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All Souls Day, Firewood and Tea

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ancestors photos

All Souls Day upon us, the day of remembering ancestors, about their experiences in life, their understanding of nature, seasons, family life. In the Autumn chill, I think about kindling the fire of warmth in our home and beyond. What acts help us build a life that is slower, simpler, imbued with meaning and beauty, that is restorative, caring and nurturing for the generations before and after us? How does my commitment to sustainable living […]

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Harvest Swap – and the Third Ethic of Permaculture

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I feel like a field mouse lately, the cold nights and cool days of late September inviting actions directed at keeping warmth in the house, gathering the food stuffs for the long winter ahead. Preparing the firewood, knitting a few more garments to keep the family cozy…. searching for the slippers that were put away for the summer.

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My Permaculture Greenhouse: 6 things I do to keep it green

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yellow pod pea greenhouse

August is the time when we renew our efforts gardening with climate-extension methods in mind – greenhouses, cold frames, hoop houses are all at the start of their new season. With permaculture ideas in mind, and with focus on sustainability, I run my greenhouse in a way that keeps it healthy and productive with minimal inputs (limited to seeds and water in my case). Here is how I do it. 1. The Year Starts in […]

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Child’s permaculture summer: 5 ways to honor the season

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Eva-Maria Ott-Heidmann's Tree House

The school is out – and the home-school is out or winding down, too. Summer is establishing its claims on all ages – inviting rites of nature outings, explorations, staying out late, friends’ gatherings and freedom. The sacred right of childhood – roaming in nature, experiencing some degree of freedom from adult consciousness and endless supervision, having hours and hours of unstructured imaginative play, spending time in a dreamy world of bugs and butterflies – […]

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Permaculture Garden in February – Life Force is Rising

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felted hearts

Winter is slow and cold, and endless in February. Yet, deep down in the earth, first stirring of life takes place, barely noticeable. Sap is starting to flow in plants, thick from cold. Sun angle is changing, making for brighter days. And this spring, right in tune with the life forces awakening in the natural world, our family welcomed twin baby boys, born to my step-daughter.

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Rhythm of Life, Wheel of the Year

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wheel of the year

“Monday is rice day” a statement familiar to many Waldorf homes, where families attempt to craft and follow  rhythmical life.  Following a rhythm is not only something that parents of young children discover, often with initial dismay (“Too boring!”) and later with firmness and comfort (“Today is our park day!”). Rhythmical life naturally evolves around animals or farm and gardening activities – rhythmical life is synonymous with engaged life.

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