Listen to your silences

Listen to your silences

This has not been an easy blog to write; I have turned my thoughts and feelings round and round in my head and I keep coming back to the same place: that I really disliked my time in Ängsbacka, Sweden. I have not wanted to write about how much I disliked it for fear of insulting anyone associated with the place, or for fear of […]

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Vignettes of Southern Spain

Vignettes of Southern Spain

My latest stop in my Eco-village journey is a the beautiful little community of Los Portales located north of Seville, in Southern Spain. My time here has been powerful and precious and for now I simply want to share some vignettes of this beautiful part of the world and a quote that has landed into my mind today: with gratitude for all the wonderful beings in all […]

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Systems thinking

Systems thinking

[2nd April 2017-2nd May 2017 Svanholm, Denmark] The idea of community is as old as human beings themselves. It is by coming together in groups to protect, support and feed one another: in responsive systems that we survived through the ages. And in these groups we have created, explored, and evolved different ways of living together. The ancient communities were, the original, eco-communities: they were predominantly […]

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What is an eco-village?

What is an eco-village?

While studying at CAT ten years ago, for a masters degree (MSc Advanced Energy and Environmental Studies) I came to the realisation that our future lay in coming together in communities to create places where people can collectively provide shelter, food and social support for one another. Its around this time that I first heard about Findhorn and became interested in eco-villages. I  took the ‘eco’ in eco-village to […]

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Eco-Dharma

Eco-Dharma

11th-25th January 2017: I wrote a little, previously about my time earlier this year at Eco-dharma. As it was a very important part of my journey so far, I would like to give a little more detail about the site, the community and what life was like there for me.  Eco-Dharma is a Buddhist community in the Catalan Pyrenees and they describe their approach and way […]

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Forest Futures

Forest Futures

One of the most moving elements of the eco-village in Cloughjordan and one which has provoked the greatest emotion in me from my visit so far is the new forest that was planted here in 2011. More than 17,000 native Irish species that include oak, ash, alder, sweet chestnut, birch, rowan and wild cherry were planted, and it is now developing into the most magical […]

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Leaping for eco-living

Leaping for eco-living

As I left all my belongings in storage, letting go of the contents of my art studio and my creative practice as I’ve known it, grief and excitement were the responses. These actions were the first big steps on a new journey: for the coming year I intend to explore eco-communities, learning from the people who have created and sustained them, offering my creativity, skills […]

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Parting Pallas

Parting Pallas

So my journey has begun – the image attached is one of the last photos taken from my former studio at Pallas Projects/Studio’s before I packed up all my art materials, tools, pieces of art and put them all into storage, along with most of my possessions. Over the days that I packed and moved (and was supported in most extraordinarily generous ways) the reality […]

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