Smoothies 101

Is there really a formula for smoothies? Isn’t it just a bunch of fruits and that’s it? Fruits only is not the best idea if you want the best results for your health. If you just mix a bunch of fruits in there, you are most likely to have a sugar spikes in your blood. Some things shouldn’t be mixed together, also. I’ll share with you what I learned is the best smoothies for your health.

As you might know, greens are the healers, the proteins, good source of calcium magnesium, minerals and all sort of goodness you can’t find in fruits. As a mater of fact, smoothies should always contains greens. Mostly greens or at least 50%. It’s also good to have some sea moss like Irish Moss, one of the most healthy superfood. It’s good to keep your smoothies simple and not go crazy with too much ingredients. Keep it to 3 to 5 ingredients at top. It’s that easy to get the best results! A super important thing is also to take your time to drink it. Worst thing to do is indulge the ole thing in 5 minutes. Nutrients aren’t going to absorb properly this way. First, it’s really important to drink and “chew” at the same time. Chewing creates enzymes in your body to prepare for digestion. Drink your smoothie slowly for at least 30 minutes.

I recommend, for best result, you go outside and harvest wild plants to put in your smoothies. They are more nutrient dense than any of the food in supermarkets. Go harvest Dandelion greens, Plantains, Clovers and many more. Just be sure of what you harvest. Some things in nature can be poisonous just be careful and learn about wild plants before hand:

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Avoid these ingredients in smoothies:
Starch & roots:
They aren’t compatible with most fruits. The only exceptions are Turmeric and Ginger. The Greens on top of carrots and beets are good though, Very very healthy. In fact, most of the vitamins are in the greens, minerals are in the roots.

Nuts & seeds:
Mostly slower to digest. Some soaked hemp seeds or chia seeds are ok.

Legumes: Incompatible with fruits.

 

Recipes Suggestions:

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1/2 a Pineapple
50g of ginger
1 Lemon
3-4 cups of spinach
Water

Orange Aloe:
3 Oranges
1 – 2 Aloe Vera ole Leaves
50g of Ginger and/or Turmeric

Medicinal Wild:
Handful of Dandelion leaves
Handful of Carrot Greens
1 Lemon
2 cups of frozen Blueberries
Water

Banana Strawberry Green:
3 – 4 Frozen Bananas
1 cup of Strawberries
4 Leaves of Kale
1 – 2 cups of Spinach
Water

Super Detox:
2 large cucumbers
Handful of Cilantro
1 Lemon
50g of ginger
3 – 4 green apples

Digestion Healer:
2 Frozen bananas
3 cups of papayas with seeds
1 – 2 Aloe Vera leaves
4 Medjool dates
Water

Possibilities are endless, just respect the tips I gave you and make your own!

 

 

 

 

Carrot Cake – Vegan – Raw or cooked

Super easy recipe. Super tasty. Super healthy. What to ask more? Here it is!
For this recipe you need a high speed blender or food processor.

 

Ingredients:

 

The Cake:
6 to 8 Carrots
70g of Chestnuts Soaked
25g of Thompson raisins
10 Medjool Dates Soaked
1 Tbsp of Cinnamon
1 Cup of Coconut flour
1/2 Tbsp of Salt
50g of Ginger
2 Tbsp of Coconut oil
The Icing:
1 Cup of Cashew
2 Tbsp of Coconut oil
3 Tbsp of Nutritional Yeast
1/2 Cup of Maple Syrup

The Cake:
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First step is to grate 6 to 8 carrots and 50g of ginger. If you have a juicer, then make yourself a carrot juice and keep the pulp for this recipe! Put in a large bowl.

In your high speed blender or food processor, put the chestnuts and give it a little pulse until they are in small pieces. Add them to your large bowl.

In your high speed blender or food processor, put your soaked Medjool dates, cinnamon, salt and Coconut oil, with a little bit of water until you have a thick caramel. Add to your large bowl.

Add the rest of the ingredients in the bowl: Coconut flour and Thompson raisins. Mix well. Put in a cake pan. You can put in the dehydrator to give it a little crust or in the refrigerator.

