The ability to live and let live so that all can live in plenitude is true freedom.

Welcome to OWWL Dojo where we are learning to live handmade lives directly in harmony with our mother earth’s capacity of plenitude for all of us.

We are learning also to not live for profit, as we learn to live in and of the gift of life.

The first humans lived in perfect harmony with nature and the gods of their own accord without the compulsion of the law they were honest and true, and lived from their inherent goodness.  Mother earth gave all things spontaneously, unasked and in abundance.

They were ruled not by other men, but by spirits, those corresponding to the eternal element in human nature, and the more than human life world. Time was cyclical, not linear, and they knew creation to be a continuous process.

Everything was sacred, not because pious people chose to regard it as such, but because it was in fact ruled by spirit, by the creative powers manifest in all the phenomena of nature, shaping the features of the landscape, regulating the seasons, the cycles of fertility, the lives of animals and men.

We know that the memory of this way of life is still deep in our DNA , and so we are re-membering how to live this way.

A dojo is a place for immersive experiential learning, meditation and martial arts.

The term literally means place of the way.

Initially dojos were adjunct to temples and were formal training places for any arts ending in “do” -from the Chinese word Dao- which means way or path.

The body and wings of our OWWL come from the Ancient wisdoms of Hawaii,-Aloha  The Andes,- Ayni  and the Tao.

We invite you to work with us in this Dojo, and the only qualifications we ask for- are for you to be open -minded, dissatisfied with our current way of life, a risk taker and not and expert.

Why  these qualifications?

Because within this dojo we will be punching holes in almost all of our “sacred-cow” concepts/beliefs  so-

  1. open-minded because not every one can handle sacred-cow punching! You need an open mind to look at yourself, your beliefs, and the world we’ve brought forth from a new vantage point.
  2. dissatisfaction- because only those who are dissatisfied with something are willing to investigate, experiment and do something to bring about change, a new world. Its time to change tactics
  3. risk-taker because the responsibility of your self-designed handmade life of healthy plenitude for the present and future will be plopped in your lap.
  4. not an expert- because you can’t solve a problem from the same level of mind that created the problem, and our problem world is absolutely created by the experts!

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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OWWL


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.

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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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