013 Carol Delmonico & Casey Davis: Living in Intentional Community

January 4, 2019

Around Our House:

I recently went out and visited Higher Ground intentional living community here in Bend Oregon. While there I sat down and had a chat with Casey Davis and Carol Delmonico, two people who have made Higher Ground their home and their community. This was a really interesting conversation that I have been looking forward to for a long time, stemming from my own dreams to live in, or maybe even create, an intentional community. If you are interested in learning more about the ins and outs of living in community with others, what that means, what it looks and feels like, then you are in the right place. Stick around for the second half of the show. But first, here is what Emily, Clemence and I have been up to for this past month….

Since I last sat down to record an episode Thanksgiving has come and gone, as has Winter Solstice, Christmas and New Years. We have been spending time reflecting on what the holiday season means to us, and a large part of that has been centered around gratitude. One thing Emily and I have incorporated into our daily practice is closing out our day by having a talk about what we are grateful for. It is usually the last thing we do before we turn out the lights and go to sleep. It has been a really nice reflective practice and it has felt especially pertinent during the holiday season.

Another things that Emily and I have been talking more about is deepening our practice of spirituality and celebration that is tied to the cycles of the sun and the moon, as well as the observable changes of the seasons, the changing behavior of the plants and the animals according to these cycles throughout the year, and how all of this affects us and makes us feel. We have each always had deep personal connections to the natural world and a greater energy in the universe but now we are really trying to come together to understand one another’s beliefs and feelings and find traditions that we can share with our daughter and our community.

For starters, we have committed to doing a new moon reset with each new moon for 2019. Mostly this will entail paying particular attention to our diet during the days around each new moon. We will be omitting sugars, caffeine, alcohol, grains, and dairy. I’m sure there are other things as well, but those are the ones that come to mind. We tend to eat pretty well around here, but we thought that we would use the cleansing and renewing energy of the new moon to renew our commitment to eating well and respecting our bodies each month. The next new moon is January 6th, which is Sunday by the way, in case you listen to this in time and care to join us.

Also, coming up later this month there is a total lunar eclipse early the morning of January 20th. I am planning on getting up around 4:30 am and starting a fire in my back yard to observe the eclipse. I find total lunar eclipses to be amazingly beautiful. I remember the first time I really watched one closely and felt like I was observing the moon for the enormous celestial sphere that it is, a giant rock rotating the earth, rather than a glowing disk of light in the sky. That was a powerful moment for me and one I always enjoy reliving with total lunar eclipses. Anyhow, I have invited some friends over for 5am lunar viewing at my place. If you didn’t get the invite and you want to come and are in the area, let me know!

And finally, I have been busy with family time. Enjoying the company of my wife and my daughter and our wonderful community of friends. This winter continues to be all that I hoped, rest, reflection, gathering with friends and family, as well as some time outdoors. There has been lots of planning and dreaming in this time of the year as well. One of the Big Dreams we cannot stop talking about is how to create a community living situation for us and some of our closest friends. The more we talk about it, the more it seems like it could be a reality. Which brings me to our guest interview today.

 

Guest Interview:

Casey Davis and Carol Demonico
Higher Ground Intentional Living Community

Casey Davis is a designer, mom, activator and community builder, Casey was born and raised in Bend, OR. She's done extensive informational design for environmental non-profits to visually explain technical data as well as informational projects for trails and wilderness sites for the United States Forest Service. She filters the work that comes her way, focusing her talents and energy into projects that create a world that works for all.
When she isn't designing for businesses, Casey is passionate about community building, local activism and urban design. Her current "side" project is creating a new intentional community with the working title, The Bend Living Neighborhood Project. She served on the City of Bend's Central Westside Citizen Advisory Committee and currently is a member of the City's Citizen Transportation Advisory Committee. She recently self-published and interactive journal with Carol Delmonico entitled, Stoke Your Woke.

Carol Delmonico is a passionate crusader, and deep listener, a nature-lover, avid reader, crazy-good laugher, and mother of two children. After working 18 years as an RN in a hospital setting she wanted a change and embarked on an eclectic educational path: Life and Health Coaching Certifications, The Embodied Life, Laughter Yoga, Heartmath, Nonviolent Communication and reading zillions of books on human potential and spirituality. She has helped over 3,000 clients of all shapes, sizes and colors. Her creative self-expression shows up in her reverence for the natural world, singing and dancing, laughing, writing poetry, and facilitating “sofa sessions” and “soul circles” with friends.

