Why do people have to be as they are? We live in a wonderful world which could be like Eden, everyone having what they need... Greed and a seeking for more than is needed I suppose and a fear of letting go. The need to be "seen" to be successful when in truth the only successful person is the one content with exactly what they have living in a world they are not destroying.
I started Eden Dream in the late 1990s. The name was inspired by friends of mine who wrote a poem which was a perfect vision for me of a world which provided what we needed without us destroying it or each other.
Since then of course the world has given me a "right good kicking" for those beliefs and having trust in some people and I have been disappointed. But, there is also something far greater than us, and there is a vision which is far greater than the need for the next fast car or a big and expensive home. There is a vision of hope and happiness which sounds pretty "wet" in this day and age where everything revolves around status and how people "view you".
Believe me, I've done the private education (don't knock it, I was taught to be an individual as Bancrofts School in my mind stands out for encouraging all ideas and ideals), working in the City and having the "nice" house and all the trappings... They can bring you happiness, I was happy but I knew there was much more which has guided me for a very long time.
There was a time I nearly gave up. I'd just had my hip replaced after an awful time, the dream seemed to be in tatters. I was sitting in a chair wondering whether to give up... Glastonbury was on the TV and U2 came on with Bono singing Jerusalem and Where the Streets Have No Name and as I thought, yes I will stand up, walk again and get on with things...
Many of us probably have a vision of how we think the world should be. Many of us are broken hearted because of the way the world is and in truth that is purely because of the people in it. Everything is repressed and controlled by how people think they should be and how they should appear to others when the structure has broken down.
In my grandparents' and even my parents' day being polite and having manners were important. It was of course "smart" for children to rebel but they did know better and eventually they would fit in after a bit of rebellion to express their creativity. In many ways they were conforming and finding their way and who they were.
I hear it over and over again that neighbours don't get on. People don't get on because they don't want to.
There is a "curse" a past good friend once told me about. "May you live in interesting times". It seems that some people want to live in "interesting times" so rather than embracing the colour of the world they are intent on prejudice and trying to make the world conform to the ideal that they have in their head.
This is a difficult time and a time of change. It is perhaps a time to turn back to the land (even your back garden or window box) as a way to sustain yourself and a way to take back "personal power" of being able to feed yourself (even a little bit).
The earth will provide and back "in the day" we were all able to eat from the land.
Politics are as always dictating our lives. We had a say, we had a vote. Whatever your opinion then I bet it has been changed slightly since now that all the facts are on the table and we know what we are dealing with. This is an unusual political statement from me but I feel it is important. The bottom line is that we are not in control of anything other than our own corner of this world and it is up to us to make that corner the best it can be.
Mankind likes to name and categorise. The animals of the earth brought to Adam to be given a name. But in naming there is a degree of control over another creature and the creature has no idea it has a name. Mankind likes to feel comfortable and having a tick box exercise and some way of "Keeping up with the Jones'" or feeling superior has made life comfortably organised for some. It has to be. Why else would they get out of bed in the morning and go and do jobs which need to be done. That is the whole point. A world of anarchy would not work. It would very soon lead to a world of bored people with no food and everything that you see around you would be no more. It might be a dream not to have to be on that train in the morning trundling into work but what would you do? There would be no leisure because all the things you use and want would not exist and you'd have to spend your day growing your food, making your clothes and whittling your own bowl! So, if you are lucky enough to be in a position that your income comes from alternative creative sources which doesn't make you go to an office every day, then do not view those who do as being "in the box".
If... big word! If this world was perfect. It will only move that way if we want it to and we have to be practical. Someone has to be in charge as there are so many things that need to be organised so that today's society can function. That needs a structure of Civil Servants (the word is "Servant", it is quite apt). There needs to be a structure in which the basics can be provided and provided for but it is our responsibility to provide those "Servants" with the funds to be able to provide better services. So when you work and pay your taxes, feel proud that there is a street under your feet etc.
Having a "job" or "something you do" brings a sense of purpose and when that is lost that is when the darker emotions can take over. Then again all too often people are judged by their "job". Every job makes a world and every job is important. There is a song about the person who makes the "thingemebob" but without the "thingemebobs" there would be no machine and no society with the things that we all enjoy.
Eden Dream is not about sitting in a tent in a field living on lentils and cabbage and "not harming the world" man... It is about having all the things that you need WITHOUT harming the world around you. It is about looking at the alternatives which can in fact allow you more...
In my novel "Nemesis" which became "Thunder in the Mountains" I explored the idea of an AI who looked at the world and shut down technology so that the world could rebuild. Although that would be some people's dream I hope that the anarchy that I tried to convey in that novel is something that they would consider before thinking that is a "good option". A return to basics would be perfect for a world where people get on...
