have spent some time between the ecovillage and their main office in Cali. The Ecovillage is definitely a different kind of ecovillage and a lot of work to do as far as ecological design and coordinating a sustainable planned community. 

Backtracking a little.... The experience at Aldeafeliz was awesome with the exception of finding one person living there more on the annoying side - other than that it was amazing. The land is beautiful beyond belief and the meeting or ecovillage convergeance was so incredible.
1.1.08: My ceremony. New Year. Changes and Transformation.
From that meeting came so many opportunities to be involved with many different projects. Two I know I will be working with in the future.... in my heart I can feel it... not sure when, but it will happen. One of them is an amazing project in Venezuela, which I really want to be there before the new year. Me and my New Year in a new country thing....

Anyways, although there were so many choices, I decided to stick with the original plan and head to Cali and meet with Angela from the ecovillage. Thank god she speaks English or I would be completely lost. Right now I am staying at her place and come to town in the mornings and return with her in the evenings. 

So far, Cali is very different from Medellin and Bogota - much warmer - a totally different flare, smaller and not as madening.
1.1.08: Other view from Mirador
I met with my ex-boyfriend. That was an interesting experience. I spent two days with him and he showed me around the area where he lives. Felt good to resolve some things and spend time with him as a friend. My birthday was yesterday and it was such an interesting, but amazing experience. Throughout the day, things began to unfold, reveal themselves..... thoughts I have had and desires for this new year began to take shape throughout the day. It sounds very obscure. I can't really explain, but wait to see what happens as time goes on.

The developments I can share and seem to have a fairly good mental grasp of relates to the developing possibilities of working with the ecovillage, but also maybe developing a working relationship with Change the World. There are two parts of my relationship with the ecovillage that are beginning to take shape.
At peace.
One aspect is the proposed possibility of me managing part of the project there. As of right now, it may be that a visa can be arranged and I may even be partly paid. The other aspect is a little more vague, but will be ironed out in time. The Association of Women has an office in Cali where there are two open terraces to begin designing an urban agricultural project there. On the same hand, I have been invited to begin working with a group in Bogota - also affiliated with Change the World who have several emerging urban agricultural projects there. I wait to see how things develop and have sent a proposal to both the ecovillage and Change the World on working on both these projects.

I am a little concerned about how I will continue to finance myself here, but also kinda feel certain these things will be worked out in time.
1.11.08: Llamado de la Montana 2008. Ecovillage network meeting at Aldeafeliz outside Bogota.
Nevertheless, I am getting exactly what I wanted...... To expand my skills in permacutlure design, work on urban agriculture projects, learn Spanish and it looks like I will be getting a lot of hands on experience in the development of ecological products......

Not bad developments for being here one month...  There  is so much more depth to all of this.... I have this odd feeling,  I can't really explain. One very interesting thing is this spiritual connection.... It can be traced to the ceremony I conducted on the first day of the year and some other interesting spiritual experiences - one of which was playing the transformation game with Anita, Olgita and Huma at Aldeafeliz and my experience in the temascal.... These three experiences including my New Years ceremony and the strange spiritual experience on my birthday.
1.11.08: Llamado de la Montana 2008. Ecovillage network meeting at Aldeafeliz outside Bogota.
... In sum, I began the new year with a series of mantras that would set the pace for my journey this year..... This is the year of spiritual connection and love... This is the year where I transcend to higher levels of knowing, connection and awareness. I was very clear of what this journey needed to be for me .... not only building a career, but growing as a person..... There is something in the air.... I'm not sure yet what it is....... But, it feels bigger than little ole me and bigger than my experience here.... I feel there are transformations happening everywhere..... We can only wait to see where the universe leads us.

Until next time.
Peace.
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At peace.
At peace.
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