On March New Moon, we launched our very first Crowdfunding Campaign.
Amongst 200 acres of rewilding land, sitting harmoniously amongst Nature, are 13 magnificent structures. Built in indigenous style, a 40 ft timber Celtic roundhouse, men's and women's sacred houses, temples, spiral yurts, amongst others; all neolithic, ecstatically beautiful, and built by the community, welcome you, your eyes, and your support.
Originally a carpenter, now a poet, storyteller, and community creator, Shivam O'Brien leads one month per year of what he calls ecstatic building. People come to this spectacular Welsh valley amongst many waterfalls and thousands of returning trees and wildlife, to self enquire, to go deep into Being, and once a year to give towards building something bigger than themselves.
In his 60th year this May, Shivam has acknowledged the urgency of bringing these buildings into completion in order to pass them on to the next generation. 27 years of community culture, ritual, and celebrating the connection to the Great Mother and poetry of Life, Spirit Horse is remaking the culture all to forgotten in the Western world. The ceremonial village of Spirit Horse is a cultural light to the world!
We are launching this campaign to raise the funds necessary to complete these buildings, so that further generations of experience can be well housed beneath the Welsh rain and sky. If you would share this campaign with your networks, students, and contacts, our appreciation goes out to you.
Look out for the Launch Day Rewards, and pop up 24 hour rewards in the days in-between.
Build it. Bless it. Share it. Pass it on. x
Rebuilding Culture - Support Us
We are not profit making – it’s the nature of the task. We have conquered through these many years by the unflinching commitment of our small, stubborn, crazed band of warriors, heroes and visionaries. And through support from people near and far, who love what we do.
You are welcome to join a community of people who make small (£2.50 a week) contributions towards the ecstatic building of a zero impact, magnificently earthy, anciently styled temple village for sacred gatherings and the remaking of true natural culture.
IT'S WIN WIN Get involved and get much cheaper workshop prices. You get large discounts off most Spirit Horse workshops, sometimes half price, and you support a unique attempt to create beauty in a mediocre world that has lost true values.
To avail of community prices you must have a standing order set up. You can do this in ten minutes online. What are you waiting for? £11 a month. This tiny sum is all that is required. If you really like what's happening and the direction it is going why not consider making a larger donation. £5 a week? Bit more? See below.
Maintaining the village and joyous work.
Right now, heading into the Spring of 2018 we will be launching a crowdfunder, to take on the almighty task of bringing all of our buildings into completion, replacing the old canvas's, giving the lodges roofs of magnificence, and adding to the already beautiful, and ever-growing wildness of the Valley. More information on this will be revealed in due course.
YOU CAN Join the carpenters!!! Learn to build in our unique, loose, happy, ecstatically creative way. You can learn to make your own house for £4000 (but not on our land!) See calendar for next May and next years building time. We charge £20 a day to join us for community or building time. £10 a day if you are a community member - just to cover costs. If you are a skilled builder or just genuinely handy and like hard work and making amazing beautiful things then you can join us for free once we see you are for real!!
AND If you have any skills in fundraising, you have a magazine, or a newsletter that may wish to feature us on this wild and ambitious endeavour, PLEASE, get in touch. Write to us, via Annabelle.email@example.com
A few words from Erika on this: "My heart longed for a home and I found it amongst you in our village. When Spirit Horse came into being it was a small tentative gathering run like a family. Over the years it organically grew into more than we ever imagined. The old ways of organizing ourselves are not enough any more. Shivam's suggestions are significant both in terms of survival and breathing new life into this village. This is a heroic attempt to catch up with the times. Open your ears and hearts and be counted!"
Support the work of Spirit Horse and get involved by becoming a Community Member!
Members contribute £2.50 (or more if they wish) a week by setting up a standing order for £11 a month.
This entitles you to attend some events at a much lower rate, but more importantly it enables us to continue the amazing, ever flowing, ever opening adventure of remaking a culture worth being in.
