I wanted to introduce my project, The All You Need Institute (AYNI), to the forums. My goal is to teach folks how to provide for human needs in ways that restore ecosystems and build community - you know, permaculture! I, Jordan Bantuelle, having been teaching workshops for many years on water management, edible gardening, mushroom growing, raising chickens, keeping bees, composting, ecology, etc, as well as an intro to permaculture, how we tie it all together. My wife, Kezia Vida Kamenetz, is a dream therapist and does alternative healing work, bringing more of the retreat center aspect to AYNI, along with those less tangible human needs. I also offer tours of our land, teach about useful plants, how natives and settlers once lived off the land, and how we integrate this knowledge today.
The place itself is on 111 acres nestled into DeSoto National Forest in SE Mississippi, just 1:20 NE or our hometown, New Orleans. We have a wide variety of habitat, from creek bottoms, to pine savanna, ponds, and sandhills, culminating in a beautiful, rare, and unusual white sandy xeric forest covered primarily in lichens. We have a couple cabins built, 5 campsites, outdoor kitchen, canvas tents, a 30' yurt, and many plans, including replicating an architect friend's underground dome-home as an experiment in demonstrating passively cooled spaces in the hot and humid subtropics (something that is surprisingly difficult).
So I hope you will come visit and take a tour, a workshop, or just camp out! Were always looking to meet others in the region (it can be difficult in the Deep South US). But I also am writing to let folks know that we are looking for interns/fellows, collaborators, and eventually business partners with the right person(s). Please check out our website and see the latest blog entry for more info.