“Come, Journey with me through the growing seasons while I practice an agriculture ritual that’s 10000 years old; a ritual that is the fruit of a divine marriage, that formed the sacred foundation of our civilization.”
In this documentary you will learn how to mound plant corn, beans and squash using a heavy hoe, and a good deal more. From Steven’s perspective we are given a rare insight into the prehistoric foundations of agriculture. Perhaps most importantly this video claims back agriculture as a sacred art. Steven brings the viewer with him as he steps into the philosophy and practice of a 10000 year old agricultural ritual.
In Steven’s words:
“This knowledge and maybe a bit a wisdom with it, has traveled a long way to come back to me. At first it came in small pieces through elders, friends, books. And more still came over the decades of working with and learning from the patient Earth, wild-harvesting and growing food and medicine. Eventually the lost puzzle pieces came together. The picture it made subverts everything we think we know. From the old testament story of the garden, to the superior claims of science. As I opened to and began to act in accord with these ancient teachings the sacred world “El Mundo Bueno” opened up to me. Now my hands hold the key to that world and civilization’s survival, as four hundred generations of hands have before me. I feel a duty and obligation to share the knowledge from this ancient tree’s fruit, and of my experience, because it is precisely the path that needs to be rediscovered and walked to find our way out of “El Mundo Malo”; out of our confused and seemingly terminal state.”
While this video is not a professional video, it’s content is the product of decades of ‘research’ and ‘field work’. It also took Lynn Loutfi and Steven a year or so to firm and edit. All that is to say when we suggest a value of $30 for the course it’s not to cover the cost of slick production, it’s to support the living knowledge contained in the video.
Also, in acknowledgement of Indigenous Peoples whose land we live and teach on, and to where much of the knowledge Steven holds about mound planting and ‘the three sisters’ came from, and in our commitment to broadly disseminate traditional understandings and practices, we will be donating 10% of each sale to a local organization, The Circle Of Turtle Lodge.
In their words: “Our Circle has been reviving, promoting, and restoring Traditional Anishinabe Culture in the Ottawa Valley since 1999. We are an independent not-for-profit organization, and a registered charity, based in Deacon, Ontario, which is at the head of Golden Lake in unceded Algonquin Territory.”
“All the elements of the most elaborate grand rituals are present when we garden. It all starts with a natural setting, often a place of inherent brightness, richness and splendor, a place of moisture and life. Then, in an honourable way, we work with the land. We cultivate Her using ancient techniques passed down through the ages from the first marriage agreement we made. These deep understandings of plants were gleaned thousands of years ago when we eloped with our wild plant ‘bride’ taking her from her home.” – Steven Martyn, The Long Dance: Ten Thousand years of Gardening Ceremony
Pay what you will, or pay what you can. Suggested course price is $30 (includes 1:10 min video download), PDF with synopsis of main points and additional information to that’s not in the video. And an hour and half online Q&A, available to the first 30 participants.