7 DIY Herbal Medicines for Campers (with Recipes!)

We are avid hikers, adventurous campers, and proud outdoorsy folk. We yearn for the connection with nature and the elements. The outdoors are a second home to us, so why would we want to trash this sacred space with toxic runoff and chemicals. Unfortunately, so many of the products we use to help us take on the elements have unforeseen consequences that extend past the damage done to our own bodies: things like BHT preservatives and mineral oil (a byproduct of petroleum oil) commonly found in sunscreen or bug spray can leach into fresh waters we bathe in and then into runoff systems.

We can connect deeper with our natural environments when we use plants as medicine. We can harness their anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and therapeutic properties to help protect and heal our bodies and minds, while also protecting our environment. Here are a few of my favorite plant remedies that are especially useful for outdoor excursions.

1. Comfrey Salve

7 DIY Herbal Medicines for Campers (with Recipes!)

A great salve for all skin afflictions, be it a wound, bite, scratch or rash, comfrey-based salves are wonderful to have with you on your outings. An antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory, comfrey is a tough, leafy green that grows in abundance in North America. It is high in Calcium, Protein, Vitamin C, and Allantoin—which makes it great at healing tissue and bone when taken internally as a tea or tincture. Externally, you will feel quick relief using this salve on your camping battle wound.

Create your own salve by infusing dried comfrey into organic olive oil in a glass jar. Let that infusion sit in the sun for 2-4 weeks, making sure to gently shake it every day. You will come to love the daily ritual of connecting to your infusion. Once the properties of the plant have infused into the oil, you can begin to work with it. Heat up bees wax and shea butter in a double boiler and add the infused oil as well as any other nourishing oils and butters too. I like to add Vitamin E, Calendula Oil and Almond Oil. Pour the liquid into a glass or metal jar and let it cool before you enjoy it.

Add a dash of baking soda and bentonite clay for their itch neutralizing and detoxifying properties. Now your salve can help you deal with itchy bug bites and burning poison ivy rashes.

2. Essential Oil Insect Repellent

7 DIY Herbal Medicines for Campers (with Recipes!)
There are numerous natural alternatives to insect repellents that contain harmful toxins like DEET, which are terrible for our nervous system and the environment. Essential oils like citronella, eucalyptus, lemongrass, tea tree, lavender, and rosemary help deter mosquitoes and other pests. Rose germanium is also known as a particularly potent tick repellant. It is super simple to make these your own affordable and potent repellent.
To make your own insect and tick repellent, simply mix 5-10 drops of citronella, rose germanium and any other essential oils you enjoy into a spray bottle of distilled water. Add some rose water or Vitamin E into the mixture for a skin moisturizing boost!

3. Skin Healing Sunscreen

While it’s important to catch some rays to convert into Vitamin D, which is crucial for optimal health, we also want to protect our skin from excessive UV by using a low SPR sunscreen. But at what cost? So many products sold in stores essentially burn chemicals into our skins. Avoid those toxins by making your own, low-cost sunscreen. The main ingredient here is non-nano zinc, which protects the skin very well from UV rays without all the extra chemicals. You can find non-nano zinc online or at a local health store and add it into your favorite lotion, coconut oil, or make your own sunscreen lotion.
To make the lotion, start a double boiler with any sort of oil or butter (I prefer Shea or Jojoba). Add in a smaller portion of coconut oil or almond oil. Add the non-nano zinc, vitamin E oil, and for an extra SPF some red raspberry seed oil or carrot seed oil. Mix well and pour into smaller containers. Let the concoction solidify as you make plans to conquer the outside world toxin free!

4. Arnica Salve

This is an excellent salve for muscle pains, bruises and sprains. Run some on your sore muscles at the end of the long hike for relief. If you include some cayenne pepper into the salve, it will give you a hot sensation—great for cold nights or more potent relief!
To make this salve, follow the instructions for the comfrey salve above. Use your arnica infused oil and add the cayenne into the blend.

Warning: arnica is only to be used externally—do not use on an open wound.
 

5. Meadowsweet Tincture

This wonderful plant has therapeutic properties that relieve headache, indigestion, heartburn, and inflammation pain. It is like aspirin without the nasty side effects. Simply grab this off the shelf of your local health food store.

