By pricing permaculture courses and certificates in the thousands of dollars, we inadvertently marginalise and silence minority groups and those already oppressed by the system – youth, women, people of colour, indigenous, the disabled, the mentally ill, and so on – and hence end up entrenching the very oppression our courses are intending to counter. […]Read more "WHEN PERMACULTURE COSTS THE EARTH"
What would happen if everyone decided to stop working and started taking care of themselves? Well, the banks wouldn’t work. There would probably be no electricity. Nobody would bother taking oil out of the ground, so fossil fuel extraction and use would come to a halt. People would sit and eat by candlelight. Some would […]Read more "Self-care and social change"
In 2014, I wrote that international policy on climate change fails on two major fronts: it does not address the issue from a systems-based perspective and it lacks a deeply human perspective. In a nutshell, climate change policy misses the point. Climate change is a symptom, not a problem. It’s the top of the iceberg […]Read more "The problem with climate change policy"
I spent seven weeks doing a Workaway at Kadagaya Project earlier in 2016 and had a marvellous and challenging time. Now, as I consider returning, I ruminate over exactly what challenged me about my experience there. Part 1 denotes what the experience was like and Part 2 is on how I changed. Welcome to one […]Read more "KADAGAYA PROJECT: PART THREE"
Once again, on the first day I’ve arrived, I feel like I am completely in the wrong place. Marta, the kitchen lady with a giant blue skirt and white apron, shows me my first task – weeding a garden area in front of one of the family houses. It seems normal enough, but I become […]Read more "BURNING MY INTEGRITY"
“You have to make money before you can do good.” “You have to make money before you can follow your dreams.” Nothing really makes any sense, as far as the unexamined assumptions young people hear – they are all paradoxes. For example, there’s the idea that money can not buy happiness and at the same […]Read more "‘I JUST WANT TO BE RICH’"
What are you searching for, Laurent asks me as we watch the candlelight leap up and down in the wind on the dining table. It’s his last night, and – unlike when the five other volunteers left yesterday – I am sad to see him leave. Laurent has a deep stillness, openness and easiness – […]Read more "LEAVING WONDERLAND"