Last year Luna interrupted her world travels (which she has been on for over 8 years) to take part in one of our treehouse construction workshops. This is her story of underground cultural movements, nature, tree people, magic, activism and ultimately finding her own path…
Trees changed my life
Look at the trees – their roots are deep in the body of mother earth, and their branches reach out and grow up, up, up to the sky. They are connecting earth to the universe! When you take a walk in the forest, you can sense that change in smell – wild and fresh under the trees. Trees breathe. As you already know, their leaves breathe in carbon dioxide molecules and with photosynthesis they breathe out oxygen: fresh air to living beings on this planet. It is so much cooler under the tree in the forest. Forests breathe out tons of fresh water vapour that, if we could zoom out and see from outer space, we would see the rainforest creating clouds of raindrops.
Forests are the truly cool ones that know how to chill. Have you heard about wood wide web? Trees speak to each other; the forest is linked through deep roots and mycelium. Trees are passing nutrients and energies to each other, stories and songs as well. Through complex feedback loops, they constantly sense and communicate what’s happening in the world. Trees are interconnecting life forms on earth, and so they have been helping me to reconnect myself to natural wonderland.
I have realised that my long journey around this planet has all been about connecting myself to trees, wilderness and natural spirits. Trees really opened new eyes for me, so that I could see the world in a more interconnected, multidimensional, symbiotic and harmonious way.
I love to talk about trees, because they really changed my life. Everyone is going through a special life changing experience. For me, the trees really changed my life.
I will start at the beginning…
My mother’s family name is “Forest”, but even though my grandpa had this name, he was a city person. He worked for the government, yet his real passion was fashion. He used to style up himself like Oskar Wilde and loved designing clothes for his beloved daughters. My mother grew up in the city, and she has been actively involved in the cultural movement for social justice. As a writer, artist, curator & consultant, she loves art exhibitions, theatres, music concerts, yoga, tea circles and so on – the cultural advantage of city life. She met my father at the students’ theatre club. They were main actress and actor.
My father was a producer for TV station. He made TV programs and documentaries, so at home the TV was always on, three of them actually. My father was an early adopter of satellite channels, digital cameras and new smartphones. So, I was a remote-control zapper kid, constantly surfing in the ocean of 150 satellite channels, getting lost in front of the screen. My father’s father was working for the national bureau of telecommunication. His mantra was “We are living in a information age”. He was happy to see us playing computer games. Coming from this kind of family background, I was more used to the TV, computer and the cultural atmosphere in the city, rather than nature.
Whenever my parents brought me to nature I was so in awe and overwhelmed on top of the mountain or in the middle of the ocean, or when I saw the sacred big trees or jumping whales or millions of migrant birds flying together in V-shape across the sky. That feeling was so intense, something I could not feel in the city. It was something strong and alive in the energy that those beings or places had. I felt that they invoked some spirit deep inside me.
I was so stoked to see the cosmic phenomena – mesmerising twilight and the big rising sun with bright golden rays of light showering over my eyes, enchanting moonlight and the constellations in the night sky. I had nostalgic feeling looking up in the sky because my parents used to tell me that they were from Mars and Venus; they made love on the Moon and I was born under the full moon light. Every painting I drew when I was a kid was full of stars, funny extra-terrestrials and giant talking flowers.
Alternative school in nature
As I grew up and started going to school, I was happy hanging out with friends and having fun publishing my own magazines to share with them. I had top scores in exams, but my free spirit started to feel bad about the controlling and competitive vibes in school. I hated all the rules designed to tame us and put us in small boxes. I was expressing my anger to teachers and they called my parents often, telling them that I was a troublesome child. Fortunately, my parents were involved in creating a new school with some other like-minded people, and when they opened this school I went straight there.
This school was named “big bright light”. It was surrounded by beautiful bamboo forest in the countryside. My school was created with the intention of generating holistic education with love, eco-consciously designed architecture and creative programs. Our dormitory building was up in the mountain where there was an observatory to see the stars, and the crystal clear mountain creek running under the Milky Way. I had so much fun living there with friends from all different parts of the country, and my three years there totally changed my life.
Organic and multisensory experience in nature opened new eyes for me to see the world. I was truly happy and free to be naturally myself, exactly as I am.
Plant medicine and alternative healing
During that time, my grandpa (who was working for a telecommunication bureau) passed away. The doctor in the conventional hospital said he was going to live only two more months after he got diagnosed, and recommended intense chemotherapy. My mother recommended her alternative naturopath friends’ program, and my grandpa decided to try it instead of chemotherapy. It was surprising because was a very conservative person.
He started eating a mostly plant-based diet, did meditation and sometimes acupuncture. He started reading some Indian philosophy books and magically lived 6 years more.
The day when he did pass away, we were all around him. He had eye contact to every family member, and then he closed his eyes peacefully. That was a very intense moment for me, but I’m glad I could witness, that alternative healing with a natural healthy diet and meditation gave him more life.
After that alternative high school, I came back to the big city to study at university. Going back to the conventional school system was very difficult for me. Interaction with the other students was not so attractive; they seemed to have such a competitive mind-set and were boring me. Whilst studying sociology I found out that I was an outsider of the mainstream society. I gave up the scholarship to study in the U.S, because at this time I met interesting friends outside of school in the district where underground artists, musicians and hippies gathered. My parents were so disappointed with me that I missed ‘the great chance’ to serve humanity in the academic field or international organization.
I was living and working with these interesting new friends and we were making chai and psy-trance parties. In the middle of the city, we made an underground cob castle dancing club with an extremely long and taoistic name:
“We never going to exchange the sound of ancient raindrops, even if you wanna buy it with 500 million dollars”. We called it simply “500”.
