Lars Schmidt
Mountains and Rivers
are Speaking

passiveactivism (at) gmail.com
www dot passiveactivism dot net

Looking for a small Farm/Dojo as home base
Please get in touch: contact (at) larsschmidt.org


(Masanobu Fukuoka at his farm)

After years of traveling, inquiring and learning, I am looking for a farm (or something similar) where I can establish a living/working space/base.

The creation of the place will follow the qualities of simplicity, awareness and diversity.
The design and the implementation will work with principles and design-methods of permaculture.

That means:
• The design of the site will support and safeguard the life-supporting capacity of the air, water, soil and ecosystems.
• It will create / recreate conditions so that biodiversity can be sustained or redevelop.
• The project will create conditions for a diverse cultural life to develop – always in cooperation and consideration with the local conditions concerning the natural environment and the social/cultural structure of the area.
• The project will intent to enrichen and support the region and the region will inspire and be integrated in the project.

The farm is open to further develop an international network and exchange in the realms of earth restoration methods, Zen buddhism/spiritual philosophies and various artforms.

I can see a dojo (a space for different practices), a small and eclectic library...
I can also see conferences on themes within the realms of music or dance, or practices and philosophies of sustainable cultures.

The farm will be sustained through the network of friends and partners connected to it, through visitors/workshop participants and through the land itself.

I do not have the financial means to purchase a property, thus other ways have to be found!

Hints welcome!
I am not tied to a specific place, though temperate climate zone would be preferred.

Here are three inspirational projects/examples, outlining a framework:

Body Weather Farm
A farm founded by dancer and actor Min Tanaka together with a group of contemporary dancers from Tokyo.
'Tanaka founded Body Weather Farm in 1985 in the mountain village of Hakushu (outside Tokyo) to explore the origins of dance through farming life. Dancers who come to live there spend several hours every day doing hard labor in the fields, raising rice, vegetables and chickens, followed by many hours of daily dance training. The farm is a cooperative living environment, where everyone pitches in and everything is shared among participants. Members of the community learn new patterns of social engagement by taking part in the communal living environment.
While throughout the process, the landscape seeps into their bodies and influences their art.'

Antaiji
Antaiji is a Japanese Soto Zen monastery in the northern mountains of Japan.
The monastery maintains rice fields, a vegetable garden, its own forest for wood fuel and construction material, being almost self-sufficient.
All this, together with the Zazen meditation practice and the study of Buddhas teaching is being regarded as their daily practice.
www.antaiji.org

Holy Isle
This private island in front of the South-Western coast of Scotland had been donated, and is being supervised by Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist meditation master in the Karma Kagyu line.
It is being run as a retreat center, with a small staff living constantly onsite.
There is a vegetable garden, and the center 'is working to address the spiritual value of land through restoring and conserving the natural ecology.'
www.holyisle.org