8 Things I Learned From My Shamanic Permaculture Course in Peru
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8 Things I Learned From My Shamanic Permaculture Course in Peru

It has been six months since I left Peru and the lessons are still sinking in. I vividly remember the journey to Paititi Institute, an impact center where I took my Shamanic Permaculture Design Course. A spine-chilling yet breathtaking drive through serpentine mountain roads with peaks of almost 5,000 meters.  Majestic valleys, mountain lakes, and […]

The Green Mind: How to Rewild Your Life Permaculture Style
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The Green Mind: How to Rewild Your Life Permaculture Style

I sit quietly; the noises of the jungle are constant in the background. The hum of cicadas reaches its crescendo at dusk, it’s almost deafening. The tropical birds sing their songs, there’s the tranquil sound of the creek I’m camping next to washing over the rocks, passing by me. I’m drawing to the end of […]

Invisible Infrastructure: How We Build Our Lives Together
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Invisible Infrastructure: How We Build Our Lives Together

Developing the physical infrastructure at Rancho Mastatal gets me up every morning. I don’t need coffee nor an alarm clock; I’m just excited to keep building. Building the orchards and earthworks, furniture for my home, a better feeder for our chickens; these are the projects that rev my permaculture engine. They are concrete, you can see the […]

Evolving from Elaborate Parties in the Desert to Permanent Villages
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Evolving from Elaborate Parties in the Desert to Permanent Villages

Every year, inspired individuals leave the common culture of our modern age. They build a temporary city in the desert to experiment with an imaginative new culture based around gifting and acceptance. These gatherings have the capacity to change lives by filling participants with awe and shocking them out of complacency immersed in a rugged desert climate. […]

When College Isn’t Enough
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When College Isn’t Enough

 My university Biology major gave me a sense of urgency and despair. Global climate disruption, drastic deforestation and habitat loss, unprecedented species extinction rates, air and water toxicity, wars over scarce resources, overpopulation, and the social implications of the industrial growth society felt like an unstoppable avalanche of catastrophe. I wanted to make a difference. […]

My Journey into Shamanic Permaculture: Where Doing Meets Being
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My Journey into Shamanic Permaculture: Where Doing Meets Being

It brings such joy to witness the Permaculture movement becoming more and more popular with new projects emerging all over the globe. Many, including myself, got to know this science from the desire to find a way to return to a natural and holistic lifestyle, integrating self-sustaining organic food production and natural building. This of […]

Why is this Project in Nicaragua Distributing Genetic Material?
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Why is this Project in Nicaragua Distributing Genetic Material?

Project Bona Fide is a 26-acre demonstrative farm and experience-based learning center that promotes food security and sustainable living systems on Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua and throughout the larger bioregion. Using permaculture design, agroforestry, research, education, and community collaboration the project has grown to completely transform the landscape, form strong community ties, and share their […]

Summer Camp Forever: An Ecovillage Story
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Summer Camp Forever: An Ecovillage Story

Written by: Cynthia Tina (www.cynthiatina.com) Open sky, warm summer days, friendship, and adventure. The idealized “summer camp” has been enshrined for decades in movies, Uncle John’s yarns, and perhaps your own childhood memories. It serves as an adolescent’s wild escape from the boring confines of suburban neighborhoods and primary school, at least until “growing up” […]