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The Rabbit and the Avocado Tree.   The sky, a soft clean gray, hung close to the ground yesterday. I stepped into a family of trees gathered together, blooming, ready. Balancing on one leg Trying to be how roots would feel. So connected to the earth, sun, air that I too would break out in [...]

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My Food Story

This afternoon’s reflection question was “What’s your food story?” I was asked this question last fall in a nutrition class. That instructor asked “What’s your relationship with food?” The answers in that class were wide and varied. And all but 2 people cried. It struck me how deeply our connection is with food. How powerfully [...]

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Pray for us

After reading a few of the articles offered to the pilgrims and watching the documentary “The Garden”, I am particularly stuck by the ways in which we all have unconsciously handed over the very substance of our survival. We cannot live more than a few weeks without food or more than about 3 days without [...]

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pics of our day!

A message from the Episcopal Urban Interns who spent a quiet day at the Farm on Friday. When we returned from our field trip to see farm worker housing on Saturday morning we discovered this note from the Interns wishing us “happy trails”…It was wonderful for the Interns and Pilgrims to overlap for dinner and [...]

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Connections

~ AlexandraRS It’s early morning on the farm. We spent the night in full Episcopal lock-in style: in sleeping bags on the hardwood living room floor. The space accommodated not only us 6 pilgrims but a larger group from the LA Episcopal Urban Intern Program who had spent Friday in retreat here as well. Some [...]

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In Preparation…

Our retreat leaders sent out a collection of articles as preparation for some of the topics we are going to encounter this weekend. The one that stuck with me most was the essay “The Pleasures of Eating” from WHAT ARE PEOPLE FOR? by Wendell Berry.  I was particularly drawn to the list of Things To [...]

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First Impressions

Mitch here in Oxnard. It’s been a wonderful first evening of our pilgrimage. We’re staying in a modest farm house on a 5-acre organic farm outside of the city, and we are sharing the house with a group of EYP Interns from the LA area who are here finishing up a day of retreat from [...]

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Reflections before meeting the group

Years ago I heard a saying from a European ad campaign: “Don’t throw anything away. There is no away.” The words were colorful and shaped entirely out of garbage. For some reason, that stuck with me more than any phrase about my place in the world ever has before.  Everything I own and everything that [...]

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Introduction from Holly

Hello, my name is Holly and I will be coming from Tuscaloosa, Alabama to join all the folks in Oxnard, California. I am winding down the last few months of a law degree and am very excited to see what exactly I will end up doing with it. I am not entirely sure being a [...]

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Salut!

My name is Maggie Iba. My hope is to begin this coming weekend with a prayer of grateful intention. May all that is seen, tasted, felt and learned be a wild seed of joy that roots and bears fruit in every life involved. amen. A dash about me and my interests in this pilgrimage. I [...]

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