The Golden Thread

The Golden Thread

What is the thread that ties our lives together, underneath all of the details of family, friends, work, hobbies? What is the point in being here? I wanted to know the answers to these kinds of questions as a little kid. I remember this sense of lost-ness behind the questioning and a sense of homesickness, but I wasn’t sure what I was pining for. The […]

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..what if we slowed things down?

..what if we slowed things down?

We tend to take it for granted that life in our modern world is hectic and that people are stressed. We grumble about the economy, we hear that it must keep growing, and we dread the word recession. Many of us have not questioned why this all is as it is, or whether there are other systems that might be more beneficial for us. Some […]

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The Call of the mountains

The Call of the mountains

As I begin to write this piece I am aware that I am still figuring out how to describe succinctly what it is that I am doing here in Colombia. It is, like any creative project, evolving and changing: I am still learning about what an eco-village is in general and figuring out what this journey means to me personally. My reason for coming to […]

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Anthakarana

Anthakarana

Below are images from my time in the beautiful Eco-village of Anthakarana, outside Armenia, Quindio, Colombia     ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]

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..all I want for Christmas..

..all I want for Christmas..

…so I was contemplating whether and how to share where I am for Christmas-time this year. In my wonderings happened on this article in The Guardian about those spending Christmas alone. I am in my 15th month of my project of exploring eco-villages and in my 5th month in Colombia. I have been diving into community after community volunteering, sharing, working hard, learning, listening, offering… and […]

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Atlantida

Atlantida

When I was researching eco-communities before coming to Colombia, one kept popping up in my searches: Atlántida. So I contacted them early in my journey here. There proved to be some difficulties in organising a visit as the access road was not passable for some time, and for reasons that I didn’t really understand (phone Spanish still not being altogether understandable for me). Landslides happen […]

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Kindicocha

Kindicocha

In late October as I was heading south towards the Ecuadorian border to renew my Colombian visa I decided I take a detour and see some of Putumayo. This one of the larger provinces in Colombia bordering Ecuador and Peru in the south. I decided to go to Mocoa and to stop in Valle De Sibundoy (the Sibundoy Valley) on the way. The valley is […]

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Mocoa-Otavalo-Las Lajas

Mocoa-Otavalo-Las Lajas

November 2017: There is lots to write about but a picture paints a thousand words. Here are some images of a few weeks of travel through gorgeous Putumayo, from my little retreat in Otavalo, Ecuador and back to las Lajas in Colombia.  ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] 

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Nashira

Nashira

While in Popayán in October I was researching other local communities and projects, and was trying to arrange a visit to a local Eco Aldea: Atlantida. But after many calls and contorted communication, on my part due to poor phone Spanish and the tendency to forget all vocabulary when under stress, they finally told me that I could not visit them as their access road […]

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Guambiano

Guambiano

In mid October after five weeks at Fundación Viracocha, the time felt right to leave and explore other parts of Colombia. I had really enjoyed my time there and left with a huge amount of gratitude for the people and the place, with great respect for this wonderful project and with a sense of excitement to see more of the country. It was difficult to […]

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