“Did you have a vision for all this when you started?” I get this question a lot when people see Ampersand for the first time. How did we create all these structures and systems in 12 years? The answer has always been that I can only envision a few years ahead, like when this house, cottage, or this shop will be finished and we can start using the space. My mind is very pragmatic that that can limit what I'm able to dream. But my overactive will and motivation has Ampersand constantly upgrading and adding onto the dreams and visions as the manifestation takes place.
Recently I've been experiencing a lull in motivation. I hear some people call this”taking a break.” Along with physical indications of growing older, I have found it both disturbing and refreshing. Mother Earth models for us seasons of expansion and rest. All of creation breathes in and out in cycles and spirals of growth. I've been getting a lesson in breathing in, nourishing myself, and receiving.
Breathing in and out. Inspiration and expiration. My latest inspiration has involved gazing upon fields and mountains all day by a stream, finding and eating wild foods from the forest, and discovering the creations of another dreamer who began long before I did.
Enter Jerome Osentowski and Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute in Basalt, Co. He led Andy and I on a tour of the permaculture site that he's been cultivating for 40 years. This place is in a little crook in the mountain that gives him a warmer climate than the surrounding area. And he's been further tinkering with the climate with his many greenhouses on site. At 8000 feet elevation, Jerome grows papayas and bananas and countless other fruits we grazed on as we walked through the forest gardens inside and out.
We still have some work-trade positions open for this fall! Look HERE for more details on staying at Ampersand to help out with some natural building projects and learn in September and October. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us for a Water Systems Walk-Through at Ampersand: October 1st Saturday 3 to 5 with potluck after. It’s our only other organized event at Ampersand this fall. Amanda will also be presenting at the Master Gardener’s Conference as well as teaching at the Santa Fe Community College in the next few months.