BWD Ranch Mixed Matristic Horticultural old growth culture village

This is our current location for Aloha Ayni Tao living matriculation Halau.

We are healing ourselves and working with the earth, wood, and water spirits to restore this clear cut land to mimic the old growth oak biome.

We are birthing a food forest around our house also.

And on the journey to become self-governed.

This is where you’ll live, play, work, unlearn, learn, share and care with us as you Matriculate in Aloha Ayni Tao living, and become a village elder.


Jan 5, 2015 arrival in Haileyville Oklahoma.

We had no furniture, just our clothes, mattresses, cooking utensils, books (of course!) a small tv, dvd’s and our animals. The house was in sorry shape. our resources were a pole barn to house the animals, and a dog house for the ducks.

We also discovered the resource of the old haybales that fed the goats and donkeys, and then became mulching material

Our harvest that summer!

This place was in the 100 year floodplain as we found out, so we were looking for a new place while waiting for the FSA to work on our loan. We were part of the Mcalester Chamber of Commerce, and in August of 2015 were at the Chamber’s annual banquet showcasing our farm, with no actual location!

November 20, 2015

We signed the paperwork for our current location in Indianola.

December 2015

We had an email from a Dutch TV producer wanting to showcase us on a documentary they were making. We were NOT doing any marketing, just had a website with no presence.

We rapidly expanded from just goats, ducks and donkeys to pigs, cattle, horses and bees.


We also purchased a 1967 Ford tractor, plow and disc, and started plowing. Our first Veterans for healing were also present.

April 2016

the dutch TV crew was here!

Watch their production!

Our tractor broke in early 2016, so we have been farming without a tractor since. It’s been quite discouraging at times, but we have kept plugging along.

Since 2016, we have experienced many days of financial-fake money lack, but every time we needed something-like feed for the livestock, it came our way.

Spring 2020

We were blessed with the resources of 7 huge truckloads of woodchips, that we moved by wheelbarrow to create zone 1. It’s been a real break through since then!

Spring 2020

Summer 2021

We’re now starting a recycling program, working with wine bottles and empty milk jugs to build ecobricks with.

Meanwhile our food forests and food sovereignty projects continue!


Cohabitation Dehesas

Dehesa- The word comes from the old growth multifunctional agrosylvopastoral systems of Spain. The dehesas of Spain (Montados in Portugal) are examples of ecosystems where humans play a constructive role, maintaining and improving the landscape to benefit wilderness, all its inhabitants and humans equally. The area of land belongs to the village/cohabitors in common.

Forests seem permanent and natural. Few are. For at least 6,000 years men and women have shaped the woods. The forests as we know them are products of craft/art-ing.

Up until our time a forest was not a wilderness. From it might be harvested timber, firewood, tanbark, charcoal, fence and hurdle poles, splints for wattle, grass to pasture sheep, goats, cattle, horses, bison and more, acorns to fatten hogs, honey from beehives, ink from oak galls. In return, the users left the dung of the grazing animals.

A good dehesa looks like a park. The principal trees are oak, and under the trees are grasses and many more forage plants.

No one gets individually rich on a Dehesa, yet all live well. It requires a complex code of use allied to half a dozen crafts (or more) in a system of care and protection for all who come after. This has been going on since the bronze age and before. Since the Neolithic age crops have been planted among the trees.


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Owl can see that which others cannot, which is the essence of true wisdom

Our body and wings

Our talons of self sustainment

Meet the Sensei

The Journey



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Arting/Crafting careers

 Working for a living= merely surviving

Career-ing= inspiring for a short time

Art-ing/crafting vocation-ing= awakened radiantly happy living a full filling life.


Since humans began to build and settle down, there have been two versions of the world; the world made with wood, and the world made with coal and oil. One lasted 12 to 15 millenia, the other has lasted about 250 years so far, and is crumbling into non being.

Humans arose through the exercise of memory, reason and skill in a world that was warming and blooming. Memory gave to reason its material and skill proved a thought to be true (or not). Skill suggested a turn of the wrist, memory preserved it, reason compared it.

The human attributes-courage, faithfulness, patience, fortitude, prudence and honor were forged where the faculties met, in the making of home in the world.

Human beings learned from the woods around them. The more the people worked with the oak, the more the oak taught them what it could do.

When we talk about prehistoric Britain we tend to think of Stonehenge. What we seldom realize is that Stonehenge is by no means unique. Most of the henges that have been excavated were largely or entirely made of oak posts.

The shapes and patterns of all the henges are called entropic because it is thought that they were created within the eyes itself.

The human mind grew through the knowledge born of Art, of Craft, and in order to make, our ancestors had to imagine. In order to imagine, they had to make. Between thinking/imagining and making (art-ing/crafting) the world we know emerged.

To imagine and to make (art, craft) are reinforcing pairs that awaken your spirit to life a big talented full-filling life.


The journey

Crafting Dojo Opportunities

Service and volunteering dojo

Throw coins into the sacred pond

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Who is us

We are re-enchanting our world by honoring and celebrating everybody and everything while Art-ing a good life for all.


About aatl

Owl- wings and body

Our Renunciations

Our Animal Tribe

Our Human Tribe

Our heritage

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