6. Jewelweed

Jewelweed is a wonderful plant for poison ivy relief and luckily it usually grows near poison ivy. If you find it, you could create a poultice by chewing it up and place it on the infected area. Similarly, plantain leaf is a commonly found plant that serves as a natural antimicrobial band-aid.

7. Activated Charcoal Tablets

These are great to have in your kit because they help in the unfortunate circumstance of food poisoning, diarrhea, and parasites. The activated charcoal absorbs the toxins in the system and allows you to excrete them out. Drink a lot of water throughout the day to help the detoxifying process along.

Bonus: Healing Teas

7 DIY Herbal Medicines for Campers (with Recipes!)

Some great teas to have with you are Chamomile, Peppermint and Echinacea. Each serves a different and functional purpose on your adventure. Chamomile will help you relax and find some deep sleep after a long day, not that you need any help falling asleep after that last hike! It can also double as a poultice for rashes, burns and bug bites. Peppermint is a great herbal tea to settle the stomach or relief constipation. Echinacea is an incredibly supportive herb for its immune boosting properties. Drinking this tea consistently will help ward away any colds or infection. This is a wonderful tincture to have on hand as well.

You can get most of these recipes at any local health foodstore, but my go-to for bulk herb purchases is https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/.

If you’re curious about medicinal and native plants, sustainable farming, community living and camping you can join a 12-day bus-trip with 30 other change-makers, camping at the top sustainable living centers in Southern California! Here is your opportunity to be guided through a life changing experience taking classes at ecovillages and permaculture farms from instructors who live what they teach.

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Our Earth is Coming Back to Life. Here’s How:

In our world today, we only see the poverty on the streets, hear about the wars, famine, factory farming, smell the pollution in the air and I think we all sense and feel that our human race and planet is very unstable. This overload of negative sensory stimulation can make many of us feel hopeless, depressed, angry and completely unsure of the future. I know I have felt that way at a pivotal point in my journey.

But truth be told, there is an invisible revolution happening – it’s taking place outside of the cities, on degraded lands, down long dirt roads, in the mountains and up dried river beds.

This revolution consists of groups of people who are deciding they have had enough of our extractive society and unfulfilling jobs, who are making a choice to pool their resources together and go back to the land (where we came from) to learn the old ways of living together in villages, cultivating community, taking care of one-another and learning how to take care of the land once again. Courageous and ordinary people are choosing love over fear, creation over destruction and finding the will in themselves to follow a vision for the thriving future they see for their children and grandchildren. 

This is a movement of remembering that the earth is one fragile ecosystem and we are interconnected. We are designing our lives and our lands with the whole system in mind. Through this mindset we are finding ways to not only become sustainable but through proper management, we’re bringing more LIFE back to our planet. In this movement we are practicing regenerative agriculture, permaculture, alternative governance models, nature based education, natural medicine and open source information exchange.

These holistic farms and villages can be visited and they’re offering to teach us a new way of relating to this planet and each other!

Here are just 5 demonstrations of this revolution that you can visit on the annual Sustainable Living Tour:

1. Quail Springs Permaculture

A permaculture demonstration center that demonstrates holistic ways of designing human environments, restoring and revitalizing the land and community, and facilitates deeper understandings of ourselves and one another through immersive experiences in nature. Quail Springs whose stream went from 3 gallons per minute to 60 gallons per minute and have adorable examples of tiny houses made from Earth.

Quail Springs 1 - Use this for meme2. The Emerald Village

A 9 acre intentional community of health practitioners, children, visionary business leaders and educators all building a space for heart-centered community and collaboration. The Emerald Village visioned and co-created a 5 family successful, heart-centered and co-parented eco-village that practices alternative governance models and effective and responsible communication practices.

Emerald Village 23.  East End Eden

An education center that inspires through examples of landscape restoration and succession into abundance using permaculture ethics and principles. East End Eden turns over 12,000 pounds of “food waste” into rich soil yearly thanks to their pigs and are building a pond that will harvest a 1.5 million gallons of drinkable water that otherwise would run off into the ocean from just a few days of rain in drought stricken California.

East End Eden 24. The Ecology Center

An educational center, that engages individuals, families, and students in fun, hands-on activities that teach practical, environmental solutions at the household and community level.  

Ecology Center 1 - Use this for meme5. Wild Willow Farm

An organic farm that educates, empowers and cultivates sustainable food through hands on workshops on gardening, composting, vermiculture, beekeeping, fruit trees, natural pest control, organic soil amending, animal husbandry and more. Wild Willow Farm  cultivates resilient local food systems and trains up future sustainable farmers.

