ReWilding Fall 2013

San Louis Obispo, CA

Viridis Graduate Institute “PIONEER” Master’s class ReWilding took place at a beautiful location nestled in between the Pacific ocean and central coast California hills and hiking trails. The lodgings were from an old homestead that had been completely remodeled and restored with all recycled and found materials from the old farm.

Once when Goddess Cura – Care was crossing a river, she saw some clay; she thoughtfully took up a piece and began to shape it. While she was meditating on what she had made, Jupiter came by. Care asked him to give it spirit (breath), and this he gladly granted. But when she wanted her name to be bestowed upon it, he forbade this, and demanded that it be given his name instead.

While Care and Jupiter were arguing, Earth arose and desired that her own name be conferred on the creature, since she had furnished it with part of her body.

They asked Saturn to be their arbitrator, and he made the following decision: Since you, Jupiter, have given its spirit, you shall receive that spirit at its death.

And since you, Earth, have given its body, you shall receive its body. But since Care first shaped it, she shall possess it as long as it lives. And because there is now a dispute among you to its name, let it be called human, for it is made out of humus, from the earth.

In Remembrance of Cathy Garger