For the icing:

In your high speed blender, add all the ingredients: Cashews, Coconut oil, Nutritional yeast, and Maple syrup. Blend until smooth.

Spread on your cake and put in the refrigerator for solidification.

For the cooked Vegan option:

Add 75g of flour with 2 Tbsp of soaked Chia seeds to the cake and put in the oven at 180°C for 35 to 40 minutes.

 

 

 

Raw Oatmeal Energy Wafers

Those wafers are incredibly packed with energy and is a perfect snack to bring to school, work or a hike. It’s easy to make, and it’s the perfect healthy collation. For this recipe you need a Dehydrator and a High speed blender.

Ingredients:
9 servings

  • 300g of Rolled OatsIMG_1462.JPG
  • 60g of Oat flour (Blended)
  • 150g of Soaked Thompson Raisins
  • 150g of Soaked Pumpkin Seeds
  • 65g of Soaked Hemp seeds
  • 10 Medjool Dates or 250g of pitted Dates
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Tbsp of salt
  • (Optional) Chia Seeds

 

Recipe:

Heat 2 cups of filtered water until medium cold and put in a large bowl with 200g of rolled oat. Set a side.

In your high speed blender, put 60g of rolled oats and blend until it turns to flour. Put a side in a content.

In you high speed blender, put dates, banana, salt, and a little bit of water until it’s blended smooth and thick.

With a cheesecloth, drain the water from the soaked rolled oats. Press it well and remove most of the remaining water. Put them in a large bowl.

Add all the rest of the ingredients: 100g of un-soaked rolled oats, oat flour, raisins, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds and blended mixture. Mix well.

Create wafers shape cookies in a non-sticky dehydrator sheetsIMG_1468I like to make them about 1/2 an inch of thickness so that it’s still smooth inside.

(Optional) Sprinkle some chia seeds on one side of the wafers.

In a dehydrator at 110° for about 8 hours more or less, depending on how hard or tender you want them.

Crispy Cheesy Kale Chips

Raw, dehydrated kale chips is a classic for vegans and raw foodists. It’s super easy to make your own. I’ll show you how to make them perfect! All you need is a dehydrator and a high speed blender / food processor for this recipe.

 

Ingredients:
  • 2 Heads of Kale
  • 300 – 350g of of nuts of your choice
  • 50g of Nutritional Yeast
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 3 Cloves of garlic
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1/2 cup of filtered water

 

Recipe:

Soak you nuts over-night or for about 8 to 12 hours.

Wash your kale and remove the leaves from the large main stem. Cut your kale into small to medium bite-size. Put in a salad spinner to remove the water then in a large salad bowl.

In a high speed blender put all the ingredients. nuts, garlic, bell pepper nutritional yeast, lemon juice and the water. Blend until smooth but thick. 

Add the mixture with the Kale and mix very well.img_1474.jpg
Make sure the leaves are well covered with the nut mixture.
Spread into dehydrator trays.

Put them in a dehydrator at 110° for 8 to 12 hours.

For conservation I suggest putting them in pot with a close lid, in the refrigerator. They stay crispy for a week.

*If you want them next level, add some Vegan fermented cheese to you mixture!

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Enjoy!

 

The biggest Conspiracy ever is VEGANISM

More and more people are searching for truth. We begin to understand that our governments, medias, banks, the 1% and people above are most likely to play with us. We’ve been lied to. Are they spraying us with chemicals? Is the earth and space is really what they say? What CERN is really doing with their collider…?

The biggest one, no one wants to take attention to it, even with incredible evidences, is Veganism. Why we told us as a children that we need meet, dairy and eggs to survive? There are Vegan athletes, bodybuilders, with perfect blood results, looking young happy and healthy. They live long with the lowest rate of cancer. Heart diseases are proven to be reverse with a plant based diet. They are looping those publicities on the “Tell-Lie-Vision” with how eggs, and milk are incredibly good for your health, meanwhile people are making more and more researches on those products proving totally the opposite.

