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Our intention is to create a sustainable food forest that contributes to the food sovereignty movement on the island of Hawaii while also sharing education and resources with our local community. Not only are we planting food to feed ourselves, we are also planting extra trees to give away as part of the food forest in every back yard initiative and collaborating with neighbors to create food hubs in our rural area. The entire forest will be off-grid with solar power, biogas, grey and rain water catchment as we work with the elements to live in relationship with the land. There's plans for future, all-ages, land based, experiential learning in Phoenix Feather Forest, but we've got to co-create with the land first! We've paid for the land, cleared out walking trails, made an invasive species plan and planted the banana patch. In order to finish, we need help from those who are inspired by what we're building to help us make it happen.

How can you help? All proceeds from astrology readings, one on one sessions, groups and feel.focus.flow. merchandise are received as crowdfunding towards the building of Phoenix Feather Forest and we have a Go Fund Me you can share and support too. Once the driveway is in and base camp is ready, we'll be able to host work parties and those of you willing to donate elbow grease. You can find our wishlist here.

A physical geographer and soil scientist by education, when Lori isn't reading astrology charts, learning, writing or teaching about human nature and non-duality, she loves to camp and prefers to spend most of her hours with hands in the soil or wandering the woods. Her partner Jimmy loves the intellectual and physical adventure of using what is present to create something new; he is a wizard who harnesses electricity, grows beautiful flowers and cooks nourishing food. Ever since our time at Amma’s Illinois ashram, we have wanted to live a sustainable, intentional way of life. We want to live on the land, with the land and for the land in reciprocity; we want to make choices that benefit the whole and leave these bodies having given back more than we've used. 

We've been dreaming together since 2010 and didn't have a plan so much as an intention and a willingness to go with the flow, we've been busy being parents, raising kids and making life work; we've learned a lot about surrender along the way. Our path towards living with the land has included backyard gardens in the mainland US, learning about permaculture and helping to build a food forest at the M.A. Center in Illinois. While living in Colorado, we regenerated patches of asphalt into earthworm inhabited soil and created a pollinator habitat in the back of the house we rented. We've raised chickens and have found intimacy with our participation in the food chain in a way that can't be found at the local grocery store. We've also watered enough suburban lawns to know we don't want to do it anymore. Although grateful for the opportunities we've had, we've always wished for a place where we could settle in, where we didn't need to uproot ourselves because the job was done or the lease was up: a place that serves our community as much as it serves us while allowing us to remember where we fit in the great circle of life. In 2020 we became the stewards of land in Hawaii and are now in the process of making our dream come true.

All proceeds from astrology readings, one on one sessions, groups and feel.focus.flow. merchandise are received as crowdfunding towards the building of Phoenix Feather Forest and we have a Go Fund Me you can share and support too. Once the driveway is in and base camp is ready, we'll be able to host work parties and those of you willing to donate elbow grease. You can find our wishlist here.

Our goal is to have the driveway, catchment, solar and basecamp up and running by summer of 2022. We're really excited for all of this to come together and look forward to sharing our progress with you!

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