Composting at Harmony Gardens

A Foundation for Healthy Food

With the intention of creating a healthier and more sustainable future by demonstrating how to create healthy compost, today’s profile of Dave Wann at Harmony Gardens aims to help humanity take a step in this direction. David Wann is an author, filmmaker, and speaker on the topic of sustainable lifestyles and designs. He has also produced 20 videos and TV programs, including the award-winning TV documentary “Designing a Great Neighborhood,” about the Holiday neighborhood in Boulder. David is president of the Sustainable Futures Society and a Fellow of the National Simplicity Forum. He worked more than a decade as a policy analyst for U.S. EPA and co-designed the cohousing neighborhood where he lives, in Golden. After 20 years of cultivating the garden here in Golden, he has become a library of knowledge when it comes to the synergies of the natural world.

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Teaching the Ways of Nature

Environmental Education Workshop

In coordination with the Boulder Valley School District and Friar Farms, a Friday morning field trip for Boulder middle school students inevitably grew into something more.

Located just to the east of the city of Boulder, Friar Farms is a 40-acre farm that seeks to bring about the best of its land and of the people who experience its beauty. At Friar Farms, “We utilize organic growing methods that are sprouted from the best seed and the purest water. Developing intent that is rooted in love brings about the fullest expression of that which we grow.”

During our time with the students, we taught principals of gratitude and intention while working with seeds and cultivating a healthy soil complex. Over the course of the day, we put together compost bags, spread seeds, gathered weeds for fermented plant juices, and spent time with these majestic horses.

With the intention of opening the minds of the students to the inner workings of the natural world, we sought to gift the experience of working with the elements of nature. In doing so, we had a wonderful afternoon full of excitement and learning. Many of the kids were excited to get their hands dirty and we hope to offer this experience again in the future. Special thanks to Scott and Friar Farms for providing the space for all to learn and grow.

By Way of Experience

Whether we are conscious of it or not, the Earth communicates with every one of us in one way or another. By way of experience, a trip to the mother continent, Africa, gifted me an expanded perspective of this diverse planet we call home. After 2 weeks, 8 flights, and 2,000 kilometers on the road, many different destinations, interactions, and experiences have culminated into a humbling wash of knowledge that has left me with a lot to think about.

Among the many individuals that I met along the way was a hero of mine, Michael TellingerMichael is a scientist, explorer and internationally acclaimed author of numerous books, and dozens of lectures available on YouTube. He is the founder of the UBUNTU Liberation Movement of UNITY & Higher Consciousness. Michael has become an authority on the ancient vanished civilizations of Southern Africa, the mysterious origins of humankind, resonance, cymatics, and the power of sound. His research includes a diverse field of subjects such as archaeology, mythology, human origins, religion, origins of money, spirituality, breakthrough science, and consciousness. By acting on principals of love and unification, he is wholeheartedly committed to bringing unity and peace to everyone and has become one of the most influential figures doing so on the planet today.


One morning while hiking atop the third largest canyon in the world, Blyde River Canyon, we came across numerous vendors selling their homemade trinkets. I had a chance to ask questions to the older woman pictured below about her life. Having crafted her pieces in a nearby village, she travels up the mountain daily with hopes of selling her crafts to provide for herself and her family. She earns a very modest living, with little opportunity to do much more than sell her handicrafts. Her values seemed to be centered on relationships and loving her family. In this sense, she has all the wealth she could ever ask for. She said that the people in her village were happy and while living was not luxurious by any means, they have access to most things that they need. The simplicity she embodied imprinted my heart with amazement, and meeting her was truly an experience that has gifted me gratitude for the privileged life that I have led.

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Shortly after landing in Johannesburg, in the northeastern corner of South Africa, a white-knuckle drive littered with car accidents and unfamiliar cultural territory led us to begin the next leg of our African adventure in Kruger National Park.

Bordering Mozambique to the east, Kruger Park contains one of Africa’s largest game reserves, with an abundance of Lions, Leopards, Rhinos, Buffalo, and Elephants. It is one thing to see these animals in a zoo, however, when experienced in the wild their true nature is illuminated. While glaring into the eyes of this Leopard, I was given the sense that something more was at play. While it was beyond words, it was as if the intelligence of the earth was staring right back at me. The culmination of millions of years of evolution glaring right into my eyes deeply influenced the connection between my mind, body, and spirit. Feeling as though I was in communication with the animals via my heart’s perception, the messages coming from the soul of these animals spoke to the simplicity of mind that these creatures embody, almost as if to demonstrate a model of purity.