We brought tons of sands and red earth from the countryside and from the beach to this place, and covered the walls and floor with it to dance barefoot and crazy. That was my first natural building experience.
Later I went to Australia to study film & video. I didn’t enjoy studying there because it was too business minded, and there weren’t enough interesting eccentric souls to hang out with. Also the sunshine was so nice and the beaches were too close by. Actually that was my main reason why I chose this school – its location.
No surprise – I dropped out of school again, and went to the alternative & rainbow spirited hippie town – Nimbin.
From the very first moment I arrived in this place, people were welcoming me with big hearty smiles. I was invited to the sacred rock, which was a gathering of the people who started the town. The town started in the late 60’s with the famous “Aquarius festival”. People yearning for love, peace and freedom gathered from all over and stayed after the festival to start eco-villages.
Song of the forest
I started living in a rustic wooden cottage in the gorgeous tropical forest with a family who was running a hemp embassy and super funky art gallery in Nimbin. For the first time in my life, I had a magical experience there – I heard the song of the forest! It sounded surreally like a beautiful choir of fairies. First I thought I was crazy because there were no other people nearby. When we experience something new and strange for the first time, our brain cannot understand it because we have never experienced it before, but it does not mean it isn’t real. It was so vivid, and so REAL. My deep subconscious mind recognized that it was the song of the forest fairies or pure natural spirits in the area. I felt like the natural world was responding and blessing my soul on its new journey to the natural way.
Three months after living there was my second transformational experience. I made a moon phase tattoo on my arm, as an affirmation to myself that I was going to walk on the wild side – following the calendar of cosmic movement and the compass of my heart.
One sunny afternoon I stepped into this one-of-a-kind place called “Happy High Herb” shop. This place is more of a naturopathic apothecary & plant wisdom keepers (or eco warriors / wizards’ platform) than just a shop. I was introduced to the world of forest psy-trance parties and later went to the rainbow gathering. At the rainbow I joined a group of people on their way to the ‘old growth forest’ where a dozen activists were protecting huge trees from being logged. This was my first time seeing people living in trees.
One day a logging company came with bulldozers and polices to cut down the trees. We gathered some people to protest peacefully but finally they cut down the trees and arrested some activists. We cried out together saying “Please stop cutting the trees, the forest is our home!” I was so sad and also so impressed by the fact that there were people who gave up their life of making money and comfort to stay in the tree for many years to protect them. Even if the logging company did eventually burn down the activist camp, they didn’t stop protesting. This special experience gave me a deeper connection with trees. 5 years after I heard that UNESCO had decided to protect this forest.
My eco-pilgrimage around this planet
I started travelling around the world for next 8 years, exploring the wilderness and organic farms that practice permaculture or bio-dynamics. I explored various eco-villages, forest festivals, gatherings and visited many sacred energy places around this planet. As an experiment I didn’t use a smartphone for 6 years, and spent most of my time in nature. So many nights I slept in a humble tent, below me the breathing earth and above me the trees. Sometimes I would sleep without a tent, just one tarp or a hammock under the trees. I lived in a van also, during cold and wet weather and to have protection from cougars, bears and wolves. Sometimes I lived in a rustic wooden cottage when I was working at the organic farms. I started to learn about how to grow plants – from seeding to growing and harvesting. I learnt more about edible plants, medicinal plants, psychedelic plants and spirit teachers.
I had more interactions with the natural world, plants, wildlife, rocks, and crystals and sometimes even with natural spirits. I discovered that plants and animals are pure, intelligent, high frequency beings, and that they have their own way of expressing their personalities and spirits. Nature is so alive and therefore sacred. For me it has been a long, slow organic process of learning and awakening.
As I spend more time in the nature, I find myself more feelings towards other living beings than before. When I see the trees being cut down, my heart feels so much pain because trees are not only the natural resources for me anymore, they are my friends and teachers – the mother who protects and embraces me.
When I travelled to India, it was so rad to see people not only eating cows, but also even worshiping them as a holy goddess. It was my very first time to see people adorning cows with beautiful flowers, fresh leaves and colourful powders to express their love and devotion to their goddess. It totally changed my perspective and connection with this animal because in the rest of the world, the cow is one of the most vulnerable animals that gets eaten.
I started to see more deep into the animals’ eyes, I started playing with them and became friends with them. It seemed like they knew that I liked them and had no intention of harming them, and so they loved me back. There was some kind of feeling of connection between us in silence and it was beautiful. One day I stopped eating cows and all other animals, and decided to have no more boyfriends who were eating animals!
The human species is killing so many animals for food. To raise those animals, genetically modified plants are produced and for that so many ancient forests are being cut down. Water too is drying up. Too much waste of energy for human greed, and it’s actually not healthy to the ecosystem or us… It doesn’t make sense anymore! It’s not easy to change our old habits or unsustainable loop of inertia, but I decided to change my eating habits anyway because I love the forests and animals so much. It feels good when you do something conscious and positive change.
Spiralling journey to treehouse living
On my organic spiralling journey on the wild side, I met so many beautiful people with shining eyes and warm heart, and who are really doing something cool for our planet. When we meet, we just recognise each other as soul sisters or soul brothers. I was so, so, so, happy to find out that there are many inspiring people who are co-creating a brighter future now, experimenting with the sustainable way of living in harmony with nature and with other beings. So I started exploring around eco-communities, and last year I heard about this international community called Auroville in India. I landed in this place and ended up living in a treehouse for 5 months. It was my next-level way of living in nature, and by far my favourite space for dreaming, but as it’s too much for now, this story I will have to save for later…