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We’ve been literally born having no choices anyway. It’s the way it always been. That’s why we don’t even ask ourselves the question. Everyone is doing it anyway. Those things like the evolution of human specie and alimentation “experts” or Doctor. We understand now that Pharma is a big business as much as animal products and go hand in hand. They have the power to manipulate (mis)informations. Just using logic you can come to conclusion that: If you come to kill an animal with your genetic defences, see the raw dead animal and salivate, and if you are able to eat it as is, THEN you may call yourself a carnivore. That’s how it works in nature isn’t it? Oh, or maybe you need to cook it, put a little bit of salt and seasonings? We need to use our own sense and logic, we have to question this topic.

 

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See, we are what we eat. and the world as it is right now is a perfect representation of what’s happening. The way we treat animals with violence, slavery and death.
We are slaves of the system and we act violently and with selfishness toward each others and reach early dead and sickness. See the correlation?
Don’t think about happy animals or free-range, it’s just beautiful confusing words. They all end up at the same place for profit, slaughtered.
Those products makes you asleep and will limit your true potential and goals in life.

 

Then, why so many Vegans are coming back to eating animal products claiming they have digestive issues? Two major reasons: Food Combining and the growing amount of processed vegan foods. Again, just because you eat vegan doesn’t mean it’s healthy. You have to eat right. Vegan Youtubers quitting have their channel has a business. This trendy “Why I’m no longer Vegan” Videos go viral. Don’t get mislead, most of them never even got their blood check.

I’ve been a lot into conspiracy some years ago. Personally I’ve quit because I came to realize that it took too much of my mind, with negative vibes. I came to understand what is absolute. Trust. Trust in your own judgements and values and you’ll find your true perpice in life, your service, the things you love doing that bring something positive to the world. When you trust life and yourself, you get guided by this voice inside your heart which is what I like to call “the cosmic GPS”. And that, you earn it by eating clean, as close to nature as possible. Food is one key to success.

Being Vegan is the best and easiest way to manifest a better world and, the good news is that we all have the power to change this one, and it’s easier and easier in this day in age. Just quit your food addictions and learn about eating clean. Bloody industries will collapse or transforms due to different demand. Land will feed humans instead of feeding animals for humans, which can end famine in the world. The world will do a huge step forward towards truth and beauty in this world.
I highly recommend you watch Garry Yourofsky‘s videos. His speeches powerfully express in details all the issues with meat eating in a well articulated way that can literally question everything.

Nut Cheeses! Secret Recipe

I tried many experiments with nut cheeses. It was hard to get a satisfying texture or taste. I finally found the perfect easy recipe! Let me show you step by step how to make your own vegan fermented cheeses and you won’t believe it’s actually vegan! You can finally get over your milk cheese cravings, go cruelty free and save a lot of money instead of buying expensive ones in markets.

First step:
Making a nut milk

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You can use any kind of nuts you like. Possibilities are endless and you can experiment with it. Soak your nuts overnight or for 8 to 12 hours. To make the milk use around 1 cup of nuts for 1 cups of water in a Vitamix or a high speed blender. Blend until smooth for about 3 minutes. If the texture is too thick add water until you see a vortex forming in top of your blender.

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Do not filter the milk, put the mixture directly in a glass jar (preferably boiled for 5 minutes to sterilize).

Allow some space in the jar, the mixture will grow as it ferments.

 

 

Second step:
Probiotic

There is a lot of methods to ferment your cheeses with healthy bacterias. You can simply buy probiotic capsules and put in your mixture. You can also make rejuvelac OR in my opinion the best and cheapest way to do it is with water Kefir! If you make your own Kefir, use a a little bit of your water Kefir from the first fermentation in your nut milk.
IMG_1427I use about 1/4 of a cup of Kefir for two cups of nuts. Add the water Kefir to your jar of nut milk and add about 1/4 to 1/2 a teaspoon of sea salt or himalayan salt and half a lemon juice to stimulate the probiotic to grow.

Mix well and cover with a cloth. Let it ferment for 36 to 48h at room temperature. The mixture is supposed to grow and you should see the water deposit in the bottom.

Third step:
Draining

IMG_1428After 36 to 48h, boil some cheese cloths, a mason jar and a plastic net for few minutes. Put two layers of cheesecloths in the sterilized net. ( I found that the best nets for this process are simple strawberry plastic net ).