Rediscovering the old and making new ways to be Happy and Holy together. Remembering ourselves as the praisers and lovers of the Earth's song.
All financial incomings and outgoings will be accounted by Robin, Our Grand Vizier, the holder of the community purse strings and Community Accountant. All requests for money from the community account to aid in Spirit Horse Community projects, will need to go through Robin. Currently the fund is used to buy materials only for the amazing buildings and the breakfast and suppers of the merry crew.
CLICK HERE to set up your standing order, or get in touch with Robin on firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to approach this more uniquely.
One thousand 'thank-you's to those of you who have made a donation or are inspired to start donating. We greatly appreciate your generosity. The long term effect of your openhanded gesture cannot be calculated at this time.
Shivam's work spiralled out in directions no one foresaw. Including him. In an organic natural way a community caught fire with something born of the initial spark. Shivam insists that to make real culture is a thousand year task. Yet it is enticing, alluring and so much needed and wanted and longed for to steep ourselves in true company. To rub shoulders for some common good, to attempt, even if we fail, as no doubt we will, to make a way of being together, at least founded on sacred vision, our highest hopes and longings for ourselves, our children, our world, and the world we share with countless other beings. An inspired, sometimes crazy, sometimes flawed, sometimes heart breakingly beautiful attempt to make a cheerful, tearful, honest, real, exuberant, paperless, naturally ordered, tribal kinda community has insisted on springing forth, sporadically and yet enduringly over the years.
Invisible bonds and secret prayers and hard to define shared values nevertheless blossomed into concrete realised dreams; such as the purchase of a huge chunk of our valley all around the original encampment, which is now handed back to the wild; the original goddess. Or the creation of stunning carved and painted temples and lodges. Or a kitchen with no rota, no rules but a lotta love, a tiny overloaded shrine and a vast sense of humour that produces feasts for 20 or 200!!
And so may of our children though they meet only once or twice a year have made solid life long friendships and return of their own volition to melt into and be renewed in the cauldron of collective dreaming, music making, ritualising and stomping around in cool hats and big boots. Huh!
Parents don't drag their kids here. Kids bring their parents. And even teenagers dig it. But don' tell them.
Rebuilding Culture - Why Community?
Our work begins with individuals who come to our workshops for their own entirely personal reasons (healing, spiritual search, adventure, looking for fun, or prompted by some form of crisis or unknown inner secret guide.) People long for change whilst also being scared of it actually happening. For those who continue with this work, a natural graduation occurs. From concern to get something for oneself, to concern for one’s part in the big picture. From need to gratitude. Often with us moving towards taking part in the recreation of a sacred culture together. That is; a culture that is fulfilling to be part of where ones individual diversity, idiosyncrasy, secret edge or even craziness plays a respected, acknowledged or even sacred role in the evolving culture of the tribe or community.
Woven into our workshops is an attempt to address the question of what sort of culture we wish to be held in and ultimately to pass on. This exploration broadens out to challenging (and having a lot of fun with) our various notions surrounding speech, dress, music, poetry, dance, storytelling, architecture, shared work, children, and relationship to responsibility and each other. All of this can be brought to a thunderstorm of creative crisis by doing something holy together, a display to the gods of our longing, gratitude or sense of sacred exchange: this display is called ritual. We have found ourselves revelling in the humour, grief and struggle inherit in this evolving work.
What this work requires is human qualities such as enthusiasm, openness, generosity, humour, willingness, work, playfulness and authenticity. And financial support, which we hope to get from our community sponsorship scheme.
Many people are looking for ways to feel better, deep down we are looking for something to contribute towards. That in the end is at the heart of much of our longing. To find our true worth and work and to be part of something greater than one’s self. Something beautiful. This beautiful thing could be a community involved in sacred ways sharing the adventure, the impossibility, the humour and learning as they stumble along together, magnificently.
"Out beyond ideas of rightdoing and wrongdoing, there is a green field. I'll meet you there. When you lie down in that grass, Life is too full to talk about"