Marianne interviews Courtney Walters of U.W. Trading Company. Courtney lived in a sustainable community in Peru.  Meditating in the jungle made her realize that community is very important to her and that her place is San Diego.  But she brought her jungle experience to her life in San Diego by starting a coffee importing company supporting farmers in Peru growing coffee in a sustainable way. Learn more about Courtney here.

EPISODE 13 – Mallorca, Spain, is the home of Meiling Colorado and a group of people, 7 of them youth, who want to study permaculture to find solutions not only for their own future employment, but for the many problems their island faces. In this interview, Meiling and Mandy of PermaMed are talking about Permaculture, what PermaMed has to offer and the initiative of the 7 young people. For more on the project, click here.

How do we create the world we want if we can’t envision it?  The inability to imagine something drastically different is a huge stumbling block for many of us.  This week Marianne and Jenise are joined by homesteading blogger Brad Rowland of Highly Uncivilized to discuss the practice of envisioning and its importance in improving our current situation. Brad summarized the key points brilliantly, here.

Marianne recently got a windfall of tuna and, like the master homesteader she is, she decided to can it.  In this episode she outlines the steps she used for pressure canning the fish and what she did to make sure none of the fish went to waste. For details including a step b-by-step guide, check out Marianne’s “Gift of Fish” post.

Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you didn’t have to “make a living?” For a growing number of folks, this dream is becoming a reality.  Vicki Highfield shared her progress toward this goal recently on the social media platform Tsu. Jenise took the opportunity to ask her to share more of her story in this interview.

Natural building methods are rising in popularity these days due to their often simpler designs, affordability and eco-friendliness. This week, Marianne interviews natural building expert and sustainable living aficionado Patrik Schumann who shares his knowledge and experience on the topic.

For many, the death of a loved one signals the beginning of confusion, new responsibilities, family conflicts and a huge list of to do’s. As Jenise recently found out, the stress can be overwhelming. In this episode Jenise interviews Stacy Maddux and Daniel Logan of The Bereavement Team who share heart-centered ideas and resources for the bereaved.

With September just around the corner, we decided it would be a great time to take a look at some of the alternatives to public school.  So we went straight to one of the biggest names in alternative education, Jerry Mintz of the Alternative Education Resource Organization, to get the scoop on some of the options available to parents.

 

Our recent hiatus took place because of unforeseen events having to do with the title of this podcast.

I lost my Dad to a case of undiagnosed lung cancer in June.  The experience taught me a few things that I think may help others who find themselves in similar situations.

In this episode Marianne and I discuss what happened and how a heart-centered approach can transform the process of death and dying.

-Jenise