Co_creation a la LYNDSEY

Empire Free Cherokee

The parade singalong FOOTBEAT takes the stage, comprimsed of neighborhood kids and led by Celia.

"Ooh child things are gonna get easier / Right Now...." - The Pink Dragon sings along with the FOOTBEAT.


Ever since I moved here in 2004 and the crack addicts would prophecy to me and follow me around while I shopped in Globe Drug, I grew the walking fantasy that We Are All All-ready Here.  I felt and sensed that this is it!, all the ancient kings and queens and crowned misfits returning to play a new game.  The dreams I’ve had since getting a studio at Lemp only amplified this imagined fun house reality – where the compound turns into a free school circus ecovillage from the rooftop gardens to rituals in caves.    When the empire fell (quite literally:  The Empire Sandwich shop was bulldozed in 2006) I took that as a cue for poetic license to activate the play further.  Walking down the street with a giant foam cutout of the ‘Cherokee man statue’, I’d greet shopkeepers and ask them to share a ‘mascot’ or character-image from their store.    The participatory mural we made had a life of its own that called into being dramatic performances from some of Cherokee Street’s real life characters.    At the same site, I facilitated  a Dia de los Muertos vigil, (Park)ing Day activities, and a proposal for a permanent plaza.

But my favorite playing and the most widespread has been the People’s Joy Parade.  In 2008, I invited friends to participate in a ‘play’ parade – it was a crew of twenty or so with toy instruments that led a small sidewalk procession into the Cinco festival.  In 2009, I supported Sarah Paulsen who had the vision, perseverance, and artistry to create a full-fledged parade on the street.     I had fun inviting the neighborhood girls to join me in creating The Pink Dragon, a symbol of the Baubo spirit – divinely playful and irreverant female wisdom.

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About me
Educated as a painter, learning as a yogi, and playful as a baby monkey: I am a willing human being __ emphasis on the Be. I am traveling-learning, designing projects to feed my inquiries while attracting adventures and connecting with tribes that grace my journey with experiential wisdom in creative healing and joyful sustainability. My passions are catalyzing radically simple + beautiful + fun intentional community, sparking spontaneous collaborative singing and dancing, acroyoga, permaculture, and loving children.