Our ancestors were people who could make things. Roland’s grandfather was a master baker who could whip flour and sugar into crumbly golden butter cake and heavenly clouds of jelly donuts. Liz’s grandmother could sew just about anything by hand, her perfect stitches like tiny doll’s teeth. Our parents, too, can make things—raise chickens, brew schnapps, build dry-stone walls, quilt blankets.
We are of a generation who knows how to buy things, and how to throw them away, a generation who has traded manual intelligence for digital dependence. While we’re grateful for many of the conveniences and tools that modern technology affords us, we’re not sure we want the whole progress package.
We want to know how to make things. And so we are moving to Canada, to Liz’s beloved family farm in rural Ontario, where we intend to plant gardens, raise goats, and make cheese. And while we will continue to teach in Europe and beyond (see the beginnings of our 2017 schedule below) we plan to become the kind of people who can carve children’s toys out of blocks of wood and concoct herbal remedies for colds and aches and knit reindeer-patterned sweaters. We plan to dig our bare hands into the soil to unearth some of the wisdom of our elders that the world seems to be forgetting too fast.
This will be a year of lessons and challenges. But we hope, too, a year of gathering close to the fire and sharing stories, a year of stargazing. A year of less screen time, less stuff, less traffic, more trees. A year of curiosity and amazement. We wish the same for you.
Liz and Roland's rich teaching is rooted in their own intensive practices—profoundly spiritual, and at the same time playful. They skillfully guide students in discovering and understanding the physical body, creating a potential for mental and energetic transformation. Their teaching is infused with fierce love, joy, and laughter.
©Liz Huntly 2015