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lars schmidt

Mountains and Rivers are Speaking

Looking for a small Farm/Dojo
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After quite some years with lots of movement, I am looking for a small farm (or something similar) where I can establish a living/working space/base.
I hope that the description below will give you a context and a framework.

For further information about me, my background and approach you may of course browse through my website (www.larsschmidt.org).

Overall I would hope to establish, if not contribute to a place that emanates qualities like simplicity, awareness and diversity.
The design and the implementation will work with principles and design-methods of permaculture.

That means:
• The design of the site will support and safeguard the life-supporting capacity of the air, water, soil and ecosystems.
• It will create / recreate conditions so that biodiversity can be sustained or redevelop.
• The project may create conditions for a diverse cultural life to develop – always in cooperation and consideration with the local conditions concerning the natural environment and the social/cultural structure of the area.
• The project intents to enrichen and support the region and the region will inspire and be integrated in the project.

The farm would be open to develop an international network and exchange in the realms of various artforms, Zen buddhism/spiritual philosophies and earth restoration methods.

I can see a dojo (a space for different practices), a small and eclectic library...
I can also see small conferences on themes within the realms of the arts, science, spiritual understanding and traditions, and/or practices and philosophies of sustainable cultures.

The farm/dojo would be sustained through the network of friends and partners connected to it, through visitors/workshop participants and through the land itself.
Depending on the site, of course other and alternative possibilities can be envisioned.

I do not have the financial means to purchase a property, thus other ways have to be found!

Certainly, if there is an old house or farm that needs somebody to live in and breathe life into it, I am interested.
I am not tied to a specific place, though temperate climate zones throughout Scandinavia or UK would be preferred. I am based in Glasgow at the moment.
However, any sort of hints are welcome!
(Also if any collaborations might be in the process of forming)

Here are four inspirational projects/examples, outlining a framework:

Body Weather Farm
A farm founded by dancer and actor Min Tanaka together with a group of contemporary dancers from Tokyo.
"Tanaka founded Body Weather Farm in 1985 in the mountain village of Hakushu (outside Tokyo) to explore the origins of dance through farming life. Dancers who come to live there spend several hours every day doing labor in the fields, raising rice, vegetables and chickens, followed by many hours of daily dance training. The farm is a cooperative living environment, where everyone pitches in and everything is shared among participants. Members of the community learn new patterns of social engagement by taking part in the communal living environment. While throughout the process, the landscape seeps into their bodies and influences their art."

Antaiji
Antaiji is a Japanese Soto Zen monastery in the northern mountains of Japan.
The monastery maintains rice fields, a vegetable garden, its own forest for wood fuel and construction material, being almost self-sufficient.
All this, together with the Zazen meditation practice and the study of Buddhas teaching is being regarded as their daily practice.
www.antaiji.org

Holy Isle
This private island in front of the South-Western coast of Scotland had been donated, and is being supervised by Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist meditation master in the Karma Kagyu line.
It is being run as a retreat center, with a small staff living constantly onsite.
There is a vegetable garden, and the center 'is working to address the spiritual value of land through restoring and conserving the natural ecology.'
www.holyisle.org

Black Mountain College
Black Mountain College was founded in 1933 in Black Mountain, North Carolina.
It was experimental in nature and committed to an interdisciplinary approach, prioritizing art-making as a necessary component of education and attracting a faculty and lecturers that included many of America's leading visual artists, composers, poets, and designers
The liberal arts program offered at Black Mountain was broad, and supplemented by art making as a means of cultivating creative thinking within all fields.
There were no course requirements, official grades (except for transfer purposes), or accredited degrees.
Students were also required to participate in farm work, construction projects, and kitchen duty as part of their holistic education.
The college was well known as an incubator for artistic talent. Notable events at the school were common.
Many of the school's faculty and students were or would go on to become highly influential in the arts. (Cy Twombly, John Cage, Robert Rauschenberg, Buckminster Fuller, Willam and Elaine de Kooning...)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Mountain_College

Thank you very much for your support and for passing on the info!
And please feel free to get in touch, also if there are further questions.
Sending my best regards,

Lars Schmidt
contact (at) larsschmidt.org