BIL 2015

March 21-22nd at Imperial Vancouver. Doors open at 8am. Opening remarks begin at 9:30AM.

Troy Carter


Troy Carter is a joy-filled soul and explorer who divides his time between an earthly paradise on Cortes Island, British Columbia, and making manifest his utopian dreams for human culture throughout the world. He is the economic midwife for FLOW, a nascent women’s organization based in San Francisco, and in 2015 will be hosting a summer of tremendously important fun at the aforementioned earthly paradise for ~1,000 passionate souls called to learn and embody the zeitgeist of an emerging culture of environmental activism, economic innovation, the evolution of village and wisdom traditions, and the seeking and realization of internal peace and clarity.

Talk Title: Have fun and fall in love at the utopian edge of human culture

What is the collective dream of our time?

The themes are common. Sharing nutritious food with people you love. Meaningful livelihoods. Small homes in community. Profound connection with nature. Freedom to travel. Living with elders, children, adults. Traditions and rites of passage that support love, healthy gender roles, living and dying well, a sense of belonging, tremendously important fun and play.

The superficial utopian manifestation always seems to be something with the flavor of buying a tropical island, moving onto a small farm and growing vegetables with all your friends and loved ones, having an urban and wilderness home yet still be free to travel nomadically anywhere in the world at any time.

But what does a village that encourages profound human experiences actually look like in practice, and how do we get there?

Andrew Feldmar brilliantly mentioned recently:
“By the time you have found community, you will be well on your way to having a lot of fun.”