outsidejosh
34 Berkeley, United States
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My self-summary
Gratitude and humor in an intensely changing world. I have a background in film and food justice, and a masters degree in Integral Ecology. I work two jobs I adore, but at core I'm an artist-educator-activist, and I'm learning to show up as a guide for transformation and resilience over the next period of humongous changes on the planet. I have the river confluence I was born by tattooed on my back, above the Egyptian hieroglyphic for the word love. I choose tattoos carefully. I have a rabbit. I'm close to my family. I've traveled a lot. I'm deeply grateful for all our interrelated lives.
What I’m doing with my life
Find my stuff at ecocourageous.com. I'm a garden teacher at an elementary school, and I sell local raw honey at farmer's markets. I try everyday to create art and music and teach about ecologies, spirit, and justice. I share what I've learned (and keep learning) in sometimes serious, sometimes seriously hilarious ways. I go for walks under tall trees regularly. I ride my bike everywhere. My garden is exploding ~ since my house is finally full of people who (like me) love to plant, sprout, tend, harvest, ferment, brew, tincture, infuse, seed-save, and sing to the plants every chance they get.
I’m really good at
Paying attention to people. Making everyone feel at home. Cultivating community. Place-making. Supporting radical emergence and reassuring boundaries. Timing. Learning the land. Combining strange colorful produce to make glorious feasts. Sharing earth through art. Seeing us surrounded by the sacred. Giving haircuts. Taking care of my rabbit, who's lived with me since NYC '02.
The first things people usually notice about me
I have weird hair, kind eyes, maybe a cute butt - depends on which direction you're noticing from. I'm a shape-shifter, I have a range of looks. My friend just said they noticed I was conscious and comfortable.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: David Abram, Audre Lorde, Derrick Jensen, Joanna Macy.
Movies: Beasts of the Southern Wild, Studio Ghibli, Charlie Kauffman, Occupy Love
Shows: The Daily Show with Cameron Esposito, Broad City, if it's funny/smart I watch too much of it online
Music: Zap Mama, Tune Yards, Sleater Kinney, Reggie Watts
Food: Fresh salads, nuts 'n berries, radiation-free seaweed, homemade kimchee.
The six things I could never do without
I'm not sure what we get to keep across incarnations, but from here it feels like I could never do without the people I love, my breath, shared meals, music, movement, touch, trees, animals, soil, water, all those things.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The world we all share. How we can honor life, love, diversity, and creativity. How we can move past fear and greed, and sow peace and understanding. How we can have the courage to act ~ to dismantle systems of violence and patriarchy, institutionalized racism and oppression, and show up in solidarity and collaboration and healing. How to balance trust and urgency. How to balance revelation and responsibility. Who I might meet next...
On a typical Friday night I am
fielding offers for fun interesting things out and about, and I do dance, mmhmm, that is true, but also happy to stay at home for some potluck/bonfire/interesting conversation with housemates, or especially some quiet time to get back to my art.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Ask me anything...
You should message me if
I'm looking for transformative relationships - friendships and loves that challenge, encourage, and nourish each partner's soul and evolving story in the world. Someone who can talk about monkeywrenching or solastalgia or poop. Someone who wants to push on towards camp, but still makes sure everyone on the hike is ok.
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