Hey there permies people, its been some time since I posted and about a month since my departure from Montana. I wanted to post an update on where life has taken me. On August 18th, my brother and I parted ways for now. Cass and I headed North to Canada and Zach headed East, returning to our family and childhood home in New York. Although our paths have taken us down different roads, we are always together in spirit. A special bond with a shared childhood environment and an idea of what a future world, connected to nature through permaculture practices can look like. Wheaton Labs provided us both with the opportunity to grow, change and learn. It has also allowed for us to connect with like-minded individuals who love permaculture just as much as we do. I was also fortunate enough to form a special bond with a special man during my time in the bootcamp. While he is more “brown” than I am and I a bit more “purple” we are both benefiting from each others perspective and embracing our differences. We are in essence, “purple meeting brown.” Being from different countries we’ve had to figure out some pressing issues. These included figuring out where we’re going to live and how we’re going to make it so we can become more flexible when needed. We are also waiting on a decision from immigration in regards to large application we just submitted. All of these factors led us to a van conversion project before winter comes in the prairies. We’ve been working on converting a $1700, 2002, Ford work van using non-toxic and reclaimed materials. When we hit the road we are going to be searching for the perfect place to practice permaculture and live a more wild life. We’ve started a blog together so we can update on one platform more frequently. It’s also given us the chance to write side by side, combine our ideas and share with others. Our other social media is also linked on our site. We’ve been trying to update our accounts with photos of the van conversion, our adventures, and what we’ve learned. Let us know if anyone has suggestions on where to look for land and places to see or visit while on the road! Any other advice would also be helpful and appreciated<3
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This weekend we went for a hike that lead to a magnificent lake. It’s always nice to swim in natural bodies of water. We also made our way to Missoula to run some errands. It rained all weekend which the plants were in desperate need of. The weekends always go so fast.!
Its the weekend! Yesterday it downpoured and the power wound up going out for a good portion of the morning. The Abbey is getting closer to completion everyday. After the work day I treated myself to a rare nap before ending the night by playing Monopoly.!
Yesterday it was hot and dry, summer is here!. We started the day off with coffee and eggs. Then we headed to the Abbey and cobbed, limewashed and worked on the deck. I did some cleaning of window areas to prep for the outside layer of cobb as well. Then in the afternoon I assisted Cass with some maintenance stuff. After work we made a salad with peanut sauce which was so yummy. To end the night off we hung out by the fire and did some yoga. Then it started down pouring which was so necessary for the forest and plants. We listened to the rain in our tent as the sky roared and shot electricity down to the earth with lightning.
Yesterday we spent most of the day at the Abbey cleaning up, working on the deck, limewashing and prepping the finished cobb for the outside. It’s so hot and dry here which is different from what I’m used to. After the work day we made a fresh salad for dinner. We went to a river to cool off before we headed back to the lab. At the lab we relaxed and did some research. The idea of ancestry combined with herbalism and permaculture is something that piques my interest and that I’m increasingly expanding my understanding of. We then headed to bed to ensure that we were rested for today. The heat is definitely hard on the body. Tomorrow is Friday!! I hope everyone is having a lovely week:’)
Yesterday was a chilly morning at the lab. We arose and had breakfast(coffee&fruit). I helped Cass with FPH maintenance in the am and then during the afternoon was at the Abbey. We completed some more limewash layers, made cobb for the outside of the wofati and planted some garlic. Then it was taco tuesday for dinner and we all ate together! Before bed, we watched the sunset, read a little and drank herbal tea.
Yesterday I was super tired because we picked up Dave from the airport. However, it’s always exciting when a new boot joins the group! I started off the morning with some coffee, oats and fruit. Then we headed to the lab to work at the Abbey. There we finished cobbing and began the limewash over the finished layer of cob. For lunch Cass made us a smoothie with berries, chia seeds and greens. For the afternoon we continued work at the Abbey, removing the back deck for one that will keep the water away from the house. Jen and I couldn’t stop laughing for just no reason at all. After the day at the Abbey, I had dinner, which consisted of a stir fry and some eggs. Then Cass made me some more chocolate mousse which really hit the spot. At the end of the day we relaxed by our camp, sitting by the fire reading and enjoying the forest surrounding us. Monday flew by!
Good morning permies people,
Yesterday Cass&I started our morning by making some breakfast and doing some cleaning. We ordered Cass some more of a Lyme ease tincture and other supplements recommended in Stephen Buhner’s book. Then for dinner we made a veggie stir fry and strawberries/chocolate mousse for dessert! Afterwards we collected some firewood and headed to the lab. We walked around for about two hours, hung out by the fire and then headed to the airport to pick up Dave Burton(the newest boot)! Happy Monday!
