<3>looking forward to hearing more about the film playing in independent theaters like

the Magic Lantern in Spokane, WA., the Guild in Albuquerque, NM., and the Lynwood theater

on Bainbridge Island, WA., ....keep us posted on new screenings so we can contact

friends and family there...thanks!<1> tobey<2> @ Sat, 16 Jul 2011 19:15:27 GMT +0<4> <3>Dear Kevin,

Thanks so much for making this film and sharing it with me. I found it amazingly

inspirational. I'm reminded to hold onto my own dreams and keep taking one step

at a time along my path. I wish you every happiness in your current projects,

warm wishes, tilley

<1> Tilley<2> @ 05:02 PM on July 05, 2011 <4> <3>I loved this film. I was particularly excited to see Kay. I was a student in the school Kay helped create in Seattle, and have now been a teacher there for 10 years! I'm hoping to get in touch and ask her about the early Nova years. email me at leashlessness@yahoo.com<1> stefan<2> @ 04:18 AM on June 24, 2011 <4> <3>Sincerely beautiful. A story well told and wonderfully done. If I could give it an award, I would.

I can remember the times well and what people thought of non-traditional lifestyles and now we know that they had it right while the rest of us worked our way into heart attacks, mortgaged to the hilt, and led lives as slaves. These people were no different than Americans of the frontiers of the early 1800's and their incredible spirits were well documented by you.

Thank you for a wonderful film that never judged anyone but allowed the people to express themselves as if the audience were standing by your side. The best and most genuine film that I have seen in a long time.

<1> Monteriano<2> @ 01:07 AM on June 23, 2011 <4> <3>Debra,

contact your local independent theater and request our film be shown...you can also contact us @bttgfilm@gmail.com to set up a screening in your area....

<1> kevin tomlinson <2> @ 06:42 PM on June 11, 2011 <4> <3>Would love to screen or somehow see this movie but can't find a screening in the Los Angeles area. What do I have to do to make this happen?<1> Debra Cohen <2> @ 10:41 AM on June 07, 2011 <4> <3>I must tell you the film has been a God send for my son Tony. The whole economy has changed his life both my sons are union electricians ...that wrk stopped 2yrs ago... they both have skills learned from my friends living on the land building from the ground up. Tony has his own business now and although his house is being foreclosed, the film brought him back to what is real... Sometimes we need that. I am greatful for your contribution

peace & love Suzi

<1> suzi lonergan <2> @ 10:40 AM on May 27, 2011 <4> <3>I'm still glowing from an evening surrounded by flower power ... ~ ♥ ~ This film is planting seeds

for a better tomorrow .. today.


<1> Richard Bohn <2> @ 07:41 PM on May 17, 2011 <4> <3>thank you so much for your wonderful documentary. It is the story of my life too...I live in the mountains of Stevens co. I'm going to be 60 and still live in a log house I built with solar and composting toilets. I have all the same beliefs and can't understand why everyone doesn't live this way.

I feel you should put your money where your mouth is by not spending it supporting big box stores and corporations. my goal has always been to be debt-free so I don't have to work for anyone else.

Getting the garden planted now...peace.

<1> kathleen<2> @ 11:48 PM on May 15, 2011 <4> <3>this is a wonderful sharing you took us back in time and back again everyone changes but ageless growing up but never becoming adults ..we loved our journey back home through your film never lose the dream again thank you SUZI Mem TN <1> suzi lonergan<2> @ 03:54 PM on May 07, 2011 <4> <3>My librarian daughter brought me a DVD of "BACK TO THE GARDEN," from the library, saying, "I liked this, and I think you might too." That was yesterday, and I've watched it twice already. NICELY DONE!!! If possible, I would like you to keep me informed if a soundtrack ever becomes available. THANKS!!!<1> Tom Oldoski <2> @ 11:31 PM on April 25, 2011 <4> <3>Thank you so much Kevin for reconnecting me to the best parts of my life! Although I moved out of the tipi in Flagstaff in 1976 and came back to Washington to raise my daughter, I have continued to live the hippie life, off the grid as much as possible. I have attended a number of the barter faires over the years, from Michigan to the Okanogan, the beginning near Ellisford in 1978 and then up on Gypsy's land above Metaline Falls in 1979, to years of the Okanogan Barter Fair from 1986 - 1998. Finally went back last year, yep it was still there! I am so thankful the heart and soul of back to the landers is still alive! From all the hippies still making it near Detroit, to the Hopi Heavens group near Flagstaff, to Stephen & Ina Mae Gaskin's Farm, I have heartfelt love and gratitude to all who helped me find this path when I was 16 years old! Including my sister Annie! Namaste' all :) <1> Terese "Tara" Cameron <2> @ 05:12 PM on April 25, 2011 <4> <3>Great documentary with fascinating people & beautiful scenery; will work wonders for bringing the spirit back up when the pipes have frozen, the uncut wood looks like mt. endless, or the leaking barn roof just annoys the hell out of you... sometimes it's just good to hear the voices of your kindred, no matter how far away they may be. So, thanks from northern Sweden, where the garden still remains hidden under three feet of snow... intense months ahead!<1> Jens<2> @ 08:11 AM on April 06, 2011 <4> <3>Thanks again for participating in the University of Washington's Film Series. It was a pleasure to nurture the continued blooming of this beautiful film. The stories are so inspiring. We will do everything we can to help spread the word about this film, and future films! (Jill...director, UW club film series)

<1> Jill B. <2> @ 04:41 PM on April 04, 2011 <4> <3>I think the underlying theme of Back to the Garden is a heart warming exploration of an existing condition or problem: Our Modern Life. Looking at this paradox from so many angles is especially meaningful..I love the non-Hollywood approach. Fantastic!<1> savannah<2> @ 11:44 AM on April 02, 2011 <4> <3>Before I saw BTTG here in Portland, I was almost prepared not to like it. Why? Easy. The late 60's to mid-70's were the years that informed my inner being to this day. I don't need someone too young to have been there to tell me what it was all about! Well,I needn't have concerned myself. Tomlinson has nailed it about as good as it can get. Wisely using the voices of those who are still(!) living the dream (and it is not always an easy one), all is forgiven. I didn't stay with it myself for various reasons, but had always hoped that others might have. Now I have tangible proof (DVD) to show my two grand kids that there really was a time when community, fun, homegrown food and music, and just being very close to the the Good Earth was far more life sustaining than a corporate paycheck. OK, Fairy Conventions will never be my thing...but,I sure miss all the rest. Enough so that I will soon be moving back to that "perfect" place in the NW, where I can finish out my days as an Old Unrepentant Garden Hippy. Peace.<1> Dane<2> @ 08:06 PM on March 23, 2011 <4> <3>I received the DVD yesterday. I have already watched it 3 times!!!

I enjoy it more than any documentary I have ever watched! You and the film deserve all of the awards that you've received so far and I hope many more are coming the films way....thanks, Bill

<1> Bill Duncan <2> @ 11:50 AM on March 19, 2011 <4> <3>Your film was a joy to watch. I'm all mushy with emotion now. . .i guess that means it worked! :P<1> tantric massage<2> @ 08:57 AM on March 16, 2011 <4> <3>I am forever grateful that you sent me a copy of this moving and thoughtful film. I am struck by the beauty of some of these older women, who presumably don't botox, wrinkle-fill nor bleach their teeth and yet look so healthy and attractive.

