Word from one of our recent Miami PDC graduates, Rosalia Cannava:

Hello conscience co-creators!

We are joining together in energetic support of creating a community/ Ashram/ Food Forest at “Nectar of Devotion” Even if you are not in Miami or south Florida you can empower this project by joining if even just in thought! Open for all bringing good vibes, love and harmony.

This group is a call to unite and join together in promoting harmony and love within ourselves and with all life. Self sufficiency is the key to freedom. Lets end our reliance on corrupt systems and embrace the divine within us and all around us. GROW YOUR OWN FOOD! MAKE YOUR OWN CLOTHES! FREE YOURSELVES FROM ALL ATTACHMENT!

Much love and many blessings and as my Permaculture Design teacher Cory says “To the garden!”

We are creating an ashram/food forest. I think it would be beautiful to have a vegan potluck so to see/feel the place where this is happening. Just a few weeks ago I finished the Permaculture Design course being held at “Earth n’ Us” farm in Little Haiti. During the course I settled with Silvana and her 2 daughters in Liberty City (just south of Little Haiti). We both maintain a vastly similar vision of living a highly conscience lifestyle through devotion to reaching our fullest potential in mind, body and spirit. She invited me to come live in commune with her and create a highly balanced diversified system. In mind, body and spirit we are taking steps towards our devotion and invite you all to join. “Together we’ll move a mountain!” Yoga weekday mornings at 8am (donations appreciated) and gardening daily except Wednesday and Thursday afternoons I’m out of the area but you would still be warmly welcomed. We are working on a schedule to include more things like Tai Chi, clothes making workshops, skin/hair care product making workshops, green building workshops, ceremonies, potlucks, food demonstrations (many of which raw vegan) and last but most definitely not least various yoga worskshops. Anyone interested in AcroYoga we will hold an afternoon workshop probably on a Sunday in April with Arianne Oomm (her FB name). She is an amazing Yogi spreading the AcroYoga/Thai message vibes.

Friday was such an amazing day for us. Under Father Sun with our hands in Mother Earth we aligned ourselves further down that path! We prepared a garden space for planting right by the front door. We planted tomatoes, bell peppers, basil, green onion and marigold directly into the soil and Papaya, 3 varieties of tomatoes (LOVE them!), rosemary, oregano, celery and other various greens (can’t remember all) to transplant later. So many people all across S. Florida have been uniting realizing that this is really something we need to work towards a harmonious balance with all life. Permaculture is just that!

I thank Silvana, Adam and Ben. Thank you for the love you’ve all put into our forest!


Pine Ridge scout trip to Slim Buttes

Pine Ridge scout trip to Slim Buttes

In which two of our intrepid graduates from Pine Ridge take on Detroit.  Suffering from severe unemployment and economic meltdown, Detroit is a city made for permaculture. Full of abandoned buildings and lots, it is a playground waiting to be transformed into a sustainable, self-sufficient forest garden/green retrofitted build environment.  You can buy a house there for hundreds of dollars, not thousands.  Or maybe just move in, and homestead.  The authorities might be grateful that you did, instead of evicting you.  Especially if you’re fixing the place up and planting stuff in the yard 🙂

Here’s an interview from Alan Scheurmann, talking about the organization he and fellow Pine Ridge graduate Ryan Hertz run in the area. Last I heard, they are creating water catchment and food systems in a yard in Detroit.  Alan is going to Mexico to assist with an indigenous project there soon.  Stay tuned for more news from these guys, they are going to go places ….

Can you talk about EcoZoic, the organization you started with Ryan Hertz?

AS: The word EcoZoic comes from an ecospiritualist author named Thomas Berry in which he refers to the story of the universe and the earth through the lens of the major eras of history. The EcoZoic era is where humans really must get to in order to avoid extinction. It is a period in which humans must co-create mutually enhancing relationships with the larger community of life. So our organization, which is incorporated as an L3C (low profit limited liability company), serves the mission to co-create an EcoZoic reality, starting with our hometown of Detroit. We do ecological consultations, sustainability assessments, and Permaculture Design, as well as community organizing to empower families and individuals to realize self-sufficiency. We are both musicians and are working on figuring out the details of how to incorporate our musical backgrounds into our efforts. We want to see an EcoZoic Detroit and we are taking action every day, along with many others, to help realize this vision.

DL!: What are some of the big picture projects you are doign with ecozoic that you feel will have a greater effect on Detroit’s re-invention and transformation?

AS: We’d like to find enough land in the city to do a real permaculture project with a 200 year vision that would serve the surrounding community by showing that self sufficiency is possible and that the solution to every problem can be found in nature. That being said, our landscape, like our people, requires quite of bit of healing. That does not mean that healing cannot happen, however. We’d also like to align ourselves with other visionaries, artists, musicians, and individuals to support and promote efforts that share our ethics and principles.


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