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There are several more examples that you can discover on The Sustainable Living Tour and it is beyond inspiring to see this shift happening right before our eyes!

You can see this happening on and individual level through every

  • mother that decides to give birth at home.
  • parents that agrees to an alternative to public school.
  • family that decides to grow their own food.
  • person who decides to use their money as a form of voting.
  • individual who chooses to follow their own passion to create a career.
  • CEO who directs an ethos in their company of providing for the people and the environment.

On a personal level this shift from the inside can happen once we stop complaining about the problems and start creating, collaborating and contributing to the solution.

No matter how far you travel away from your home, when you are tapped into this network of new earth network, you will meet people on every corner of this planet who have a similar set of values and are actively working towards creating this collective vision. The degrees of separation continue to decrease, and soon we will all remember the Truth – that we are all interconnected.

It is every individual, each community, and all of these sustainable living centers that are leading the revolution to re-enliven our watersheds, bring our soil back to life, heal our human relationships and steward the earth with future generations in mind. The earth is coming back to LIFE. 

Apply now for our 12-Day traveling retreat visiting Sustainable Living Centers in Southern California.

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5 Reasons Why the Time is Now to Learn Permaculture

There’s no need to panic about the state of our planet when there are so many solutions to shift the direction of our global society. With that said, now is the time to empower yourself with these solutions to take lead in your own life and in your community to facilitate restoring the damage we have done to our planet and secure a healthy sense of place on earth for our children.

You can step up to the plate by going on The Sustainable Living Tour and also taking a permaculture design certification that will allow you to reimagine the relationships we have with everything around us.

Taking time to observe patterns allows us to design with a holistic mindset leading to life-saving and wealth-creating solutions like bringing fertility back into the degrading soil of the earth and restoring our parched rivers, lakes and streams.

Permaculture is an ethics-based design method that can be applied to all aspects of our lives and our society. It’s a return back to the basics, how ancient farmers and villagers used to thrive but reapplied to modern context.

My PDC at Verde Energia

My PDC at VerdEnergia

I recently took my Permaculture Design Certification at VerdEnergia and it inspired me to return to my favorite permaculture farm, East End Eden and settle down. I lived a nomadic lifestyle over the past 3 years, exploring permaculture projects and indigenous communities while connecting with my intrinsic gifts. All of the inner and outer exploration made me ready to commit myself to a place and a community.Now I realize that in order to make a long-lasting impact I need to ground and dig my roots into a specific land and community.

Here are my top five reasons why the time is now to learn permaculture:

Gaining practical tools to combat climate change immediately.

  • A PDC gives you an easy-to-digest understanding of how to go beyond sustainability to literally regenerate the planet’s resources. This theory has been applied for decades within the grassroots permaculture movement. There is classroom time to explore what kinds of energy, water food, housing, waste and social systems are typically implemented at all scales. This means that you will be able to identify, utilize and communicate the best systems to use. These solutions can be implemented at any scale, from your daily life habits, to a city balcony to a massive farm aiming to feed the masses a nutrient-diverse diet rather than pure corn.

Seeing land as canvas for creativity.

  • Understanding the aspects of land to look for when redesigning or even purchasing that parcel is empowering. My parent’s backyard never looked so exciting now that I can clearly see the potential for long-term food to grow through agroforestry. During a PDC, you get to work in groups to map out a local site, choose the most beneficial way to transform it and then present your professional design to the teachers for feedback. Permaculture values creativity and art so your work becomes rewarding and lights people up with inspiration.
Cob bench at Rancho Mastatal, Costa Rica.

Cob bench at Rancho Mastatal, Costa Rica.

Seeing the earth with new eyes.

  • A Permaculture Design Certification is an internationally recognized certification showing that you completed the 72-hour curriculum as created by Bill Mollison, one of the major pioneers of the permaculture movement. This certification will not prepare you to immediately go out and sell land design services. A PDC is the first step in an important life-long journey to see the world in a completely new way and dare to redesign it to support the coexistence of our species and the planet. The actual certification is a badge of honor that could score you a spot in some of the best apprenticeship programs or permaculture projects to apply what you learned and teach others.
Photo from Paititi Institute.

Photo from Paititi Institute.

The great potential to birth new projects and collaborations.

