second private message to S., that received a positive answer

Hi Sabine! Thanks a lot for your answer and your curiosity.

I have been waiting for a calm good moment to answer. It might sound a bit utopian, but I really want to build up an authentic, local sense of tranquillity and peace.

I am not looking for something intense. Yesterday I went to a fantastic gathering (one off), called “music circle and human connection”, led by a young Brazilian. That was intense! Singing and dancing for 6 hours, talking about ourselves to each other using non-violent communication, with a growing joy on what became a communal blood stream.. yes, extremely nice and intense.

No, I am looking for something very quiet and peaceful, with maybe a similar goal, but with local resources. Maybe unintentionally, with the word “intense”, you picked the sense of what diversifies my (mostly unshaped) desire from what I very often experience in London’s workshops.

In the last year of my life I jumped from one workshop to another, all about music, dance, opening up, authenticity… and they were all so intense. If I go to one gathering at 8pm for a couple of hours, for example, it’s intensity keeps me awake until 4am! And sometime it becomes even a problem for the plans of the following day.

In my imagination, the village (or neighbourhood) is something alive but with its own rhythms, the rhythms of a local, little community. The idea to run weekly gatherings lays exactly on the simplicity of a local life.

There is another person (Sasha from nextdoor) who was very interested but could not come because of work hours, and a friend of mine, also local, who is also very motivated in supporting my plan. If you feel like, we could have a very simple gathering when possible for all of us, maybe in a public space like Tufnell Park Tavern. What do you think?

I can publish another call on nextdoor without a fixed time/date (to decide with whom will be interested, through the chat), at the Tufnell park tavern, and see how it goes. And even if we won’t meet, thanks a lot anyway!

I will not live in London forever, so if I will go somewhere else, and decide to give this another try, I will surely make good use of our little conversation 🙂 Michele

I receive a positive answer and I am going to set it up soon!

message to S. after no one showed up at the first gathering

Hi Sabine!

Unfortunately yesterday nobody showed up.
I might give it a second chance, but first I definitely need somebody else to show an alive interest, otherwise it would not make sense.

I intentionally have not invited any friend (just vaguely spoke about it) because I wanted to test if there is any real interest out there, and it seems that this is not entirely the case.

The dimension of the village is something that needs to cohabit together with the dimension of the big city, and it might simply seem to difficult or useless.
I am personally trying to live the two dimensions at my best, share it with others, and later on cultivate practices to have a “connected” life (to ourselves, to the others, to the local environment).

As I said, London is probably not the place where someone who is interested in these things wants to live or move to, even if it anyway offers plenty of great experiences, included “tribal” practices that help know themselves and feel connected to nice communities (I personally had the chance to enjoy some of the best practices of my life!).

It does not make sense to organise another meeting now. I leave this open to anyone who is interested to deepen it. What I mean is that, if you feel called by this concept, let’s meet or chat and build up something together.

The actual village gatherings can come later at a more mature and proper stage.

Love, Michele
ps. thank you a lot anyway for your interest! It gives me very good vibes 🙂