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When Dreams Collapse 

This post is the post that I never thought I would be writing.  After three and a half years of dreaming of going back to the land, of writing about it and sharing it, my worst case scenario has come true. The dream has collapsed.  Hence my silence over the last three months.  Not really knowing the best way to...

starting a rural project

Saving the Soil in The Garden of Gaia – Part 2

Starting a Rural Project This post was written in collaboration with the Conscious Planet and El Jardin de Gaia   In this post we return to El Jardin de Gaia, where I was part of a guided tour organised by Save Soil volunteers. I was eager to find out more about how this pioneering rural project first came into being....

Saving the Soil in The Garden of Gaia – Part 1.

An Adventure into Regenerative Agriculture    This post was written in collaboration with the Conscious Planet and El Jardin de Gaia In this post I report on a recent visit to an inspiring and pioneering place not far from Madrid that is proof that a more beautiful world is possible. From regenerative agriculture to the ins and outs of growing...

I reclaim my voice

I Hereby Reclaim my Voice: A Reclamation to the World

On behalf of all of humanity, I reclaim.   This is the story of how one innocent trip to the mountains of Madrid turned out to be a day of deep and profound healing that has quite possibly changed the rest of my life forever. Considering the enormous challenges that we are facing as a species on this planet, I...

In Search of Home

In Search of Home

Travel and the art of losing yourself to find yourself. After 10 years of wandering, the search for home continues.   I started travelling alone when I was 20. It was my second year at university; the summer holidays beckoned and with them the prospect of fun and adventure at a summer camp in the forests of Maryland in the...

Taking the Greatest Leap of my Life

The journey towards an earth-based, sustainable life in the countryside just got one step closer!   Over a year and a half has passed since I committed to my radical dream of leaving the city and creating a life in the countryside. In that time many things have changed and life got a little bit, shall we say, bumpy! Between...

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Getting to the Root of the Community Garden Conflict

The community garden saga continues!   What will my permaculture investigations reveal about the ongoing conflicts that have been plaguing La Plaza for so long? Using permaculture techniques such as stakeholder questionnaires, interviews, and a good old fashioned chat over tea and cake, I explore some of the problems that have been hanging around the community like a bad smell...

¡Esta es Una Plaza! Inspiring Permaculture in the City

  In this post I tell the story of an incredible example of what is possible when people come together to create something different in the world. This magical place is ¡Esta es Una Plaza!, an urban garden in Madrid that I am lucky enough to be using to base my permaculture design project on.  Here I share a bit...