There is nothing wrong with this world...
You are not saving the world, it has been there before you and it will be there afterwards...
You are saving yourself.
You are learning to live and be happy with what you have
A fair day's pay for a fair day's work
Dare I quote it but I do like it... be yourself and harm none.
What does it matter what you look like?
Though if you enjoy your look and want to look good that is up to you
What does it matter what you wear?
I remember a time of New Romantics, Punks and colourful creative clothing which although making people "tribal" did at least put colour and creativity into everyday life. If you look around now, it is all a bit bland...
If you want to wear a dress, wear a dress (if practical)
If you want to wear a suit, wear a suit
Be who YOU want to be, not what people expect you to be...
Unless you are doing a job of work and a certain dress code is needed.
Mankind has various cries for help where enforced image takes over. We have all heard of anorexia, bulimia, OCD and a whole list of reactions to a world where we are not able to express ourselves and where we are all pushed into an image created by others.
If you are thin, be thin.
If you aspire to be thin, be thin if YOU want to be.
If you are have an ample figure, revel in it if you are healthy
If you are fat because of stress and comfort eating, cry for help
If you are thin because you have taken image to far, cry for help
Or deal with it yourself.
You are a beautiful wonderful creation who can do so much
If the world is holding you back, don't let it.
You have the ability to change the world
Many small lights make a big light
Many drops make an ocean
Wanting, believing and "walking your walk" will lead others.
We can't all live in the country or there would be no country
We can't all live in the woods or there would be no woods
If you love the country, live in the city and go and see it
Protect that land and make sure it isn't built on and controlled
WE NEED OUR FARMLAND... if you want to eat, don't let it be built on
WE NEED OUR WOODLANDS... we need the trees
WILD should be WILD. WILD ANIMALS ARE DANGEROUS. Leave them to their world and keep to yours. You don't need to go there, they live there.
Everyone's view of a perfect world is different.
I'm old now. A crone if you want to put it in pagan terms... Not quite venerable yet but I've lived long enough to see a lot of things.
We all have a responsibility to this world
If you stand on a fragile football, don't kick it
This is the web site for Eden Dream which is now based on an old castle site in Wales. We have had many locations on our journey. The shop in London was the first. This was a drop in shop where visitors could find information on sustainability etc. Back then (about 1987) it was a bit of a new thing and there was a lot to shout about as people were not as aware as they are today.
Eden Dream continued as a web site for years before we moved to Wales. The location we chose was not ideal for "doing anything" but it was ideal for growing a couple of goats into a herd.
We moved here in 2017 and this place is perfect. The ideas have shifted a lot from the Personal Development Course and Team Building which was the original plan for the "old place". Those things perhaps are not for the "wilds" and more for four star hotels!
We are now focusing more on this place as a beautiful magical location where we can create things that everyone can share without travelling. The Labyrinth is a wonderful focus for energy which can be given and asked for all over the world without the need to come here. The puppet shows, poetry readings, storytelling and other theatrical productions we are planning are to be filmed and made available. So you can watch them from the comfort of your own home.
We do not know what Brexit will bring. I haven't read the cards about it or done any form of divination. It will dictate half of what this place is as of the 35 acres, 18 is farm land and we would like to be involved in helping with food production should the need arise. If so then we will be employing someone to plant and maintain a market garden here so that we can do veg boxes.
It is extending the original Eden Dream Poem by taking out the "a" so that man and woman can be provided for.
We hope that you find what you are looking for here. We are all on a journey. Some people will come here no doubt, some will find what they need from a distance.
We moved here in 2017 and it was a blank canvas. So, what do you do?
Firstly we had to settle the goats and other animals in. That meant a fair bit of work so we had to put other things aside until we had sorted the practical things.
At the start of 2019 this is the exciting time when we can actually achieve something.
The place is beautiful, we'd happily share it for rough camping etc but mostly we are working on filming for YouTube and social media. With the digital world you don't need to come here to enjoy what we are doing here.
We are a small patch of land on this beautiful ball of rock and here we try to do things that are worthwhile.
Goats and goat related things
Dogs and dog related things...
Puppets and puppet theatre (filmed)...
and much more...
Proposed Projects include:
Building A Labyrinth as a permanent monument
Setting up puppet theatres across the UK
Providing space for creativity and relaxation
We are looking for more "crew" to help out here. You don't have to live here to be a part of it. We are happy to host weekends or weeks if you would like to come and enjoy working in the woodland etc without having to own one of your own.