Gentlest of Ways

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By Jen Ringbauer

Song Credits:
“Gentlest of Ways”
Lyrics based on poetry by Rainer Maria Rilke
Translation: Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy
Video: Anastasia Freeman
Music: Jen Ringbauer

Chorus: I love you, gentlest of Ways,
              Who ripened us as we wrestled with you.
You, the great homesickness we could never shake off,
You, the forest that always surrounded us,
You, the songs we sang in eerie silence,
You, dark net threading through us.
On the day you made us you created yourself,
And we grew sturdy in your sunlight…..
Let your hand rest on the rim of Heaven now
and mutely bear the darkness we bring over you.

After a career in High School Music teaching, Jen kick-started her Regenerative and Ecological journey when she moved to a small farm in Central West NSW, Australia in 2013. She wanted to grow as much food as possible for her family and community in the gentlest way possible. Her passion for learning and growing food ecologically, led to an incredibly formative position as Sustainability Educator at Rahamim Ecology Centre further influencing her understanding of our nestedness within the Universe. She is currently studying a B.Sc. (Regenerative Agriculture) at Southern Cross University and both a practitioner and educator in Permaculture and Holistic Management.

Biography recorded by Rebecca Selove

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