Paragliding Artistry

I had this wonderful period in my life some years back where, for maybe 2 weeks, I dreamed every night of flying. It wasn’t like I was suddenly in the air, or jumped from a height. I started on the ground, ran, flapped my arms, and took off. It was such a vivid experience, I remember it clearly, after all these years. An out-of-body experience, if you’ll pardon the cliché. During my waking hours, I’d sometimes feel like I could almost do it.

  Yesterday I was corresponding with Kian Clipson, who lives in Southwest England; his small, cozy, artistic mobile home is going into our new book, Tiny Homes on the Move, and I decided to check the paragliding website that Kian co-founded, here, and there is a ton of exciting stuff. These guys are doing what I did in my dreams.

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About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

5 Responses to Paragliding Artistry

  1. interesting, I too, for years would dream of flying. I would just (in my dreams),just "decide" I wanted to fly, and there I would be soaring over things, gliding with my arms.

    the other dream I had nearly nightly, for years and years, was I would suddenly be running as fast as the wind…Loved it, but I would wake up and realise "not gonna happen", and feel sad.

    did you feel sad when you would wake up and realise you could not fly?

  2. Lloyd, ah, good. It didn't happen re the flying for me, but for the running. Don't dream of running (or flying) anymore.

  3. From time to time (they come rarely but in clusters) I have dreams where I am capable of floating. This is not flight over large areas at height. It is more like I leap gently and then decide not to fall. I'm usually in a standing position. I can feel the pull of gravity and I am drawn down but by an act of will I can simple say no. Once I'm secure in floating I can move about slowly through the air, usually still in a standing position. These dreams are as real and lucid as any I have ever had. I partially know that I am dreaming because I am floating but it is also clear to me at the time that what I am doing is not difficult, it is possible. These dreams are wonderful and like Lloyd I can remember during my waking hours that this is possible. The fact that it isn't is not upsetting. I like the dreams.

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