The human being comes in so many shapes and sizes and character, doe it not? I am also struck once again by the beauty of Washington State...

I hope your movie is getting the acclaim I feel it deserves. I will watch it many times again and share it with my friends...some of whom live in, (gasp), Eastern Washington also. THANK YOU.

<1> Penny Thackeray <2> @ 02:51 PM on February 16, 2011 <4> <3>A friend in seattle called and told me about your film, saying I gotta see it.

She was right. It was very inspiring, especially to those of us who are kindred spirits, doing the same thing and sometimes feeling very alone. Your film is a reminder that there are pockets of us tucked in all around the country! Airville (the sign saying "named for the clean air in the neighborhood" sits right in front of a factory farm!) is in southern York County, PA. where we have found a dozen or more of us hippies, old and young, tucked in around the big pickup trucks and hunters wearing orange. Fire circles, drum circles, sitar concerts at the solstices, organic gardens!

Anyway, thanks for the film. We'll be sharing it with our friends.

Peace, Amy

<1> Amy<2> @ 09:43 AM on February 15, 2011 <4> <3>A very nicely done film -- timely, insightful, good footage and interviews, commentary, well put together -- documenting a collection of values and perspectives that create a potent alternative to a society ideologically driven by market-fundamentalism...<1> Ben<2> @ 06:08 PM on February 10, 2011 <4> <3>I want to let you know how much your movie touched my heart. It's Awesome... and I want to thank you personally for making it. No better time than right now to have this as a reminder of what is REALLY important in life.

sending Love of the highest vibration... blessings.

madison township, PA.

<1> Reiki Grand Master <2> @ 10:22 PM on February 09, 2011 <4> <3>I watched "Back to the Garden" yesterday and i love this film! Thanks for this oportunity.<1> Mahjong <2> @ 09:49 AM on February 08, 2011 <4> <3>Mr TiVo, one of those technologies from the grid, let me see Back to the Garden in the comfort of the living room this afternoon. A salve to the soul. Beautiful, Kevin, just really well done. Congratulations.<1> Lucy Mohl <2> @ 03:02 AM on February 05, 2011 <4> <3>I have always beleived in Peace and love and now in my golden years am living no other way but my own. I am a flower child and a tree hugging dirt worshipper. I believe in Fairies, Elves and things unseen.I believe that there are more people in this world that are awakening to the fact that things need to change and in order to change things we need to be the change we are looking for . It is up to us to live in our heart not our mind. Love is the higest vibration and we are all one. Peace to all.. This movie is needed at this time and place.Thanks to everyone who made this . <1> Rebecca DiNolfi <2> @ 10:20 AM on January 27, 2011 <4> <3>Irene, We might have not have been on that same Haight-Ashbury tour bus, but my family too, drove through the Haight excitedly pointing out the long-haired folks like animals at the zoo. Who knows maybe it was the seed for the making of the film...thanks for your generous comments Irene! kevin<1> kevin<2> @ 02:07 PM on January 24, 2011 <4> <3>When I saw my first real-live hippies from a tour bus window in Haight-Ashbury with my vacationing family in the mid-sixties, I KNEW my path in life. As soon as I was living on my own, I grew my own food and have not watched TV since.I raised 3 kids in the country and now have grandkidz. All still living the alternitive life-style or with progressive hearts and minds...

When the people of the Earth seem hell-bent on their paths of bringing on complete collapse of our good Earth through mindless acts, it's reassuring to see the Earth Children documented in your film. Thank you for telling OUR story!

<1> Irene Skyriver <2> @ 11:00 AM on January 23, 2011 <4> <3>Your film arrived. My daughter Natalie and I liked it a lot. I liked the structure of the film, the choice of people and the subtle work you did as documentary journalist to add your personal view.

The power of those people is great. We need those positive messages.

Cecile, Muttenz, Switzerland

<1> Cecile Speitel <2> @ 12:00 AM on January 21, 2011 <4> <3>Anxious to see your film. Lived at Tolstoy for one summer. Wish I could re-connect with the Golden family. They are on my mind a lot these days. Spending lots of time in the Methow valley these many years. The simple life, how my busy Seattle life longs for it!<1> Alice McLean <2> @ 02:46 PM on January 19, 2011 <4> <3>Oh Kevin, I just finished watching your film and loved it so very much. I am an old tree hugger from the 60's and your film brought me happy tears and smiles. I wish I could be with you all up there right now but I am sure with you in spirit. Much Love to you and your wife. <1> Rachael Cornetta <2> @ 02:33 PM on January 10, 2011<4> <3>Wow! to put it mildy.

Really liked how there is no exact definition of hippie or what a back to the gardener should be...

So many great 'ending lines' each followed by a new one that was just as good, if not better, then ending on 'Some people are waiting for the golden age to come... I've been living it for 30+years ....I didn't want to wait.' Christina and I looked at each other and said "YES! Us Too!"

great to know we're not alone. What a joy to get into my "peers' hearts and minds and lives...

thanks so much for sharing your love with the world and with us...with great love and appreciation,

Robbie hanna "Beaver" Anderman Killaloe, Ontario, Canada

<1> robbie<2> @ 12:29 AM on December 23, 2010 <4> <3>I watched "Back to the Garden" last night and absolutely LOVED the film! What a fantastic, important and timely collection of stories spanning the course of 20 years... which offers incredible insight into the lives and lifestyles of these amazing people.

Really got me thinking and done with great humility. These folks have not chosen an easy path but one filled with love, integrity and a connection and devotion to each other and to Mother Earth...THANK YOU!

<1> Jill<2> @ 12:07 PM on December 15, 2010 <4> <3>I attended a showing at the Lynnwood Theatre on Bainbridge when you were there. It really brought back happy but bittersweet memories of my own Back to the Garden experiences. While I was in college, I lived at Tolstoy Farm near Davenport for a while and taught the school. After college, I bought land near Colville and started my own farm. I've been to the Tonasket Barter Faire but more often participated in the NE Washington one near Northport/Waneta. We used to press and sell fresh apple juice there from our orchard trees. I also attended some of the Healing Gatherings/Antakarana Circles near Curlew. During the film, I kept looking at Skeeter - sure that I knew him. During the chat after the showing, someone mentioned his name -Michael Pilarsky - so I knew I had met him... Now I live in Poulsbo. But I have never failed to grow my own fruits and vegetables and keep the spirit of the Garden alive. Thank you for a wonderful film.

