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A Vision for a Hermitage

Hermitage n. the dwelling of a hermit, especially when small and remote.

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Welcome to The Hermitage, my blog and home on the web. I also have a hermitage in the physical world, my home where I am creating a sanctuary for cats and plants, and of course, for myself.

I’m a hermit. By calling and by nature. I’ve always preferred solitude. Even as a child, I preferred to spend the majority of my time alone, reading books and writing stories. People were overwhelming, chaotic, and made no sense at all. Stories made sense.

Now, as an adult, people are still overwhelming, but they make more sense because I’ve spent decades studying stories life is just a bunch of loosely connected stories being played out in predictable ways on a daily basis. It only seems like chaos because most of us are limited to one view of the story – our own.

Since this is the intro post for this new blog, I suppose I’ll start with an intro of myself and then move onto my vision for my hermitage – both this digital one and the one that I live in.

I am Gwynne Michele, I’m 40, and I’m a hermit. This is not just some quaint description of my introversion – though I am very introverted. It is a calling, a path that I am walking at the direction of my Guides, my Ancestors, and my Goddesses – more about all them in later posts. I’ll also share more of my theology which is rooted in animism and experiential spiritual practice.

As a hermit, my life is dedicated to creating – and teaching others how to create – sanctuary. That manifests itself in various ways, including rescuing cats, growing plants, converting an urban home into an urban homestead, and creating various digital sanctuaries for healing and growth in the form of groups and courses.

I grow cannabis – I’ll be doing a series of posts on how to get started growing your own and the benefits of various forms of cannabis in spiritual and personal growth as well as healing. I also grow food plants – I have tomatoes growing in the bud room with the flowering cannabis plants and will be adding more food plants indoors as I go. I also have outdoor gardens – my entire front yard is a floral wonder – and in addition to edibles and florals, I grow medicinals as well. My current obsession is lemon balm – it’s great for helping me focus and minimize anxiety, which are things my raging ADHD loves to fuck with.

I am a married hermit, which might sound like a bit of a contradiction, but reality is that very few hermits are actually able to live alone, and through history, most lived in community where they could support each other’s solitary pursuits. My husband is not a hermit, but he does support my solitary pursuits and our marriage has evolved into one that works for both our needs, as different as they are.

I have a Vision for my life. It’s constantly evolving as I weave that Vision into reality. If your Vision can’t adapt to reality, it will fail. Currently, my Vision is focused on my physical homestead – I want to buy the house I live in which was taken by the county for back taxes this year. Long story short, I moved in here with a friend who’d owned the house for 30 years, and then she moved in with her dream guy and told me that I could have the house. Which meant either paying the property taxes or letting it go to foreclosure and buying it that way. Tried to pay the property taxes, it didn’t work out. I was $600 short. But it will work out better in the long run because now, when I buy it either at auction or through the Land Bank process, I’ll have a title in my name, clear of liens.

The Vision I’m holding for my homestead right now assumes that I’m able to buy the house. It doesn’t matter how I’m able to buy it. There’s too many variables to control for, so I make the assumption that it worked itself out somehow and go from there. It’s a whole lot of acting as if without attachment to process.

Or to outcome.

That’s right, I have no attachment to the outcome. Yes, my Vision assumes that I buy the house, but if I don’t, the Vision can adapt. No matter where I land, the Vision can live itself out.

My Vision is centered around sanctuary and sustainability, which can happen in any location with the right effort and practices.

I want to have food and water sustainability, a calm and peaceful place of rest, and all the materials and goodies I need to do my work of helping others create sanctuary and sustainability in their own lives – whatever that means for them.

I practice herbalism – in addition to growing medicinal herbs and cannabis, I use them, creating smokable tea blends that can be added to cannabis and smoked for additional medicinal effects. I make herbal soaps, herbal candles, and flower essences, all custom blended to meet the need of the intended recipient, whether it’s for myself or for another. Right now, I’ve got Sweet Pea and Rose of Sharon essences resting and waiting to be poured. Sweet Pea is for the restless soul who is ready to put down roots, and Rose of Sharon is for the soul with a burden of responsibility who needs to bring joy back into their life.

Stick around, I’m just getting started. On this blog, there will be how tos, contemplations, and random musings about living life as a hermit, how to brew a revolution (it starts within), and how to create a sustainable life, even when you have very little to start with.

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