The Village at Lightning in a Bottle
Home is Where Your Stories Live
The Village is a culture experiment born from the shared aspiration to explore what village life means and how to bring that into a contemporary context. Our intention is to learn by doing, to be engaged with how to actually create and sustain a Village.
Envisioned and produced by Eve Bradford and Isis Indriya, this project is an interactive, intergenerational, education-based environment focused on earth based wisdom traditions and the skills necessary to be a sustainable, thriving, interdependent community. There is a focus on honoring the elements and cycles of the natural world, on identifying and refining our individual and collective offerings and remembering a life that integrates the sacred and the creative into everyday. Whole system organic design is at the heart of the Village structure. The unique gifts of everyone present are nurtured and cultivated, creating an environment where, like a traditional Village, every single person has an integral and valued role to play.
The Village consists of multiple micro-environments, including the Sacred Fire, Ancestral Arts Arbor and Community Lodge. Within these spaces, participants have the opportunity to experience many aspects of this way of being, such as wisdom transmissions, song and story sharing, ceremony, and practical applications of earth based concepts. We will be providing varied forms of ancestral arts classes such as carving, fire making and weaving, as well as councils and presentations of traditional stories and prophecies with Indigenous Elders and lineage holders. The Village will function both as a site for learning to occur and as a hub for the promotion and networking of other organizations and projects that are aligned with our mission.
When we begin shifting our core life question from “What do I truly want?” to “What do I truly have to offer?” then, as a community, we begin to evaluate wealth based on the whole system rather than the individual parts. The Village intends not only to begin shifting our collective awareness in that direction, but also to provide tangible guidance for how to recognize and develop these offerings in a way that benefits both our personal evolution and our ability to be of real service to the larger whole.
To experience The Village, visit www.lightninginabottle.org for tickets.