“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” (Lao Tzu)
WELCOME TO BLISTERS, BUNIONS & BLARNEY!
This is the story of my safar, i.e. the story of a journey into permaculture and into off-grid living.
The journey of exponential consumption and exponential population growth is a destination of depletion, erosion, impoverishment and inevitable conflict. There is a day the global village must awaken and change direction. However, this won’t be achieved through national party political means. Political policy entails tinkering with the current system, it has yet to wipe the slate clean, to offer an entirely new and ethical vision for the future. It is never going to make a difference.
But individuals can. Individuals do.
Having witnessed this in local permaculture projects, transition towns, community orchards and forest gardens, we’ve come to realise that it is possible to make a real difference.
This blog is about the process of taking a different direction – one blister at a time. But we won’t be complaining, the aim of this blog is to share the good news and keep a little positivity in our lives.
We took a holiday on a permaculture farm for two weeks and since then have planned to embark on something similar and perhaps a little more ambitious. The transition has been slow, entailing leaving professional jobs, selling all our belongings, learning how to ride motorcycles, and finally making it to the day when we leave everything behind to become permaculture nomads until we find our home.
SAFAR: Hell’s Granny – keep back, well back!
THE DESTRIER: Hell’s Granny’s Horse
UNNAMED: The Beast
DENNIS: The Hopper
Permaculture means permanent culture. Stories are an inherent part of culture. Stories carry the values, history and knowledge of each culture. Much of this knowledge has been and is being lost through the dominance of western and capitalist narratives. I would like to think that here is a place that we can all share our stories and in doing so, help to regenerate lives, communities and the Earth.
Please comment and share yours. And if you blog about permaculture, deep ecologism, eco-building, or have a community project you’d like featured, contact me by email. I’d love to dedicate a post to you in the Knowledge Cooperative weekly feature or consider a guest slot.
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