But we didn’t sell Max. Instead, we bought him some sheep. He went on to work for other farms as well and proved himself many times over. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Max was, from the first day, he read Adi's mind. Max frequently worked sheep out of sight of Adi and out of hearing range but never failed to accomplish the task Adi had in mind. Even more evidence of his brilliance was that if Max encountered a problem Adi wasn’t aware of, Max solved the problem and completed the task on his own.
When at home Max would spontaneously come out of his dog house and appear at the kitchen door looking in the window. Within 5 minutes Adi would come to take Max for a walk. Max always knew before I did.
When we moved to South Australia we bought a farm and Max had his own domain. Along with sheep we had Dexter and Jersey cattle, 13 donkeys, a mule, and several horses. We continued farming biodynamically in Australia until we returned to Colorado in 2006 and slowly converted to a homeodynamic system.
Our summer is finally drawing to a close and this year autumn comes with much gratitude. This was one of the hottest and driest summers on record for our region with temperatures well above normal and no rain until late August. Last winter was also a record-breaking drought year which meant our irrigation water was minimal. The cooler temperatures and some much needed rain are deeply appreciated.
Since 2013, we have been bringing Enzo Nastati from Eureka Institute in Italy to train us in Homeodynamics and Spiritual Agriculture. We have expanded the programs to include Spiritual Architecture seminars and hands-on workshops as well. Information, DVDs or transcripts of past seminars, and future seminar schedules are available through Viva la Vida Foundation. vivalavidafoundation.org
Corwin Bell from Backyard Hives in Eldorado Springs, Colorado comes each spring to give a variety of beekeeping seminars. These focus on guardianship of the bees rather than commercial honey production. Corwin’s methods use top bar hives which allow the bees to construct their homes to suit their changing needs. www.backyardhive.com
Every year we host a celebration of the seasons at Spring Equinox, St John’s Day (June 24), Michaelmas (September 29), and events over the Holy Nights (December 24 - January 6). We place special emphasis on the making of Three Kings Preparation on New Year’s Eve and stirring of that prep on Epiphany (January 6th).