Hi! I’m happy to see you here, please read ahead, explore, ask, connect and come back as many times as your soul needs to…

What’s this site about:

  • Retrofitting the Suburbs
  • Demystifying Assumptions
  • Awakening from the Dream & Choosing Life
  • Simplifying and De-cluttering
  • Earth Activism: fierce love for this Earth and its many Life Manifestations
  • Community Building, Participatory Deep Democracy, Inclusion & Resilience
  • Food Sovereignty & the exploration of collective sufficiency
  • Emergency Preparedness, Community Resilience and Disaster Planning
  • Spiritual Ecology & Engaged Buddhism
  • The Work that Reconnects
  • Re-connection to Yourself, Each Other and Life
  • Co-creating an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just presence of human beings in the planet
OUR image 2013
Beautiful and magical O.U.R. Ecovillage, Permaculture Demonstration site where I did part of my first PDC
My first PDC group at UBC Farm
My first PDC group at UBC Farm


I teach self-reliance, the world’s most subversive practice. I teach people how to grow their own food, which is shockingly subversive. So, yes, it’s seditious. But it’s peaceful sedition.” ~ Bill Mollison

(Interview: http://www.scottlondon.com/interviews/mollison.html )


My current PDC at Sunshine Coast (winter in Richmond's hill)
My current PDC at Sunshine Coast (winter in Richmond’s hill)

Emerging at the other end, we will not be the same as we were; we will have become more humble, more connected to the natural world, fitter, leaner, more skilled and, ultimately, wiser.” ~ Rob Hopkins, Originator of the Transition Town movement


What permaculturists are doing is the most important activity that any group is doing on the planet. We don’t know what details of a truly sustainable future are going to be like, but we need options, we need people experimenting in all kinds of ways and permaculturists are one of the critical gangs that are doing that.” ~ Dr David Suzuki geneticist, broadcaster and international environmental advocate


Traditional agriculture was labour intensive, industrial agriculture is energy intensive, and permaculture-designed systems are information and design intensive.” ~ David Holmgren




Note on posts, copyright  and sharing:

The ideas and concepts presented in this blog are the combination of my learning process and experiences from too many sources and extraordinary people to be mentioned here (for privacy reasons and out of respect, I would only mention those who have authorized or asked me to do so).

Please feel free to share, print, comment or reproduce any of the material you find in this blog. I would ask, however, that you mention the source and author.

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It’s not
.”  ~ Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

8 thoughts on “Home

  1. Silvia, I look forward to following your progress and continuing to learn from you! Like you, I have had the resources to build a sustainable lifestyle despite the desire to do so because of the “struggle with chronic issues such as debt, mortgages, family commitments, dependency on employers and the “grid”, limited or non-existent access to land, lack of basic knowledge re growing their own food, creating their own energy alternatives or building shelters utilizing natural resources…” That is precisely why I find you perspective so helpful and engaging.

    I send my best wishes to you as you begin this next journey 🙂


    1. Thank you Carola…I anticipate it will be really challenging and I am (I have to confess) scared and always adding a new excuse ot it…but it is time…for me, my children, my internal peace and because there are people in this world who don’t have the luxury of people like me being scared. They need us to change so they can also live. Thanks for being there 🙂

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  2. Hello Silivia,
    I enjoyed reading your blog. You have a lot of interesting posts and ideas. I had never heard of permaculture before. You have introduced me to something new. Good luck in your many projects.
    Marie, PIDP classmate


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