Why Garden Juju Collective?
Garden? Gardens. Gardening. We are gardeners and we love and live for gardening! We believe in gardening as practice, a philosophy and a way of being in the world. Gardening is about cultivation, craft, skills, creativity, aesthetic courage, physicality, sensitivity, and being embodied and grounded. American author Michael Pollan calls this ‘acting and being acted upon’. Co-creating with our hands in the soil, planting trees, collecting seeds, fruit and all the nutrition this practice has to offer our whole beings.
But it’s more than that. To design and re-create gardens and to work with land and growing in any way is to work with people, ideas, values, economics, identity, social culture, fashion and aesthetics. It is to be totally focused upon creating regenerative ways of being in the world. It also requires literacy of & in Permaculture, conservation, garden design & sustainability issues. Practical and ecologically sound outcomes come from becoming conscious of these.
Juju? Jou Jou, Ju Ju. Is powerful! Juju sounds a bit like the juice, the essence, nutritious life-fullness; the deepest pleasure. We use this respectfully. Juju is energy, karma and African music. A drug. It’s magic, spirits, enchantment, both light and dark inhabiting places, people, beings and objects – amulets and fetishes. Jou Jou is play, playing, and playthings, in gardens, with ideas, designs, each other – all things in play (Interdendant co-arising, Macey). Juju in Japanese Kanji & Chinese characters is giving & receiving, transfer, changing. In Hindi Juju is jump, jumping in and to jump-start. We respectfully work with energy, spirit, flow, sacred places, Feng Shui, ancestors, place, shaping, renewing, creating…
Collective? Sharing, working together, working collectively. You can’t do it alone. Cooperatives are the new way again, sharing resources, ideas, skills and opportunities. We live life in communities of people, species, and beings: ecologies of everything. We’re about exploring and supporting re-joining (rejoicing) this collective in ways that are self-aware not centred. Author Neil Evernden talks of us being separated, not literally because that’s not actually possible, but eco-psychologically, calling this ‘fiction’ ‘the cruelest cut’. This fundamentally needs fixing.
There’s more to this collectivity; There are 10’s of millions of people and communities around the world working on brave, committed, real-life projects finding ways to live better, more sustainable, ethical, enjoyable lives. We are also travelers, nomads, Global Gardeners gone Walkabout learning from these communities of change, and sharing these learnings. This is an experiment in something new because old approaches are not enough anymore.