Greeting Friends and Kindred Spirits,
Yesterday this invitation went public so I wanted to share it with my friends here at Fiberglass Rv. I will be one of the visionary participants in this expedition and experiment in living and it is my hope that a handful of individuals who celebrate and embrace diverse lifestyle, spiritual and 'relationship' preferences and who resonate with the idea of creating an intentional community on wheels will choose to participate in this innovative and evocative caravan to share life on the road.
"Make the Journey Worthy of the Destination"
A TRAVEL ADVENTURE IN NEW MEXICO----AN EXPEDITION TO DISCOVER/INVENT/ENJOY--- A NEW KIND OF COMMUNITY---- THAT IS:
2 Self creating
4 Inexpensive/Frugal Lifestyle
Do you want to be mobile? Are you already mobile but want to put more meaning into your travels.....“contribute” more perhaps, or work on self development or just have more fun because it is shared with others? Want to think about and help create a new order/way of lightweight living based not on greed, and consumption, but rather on community and mobility, and, perhaps, even oneness with the world? Do you feel that this can be accomplished more readily in community rather than alone?
“If you want the good life---a creative community is the place to be.” (Brad Blanton)
Laurie T. aka Loverise@aol.com
shares her personal vision:
I consider "The Quest for Community Caravan to be an expedition in mobile living to create a community of kindred spirits as we navigate the frontier of life on wheels.
It is a call to the free spirited, solo traveler who also enjoys the inspiration, insight and camaraderie experienced when sharing travel with other free spirits.
It is an invitation to wanderers and wayfarers who would feel their life would be enhanced by boldly participating in this ground breaking, transformational experiment in living.
This is an evocative opportunity for a diverse group of wanderers who celebrate and embrace our individual differences to come together to weave a tapestry of experience with the intention of championing one another to live our most inspired lives while sharing a playful, adventurous and meaningful life as we travel engaging with 'The Quest for Community Caravan' as a laboratory for living, loving and learning.
With much appreciation for all who will choose to participate in this compelling quest!
Few phrases are as hackneyed, trite, and dishonest as the RV "Dream" or "Adventure." In reality the vast majority of RV'ers are too middle class and conventional for any of that. By and large, mainstream RV'ers are simply portable suburbanites: their lives are centered around comfort, cleanliness, conventionality, status-seeking, and consumption.
What if you are an outlier, relative to the norm? Must you travel as a solitary individual?
The purpose of this project is to build and share a unique mobile culture -- one that isn't found in existing mainstream RV groups. Like Thoreau on his way to Walden Pond, we seek to live "deliberately."
We want to emphasize ideas rather than possessions; experiences rather than purchases; experimental openness rather than old fogey conventionality. We will not emphasize routine sightseeing, buying tickets for this or that, going to expensive restaurants and tourist attractions, etc., because we are not on vacation.
I believe that even when people have captured “THE GOOD LIFE”---security, health, a mate---they are still incomplete without intentional community. The key word is intentional. Community---without intention---is merely a gang—a distraction that (just barely) keeps nothingness (life's real enemy) at bay. A community with intent, however, ( a “mutual admiration society”) can do much better---it can facilitate us becoming who we REALLY are (blossoming).
I believe, with Teilard de Chardin, that “isolation is a dead end”---that---”the self is fulfilled in community”. Most of the good things about me---I absorbed from others---in the assorted communities I lived in for 17 years. Yes, there are up and downsides of association----but a mobile community, with separate rigs, eliminates most of the downsides since we live, essentially, in separate worlds---with warm friendships, hiking companions, discussion partners--- a short walk away----Everyone feeling connected---yet wonderfully free to come and go or leap ahead to the next stop.
I believe there is something incredibly important yet to be discovered/invented/learned about human association. Some forms elevate and others degrade its participants. I hope to be a keen-enough observer to ferret out some of these truths---as well as a joyful collaborator in the self-creating community. I'm pleased to have already interested some large minds, hearts and personalities in this project.
The adventure begins here and now—Yuma, AZ. -- from here, we will slowly drift— East to the Casa Grande area for a while—then Tucson –then east to New Mexico (you can rendezvous with us at any point along the route) where we will each purchase an annual pass ($225—or less) allowing use of all their 35 parks for no additional charge. Then we begin a slow---summer- long--- temperature-conscious meander among the parks. What happens next is up to us. Inspired minds, hopefully, will shape a community of our dreams.
While travelers are welcome to connect with the Caravan at any point along our journey to visit, the number of rigs that can participate is limited due to the scope of the State Park System. It is our intention to embark upon this journey with a small core group of steadfast individuals who resonate with the expedition's vision who are willing and able to travel for the duration of the summer who can wholeheartedly engage in this experiment in intentional living.
If you are interested in being included in this compelling endeavor please send an email to Loverise@aol.com
expressing what would be your motivation and intention in participating in this expedition and how would your personal involvement with the Quest for Community Caravan enhance both you as an individual and the group.