Whilst practicing The Way of Council one of the most profound things I’ve learnt is that each person holds a piece of the truth, and each piece, however jarring, is needed to create the whole. This is a simple principle, but one that has far reaching consequences on more compassionate and successful communication as I learn to value all stories and to speak and listen from the heart; a quiet yet radical act and way of being in the world. Keep reading!

In 2012 I followed through on a rant I had delivered some months earlier to a circle of women about how unacceptable it was that I did not know enough about living in the natural world and decided to simplify my life, live closer to the land and begin to learn how to grow food and work with plants. A seed had been sown two years earlier when I’d spent some time on a permaculture farm in Southern Oregon and it could no longer be ignored. I moved into a caravan in a grove of trees (ash, oak, willow and hawthorn), painted it red on the outside, yellow and fuschia on the inside and started work on an organic farm and community food project. Keep reading!