Jan King

<1> Jan King <2> @ 04:48 PM on November 29, 2010 <4> <3>Thank you so much for the film, I really enjoyed it! It really made me think about the path I've taken. I learned about the film online...in the comment section of a story in the Huffington Post. My neighbors back in Evergreen, Colorado would love your film.<1> Diane Pederson <2> @ 12:14 PM on November 29, 2010 <4> <3>I found your film very moving. I lived in the Methow from '77 to '86, most of the time on some remote land in a small yurt I built. Even though I did not know most of the people in the film, they seemed similar to people I did know there. The landscape is as inspiring to me now as it was then. I have tried to live as gentle a life as possible since that time, in a "helping" profession, gardening, living pretty simply. I hope the film gives some people a nudge in a different direction and gives other people encouragement to stay on their present path. Thank you...<1> Linda Gilbert <2> @ 12:09 PM on November 29, 2010 <4> <3>I missed the showings during the Seattle International Film Festival, but a Seattle Film Institute student was thoroughly enthralled when you showed it there recently. And he is an 18-yr-old trust-fund-brat... so you have a real impact. I am not surprised. Loved Postcards. Anxious for Greenaway. -- rer<1> Will <2> @ 11:55 AM on November 16, 2010 <4> <3>"Back to the Garden" is a very real glimpse into the lives of some very real and fascinating, people. Anyone who sees this couldn’t help but question how authentic and true his/her own life is, and that’s a question the world could use more of...a beautiful film visually.<1> Nancy<2> @ 10:51 AM on October 20, 2010 <4> <3>Great film. I attended the Healing Gatherings from ‘87 to ‘91, also ‘94 and have been to 12 Barter Faires, ‘86 to ‘10 range. I’m in the film briefly as a young long haired guy blissed out dancing. Who would’a thought. Not sure but mail to One Pine might be possible through the Okanogan River Co-Op (a woman asked about that elsewhere). Google it for address. The Co-Op is way solid, no doubt has had a lot to do with the community’s longevity.

The Okanogan Barter Faires still happen, just go back from it, rained a bit, could’a used more people with $$ and trade items. A tad noisy on Friday night, what with the drums and youngsters getting their ya-ya’s out but I’m always glad I went. Yes friends, you too can enjoy this unique experience, it’s not too late! I bought some absolutely righteous herbal skin ointment from One Pine. Original formula, in recycled baby food jars.

<1> Carl McFarland <2> @ 04:44 PM on October 14, 2010 <4> <3>This was a really well-made film. It was thought-provoking and had a wonderful cast of fascinating and diverse personalities. It was really interesting to see how their lives unfolded over the 20 or so years and where they ended up. Even Microsoft :-))

Great Job!!

<1> fauzia<2> @ 09:43 PM on October 12, 2010 <4> <3>"Marcia and I just saw BACK TO THE GARDEN today. We were so impressed, words can't do our feelings justice. Marcia's statement when we got back in the car said it best. "I needed to see that movie. I feel so much more centered". You didn't do a good job on this movie Kev, you did a GREAT job!"<1> Dave Calhoun <2> @ 01:24 AM on October 11, 2010 <4> <3>So glad I finally got to see the movie here in Vancouver, B.C. thanks to the CBC interview or I wouldn't have known. It was so great, brilliant, educational, heart warming, uplifting, and fun ... kudos to all.<1> Yodhi Williamson <2> @ 07:15 PM on October 04, 2010 <4> <3>Thank you for bringing your film to our theater. I was a 70's wanna be "Woodstock" follower but I realized that I wouldn't have walked the walk like your cast. Now in our older years I was reminded that we can still make a difference with our choices of sustainability. Much success and peace to you and your family.<1> Ann<2> @ 11:39 AM on October 03, 2010 <4> <3>My Friends and I loved your Movie! It was interesting, informative and made me think. You could not have picked a more interesting cast of characters. They were great. Best of all it made me laugh. I loved the humor. You made a movie you can be proud of.<1> Noreen<2> @ 11:36 AM on October 03, 2010 <4> <3>Its Rebecca from The Pink Bus in your film. You do such a nice job of (well, everything) explaining why I made the decision to raise my young children in that manner which has included Tonasket for the last thirteen years.. Thank you for such a beautiful film that I feel resuscitates the notion of "hippie"<1> Rebecca Chadwell <2> @ 12:47 PM on September 26, 2010 <4> <3>Hi Kevin, This is Jim from Lopez Island. We briefly met when you had a screening there. I had suggested that you contact Ironweed. Nice to see that worked out for you:) I have begun my sailing adventure around the world. Plan to be gone 8-10 years. My website is www.sailingadventure.webs.com

Almost every time someone new joins my boat I show Back to the Garden...I still enjoy watching it!!!

Peace, Jim

PS I have been going to the Barter Faire since 1981. I will miss it while on my new adventure.

<1> Jim Rohrssen <2> @ 07:35 AM on September 22, 2010 <4> <3>Your film arrived as I was starting to prepare dinner for guests. I couldn't wait to see it, so I chopped veggies and watched. I really loved the tenderness with which you treated the subjects of the film...a genuiness and honesty pervades throughout.

The interweaving of past and present worked seamlessly. There was a message without an agenda. THANK YOU!

<1> Gigi <2> @ 9:39 am on September 12, 2010<4> <3>The movie is a TREASURE! Thank you.<1> Darth<2> @ 01:13 PM on August 31, 2010 <4> <3>From the very start, I was quicky drawn into the lives of each person you featured. This is a lifestyle that is very different from my mainstream life, but what struck me most was the courage, passion, and bravery demonstrated by each person to follow this path. And the love and joy they found by doing so. I was very moved and have huge respect for their choices. Plus, I genuinely liked them. Your movie portrayed their deepest feelings and dreams, and it was all done with much care. THANK YOU for sharing this with me.<1> Victoria <2> @ 02:52 AM on August 21, 2010 <4> <3>Keep it going, i like the trailers.<1> jocuri <2> @ 01:11 AM on August 09, 2010 <4> <3>I am inspired by how your film urges me to ask questions about my own life choices. It pushes me to get serious about changes I would like to make and then some. Thank you for sharing these incredible stories in such a joyful, smart, honest film.<1> KT<2> @ 09:36 AM on July 15, 2010 <4> <3>I was at the Garden back in the 70's and I seen on this video Kay who lived on the land I did and I slept in her t-pee. I would like to find her and write her it has been 40 yrs since I saw her last. I have lived in 5 states since those days. We lived on 50 arces in Republic WA. <1> Irene<2> @ 07:13 AM on May 25, 2010 <4> <3>This isn't a movie, this is a message....

a message for people to look INSIDE themselves.

<1> marlene<2> @ 01:01 AM on May 19, 2010 <4> <3>A beautiful, endearing film. You have to admire people who are true to their convictions and consistently live what they believe.<1> Mary Ann <2> @ 08:37 PM on April 21, 2010 <4> <3>Great Trailer! Met my real dad when I was 23 ( now 42 ) and had a chance to experience a little life on the "Saddle". My dad, Rome Contreras lived up there before his cabin burned down in 2000. He is in Maui now. I wish I had been able to live the life that he lived up there for 30 years. I grew up in LA so go figure. This film has to be huge for them! I am inspired for the ones this film was intended for. Anyway, I am now making indie films and watching this trailer again just motivated me even more...THANKS!!!!<1> Ron L. Tidwell <2> @ 11:46 PM on April 19, 2010 <4> <3>Although I wasn't around back in the early days and am now living on the grid and fairly engaged in mainstream life, my heart and values are certainly expressed in this film. Thanks for making the film.

