im imlach

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since Apr 09, 2020
Engineer, instructor, organic farmer/ builder/designer/filmmaker/healer/actor/musician and world-wandering wordweaver, im has been sojourning, building, planting, writing and teaching for over 30 years.
In 1991, prior to the dawn of Certification Madness, im created SimPL as a short-contract and volunteer organization which seeks out and assists individuals and communities towards arriving at a self-reliant lifebase, amidst the growing apathy and consumption-fetish now gripping the general human population.
SimPLife is the practice of natural living, with the intention of supporting and preserving the purity & sanctity of sensible lifestyle: project builds and lifeskills courses (permaculture & biodynamics-based), organic farming, natural building & life masterplanning.

To date, there have been SimPLife builds or courses in Ladakh, Turkey, Spain, USA, Thailand, Ecuador, Korea, Phillipines, Guyana, England, Nepal, and Indonesia.
im's professional certifications include: 
BS Electrical Engineering
BS Civil Engineering
Permaculture Designer/Instructor
LEED Accredited Professional
Solar PV Designer/Installer, SEI
Reconnection Healing Practitioner/ Reiki Master
Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, SOLO
Wilderness Guide Educator, NOLS
pokhara nepal, ladakh, dharamshala india
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ok. where do we post how to find out why a post we made was yanked?
obviously we dont wish to offend or act in deleterious fashionage.
cheers us, paul, staff, but not here???   where? i just have a question guys. simple.

Linda Secker wrote:Hi All

do you have any recipes for moisturising sensitive skin and lips? I get very dry skin in places, and my skin is sensitive to all sorts of things. I need a thick cream for hands, feet, elbows and knees, and a lightweight cream for my face. I also get occasional patches of eczema. I'm particularly bothered about lip stuff - I've tried several lip balms here in the UK, some natural, some not, and the only thing that actually works is vaseline which is petroleum jelly - yeuch!!!

If anyone has any suggestions, I'd like to try making something!


Hi Gang-


You can try my recipe, a lifelong pursuit to agreeably care for extreme dry skin.
for body, not for face except on occasion.

ingredients (all organic please...)
1. Aloe Vera leaf, fresh cut from a plant
2. Vegetable Glycerin
3. Hemp Seed or Jojoba Oil

KEEP IT SIMPLE, never get anal on recipes- just eyeball relative measures and you'll be perfect enough -

1. de-spine the edges of the aloe leaf(s), and slice leaves into pieces, put into a blender leaf skin and all.
   liquify that for a few minutes best you can, until you get a greenish goo in there

2. ADD the same amount of glycerin to match the aloe goo. so you now have 50/50 of both. blend again, few minutes.

3. ADD the oil, not too much, about 1/4 to 1/6 of the mixture. this acts as an emollient, or a smoother if you will,
   to the consistency of the lotion. blend again, couple minutes untill all lumpy things go away.

4. DECANT all to a large GLASS jar, which shall be the master, which decants to your personal container(s), especially when you give samples to others.
   USE a rubber spat to remove every smidgeon of lotion from blender.

5. ADD a few drops of essential oils to the master jar with tight lid- tea tree (3), rosemary (6), lemon (6), peppermint (1 drop!)....shake furiously.

6. decant to daily use container, and store the master somewhere cool and dark.

7. IMPORTANT: to be used after shower or bath, dry your hair and back, but do NOT dry your body.

instead, add a few drops rubbed between palms and massage your wet arms, perhaps going into upper torso- then a few drops to massage your wet legs- then midsection, you get the idea, adjust amounts until you're covered. not TOO much!

8. at first, experiment until you apply the right amount everyday, and you'll be surprised at how little you might need everyday. one smallish bottle lasts me
   about a month, or months, for example.


1 month ago
Is a "seed bomb" just a larger version of a "seed ball"?

Please, inquiring minds want to know ; )


effectively yes, Matthew- actually kind of a mixed- seed blob that gets plopped onto mother earth.

Looks like, the above example is maybe trees, with clover coing up around for nitrogen-fixing.....
not sure but that is one great thing to do on seed bombs, i reckon.

have fun!
1 month ago
Github Link:
Download the Source code .zip file and extract it to access the Excel workbook and ReadMe doc.


New release has been posted. I just realized I can't edit my OP so here's the new link:

Gavin: gorgeous work , brother. i teach org farming online and if ok, this could be something so valuable.....
my gratitude

23sep:   i downloaded your new rev, and hopefully on a soon-like rainy day, i shall tackle the prospect of going hi-tech in my farming
courses......this mere CONCEPT is evolution. THIS is one portal where we all are best served to travel, for our progeny.

NOT that i have an opinion or anything.
most exemplary, Sir Gavin.

- im
2 months ago

Just wanted to voice my appreciation for this post- what an invaluable WEALTH of pricelees info,
all this is, and nobody can really put down the lowdown quite like BBC (ok, and ken burns)

you're doing great great excellent work there-  i shall pilfer this post, and present it to my online farming students,
in my teaching platforms. any of you are welcome always to pilfer any of my courses-
as if i have anything to add to your Everest of info.....

cheers really big!
Hi! good tips all....

to ADD to whats being said/done, I have recently uploaded a series on youtube called
Virus Farming Updates- GROW Your OWN FOOD.... yeah, i know, but how else will someone pay attention, right.....

in here. i'm actually acting the goofball and planting seeds with sticks and rocks, showing you don't  NEED much
to dive in-

ill list them here in order, and hope this can help!

Virus Farming Update INTRO
Grow Your Own Food

Virus Farming Update TWO:

Virus Farming Update THREE:
Organics and Supply Chains

Virus Farming Update THREE.FIVE-
Change the Organic Game