Welcome to Earthsong Rama and Sita! Our first two chickens have arrived. May they lay many eggs and have many offspring. Hopefully our neighbors don’t mind the sound of a Rooster. The animal sanctuary doors are open at Earthsong. Rama and Sita will be the first of many we’re sure. Mahaloa nui loa Jaime and Ra for bringing us our newest guests! Aloha~~
One of the first things we needed to do when we arrived on the big island was find ourselves a Durian. It was my first time experiencing “the king of fruits”. The one thing people say about Durian is you either love it or you hate it. I turned out being one of the people who love it. At first the smell is so offensive, it’s a wonder anyone ever thought to put it in their mouths. It’s interesting though because now that I’ve tasted it and loved it, the smell isn’t offensive to me anymore, in fact I love the smell.
We have a theory that the “king of fruits” has the power to change your taste preference on a meta level. A good example is with Rupert. Traditionally he has never liked the taste of any fruits… until he moved to Hawaii. Now he loves most all fruits and we think that change solidified in him after he tried his first bite of Durian. The “king of fruits” may have changed him.
Our first Durian in Hawaii was so amazing, we decided to try sprouting its seeds. We were successful getting three seeds to sprout and the seedlings traveled with us in pots. Two of the seedlings we’re planted on farms in Pahoa, where we lived. Our last little Durian tree moved with us five times over two years – patiently waiting for a permanent home in the ground. Over the last new moon we ceremoniously welcomed our little Durian to it’s new home at Earthsong.
The planting of our Durian tree represents the launch of a new beginning for our family, for Earthsong, for the plants – a holding of space for shedding the old and beginning new.
Using ritual to plant this Durian tree was a way to represent setting roots and thinking long term into our personal future and future generations. How well we care for the tree will be how well we care for our Ohana and our path.
The particular variety of Durian we planted is called Mongthong, one of our favorites and a known favorite of connoisseurs. A Durian tree that is sprouted from seed can take 10 years or more to start fruiting. Sometimes it can take much longer. We’ve waited patiently for a place on the island to call home and to plant our roots. Our Durian tree waited patiently to get planted in the ground. We will work with patience to have our dream and family develop and patiently … ever patiently for our Durian tree to deliver fruit!
Patience … is a Durian tree.
Well, It’s been just over three years since we set our hearts on starting an eco-sanctuary and retreat on Hawaii’s Big Island. It wasn’t without trial and tribulations that we find ourselves here today. We have endured two hurricanes, a lava flow and a total of six moves to finally make it through to the other side! Several times we thought we found “the place” only to have it suddenly fall through at the last minute. Perhaps we needed to go through those trials and refine and develop our skills, so we would be ready… perhaps Pele was testing us?
We are very pleased to announce the island has opened her arms to us and we are taking our next big step on our journey! Our new home is called “Earthsong” (Na Mele O Ka Aina)! “Our Big Dream” is coming to fruition and it is with Big Hearts and Gratitude we humbly do our Great Work in Stewardship of Earthsong and Dream her back into Being!
Earthsong was originally formed in 1985, and for almost 20 years ran as a dharmic retreat center for spiritual seekers, in the care of Rashani Rea. Over those years, many seekers on and off the island found their way to Earthsong. Oddly enough some of those people became our friends before we even moved here. It seems serendipity is playing a key role on our journey. In 2004 care for Earthsong changed hands and the name was nearly forgotten. It has been over 10 years since Earthsong has been held in dharmic intent. We feel very strongly that she wants be cared for in that way again and maybe that has played a part in calling us to be here now. There is a lot of work needed to restore Earthsong back to her former glory and beyond, but it is very good work, and we are holding space for the right people to come here and be a part of the restoration process. We recognize we can’t do it all ourselves.
We have been living at Earthsong for only a few short months and already so much has happened. We’ve had six helping hands come and stay so far. They each played a special part in bringing the land to life once again. It’s been inspiring and expansive to see and feel how the aina responds to visitors, and the intense energy and connection to the spirit of this land within us. Our guests experience great shifts while visiting and we have been refining our role within that movement of energy each time it occurs. We have already learned so much about ourselves and can only imagine what’s in store!
The space is already starting to transform and open up. The overgrowth of trees, vines and weeds that once seemed insurmountable are starting to look less intimidating. When we first arrived we could only comfortably house ourselves and now we already have simple, clean and rustic accommodations for up to 15 people! The more we work, the more energy we receive and the more blessed we feel!
Our hearts are beaming with joy that we’ve found a new home for our family on the island. We are so grateful to have the opportunity to work on the restoration of Earthsong and we are holding space for our extended family and friends to come and share in the joy, abundance and deep transformation this land has to offer. Thank you to all of you who have been with us on our journey and for your continued support, and welcome to those who have found your way here now!
Much more to follow…stay tuned!
In Deep Gratitude and Warmest Aloha,
Michael * Jillian * Cedar * Rupert * Lyra, the Peacocks and the Kitties