When I first sat down with Joan Sutherland and the creative team of the non-profit Cloud Dragon, The Joan Sutherland Dharma Works, to discuss the possibilities of collaboration on this video project, Joan spoke to my heart. Paraphrasing, she said : People can’t be afraid of walking in the world with a broken heart, and to allow it to stay broken, in the understanding that the broken heart is an open heart, and connected. With this one sharing of perspective, I felt immediately whole, unashamed of my own life experience, and instantly more interested in accepting and embracing the mystery, the darkness, the difficulty, and the uncertain path as success, not failure, as richness, not the lack, as the source of action and inspiration in moving forward in the world with compassion – “We press our own broken heart up against the broken heart of the world, and then we ask, What’s next?”

“The Darkness has its own radiance, it’s not about looking for the light switch, it’s about sitting in the dark in its own terms, and feeling that power, the great roaring silence, that is 96% of everything.”

Please enjoy Joan’s poetry, wisdom, questions, and lineage in this short 10 minute video which was screened with a Q & A on May 28th, at the Living Room, Muñoz Waxman Gallery, CCA, Santa Fe.

To learn more about Joan Sutherland’s work and teachings, please visit the Cloud Dragon : The Joan Sutherland Dharma Works website.

A huge thanks to editor, Shelene Bridge and the editing/ creative team, Edie Tsong, Piper Leigh, Stella Reed, and RJ Ward. And, a profound and deep gratitude to Joan Sutherland, her dedication to and articulation of all that is unknown.

I hear the word “local” all the time, and of course, I think I’m as local as they come – for days, months sometimes, I don’t venture beyond a 30-mile radius of home, conducting my social, financial, spiritual, routine life within my own community. Or, so I think. However, our buying power, and what comes into our town from outside is huge…, food, energy, clothing, the products and some services at our fingertips are ordered online, produced far away, and shipped. As quickly as the thing arrives at our doorstep, our money leaves the community… all quite convenient, invisible, and possibly silently hurting the place we live, work, and call home. I sometimes wonder why in such an abundant world, there are so many problems within our boundaries. Our buying habits might account for many.

Vicki Pozzebon asks and investigates such economic and social quandaries through the lens of “localism”. On her website, she defines “Localism is an emergent economic development model that is about community, meaningful jobs, good corporate citizenship, sustainability, food, renewable energy, thinking local first” As a localist writer and consultant, she is committed to a local living economy model that truly sustains and enlivens community, your family, neighbors, and friends.

Vicki’s new website recently launched, and in the spirit of local collaboration, she worked with Renée Innis of Rinse Design and StoryPortrait Media to help her tell her own story through design and imagery.

Top Left: Kelly Egolf and Elizabeth Redman, VERDE Juice
Top to Bottom Right:
Sheila Nixon and Check Roland Richter, Joe’s Dining
Santa Sidra Hard Cider, a member of Delicious New Mexico
Juliana and Tejinder Ciano, ReUnity Resources


Her book, For the Love of Local: Confessions from the Heart of Community, will be published this Fall.

She is also offering Localist Learning Circles and BIG Retreats for social entrepreneurs.

I came to feel whole – to put my pieces back together again.
I’ve been dreaming of you, searching for you, eager to find this place, in time to stop and listen and know – to know what I’ve always known deep inside.

The plants speak and soils dance, the air whispers and breathes, the waters move through every part of me, every part of creation, torrents and tides of my thoughts and dreams.

Yes, I came also for groundwater and rain water, grey water, humanure and polycultures. I came for green land and the ocean. I came for beet salad dressing and nettle pesto, vegan chocolate brownies and greens, all things fermented. I came for the colored pencils and design process, the group process, and personal one. I came for conversation, for the light burning in your eyes through your hearts. I came for your love, your passion, your laughter, your dreams. I came for politics and poetics, energy audits, and somatic resilience. I came for solar paths and soil tests, the soft sensuality of cob. I came for your ethics, your principles. I came for the edge.

This is just a snapshot of this time on earth. The only moment I have, or had that comes and goes so fast.

At Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, Occidental, California where I received my Permaculture Design Certificate.

Happy New Year’s Eve and New Year to you!

Thanks for letting me share my work with you throughout the year! I feel honored and lucky to have collaborated with a number of amazing artists, nonprofits, and businesses again this year that have inspired me to reach deeper, think bigger, and continue to push my work forward in the new year. One of my favorite work visits this year was to Austin, Texas to connect with Ysabel Lemay who works intuitively from and with nature, bringing the spirit of life intelligence forward. Looking to recreate the energetic impact of what she feels from life, she works days, months, effortlessly on a single piece, “It will take the time that it takes, and there will never be a piece that leaves my house that doesn’t have that strong energy”.

So how is MY story unfolding? What is public, what is private? What makes life personal and how does the personal inform and create who we are out in the world? I have already shared a lot of my work projects this year, so now I am sharing the personal, where I reached out for inspiration and education, and what life just brought from its own accord that continues to teach me the lessons I need to learn.

This year was admittedly, a year of heart break. The biggest loss was that of my grandmother.
She always told me to “be good, but not too good”.

I enjoyed two incredible trips; Louisiana and Maui, two places that have been on my wish list for a while.

A year of thanks:
Hopefully next year, I will have a portrait gallery of all of my girlfriends. I have such an amazing community of incredible women in my life who have been with me in celebration and heart break and it’s just a huge gift to travel in this life with them by my side – leading me, supporting me, holding me, healing me, lifting me, loving me. You know who you are, thank you.

Conferences, classes, community inspiration:
I have a very strong interest in health and wellness, food as sustenance and spirit, farming and a connection to the land, and food justice. I went to two conferences this year to dive deeper into this rich community and I have more experiences planned for the new year that will help me take my backyard garden to the next level of sustainability and my lifestyle to one of stewardship and wholeness. Quivera Conference , FUZE SW, Food + Folklore Festival

Masters in Motion Conference for inspiration and professional development.

Thanks to Maia Duerr, of the Liberated Life Project, for a great course, Fall in Love with Your Work, that help me see and envision a new way forward for my life and StoryPortrait Media!

I am sincerely grateful to the artist, the activists, the leaders and the visionaries, right now, and over time, who commit themselves to the fight and hold the vision for justice, equality and peace. It’s so complex, and I just appreciate those who can speak and act for humanity in these times.

Musical inspiration:

Video inspiration:

Into the Streets (People’s Climate March + Flood Wall Street) from meerkatmedia on Vimeo.

What am I inviting in for 2015?
I invite exuberant health, strength, and self-love and acceptance into my life.
In invite my voice, my truth, my power, integrity and alignment.
I invite a deep, joyful relationship with the Divine, nature.
I invite BIG, expansive, connected, creative, collaborative projects that relate to and respond to community and the world.
I invite in discomfort, risk, and the space outside of my comfort zone.
I invite in transformative love that continues to expand my heart, my sensitivity, openness, and compassion.
I invite in abundance for myself, my team, my family, and community and generosity, trust, and faith.
I invite in courage, intuitive wisdom, and sacred silence.
I invite in the present moment, free from the pain and disappointments of the past or the hopes/ plans for the future.
I invite in the fullness and perfection of the present moment.

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