(photo credit: Juele Hortie)
As settlers of West-European heritage (English, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, French), we have inherited a human vs. nature pattern where our primary cultural narrative tells us we are separate and above the other-than-human world in a consumer-commodity relationship.
Yet we live, work, and play in Sinixt təmxʷulaʔxʷ and other unceded Nation-territories where the view of nature is one of dynamic co-living, respect, and dialogue, in alignment with a long ancestral history.
Clowns in the Woods is a humble attempt as settlers to begin to spend time in our bodies, hearts, spirits, and minds in honest acknowledgement of these deep land wounds and divergent views of land. Inner clowning can balance intensity with levity, and somatic psychology offers some basic tools to be with the emotions that accompany this process.
We are in the process of obtaining our NGO status.