There were 7 of us last night, brought together by Mara's recent experiences of indigenous cultures. She went to Arnhem Land for basket weaving with the women of a remote community. And she'd just come back from courses in primitive skills and nature philosophy in Native American traditions in the US. The latter included 3 days and nights sitting still in the bush with no distractions and "no food, cigarettes or toothpaste."
We had a stimulating discussion about indigenous connection to country with Mara tantalisingly suggesting that we westerners talk ourselves out of our innate connection to nature.
Perhaps it was the people who were there, but a wonderful feeling of community emerged between us. I really hope there'll be more discussions over a meal like this one. I think it worked well to have a theme/topic.
For me it was the very best of the Transition experience and it goes without saying the food was delicious!
PS Leonie took this photo, so she's not in it.
PPS Everyone welcome next time.
Written by Kate Leslie