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Theme music by Lee Rosevere

Support for Modern Folk comes from my wife Emily Wiggins.
Emily is a Naturopathic Doctor in Bend OR.
dremilywiggins.com

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012 Allison Murphy: Turning Words into Action

December 1, 2018

Around our house:

  • Downgraded phone update 

    • talk and text only plan, no data, no social media
    • definitely miss the convenience at times
    • appreciate being more present most of the day
  • Homemade couch update

    • cushions are custom cut and ready for covers
    • custom waxed canvas covers by Howl Attire
  • Wrapping up 2018 and Year 1 of Modern Folk
  • Grateful for guests, listeners and support from family and friends
  • Stephen Jenkinson
  • Sherri Mitchell

Interview:

My guest this month is Allison Murphy. It is hard to pin Allison down and tag her with a label that feels appropriate, as she has so many interests and pursuits. Allison is an artist, designer, seamstress and the owner of Utilitu, a small business in Bend Oregon, where she creates custom clothing and also teaches sewing to both children and adults. In a collaborative effort with family and friends, Allison is teaching herself to farm and currently tends a small passel of heritage hogs. She is committed to a personal journey of understanding and reconnecting with her ancestors through the study of the Gaelic language. Allison not only believes, but also truly lives like everyone and everything is her teacher. As a gift to her community, Allison demonstrates how the only thing between you and your dreams is turning your words into action. She lives in a yurt with her partner and two children.  

 

Modern Folk logo by Stefan Perkinz greasywhisper.com
Theme music by Lee Rosevere

Support for Modern Folk comes from my wife Emily Wiggins.
Emily is a Naturopathic Doctor in Bend OR.
dremilywiggins.com

 

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011 Sky Sharp: Raising Superior Grassfed Beef, A Humble and Spiritual Approach

November 1, 2018

Around our house:

  • Addiction to Technology
  • Dumbgrading phone to ZTE Z432 
    • talk/text only
    • no data, no Facebook or Insta!!
  • Howl Attire Wool Shirt Review
  • Building homemade custom couch
  • Joybird, awesome couches if you're in the market for one
  • Harvesting Holiday Turkeys with Boundless Farmstead
  • Call for suggestions for guests
  • Who would you like to learn more about?
  • Looking for someone experienced with community living

Interview:

My guest this month is Sky Sharp, the rancher at S&L Superior Grassfed Beef. I recently went out to Sky's ranch and had a look around. He showed me the land that he cares for, the soil he nurtures, and the grass that he tends, so that his cows can be their best. He talked about his love for the animals and his responsibility to give them both the best life and also the most stress free and humane death. Sky also drove home the importance of not only knowing where your food comes from, but the importance of knowing that it was honored in its growth, its harvest, its preparation and its consumption. Litsten in on our talk, and hear how Sky raises grassfed cows as a way of working for a healthier self, community and planet.

 

Modern Folk logo by Stefan Perkinz greasywhisper.com
Theme music by Lee Rosevere

Support for Modern Folk comes from my wife Emily Wiggins.
Emily is a Naturopathic Doctor in Bend OR.
dremilywiggins.com

 

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010 Kaycee & Cathasach: Making Music and Deep Ancestral Remembering with The Gold Rust

October 6, 2018

Around our house:

  • Autumn Equinox Dinner at Boundless Farmstead
  • Learning to hunt for meat
  • Slowing down, grounding at home and in community
  • Building personal spiritual practice
  • Connecting with ancestors
  • Ancient wisdom, Deep remembering
  • Hedge School Podcast, guest Sherri Mitchell
  • Sacred Instructions, Sherri Mitchell

Interview:

My guests on the show this month are Kaycee and Cathasach of the band The Gold Rust. KC boy and KC girl, as they are sometimes addressed to avoid confusion, are artists, musicians, storytellers and generally engaged community members. They are a bit of a dynamic duo. I think you will really enjoy hearing about their creative process as well as some deeper talk on history, ancestry and much more.
The Gold Rust
The Gold Rust Facebook

Occupied Cascadia Documentary

The Golden Harp 

Ancestral Medicine with Daniel Foor, PHD

 

 

Photo of The Gold Rust by Sarah B. Gilliam
Modern Folk logo by Stefan Perkinz greasywhisper.com
Theme music by Lee Rosevere

Support for Modern Folk comes from my wife Emily Wiggins.
Emily is a Naturopathic Doctor in Bend OR.
dremilywiggins.com

 

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009 Eli Goodall: This Island Earth

September 6, 2018

Around our house:

Interview:

My guest on the show this month is Eli Goodall, the musician behind the project This Island Earth. Eli draws inspiration from music, sounds, cultures and landscapes from around the world to create his unique style of experimental and artistic World Music. This Island Earth is releasing a new album later this month, its called Wounded Tropic. Eli states “this is an album abouth the natural world, our ghosts, our children, the fears we hold, and the future we hope to create." Listen and hear more about Eli’s creative process, what inspires him and some of the deep personal concepts that underly his music. 
www.thisislandearthisalive.com 
contact Eli if you are interested in attending album release show in mid September
contact@thisislandearthisalive.com

 

Modern Folk logo by Stefan Perkinz greasywhisper.com
Theme music by Lee Rosevere

Support for Modern Folk comes from my wife Emily Wiggins.
Emily is a Naturopathic Doctor in Bend OR.
dremilywiggins.com

 

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008 Alicia Renner: The Person and the Passion Behind Howl Attire.

