My Story ... so far
I arrived in Findhorn, Scotland in October 2013 and decided to settle in this rich and nourishing community to pursue my dreams and life purpose.
Being born and raised in Rasht, Iran, I feel my roots reaching deep and being nourished by the mythical beings, stories, poetry, song and music that has arisen from that land. I left Iran in 1984 with my family for Japan, my mother's land, to avoid the atrocities of the Iran-Iraq war and to continue my education. However, I experienced the atrocities of war through an intense programme in 1989-1990 when I visited war-torn zones around the world and lived with the stories that such traumas create. From the Israel / Palestine divide to the Holocaust stories of WWII, to the terrible Vietnam war, and on and on, I witnessed the dark side of humanity, and yet at the same time was given a strong medicine to live with faith in humanity and to believe in my potential and gifts to the world. I received this medicine or power in the Gandhi Ashram, Sabarmati, and in Gujarat Vidhyapeeth University in Ahmedabad, India, in 1989. My teachers there gave me the core of Gandhi's teachings including the power of the spinning wheel. This power is at the heart of the Hodgepodge Club for me where we make anything and everything, now being nested in a gem of a place at Chrystal Building in Findhorn.
In 1992 I co-created Earth Stewards Institute in Komagane city in Nagano prefecture, Japan, with my then husband Douglas Fir, who has taught me the craft of stained glass making. The stained glass in a sense has become my spinning wheel, or that which I spin to transform the raw material of earth into meaningful and motivated substance for my living. Over the last 22 years, I have been working with glass and making ensouled windows with friends. In 2012, I also began to make hats and shawls, with great thanks to Joan Brinch and my friend Clara Inés Rodriguez, to keep my wheel of making spinning wherever I happened to be. I sell these hats and shawls through my shop on this site to keep my work going.
After my divorce in 1994 I found my way to Louisville in Kentucky, USA, to study with my friends and teachers Jim & Carla McCarty of Love/Light Research who have produced, together with Don Elkins the Law of One teachings. Louisville and L/L Research remains my spiritual home, even though I have not been in the US since 1997. We have held a Seeking Circle in England since 2005 when Carla visited us and I hope to continue with the discipline of circle-making and Seeking in Scotland now that I call this place home.
In winter 2000 I returned to Iran, my hometown Rasht, Tehran, the capital city, Tabriz, and the places in between. I was stricken to see the degradation, the damage, the assault on life-forces everywhere I turned. On my flight out of Tehran to Istanbul, I could not hold my tears back any more for the grief I experienced for the land I loved. Once back home in England, I asked myself what does the land need? And the answer was simple, clear, and unmistakable, heal the land by inviting life back to it, rebuild the soil, purify water, plant trees, protect what is wild and free. This idea became a seed of intention for Trees of Consciousness.
In 2010 I helped establish Open Pollinated Seeds with Peter Brinch. Peter was a seed fields-man for the Biodynamic Association and had come to realise the perils at large we are facing collectively by having lost 75 - 90% of our heritage seeds in Europe and worldwide. This is an evolutionary crisis as the seeds we have lost have been bred over the last 11,000 years of agricultural history and we've lost them in just over 4 generations. Open pollinated seeds are the kind that you can save seeds from, they breed true to type, adapt to their locality, and evolve. The F1 hybrid seeds dominating our markets now don't give you seeds you can save and are created through enforced inbreeding, something that doesn't happen naturally in the plant kingdom. Seeds in Communities is a pulse to bring true seeds back to the fold and care of communities where they belong.
And how can we realise an abundant, resourceful, peaceful world, where we cultivate our generosity to our communities and gratitude to life? Networks of Forest Gardens is my response along with friends and colleagues who joined me on this venture in Forest Row and now exploring this possibility in Findhorn.
Imagine a world where 1 tree is planted for each citizen by people of that community in networks of forest gardens around each hamlet, village and town in a way that enables people to have access to the forest gardens, to the fruits of the gardens so there will always be fruits, nuts, and medicinal plants available to the residents of that place. In a forest garden we have the opportunity to plan and plant abundant gardens to meet the food needs of each community, whether it is little or large, and make habitat for the wildlife to thrive too.
These projects are a few of the things that are important to me, and my story continues to evolve...