Mesa Life Project  •  May 2015 Newsletter
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Spring Festival 2015

A Song of Gratitude 

We came from the dense pavements of Denver, the sandstone canyonlands of southern Utah, an old Colorado railroad town, and throughout the Grand Valley. But not as teachers, carpenters, parents, or even healers—we came as the Land, the Sky, and their many and various Children. We stepped from the shore of clock-time and into an ancient current unmeasured and unforgotten—buoyed by fresh waters still hanging in the air where the day before poured Spring rainfall and lay fresh snowpack. Joyfully, we were in over our heads, breathing together to a heartbeat of drums, and dance, and sounds of creation—joined in a song of gratitude for the enduring generosity of this mountain called, today, the Grand Mesa, but known also by its sacred name, Tum-bi-ap-pah soop-arter-Kahn kaib, meaning Sky Meeting-House Mountain.

On a bright and delightful Sunday morning this past April, friends and founders of the Mesa Life Project gathered to once again enact the Creation Story of the giant flat-topped wonderlands in which we dwell.  A precious gift entrusted to this community, the sacred story of how this magnificent mesa came to be was told in song and dance, in spoken word and sewn regalia, and most essentially in open-hearted gratitude for all that this place provides. We told the birth story of this beautiful high desert in the best way humans know how: by birthing more beauty in the very telling. In doing so, we deepened our bonds with each other and the manifold forms of life with which we share the adventure of living. We glimpsed how, as poet Muriel Rukeyser says, “the Universe is made of stories, not of atoms.” And we healed, with each step around the sacred fire, the headstrong inheritance of alienation from our own hearts. With each footfall of the dance, we all came down to earth, closer to an abiding warmth, and rooted in a remembered home and hearth.
We are so grateful to all of you who came to make with us Beauty and Bounty—and hopeful that more of you will participate next year. The Creation Story is not a spectator sport—we will find a place for you because the dance is a dance of belonging. If you have never participated, start listening now for what your role might want to be. There may be an animal, a plant, a weather form, or some other being just waiting for you to open yourself to their voice. We welcome them—and you—to the chorus.


Paula Baker-Laporte

EcoNest Architecture, Inc.

We are thrilled to welcome Paula Baker-Laporte to the MLP design team and invite you to learn more about her “Living Sanctuaries of Clay, Straw, and Timber” at EcoNest.

Hailed by Natural Home Magazine as one of the top 10 green architects in the US, Paula is the principal architect at EcoNest Architecture in Ashland, Oregon and the leading designer at the Mesa Life Project. A graduate of the University of Toronto, School of Architecture and The International Institute of Bau-Biologie and Ecology, she was elected in 2007 into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. After directing for many years a wide-ranging architectural practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico, since 1992 she has dedicated her practice to the precepts of environmentally sound and health-enhancing architecture and her firm continues to lead in the fields of healthy and natural design, including design for the chemically sensitive. She has lectured, taught and published extensively on the topic of healthy and ecological design and is currently developing and teaching courses for the International Institute of Bau-biologie and Ecology. She is the primary author of Prescriptions for a Healthy House and a contributing author to several books. You can find Econest here.
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Staying Put 
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When asked what people should do for the Earth, poet and one-time Kerouac-comrade Gary Snyder replied, simply: “stay put.” Elsewhere, he says:

"I have a simple suggestion that if followed would begin to bring wilderness, farmers, people, and the economies back. That is: don’t move. Stay still. Once you find a place that feels halfway right, and it seems time, settle down with a vow not to move any more. Then, take a look at one place on earth, one circle of people, one realm of beings over time, and conviviality and maintenance will improve."

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The formation of community
is a response to life. Human beings
have lived in community since the beginning of time.

We are a village rooted in ancestral shamanic
tradition as brought forth by
the universal and sacred spirit of Fire.
We embrace a way of life in balance with the land
and the natural world, celebrating our connection
to each other and the world community.

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