 

IMG_1430Pour the net in a bowl and put your mixture in the cheesecloth.

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Twist your cheesecloth, make a little pocket and try to remove most of the liquid by squeezing and hand-pressing it.

 

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(I suggest you keep the liquid in a jar and use it for any kind of recipe that needs water).

 

 

 

IMG_1433Put it back in the net and fold the cheesecloth over the mixture. Fill the sterilized mason jar with water close it well and put it on top of the net containing the mixture. Then put the net inside a small bowl that fits so that it doesn’t touch the bottom. The excess water from the pressure will slowly fall in this bowl. Let it ferment at room temperature for 2 to 3 days or until texture and IMG_1434taste is as you desire. The amount of water in your mixture will influence the texture. The more there is liquid the more soft it’ll be. I suggest you go check everyday and taste, you will see how it progresses. If you desire a harder cheese, you can either put more weight or hand-press it more. The more you let it ferment, the more it will have a pronounced taste.
A dark crust might also form the more you wait. Don’t worry, this is totally normal.

Fourth step:
Seasonings

Now it’s time to be creative. I like to spice my cheeses with chives, salt, nutritional yeast, garlic, if you like a smoky flavour you might add some liquid smoke. It’s up to you and there is no specific way to do it. Trust your taste buds and taste as you season your cheese. That’s the secret. Add your seasonings, mix your cheese and mold it with the shape you want. Put your molded cheese in a plate covered with a cheesecloth and store in the fridge. The cheese will continue to ferment (but slowly) in cold temperature and will also harden. I like to let it create a small crust for a few days in the fridge before consuming. You can also eat it right away. After more than a week in the fridge, you might want to cover completely with a cheese cloth, brown paper or plastic wrap. At this point cheeses are hardly perishable. It stays good for weeks even months the only differences are the hardness and a stronger taste, as long as there is no mold forming. That’s it!

 

Enjoy your home made cheeses!

Water Kefir, The Healthy Probiotic Drink

Water Kefir is a great way to get your daily probiotics. It’s a fizzy drink just like soda that you can make yourself, easily, with flavours you want. If you have a bad habit by drinking unhealthy soft drinks, this is an amazing way to get over it and be satisfied! Kefir grains are very cheap, you can find some on eBay or Amazon easily for less than five dollars. The magical thing about Kefir grains is that they multiply themselves overtime and after few months, you may have twice the quantity you had in the beginning. You buy the grains once, and you have a lifetime of grains if you do it right and maintain their life! After a while you will even have too much grains. At this point, you may give them or use them as fertilizer. I’ve been doing water Kefir for a year now and did a lot of experiments. In this article, I will share how to do it right and different ways of doing it so that you will be successful.

Kefir likes two main things: Sugar and minerals. I Tried with different kind of Sugar and the best results in my experiences is brown sugar, or cane sugar. For the minerals it’s pink himalayan salt and Blackstrap molasses.

When you buy the grains they might be dehydrated at first. You need a few batches (2 to 3) so that they fully activate and “wake up”.

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If you receive the grains in a dormant state (dehydrated) you need to put them in a glass Jar with 4 cups of room temperate water and 4 tbsp of sugar. Put a cloth on your jar and put the jar in a dark place for 72 hours. Strain in cool water and do a working recipe, check if the grains are working properly and the grains have converted most of the sugar. You should perceive the colour of the water changing, being more lighter the more it ferments as the Kefir consume the sugar. If they aren’t balanced yet, strain the grains and repeat.

Putting your grains to sleep:

You are travelling or want to hold your production of water Kefir? No problem, you can put them to sleep. Put your grains in a mason jar with about 4 Tbsp of sugar and a pinch of himalayan salt. Put the jar in the fridge. it can rest for more than 3 months this way. It’s also good to put them to sleep once in a while if you feel that they are becoming less effective.

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*F1 = First Fermentation

(1Tbsp Kefir = 1 Cup of Water + 1 Tbsp of Sugar)
The ratio is pretty much the same and F1 will barely change. I like to add a date or fig and do a pocket with a cheesecloth so no pulp residue is getting in my grains.

