Hello visitor! I've been finished and living in my tiny house, Wild Rose, for almost two years, and yet I notice hits on this blog to my build posts almost daily. Here is the list of those posts so you can find them easily. Tiny Nest tours of Wild Rose Tiny House: I'm… Continue reading Tiny House Blog
When I started this project, I intended to go to various far flung, 'wild' places throughout the quarter and do long, dedicated somatic explorations. Instead, it felt more appropriate to stay close to home. As the lessons that came from this project started to sink in I found myself experiencing the world 'somatically' much of… Continue reading Post #9: Somatic Wanderings
Tiny white butterflies flutter alongside me for the entire walk. At times I wonder if somehow the same butterfly had decided to travel with me, but I know they are different butterflies, that the 8 or 9 miles I end up walking could to them be the entire span of territory they might inhabit in… Continue reading Post #8: Capitol Forest Part II
It is something of a shock that it is already midway through week 8 and time to start wrapping up, finalizing, making a Powerpoint, sending material to my mentor and writing my final self evaluation. I feel like I have just scratched the surface of what I wanted to explore and discuss. I'm still working… Continue reading Post #7: The Personal is… Ecological?
The Wikipedia definition of somatics is this: “Somatics is a field within bodywork and movement studies which emphasizes internal physical perception and experience. The term is used in movement therapy to signify approaches based on the soma, or "the body as perceived from within," including Alexander technique, the Feldenkrais Method, and Rolfing.” I don’t know… Continue reading Post #6: On Somatics
For my second somatic exploration, I went alone to Capitol Forest to walk amongst the trees. I usually hike with my dog, but knew that her excitement, noise and (failed) attempts at chasing birds and squirrels would be a distraction. I chose what Google said was a 6 mile loop past Mima Falls, and set… Continue reading Post #5: Somatic Exploration in Capitol Forest
I've been putting off posting a fourth blog entry because I wanted to post some of the writing I've been doing, rather than just an update. But here it is the end of week 5 and I don't have anything that is ready to see the light of day. I spent much of week 4… Continue reading Post #4: Even in the Gloom, We Bloom
When Allan and I decided to do this project, we wanted our inquiry into the subject of animism in the anthropocene to include knowledge gained by means beyond purely rational thought. If animism is a way of being that comes first from embodied relationality with both the human and more-than-human world, it seemed a purely… Continue reading Post #3: Somatic Explorations, Point Defiance Zoo
Dark Ecology is a sprawling, labyrinthine book full of loops and spirals. Such wild disorder makes it hard to write a response paper in any linear fashion, and this is appropriate to the text. One of the central themes in the book is the prominence in dominant human culture of agrilogistics; "a technical, planned,… Continue reading Post #2: Dark Ecology
As I've been trying to explain to people over the past weeks what exactly it is I'm going to be doing this quarter, I find myself opening my mouth to explain these terms and coming up blank, overwhelmed by questions and confusion, and instead of words I simply breathe out: air. Air that is actually… Continue reading Post #1: What is Animism, what is the Anthropocene, and What the Heck are we talking about?