I felt the longing in me early. It became an actual voice sometime in my 20s. The voice said…
I want to grow a garden.
I want to build my own home.
I want to live closer to nature.
I want to eat food from close by.
I want to know more about my bioregion.
I want to be around children who run free.
I want to be immersed in the seasons.
I want to steward a piece of land.
I want to live with my dearest friends.
To that end, I travelled the world. And I visited Earthaven in 2007.
I learned about farming and building and stewarding (among a slew of other things).
And I met my life partner Chris Farmer. By the time I came along, he had already been at Earthaven for more than 10 years. Now we’ve been together over 11 years.
I’m so thrilled to say that I go for walks in the beauty around me every day, I live in a hand built home, I lead a values-based life and have meaningful work, I am deepening into relationships over the long term, I grow food and buy from others around me who grow food.
I’m here to say that you can do this too. Wherever you are. On whatever scale you choose.
If you want to learn more about my life and the village that surrounds me, join my next virtual tour on Wednesday, May 12, from 2-4pm Eastern time. We’ve made the tour affordable and fun!
NikiAnne (she/her) was born and raised on a horse and cattle ranch on the ancestral lands of the Salinan people in the Central Coast of California. She currently lives at Earthaven Ecovillage on unceded lands of the Catawba and Cherokee (Tsalagi) people. Her ancestors come from Eastern and Western Europe — France, Germany, and English Isles as well as Belarus, Lithuania, and Russia, from Ashkenazi Jewish heritage.
Throughout the last two decades, NikiAnne has been immersed in community and in service to a wide range of educational endeavors focused on nature connection, personal empowerment, and community resilience. NikiAnne considers herself the grease and glue – that which helps things run smoothly or holds things together. Before co-founding SOIL in 2012, she worked and traveled through much of Asia, the Americas, and Europe, which made her formal education at George Washington University in International Affairs come alive in ways that can only happen through personal experience and relationships. Collectively, these experiences have undeniably shaped her cooperative cultural values and commitment to supporting leaders to think, feel, act and design from a foundation rooted in interrelationship. No matter what she’s teaching, NikiAnne is always on the same mission: to raise awareness of our whole selves – gifts, passions, blind spots, shadows – and help those whole selves find and fill niches in their communities. This is how the web of life is woven, and the fabric of culture repaired. She’s especially eager to support those in transition – between vocations, stages of life, and stories of world and self. Within this context, she is particularly passionate about community grief tending and death care midwifery.
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