*F2 = Second Fermentation

Usually it’s the step were you add your flavours and bottle hermetically at room temperature

*F3 = Third Fermentation

Optional in the case you want to add ole fruits

Working recipe:

Basic formula:

  • F1: 1 Tbsp of Kefir grains per cup of water + 1Tbsp of Sugar. Add A pinch of himalayan salt (around 1g or less) and about 1g to 2g of Blackstrap Molasses to your final mixture, Mix until dissolved. (I like to add 1 Medjool Date or 1 Fig in the Jar, you can also add two halves of organic lemon or lime. It gives extra fizziness.)
  • F2: Put the liquid separated from the grains in a hermetic glass bottle with a (ideally plastic) strainer. Let at least 2 inches of air in the bottle. Close the bottle and let it sit at room temperature for 24 to 48h. At this point carbonization is being produced.
  • Put in the fridge and drink when it’s cold. Be careful and ready when opening for your first experience. If your grains are really active it might be very carbonized.
  • If it’s too carbonized, next time, let it sit at room temperature for less time. If not enough, for longer.
  • Put back the grains in the glass jar from F1 and start a new batch. Do not rinse your grains, it might disturb them, just put them back. After two to three batches I suggest you clean the Jar with soap or put in boiling water.

* The ideal is 1Tbsp of grains for 1cup of water, although, you can do larger batches with less grains, just ferment for longer in F1.

Ginger Pineapple:

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  • F1: 8Tbs of Kefir grains, 8 cups of water, 70g of brown sugar, 1 Date. Fermented for 72 hours
  • F2: 2 Cups of fresh Pineapple juice from a juicer, 30g of ginger juiced. Bottled for 48h at room temperature.

Lime Ginger Ale:

  • F1: 8Tbs of Kefir grains, 8 cups of water, 70g of brown sugar, 1 Date. Fermented for 72 hours
  • F2: 60g of ginger juiced with 1 dehydrated apricot and the juice of 2 limes. Bottled for 48h at room temperature.

Medicinal Aloe Vera Pineapple:

  • F1: 8Tbs of Kefir grains, 8 cups of water, 70g of brown sugar, 1 Date. Fermented for 72 hours
  • F2: 2 cups of Pineapple juice, the juice of 1 apple, 20g of juiced ginger, 60g of Aloe vera Pulp. You can also juice the leaves to add extra nutritions. Bottled for 24h (Aloe makes it super fizzy for some reason)

Orange Crush:

  • F1: 8Tbs of Kefir grains, 8 cups of water, 70g of brown sugar, 1 Date. Fermented for 72 hours
  • F2: 1 1/2 cups of Freshly juiced oranges, the juice of 1 lime. Bottled for 48h.

Coffee Cola:

  • F1: 8Tbs of Kefir grains, 6 cups of water, 70g of brown sugar, 1 Date. Fermented for 72 hours
  • F2: 4 cups of coffee, 2 Tbsp of brown sugar. Bottled for 48h at room temperature.

If you don’t have a juicer or want to keep it simple, you can put the fruits directly in the bottle in F2 or use the third fermentation. I do this formula if I want to put ole fruits and don’t want them in my bottles. I prefer not putting them in F1 because there will be some residue of pulp with the grains and might lead to contamination overtime. Here is an example:

Ginger Pineapple:

  • F1: 8Tbs of Kefir grains, 8 cups of water, 70g of brown sugar, 1 Date. Fermented for 48 to 72 hours
  • F2: A quarter of a pineapple cut in pieces and 30g of grated ginger put in a different Jar, without the grains, covered with a cloth for 48h
  • F3: Put the liquid with or without the fruits in closed hermetic glass bottles and let sit for 24h at room temperature.

There is infinite possibilities of recipes. Try your own, do some experiments and share them in the comments if you find some great ones!

Make coconut yogurt fermented with your water Kefir!

