For the past 6 months, Mobi, the bus has been stationed at a house filled with activity and helpful building resources. NOIZ House has been a platform for the bus to rest during the long Winter months. We are preparing this bus to be a mobile community apothecary and infoshop, created to heal and elevate marginalized voices. We have been engaged in a profound process of diving in, making mistakes, and learning an enormous amount about what it means to act on a dream.
The Mobile Moon Co-op is partitioned into two sections now. We’ve separated the back of the bus into a room for quiet, reflective space. The original seats, heaters, walls, and insulation were removed and replaced with new sound-proof, water-tight insulation and wood walls. Windows were covered with insulation or curtained with hand-sewn red shag. An electrical system was installed to provide energy for lights, heat, and tea. The front of the bus will provide a public space for gatherings, classes, open tea shops, etc. There is a propane stove and a bench overhead storage and plenty of natural light.
To create from a space of inspiration rather than obligation is essential. Time is a river. It grows shallow, then deep, then rapid, then stagnant. The conception of the Mobile Moon Co-op took place long ago. Its manifestation is going to take time, fearlessness, and resistance as well as flexibility and fluidity. As of now, the apothecary feels rudimentary. Some cloth bags of raspberry leaves, lavender, and hyssop; a few boxes of hops, yarrow, and tulsi tincture; a collection of empty jars and droppers for future projects… As for the library, so far consists of a boxful of printed zines and about ten books of botanical medicine, cultivation, and philosophy. But for now, it is enough. It is growing. It is intentionally slow and methodical.
On March 1st, we moved out of the bus and into a room at the house while the bus moved about 3 blocks away from NOIZ to another more legal property. It was a full moon. 20 people came to welcome the bus to its new home, drink tea, warm the space, and invite mobility, growth, and action. Mobi is ready to host more, to expand, and to offer.
But it still needs work, love, and contribution! The Mobile Moon Co-op still has needs before it can be the botanical classroom of dreams. We will be starting to have public sessions to build out the space and blossom this Spring. Your input, your critique, your validation, and your contribution are all welcome.