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Barn Raising: Day #5

    The final day on the barn is a day of finishing—edges & trims. All the doors and windows have been framed and installed except the slide doors, which lie in position on the ground at the south end, ready to be hung.


Tim gathers tools, piling leftover lumber, propanel, and insulation as Steve and Juany measure and mount the slide door track. They all stop and smoke a cigarette around noon.



I walk around, inspecting, asking final questions about the bottom edge of the west wall which doesn’t touch the ground. Steve nods. “See it touches on the east side. The ground slopes ever-so-slightly which is why that side has a gap,” he explains. The barn is level and squared. I’ll have to seal around those edges before winter. I continue to inspect and see nothing to complain about. The barn is clean and sharp and wonderful.
They grind out their cigarette butts, heave up the first slide door, working it onto its track. Then the second. Jauny shoves them together. Thunk! He gestures to the door, like the circus lion tamer, “Fits snug as a glove!” And it does. The barn is done.

They will go now and I feel both sad and relieved. It’s been a consuming five days; I can use a digestion period. We shake hands. I give them the second half of the payment, a small tip each, a box of Chocolate Chip Oatmeal cookies for the ride home, and to Junay for his birthday, a set of antelope antlers I found on a hike. I wave them off and stand in stunned silence. Has this really happened, this thing that six weeks ago was phone calls and internet digging? Did I really find Wilson Pole Barn Company, research them, vet them, put in an order, transfer money from one account to another, send in the first half payment, fly out to the mesa and find the site, locate a jackhammer and a hauling tractor? Me, a dancer, who knows nothing of all this? Yes. I did. I cry as I imagine myself managing to do this, choosing it, learning it, and moving forward instead of thinking I can’t, or getting stuck, or saying that I’ll do it later.
It is a beautiful barn. A perfect barn. I feel such affection for the wonderful crew (Wilson Pole Barn specialists out of Wagoner, OK) who hammered in every nail by hand.

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    1. So happy for you, so impressed by all you have accomplished–so much moving forward in so little time! <3 <3 <3!

      October 4, 2011
      • It stopped me in my little dance tracks.

        October 5, 2011
    2. Iscah Paquin #

      It’s so beautiful!

      October 5, 2011
      • I think so too. I wish we could all have watched it go up together. I know everyone would have been moved by these guys.

        October 5, 2011
    3. Rebecca #

      Go Girl!!! You are awesome, Dunya.

      Thank you so much for sharing this process with us, on all its levels. When I saw the first photo of the finished barn, I felt like I’d already been in there with my dancemeditation sisters and brothers, wandering through, fetching something, at a retreat…

      I can’t wait to be there!

      Love, love, love,
      Dance, dance, dance!

      October 6, 2011
      • 😉 you’re going to love it! Really a magic land.

        October 6, 2011
    4. I totally understand about overcoming mental blocks that make you feel like you can’t do certain physical and business things. I was like that too. Anyway, now you can give new meaning to the term “barn dance.”

      October 8, 2011
      • Re; blocks –> so true. You just have to push through to know you can do it. At least I did. Richard, I have always loved dancing in a barn. Something about the high rafters. Spaciousness. Barns are really designed for animals and have housed animals before they hosted dancers. Maybe my animal body resonated with that. I also associate barns with country smells and with summer, since often, barns are not insulated.

        October 8, 2011
    5. Leslie #

      Very inspiring. You’re initiative and risk taking is awesome!!!

      October 8, 2011
      • I wouldn’t say it’s been effortless, but it has felt totally right.

        October 8, 2011
    6. Janet #

      You are an inspiration to all of us who dare to dream of greater heights to make the dream come to life. Thank you for sharing this experience. It is a time for many of us to MOVE FORWARD with our dreams, no matter what! You have truly Blessed your Love & Truth!

      October 8, 2011
    7. Anastacia #

      I’ve seen that barn and it’s even more beautiful in person as it is in these photos! 🙂

      October 8, 2011
    8. Phoebe Neville #

      Dearest Dunya,

      Fantastic!! Amazing how when one is on the right path, things happen…
      ——if there was anything that would tempt me back from Italy, to be with you in this magic space would be it!

      October 9, 2011
    9. Cherie #

      Dunya, it is a beautiful barn – a sacred space.

      October 9, 2011
    10. trude #

      I’ve been following your blog. Congratulations on the new barn. Sounds wonderful!

      October 9, 2011
      • Hi Trude! Thanks ~ It certainly is.

        October 9, 2011
    11. Elizabeth #

      Hi Dunya,
      Thank you for keeping in touch. It’s been a few years since participating in one of your workshops in Encinitas, California. Hopefully will be able to attend a future one in your beautiful new barn. Congratulations in realizing this dream !

      October 11, 2011
      • Wonderful, Elizabeth ~

        October 11, 2011
    12. Ana #

      The structure looks really beautiful and ready for the spaciousness of dance meditation bodies. Finally able to catch up on weeks behind on emails and catch breath with New Mexico family post a year on the east coast.
      The building of course makes me miss my past New Mexico studio of the same size…..with its dance of trusses up in the ceiling. But life has its changes, like the fluctuations of a sinusoidal wavelength of light. As you know, I know building well….I can say that you did this quite efficiently with what sounds like a magical crew…..The crew makes all the difference! Congratulations! Look forward to future workshops in the new building.

      November 3, 2011
      • What a beautiful post, Ana. You certainly know buildings. I miss your inspiring studio where we had such wonderful workshops. Yes, it inspired the barn in many ways. Let’s meet up there and continue on!

        November 5, 2011

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