  • PDCs are typically 2-3 weeks long where you removed from your daily routine to learn and play with 10+ other passionate allies. Building community and nurturing relationships is not only a key aspect to the regeneration of the earth but it also can result in more support for your vision and life purpose. It may feel like a vacation, but this group educational process lends itself to collaboration and is likely to birth exciting new projects. PDCs tend to create friends for life. 

Turn apathy and grief into inspiration and optimism.

  • For those who chose not to have a blind eye to climate change and the unsustainable organization of our economies, there may be grief. It’s normal to feel confused or isolated when opening up to this understanding that we are in the midst of a global crisis. Instead of drowning in the increasingly terrifying news of pollution, disaster and war there are movements to join that are working towards shifting our values and empowering us to restructure our society. Permaculture provides specific efficiency principles to keep in mind when designing, managing your time, growing your business or simply living your daily life.  Students leave with a positive outlook on the state of the environment with an immediate solutions-based perspective. We are capable of lifting each other up and realizing the future we want to live in right now.

The actual curriculum typically dives into permaculture ethics, principles, design, soil health, water retention, plants, energy, waste management, construction and social systems. If the masses saw the world through a permaculture lens they would see the abundant, food-secure future. Our structures will be built to work with instead of against nature and produce energy renewably.

We will restore forests and stabilize the climate while living fulfilling and meaningful lives.

The farm that I chose to live at is in Ojai, California of Southern California is focusing on a major challenge in California: drought. One of the largest contributors to drought is the mismanagement of rainwater and small shifts in the landscape could mean rivers and streams flowing year round in the state where 70% of the US’s food comes from. They are just one of seven stops on The Sustainable Living Tour, so apply now if you feel called to learn more about permaculture. 

Drought is a Choice

A lot of people sit back and blame the lack of water in California on climate change and natural occurrences. It is clearly an issue that can be tackled on a local, decentralized level. This video by Connor Jones, Founder of Ojai Permaculture and East End Eden defends this point and provides solutions as he angrily watches runoff water pour into a sewer.

Video by: Agustin Carri Photo, a documentary film maker who is creating a film highlighting permaculture farms, ecovillages and all types of land restoration projects around the world. Check it out! – -> bit.do/CEIBO

“Here, we are watching the effects of poor land management. This right here is a major distributor to a lot of problems in our society and particularly in California as a bioregional drought situation. It’s not necessary. This doesn’t have to happen. This is not a natural occurrence. This is the product of a lack of respect for the resource of water. We are not in a drought, we are just creating that. And that is what creates the drought and that is what creates pollution in our waterways. Roundup, Urea fertilizers, all kinds of different pesticides herbicides, general biocides off of these orchards and sending it into the rivers and streams where we source seafood.

This needs to stop and the solution is not that challenging. This could turn into agricultural production, This could turn into rivers that flow all year instead of while the rain is falling. This could turn in the climate moderation effect of hydrated landscapes. This could turn into high quality spring water and well water for everyone in the bio-region. It doesn’t have to be this way. It’s absolute nonsense. This right here could fill a small reservoir overnight, no problem, enough water to irrigate this orchard all year but instead, but instead, because of this management choice, we lose water and if the grower doesn’t have a well, then they’re paying ah high price for municipal water. In this bioregion what our municipal water is, is this kind of water caught in a large dam and purified. We can do the same this on a decentralized scale. This is why California is in a drought.

The solution to this pretty immense problem is a just subtle change in the design and management of the water resource.Instead of paving, piping and polluting it and sending it away as quick as possible, we have to change the standard narrative of water management in our culture. What we need to do is slow, spread and sink the water into the landscape by doing contour diversions that would actually allow this water to flash our into the orchard and infiltrate. We want this to spread throughout the orchard, not concentrate and leave the orchard. We can do this! This is an easy kind of intervention to make in a landscape. And once you do it, it’s permanent.” – Connor Jones of Ojai Permaculture & East End Eden

How to Get Out of Your Own Way

Photo by Agustin Carri Photo

Most of the time what prevents us from walking a path that fulfills our own passions and values is ourselves. At the border between bringing a healthy new habit into our lives, a vision we’ve held for a long time or integrating practices that bring us joy, our own patterns often get in the way. Breaking the patterns, re-writing the stories we tell ourselves and getting rid of fear that holds us back can often be a life-long process but it doesn’t have to be.