My Experience at Earthaven Ecovillage Part 3

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Day 5

7:00AM

My clean-up partners had to wake me up, I was very comfortable in my sleeping bag that morning. We were supposed to have some yoga after breakfast but the teacher couldn’t be there. I did some yoga anyway doing “sun salutation” with the group. There was a Coffee and trade happening all morning where you can buy local products like vegetables, honey and crafts. I bought some crafts, then I went at the river that Kimchi IMG_0909.jpgshowed us 2 days before. I was looking for a peaceful moment. I went in a different direction this time. There was a beautiful fall with a an artwork of a little fairy hut, the area was incredible. I stayed there for at least an hour. Writing things i’m grateful for about this experience and meditating. I remember when I closed my eyes and stop thinking, the sound of water flowing in the river transformed into a rhythm of Jambe. I was convince that a group of people were playing not far from me. Is it what Kimchi talked about?

 

2:00PM

We then visited Steve. He welcomed us in his personal apartment at Earthaven and offered us his home made delicious iced tea. It was a very cozy place. Steve talked about Deep Ecumenism and Spiritual diversity at Earthaven. “Earthaven is where the human community in bonding with the Earth in a maner capable of healing the devastation of tThe-Dream-of-the-Earthhe past and inspiring a new grandeur for the future. At Earthaven, even for a brief while, we experience what it is to return to ourselves.” – Thomas Berry author of The Dream of the Earth. Steve explains that Earthaven has different people with different beliefs and religions. Despite the fact that they have different spiritual traditions they unite instead of divide humanity. Just like Matthew Fox explain on his landmark book:

One RiverOne River, Many Wells. In this metaphor, the wells are the individual religions or wisdom traditions. The river is the Source into which the various religions dip. Different wells, same river. It was very interesting and really fits my beliefs.

 

 

 

4:00PM

We went for a walk with Kimchi in an area we’ve never been before. We walked in a little path which brought us to a sacred place. Multiple stones that do not originate from the area were found. They actually originate from far away and they been brought here by ancestors of the land way before IMG_0915.jpgEarthaven. The stones are placed in a circle with a labyrinth pattern, leading to the center. It’s a meditation and prayer altar. You have to slowly walk the labyrinth in a meditative state of mind visualizing your wishes until you get to the center, you then kneel and send your wishes and offerings and slowly make your way back. I quickly felt at peace making my way in the labyrinth and I really enjoyed this meditation. Plus, the history behind it’s origin and the reason is still mysterious, making it fascinating.

 

 

6:30PM

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Dinner time, it was the most active dinner of all. It was a special day, the Summer Solstice. There was a lot of people this time with a big meal. It was delectable! There was a lot of positive energy out there it was great to see many people having fun.

Then later we walked together, people brought percussions and played a rhythm while we went for this 15 minutes walk to the campfire.We arrive at this nice set-up in wilderness with wood benches. People reassembled in a big circle around this unique fire. They do offerings like roses, spices and items that represents elements and sending gratitude. They keep the ashes and build with rocks and concrete above, until it becomes an incredible109 Earthaven SOIL 2016.JPG altar full of history after the years. I played some Jambe, of course, and seeing the animated scene while jamming was an incredible feeling. People danced and laugh we had a moment more intimate where everyone shared poems, signing, stories and mantras, until darkness arrives. Then we played music again. It was an incredible fiesta! Then after a while we went back to the camp. I enjoyed the rest of the night talking with friends.

 

 

Day 6

7:30AM

It was my last day and I woke up with this feeling telling me that I will miss those incredible people. I was grateful though, and full of positive energies. So after the breakfast, we went at the Council Hall and did a circle check-in. We made activities, dancing around and “let go of our crazy”. Then NikiAnne shared with us methods to take action and apply what we learned during our experience at Earthaven, whether you are an activist or an artist. She explained it in 4 categories. 114 Earthaven SOIL 2016.JPG

  • Resist -> Protestor, Anarchist, and law breakers.
  • Reform -> Politics, Donations, Green Party
  • Re-create -> Ecovillage, Reforestation, Gardening school
  • Re-imagine -> Artists, Speakers, Ecovillage

 

Everyone has their own ways to take actions. We also have tendencies to fight each others because we have different ways to do things, but everyone fight for the same and none of this categories is better than the other. Government likes it when we fight. They don’t want you to wake up and work together…

Then we had a random partner to whom we answered questions about how we would see our future if we had no money issues to do whatever we want. The partner with you writes while you say any ideas you have to answer a dozen questions. It was a hard exercise for most. We don’t really think about this, we realize we hold on a “poor mindset” and this is probably what hold you back from having what it needs. You need to know where you are going before you can receive what you need… If you know what I mean. Read The Prosperity Secret if you want to understand those principles.

