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Muddy Creek Satyagraha

Last updated: October 14, 2016 (5 months ago)

Listing created on: August 19, 2016

Muddy Creek Satyagraha

(Corvallis, Oregon, United States)

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 1213
  • Start Living Together: 1214
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community.
  • Community Address:
    26208 Finley Refuge Rd.
    Corvallis, Oregon,
    United States

Mission Statement:

Muddy Creek Satyagraha is a network of people dedicated to living the ethical life free from the global economy, in an atmosphere optimal for natural living and nonviolent thinking.

Community Description:

“You cannot build nonviolence on a factory civilization…. Rural economy as I have conceived it eschews exploitation altogether, and exploitation is the essence of violence. You have therefore to be rural-minded before you can be nonviolent, and to be rural-minded you have to have faith in the spinning wheel.”
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Muddy Creek Satyagraha is a nomadic community living and traveling on our hundred-mile foot path, and within the dozen ecovillages connected by it. The path, known as the peace trail, avoids roads and development traversing the Luckiamute, Muddy Creek, Alsea and Siualaw watersheds in the Central Willamatte Valley and Coast Range Mountains of Western Oregon.

Satyagraha was a Sanskrit word created by Gandhi to engender his movement with one of the least understood yet most active forces in the universe, ahimsa, or nonviolence. “Satya” can mean truth and “graha” incites firmness or grasping. So satyagraha is the energy of nonviolence and can be translated as truth force or soul force.

The twelve ecovillages served along the peace trail are diverse and unique to each other but have in common three traits traditionally considered requisites for a nonviolent society. First that people are on the land together, second that they turn to nature, or ethnobotany, to some degree, as opposed to purchasing a life, and third that there is a desire that everybody’s needs be met.

Life on the peace trail is supported by what can be termed the “true gift economy,” or “moment by moment true giving and receiving.” This means we relinquish the privilege of payment, trade, barter, and expense, and instead enjoy giving in a voluntary way, giving without expectation of payback and with no relationship to previous receiving. Conversely through our Muddy Creek Satyagraha Nomadic Souperfood Soup Kitchen and through our own receiving of it’s palio and phytonutrient rich superfoods, everyone’s needs are addressed with no correlation to past or future giving, living as our ancestors did before the loss of the tribal and extended family systems, and the communal cooking pot, and the cradle to grave social security that came with it, in exchange for a system that puts food under lock and key. Our practice of the gift economy directly reverses this historic trend.

Traversing the peace trail can be described as a prayer walk or pilgrimage. We start the day together in seated meditation and often walk barefoot and in silence. With no need for bags to carry and no weight on the shoulders, the steady striding of the legs suspends the torso, the landscape goes by at ancient foot speed and the ground treading settles into a type of walking meditation. The trail connects places of spiritual interest as we walk between two small zen temples, an inipi (sweat lodge), an ancient Kalapuya Indian mound and many traditional and beautiful natural places.

We’re tanning hides and fleeces, and plan on spinning hemp, flax and nettle for cloth, and also to felt wool, weave cedar bark, twine spruce root and to utilize duck and goose down. We have our home sewed tipi and have built a Mongolian Ger (yurt) and have also gathered materials for constructing a Kazak yurt. We look forward to a future using the original canvas, hemp canvas, as a superior material and environmentally friendly alternative to cotton.

About

  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability)
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Current Residence Types: Tipis and yurts
  • Current Number of Residences: 3
  • Planned number of residences: 16
  • Housing Provided: Included in Membership
  • Additional Comments: We have long poles of lodgepole pine for large community tipis as well as a Mongolian style yurt (ger). So far we have been traveling light without our own shelter or with our medium size tipi and set of bamboo poles.

Membership

  • Adult Members: 4
  • Child Members: 2
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Please leave a phone number and time to be reached. Note that we’re out of contact while on the trail but will return emails where we have access at various places.
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: All of the ecovillages along the peace trail have their own membership procedures, we do not.

Government

  • Decision Making: Nonviolent decision making
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Additional Comments: The process of nonviolent decision making is outlined in the many books, videos, and training sessions of the late Marshall B. Rosenberg founder of nonviolent communication. Here’s a brief outline:

    Under the paradigm of nonviolent decision making strategies are made only after everyone receives all the empathy they need and everyone in the circle feels a real and tangible change in the atmosphere where everyone knows their needs are fully heard and understood and that their needs matter, and can be met, whereupon the problem becomes an opportunity for giving and something quite natural gives us strategies and requests and the rule or direction is created by everyone and cherished by everyone. If there is any deviation from this then there is, at least within the person, some conflict. It can be said that the power of nonviolence is dependent upon the sincere honesty of all involved and the grace of experiencing conflict as a catalyst for reestablishing relationship and renewed connection. The language needed for this is typically far from the one taught to us by the culture and so can be considered a real skill.
    There is a propensity in the larger society to make choices simply based on the rules. To blindly follow a rule is to break the great rule of nonviolence as it robs the community of conflict and communication and vitality and relationship. We ask members to not follow such rules but instead to engage the community in the honesty process classically referred to as empathy. We hope to share our experience and dedication to this process.

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: All or close to all
  • Required Labor Contribution: No
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Our practice of the gift economy means we relinquish the privilege of trade, barter, or expense, and instead enjoy natural giving and receiving which is never costly and can be confirmed by feelings of satisfaction and joy. Through our practice of traditional skills and through our nomadic superfood soup kitchen we can enjoy having no cost of life, living freely and apart from development and dominant society.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are totally off grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Energy sources: Brush fuel
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Current food produced: 100%
  • Planned food produced: 100%
  • Food produced locally: 100%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Garden(s), Outdoor Kitchen, Fire pit, Waterfront access
  • Internet Available: No
  • Internet Fast?: There is no internet access at our community.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Mostly Vegetarian, Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.), Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Additional Diet Comments: We grow, glean and forage all of our food so our lives are focused on slow food and bushcraft projects and nonviolence and in contributing to the many gardens and stops along the way. In being supported by the organic nuts, seeds and berries and local colorful in-season plant part foods of our nomadic superfood soup kitchen, we’re stronger and more able to handle fasting while traveling between food sources. We rescued two goats and a horse badly in need of adoption, and began using their support in moving our things. They are on another journey now but at some point may return to the peace trail. We may want to explore goat milking and cheese making and walking with a donkey who could pack our tipi.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Nonviolence
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: Yes
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

“In this structure [of the view of nonviolent India] composed of innumerable villages, there will be ever widening, ever ascending circles. Life will not be a pyramid with the apex sustained by the bottom. But it will be an oceanic circle whose center will be the individual always ready to perish for the village, the later ready to perish for the circle of villages, till the last the whole becomes one life composed of individuals, never aggressive in their arrogance but ever humble, sharing the majesty of the oceanic circle of which they are integral units.”

“My invitation to all is to spin, if only for half an hour daily, doing so for the sake of the starving millions of this land makes the movement at once both political and spiritual.”

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network