For those of you who have visited 455 Tower St. North in Fergus, Ontario, the place where you likely walked through the open doors of a tattoo studio, healing space, artist hub, learning centre, yoga retreat, outdoor oasis, hideaway, lush gardens, animal sanctuary, communal gathering and party central, all under one roof, the time has come to say goodbye to this incarnation of Urban Primitive. For those of you who haven’t had a chance to visit yet, see the video below. After 11 successful years of building a unique experience of Urban Primitive for its devoted clientele from around the world, Daemon and Raven Rowanchilde have felt the need for a bigger shift to happen. Raven began calling for a shift on all levels, personal and collective, in 2014 with her hashtag: #SHiFT. Staying true to their calling of creating an active and ongoing healing environment for themselves, their clients, their animals, the planet and its people, Daemon and Raven have a new plan and a new vision for Urban Primitive. But first, they must find the right home.
Saying goodbye to their Fergus home come June 2016 won’t be easy as it holds many wonderful memories and offerings, including the importance and deep sense of community support, something Daemon and Raven felt strongly during Raven’s recovery from brain surgery. So, finding the right person to move into their home of over a decade was really important to them. Realizing their home appealed to a niche market, while also envisioning a very specific buyer – professional musician or artist – they were pleasantly surprised when two families (a family of five plus the parents) made an offer. And, just as important as finding the right person to move into their home was also finding the right person to sell their home. Fortunately for them, their daughter Destiny Garrafa, a Sales Representative for Royal LePage, made this happen at just the right time. When they move in June, they will have been at this location for 11 years. The number 11 is a significant number for Daemon and Raven, showing up frequently and mysteriously and marking pivotal moments in time for them.
As Daemon and Raven waited for the right buyer, they realized that the gift during this waiting period was the evolution of their ideas for Urban Primitive and a greater sense of their mission. While “The Vision” will be revealed during a later date, here’s a general sense of where they are headed, what they are looking for and what they will be doing in the new Urban Primitive home.
The overall vision for Urban Primitive is to be a perpetual nexus for spiritual connection, with Nature as the source to heal ourselves and our relationship with Earth. Their ultimate goal is to live in sustainable harmony with Nature and to promote a healthy, loving and peaceful coexistence through Earth Stewardship and Earth Gifting.
In keeping with the overall vision of Urban Primitive, Daemon and Raven are looking to find land (about 100 acres), near running water and rolling hills that is 5 miles away – in all directions – from commercial farming and pesticide use. Their search has extended outward to North of Bancroft, Northumberland County and the Ottawa Valley, with the intention of remaining in province. Their new home will also be home to their alpacas, other animals and a bee refuge – teachers and healers to help human animals reconnect with Nature. While continuing to promote Daemon’s approach to tattooing as a healing art, what he has been referring to as “The Art of Transformation” since 1992, they plan to integrate nature and the outdoors within the Urban Primitive environment by teaching people how to relax, communicate and co-create with the planet and also how to be with animals and bees.
In doing so, they plan to offer transformational and creative art workshops and deep healing retreats under the guidance of experienced medicine healers. They will also host community educational events focussing on skillsharing, sustainable living, creative expression, health and wellness and free energy.
As Urban Primitive shifts to its next stage of existence, it plans to actively bring different communities together, people with different backgrounds, belief systems and ways of living, but who all share the same vision and same intention of interconnectedness. As Daemon and Raven say goodbye to
Fergus, they know this isn’t the end. It’s the beginning, a Vision Quest for seeing the connection in all things for the growing Urban Primitive family.