Project: NeoTribe

Kate.

On day one, I felt connected with Kate. Normally in the past, I would find myself bored halfway through a yoga class wondering “when will this end?” But I could sense immediately that this would not be the case today, and I was correct. Kate’s soothing voice and creative flow swept my thoughts outside of the class on a playful journey through the busy streets of my mind. Before I knew it, we were in shavasana. I found myself in front of the computer that evening going through the schedule and seeing where I could squeeze class with Kate into… More

Class with Ellie

Ellie is so small in the cavernous white studio, but her energy is not to be contested. I immediately can sense and feel it as I walk into the room—it’s calming, yet invigorating. We start today seated with our legs crossed as usual, but in silence, only being able to hear our breathing—deep breath in and RRRAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH as we deeply sigh with our exhales. The room is full of the sound of each of us releasing the chains the world has used to bound our inner spirits. There are several rounds of this, until the black sludge of emotion dissipates… More

Ana Forrest

As the author of Fierce Medicine: Breakthrough Practices to Heal the Body and Ignite the Spirit and creator of Forrest yoga, Ana has set out to help heal the spirit of people worldwide. Forrest yoga is intensely active both physically and spiritually/emotionally. Throughout the postures and breathing the intention is to realise the the emotional and mental blocks that are dictating our daily lives. The core pillars of the practice are breath, strength, integrity and spirit. BREATH: Using breath to connect to your inner body and mind. Breathing in and then exhaling loudly and fully all of the emotional stress… More

1st look at P

Pete is a soft-spoken 28 year old that has been practising for 3 years now. Prior to his lifestyle as a yogi, he was part of the world of BMX. He was particularly a part of the trail-riding scene in South London. By being part of this scene, it encompassed the entire BMX lifestyle—riding, digging, beer, weed, drugs, chicks and the general disregard for the rules that come with this subculture. It was after a series of events causing emotional duress over the course of 3 years that inspired Pete to begin a life of healing. First removing sex to gain… More

The difficulty of finding the tribe.

My frustrations are at an all-time high. I have emailed, I have called, I have tried to drop-in for face-to-face conversations. But to my disappointment I cannot gain traction with any of the targets I had for collaborating with any avenue of my ‘tribe’. FARM: is focusing on partnerships with larger companies to back their initiatives or to find spaces to start-up more farms. Growing Underground is a start-up that is rapidly gaining acknowledgement worldwide and so they are focused on building relationships with companies to sustain and support the growth of their company’s visions. BedZed is just a HUGE… More

BedZed

BedZed is too much of a large-scale system to be a tribe, but still a good research resource for how sustainability is being achieved on a large scale in a large city. BedZed is London’s first EcoVillage. It is a massive and multi-use community containing homes, offices, a college and community centres. The ethos behind BedZed is to see a world that exists with thriving regional economies that can provide for the population within them without destruction of the larger environment. Truly backing the belief in the fact we have only one planet. The community provides the tools… More

Growing-Underground

Another urban farm! Growing Underground is the world’s first subterranean farm. It is located in a forgotten about WWII bomb shelter that is 100ft below the London Tube in Clapham. They specialise in growing various micro-greens and lettuces in massive hydroponic beds the length of the tunnel. The main priority for GU is using sustainable practices to fulfil the produce demands of local wholesalers and restaurants. Their practices reduce water (70% less consumption than traditional farming) and the carbon footprint by limiting their food miles. Growing Underground would be a great resource for a tribe in learning how we can creatively… More

FARM:

Right around the corner from me in Dalston, is east london’s largest grow-op, FARM: The ethos of FARM: is in tune with my hopes for a tribe. They believe that agriculture needs to come into the urban city to bring farm-fresh produce to our doorsteps in a sustainable way as the rise of populations all over the world effects everyone’s access to food. Making urban farming accessible, economical and ecological. They successfully have an indoor hydro and aquaponic farm that provides nearly all of the produce for their cafe. This is my first contact to start a tribe. I have… More

my tribe-ologie

My ideal tribe is using sustainable farming practices to educate inner-city kids on both nutrition, sustainability and farming skills. I did this in NYC on something called the Science Barge, which I worked with a team to build a sustainable solar-powered kitchen in. Groups of inner-city kids would come onto the barge and we would give them a tour of the greenhouses. On that tour, the kids would learn about the different fruits and vegetables, how they’re sustainably growing, wind-power, solar-power, the grey water collection system set-up, etc. Then after picking fruits and vegetables, we would use the solar-powered kitchen to… More

What is a tribe?

In our society today, there seems to be culture, systems and tribes. The world historically was comprised of many neo-tribes all containing their own cultures and making up their own societies. With the ease of moving around, the westernisation of mass societies and the ease at which we can share information, styles, ideas, etc in the modern age, the tribe has changed. Now we have large societies comprised of vast sweeping cultures. Sometimes a society draws upon cultural aspects from differing places, like the effect that Eastern medicine has had on modern day western culture. For example, acupuncture has made… More