Who We Are
Full Bloom was founded in 2005 to create an intentional community committed to thriving relationships with each other and the earth.
Our mission is to create a community of individuals living well in a supportive culture – one of connectivity and love – that supports full blooming of each person. Currently, our core community is made up of seven members — Ryan, Eden, their baby Emmalina Iris, Rosie, Jo and their two kids Ocean and Skye.
I grew up on Lake Washington across the water from Seattle. I mostly played by the rules in my early life going to a good college preparatory boarding school then going on to Occidental College in Los Angeles where I studied Chinese Culture and International Relations.
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While in postgraduate studies in Taiwan I experienced a psychological, emotional and physical crisis of sorts that compelled me to re-evaluate my life path. I eventually found my way to Green Gulch Zen Center and Farm which addressed my desire to experience true community, to learn ways to deal with debilitating depression and anxiety, and to learn ecological farming skills. After several years healing and learning from the rich environment at the Zen Center I decided to start my own ecologically oriented community with several of my good friends from Green Gulch: Jo Ferneau, Rosie Demmin and Eden Luz. Thus began Full Bloom, what is now a 9 year experiment in ecological and heart based community. Over the last 7 years as Full Bloom has been growing so have I. I have delved deeply into the Somatic Arts such as Ecstatic Dance, Contact Improvisational Dance, Authentic Movement based performance art. I have also trained in various therapeutic modalities that integrate the body, the emotions and the psyche such as Hakomi, Voice Dialogue, and Emotional Intimacy(www.robertmasters.com).
Born and raised in Baltimore City, Maryland, my first full bodied awakening to the aliveness of our world was through a wilderness skills camp at the age of thirteen. This nature immersion planted the desire to help others realize their interconnectedness with the natural world as well as with the deeper aspects of themselves.
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Food, farming, and spiritual practices of yoga, breathwork, and meditation became my strongest paths of exploring my deeper connection with life. In 2001 I moved to California and interned at Green Gulch Farm and Zen Center to further my knowledge of organic farming and get in some meditation. It was out of my connections with Ryan and Rosie during my internship, that I came to Southern Oregon to help co-create this intentional community, fulfilling a dream I had since high school. I am finally entering adulthood in my relationship to this land and my beloved community members. I am opening to the sweetness of grounded love with my amazing partner Ryan, welcoming a child into the world, and creating home for the first time. A designer at heart, I am learning the art of manifesting my dreams in a sustained way. As a graduate in Ecological Agriculture from New College of California, I love systems design on the land and aspects of farming. My main focus and passion in the past few years is the exploration of the subtle and large energies of the body. While I spent most of my childhood fairly disconnected from my body, the last decade plus of my life has been about deepening my relationship with my body and the physical world. I have delved into the embodiment practices of ecstatic dance, tantric dance, yoga, and have trained as a massage therapist and cranial sacral therapist. I also love to work with my hands, whether in the garden, on a building project, or art. Living and growing with my community here on the land, holding open heart space and developing better communication skills is also very fulfilling to me.
My name is Joseph Paul Ferneau aka jo. I ditched the "e" in Joe a long time ago in my former life as a psuedo gender bending punk rock peace activist and musician of the mid nineties in SF where I wore a lot of eyeliner, chains, giant baggy jeans and learned to love to dance.
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I also learned that I wanted to connect to my deepest soul potential and spent 3 or 4 years at Zen Center getting right with myself and my relationship with nature, learning to meditate for long periods of time and farm the land. It was the most radical and revolutionary thing I had ever done. I met Rosie and we fell in love at Green Gulch Farm and Zen Center circa 2002. After we got married and left the Zen Center in 2005, Ryan invited us to start a farm and community with him and we joyfully accepted. We decided to start a bakery on the land to complement the farming that would be happening. Since, we have started so many beautiful things: a community (Full Bloom), a bakery (Rise Up! Artisan Bread), a beautiful and inspired family (Ocean and Skye), and multiple bands including The Guardians of Sleep and most recently Metamorphic. Rosie and I parent, live, work, create together and love each other more deeply than ever. I am so encouraged. We have had great joys and rough times and I stay committed to growing and learning about myself and how to be honest with myself and others. I love the path we are on and the many many incredible beings I’ve been blessed to live and work with all these years. Rock on heart warriors!
My name is Rosie Demmin. I am turning 36 this year and enjoy living in paradise with my family and community. My husband Jo and I own and run an artisan bread bakery here on the land which is both rewarding and challenging at times.
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Our daughters are 3 and 8, unschooled, creative and expressive. With much help we have cultivated a parenting style of deep listening and empathy instead of rewards and punishment, hoping to give them the life tools we are still learning ourselves: to listen deeply and empathize with ourselves when we are overwhelmed or feeling strong emotions. It seems to be working! I am so happy to be on the land where I want to spend the rest of my life and to be deepening heart connection with the community I adore.
Ocean Maitreya Demmin Ferneau
The first born child to Jo and Rosie, Ocean is 9 years old, as of August 2014, and has spent 7 1/2 of those nine years on Earth at Full Bloom. She is playful, friendly, imaginative, creative, artistic, expressive, articulate, generous, sweet and still a big time kid at heart.
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She‘s a voracious reader, a devoted and powerful pond swimmer and creek lover, a bold and talented performer as well as a lover of nature (most especially animals: dogs, chickens, and horses being her top 3.) She loves her independence and earns more every year. She’s a team player and a fantastic big sister. Aptly names, she‘s tempestuos, fiery and sassy at times, but that’s taught us parents so much about ourselves that we wouldn‘t trade it for anything. It’s thrilling to watch her community consciousness evolve as she continues to become more amazing all the time. We love you Ocean!
Skye Cheval Demmin Ferneau
Second daughter to Jo and Rosie and first baby born on the land at Full Bloom in May of 2011. Never wanting to brush her hair resulted in a dread locked blonde haired 3 year old who loves to cuddle and wrestle, be read to and spend plenty of quality time with Mom and Dad and her amama (Grandma Emily).
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She loves to zip around on her two wheel scooter bike or tricycle. She‘s learning a lot from her big sister (she may be swimming by the end of the summer!). She’s already a surprisingly articulate story teller who constantly surprises us with really advanced phrasing and description in her adorable raspy little voice. She loves Raffi, The Bernstein Bears, Dr Seuss, Eric Carle and much more. She is so sweet, joyful, patient (much of the time), a go getter, a fantastic healthy and non picky eater who loves her vitamins and popsicles. I can’t wait to hang out with her again. We love you Skye!
Emmalina Iris Luz
Born the day before the fourth of July this year, Emmalina Iris Luz is the first child born to Ryan and Eden. She is a miracle and a joy and a complete mystery. She is already a frequent cause for smiles of joy and tenderness without any effort on her part.
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We at Full Bloom look forward to seeing what gifts she has in store for the land and the broader world……