August 19, 2015. Vedrussiya, Krasnodar Krai
Here at Vedrussiya village, there are more than two hundred rodovoye pomestie, arranged in about five glades of forty pomestie each. Some glades are larger, and some are smaller. They are interspersed with forest and connected by a dirt road. I have been on five rodovoye pomestie and seen the houses that people build, the gardens that they plant, and the joy and love with which they invite people to see what they have created. Each resident owns his land completely. Here at Vedrussiya, nobody has a mortgage, nobody has tributes, tithes, or other forms of bondage to lords, banks, or other masters. The ordinary rules of income tax do apply here still.
Regulations regarding constructions are accepting enough that almost everyone has built their own house. They are sometimes a little bit wonky, but they are very beautiful. The feeling is very beautiful.
Yesterday, Dimitri (Dima) gave us a tour of his rodovoye pomestie. He built his house with his wife and the help of neighbours and friends. He has a solar panel which provides enough electricity. Maybe sometimes they want more lights or to listen to music, but it’s enough for the moment. Some residents want to bring electricity to the village, but others don’t think it’s necessary. The wells provide enough water for the family, but there’s not enough to water the plants at the moment. Dima says if they could water the plants, they’d be farmer millionaires. They bought their hectare of land six or seven years ago, when it cost about 2000 euros. Plots now cost about 5000 euros.
He has a huge variety of plants. Watermelons, rock melons, tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, chilli, capsicum. He has an orchard with apples, pears, cherries. He has a nut orchard with walnuts. And he also has a vineyard with fifty different varieties of grapes. Wine is a passion of his father, and he liked to keep the family tradition, though it’s not yet a commercial vineyard. He makes grape juice and small amounts of drink for his family and neighbours. In amongst the vines, watermelons and rockmelons are growing on the ground. We ate a lot of watermelon at Dima’s place. It was very, very delicious, and there was more than enough for everybody.
Dima has various things for his own entertainment. A swing, a pravilo exerciser, where each of the four limbs are strapped to a rope and gently pulled outwards in a frame, to relax the pressure of the joints. And the nicest part of the pomestie was Dima’s family tree, his rodovoye derevya. An oak tree which looked like it was growing very fast. It had fifty centimetres of very, very, fresh light green growth on each of the four leading shoots. It is about three metres tall now. Dima has mown a circle of about ten metres diameter around the family tree, and the feeling of walking up to this place is like a sacred site, but a relaxed place to feel comfortable at home. You can go up and touch the tree, and I did. I looked at it and I said, “You’re a good tree, you’re going to make this family really happy.”
Around the side of the circle are growing rose bushes and blackberries. Dima laughed because only one rose came into flower this year. He said they’re just small plants yet, and roses take a lot of care. If you don’t prune them, they become briars. Then he invited us to eat some blackberries, and we all did. They were very delicious, indeed, the best blackberry I’ve ever tasted in my life.
Dima’s daughter was conceived and born on the rodovoye pomestie. Dima and his wife gave birth to her on their own. He himself took the child from the water. I could already tell as soon as I saw the three of them together. The energy of love between them, the relaxed, gentle, calm, carefree, cheerful exuberant joy that they had together was unmatched in any family I’ve ever seen.
There is more to be said about rodovoye pomestie. It is very important that we understand and feel the meaning of rodovoye pomestie in the English-speaking world. It is a dwelling place for our eternal family. All of our ancestors, past and future, father, mother, grandparents, great-grandparents and so on. Children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren. Through the mothers side, through our father’s side, through our son’s side, through our daughter’s side. And of course it is the place of love to grow between two beloved sweethearts, to join their family lines together and plant a new family tree.
Rodovoye pomestie in Russia is a very popular and growing idea. In this settlement, there are more than 200 families living on rodovoye pomestie. In Russia, there are more than 250 poselenie, that means villages of rodovoye pomestie. Tens of thousands of people are already living like this, even without the support of government or other philanthropists.
As the benefits of living on rodovoye pomestie become known, more support from government and philanthropists is growing. Rodovoye pomestie create ecologically clean produce. They restore the fertility of dry and barren soil. They provide a place for people to think and reflect, leading to new inventions, scientific innovation. And, they let love grow in our families.
I think rodovoye pomestie is a stable and simple way of life. Kristina says maybe it’s not so simple. There are plenty of challenges to overcome at the beginning. But for many people, it’s the only way to live. It is ecologically and socially beneficial for everyone—the people living on pomestie, and the people who don’t want to yet.
One region of Russia, the Belgorod Oblast, has already created a law whereby any willing citizen receives one hectare of land for free from the government for the purpose of creating a rodovoye pomestie. This law is now being considered at the federal level, first to do with the Far East, and then to spread to all of Russia.
I have seen the effects of rodovoye pomestie, and the effects of creating one with your sweetheart, of conceiving a child on your rodovoye pomestie, of giving birth to a child on your rodovoye pomestie. The love between the mothers and the fathers here at Vedrussiya village is greater than anywhere I have ever seen all around the world in my whole life. Something significant happens in the process. There are people here who cannot help but smile at life. Their happiness is infectious, and we bedraggled travellers from Western countries, from English-speaking countries, are immediately uplifted and inspired just by seeing them and being near them.
The people here glow with special beauty. They are not totally living an ecologically pristine lifestyle, and flaws are lovingly tolerated. Many, most, still drive cars. Many still eat some food from shops and have jobs like teaching at the village school, or being a travel agent, or doing construction around the village and also in the neighbouring villages. They come from all walks of life, farmers, dancers, managers, office workers, businesspeople. Yet they all managed to create rodovoye pomestie, plant a hedgerow, a garden and build a dwelling.
Their festival is beautiful. We do complicated and engaging folk dances, with spins, turns and changing partners. The craft here is higher quality than I have seen anywhere in the world. Hemp fabric made by hand with no mechanical implements, only using metal for the scythes to cut the plants. Wood carving, preserves, oil pressing, honey, fresh produce. Delicous. Highest quality I’ve ever experienced.
I can see into the future, and the children who are growing up here, in a free and loving environment, are going to have a large influence on this planet. Already I can see that they are healthy, they are bright, they are physically adept, they are running around and interacting with each other in a caring and loving environment. They’re learning how to dance with each other, they’re learning how to make families. They’re learning how to grow plants and interact with nature. And most of all, they are given the true space and the time to think and let their own imaginations grow. The land gives energy.
This is the importance of rodovoye pomestie, to set up a self-sufficient environment to free our thought, so we can start thinking about more important things, than what to eat for our next meal. So we can start thinking about how to clean up the big stinky, polluting mess that has covered this planet Earth. How we, as a population of seven billion people, can live peacefully, ecologically pure, socially perfect lives together here on the Earth.
Children at this village are already considering such topics. They will inherit land of their own, with fully self-sufficient gardens, houses built with love for them by their parents, established business relations with distributors and markets to earn plenty of money from their produce for minimal effort. And what will they do with the rest of their time? They will live, happily, and they will create new ways that we have not yet thought of to perfect this land in which we dwell. To help others perfect the land in which they dwell. To make this whole Earth a beautiful and pristine place.
This is what is happening here at Vedrussiya village. There is nothing anybody can do to stop this. The best thing that we can do now is to create our own rodovoye pomestie, and join together between different cultures, between different countries, between the Russian world and the English world, and then the German world, the Spanish world, the French world, and so on. To understand the idea of the rodovoye pomestie. To feel your own soul and the souls of your family line, of your eternal family. This is the best thing we can do. Together, over time and space, we will improve our environment and make it more perfect.
I hope you have understood some of the idea of Rodovoye Pomestie.