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Technopagan retreat

Thinking by blogging
For the last few days I've been trying to write something about a "sense of place" inspired by this piece at The Wild Hunt.

It hasn't gone well.

So I am going to talk about the retreat I'd like to build if money were not an object.

After a lot of thought, I'm pretty convinced that leaving a place natural isn't really a part of paganism. You want to make a place special, but that doesn't mean overbuilding either. Restraint is important.

But the first bit should be a berm surrounding as much of the place as possible. I know, that seems excessive. I actually go the idea when reading a study of microclimates at Disneyland. Reading some works by Malcom Wells convinced me. A large and properly executed berm would make the land inside more comfortable. It would provide privacy. And the support structures could be buried and out of sight. Parking and storage come to mind, but also water reclamation, power, and perhaps communication. There would probably be at least one commercial kitchen with it's storage areas.

There would be a greenhouse on the inside of the berm facing south. Behind the greenhouse could be a solar mass that could help heat water.

In front of the greenhouse there would be a flower garden. It's main purpose would be greywater reclamation. My grandfather said you can't eat flowers. But my mother replied that they feed the soul. So I suppose that is important.

As much as possible, sleeping quarters would be set along the inner side of the berm. This would maintain temperature and shift the emphasis away from building and sleeping more towards touching Nature. Restrooms and shower rooms would be there.

Architecturally the sleeping and dining areas would lean towards curves and organics. There wouldn't be a lot of furniture or storage in these areas.

There would by labyrinths. Paths for walking. Ritual areas large and small. Altars and statues scattered all over. An occasional water fountain would pop up.

Yes, there would be artificial ponds and streams. Perhaps a waterfall or two, including one large enough to shower several people.

There would be communal baths. But not baths as we think of them. No, these baths would be a social experience. The showers are for getting clean, these would be for soaking and talking.

As much as possible, everything inside the berm boundaries would be open. No obvious buildings. There might be a hill or two with a processional path that winds up it.

This retreat wouldn't be about getting back to Nature. This would be about the works of humans highlighting the elements of Nature to bring us into a new frame of mind. The artificial parts make the natural and naturally related parts better. Technopaganism at it's best.

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