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lars schmidt

On Learning To Listen

Looking for a small Farm/Dojo
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This call out is already a few years in the making.

However, the current state of ecological and social emergency surely adds yet another sense of urgency and also purpose to the establishment of 'small islands of rebalance and knowledge'.
May these islands, not unlike the mycelium of mushrooms, be a facilitator of nourishment, information and transformation.

After quite some years of artistic and activist work, various collaborations, research and time to hopefully embody, am now looking for a small farm (or something similar) where I can initiate, facilitate and gather forces and the like-minded, share, and 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 regenerative and natural farming approaches.

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, a recording studio...
I can also see small conferences on themes within the realms of creative practice and 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 two 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."

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