10:00AM

We then reassemble in circle for our final words and our final check-out. It was touching moments. I shared my infinite gratitude read something I wrote by the river the other day. Then we all individually shared hugs and saying the Adios and we took a final picture all together.

IMG_0921.JPGJerry was ready to drive me to the airport. Once I leaved this magic place and was on my way home I felt like “Wow… what an adventure, I can’t believe this”. Like I had an awakening. I was vibrating high even long after this adventure. It inspired me and develop this passion to discover and learn more. And that’s why I’ll keep traveling and hope to inspire others. I hope you appreciated this thread, thank you for tuning up! 🙂

 

My Experience at Earthaven Ecovillage Part 2

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Day 3

9:00AM
The morning was planned to visit the Gateway Barn where Chris built his Micro Hut and gave us lessons about Biochar. Biochar is a charcoal-like material that is produced by pyrolysis of biomass and is often used in permaculture as a soil amendment because of

Biochar-En-page-001.jpgits unique characteristics such as it’s water-holding capacity and is an ideal environment for bacterias to thrive and creating a soil rich in nutrients for the plants. He was explaining all this while cooking a soup on a T-Lud, an eco-friendly stove used to transform wood scrap into charcoal while cooking. He’ll use that charcoal as a fertilizer. Genius! Now just imagine that at a larger scale, you can cook, heat, and make fertilizer for the cost of nothing! Companies now offer this approach, like: Rocket Stove and Champion Stove. There is more information about this on the internet. I recommend this- Youtube channel -to learn more about biochar, and organic gardening:

11:00AM
We then moved to the Council Hall for a little course 101 about renewable energy/electricity with Chris. It was about technics and methods used in solar panel and water turbine system. I can’t say it wasn’t interesting, but it was technics and theories.

12:30PM

After dinner was a presentation about sustainability offered by Lee Warren. She gave us informations about the economy and the economic situation of Earthaven. She explains that being off-grid might be a struggle to some, depending of their financial situation. You might be free of loan and electricity bills, but you still have taxes, some may have depts or need medical services, or need repairs and external needs or luxury.  However, there is no large employers within 20 miles, and local service jobs are mostly 10-15 miles away over winding mountain roads. Jobs must be available onsite nearby. Many community members offer labor to other members and neighbors or the community itself. Several members work offsite. They also have their own local money as well.
She spoke about the decision making process. At Earthaven there is no “leader”. It’s community, everyone is equal. Female and male, black or white (they use the term “Y’all” not “You guys” as equity). They all have the same privilege. The vote has to be almost the unanimity. I don’t know the exact numbers though. If there is members that vote against a decision, there will be a revote and discussions to find an agreement.

3:00PM
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Nature connection with Kimchi. We went for a walk in the Village Terraces. A family-friendly cohousing neighborhood. She offered us some meditation time with nature to reconnect. She brought us to a great kept river and offered that we separate and find a peaceful spot to rest and meditate with the sounds that surround us. “Down by the river you may often have auditory alucinations, some say it’s the ancestors” she said. So I found my spot, dive my feet on the cold water, closed my eyes and meditated. It took only a few seconds until I found my true inner peace. like never before. I felt free.

 

5:30PM

Dinner, then free time. I decided to take it cool, talk , write and go to bed soon. I played some guitar with Dylan, one of the student and we had great conversation in a gazebo-library. And soon I was to bed.

Day 4

7:00AM

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It was my turn with two others in the group to clean up for the next three days, so I had to wake-up earlier. It was nice to participate. Then what was planned for the morning until din013 Earthaven SOIL 2016.JPGner was a Garlic Harvest at the Yellow Farm with Andy. We first did a little Check-in with NikiAnne, went to the farm where we met Andy, a super nice guy. He explained the process for harvesting. Pretty simple but physical.

