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Kristie Dahlia
Kristie Dahlia

Project Breakdown: Companionway Screen Door

Yesterday I finished making a companionway screen door. This is probably not a general-interest post, though you might dig it if you love problem solving! This is a love letter to the Sewing On Boats Facebook group; I posted a photo there and several people asked for details.…

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James & Kristie Dahlia

Pandemic Offerings and Strategies

We're all in this together. We wanted to share with you a few things we're doing to ease all of our efforts to flatten the curve, both here in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and in the wider world. For the first time,…

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Kristie Dahlia
Kristie Dahlia

Now What?

James and I are finding that folks are curious about our plans. Some people want to know what's happening next. Some people want to know about our long term plans. So let's talk!…

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Kristie Dahlia & James

Five Minutes On Marriage: For Mamie & Kayvon

Kayvon and Mamie asked three couples of different generations to speak upon love and marriage during their wedding ceremony. We were honored to be the middle couple.…

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Our story

Hello! We're James and Kristie Dahlia Home. In 2017, we quit our jobs, sold our house in San Francisco, moved aboard our 40 foot sloop Rejoice, and prepared to sail south with no set destination or schedule. Getting Free is the story of how we let go of our comfortable life in a city we loved for the wild uncertainty of the sea.

We each came to San Francisco and our work there in pursuit of freedom, for ourselves and for others. Kristie studied with poets, monks, and mages and offered this back to the world with her hands and her voice, becoming a healer, teacher, and minister-of-sorts. James helped give birth to the web, which held the promise of providing new ways for us to come to a better understanding of ourselves, one another, and the world. We found each other in the Black Rock Desert in 1997. We found amazing co-conspirators, worked hard, partied harder, and loved hardest.

Then we spent too much time in office buildings and hospitals, on crowded highways and busses. Beloved friends and lovers died. Many of the things we had once found freedom in now seemed to bind us. The modern devotion to convenience-above-all started to look like an existential abdication to us.

One day in 2010, we got on a sailboat.

In sailing, we found a forcing function for becoming the kinds of people we want to be. It demands simplicity, preparation, kindness, and awareness. It requires a deep commitment to both self-sufficiency and the world community of seafolk. It turns our attention to the sky and the sea and our boat and one another, and most of all to the world around us. This world is full of places where science and spirit intersect on the water, and we're going to go explore them. We hope you'll come along!

James and Kristie Dahlia on Rejoice

Where in the world is Rejoice ?