It's a great expression of LOVE , HOPE & COMMUNITY!

<1> Heather<2> @ 11:22 PM on April 18, 2010 <4> <3>Kevin and Judy,

It was great to visit with you in Sebastopol, thank you for the film. The whole family enjoyed it and engaged in a spirited discussion of the "back to the land" movement. It got me searching for more information regarding 2 of our local communes, Morningstar and Wheeler Ranch. Good luck to you, i hope your film had an excellent reception in Oz.

<1> Diana Godwin <2> @ 03:36 PM on March 19, 2010 <4> <3>Mike Sims and Suzanne Visser of Alice's Secret in Alice Springs, Australia watched the movie on a lazy sunny afternoon in the Outback<1> Suzanne Visser and Mike Sims <2> @ 05:26 PM on March 17, 2010 <4> <3>Saw the movie together with Mike this afternoon. Very moving. These young faces and then the same faces: older, old. Done with a lot of respect for the owners of these faces. Which makes the film good. Food for some thinking too. Full circle indeed. I have such a love hate relationship with hippies that it was painfully pleasant to watch it all.



<1> Suzanne Visser <2> @ 01:34 AM on March 17, 2010 <4> <3>I am grateful to have seen the movie and really glad I have the DVD to watch again. The movie has me thinking about my life and how I can live it in a way that is more true to my beliefs. Thanks for the inspiration. The other thing is that I am reminded about time. This movie came back around after 20 years. Whew, we live in a culture of immediate gratification. We really don't know what the seeds planted today will bring in years to come. Trust, faith, love, and tree hugging!!!

Peace, Celia

<1> Celia Mayo <2> @ 05:15 AM on March 09, 2010 <4> <3>Hullo, Folks: I just learned of your film and ordered a copy. But after reading through all the great comments, I figured I'd 'write ahead' and point folks to the Morningstar and Wheeler Ranch 24-chapter history (see link to the S. F. Digger site) and photos, etc. at the website above.

I always viewed our open-gate 'come-as-you-are' communities as the southern gate to the Kingdom of New Albion. City folks could try out country living with us and see if it fit. Occasionally a Wheeler neighborhood would morph into an extended family and take wing to the north to find their own spot on Mother Gaia, far away from inflated property values triggered the punitive use of building and health codes. MOre after I've viewed the film. Can't wait!

<1> Ramon Sender<2> @ 12:42 PM on March 02, 2010 <4> <3>Hullo, Folks: I just learned of your film and ordered a copy. But after reading through all the great comments, I figured I'd 'write ahead' and point folks to the Morningstar and Wheeler Ranch 24-chapter history (see link to the S. F. Digger site) and photos, etc. at the website above.

I always viewed our open-gate 'come-as-you-are' communities as the southern gate to the Kingdom of New Albion. City folks could try out country living with us and see if it fit. Occasionally a Wheeler neighborhood would morph into an extended family and take wing to the north to find their own spot on Mother Gaia, far away from inflated property values triggered the punitive use of building and health codes. MOre after I've viewed the film. Can't wait!

<1> Ramon Sender<2> @ 12:42 PM on March 02, 2010 <4> <3>i am the mad yippie pie thrower!!! i have been a hippie since age 15 in la...i was involved with the griffith park love-ins helping green power feed street freex!!! then i became a yippie in 1972!!! that led to me becoming the mad yippie pie thrower and helping to organize smoke-ins everywhere!!! i am 60 now!!! visit my site www.pieman.org!!!


<1> ARON PIEMAN KAY<2> @ 09:42 PM on February 19, 2010 <4> <3>I lived in the Okanogan from 1978-1980, a member of the counter culture life there, going by the name Shi. I recognize many folks in the film, Skeeter, One Pine, SilverMoon and others. It was a hard life with cold winters & blistering summers, but it was alot saner than what has gone on since.<1> Keith Keyser <2> @ 06:57 PM on February 14, 2010 <4> <3>Thank you for this film and helping us relive so many incredible memories. We both spent a few years at different communities...I was mostly at Bitterroot with Buffalo & Moonstone. Michael(Reflections) at Portagee Ranch in Curlew and Chesaw. We saw many familiar faces, many who attended our wedding in 1981 in the Aeneas Valley. We left the Okanogan area in 1983, moved several times and finally settled on a 40 acre mountain farm north of Spokane where we continued our back to the land attempts for 10 years. After I finished Nursing school in 03, we ended up moving back to Gig Harbor to be close to our aging parents.

Our children all took a different track than we expected and joined the military - Army, and we lost one son in Afghanistan in 06. It has been hard to accept, but we love our sons and respect their choices even if they are different than our own. They have been conflicted about our hippie past, sometimes embaressed, sometimes accepting...but loving us and that is the most important thing. Although we live more of a conventional lifestyle now, we still long for community, and feel out of sorts in Gig Harbor. I work as a Hospice Nurse, Michael does construction and works on our grassroots 501C The Ripple Effect which helps to develop water systems and animal husbandry projects in rural Guatemalan highlands. We still love the outdoors, organic gardening, kayaking and the wilderness. Dreams sometimes include returning to the Okanogan Highlands and buying another piece of land. Thanks so much for filming this wonderful group of folks and allowing us to reminisce.


<1> Carol & Michael(Reflections) <2> @ 05:12 PM on February 14, 2010 <4> <3>Really loved the tenderness with which you treated the subjects of the film; a genuineness and honesty

pervades throughout; the interweaving of film footage from past and present worked seamlessly; there was a message without an agenda.


As they say in New Zealand, 'Good on you!'

<1> G. leach <2> @ 11:47 PM on February 13, 2010 <4> <3>From the very start, I was quicky drawn into the lives of each person you featured. This is a lifestyle that is very different from my mainstream life, but what struck me most was the courage, passion, and bravery demonstrated by each person to follow this path. And the love and joy they found by doing so. I was very moved and have huge respect for their choices. Plus, I genuinely liked them. Your movie portrayed their deepest feelings and dreams, and it was all done with much care. THANK YOU for sharing this with me.<1> Victoria Rodkin <2> @ 02:54 PM on February 05, 2010 <4> <3>My best friend was Gentle Rain. We had our last babies six weeks apart. When feeling flush we would load their dirty diapers on our horse and haul them "down the hill." We would take them to the tonasket laundry on seventh then load the poor horse with wet diapers as we never sprung for the dryers. Poor horse...wet diapers strung all over the one room cabin, making it nice and moist...love you GR<1> sue<2> @ 03:17 PM on January 21, 2010 <4> <3>I was on staff with Communities Magazine and have lived communally for almost 40 years. We have a community in Butte County, CA, where our partner- ship has lived on our 50 acre parcel for over 35 years. We recently have had a terrible fire destroy our land and 60,000 acres around us. We have had a hard time recovering from this dis-

aster. see fellowship for intentional community...and communities magazine for more info. We now have an organization working on helping the community www.concowphoenix.org

<1> Laurel Paulson-Pierce<2> @ 07:59 PM on January 12, 2010 <4> <3>I feel quite blessed to have had the opportunity to see such a powerful and revealing film. Like many (if not most) mainstream Americans, I grew up under the false belief that true "hippies" were just lazy and lost people who were usually looking for their next high--those who were too afraid to grow up and be responsible taxpaying citizens. [Although I must say that at the very same time, I have always admired such "radicals" who dared to follow their hearts' desires.] This was all too often what those of us in mainstream society have had to tell ourselves in order to justify our own vastly overindulgent, largely unfulfilling and ultimately misguided lifestyles.