Yesterday Cass & I slept in and woke up in time to make brunch!(egg scramble & leftover birthday cake..with coffee too). We then had a lot of organizing / cleaning to do as we were moving our stuff from the love shack to the lab. After cleaning/organizing we made dinner(veggie stir fry)! Once we got back to the lab we set up the solar system, our storage tent, a fire pit and some blankets/chairs for sitting by the fire. Before bed we did some yoga, listened to a podcast and discussed the choice for my plot. I think I’ve made a decision! I’m so excited for whats to come! Happy Sunday!!<3
Yesterday I helped Cass with some FPH maintenance in the morning and then in the afternoon Zach, Cass, Jen and I worked on the pavilion. We collected some sand, rocks and gravel. Then we filled the area with sand and leveled the rocks. Its coming along very nicely! For dinner, Jocelyn & Coco surprised me with some Cowboy caviar and some wine/drink testing for my birthday. I enjoyed a mojito with fresh mint from the garden, some wine samples and a rose liquor with dry vanilla soda(with some help of course..) It was so awesome, everyone hung out and had a drink / some food. We even opened Paul’s special cheese doodles with his permission(lol). This was such a thoughtful, generous and pleasant surprise. I’m so grateful/thankful for everything<3 After dinner Cass and I headed up to the lab to begin camping and doing some observations of the land. I enjoy being in the middle of the woods most of the time so it’s awesome that we get to spend some time there. Cass is helping me decide which plot to pick and right now I’m in between two! Hopefully by the end of the weekend I’ll have received clarity as to which I’ll choose. Happy Saturday!!
The rest of yesterday was so so special. Jaqi gifted me frankincense essential oil, Cass a petrified wood stone and sticker and Zach some body scrub and a cake!! Everyone here is so kind and I couldnt have asked/hoped for more. I finished the morning by working on some FPH maintenance and then Cass surprised me in the afternoon. He took me to a few cute spots in Missoula for my 21st:). I would not have wanted to spend it anywhere else. I can’t express my gratitude and appreciation. <3
The rest of yesterday I helped Cass with the FPH maintenance. Coco started some sun tea for us boots and even gave us some bamboo tooth brushes as a gift! (Coco appreciation right here<3) Today is my birthday and the morning started off with a hug from Zach, a gift from Cass( a turquoise necklace & jasper/tourmaline earrings) and some pancakes that boot Fred made. Yesterday was awesome and today is going to be even better!
Lots of chores / stuff to do tonight! I posted some pics and will finish up my post tm morning. From now on, I’m going to try to post early in the day about the previous day. Happy Wednesday!
It was an early morning today and I got to see the sunrise which was awesome. Cass and Jahsiah took down some wasp nests before breakfast. After breakfast I worked on some cobbing and then Jaqi & I watered the Apple and maple tree before heading to lunch. Then after lunch we worked on peeling, fermenting and planting some garlic. It’s been a long day!
Today we started the day with cobbing and then finished the day off with some more cobbing as well! I also organized a bit of the back deck at the Abbey. It’s definitely coming along. We just finished dinner(a stir fry & some wild rice!)
Hey permies people,
Today we started the day off by heading to the lab and looking at some plots. Then in the afternoon we headed to a nearby lake for some nature therapy. Being immersed in the water and surrounded by the trees is truly healing. Now we’re finishing dinner. (lentils&broccoli) I’m going to do some more reading in Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture book before bed. I feel well rested and prepared for this week! I hope everyone had a good weekend!
Today we started the day off with working at the Abbey. Then we started on the pavilion between the FPH & library. We just finished dinner and i’m so tired. I cant wait to rest. I also updated my youtube channel. Happy Friday!
Today Jaqi and I started the day off by collecting some water for the plants. Then, after lunch we finished watering, making plaster and cobbing. The Wofati is coming along great! We just finished dinner and now I’m munching on some apples and peanut butter. A great way to end this Thursday !
Today was my first day back at WL after my trip with Cass to Canada! We were at the Abbey focusing on cobbing and working on the front facade. Then we all made a little something for dinner and ate together which was nice. Cass & I got our new home (the love shack) set up for now which is such a good feeling. I’m so excited to be back as I missed everyone very much.
Hey permies people,
This morning Cass and I said farewell to Uncle Mud and Rodney when we dropped them off at the airport. We hope to cross paths sometime in the future and learn some more natural building. I’m going to miss everyone who has been here for the past few weeks but i’m super excited that some people have decided to stay. Afterwards Cass and I headed to a nearby park and spent sometime there. Then we went to town and got a smoothie and ran some errands. When we got back we cleaned and did some laundry. Now we’re all hanging out in the kitchen and chatting. What a lovely Saturday it was.
Hey everyone, today was the last day of the ATC and things are winding down. This morning we did some chores, limewashing and then in the afternoon we helped out in the kitchen making pizza for the pizza party.! I’m so tired and can’t wait to rest.
Hey everyone, today was another busy day at WL! To start the morning off we watered the apricots and lilacs. Cass and I then went with Rodney to get some water for the berms but wound up having to fix the truck to do this. After lunch we installed a hand watering station and then made and applied another coat of limewash. I can’t believe the ATC is over tomorrow or that it’s friday because the days are flying by. I also can’t believe its almost the one month mark!
Hey permies people, today there were a lot of projects being worked on including the berm shed, a glass recycler and greasing the bearings. I think being here during the ATC is an amazing opportunity to work on some great projects. The days go by so quick when we’re all laughing and working together and I couldnt ask for more. I attached some photos below!
Hey everyone, the past two days have been filled with fun stuff as the ATC is still going on. We’ve been working on limewashing and a lot of cobbing. We spent the entire day at the lab which is always my favorite place to work. The wofati is coming along at the Abbey and I can’t wait to keep working on it. I’m still missing the east coast but I think I’m adjusting well to life in the mountains. I attached some photos below and am adding some videos to my youtube!
Hey everyone, it’s been an eventful week with the ATC going on. We’ve been working on junk pole fencing, battery maintenance, whitewashing, gardening and helping in the kitchen. I love being busy and learning from the group of people that are here right now. I attached some fun photos below.