“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 hour long 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 10 000 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 civilizations 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.”
This ecourse is the product of decades of ‘research’ and ‘field work’.
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
Course price is $50 (includes 1:10 min video download), PDF with synopsis of main points and additional information to that’s not in the video. You’ll have access to the recorded Q&A, all upcoming additions to the course and lifetime access.
Throughout the coming season we’ll add these videos:
-Building your heavy hoe
-How to store your harvest
-How to process corn and beans
-How to Nixtamalize Corn and why you should for optimum nutrition
-Recipes for the three types of corn we grow:
Tortillas, Corn Bread, Posole and more
-How to incorporate these foods into your diet