Written and Photographed by Mayra McCullough
This is Part 2 of C2E’s Summer Experiences this year, which happened to land on the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, a perfect theme to play with in exploring lifestyles that were re-birthed during the historical summer of 1967. We believe in being where the East meets the West, on finding that line that sits between both worlds, merging corporate genius with ancient wisdom to give birth to the brave new world that seems to want to be born these days. Below you will find our experience with playing with these concepts.
This summer’s program in C2E’s Villa was inspired by a lifestyle we have found to be the most aligned with C2E’s Mission. We have been researching and visiting intentional communities in Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon and California, learning about this alternative way of living that intends to bring us to an intimate relationship with nature. Our intention was to activate all we learned to date about this kind of lifestyle, which has a huge community-building component. We did this by designing a program that resembled Eco-Village’s day to day activities and intentions, dedicated to the science of regenerative living and whose goal is to become more socially, economically and ecologically sustainable. This became a wonderful opportunity to have a tangible experience with this kind of lifestyle for longer than a weekend or two. Lead by Eden Regenerative Design’s Tim DeLorey, PhD, we immersed ourselves in a full month of interns, community building, earth building, compost production, super foods & vegan menus, succulent framed gardens, and lots of fun.
Our main project focus during our summer program was the building of a Cob-pallett Cottage in C2E’s Villa backyard, right next to the Geodesic Dome. This structure is C2E’s Villa 3rd sustainable architecture detached room on the property (an RV being the 2nd, and Dome 1st). We believe that part of nature connection is to create spaces that will help you stay closer with the great outdoors. We also believe that a key part of a regenerative lifestyle design is creating ways to build shelter that are economical, use recycled materials and build community, which is super fun. The program’s last weekend was a Workshop taught by Tim DeLorey on the technique for building this type of structure for less than $600.
We had a fantastic group of community earth builders join us for a weekend filled with regenerative lifestyle pathways such as body integration, healthy vegetarian meals, super foods snacks, and playful times of cob dancing.
Community building is one of the most challenging but fulfilling aspects of sharing space with a group of people. Having co-creative agreements in place and being quick to address issues as they come up really helps keep the environment free of strife and full with love, harmony, and peace. We enjoyed the visit of a diverse group of C2E family dropping by, spending the day, sharing meals, sleeping over, and playing summer camp with a cross-generational group.
Thanks to our Board Member Leia Marasovich, we visited a heavenly orchard in Malibu created by June Louks, author of A Malibu Mom’s Manifesto on Fresh, Whole Foods. She was so kind and generous, giving us ALL copies of her book. We ended up using 3 of her recipes during the summer program and they were a delightful and delicious way to explore new recipes with the super foods we love.
We also visited Ecotopia’s hot springs in Ojai, where our dear friend Robert Redecker, founder of Earthworks Natural Building, gave us a tour of this gorgeous land dedicated to offer a natural setting to restore, learn and connect. The hot springs were right next to a beautiful river where we can do the hot/cold plunges which are amongst our favorite biohacks.
Our Summer of Love at C2E concluded here as we celebrated the first project done as a collaboration with our new Board of Directors, which began our integration process with this Eco-Village experience.