August 1, 2018

Around our house:

  • Busy summer, thinking of projects for Autumn
  • Gardening
  • Rabbits for meat, maybe this fall
  • How our values can guide our purchasing decisions 
  • Looking for quality products made locally, regionally, etc
  • Clothing Brands we have found:
  • Taylor Stitch
  • Everlane
  • Nettles Tale
  • Ship John
  • Howl Attire

Interview:

My guest on the show this month is Alicia Renner. Alicia is a Cascadian who grew up in Canada and now lives in Central Oregon where she owns and operates two businesses. By watching her mother and teaching herself she has learned the trade of sewing and now, through her business Howl Attire, she crafts durable goods for the outdoors with natural fibers. While Alicia does indeed enjoy to sew, she has many other passions which drive her. Listen to the show to hear all about how she got started and how she finds inspiration in the beauty all around her.

  • Howl Attire. Handmade clothing and accessories made of natural fibers, built to last. For both women and men. Custom orders.
  • Northwest Trading Post. Northwest outdoor goods, clothing, accessories and jewelry. Sourced from makers in the Northwest including Central Oregon, Canada and Native Peoples.
  • Tree Planting in Canada. Planting saplings in clear cuts.
    Outland and Dynamic are two companies to look at if your interested.
  • Alicia’s personal journey of learning her trade and how she came to commit herself to her work.
  • There is more to a creator than their creations. Cultivating awareness for the beauty around us all and being thankful that we can experience it and pursue our passions.
  • Considering how to scale up Howl as demand grows.
  • Cascadia
  • Keeping old knowledge and skills alive.

Photo of Alicia by Breezy Winters
Modern Folk logo by Stefan Perkinz greasywhisper.com
Theme music by Lee Rosevere

Support for Modern Folk comes from my wife Emily Wiggins.
Emily is a Naturopathic Doctor in Bend OR.
dremilywiggins.com

 

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007 Kitchen Wisdom with Anna Witham of 123 Ramen

July 9, 2018

Around our house:

  • Busy June and July, friends and family visiting
  • Solstice Celebration
  • Acknowledging the output of energy at this time of year
  • Baby is nearly walking
  • Aware Parenting continued successes
  • Emily talks about the science of Traditional Foods Diet 
  • Dr Emily Wiggins

Interview:

Guest Anna Witham of 123 Ramen and The Root Cellar discusses her approach to feeding her family and her community the most nourishing foods possible. 

 

Photo of Anna Witham by Shawn Linehan
Modern Folk logo by Stefan Perkinz greasywhisper.com
Theme music by Lee Rosevere

Support for Modern Folk comes from my wife Emily Wiggins. Emily is a Naturopathic Doctor in Bend OR.
dremilywiggins.com

 

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006 Nathan Bettger: Exploring Spirituality, Scratching the Surface

June 3, 2018

Around our house:

  • Farmers Market in full swing.
  • Gardening, yard improvement.
  • Missing loved ones, searching for self.
  • "Doing the work". Engaging fully in activities.
  • Appreciating the connectedness of everyone
  • Finding ourselves through spirituality.
  • Stephen Jenkinson on death and dying.
  • Die Wise by Stephen Jenkinson 

Interview:

Guest Nathan Bettger discusses his work as a hospital chaplain and a spiritual guide. 

  • The work of a hospital chaplain.
  • What is a spiritual guide?
  • Are Generation X, Y, etc spiritually lost?
  • The importance of Elders.
  • Rites of Passage.
  • Deepening our connection with spirituality.
  • natebettger.com

Modern Folk logo by Stefan Perkinz greasywhisper.com
Theme music by Lee Rosevere

Support for Modern Folk comes from my wife Emily Wiggins. Emily is a Naturopathic Doctor in Bend OR.
dremilywiggins.com

 

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005 Boundless Farmstead: Feeding the Village and Building Community

May 7, 2018

Around our house:

Interview:

David and Megan from Boundless Farmstead discuss their path to becoming farmers and their community minded approach to their craft. 

 

Modern Folk logo by Stefan Perkinz greasywhisper.com
Theme music by Lee Rosevere

Support for Modern Folk comes from my wife Emily Wiggins. Emily is a Naturopathic Doctor in Bend OR.
dremilywiggins.com

 

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004 Comedy, Collaboration and Community with Shanan Kelley

April 3, 2018

 

Around our house:

          Food and Nutrition

          Adventures in Parenting

  • Teething, crawling, sleeping (or not)
  • Whole food diet for baby, traditional diets and Weston Price

Interview:

Shanan Kelley, comedian and host of the Night Light Show discusses her unique combination of comedy, collaboration, and community. 

Modern Folk logo by Stefan Perkinz greasywhisper.com
Theme music by Lee Rosevere

Support for Modern Folk comes from my wife Emily Wiggins. Emily is a Naturopathic Doctor in Bend OR.
dremilywiggins.com

 

 

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