From a lack of knowledge comes ignorance, and until this very film I was never educated about this type of "hippie" existence. I had always associated it with the most narrow stereotypes of Woodstock, thank you to the corporate-run media that feeds us (all). Because of my very sheltered and privileged upbringing, I also never had the means to be exposed to this alternative way of life. Where I come from, it was all about conforming to the "norm" and keeping up with the Jones.

After witnessing this documentary, I have nothing but the utmost respect and admiration for these brave,insightful and gentle people. These resourceful individuals and families who have so wisely chosen to live life off of the land and away from the often-hidden toxins of mainstream society. A society at large that due to fear and greed will not support nor condone(and that flatout condemns) this kind of peaceful and "free" movement. It is only the heartiest of souls who can live life with this much raw conviction. They have not only survived but thrived upon the land; I see them as the richest people on earth!

Mainstream society has much to learn from these people who merely embrace spirituality and simplicity over monetary and tangible gains; those who have raised forward-thinking, confident and happy children who are not afraid to be unique and "different" and follow their own dreams.

I know many people who are foregoing happiness in their lives in order to "get ahead" and "make something" of themselves. And in so doing, they have wandered further and further away from contentment. For most of us American mainstreamers, there is perhaps a realistic medium between living as a true "hippie" and not continuing to fall prey to the insidious superficiality of the everyday, workaday "rat race". Because part of the appeal of this alternate lifestyle is being away from the masses; and this special community cannot really afford to seduce us all. For then it would cease to be what it is (and I pray all that it will continue to be for many generations to come), which is a wonderfully "insulated" village of spirits who are giving back to the land, instead of continuously raping it for profit.

I hope that this film is a wake-up call for mainstream society--maybe it will help to wake us all up to the more natural ways of living and interacting with one another. But however unfortunate it may be, the "hippie" community is at times still dependent on mainstream society; and mainstream society needs to become more dependent on the "hippie" community for its teachings.

Thank you for this film and thank you to the "hippie" people it honors. I praise and support each and every one of you...

<1> Kathryn Tilson <2> @ 02:52 PM on January 10, 2010<4> <3>Well Done!

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and thought the director did a wonderful job capturing the essence of the personalities.

These stories and interviews resonate with me strongly in part due to my growing up a child of a back-to-the-lander. I found the children's stories fascinating and could relate to all of them in some way. In particular, some of the frustrations of the athletic daughter (forget her name).

As I myself grew and ventured off the "hill" to the land of electricity and day jobs, I wondered why some people choose to do without amenities that aren't bad for the earth or those in it.

As I reach my mid 30's I look back with an appreciation for my youth but still with the knowledge I wouldn't "put my kids through that."

My parents lived in a tent when my brother was born. A tiny tent. In Oregon in the winter. Forethought and planning anyone? And another thing- your kid is unhappy that he is teased at school because of his ill fitting dirty clothes and the adult's sage words of wisdom are "that's their problem, not yours."?

It's a struggle when when the values of your parent(s) are at such odds with what is considered (and, let's be honest, if it's considered so it's as good as is to a poor kid who doesn't like being teased) normal.

The roots of my father's escape from society (Mom bailed when I was seven. She needed electricity) are simple enough: his CEO dad and Vietnam breathing down his neck, combined with a low tolerance for stress. But to paraphrase the daughter in the movie, you aren't the center of the universe anymore when you decide to have kids. Fortunately, as is evidenced in the film and as I myself experienced, there was an abundance of love.

The military son seems as foreign to me as anything, yet I myself will allow my kids new shoes, and make a point to be able to afford them. Because 20+ years later I still remember the embarrassment and pain. Yeah- maybe it's shallow, but when I look at pictures of my Dad's childhood he was decked out with a car, new surfboards and nice clothes. He had no idea...In rural Oregon, different is bad.

I loved how the movie shows that life continues. The fairy Congress gathering is a modern version of the 60's love in. Along with the marriage after 22 years. But we change. The communal kitchen next to Dad's place was gone by '85, along with every single other like minded soul. The Moses Lake man knows what I'm talking about.

My biggest complaint of the movie is I was left wanting more. I wanted to hear the military son's perspective. I wanted to hear what the athletic daughter is doing with her life, and her sister. I wanted more characters from before and after.

I If I decided to move back to the land, which I someday may do, it won't be Moses Lake or the like. It will be a small coastal town with retired artists. It will be nearby a college town with professor neighbors. It will be the mountain town where every few days over coffee I see my author friend on his laptop.

I would love to see a part two of this movie another 20 years from now. Where are they then? Where am I then? Where will you be then? This movie makes us wonder. Nice work!

<1> Jimmy<2> @ 05:50 PM on January 08, 2010<4> <3>I just got the DVD and was so full of joy watching my ole friends. I was part of the festivals in the Tonasket area and still am since the early 80's. I now live in a small wonderful town in Hot Springs Montana. Even though its a town there is a core of hippies here having visions of how we can make a future where we are sharing and caring for each other. We are starting to meet to see how we can grow food together. To make our life better for our children and our selves. We're thinking of having a circus one of these days. We already have a Harvest festival in the Summer. Besides our wonderful healing hot springs we're thinking of different ways to get together to improve our quality of life. <1> Ruthe Israel <2> @ 09:55 AM on January 07, 2010 <4> <3>Ordered the DVD from the library, having no idea what it was about - what a nice surprise, since I live in the Methow Valley to recognize so many of the people in the movie. It was a moving film. My family and I enjoyed it very much<1> vnolan<2> @ 01:41 PM on January 01, 2010 <4> <3>Kevin, Shared your film with my family yesterday and the kids' dad liked it so much he wants to order a copy. I sent him the link so he can order online. The kids had lots of laughs and said it was great to learn they weren't alone!...that there are lots of "grown hippie kids" out there!<1> L. Anne Bromwell <2> @ 06:39 PM on December 25, 2009 <4> <3>As i watched your film, i was transported back to the marvelous time i spent with my dad in our wondrous back yard in the heart of Brooklyn. dad grew up on a farm and translated the knowledge he gained as a boy into his home in the city. he loved nature, and animals and would never even swat a mosquito because it represented life. he was a hippie much like the personages in the film, only he predated them by many years.

he thought, he wrote, and envisioned a world where people lived together in harmony.

films, like all art, can measure their success by the impressions that are created in the minds of those who view, read, or listen. judging by my own experience, you have a winner.

<1> Al Heraman, Florida <2> @ 11:30 PM on December 18, 2009 <4> <3>a unique documentary that kept me absorbed in it from start to finish. Unlike most choppy, formula documentaries, "Back to the Garden" flowed beautifully, with a perfect musical score and gorgeous cinematography. This film left me moved by both the people whose lives it explored and their views re: the direction the world should be taking.

