The following blog post by Leslie Porreca, RSM will be part of her series on Cranaleith’s impending tiny house.
I wanted to share a bit on why I picked the name of “Gleanings” for the tiny house. To glean originally meant to pick over a field after the harvest. Now it means to gather anything, not just seeds and grains. When you glean information, you sort through ideas and take what you need… to glean a field means to walk along and see what’s left on the ground. Starting from the ground up is essential to my work in finding meaning. It’s in the fragments of life where one can often find a kernel of what is needed.
For a long time I have wanted to live a smaller footprint and so the thought of living in a tiny house was born. The tiny house is situated on the grounds of Cranaleith close to the garden and will serve to connect the dots between caring for Earth and one another. It will seek to bear witness to the care of our common home through fair share, people care and Earth care.
It is my hope that this kind of living will be educational and show how deeply Earth care calls to me as a Sister of Mery. It is a vocation to be shared over and over again. By living in the tiny house I can be an ongoing presence at Cranaleith while creating community around our offerings. This includes expanding our Contemplative Ecology programs. I also hope to incorporate goats for the purposes of improving the land and providing support to those who benefit from interaction with animals.
The process of moving into the tiny house is already teaching me what is enough as I sort through my belongings. Thinking about what I need and what I want is a whole other way of discerning what is enough. This is a thought that I will keep with me as I go along in this process.
Through donations we have managed to raise enough to purchase a shell of the tiny house, which was delivered on Dec 28, 2019. The next step of insulating it is in process now. This gives me a bit of time to ponder and imagine the living space. I am never far from a tape measure to see how things can be placed for best arrangement.
Cranaleith seeks to hold its oasis of natural beauty in stewardship for the wider human family as a source of wholeness and spiritual transformation.
We believe that it is everyone’s responsibility to care for Earth and steward Earths’ resources. I am proposing that we name this part of Cranaleith’s property Mercy Green. It is my vision for it to serve as an enviromental education resource where such activites as hands-on gardening, cooking from seed-to-plate, soapmaking and cheesemaking will take place.
But I’m jumping ahead. The creation of the tiny house is an example of living green. I will be sharing my tiny house journey through blog posts and hope you will follow me as I journey through this process.
I welcome your comments and questions below!