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We started a small garden with about 25 people at a camp today – a sunken garden bed at the bottom of a little dip, with a raised border on the lower end and an overflow trench, to catch water and allow excess water during intense rains to flow out of the garden.  We collected mulch from the shrubs read more...
Personal reflections from our journey while working in Haiti...   Seeing and living so many contrasts here.  There is so much life bustling in the streets - people selling mangos, garlic, beans, toothpaste, phone cards, belts, wooden poles and other wares beside crumbled buildings.  There are camps read more...
by Bonita Ford.  Creative Commons - Attribution, 2010. I started this blog entry at the request of a friend. We were talking about the roles of "shadow" or "darkness", and "lightness" in bringing about social and personal transformation. In the last few years, I've discovered that offering read more...
by Bonita Ford.  Creative Commons - Attribution, 2010.  I recently had the opportunity to give two workshops on Nonviolent Communication (NVC) at Power Shift Canada, a national youth conference focused on climate change and action. In these sessions, we explored some of the ways that we communicate read more...
by Bonita Ford. Creative Commons - Attribution 2010. Since much of what I write is informed by my personal practice in Nonviolent-Compassionate Communication (NVC), I feel compelled to share about my understanding of NVC and why it is so powerful and enriching for me. At its simplest, I would read more...
Last week, we attended a climate change vigil organised by a couple of local people. I was touched by the gathering and was reminded of how much I value community, caring, presence and collective contribution. We were perhaps twenty or thirty people with candles standing on the steps of Town Hall, read more...
What is "permaculture" anyways? At its simplest, permaculture is an eco-logical approach to design. It can be described as a way of thinking, making decisions and designing things based on observing nature. Permaculture has a set of ethics and design principles, which can be applied to physical read more...
I think abundance is a way of thinking and a way of rethinking about our lives and the world. What would the world look like if people everywhere caught onto these kinds of ideas? I have learned from practicing Nonviolent Communication that it is very possible - and often so enriching - to approach read more...
Last weekend, we had the pleasure of going to a house-raising. Our friend, who designs and builds traditional timber-framed homes, had taken several months to design and pre-cut the entire frame for their new house. They invited all their friends to come for one day to help "raise" the frame.  read more...
Last week we were invited to participate in a house raising party. Bonita will speak more about it in her post, so I won't be too long... Here are the pictures. It was an awesome community and friendship experience. Don't hesitate if you have the opportunity to participate in one! Check out this  read more...

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