It is time to share your skills, your ceremony and action!
At the theme week Aðgerð and festival Athöfn we will focus on the word Athöfn which means both ceremony and action. We do this at Sandar Suðursins which is just outside the town of Þorlákshöfn in south Iceland. This means that ecology and nature are a very strong focus for us, but we must respect our surroundings and connect to land so we are developing our Huldufólk theme. We are not allowed to have permanent buildings on our site so we have temporary shelters, sweatlodge, outdoor kitchen, firepits and more.
Iceland certainly has elfs and trolls but the predominant mythological beings are the "Huldufólk" or Hidden people. They live communities within rocks, invisible to most humans they are very festive, wearing colorful clothing, dancing, singing and having very regular events.
Well for us that sounds like a good life. So we want to live it, we do this by hiding our camp, setting up colorful events, singing, dancing and enjoying life. We use branches from the local organic disposal site to create mounds which close the site off from eyes from outside and create fertility in our land, we raise beds and more to block the outside but add colors on the inside. We use natural coloring to to paint the guests clothing for a temporary them color of purpule from our beloved lupine, we dance sing and laugh because we have created a safe space to let go and enjoy life.
Sandar Suðursins is part of a 4620 ha forestry project in a sand and lava desert, we are sharing our permaculture knowledge to give tools to others to heal this land. We also hope that the other groups helping this forest use our facilities as we welcome them without fees and hope they get inspired. Our focus is on creating fertility in the area, we have access to woodchips, compost, transport pallets and more organic materials in massive amounts. We can also pick up misc building wood and other materials that are thrown out in the nearby towns. What we need is people who can share their knowledge on site for everyone to take action on them.
Can you participate in this?
Will you offer your knowledge and wisdom to this project and the amazing people that want to take part in taking action in the world?
Those hosting will be called Athafnafólk, this literally means people of ceremony but in common language it means people of action. Don't be afraid to offer your skills, we help you create the setting and provide you with support if needed.