Here are some of the ways I’ve been able to get out of my own way and walk a path that is truly in line with what brings me the most joy, fulfillment and freedom to do what I love.

  • Observe non-serving patterns. This is the first step. We have the choice to notice what tendencies we have that may be putting blocks in the way of stepping into to our most authentic selves. We each have our own quirks that we’ve developed in our life but what I’ve noticed is that the underlying issue is fear. When we can identify our own patterns, we’re already on the way to reversing those patterns that don’t serve our highest good.
  • Change the response. Let’s become truthful with ourselves. Whatever is going on inside of us always reflects in our external environment and situation. Until we take responsibility for our own responses to life’s challenges, we will continue to be tripped up by them. The challenges will always be there but it’s how we respond to life’s challenges that will bring growth, self-reflection and the ability to become resilient among the winds of change.
  • Be Present. Our world today is incredibly full of distractions, from our emails, to texts, to social media, to TV and advertisements. We’re constantly encouraged to go-go-go, produce, and work. We often miss life itself with all of the media to consume. When we’re not present with our own emotions or with other people, it inhibits us from harvesting natural wisdom that comes from observation and presence. Presence is one of the greatest gifts that we can give to our relationships and ourselves.
  • Commit. We will never move forward on any goals or aspirations unless we decide on at least one thing to commit to. Even if we have millions of ideas, or none at all, sticking with a life practice will not only immediately allow us to get out of our own way but it will also give us the self-confidence to continue committing to other aspirations.
  • Be Fearless. This may sound scary. That’s the point. One of my favorite quotes is “If your dream doesn’t scare you, it’s not big enough.” Being fearless opens up gigantic doors of opportunity for our dreams to come true. We all have fear but we can choose to either say “hello, thank you, and see you later” or to allow it to crumble us. I believe that fear is one of the ultimate lessons in life to conquer AND one of the most rewarding.
  • Stick with values. Ask yourself: Do my decisions reflect what’s truly important to me? What IS truly important to me? How can I take small steps to align my daily life with what’s meaningful to me?
  • Be reborn with the sun. As the sun sets each evening, the day dies and as the sun rises each morning the day is born. We can consciously choose to apply this idea to ourselves. Every morning can be a new opportunity to try again towards the goals you have for yourself. We must not get discouraged by the past but allow the past to die and choose in this moment to be born again. With this, we have the opportunity to get out of our own way every single sunrise!

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Top 10 Books to Deepen Your Relationship with Nature

Nature is the primary teacher. We have an infinite amount we can learn from plants, patterns, landscapes, animals and soil about ourselves and our relationships with each other. Guiding others to deeper their connection with nature is an art form that can be further developed through study or simply by doing. Although nature is our first teacher, we can deepen our understanding by reading these books that the Earth Journeys team put together!

coyotesguide1. Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature

Coyote mentoring is a method of learning that has been refined over thousands of years. Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature reveals this approach and what happens to student and teacher during the mentoring process. Strategies like questioning, storytelling, tracking, mapping, and practicing survival skills will inspire student curiosity and encourage self-sufficiency. Background information will help facilitators feel more confident in introducing new ways of experiencing and learning about the natural world. The author, Jon Young, founded the 8 Shields Institute to help with developing a best-practices process for mentoring and nature connection work. Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature will change the way you walk in the woods. Click here to purchase.

soulcraft2. Soulcraft: Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature & Psyche

Since 1980, depth psychologist Bill Plotkin has been guiding women and men into the wilderness such as the redrock canyons and snow-crested mountains of the American West- but also into the wilds of the soul. He calls this work soulcraft. There’s a great longing in all people to uncover the secrets and mysteries of our individual lives, to find the unique gift we were born to bring to our communities, and to experience our full membership in the more-than-human world. This journey to soul is a descent into layers of the self much deeper than personality, a journey meant for each one of us, not just for the heroes and heroines of mythology. A modern handbook for the journey, Soulcraft is not an imitation of indigenous ways, but a contemporary nature-based approach born from wilderness experience, the traditions of Western culture, and the cross-cultural heritage of all humanity. Click here to purchase.

