“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” (Lao Tzu)


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!

VERD: Whatever…

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.

 Contact: safarfiertze@gmail.com


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Thank you so much for dropping by, for reading and contributing to the discussions.


48 thoughts on “Welcome!

  1. Love the premise of your blog. I, too, studied permaculture and now try to use some of their ideas. I don’t have chickens, but I have 6 compost bins! I look forward to reading more of your stories and shall follow your progress.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by Barbara. I think that’s one of the advantages of permaculture, you can implement its principles in so many ways (I’ve been working on personal development guides making use of the principles), the small and slow solutions means that even if you are becoming a little less wasteful then you are going someway to making a difference.

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      1. Definitely! We live in a small town and love the walk to the small shopping centre and generally enjoy a feeling of belonging (sort of) to a small community. We even have an op shop. Small is beautiful! Why I say, sort of, is that I like to write and my husband paints, so we’re very isolated in our work, but enjoy knowing the neighbours to wave to and say hello.

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        1. That’s good to have. I need quite a lot of alone time, but I enjoy that sense of community too. Cities are so impersonal, and the psychology of living in them creates an insensitivity to those around you. You can see it in facial expressions compared to smaller towns and rural areas.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Noor and for your encouragement. I have a friend from Bangladesh who always calls me Journey. I then met someone from Syria who called me Traveller. And then there’s the Swahili word – safari. I like the interpretations of the name.

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  2. Safar,
    It’s a pleasure to come across you and your blog. I love what you are doing and what you are about.
    I am of deep belief in permaculture, growing organic food and sustainability and leaving as low a carbon footprint as possible.
    Look forward to reading your blog. We were deeply involved in starting a bamboo low cost housing biz in Nicaragua and starting bamboo plantations. You can check our blog and type “Nicaragua” or ” CO2 Bambu” into the archives, in case its of interest to you.


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      1. Hi Peta,
        Many thanks for stopping by. It sounds like you’ve had a very interesting journey, and I’m definitely intrigued to learn more about the work you’ve done and your experiences. Will read your articles with more attention after the weekend (it’s a holiday weekend here) – will give you empty nesters a wave over at Green Global Trek.
        Take care,


  3. Awesome, indeed so beautiful…wonderful juxtaposition of profound words and powerful images…love the whole idea of your blog. Yes, the quote says it all, if you don’t change direction and if we don’t embrace change, we go no where…
    I will be operating from a new place (www.makeupandbreakup.com), looking forward to wonderful exchange of thoughts.
    Have a lovely weekend.

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  4. Permaculture. Love the concept of your blog and what you’re trying to do here. I like your blog title also, but for some reason, I got the notion that this should be your blog title: Safar, So Good. Oh…or this: Safari.

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  5. I love your blog! Thank you so much for connecting with me. I can learn so much through what you have shared. I hope to build my own permaculture garden and film the process for my WebTV show which starts in October. Thanks for the nomination also. I will get onto the response this week. xxx

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    1. I’m so happy you like my blog, but I have to say, when I read yours, I feel I have so far to go. I love what you’re doing, and the WebTV is a fantastic idea. Will be closely following! It makes it so much more personal, but also shows to others that anyone can give this a go – even me! I showed your blog to my partner, and said, this is what mine should really look like!

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  6. Wise words indeed. I cannot say I have ever really known success, but spent a good deal of my life trying to work out what it was. Not understanding the drive for consumption and status – for many years I thought the problem was with me. It is reassuring to know that there are others who care for what is really important.

    Thank you for dropping by my blog today, I look forward to reading more of your posts.

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  7. Hi Safar. You left a really supportive message for me (https://anniewat.wordpress.com) , so I wanted to see what you were up to on your blog, and also to thank you for your message. I’ve only had my blog for 4 weeks and struggle to find blogs that I like reading…..your blog has changed that. Yes, questions you poised resonated with me. For many years I believe that I’ve been addicted to the adrenaline of ‘the chase’, and have sometimes got to the goal, but largely have stopped myself getting there. Self sabotage perhaps! Anyone, I’ll continue to follow your blog, and hope to participate in it. Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks Annie, that is praise indeed. I do think you’ve got a point about self-sabotage. Success in something can lead to uncertainty. Often it requires us to make a change, a leap into the unknown and uncertainty about how to make best use of the success. For example, gaining a good university degree means you don’t stay in the weekend job at MacDs. Self-sabotage is a means for maintaining the status quo and keeping us in our comfort zone. Perhaps the goal isn’t what we thought it would be and it simply lacks meaning any more.


    1. He was definitely an eLFonian. Imagine sitting down and working out the vocabulary and grammar structure for more than one eLFonian language? Almost as great a task as mystical maths! I recommend a good hot soak infused with your favourite aroma for those feet.

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  8. Thank you everyone for the positive comments. I am hoping to make the blog as informative as possible, not so much about the doom and gloom of the human condition and the environment we are in, but hopefully to inspire positive solutions to sustainable living and for seeking meaning rather than the material.

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