Welcome to May and Happy Beltane to all who celebrate the turnings of the year. I am SO looking forward to this month. First and foremost, my lovely husband Thomas turns 30 on the 7th and he was able to get the whole week off from work so we get to have some adventures. Also, we are hard at work putting together our next home. I’m sure it doesn’t surprise any of you that it’s going to be more than just our home.
We are currently in the process of organizing a healthy, supportive and affordable live/work space for people with environmental illness and their fragrance-free allies. We call this project Sapient House and it will be dedicated to all of the people that we have met along our journey in search of answers, of which there are far too few.
Ideally we will create this oasis in the Seattle area, but the set up and management of the space is what is most important to us so we are willing to relocate for the right opportunity. If during the process of production we find a place to live, we will move there until we can create our own space. People with environmental illness have a nearly impossible time of finding safety and often don’t have the experience to navigate towards a revolutionary solution. Luckily, we have my degree in modern applied cultural anthropology and experience as a producer as well as Thomas’s humanitarian spirit and business management degree to pull from, but we know we still need a lot of help to make Sapient House a success. Presently we are working to secure the right location, people and funding as well as some key partnerships. If you would like more information about this project please visit me at RebeccaEWebber.com/Sapient-House.
This week I am starting a mental health program called the Dynamic Neural Retraining System ™ which I am both excited for and apprehensive of. It is the only known cure for Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, but of course it doesn’t work for everyone so I don’t want to get my hopes up. It will be a lot of work and I need to dedicate at least an hour a day to the program for the next six months. At this point I am so done being sick and tired all the time. It would be amazing to have a healthy life again.
Even when I find a way to heal myself I still plan to live a natural, fragrance-free lifestyle. Sapient House is currently a necessity which makes it stressful, but it is also the jumping off point from which I can do my other work. The very ambitious part of me keeps noting the connection between my goals and that of the UN. When I have more time and energy (a goal for every member of Sapient House) I hope to get to a point where I officially get to demonstrate a lifestyle that is in alignment with the UN Global Goals, specifically goals 3 (Health), 11 (Community), 12 (Products) and 17 (Partnerships). I want to dream big, but today, like most days I have very little energy and so much just has to wait. At least I have plenty to look forward to.
I hope this update finds you well. If you are interested in helping with the production of Sapient House, know someone who might be or have any advice at all please let me know. Every day I learn just how much community is key to everything. Thank you for being in mine.
P.S. I want to thank my Patrons - Amanda Wright, Tiela Combs and Jesamie Flynn. I truly appreciate you ladies!
My name is Rebecca Elizabeth Webber and I am a practicing anthropologist working to show humans how to achieve their sustainability goals.