And meeting Gaja’s son Roan and his friends, there seems to me to be an extra spark in the eyes of the children of Backa kindergarten and Free school. And also (I have no proof to back this up with,) I feel pretty sure that reflecting upon the ethics of eating meat and how calves are taken away from their mothers at birth is not the average conversation between 4 years old. For Gaja’s son and his friend, this was something worth discussing. The school project stands as a witness of the power of the extended community to evolve in symbioses with as well as beyond Ängsbacka course centre.
Being a course centre, Ängsbacka, of course, has a lot of people coming and going. The extended community has been a great recourse for Ängsbacka’s development as there is a continuation in the ideas and initiatives that flow in. Since we live here the ideas can actually be manifested. Then these people and projects also can support the volunteers.
Gaja speaks about how Ängsbacka is and can continue to grow as a safe heaven to come to honour our connection the land, the water, our ancestors and ourselves and hence lead as a model of how we live our lives, speak our truths and raise and educate our children. As her vision broadens her energy lifts as well, as my mind floats in to fill the empty space created by the expansion of our conversation. We are not talking about Gaja anymore, or about Ängsbacka, nor the extended community. This vision is bigger. It becomes evident that that step into the unknown through a clear intention set in 2012 is still mysteriously unwrapping its gifts to Gaja via Ängsbacka the extended community and the birthing of Backa free school. This story is not over.