...curious as to the next chapter and I certainly hope there is one.

<1> Tamarama<2> @ 10:49 PM on December 16, 2009 <4> <3>A wonderful, moving film! really enjoyed watching it. <1> Archana<2> @ 03:13 PM on December 14, 2009 <4> <3>Your film is heartfelt, authentic and thought provoking.Thanks<1> ugur onur<2> @ 01:39 AM on December 13, 2009 <4> <3>Thanks so much for creating this film. I experienced a lot of joy watching it. It trigggered some past memories that I had long forgotten and appreciated reliving. The scenes in the film especially resonated with my deep love and respect for this planet earth. "Back to the Garden " is another piece in the homespun patchwork quilt of healing our friend and sustainer Mother Earth.



<1> Visala<2> @ 10:14 PM on December 01, 2009 <4> <3>For me, 'Back to the Garden' is the best home movie I could ever hope to see. I am so grateful for my life...rare in this century. Not just back to the land, but back to the heart. It was and still is a life-affirming culture. To have that experience was healthy in all ways.

To be in a tribe in this modern age is unique and a gift to our children.

Thanks, Kevin, for sharing us with a culture full of holes.

<1> Moonstone Mazzetti <2> @ 12:13 PM on December 01, 2009 <4> <3>Kudo's to all you good folks who kept the dream and vision of a better world alive and cookin'.

To each their own part... the whole is then blessed by it.

<1> Peach O'Neill <2> @ 04:51 PM on November 30, 2009<4> <3>oh and thanx for the music info loved it as well <1> Milton Vega <2> @ 02:30 PM on November 22, 2009 <4> <3>This film truly blew me away.

Made me reflect on a lot of things...

Saw it yesterday in Puerto Rico.

<1> M. Vega <2> @ 07:22 PM on November 21, 2009 <4> <3>Paul,

No soundtrack available yet...we're working on it...But if you want to find our musical sources, check out these fine musicians:

Band of Annuals


Harvey Swanson


the Matt Lewis Band


<1> kevin Tomlinson <2> @ 07:17 PM on November 21, 2009<4> <3>Saw your film in Olympia. Very moved. Is there a track list of soundtrack somewhere? Cheers!<1> Paul<2> @ 10:29 PM on November 19, 2009 <4> <3>Thanks for this GREAT film!

I'm going to share it with my three grown children over the holidays.

All three tell me they were "raised granola!"


<1> L. Anne Bromwell <2> @ 06:02 PM on November 18, 2009 <4> <3>Mark, Our shipping prices are in line with the marketplace...If you want more details, email me and I'll be happy to break it down for you...Most new DVD's sell for $20-$25 before shipping and tax..We're not getting rich off shipping.<1> kevin tomlinson <2> @ 09:17 AM on November 17, 2009 <4> <3>I want to buy the film, and I started the process. However, $5.50 for shipping is a capitalist outrage. I can only speak with my checkbook, or in this case, my paypal account. Since it's only being mailed, I would think under $20 would sell a lot more copies. I will wait to purchase it on amazon or ebay when it comes out...legally of course. I do support your efforts, just not your pricing yet. Thank you,


<1> Mark<2> @ 04:34 PM on November 14, 2009 <4> <3>I was at that Healing Gathering. I lived in the Okanogan Highlands there and went to all the Healing Gatherings. I haven't seen the movie. Just found the website today.<1> Stacey Bander <2> @ 09:55 AM on November 11, 2009 <4> <3>I was so moved and delighted by this extraordinary film...such a clear and persuasive story of authentic people living lives on the land they love. Persuasive because our own life choices and integrity come into focus as the film dances among themes of family, community, conformity, spontaneity and beliefs...I'm sure the film will move others to reflect upon their own paths as it makes its way through the world...Bravo! Superb! Love, Henry <1> Henry Marshall, Ph.D, Amsterdam <2> @ 09:23 AM on November 01, 2009 <4> <3>We saw Back to the Garden and were totally thrilled. It's moving, informative and a joy to behold as the characters come alive with their heartwarming stories. BTTG is a documentary doing what docs should do: Inspire and enlighten. Thanks for producing this wonderful and important film.<1> Rickie Moore Ph.D, Amsterdam, Netherlands <2> @ 09:12 AM on November 01<4> <3>I got to see your film this weekend in Ellensburg, and my heart was filled with joy and hope as a deeply hidden part of myself re-emerged during the movie! I went "back to the garden" in 1990, when I moved to Orcas Island and chose to live an insulated (rather than isolated) lifestyle in this gorgeous place. As many other young and old "hippies" (rich and poor) have chosen these islands, I felt at home instantly, and gave up a corporate job at Weyerhaeuser in Federal Way to come here and start over. The movie was profoundly gratifying, and I will buy copies of the DVD to share with friends. One of the most powerful reminders I got was how fortunate we are in communities like Orcas to have such supportive friends and new "families" to share our lives - our farmers, especially, keep this island grounded in the real possibilities that we discovered in the 60's - for sustainability, for voluntary simplicity, for real human connection to our neighbors - and to the land, air and water - and for finding a balance in an increasingly unstable world. Thank you so much for your wonderful movie!

<1> nikki ames <2> @ 10:53 AM on October 06, 2009 <4> <3>It would be easy to dismiss the human remnants of the counter culture era as naive and laughable-but you've shown them to be courageous individuals with dignity. Your film is heartfelt, authentic and thought provoking.<1> david Robbins, Seattle <2> @ 12:11 AM on October 01, 2009 <4> <3>Watching this fascinating piece in Tel-Aviv made me feel that not only these people got back to their garden- but me as well- though I've never been there before... Thank you for sharing the story and values in such a touching and interesting movie- which also reminds that people are probably more unite than they may think they are.<1> Orit Sasson <2> @ 09:36 AM on September 22, 2009 <4> <3>Thank you for taking me back to the days when part of me resonated with the dreams of our children, while part of me feared for their safety... It was good to see the people, who stayed true to their dreams & built good lives around it & to be reminded that if we keep our minds & hearts open "the dream will not die!" <1> Robby Fuerst <2> @ 05:19 AM on September 16, 2009 <4> <3>I watch the movie in Tel Aviv and even it's from very far away, it feels like sitting in my living room and listening to those remarkable people. The message that we can all do something about this beautiful planet. It's a great movie<1> Irit Dortal <2> @ 04:04 AM on September 12, 2009 <4> <3>Very Inspiring. A more honest depiction of counterculture values than I've seen in the mainstream media. I'll share this film with others.<1> Beverly Naidus, Vashon Island <2> @ 10:54 PM on September 04, 2009 <4> <3>This is one of those films that when it's over, I feel I have to say goodbye to good old friends... The authenticity is so pure, so beautifully vulnerable, so real. I love it!<1> Anna Mae Gold <2> @ 03:32 PM on September 04, 2009 <4> <3>I still remember my childhood on the land as if it were yesterday, free from worry, clean air and water and the beauty of the infinitely loving nature. I now live across the the world and am embarking on new adventures, but the land has left its imprint on my soul and I will never forget it.

