Here we are!
We connect Permaculture Design & applied Regenerative Agriculture Techniques with an holistic perspective inspired by Deep Ecology, Grassroots Activism and the changes we want to see in this world to reverse degradation of the soul and the soil.
Soil Sun Soul came about from a journey that brought about a deep personal transformation while working with the Earth, in various countries, on various Permaculture, Regenerative Agriculture, Community and other inspiring projects.
We felt inspired to share this learning by creating and facilitating courses or create projects through bringing together teachers and places that have inspired us to grow plus offer proffesional project work and consultation.
We aim in our courses and projects to create a combination of:
SOIL (Permaculture/ Restorative Agriculture, low-impact living)
SUN (The Prana and energy (including good food) that allows for all this to happen) and
SOUL (Deep Ecology, Nature Connection, yoga, mindfullness & healing work,music and art)
Always growing, changing and adapting, this project is a work in progress... as are we all !
Alan Watts and Terence McKenna talk about our need for a sense of unity as our global problems are getting worse and we have become enemies of our planet and each other.
History Of Human Thinking
some Infos about my personal journey in the last few years:
A Nomadic Permaculture Journey Continues…Five years ago, I never would have thought it possible to experience a journey and transformation in my life like this. My whole world-view and belief system changed. With it came a change in eating and sleeping habits, a reduction in consumption of all kinds of unnecessary products, a more positive state of mind manifested, through satisfying work outside the city or office environment in beautiful outdoor settings, and getting to meet and share time with interesting people from all around the world.
How did that come to be?
In 2009, leaving Austria and my comfort zone, I took my first small steps in organic farming and community living in the Caribbean and after went to South America. We traveled by local buses through Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador, meeting local activists, farmers and change-makers to find out about local challenges, alternative initiatives and to build networks of support, sharing and understanding. This journey made me understand the global economic and environmental dark sides of our lifestyles, behavioral patterns and the exploitation of people and mother nature. I wanted to act, change something, and be part of the solution and not the problems. After some time of research I luckily discovered Permaculture.
Fruit tree root pruning, Natueco farm, India
Liquid fertilizer making, Farmer training, Surkhet district, Nepal
Mulch pit, Tipwere orphanage, Malawi
My Pattern session, PDC 2014, India
Arriving in India and ending up in Auroville, learning and working with experienced people like Krishna from Solitude Farm and Bernard and Deepika from Pebble Garden, pushed me to the next level. I got the chance to help with the design and implementation for Sapney Farm, a degraded half acre in a tropical arid climate on the edge of Auroville, owned by Snehal, the founder of Heal the Soil Project. With the help of Ellumalai, a local gardener with many years’ experience in growing medicinal plants and tree-planting, Martin from France, and hundreds of multinational volunteers, we managed to transform and get good response from the land in the short period of just 3 years. We started to receive more and more visitors, people started asking for advice and we started to organize more workshops. Heal the Soil hosted the first PDC at Sapney Farm, with Bernard Alonso from Canada in January 2012. We also successfully organized a PDC in Portugal in November that year, when Luis, one of our first PDC students, invited us to come to his land there. The network had started to grow! It brought me to Portugal, where I helped establish permaculture systems and gardens for 10 months, visited the Tamera project and meet Sepp Holzer — showing his inspirational Water Retention Landscapes during a day visit to a large group of people — to a brief consultation in Southern Italy, after which I returned to India.
Permablitz, Auroville area, India
Also, I went to stay with Deepak Suchede for 1 month in central India, an experienced natural farmer and practitioner of Natueco Farming Science, mixing spirituality and science with traditional Indian farming practices. In Nepal I stayed with Govinda Sharma at the beautiful Hasera Farm and in Kathmandu at Sunrise Farm, from where I set out onto a journey into the wild west of Nepal, the Surket District, to visit the Himalayan Permaculture Centre, a project supported and founded by Chris Evans and local Permaculturists. I was lucky to be part of a 5-day Permaculture Farmers’ Training there, organized at the centre for local future permaculture farmers. I experienced an almost entirely self-sufficient and self reliant community (tea, sugar, salt and occasionally oil are the only products bought from outside) living in beneficial relationships with nature — a truly inspirational ecovillage model and traditional, low impact lifestyle!
After returning to India, more courses in Sapney Farm followed. Once again we collaborated with Bernard Alonso, plus held another PDC with Govinda Sharma from Nepal, who came to teach in the Auroville area for the first time. These courses attracted people from over 19 different countries and created a very rich, diverse and fertile learning environment for all the people involved. It also led me to participate in a practical Earthship building workshop at Karuna Farm, near Kodiakanal in South India, the first site in India to have an Earthship constructed.
Plant distribution at Intro-course, Chambe Rock, Malawi
The latest stop on my journey was Thailand. I visited Khao Sok Nature Reserve, a very diverse and ancient rainforest in Southern Thailand — Zone 5 inspirations everywhere! Afterwards I visited my friends, Ben and Sam, at the wonderful Panya Project. I gained further inspiration in a brief visit to Pun Pun, plus a few days at Tacompai near Pai, and a short stay at the newly founded Gaia Ashram in Nothern Thailand. These four visits led me to meet amazing people and establish further connections plus get inspired by some functional models of Permaculture and natural building in Thailand, which in some parts has a very similar climate to the area where I was working in India.
Web of Life, Chambe Rock, Malawi
I am extremely grateful for this journey and feel happy to share with you here my story and some impressions from past workshops. I feel my example could be a good inspiration and motivation for future students of PDC courses and Permaculture workshops all over the world, to make people understand and realize that a transformation and shift in our lives and ways of seeing the world is very much possible and supported by the Permaculture toolbox.
A good start is to just get out there! Follow your inner calling, join some Permaculture projects, communities and workshops, start to build networks and relationships. Start with small, manageable steps and more and more doors will open along your way!
With Deepak Suchede at Natueco farm, India
Stay tuned, as in the future I plan to share more in-depth reports and articles about my experiences around the world.
We are hosting a Permaculture Design Course with Rico Zook and myself, together with a local project, Active Earth, in La Garrotxa, a beautiful nature reserve near Barcelona this June, and still have places available. For course info feel free to get in touch at: permaculturainfo (at) gmail.com
The time is now! and as Mahatma Ghandi very wisely said:
Be the change you wish to see in this world!Links for further information about the projects mentioned in the article:
- PDC Spain, June, 2014
- Rico Zook, Itinerant permaculture
- Govinda Sharma at Hasera, Nepal
- Bernard Alonso
- Heal the Soil, Sapney Farm, India
- Solitude Farm, Auroville, India
- Panya, Thailand
- PunPun, Thailand
- Tacompai, Thailand
- Gaia Ashram, Thailand
- Rescope, Malawi
- Himalayan Permaculture Centre, Nepal
- Himalayam Farm Project, India
- Natueco Farming Science, India
Awareness course group, Tipwere orphanage, Malawi