Imagine a movement-educational network where things work.
A growing web of sustainable communities from all over the globe created by thousands of students that orbit and grow around a pulsating inner core of teachers that lead by unstained example, deep study, and hard work.
A multi-centered space that can integrate those interested to join in a life-long journey of self-development with care and love, but that also demands rigor and discipline.
The macro-organism, in its essence, is not dictated by friendships (even if those sprout stronger than ivy on a clean brick wall), sharing, experience gathering or mere entertainment: it is oriented towards practice.
This concept should be elevated at the top of the chain.
Too often I have seen people starting something with all the best intentions, losing themselves away into a self-alimenting Poe-like maelstrom of personal problems, shortly after. Draining academic careers, second jobs, family issues, and bureaucracy, just to mention a few.
The only way to ride a wave is being on top of it, not behind, nor beyond. Therefore, being there and training hard, with passion, the fullness of intention and respectful arrogance, it is all there is.
Everything else shall be second.
And here it comes the main topic of the day: the yearly Movement Camp is, to my senses, the tip of the iceberg of this contemporary phenomenon.
It is a moment to gather up with some of the most serious practitioners and leaders in the world and spend time together through intense guided fieldwork.
Cross-intricated principles on movement development are here delivered, and observational frameworks provided to all the participants. It serves to determine where the movement culture is currently going, but also as an engine sparkplug that ignites interest for the months to come.