PeopleandPermaculture3. People & Permaculture

Permaculture design typically focuses on designing landscapes for optimum efficiency and sustainability. People and Permaculture is a refreshing perspective on applying the same permaculture principles to personal development and our relationships. When we observe our own patterns, just like observing the patterns of nature, we can begin to positively transform our own lives. This book goes beyond explaining concepts by providing comprehension activities, frameworks and design methodologies that can be applied immediately to your curriculums or daily life. Click here to purchase.

cbtl4. Coming Back to Life: The Work that Reconnects

Our world is exposed to extraordinarily horrific stories about famine, genocide, wars, climate change and so much more. For a lot of us the scale of global crises is hard to swallow and can create widespread apathy. Coming Back to Life provides a way for our culture to turn apathy into meaningful action by addressing and moving through the despair hidden deep in our consciousnesses. The book provides many great exercises that can be used to support individual or group processes to empower The Great Turning. The original Coming Back to Life has helped people transform denial, despair and grief in the face of the social and ecological challenges of our time. This new, completely updated edition repositions the classic work within the context of deepening global crises and the cognitive, spiritual and perceptual revolutions occurring all around us. Click here to purchase.

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5. The Nature Process 

The Nature Process reveals the truth that will fundamentally change your life. We are one with nature. When we consciously connect to nature we plug ourselves into the most powerful source of energy known to humanity. Part personal story and part how-to, in this book Tabitha Jayne extends an invitation to experience connection to Nature as the catalyst for dissolving limiting beliefs and energetic blockages in order to create the life you really want. Click here to purchase.

 

 

ms6. Restoration Agriculture

Restoration Agriculture explains how we can have all of the benefits of natural, perennial ecosystems and create agricultural systems that imitate nature in form and function while still providing for our food, building, fuel and many other needs. It provides a comprehensive how-to for anyone looking to utilize permaculture principles and practice regenerative and responsible farming methods. If you are what you eat and what you eat is impacted by how it’s grown, then how we produce food is one of the single biggest contributors to our wellbeing as individuals and a society. For those interested in justice in food systems, Mark Shepard outlines a method that could change the face of agriculture and our society. Click here to purchase. 

7. The Four-Fold Way

The Four-Fold Way is an anthropologic study of the ancient wisdom from cultures around the world.  Author, Angeles Arrien is leading expert on native spirituality and shamanism and uses the four archetypal principles of the Native American medicine wheel to demonstrate how we can work towards higher spirituality, a more balanced self and a better world.   The book is divided into 4 sections that are connected to the four seasons and four archetypes that all humans are believed to have.  Each section explains the archetype, traditional ways of seeing it and different ways we can practice being more balanced or connected to each part of ourselves and the natural world.  This is a great book to have around to help stay in touch with ourselves and our true nature as humans. Click here to purchase.

braiding-sweetgrass-cover8. Braiding Sweetgrass

Braiding Sweetgrass is somewhere between a memoir, biology book and a document of storytelling and myth that will are so lucky to be gifted.  Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mixed heritage native woman who is schooled in both the western and native ways of knowing and understanding the natural world.  She is therefore a natural bridge between the two worlds and in invaluable asset in helping us understand what steps we need to take to find solutions to the problems we face both socially and environmentally.  I have taken to reading this book out loud to people as it is so beautifully written and the content feels so relevant to the questions so many of us are asking.  Click here to purchase.

pdm9. Permaculture : A Designers Manual

Permaculture : a designers manual is not your average college textbook.The author Bill Mollison, an Australian researcher, scientist, teacher, and biologist, has compiled an account of experience, cultural wisdom, and common sense to demonstrate ways in which we can re-connect with the natural world. Permaculture (permanent agriculture) is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of landscape and people providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way. Permaculture design is a system of assembling conceptual, material, and strategic components in a pattern which functions to benefit life in all its forms. The philosophy behind permaculture is one of working with, rather than against, nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless action; of looking at systems in all their functions rather than asking only one yield of them; and of allowing systems to demonstrate their own evolutions. Click here to purchase.

Mycelium_Running10. Mycelium Running : How Mushrooms Can Save the World

Mycelium Running is a beautiful testament to the power of mushrooms. Written by renowned mycologist Paul Stamets, this book outlines the main role mushrooms play in thee ecology, whilst displaying a wide range of ways they can be utilized to help with some of our biggest problems.

“Mycorestoration” Stamets calls it, this practice involves intentional inoculation of land in order to rehabilitate it from misuse. By far one of thee most important bodies of work on ecological restoration and preservation,while simultaneously providing a big role for us humans to play. Click here to purchase.

If you would rather be out exploring your true nature over a long weekend with an intimate group, check out the next Earth Journey!