My brother, who was born on the land returns there from time to time, someday again I will accompany him:)

<1> Moksha Rahmatoulin <2> @ 03:46 AM on September 03, 2009 <4> <3>Your film is a treasure, a time document of love and care, in the subject, the people and the way you presented it with images, questions, words and sounds.

It is a oneness of beauty.

<1> Chaja Kruessen, Amsterdam, the Netherlands <2> @ 01:13 PM on August 26, 2009 <4> <3>Years ago I spent time @ Barter fairs in Tonasket/Okanogan. Enjoying life... instilling value in my young children. I picked up your DVD @the Health Store in Tonasket--traveling alone. I will for sure share your story/Dvd w. others! So many disa-illusioned w. economy and world affair. Thanks You for presenting this! I really appreciated the real people! Real issues! Be well!<1> Stacy Mora <2> @ <4> <3>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.<1> Kathryn Beach <2> @ 02:06 PM on August 07, 2009 <4> <3>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...


Bill Crittenden

<1> Bill "Critter" Crittenden <2> @ 08:33 AM on July 25, 2009 <4> <3>...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<1> David Brueggeman <2> @ 10:53 PM on July 12, 2009 <4> <3>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<1> Victoria<2> @ 10:44 PM on July 12, 2009 <4> <3>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.


<1> michael demarco <2> @ 10:16 AM on July 11, 2009 <4> <3>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<1> gidge<2> @ 08:10 PM on July 09, 2009 <4> <3>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

<1> LInda Z. <2> @ 12:38 AM on June 12, 2009 <4> <3>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.

<1> Qadriyah<2> @ 01:57 AM on June 10, 2009 <4> <3>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.

<1> Lilian Wilcox <2> @ 12:40 PM on June 03, 2009 <4> <3>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.

<1> Stephanie Dorgan <2> @ 12:22 PM on June 03, 2009 <4> <3>I'm so impressed with the values and the message of your film! I laughed, hooted and am so proud of you and all the characters in the movie. The message is imperative. The planet is really a fragile environment and we'd better raise our consciousness. I believe in you and your work!!!

My kids are all over me for being a hippie...but I must be doing something right because my daughter won a bronze medal in the Olympics in the BMX bike event and is working on her 4th World Championship on the mountain bike 4 cross event...she's in Scotland right now.

<1> Jan Kintner <2> @ 12:17 PM on June 03, 2009 <4> <3>Your film, Back to the Garden, flower power comes full circle, was an incredible experience for us. This is a gift you have given to people like us...Thank you for your tribute...an embodiment to peace and love.<1> Bob Jarmick <2> @ 03:06 PM on June 02, 2009 <4> <3>I hope this film gets the exposure it deserves...It effectively validates these folks' determination to 'stay the course' for personal and global reasons. A big thank you!<1> Fred Rothman <2> @ 03:02 PM on June 02, 2009 <4> <3>I worked with this jeffery stonhill on the alaska pipelins above the arctic circle. 1975.. what a good fellow that seen to know what to do,say and think. he taught me culture that i never knew was out there. i could tell he was enjoying the wild ride alaska gives as much as i was. what great times they were. <1> TOM TOM HUGHES <2> @ 05:32 PM on May 31, 2009 <4> <3>Hey Kev and Judy! The article in the Seattle Weekly was great! Congratulations!<1> Susan<2> @ 08:15 PM on May 28, 2009 <4> <3>We loved it! I want to show it to everyone.

Kevin is a talented story teller as well as a gifted cinematographer. It was visually pleasing, interesting and engaging. Thanks!

<1> Sarah Meeker <2> @ 09:36 PM on May 27, 2009 <4> <3>Great job Kevin! Can't wait to see the full movie since I may have to go back to the garden in this economy!<1> Scott Gwin <2> @ 02:53 PM on May 27, 2009<4> <3>t's great to know some things don't change over the years. I've known Jeffrey Stonehill since 1960 something in Berkeley, and haven't seen him in many years, but Jeffrey is Jeffrey is Jeffrey. An article in Smithsonian about Big Sur (one of his places) had me thinking about him, and I eventually found your movie, and your site.

Thank you for finding him for me again.

How I can contact him? Email? Physical address?

<1> Howard Rodkin <2> @ 04:54 AM on May 11, 2009 <4> <3>Really beauitiful. Growing up in the "Garden" was a blessing of its own and one of the stongest parts of my life, living in the hustle and bustle of the "real world." It is fun to share this with my dear friends who love my stories of home and all our "funny names!" Thanks for bringing it to the light for others who didn't have dirt under their nails for as long as they could remember. Blessings!<1> Concetta Mazzetti <2> @ 04:09 PM on May 06, 2009 <4> <3>I'm proud and respectful of what the 60's sensibility has brought to our times, but also unsentimental about the lessons we've all learned from some of the excesses.

The film presents a balanced view of this evolution of ideas... It's funny, sweet, coherent and I loved ALL the music!

Best Wishes, Sandy

<1> Sandy Vaughn <2> @ 09:58 PM on April 30, 2009 <4> <3>We watched the trailer on your website and thought omigod those are our people!!

Some of us have never given up those values even though life has tken us to some very unexpected places and the world hasn't evolved the way we hoped it would...But what's true and good STILL makes sense. We looked for the movie on Netflix (no luck) and there isn't even a book story here in Salinas anymore much less a theater that would ever show the movie. (but who knows?) ...we are happy to support your film in this small way.

<1> Anne<2> @ 12:28 AM on April 29, 2009 <4> <3>Kevin, spending many years on the land at Chesaw, having and raising my kids there is an experience that people can't fathom, but your film has taken our life and prestented in such a touching way, I think many people will open their eyes to the idea. Our children carry those values with them into adulthood, and now others can do the same thing. Thank you so much for the work and time that you spent. I just can't express the pride I felt watching it.

Good Luck to you!

<1> Ginny Kerr <2> @ 06:59 AM on April 24, 2009 <4> <3>As the years have carried us and our children through our experiences of Back to the Land living, we have seen the succeeding generations embrace those principles we felt so clear in our hearts....simple service, caring for our home (The Earth), and have a compassionate approach to all relationships. Thank you for getting people to consider lifestyle impacts.<1> Rick Gillespie <2> @ 10:29 PM on April 20, 2009 <4> <3>Thank you Mr. Tomlinson for your movie. Now is a good time to release your movie. I truly believe that there is a new movement going now that is about love and peace and saving Mother Earth...

The generation X'ers are coming into power.

<1> Greg<2> @ 10:24 PM on April 20, 2009<4> <3>This film is fostering a reunion of the back to the land dreamers and all those who dared try something different. I think time is proving our concepts valid, if not all our methods. The love and joy we've experienced in this journey can never be destroyed. So cool to see familar names on these comments and find out "Where are they now?" Everyone is bringing change in their own way. Appropriate technology is very important so we we can move society forward in a sustainable way while still allowing our Natural selves to be free and flourish. As the farmers go, so goes the Nation, the World!<1> Digital:Deb <2> @ 12:42 PM on April 20, 2009 <4> <3>Kevin,

Was touched deeply by your film "Back to the Garden."

