Drought is a Choice
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Drought is a Choice

A lot of people sit back and blame the lack of water in California on climate change and natural occurrences. It is clearly an issue that can be tackled on a local, decentralized level. This video by Connor Jones, Founder of Ojai Permaculture and East End Eden defends this point and provides solutions as he […]

How to Get Out of Your Own Way
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How to Get Out of Your Own Way

Photo by Agustin Carri Photo Most of the time what prevents us from walking a path that fulfills our own passions and values is ourselves. At the border between bringing a healthy new habit into our lives, a vision we’ve held for a long time or integrating practices that bring us joy, our own patterns […]

Defending the Right for Affordable, Local Food at an Urban Farm in CA
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Defending the Right for Affordable, Local Food at an Urban Farm in CA

  Albany, CA—Farm defenders chained themselves to heavy machinery that was removing the topsoil from a portion of the Gill Tract farm in Albany, CA this Thursday (28). This halted a day of construction over the contested farmland. Contractors began work on the southern portion of the Gill Tract last week, a historical farm sold […]

The Reality of Intentional Community Living
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The Reality of Intentional Community Living

By: Sky Blue Living in an intentional community is one of hardest things you can do. Why? Well, despite our social nature we’ve managed to create a hyper-individualized society. The luxury is that you don’t have deal with people very much, and people are hard to deal with! The downside is we’re left empty, turning […]

5 Ways to Expand Your Permaculture Education in 2016
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5 Ways to Expand Your Permaculture Education in 2016

It’s a new year, and a great opportunity to take your alternative education to new heights so you can pursue the life you are passionate about and make money doing it. Here are the top 5 ways to accelerate your permaculture and sustainable living education in 2016. 1) Take a Permaculture Design Course (or other […]

Top 10 Books to Deepen Your Relationship with Nature
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Top 10 Books to Deepen Your Relationship with Nature

  Nature is the primary teacher. We have an infinite amount we can learn from plants, patterns, landscapes, animals and soil about ourselves and our relationships with each other. Guiding others to deeper their connection with nature is an art form that can be further developed through study or simply by doing. Although nature is our first […]

8 Things You Need to Know About Rocket Mass Heaters
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8 Things You Need to Know About Rocket Mass Heaters

This is a guest post reposted from Common Sense Homesteading by Cassie Langstraat. When I first heard about rocket mass heaters I was kind of skeptical. I read that they could eliminate something like 80-90% of the wood of a conventional stove and I thought, “Bah! That seems like a pretty unreasonable claim to me.”  So I […]

The Traveler’s Apothecary: Essential Herbs and Remedies For Every Traveler
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The Traveler’s Apothecary: Essential Herbs and Remedies For Every Traveler

From Amazonian parasites, to Zanzibari malaise, I’ve experienced my fair share of sickness abroad. I consider myself lucky compared to some of the horror stories I’ve heard, but travel can take a serious toll on your energy and health. I always travel with a full supply of herbal medicines and tinctures to keep my energy […]

Natural Building is Empowering Women
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Natural Building is Empowering Women

As a young woman, I live with the assumption by others that I can’t build things, like a bench, table, or house.  It is assumed that I am not strong enough or that I need help from a man.  I will never be able to build my own home with this attitude.  Ladies, let me […]

Lucid University: California Festival Takes Learning to a New Level
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Lucid University: California Festival Takes Learning to a New Level

In an exciting new series promoting onsite personal growth, Lucidity Festival is offering an exclusive 3-day early arrival experience engineered specifically as an incubation space for living solutions as part of their fifth year theme, Crossroads. As a Lucid University participant, students get to choose from one of five intensive learning programs focused on creative […]