Like me, lots of folks sign up for a permaculture design course to improve their gardening techniques and learn about how to heal our planet.

However students quickly learn that permaculture is actually a new way of solving problems – virtually all problems – by using nature-tested methodologies.

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What would life be like if we created no trash? No packages to throw away, everything that can be recycled is.  What would the grocery store look like?  How about fast food restaurants? How would…

d8421f97-5ff7-4597-8f20-7e070248db00When Greg Jensen and his wife and four boys moved to Guatemala to start a trail running business, they had no idea it would lead to building self-sufficiency in the local population. But now Mayan Eco Homestead is having a powerful impact in a place rated as the fourth highest chronically malnourished country in the world.

In this interview, Greg shares his story with Marianne. Like so many of us, the Jensens had begun to find modern life unfulfilling. But taking a risk by moving so far away sparked new passions and a yearning to help their new neighbors.

Learn how they found the life they were looking for, and in so doing, began helping others to lead healthier, more self-sufficient and empowered lives.

Marianne and Jenise are joined by homesteading blogger Brad Rowland of Highly Uncivilized to discuss the ideal sustainable home and how to make your existing home more like it. Lots of great tips and resources are shared. For links to some of the resources we shared, click here.  To view the recorded video of this Blab session, click here. 

Most homes today are not designed with sustainability as a priority element.  But there is much that can be done to green these existing homes.

This week we will envision what the ideal sustainable home would look like and how what we can do to create it using an existing structure. Join us Friday, December 4 for a live-streamed discussion on “Envisioning: The Sustainable Home.”

Just click on this link at 9 am PST. https://blab.im/jenise-fryatt-envisioning-the-sustainable-home

One quarter of the world’s population has no access to electricity. An even greater percentage has only sporadic access to it. How would things change if everyone had access to free or very inexpensive energy? And who are the visionaries working to make this happen?  Marianne and Jenise are joined by surprise guest Mark Proffitt of Predictive Innovation on a live-streamed Blab video chat to discuss this important topic.  Think free energy is just a pipe dream? You may change your mind after hearing this podcast. For links, check out our show notes. 

Drier climates have people the world over seeking ways to make the most of the water they have. Brook Sarson of H2O-ME provides an important resource in Southern California. In this interview she talks about rainwater catchment and grey water recycling.

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.