Providing Home Hospitality
for Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow
Married in June 2001, Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow have lived entirely on the road since April 2002, teaching and preaching the 14 billion year story of the Universe in sacred ways. Our work is possible only through the generosity of countless individuals, families, and organizations who have provided us with hospitality along the way.
Our needs are minimal:
"BEDROOM" IN OUR VAN. We generally prefer to sleep in our van, so no bed is required. It has no temperature control, so we can only do this when night-time temperatures are in the comfort zone: between 25 and 80 degrees F. Our van, which we affectionately call "Angel," is 9 feet tall and 20 feet long (see photo below). We are fine with parking in the driveway or on the street, whichever is best for our hosts. Our van is too tall for garages and carports. USING YOUR GUEST ROOM AS OUR OFFICE. Our van is not an RV. We do not need power hookup but we do need access to a bathroom, kitchen, and a place to plug in and work on our laptop computers during the day. A guest room where we can set up our laptops and the portable tables we carry with us to create a mini-office is very much appreciated. We do not need internet access, as we have devices that will access a satellite connection, so long as there is a cell phone signal in your neighborhood. NO PET ALLERGIES. Your pets are no problem for us. Indeed, we welcome the opportunity to pet-sit while you are away, as it gives us a chance to enjoy more privacy than usual. NO FOOD ALLERGIES OR AVERSIONS. We are omnivores, but are happy to accommodate to a vegetarian household. We are happy to share some meals with you, but you are under no obligation to feed us, nor do we expect that you will. For short stays, we appreciate simply scrounging in your refrigerator and cupboards for a few meals. For longer stays we will purchase foodstocks and we are happy to prepare our own meals and snacks. Of course, if our hosts offer us a meal or two, we will not refuse! Note: Michael drinks a lot of milk, and for BREAKFAST we often choose plain yogurt (whole or lowfat; we carry nuts with us), fruit, or eggs and wholegrain bread. DURATION. The longer we can stay at one location, the better for us. (And housesitting/petsitting is hugely appreciatated, as we rarely have a home to ourselves.) Seasonally, we like to take a 1-2 week-long retreat somewhere in which we can spend time by ourselves, in a cabin, second-home, or house- or pet-sitting while the owners are away. In fact, this sort of "retreat time" is so important to us that we sometimes build our speaking engagement schedule around such opportunities. Please let us know if something along these lines might be worked out in the future. Our only requirement for such an abode is electricity and a cell phone signal by which we can use our own devices to connect to the internet. YOU DON'T NEED TO ENTERTAIN US. We pretty much work on our computers all day long (and well into the evening), although Connie appreciates suggestions for where to take walks in your neighborhood.
DIRECTIONS TO YOUR HOME. Because we have a GPS system in our van, those who offer home hospitality need do no more than supply us with their full street address and phone numbers (home and cell, if you have one). Please include your zip code too, in case we need to have any of our mail forwarded to your place for our arrival or if we need to schedule a restocking delivery of dvds or books that we sell.
HOW YOU CAN CONTACT US.
For last-minute changes or other emergencies, you can contact Michael Dowd by phone at his cell: 425-760-9941.
We thank you in advance for sharing your home or institutional housing with us!
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