In the last twenty years there have been many improvements in women’s lives. For example, life expectancy has increased, the number of girls in school and the number of jobs for women. Many countries have introduced laws to protect women’s rights. However, there are still many injustices. Women are half the world’s population and perform… Continue reading Creating Sacred Space
Even though bamboo was first used in China around 118 B.C. and pandas have been eating it forever, it sort of became sexy with Colombian architect Simón Vélez at the turn of this century. Simón stated that bamboo was better than steel, and his style of building shook the world of architecture. This tremor was… Continue reading Why Everyone Should Use Bamboo
Ecocentro IPEC is an ecological centre that is snuggled in the valley of Mar de Guerra in Pirenopolis, Goais, the savannah of Brazil. It’s one of a kind. A giant dome of more than 200 unfired bricks will greet you. And if you’re lucky enough to spend the night, a thousand stars will light your way.
In the beginning…
Ecocentro IPEC (Instituto de Permacultura e Ecovilas do Cerrado) was loving founded by Lucia Legan and Andre Soares. And walking with them the whole way was Laila Helena, only a small kid at the time. In the beginning the task looked a little daunting, as the vision was huge, trying to create a permaculture reference centre that would inspire people to tread lightly on this planet.
It was a simple beginning. The small shack housed around 300 bats and quite a few rats. First things first, take them back to the…
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Research has found that gut microbial diversity is strongly linked to improved digestive function, immunity, cardiovascular health, glucose metabolism and even cognitive function. What is the role of fermented foods?
It’s believed that the first toilets for human waste were created in an ancient settlement in Scotland dating back to 3000 B.C. That’s over 5000 years ago! Sadly enough, today approximately 2.4 billion people, or roughly one-third of the world’s population still lack access to proper toilets. People poop on the side of the road,… Continue reading We make soil! Support the building of composting toilets
Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.
My comfrey plants are powering away in the garden, so it’s time to divide the comfrey into several new cuttings and make a few products. Comfrey is propagated from root cuttings, crown divisions, and transplants. On a waning moon, push a shovel vertically down next to the comfrey, then wiggle it under the plant. Put… Continue reading Make Your Own Comfrey Tincture