A Plural Wedding of Ecosexual Love at Lolia Place, Big Island, Hawaii – Nov 5, 2017

Dear Earthlings–

Our practice of performing Plural Weddings of Ecosexual Love has expanded with the celebration of our union with Lolia Place Ecovillage, an intentional community and educational center in the district of Puna, south-east side of Big Island, Hawaii.  The Wedding was celebrated on November 5, 2017, at dusk, under the macadamia tree at the center of the community’s open grounds.  Some 20 very diverse participants gathered in the contact zone this center has established, to declare their love for the place.

A Plural Wedding of Ecosexual Love is a special kind of performative wedding that includes the contact zone or ecosystem upon which participants meet as a shared amorous partner.  The ceremony sacralizes the moment of union experienced by the ephemeral community that performs the practice, and symbolically transforms the ritual of matrimony into an open, inclusive one.

The ceremony is preceded by a series of three attunement practices that prepare most participants for the vows.  The practice called “Know and Love the Ecosystem Called Thyself” performs an attunement with one’s own personal ecosystem.  The practice called “Know and Love the Partner We All Share: Earth” performs an attunement with the all encompassing ecosystem called Gaia, and the four elements that characterize it: air, water, fire, earth.  The  practice called “Know and Love those Who Share this Partner with You: Humankind” attunes participants to fellow humans as “metamours,” or people with whom we already always share a partner.  The Wedding is a moment of union that synergizes the attunement process.

As Dr. SerenaGaia I view myself as a special minister for Plural Weddings of Ecosexual Love.  And I encourage communities with an affinity for this practice to invite me to perform it for them.   Much detailed descriptions are available at this link.  Perhaps a PWEL is at this time right for you and your communities?  I look forward to considering your invitations.  Thank you!

At Lolia Place Ecovillage, the sequence of attunements was embedded in a much wider event, the 1st Annual Gathering of EcosexualLove.  This five-day experience encompassed an expansive variety of practices in EcosexualLove.  The Gathering was produced by a team of four, including myself, Dr. SerenaGaia, poet Karen Hery of Portland, musician Saffire Bouchellion, and wrangler Walker O’Rourke, also of Portland.  During the Gathering, the Invocation and Vows I originally designed were collectively modified to adapt to the place.  Much gratitude goes to Walker for the research and rewording of various aspects.

Participants at the Gathering, and community members present at Lolia Place at the time, all convened together in a circle to be a part of this moment.  Lolia people included members of the leadership team, investors, interns and staff.  Gathering people included facilitators, participants, and organizers.  The ceremony started with the Invocation, read by Walker.  I pledged to read the Vows in a people’s mike form.  The circle was invited to repeat the lines and amplify their resonance across the grounds.  Everyone was able to bespeak their love for the shared amorous partner to a measure of their own comfort.

The revised Invocation and Vows are available.  Find the Invocation here.  Find the Vows here.  You are invited to enjoy and respect these documents as the emanation of a symbiotic earth that manifested through my imagination, as I came embody my sacred name of Dr. SerenaGaia.  Please let us know if we can support you in bringing the PWEL attunement process and ceremony to you.  Thank you!

The first Plural Wedding of Ecosexual Love (PWEL) was performed at Playa Azul, a “blue beach” on the west coast of Puerto Rico, on January 25, 2015.  It included a diverse group of participants from this Caribbean island and other world regions.  It was documented with the help of filmmaker Shaison Antony.  A series of photographs from that day is available at this link.  The Playa Azul PWEL is also the subject of the film Playa Azul I Love You: Together in Ecosexual Love.  You are invited to enjoy this 32-minute documentary free of charge.  Check the trailer at this linkPlaya Azul I Love You is a celebration of life in Western Puerto Rico, a region now devastated by the climate instabilities of our time, including super hurricane Maria.  Accordingly, the documentary explores the PWEL practice in the context of Gaia Theory, the science that interprets the evolution and stability of life on earth as a result of collaboration and symbiosis.  Please enjoy the film free of charge at this link.  Leave a comment to let us know what it inspires in you.  Thank you!

A PWEL is an experience of attunement to the practice of EcosexualLove for eco-sustainable communities.  The blue print of the original Wedding, and its reincarnation at Lolia Place Ecovillage, are intended to serve as a model for many others.  Please get in touch with us when you feel inspired to bring the experience to your communities.

Email serena.anderlini@gmail.com, or find Serena Anderlini of Puerto Rico on Facebook.

We will stay tuned.

Thank you!

We appreciate your listening.  Enjoy!
aka Serena Anderlini-D’Onofrio, PhD
Erstwhile Professor of Humanities and Cinema at UPRM
Convenor of Practices of Ecosexuality: A Symposium
Fellow at the Humanities Institute, University of Connecticut, Storrs (2012-13)
Project: “Amorous Visions: Ecosexual Perspectives on Italian Cinema”

serenagaia • November 20, 2017

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