I am/was a back-to-the-lander~starting in the mid-sixties. Still living a close to the earth-

in-the -trees-quiet-breeze -simple-life.

We are returning to embrace a lot of the same values as we had back then~except now it is more mature and real~especially in the face of our seeming self-annihilation that continues to rage. Yet so many good things are happening~to turn us towards a more sustainable future. Yet so few of us still actually living that life.

Thanks for the great film!

<1> marc Yaski <2> @ 12:37 AM on April 19, 2009 <4> <3>Congratulations to Kevin and all involved in the making of this wonderful film! I couldn't keep myself from crying at the wonderful lives these people created for themselves. It's left me with an even stronger yearning for this way of life - these people really know how to live!!

Much love from London, UK.

<1> Louise<2> @ 11:41 PM on April 13, 2009 <4> <3>We have enjoyed Back to the Garden very much. It also brought to the front of my consciousness my dear friend Jerry Bartels whom I lost contact with. Are you out there Jerry?

Jack 509-826-2612

<1> Jack Burchard <2> @ 04:29 PM on April 13, 2009 <4> <3>Wow, that's great! Congratulations! Let's hope the film will make it to the European filmfestivals as well so we can all see it.

Greetings from Amsterdam!

<1> Cole and Liesbeth <2> @ 12:28 PM on April 08, 2009 <4> <3>Can't WAIT to see it! (Many memories there for me--I was living in Berkeley in the '60s).

Congratulations, Kevin and Judy!

<1> Jennifer Hopkins <2> @ 10:07 AM on April 08, 2009 <4> <3>Can't wait to receive my DVD.I raised my children in the Okanogan, then pursued a Nursing Career for myself. I have great memories of the people and environment of "the garden". Some I still have contact with as I moved to Oregon in 1999. As I get closer to retirement, I long to go back the the garden lifestyle to live out my years in peace and harmony with the simple things in life. Thank you for these memories. Linda Wurster RN,LMT<1> Linda Wurster <2> @ 09:42 PM on April 07, 2009 <4> <3>Thank you -

And Congratulations... you have all our support.

<1> Susan Johnston <2> @ 06:02 PM on April 07, 2009 <4> <3>Congratulations! I can't wait to be in your audience at SIFF!<1> tania westby <2> @ 05:57 PM on April 07, 2009 <4> <3>Kevin & Jude - This looks awesome and I can't wait to see it! Congrats - SIFF is a big deal and you have a great story to tell.<1> Leslie Hughes <2> @ 05:18 PM on April 07, 2009 <4> <3>Wow. You completed the odyssey you began over 20 years ago. I am so proud of you. And far beyond that, your odyssey has given depth and form to others' odysseys, my own included. Thank you Kev and Jude.<1> Steve Reed<2> @ 03:41 PM on April 07, 2009 <4> <3>thanks so much for your capture of a time and place that holds great value for us in this transition period. I especially enjoyed your use of lightness and levity while at the same time clearly respecting the participants in your film...not projecting any sense of judgement.

<1> Gabe<2> @ 01:46 AM on March 26, 2009 <4> <3>Really inspiring...these are pioneering people with integrity enough to follow their own paths wherever it leads them.<1> Sahale<2> @ <4> <3>I was feeling a lot of wonderful memories stirred that I have long dismissed as too wierd and unconventional. Thank you for making me see the higher value of the actions and choices from an important part of my life. <1> Steve<2> @ 01:28 AM on March 26, 2009 <4> <3>Moved to Tonasket, WA. in 1982 after getting a MA from UC Berkeley and a PhD from SUNY at Buffalo in Anthropology. Lived in an AWFUL cabin on GORGEOUS land up MT. HULL for 3 and 1/2 years with no electricity or water while building a beautiful home ourselves. Divorced in 1988 and stayed on the land, physically finishing the last 2/3rds of the house.

I have taught at Wenatchee Valley College's branch campus for 27 years.

In 2000 my home burned in a forest fire.

I now live on 3 acres on the Okanogan River outside Omak, WA.

The film is so personal. Many of my tree friends died in the fire. I have none now...

the tree-hugging scene brought tears.

thanks for the film.

<1> Carol McMillan <2> @ 01:23 AM on March 26, 2009 <4> <3>Wonderful, Beautiful...

A vision of the way things could be

if we quit chasing consumerism.

<1> Jewel McCalester <2> @ 01:15 AM on March 26, 2009 <4> <3>Wonderful presentation of our life that many of us are still living. An opportunity for so many to see who have no idea that any of this is truth...

I have lived in the Okanogan since 1978 and

on the land with OnePine.<1> P. Shellenbarge <2> @ 01:13 AM on March 26, 2009 <4> <3>So very Cool!<1> Kristen Super/Gary Eagle <2> @ 01:09 AM on March 26, 2009 <4> <3>Enjoyed this movie very much.

I'm a twenty year resident of this community and

am friends with most of the people. Great Job.

<1> Two Eagles <2> @ 01:06 AM on March 26, 2009 <4> <3>As a child of the 60's (I'm now 64 and the oldest woman (person) living alone on Pontiac Ridge, Chesaw)

Still off the grid, getting harder every year, but not ready to give up yet.

This film supports the rightness of my life and beliefs. From the "Summer of Love" to downtown Tonasket, it has been a great journey...

A friend recently stated that this is where the old hippies come to die. I feel we come here to LIVE.

<1> Lee Nelson <2> @ 01:02 AM on March 26, 2009 <4> <3>Wonderful memories, touching thoughts and words. Well put together. Knowing all the main "characters" brought a lot of feeling (deep) for what we have done and Been in our lives and how important a journey we have all been and are still on...Touch Home<1> Thomas Houser <2> @ 12:57 AM on March 26, 2009 <4> <3>"Back to the Garden" (flower power comes full circle)

is an exquisite reminder of a lifestyle radical back then and enormously valid today.

<1> Don<2> @ 12:55 AM on March 26, 2009 <4> <3>thank you so MUCH!!!

I loved it all and can't wait to share w/my straight family to show them more of our lifestyle.

<1> Michele Dwaine & Bluejay Hankins <2> @ 12:51 AM on March 26, 2009 <4> <3>I appreciate that this film honors the lifestyles many people lived in the 70's and 80's AND that so many people who lived "out there" found ways to meld their principles that were at the heart of that lifestyle into seemingly mainstream lifestyles.<1> R. Thompson <2> @ 12:49 AM on March 26, 2009<4> <3>this film let my heart know that it is still possible to create a connection to the earth. Blessings Be<1> Rhonda Robinett <2> @ 12:46 AM on March 26, 2009 <4> <3>This Movie reminded me of why I love where I live...It moved me deeply, my sentiments about life and how to be...thanks for doing this!<1> Rainbow Bliss <2> @ 12:43 AM on March 26, 2009 <4> <3>An absolutely wonderful fim that captured the true spirit of a community, a people, our family...<1> chris Deveraux<2> @ 12:41 AM on March 26, 2009 <4>