We (Mark & Lisa) met in August 2015 after two months of virtual correspondence. Yes, we met online. And no, the irony of a couple who lives without electricity in their home, let alone internet, finding each other through EHarmony is not lost on us. It keeps us both humble, mindful of the humor of our Creator/Sustainer/Animator and cognizant of the fact that we’re not trying to go back to a time in the past, but we look forward to an integrated and holistic present and future including thoughtful use of modern tools and resources!
In short order (like three and a half months short) it was clear that we were called to commit to a shared life of radical simplicity, opening daily to the Divine presence and offering ourselves in service to the world (both human and other-than-human beings). Two years, one wedding, and countless hours of prayer, discussions and decisions later we are living into that calling in a particular place, doing the sometimes scary, mostly exhilarating work of putting flesh on our dreams.
What is the dream, exactly?
Ready for the big words, the lofty idealism, the radical hope? Here ya go!
Our dream is to imagine and incarnate a sustainable way of living that leads to wholeness of body, soul, and spirit not just for ourselves, but for all who share this earth – including the earth herself! We believe the only path forward is through union with God as healer of our wounds, sustainer of the physical world, and lover of our souls. Our souls are restless until they find their rest in God. Without dwelling in the infinite love of God we will always chase after finite things that will lead to pain for ourselves, others, and the earth. We must learn to pray.
We also believe that intimacy with the Spirit without intimacy with matter – our bodies, our ecosystems, and our fellow creatures – is tragically incomplete. We are embodied beings, consuming other embodied beings daily, walking on earth more intricately complex than we can understand, inhaling the exhalation of the trees, drinking water that makes up a majority of our physical selves. The earth’s story is our bodies’ story. We must learn to listen.
This is our life’s vocation. Right now, much of our work is away from our homestead in the form of retreats & pilgrimages. We are actively working toward our life, work, & prayer on the homestead being our primary focus. If you want to talk about sharing in the journey – please contact us! We’re already excited to hear from you!