Category: Back to the Land

Volunteering in the Azores

Volunteering in the Azores: Adventure, Magic and Reality Checks (part 2)

This is the second instalment of the summer I spent exploring alternative ways of living in the magical islands of the Azores, where my dream of living a sustainable life in harmony with nature first started. We begin where we left off in part 1, at the moment of crisis at Quinta da Canada, the young permaculture project on the island of Sao Miguel, where I had been volunteering for...

The Azores

Volunteering in The Azores: Adventure, Magic and Reality Checks (part 1).

This is the story of my first encounter with the wonderful world of wwoofing, permaculture, off-grid living and the back to the land movement. It is a story of inspiration, vision, dreams, magic, romance and synchronicity… However, it is also the story of harsh realities, disappointments and disillusions. This is where I first glimpsed the possibilities of alternative ways of life and first connected with like-minded people who shared the...

empty Spain

The Last Farmer Standing- An Interview from ‘Empty’ Spain (Part 2).

In the first part of Miguel’s story, we learnt about rural life in Teruel, known for being as Miguel described ‘un rincón perdida de España’, a lost corner of empty Spain. He led us through tales of the struggles of his village, the realities of his life as a farmer and also the surprising adventures of the bohemian artists of the past who made Calaciete their home, many years ago....

empty Spain

The Last Farmer Standing: An Interview from ‘Empty Spain’ (Part 1).

During our off-grid road trip through empty Spain, we were able to interview a local olive farmer to find out a bit more about why these ancient lands are slowly being emptied of people. What started out as a casual chat turned into a history lesson come story-telling session that covered all grounds- from Spanish history and politics to life lessons about integrity and the need to stand up for what you believe in.

off-grid adventures

Off-Grid Explorations Part 2- Almond Picking in The Garden of Eden

Our off-grid road trip in Aragón continued with a weeks stay with ex-corporate high fliers Paul and Hermine in the mountains of Calaceite, a small village in the heart of España vacía. What was it that made them ditch their corporate life in favour of the simple life in the mountains of Spain? And what else were we going to learn about the realities of off-grid life?

the simple life

Off-Grid Explorations Part 1- The Valley of Dreams

This summer I decided to go and see for myself what all this off-grid living is really about. Do I really have what it takes to live the simple life and am I really prepared for such a change? I went to visit ex-city boys Max and Nick on Freedom Farm to find out.

wisdom

Wisdom From The Field of Ninnu- An Interview with Gian Marco.

Instagram followee turned friend, Sardinian organic farmer Gian Marco shares his knowledge of synergy gardening, permaculture, wwoofing, changing the world and gives advice for those looking to take the plunge into the wild world of organic farming. Uplifting and philosophical, this conversation is for anyone wondering if there is another way and if so, what it might look like.

off-grid dreams

Off-grid Dream 6 Months in- How Far Have I Come?

A new community, permaculture explorations and co-creation in action- reflecting on what I have learnt so far as I follow this off-grid dream. We are now at the end of June 2020 and things seem to have slowed down and sped up at the same time. The fire that I spoke about back in January when I made my declaration to the world is still going strong but the initial...

flying free off-grid

An off-grid life with less than 14k- Is it possible?

I´m dreaming of an off-grid life and impatient to leave the city. But how much is really possible when you don´t have a few hundred grand tucked away? This is the question that I have been asking myself these last few days. With the global situation looking ever more bleak and an economic recession no doubt imminent I am wondering if this could indeed be the golden opportunity in disguise...

argentina salt flats declaration to the world

A Declaration to The World

Bolding declaring to the world my dreams and my intentions for my life…after this there is no going back! As one year comes to a close and another one begins, we often reflect on life and where we are going. With the trees bare and the cold winter wind banging at the door, nature seems to will us into hibernation. This time of year seems to support us in going...