Farming with biodynamics
0.08.2018-18.09.2018, Vilcabamba, Ecuador
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We spent one month volunteering at Finca Sagrada, a farm working with biodynamics, in a sacred valley close to Vilcabamba, south of Ecuador. This has been the most incredible experience I could dream of.
There are several reasons why we chose this project: it addresses all the criteria we were chasing:
More than a practical experience in the field of biodynamics, Finca Sagrada and its people offered us a spiritual journey in the world of the natural forces.
This article drives you through our experience. Here are the pieces of wisdom we want to share with you:
Hereunder are some beautiful pictures from our dear friend Trace.
Trace is an awesome artist and a remarkable person. He invites us to contemplate the beauty and the divine that surrounds us, here and now.
We kindly invite you to visit his space of arts, love, gratitude and compassion: "Leaf no Trace" (https://www.leafnotrace.space/).
As stated on his web space: "Chosen content will be available digitally for free and others will be available in a highly sustainable high quality print for just the cost of production and shipping."
We fully support him and wish him the best; may you also be touched by his shining love.
Where jungle kisses the heavens, Sítio São Pedro, more than a family dream of autonomy
We spent two weeks near Fortaleza to volunteer at the Sítio São Pedro, a project of autonomy on a beautiful 70-hectare land of hills and forests. As reviewed on WorkAway:
We had a wonderful experience with Wilton and his family, near Fortaleza. So o filé!
Wilton is a man of many talents, values and convictions. Accomplished artist with great songs and beautiful projects of land art; active environmental protector and social militant: in the countryside and in the city, he cares about his trees and the people; autonomy and transition to a greater sense of community are the paths he prepares for his family, friends, volunteers and perhaps all who want to smile at the thought of tomorrow.
Our experience on the site was intense, very instructive and highly rewarding. we had the unique opportunity to be autonomous custodians of the site and it was great! we totally recommend it to those who want to have clean hands in the soil, clear eyes in the forest and blessed hearts under the stars.
Health, peace, joy, love and happiness and thank you for this beautiful inspiration: you definitely influence our lives. We look forward to welcoming you soon into our own earthly paradise...
This article shares more information about Wilton and his family, about the Sítio São Pedro and what we did there as volunteers. Finally, we also propose a detailed review of the project from a permaculture perspective and humbly suggest ideas and further developments.
Enjoy your read. Feel free to comment, ask questions, suggest improvements: we are always very happy to hear from you 😉 Last, we mention many techniques and solutions, feel free to request more information about them, we might consider issuing a DIY tutorial.
Self-reliance for urbanites in the heart of BKK
On the 30th of June, we visited Grandpa Urban Farm in the heart of Bangkok.
What solutions are available for urbanites? How can people in the heart of big metropoles like Bangkok acquire more autonomy and resilience?
Grandpa Urban Farm bring some relevant answers to those questions and issues!
The goal of this article is to share a bit about the history, the vision and the solutions that we saw at Grandpa Urban Farm.
An interview with Thi Tran Lanh from the SPERI network
We had the chance to meet Thi Tran Lanh, an impressive woman engaged with the Social Policy Ecology Research Institute (SPERI) to defend and empower ethnic minorities in the Mekong sub-great region.
Lanh is a charismatic person radiating with passion. She is a convinced activist dedicated to the cause of ethnic minorities. She fights intensively against governments’ and lobbies’ attempts to exploit the land of local communities. She fights for the right of communities to live on and cultivate their ancestral land as well as the right to sustain their cultural traditions.
This article aims at introducing Lahn’s work with ethnic minorities:
Enjoy your read! Feel free to provide feedback 😉
Ready for the supramental evolution?
As stated on the Auroville website: “Auroville wants to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities.
The purpose of Auroville is to realise human unity.”
The purpose of this article is to share some of our impressions, stories and thoughts after our short-term stay in the City of Dawn.
I tend to write (too) long articles. This abstract gives you an overview of the content and the key messages from this blog post. Feel free to read the complete post 😊
In this article we describe Auroville both as Auroville describes itself as well as how we discovered it. The main lesson is that there is the theory, the words on the paper, and there are the facts, what we really experienced. Auroville is a concept in action, it is a living project, which is not achieved, and which is evolving. Some of the objectives are met, others are far from being met.
This article is not a cold critic of Auroville, it is our personal examination of what the town aims to be, what it has achieved, which challenges it is going through. We detail our observations regarding the town’s structure and architecture, the relation to money, the relation to spirituality, and much more. We acknowledge that Auroville is a creation of people. From the initiators, the charismatic Mother and Sri Aurobindo, to the current heroes of the multiple projects in Auroville, everyone brings its stone to the edifice.
Finally, Auroville is about spirituality, and one thing we cannot deny is that the city is full of vibrant energy, from the Matrimandir to the gardens, the streets, the projects’ sites, the hearts of the people… Many come to Auroville for a unique spiritual experience, all will find it!
Omutukuvu is a community based organization registered by the government of Uganda and located in a very remote area, 65 km away from Jinja, where the Nile takes its source. Omutukuvu projects aim at promoting sustainable ways of life and work as an educational center for children and adult of the close communities who want to learn agriculture methods.
We aim to establish small green communities with eco-friendly housing, green energy (solar/wind), unlimited flow of fresh water and permaculture ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient.
We spent seven days at Omutukuvu during which we helped redesigning their website, manage their social networks, dig the terraces for planting, and last but not least, build dry toilets and the preliminary foundations of a compost hacienda!
Laura & Mathieu