This past month I’ve really been capturing the abundance of energy (i.e., radiant sunlight, powerful waves, cleansing waterfalls, food from the land, loving community, blessings from the aina, ancestral knowledge) and storing it within myself. Taking the time to really sit with it and integrate it into my life. I took on a journaling project, where I sat almost every night writing about everything that occurred throughout the day, writing the lessons and highlights of each day. Observing and interacting (permaculture principle #1) really prepared me for this space of being and receiving. I found myself being in a state of feeling as if I always had to share the knowledge or experience with others, but this principle brought a new perspective of being capable of fully receiving. ⠀⠀⠀⠀
From the inner landscape perspective, this month turned out to be a huge lesson of integration and embodiment. We can learn the lessons and the higher truths, but it doesn’t serve us until we learn to actually capture and store the lessons within our vessels. I decided to be vulnerable and honest with myself by seeing what lessons I’ve just talked about and what I’ve actually embodied into my life.
Over the summer I’ve been working at in Maui at Haiku Aina Permaculture Initiative, where succession based Agroforestry is practiced. Captured in these photos is one of my favorite Agroforestry projects that is designed for capturing and storing energy. This mountain side was previously invaded with Eucalyptus Robusta, prohibiting the growth of other species. This project, planted only two years ago, was an initiative to work with a section of the USDA to show regenerative agriculture through agroforestry practices that have been passed down through ancestral knowledge of indigenous peoples of Brazil.
The Eucalyptus trees were removed and used as mulch and borders to create a terrace system that catches, stores, and directs water, sun, carbon, and nutrients throughout the entire mountainside. This project created an abundant ecosystem with densely planted fruit trees, biomass plants, native Hawaiian medicines, and perennial vegetables that requires no irrigation. An incredible aspect of this design is the multi-functionality of the plants! Certain plants are used for food production, biomass, and a specific role in the food forest system (i.e., providing shade, covering the soil, used as mulch). The nutrients in each plant are captured and returned to the soil through the continuous “chop and drop” method. Some plants include Kalo (Taro), Comfrey, Mamaki, Lemongrass, Edible hibiscus, Ulu (Breadfruit), Cacao, Jackfruit, Coffee, Papaya, Banana, Durian, Gliricidia, Chaya, Acai, Awa (Kava), and Cassava… the list goes on!
The ability for this system to catch and store energy has allowed this system to completely thrive. 🌱✨ I see this serving as a reflection for it being important for us to catch and store the important lessons in our lives that we can embody to continue this evolution of cultivating our fertile soil.