What is a Dolmen? Are they an extension of an ancient Vedic culture, are these monoliths really 7,000 - 9,000 years old, and how come they are reflected in the constellations of the night sky?
What type of schooling are the children in this particular area of Russia experiencing, relating to 'how does a human being live on a planet?'
What is happening at the many summer Eco Festivals across the face of Russia? Where people go back to the land to reconnect and seek community.
8 years ago Tim experienced a profound dream whilst camping between, of all things, two cedar trees, when attending a gathering of Dances of Universal Peace. This dream compelled Tim to travel to Russia for one month to investigate what it meant and along the way he discovered something extraordinary and magical.
The impact on the Russian people after being introduced to the Ringing Cedar books and Anastasia, the young Siberian taiga recluse.
Anastasia had mentioned that there were ancient stone dolmens in Southern Russia close to the Black Sea. It remains unclear when, why, and by whom the earliest dolmens were made.
There are over 3,000 of them scattered throughout the luxuriant green forested areas on this region.
A mysterious and powerful energy pervades these megalithic structures. Mystical happenings are experienced by many visitors of unique presences making themselves known. The dolmens of which many now have names, are based on their emanations.
The Schetinin School
The Schetinin School is nestled in this area too, being a children’s school that is possibly the most advanced learning facility on our planet for attuning into the cosmos and our inner selves. There, Tim met and talked with Professor Mikhail Schetinin for a good 2 hours and covered much subject matter around being human and how do we regain our connection to ourselves and our planet and a greater whole.
The teachings of the school involve the coalescing of the microcosm and the macrocosm into ones being. The children appeared very focussed and aligned, keen to learn at every opportunity. Listen to learn how involved they are in actually building the school in a physical context too, learning building skills and craft and that the Russian Government now pays for the running of this school.
The Eco Festival
Then to an Eco Festival that for 8 days took all involved on a wonderful journey that covered the deep ecology ‘of self’ and our unity with all life, which was a real insight.
The place that Tim went to was situated on 500 hectares of gradual sloping land that was very green and wooded and was inland by about 15 kms from the Black Sea about 200 kms North of Sochi.
The Eco Festival involved about 400 families who have come from all over Russia and have gone there to live off the land. A good number have degrees and are very well educated. There are many such land areas across this vastness of this country where untold thousands are going back to the countryside.
With well over 10 million Anastasia readers there is huge interest to the degree that the Russian government is getting ready to embark on an ambitious plan to give each resident of the Russian Far East (and now any Russian) one hectare (2 and a half acres) of land for free.
The Russians that I were with, carried within them a purity that we don’t really see in the West. They appeared to not be cynical, sarcastic and play one up-man-ship. They are focused on solutions and finding out what works. Fortunately, they don’t have a ‘live feed’ from Hollywood and TV to be programmed with an ever increasing diet of depravity, violence and soft porn.
They have chosen another road and it is to do with how does a human being live on a planet, and how do we live as family and community from a local perspective to a global one? They at heart are ‘setting the field’ by committing to work towards the betterment of the whole for their children’s children’s children.
For anyone interested in going to the Dolmens:
Yuri Smirnov who organised my tour, used to live here in Takapuna and Norhcote, before returning to Russia. He always meets the participants in Krasnodar airport and brings them to Pshada village where you start your journey by visiting the dolmens and Schetinin's school.
You will stay in a comfortable guest house, please see some pictures here - scroll down to ""Your accommodation in Pshada""
Then you move to ecovillage ""Vedrussia"" (Sinegorie) where you stay on the territory of a Kin's domain in a small guest house which also has all modern facilities (a hot shower and WC etc), please see some pictures on the same page - scroll down to the bottom to "Your accommodation in Sinegorie ecovillage".
Yuri's email: radaryu(at)gmail.com