“There was a time when humans could breathe the shape of strawberries and the presence of children, when we could breathe lions and sweet tubers, when the whole effervescent world poured into our consciousness like music.”

~ Kathleen Dean Moore

“There was a time when humans could breathe the shape of strawberries and the presence of children, when we could breathe lions and sweet tubers, when the whole effervescent world poured into our consciousness like music.”

~ Kathleen Dean Moore

“There was a time when humans could breathe the shape of strawberries and the presence of children, when we could breathe lions and sweet tubers, when the whole effervescent world poured into our consciousness like music.”

~ Kathleen Dean Moore

Consumption

Consumption is an international Wonderstory project that invites us to consider humanity’s extractive relationship with the Earth and other consumptive tendencies, as unexpressed grief in disguise.

Most destructive behavior comes from stuck trauma and grief, which is often inherited. When grief is not expressed and held by community, it becomes harmful. Unmetabolized grief can cause dis-ease, addiction, and violence toward people and the planet. This distortion is at the root of the overlapping global crises we currently face.

Consumption will hold a mirror up to our ten-thousand-year separation from the Earth, and the oppression of the Feminine in most humans. To remap that pattern, the project will bear collective witness to our stories of heart and heartbreak. Together, we will embody the presence needed to better care for ourselves, each other, and the planet we call home. 

Hearthfire will develop the Consumption project during an artistic research residency in Denmark, a global leader in circular systems and biomimicry design. From the coastal fishing villages, we will gather oral histories of men lost at sea – including many of Kala’s ancestors – and amplify the experiences of the women who were left behind. In Jutland and Copenhagen, we will bring together a multicultural group of women, including some impacted by war and climate change. While gardening, cooking, and feasting, we will remember and share our ancestral stories and songs. These narratives will birth additional elements for the larger interactive ritual theatre.

Ultimately, this project will be guided by personal storytelling from around the globe, and engage its participants in collective acts of renewal. Consumption will help us remember that grief is love, and has the power to restore our connection to the Earth, one another, and the web of life.


Consumption

Consumption is an international Wonderstory project that invites us to consider humanity’s extractive relationship with the Earth and other consumptive tendencies, as unexpressed grief in disguise.

Most destructive behavior comes from stuck trauma and grief, which is often inherited. When grief is not expressed and held by community, it becomes harmful. Unmetabolized grief can cause dis-ease, addiction, and violence toward people and the planet. This distortion is at the root of the overlapping global crises we currently face.

Consumption will hold a mirror up to our ten-thousand-year separation from the Earth, and the oppression of the Feminine in most humans. To remap that pattern, the project will bear collective witness to our stories of heart and heartbreak. Together, we will embody the presence needed to better care for ourselves, each other, and the planet we call home. 

Hearthfire will develop the Consumption project during an artistic research residency in Denmark, a global leader in circular systems and biomimicry design. From the coastal fishing villages, we will gather oral histories of men lost at sea – including many of Kala’s ancestors – and amplify the experiences of the women who were left behind. In Jutland and Copenhagen, we will bring together a multicultural group of women, including some impacted by war and climate change. While gardening, cooking, and feasting, we will remember and share our ancestral stories and songs. These narratives will birth additional elements for the larger interactive ritual theatre.

Ultimately, this project will be guided by personal storytelling from around the globe, and engage its participants in collective acts of renewal. Consumption will help us remember that grief is love, and has the power to restore our connection to the Earth, one another, and the web of life.

“What if this darkness is not the darkness of the tomb – but the darkness of the womb?”

~Valarie Kaur


“What if this darkness is not the darkness of the tomb – but the darkness of the womb?”
~Valarie Kaur