Hundreds of other mammals call this area home, including a widely diverse bird and reptile population. The plant kingdom here was like none other experienced in America, with bush plains, tropical rainforests, and unique wildflowers littering the landscape. Among the most remarkable, was this Baobab tree, which can live to be over 1,000 years old. Again, an energy of simplicity and old wisdom was palpable in the presence of this woody beast.

Another notable point in my travels throughout South Africa was the genuine kindness of the people that I encountered. Despite the prevalence of poverty and hardship, each local, black or white, expressed a clear emotion of satisfaction. It is said that the epidemic of depression has not yet reached South Africa and based on my experience, I would hold this to be true. To me, this was another example demonstrating that money does not equal happiness.

My friend Daniel here traveled to South Africa From Malawi, one of the least developed and most impoverished countries on Earth. His mission is to sell his paintings to tourists, to support his family and modest lifestyle in a nearby township. A kind individual at heart, I was happy to pick up one of his paintings and support his journey.

By way of chance, my travel to Africa connected me through the incredible city of Dubai, where I was able to explore the nightlife. This city is predicated on the spirit of ” Why not” and is essentially a sandbox for engineering and luxury lifestyle. This picture was taken from the tallest building in the world, The Burj Kalifa, and shows the breadth of the city at night. This building was so tall in fact, that you could watch the sunset on the ground, jump in the elevator to the 126th floor and watch the sun dip below the horizon all over again.

To experience such extremes of poverty and wealth conveyed to me the need for greater gratitude and compassion in our world for a more harmonized society. With a greater value of humility, we can bridge the gap between these extremes and value all human beings as the beautiful expression of this universe that we truly are. No matter the ethnicity, no matter the race, we are all equally deserving of love. With the energy of peace, we can dissolve self-constructed boundaries and act as one to co-create a more unified world. Coming together in this way first requires purifying ourselves, and realizing that we are the creators of our own realities. On the wavelength of humility and gratitude, we may come to manifest the highest and best good by acting on these selfless intentions.

Much gratitude for all experience that has come my way.

On to the next adventure ~

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The Rooted Center

The Rooted Center is a truly wonderful farm, run by an equally wonderful family. Cultivated on 1 acre of earth near Boulder, Utah the high desert climate certainly provides an interesting mix of ecology as well as natural resources. In late March, we arrived for what would be a week of expansive learning in many aspects of nature and life.

“The Rooted Center is a permaculture principled homestead outside of Boulder, UT. Our interest lies not only in growing food, but also growing people, as we are constantly learning and growing ourselves. Here you will find the unique opportunity to learn small-scale farming and aquaponics coupled with opportunities to learn about Chinese Medicine, internal martial arts, Qigong and woodworking. We have our initial structures in and will be moving into building rocket mass heaters, Cobbing, earthbag building etc. this coming season.”

The primary creative energy behind the cultivation of this land is a warm human being named Sylas, who genuinely embodies the wisdom he has gathered from many years of yogic practice. To experience the energy of the land, as well as the presence of Sylas and his family truly gave our week at the farm a feeling of retreat rather than work trade. We worked on building a greenhouse, cobb benches, tended to chickens, transplanted Chinese herbs, as well as built a sprung floor for the martial arts studio.

Not only did we learn about each building process, but we were able to learn holistic healing modalities including Kung-Fu, herbal medicine, and bodywork. Early one morning, we trained our bodies in the fine art of Kung-Fu, inspiring in us a mindfulness of human movement and energetic expression.

The experience here at The Rooted Center was transformational, to say the least. Embodied teachings from nature create the foundation of intent on this 1-acre permaculture homestead. In all aspects, the acquired wisdom we walked away with contributes to a greater harmonization of mind, body, and spirit. Feeling whole, connected and extremely grateful, we left this magical place with intentions of returning in the future. Blessings to this land and those who inhabit it.

 

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Return of the Natives Planting Day

Return of the Natives

Today in the Adventure of Truth, we participated in a planting event with Return of the Natives. At Zmudowski beach in Monterey Bay, we planted 1200 native plants including Sagewort, Buckwheat, and Beach Primrose. In coordination with students at California State University in Monterey Bay, we assisted in planting these native plants to help the sand dunes that line along the beautiful coastline. The ecosystems that these dunes support will gain stability with the introduction of these plants. Many insects and animals, including the Snowy Plover bird and the Smith’s Blue Butterfly who use the vegetation for protection, will enjoy a more balanced habitat.

