- The name L’Isola comes from a few different sources. In the beginning, I had the idea to create a farm called “The Island of Misfit Toys” which comes from the claymation Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer movie. I had this idea because I knew that the people who would gravitate to this farm would be people who don’t quite fit into traditional society, much like me. Thus, we would be the misfit toys that were discarded by Santa and needed a home.
- Secondly, in the Italian version of Peter Pan, the place where Peter Pan comes from is called “L’isola che non c’e’ ” instead of Never-Never Land, the translation is “the island that isn’t” or “the island that doesn’t exist.” I like this idea because again it is a place for those of us who don’t quite fit just like Peter Pan.
- The last two references that also apply to the decision for this name and are interrelated. The expression “No man is an island” deeply connects to the concepts of community life. The fact is we do need others and this is a place that heeds to that fact and honors it. We are conceding to the fact that humans are interconnected and we cannot and do not exist in a bubble; our individual actions do affect others and DO NOT exist in a vacuum.
- Lastly, the final volume of literature that was written by Aldous Huxley is called Island. In the text Brave New World an island was created where all of the misfits of society could go be thinkers, philosophers and overall creative people. It was a place where conformity somehow did not get a chance to penetrate its inhabitants. I have yet to read Island because I want it to be the last work of literature I read before I die, however, I fanaticize that this text is a more in depth look at the island that was created in Brave New World.
- In the end, L’Isola is not just a place but it is a nexus of varying concepts and ideals. It is a safe haven for those who feel attacked, mistreated, misfitted—for those who never felt comfortable around The Majority. That being said, of course no one will be dishonored for their relationship to society, thus if you are not a misfit and still want to join, you are more than welcome because in truth we are all misfits just desperately trying to fit the ideal mold that was created by some unknown source.
Project overview: For years I have had the desire to develop a farm community in which all walks of life are able to come to work, live, create art, eat healthy and practice the ancient arts of yoga and meditation.
The idea behind L’Isola is that if provides a space for those members of society that are looking for more. Who are dissatisfied with the options that are presented to them as a result of a current market based society.