Why Completely Failing at Gardening is a Sure Sign of a Great Gardener – Transformative Gardening, Part 1

Whenever there’s a completely failed, overgrown weedy tangle of an abandoned garden, I know I’ve discovered a gifted high value gardener with true natural intelligence, just waiting to flower. It’s the surest sign there is. As I am a natural gardening teacher and Permaculture designer, these poor discouraged gardeners frequently seek me out at social gatherings for a sort of gardening confession and penance. If you listen carefully, you can hear keen insights and clever observations through their exasperated sighs, gnashing of teeth, wails of garden guilt: “It’s been two seasons since my last confession…” “I just couldn’t keep up … Continue reading Why Completely Failing at Gardening is a Sure Sign of a Great Gardener – Transformative Gardening, Part 1

The FIRE Path to Freedom – Part 2 FIRE or FREE?

In part 1, we discussed how changing our relationship with money and work is one of the key leverage points for transforming our lives, our society and the world. We explained that designing our interaction with money is a leverage point for creating viral change, because it has a huge “payback” for individuals, can help us fund our dreams, has a huge impact on the success of our projects, and it can be a fun adventure, too. “Hey, wait – sure it can help us invest in successful community organizing and regenerative projects, but money? An adventure?” Yes! Once we … Continue reading The FIRE Path to Freedom – Part 2 FIRE or FREE?

The FIRE Path to Financial Freedom (and The Most Important thing We’ve Learned about Permaculture)

The FIRE Path to Freedom? (The Most Important thing We’ve Learned about Permaculture) Well now that’s quite a loaded headline! Clearly, we’re going to talk about money and the current popular “FIRE” (Financial Independence Retire Early) movement – but first! – what is the most important thing we’ve ever learned about Permaculture, homesteading and living with the land? What single concept has had the biggest positive impact on transforming our lives since we first heard the “P word” on WEFT Community Radio back in 2001? Leverage. The whole point of the Lillie House project as we originally envisioned it, was … Continue reading The FIRE Path to Financial Freedom (and The Most Important thing We’ve Learned about Permaculture)