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Imagine "reuniting" here with friends regarding a film about us - who woulda thunk it! (Concetta, you are hilarious - my "funny name" being Whispering Pine) - blessings to all and thanks for the memories.

Posted by Kathryn Beach @ 02:06 PM on August 07, 2009

We received your DVD "Back to the Garden..." today. I could not wait to watch it so I got up early and enjoyed it. I laughed and cried, my heart was warmed and I was saddened and happy. It is a great video. thank you for your effort. I will share it with my Texas hippy biker friends.

I think that it will have a very profound message to everyone in the US over the next 5-10 years as the world is changing and we are all headed Back to the Garden whether we want to or not...

Regards,

Bill Crittenden

Posted by Bill "Critter" Crittenden @ 08:33 AM on July 25, 2009

...Well crafted, insightful storyline, strong editing and magical cinematography. The folks you interviewed come alive as real people. Hollywood would be hard pressed to portray these people as convincingly. I wish you well a the upcoming film festivals. Regards, Dave

Posted by David Brueggeman @ 10:53 PM on July 12, 2009

We saw Back to the Garden...the images stay with you long after the final credits roll. Fascinating subject and I thought the treatment of the subject and subjects-a wonderful panolply of people-was done with great sensitivity and great generosity. That kind of generosity is rare. You should be proud to have made such a beautiful film and made it so beautifully too. I look forward to seeing more such docs from you. Victoria Blackman

Posted by Victoria @ 10:44 PM on July 12, 2009

I look forward to the film. I know Skeeter through the herbal world, Barter Faire and Fairy Congress...My wife and I lived the back to the land dream in Alaska for 14 years. Creates good people with good hearts.

Mike

Posted by michael demarco @ 10:16 AM on July 11, 2009

In the late 70's I met people from the Antakarana Circle in Manson Wa. on Lake Chelan where I was picking apples.I made a srong connection with these people and naturally gravitated to the land up in Chesaw,Wa.Looking back it was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life and I still miss those people who I became close to.It was so nice to see One Pine,Tanya and Skeeter on the videoand it brought back some nice memories.I spent most of my time at the kid's kitchen not far from the cave and Elf's camp.During the healing gathering I did the sprouts,wheatgrass and sprouted wheat bread.It was a magical trip to say the least and I'm glad I was a part of it.I hope all is well with everyone and if anyone want to contact me i'd be more than happy to hear from you.I'm currently living in rural Pa my home state.peace & love gidge

Posted by gidge @ 08:10 PM on July 09, 2009

I was a back to the lander, growing Libby Creek Garlic for a couple of years. Lived in Twisp about 10 years. Teepeed on land one summer until grasshoppers ate towels and silk kumono...then moved into town. People changed but the philosophy of community and sustainability lasted.

I was searching for community. Went to numerous Aeneas Valley gatherings. Living in the Methow I made numerous trips to the Antankarana Circle and Women's gatherings. I found out I was a gardener not a farmer. Went back to Seattle, worked several jobs: clerk, teacher of ESL. Retired now. My birdwatching friends visiting Tonasket saw your movie at SIFF, raved about it. Delight for me seeing the trailer and to know people like Skeeter have survived so well. I truly understand why the maker of this film would be drawn to live in the Okanogan Highlands.

Instead of a single farm community as I originally searched for, I have found a neighborhood community here in the Rainer Valley. (Seattle)

Thanks for offering your DVD at a price I can afford. This is a memory of a good chunk of my life. Linda

Posted by LInda Z. @ 12:38 AM on June 12, 2009

When it started to play I thought it was a Sufi Camp! I moved to Kauai from Southern Cali in 1968 and lived in the jungle for over 25 years (without electricity) on a lovely stream with

ponds and waterfalls. My friend, Daryll, who is a movie buff shared this film with me and I can

not wait to thank him. My first words were "My people!" Besides Sufi Camps there are all sorts

of these gatherings all over the world today! I kept looking for faces I recognized. I saw my

Sufi sister Raphela from Shoreline and will probably see more family members as I watch

it again soon. Thanks for doing the film~ Isure loved it and can't wait to share it.

Posted by Qadriyah @ 01:57 AM on June 10, 2009

I saw your film the other night at the Seattle International Film Festival and was quite "touched" by the film and the people whose lives you portrayed.

It made me a little sad that I never fully embraced that lifestyle in the 70's as I was philosophically drawn to a more simple, back to the land approach.

I've attended SIFF for the last 10 years and have enjoyed 'independent films' and its films like yours that really can change or affirm the way one views the world.

Posted by Lilian Wilcox @ 12:40 PM on June 03, 2009

WOW! I wasn't able to go to Back to the Garden until the second SIFF showing (first one sold out -no surprise) but it was incredibly moving...I'm still really affected by it!

I too hug trees and that scene in particular made me cry...and then I couldn't really stop.

Posted by Stephanie Dorgan @ 12:22 PM on June 03, 2009

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