We come into a place between stories where there is emptiness. In that emptiness, there is something that has never been born before. We aren’t acting out of habit or patterns. We are truly gifted such a potent time to make shifts that are carving new pathways to brighter future. We are able to act from the essence of what arose in the emptiness. A future that is more aligned with our passions and our hearts. A life that represents our individuality from it’s core. … More The Art of Non-Doing
The more I stepped back and observed, the more I saw the bigger picture of the work that I was actually doing. It wasn’t about the specifics about the plant information or how to grow your own food (although it’s important.) It was about creating a space where others can come, connect, and learn from one another. A space where others could have real and genuine connection to one another and Mother Earth. I was able to see the class in a whole new light and perspective, allowing me to fully step into my place as the guide. … More Permaculture Principle 7 – Patterns to Details
Month 6 of the permaculture principle challenge. Each month I feel I’m getting deeper insights into the lifestyle that I strive to live, as well as applying it internally to cultivate a healthier fertile soil within myself. As someone who tries to practice #zerowaste as much as I can, there were many moments I found … More Permaculture Principle 6 ~ Produce No Waste!
Yesterday I guided six others in connecting back to our roots in Nature as a community through applied Ecopsychology practices. I can whole-heartedly and happily say I was reminded of why I do what I do. Why this work is so crucial and important for all of us. To take the time to actually be present and connect to the Earth that we care about, express vulnerably to one another what our experiences and realizations were, and feel supported in remembering we are one human family connected to this planet Earth, our home. But I’m going to be honest – I didn’t feel this way 15 minutes prior to the class or even when the class first started. … More Is the Work I Do Actually Valuable?
Month 5 of the permaculture principle challenge! This one was extra fun and aligned perfectly with me returning back at Kashi. Over the months of summer traveling, car rides, airplanes, and staying at others homes, I was feeling guilty for how many non-renewable resources I was using. In our day-to-day lives the conversation of renewable resources isn’t typically brought up because it seems like something a bit out of our reach. We see it as an investment that we’re maybe not quite ready for or just accept that our current lifestyle “is the way it is.” I found that by arriving back at Kashi, these alternative technologies aren’t as far out of our reach as we think! … More Permaculture Principle Challenge 5 – Use & Value Renewable Resources
Self-regulation allows a space for us to be mindful during our process and open to making mistakes. Allowing the process to be perfectly imperfect. When we approach our designs or gardens with room for feedback, we are opening ourselves up to an intimate connection with our environment, our community, and our daily lives. It provides a space for us to be in communication with Earth, eliminating our illusion of separation. We tend to the garden and it responds and speaks to us. … More Apply Self-Regulation & Accept Feedback ~ Permaculture Principle 4
As many of you may know, Hawaiians are fighting for their right to protect Mauna Kea, the mountain they view most sacred to them as it allowed them to connect to the heavens. They are protecting it from a thirteen-meter (18 stories) telescope (TNT) to be built at the top. Their desires are to look out into galaxies formed at the beginning of time. Although this may not seem like a great deal to some, the Hawaiians have been fighting to keep their land sacred since the beginning of colonization. Their oceans are being polluted, their crops are being poisoned, and the precious beaches have turned into sky risers where people can come to vacation. Their culture continues to fade away as tourism culture grows. Mauna Kea is incredibly sacred to the Hawaiians, a temple where they have gathered to pray and honor their ancestors, as well as preserved burial sites. However, this movement goes beyond protecting a mountain or a telescope. This is the movement of Hawaiian sovereignty. I feel honored and inspired to share my experience of participating in this fight that was entirely fueled by ancestral wisdom and aloha spirit. … More Standing with Mauna Kea
Lately I’ve been noticing feelings arise when the conversation around money comes up. Partly frustrated, confused, and saddened. It started when I was really looking forward to seeing my grandmother and updating her on where I’m at in my journey. Learning and teaching about permaculture daily, traveling to dive deeper into my connection with myself, Mother Earth, and community, moving into an off-grid tiny house, being connected to a spiritual Ashram, and pursuing a career in permaculture design. If you know me, you know these are the dreams that I’ve talked about wanting to manifest for a while! I excitedly updated her on all of my endeavors as she took a pause and asked “But are you making money from any of this?” My heart sank and frustration started to build as I was faced with a reality that reflected the perspectives of our culture. … More A Path Worth More Than Money
To fully understand and implement these principles into my own life, I decided to come up with a year-long challenge! With there being twelve permaculture principles, I wanted to focus on one each month and implement it into my daily life. In this challenge, I aim to start from the inner landscape and work my way outwards. I want to design my life in ways that are sustainable and regenerative towards the Earth. I believe the inner work is just as important as the outer work, as our external reality becomes a reflection of our internal state. My hopes are to gain a deeper understanding of permaculture and a more whole-systems perspective, as well as share my insights and inspire ways we can strive to live more connected to our environment and one another. … More Permaculture Principles Challenge
I was at a point in my life where I felt such a deep calling to explore my personal journey. I had so many inspirations, ideas, and passions that I wanted to pursue, but found myself trapped in the rat race, unsure of how to create the life that I envisioned myself living. I found myself feeling very dissatisfied with the life I was living and that all of my passions were just out of my reach. I wasn’t living sustainably and felt disconnected from nature, where I felt like I truly belonged. I kept envisioning myself living a life that gave back to the planet. A life where I wasn’t degrading the Earth, including all living beings, by each daily decision I made. I couldn’t accept the excuse that this was just the way things were. Yes, I was preaching daily about sustainability, permaculture, and consciousness, while trying to embody it the best I could in our current mindless consumerist society, but I wasn’t fully aligning with what I was preaching. Every day I knew I was trying my best, but I also knew a brighter reality lived just around the corner. … More Why I Chose to Live in My Tent…