Stepping onto Mouna Farm is stepping out of modern life. Though it is within the city of Wai’inae, we’re off the grid except for water; we do have access to cold city water. There are solar panels which provide electricity for the community kitchen and bathroom and Sooriya and Peter’s huts. The huts are around 120 square feet each. There are a couple of outdoor showers, and the kitchen has a big outdoor sink.
There’s rich black dirt everywhere, which turns to dust in the wind, mud when irrigated. The heat brings lots of sweat. Creeping and flying critters everywhere. Mongoose as prevalent as squirrels, doves and cardinals in various colors and sizes, streams of tiny brown ants, bigger red ants, geckos, flies, centipedes…more than I can name. I was a bit anxious when I first arrived. My sensibilities and routines had to be adjusted. But it didn’t take long to get into the rhythm of this place.
I love my hot showers back home in Bellingham. I was worried about losing those. But it’s so warm here, the cool showers actually feel perfectly refreshing. Since the pipes and hoses run along the surface, sometimes in the sunshine, the water does flow hot at times. In an ironic twist, I used to wait for cold water to turn hot, and now I wait for hot water to turn cool.
Rain-forested mountains. The warm ocean a kilometer away, where we can float our cares away or explore the reefs for fish and turtles.
Connection and harmony with the earth and growing things. Abundant organic food, planted and nurtured on this farm. A local population that has not forgotten our oneness.
Community. When you stay on the farm you are family. We all contribute. We eat together each evening. We hold hands in a circle and take turns asking a blessing, in a wide range of styles. Those who don’t help prepare the food help clean up after. We share stories, play games, pass along ideas and information. Guests and Woofers regularly join us from all over the world. Everyone is welcomed and fed. Groups from schools, temples and other organizations come to share the space and be inspired.