Then NikiAnne went back at Earthaven wishing us good luck and said that we should interact with each others while working. “Sing, talk and interact with the  person close to you. It’s great to work while having fun!” she said. And so we did! It was amazing experience and we had a BIG harvest. The ole field was done in a little more than two hours. It was a hot sunny day and it was hard work, but we made it pleasant, we had conversations, jokes and signing. Then we went at the farm to prepare the garlic to dry. So basically, we take a bunch and we tie them with a rope to hang them upside down. It was a lengthy process but we did it quite fast after we found our pace.

1:00PM
We were hungry, but first, we had to jump on water. We needed a river, it was so hot! We found a river not that far. It was ice cold, but whatever. I jumped without a doubt. It was soo good. It felt awesome after that. Then we went for dinner. Everyone looked exhaust. I was. I relaxed a bit, as soon as I was able after cleaning-up, I just lied on a bench for 15 minutes. The day was far from done.

2:00PM

For the next part of the day we walked with Kimchi to Hidden Valley in the direction of the Full Circle Farm. Once there we met Leon. Leon is incredible. He has a huge land094 Earthaven SOIL 2016.JPG with multiple buildings. One of them was a beautiful local for meditation. Working 7 days a week and his mind never stops. So when he needs a little brake, he takes some time to meditate. He also has bees, grow mushrooms, has free goats (he doesn’t kill them) and greenhouses everywhere. One acre was used for wild plants and flowers that grow freely for the bees. We learned so much with him, he shared his uniques technics with us. I found funny when he told us what was the best fertilizer. Bee poo. Yep, I know, that’s weird, but it’s real. He dig a hole to show us how rich was the soil made with his own biochar and compost.
He believes that growing food is what we are meant to do on earth. We are a unique specie with hands, a logical mind and abilities to do so. And we are greatly rewarded by doing so. He says he often has visitor that just came back from vacancies by the beach and the only thing he has in mind, and he yells: “NOOO, YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE GROWING FOOOOOD!” Haha, that was funny. This visit was awesome, it was one of my favourite activity considering the fact that it opened my eyes knowing what a simple family farm can achieve and the possibilities are endless. I learned so much you have no idea.

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6:30PM
Dinner and independent time. We had great conversations with the group, all satisfied ofMead the day. I was also offered some amazing local mead by NikiAnne. The bottle had spiritual design with the Flower Of Life and were identified: Prosperity; Love. I opened a bottle that night and shared with everyone. It was a full moon and some of us decided to take a walk and find a cozy spot to gaze the moon and stars and tell stories. Despite the huge day. I ended up going to sleep late that night, with gratitude for the past day.

 

 

 

PART 3 ->

 

 

Books you should read:

I want to share with you books that I personally recommend concerning health, green life and personal growth.

One great Author, health genius, artist that I personally LOVE is Markus Rothkranz. I recommend each and every books he wrote. You should honestly read them all.

“My mission is to heal the world, one soul at a time. That means helping you find the partner of your dreams, and achieve financial freedom. Stuck in a rut? My speaking engagements and best-selling books will help you get out of it. My message is that of personal freedom and self-healing, two time-tested and universally-successful ways of thinking and living that not only get positive results, but have the power to change lives forever.

I’ve traveled the world, met with heads of government, and even had the honor of being a health consultant to the US Military. While those accomplishments are rewarding, it’s not nearly enough. I can’t, and won’t, rest until I share my message of true happiness and freedom with everyone. Why do this? Because I genuinely care about you, and that’s the key. When we genuinely care about more than ourselves, the universe showers us all with abundance. This isn’t some new age babble. This is the way we were meant to live.

Together we can rise, and do great things. I’d be honored if you’d let me show you the way.”

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For Ecovillages information, I highly recommend Diana Leafe Christian work:
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About plant-based diet/lifestyle and the healing effects of whole foods read “The China Study” by Dr. T. Colin Campbell.

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“For decades T. Colin Campbell, PhD has been at the forefront of nutrition education and research. Dr. Campbell’s expertise and scientific interests encompass relationships between diet and disease, particularly the causation of cancer. His legacy, the China Project, is one of the most comprehensive studies of health and nutrition ever conducted. The New York Times has recognized the study as the “Grand Prix of epidemiology”… “