The SoulFire Project was born of the dream to travel in a MOBILE HOME/WORKSHOP/STUDIO with a community of artists, builders, musicians and filmmakers; living together, co-creating, learning, and sharing on this great journey south, from Oregon to Brazil and beyond.
In late 2008 two best friends, Cooper Morgan and Przemyslaw Kowalczyk bought "Dobie", a 1979 Crown SuperCoach school bus. The two immediately made floor plans, started removing seats, and building. With the help of family and friends, and the use of many recycled/reclaimed materials, they built 8 bunk beds, a kitchen, a roof rack, installed a woodstove, and (after a lot of research, trial, and error) successfully converted the engine to run on waste vegetable oil.
Since leaving Oregon in November 2009, The SoulFire Project has travelled over 20,000 miles on waste vegetable oil. More than 100 artists, musicians, builders, engineers, and filmmakers from all over the world have shared various parts of this journey through the western United States, the majority of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.
What is this crazy, colorful bus?
“Liberation and Autonomy through Art and Sustainability”
Mission / Vision
The SoulFire Project is an Artistically Sustainable Mobile Community
We use art, mainly music and film, as a tool for personal and social liberation.
We recognize the power art gives us to express ourselves, to communicate feelings and ideas that are essential to our personal and collective growth.
From the street to the stage, the smallest of towns to the biggest city in the world (Mexico City) we have effectively used music and film as tools for change.
We use sustainability techniques as tools for autonomy.
These techniques help us to be more conscious of what we consume, where it comes from, and at what cost.
They also help us to be more independent, turning systematized
services (water, electricity, garbage, sewage, etc.) into autonomized systems. This saves us money, resources, and helps us to live a more healthy, environmentally conscious, and wholesome lifestyle.
The SoulFire Project has two objectives. First, to live in a sustainable way, as much within our mobile community, as well as with nature, people, and the communities we meet. Second, to use art and sustainability techniques to empower each other; living and growing this movement towards liberation and autonomy.