Shanti garden at Sirius Ecovillage

An Animistic Garden, Part I: Garden Philosophy and Bridging between Domestication and Wildness

“That’s a pretty wild and unkempt garden you have there.  Did you lose control?” a visitor to my land once said. “Yes, I responded, it is wonderful.”  When you look at pictures of gardens online, in gardening magazines, etc. things …

Animistic Permaculture: Observation and Interaction with the Genius Loci (Spirits of Place)

In permauclture design, the “observe and interact” principle is the very first thing we do. This principle asks a practitioner to spend considerable time (up to a year) observing and interacting with a site. This would include regular observations in …

Regeneration

Visioning the Future: The Web of Relationships

Late-stage capitalism has provided us with a series of visions about the future that are pretty terrifying. The grand narratives of infinite growth and progress at all costs have landed us in a warming age marked by the loss of …

A 21st Century Wheel of the Year: Re-Visioning at the Summer Solstice

Human cultures throughout the world, modern and ancient, recognize the incredible power, potency, and magic of the sun. This is why so many cultures have sun gods and worshipped the sun, and this is also why so many ancient kings …