My Blog about Community - I am exploring setting up a spiritual retreat Centre and eco-community in Northland, New Zealand. I am passionate about learning to live with all creeds and colours as an example towards planetary peace.

June 25, 2018

Permaculture is a system of agricultural and social design principles based on observations of the ways of nature. It was developed by Bill Mollinson and David Holgren in the late 1970s.  He said: “Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against natur...

June 15, 2018

Communities like other organisations of people can suffer from founder syndrome, where one or more founders have more power and influence following their initial establishment, ownership and investment in the project.  The passion of the founder which was an important...

June 13, 2018

Self-sufficiency is a type of sustainable living where all the needs are met by the self or people living together on the land where the individual or collective is based. It is more commonly an aim than a reality and is enabled by such practices as self-builds, permac...

June 6, 2018

Many communities have sustainability as one of their core values.  Meaning they encourage ways of living that are low impact or heal and restore rather than destroying the environment. The Global Eco-village Network (GEN) have developed 30 sustainability principles bas...

June 3, 2018

The five main guidelines that have been found to lead to the most powerful sense of connection and the joy that comes from that are:

1. The focus is on the listening from the heart, listening with no judgement and no response. Aim is to not plan what we are going to say...

June 2, 2018

As I have said before in my experience of community and organisations to create that sense of connection and love among a group of people, daily sharing using the "Way of Council" is the most powerful tool.

Way of Council is a modern method derived from the way indigeno...

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