In the early 1900’s, ice-plant was introduced to the coastline of California with the intention of holding shifting sand more stable for the construction of railroad tracks. However, the introduction of ice-plant has begun to lessen the biodiversity of the delicate ecosystem that the dunes support, and its effects are felt.

With continued effort and awareness, Return of the Natives progresses with this work and many other projects alike with the intention of creating a better tomorrow. Awareness of these environmental issues and remedial projects continues to grow and we are so thankful to have had the opportunity to share in restoring the one common habitat that we as humans share together, Mother Earth.

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Era of Peace Seminar

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Here in Santa Rosa, California the founder of Era of Peace, Patricia Coda Robles blessed our presence with her sacred words. While serving as a bridge between different dimensions of consciousness, her enlightening words are channeled from higher dimensions and are brought into the physical 3D reality with intention of connecting all beings to love and their true selves.

In this seminar, we were led through multiple guided meditations as well as enlightened with her amazing articulation of life as energy. A beautiful blend of thinking and feeling throughout the seminar gifted palpable sensations of awakening to our truest selves.

After the 4 hour seminar, we walked away feeling light, while carrying with us a strengthened sense of who we truly are. This experience has certainly inspired creativity and love in our hearts. On many levels, the energy of connecting to our truest selves holds the power to connect all human beings on earth, while bringing peace, abundance, love, and prosperity for all. We are excited to exercise our creative expression while sharing this energy with the world.

Awakening the Dreamer

To awaken the dreamer is to revitalize an awareness that has been forgotten because of countless others telling us to be scared, when all we ever are is free ~

The dreamer speaks the language of enthusiasm and is able to remember the inner child that tugs toward curiosity and joy. As time adds experience to the equation, its become clear that our intention largely influences the reality that we experience. Growing this intent from seeds of love and gratitude within ourselves enhances our probability of abundance for us and for all. In this space, we surrender to flow state and allow the heart to gain strength as an organ of perception. Riding this wave is an exploration defined by the infinite, while unbound by convention. We are all relying on one another to live our passions so we can live in each others dream world. This new year of life is a blank canvas, let us paint our dreams*

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For all Inquiries, Ask Nature..

The Golden era is now, back to our origins we flow. Living in love, light, joy and freedom is what we all desire. To reach this blissful state, one must allow authenticity to shine through. There are no steps to take to reach this illuminated state of awareness. All one must do is simply listen, tune in and receive awareness of the interconnectedness that is. Ego will build obstacles and illusions to deter the spirit from reaching oneness. A reminder to dream, feel, and manifest with clear intention. Let us be conscious of the way we interact with ourselves, others and the environment. Let us emanate unconditional love from every muscle and every fiber of our being. Let our heartfelt direction be for the greater good of ourselves and all, for we are one. With open hearts, we are awakened to the divine light within us. May it guide us all along the golden path of consciousness to fulfill the selfless mission that we have created for ourselves here on earth. Let us replace density with light and ride the wave into the pasture of peace and harmony. For this is our ultimate destination and is rapidly achieved through reconciliation with our truest self. To merge ego with spirit is the way of light; the way of Oneness.

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A Manifesting Vision

Today, we chatted with board members of Friends of Santa Cruz about all of the potential opportunity to expand projects at the Castro Adobe. We expressed to them that we wanted to work with their vision of further preserving and demonstrating the cultural history of the site as well as the environment for the common good of all. While introducing projects and principals of permaculture, the collective consciousness within the community will grow and sustainable practices will gain traction in generations to come.

In response, they openly filled us in on their ongoing projects for 2018. Amongst those projects are the expansion of a raised bed garden, rainwater harvesting, permeable driveway, solar power, yard and kitchen waste composting, plant seed collecting, drip irrigation expansion, and composting toilets. In coordination with the building of these projects, Friends of Santa Cruz was also interested to open the projects to volunteer efforts and those who wish to learn about the building process as well as the principals being exercised. We explored existing connections to work with volunteer high school students on behalf of this idea.

We are very excited that this dream of collaboration is coming to fruition and infinitely grateful for the support of those involved. Let there be light!