We believe that we are created for community.
The first “not good” thing recorded in the Hebrew creation story is for the human being to be alone (Gen 2:18). We need community to become whole. It is where we learn about loving and being loved. So, we are born into families…we are born into community. Unfortunately, many families do not provide the connection, care, and love we need to thrive, and sometimes they become places of hurt and harm. When our communities break down and families become places of abuse, our bodies break down.
But, as Bessel van der Volk attests, “our capacity to destroy one another is matched by our capacity to heal one another. Restoring relationships and community is central to restoring well-being.”
Tikkun Farm offers a place where relationships of trust and healing may be restored. This may begin when a person connects with one of the animals on our farm, shares their story in writing circle and realizes they are in a safe place, begins Spiritual Direction, or feels the changes that happen to their body and spirit after a Healing Touch session. Tikkun Farm supports an intentional community that lives together on the farm shaped by a Rhythm, Ritual and Rule integrating meaningful work, spiritual practices, and regular fellowship. We also welcome those living nearby to join us for sacred gatherings and spiritual experiences intended to support each person on their pilgrim path.
Repairing community begins when individuals lean into safe and trusting relationships. Families, classrooms, and neighborhoods benefit as individuals participating in healing work find themselves less triggered and reactive. Neighborhoods, cities, schools, and workplaces also need repairing. The city of Mt. Healthy reflects this need. The mostly African American, low-income children and youth living in rental properties and the mostly white property owners reveal the polarization found in other communities around the country. Recent events in our nation highlight the need for reconciling experiences in racially divided communities. A desire to contribute to increased justice and equity for people of color shapes Tikkun Farm’s mission, hospitality and programs.