When Francisco and I first started talking about holding a Kaiut event in Toronto in my mind it wouldn't actually be in Toronto, it would be further north. Toronto is a big urban city; a concrete jungle. I was reminded of this last week when I was walking to a client's office downtown and was hit by the realization that all I could see was grey. Nothing green. Between the sidewalk, street and the buildings it was a sea of concrete. I had to look up to the sky for colour.
Well, the reason I felt our Kaiut event shouldn't be held in Toronto is precisely the reason Francisco feels it should. In fact, he thinks it should be held right downtown. Urban is the new nature. Cities, big or small, are where the majority of us live our lives. We escape to nature now and then, like I did this past weekend camping with my kids in the woods, but we spend most of our time in cities. And that is where we need Kaiut - in our day to day lives, where are senses are dealing with the stress, smells, sights and sounds of city living.
Now I'm not saying we should give up on the old nature. It does the soul good to see trees, breath fresh air, feel grass between our toes, jump into a cool lake, get our hands dirty. And I won't stop looking for little scraps of nature around Toronto and getting to them as often as possible. But I can't hold out for that and practicing Kaiut is one way I find to embrace all that urban living has to offer.