I have long been fascinated with the wonders of the Amazon. The vast expansive forest and rivers are very captivating. When I was eight, my mum and dad invented travelling through the Peruvian and Brazilian Amazon to meet a woman that made herbal remedies to keep villagers healthy. It took 12 hours of canoeing deep… Continue reading Healing Trees of the Amazon – As Nature Intended
Stop for a moment and imagine if the rubbish you create was banned from going to the landfill! This may be the future as more and more countries are refusing to take on our rubbish. The average Australian sends more than one ton of waste to the landfill each year. An Aussie family produces enough… Continue reading What to do with your soft plastics?
In Australia, it's estimated that 45 per cent of people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. In any one year, around 1 million Australian adults have depression, and over 2 million have anxiety. If you suffer from persistent and excessive worry, anxiety, know that you are not alone. Many creative people have… Continue reading Practical Hints to Overcome Anxiety
I spent many of my childhood years travelling with my parents. Before I had turned ten, I had travelled around the world three times. This horrified some people as they said I needed "routine" while others thought it was the best schooling I could ever have. World Travels My parents met while backpacking so travelling… Continue reading Pros and Cons of Being a Child Traveller
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Even though bamboo was first used in China around 118 B.C. and pandas have been eating it forever, it sort of became sexy with Colombian architect Simón Vélez at the turn of this century. Simón stated that bamboo was better than steel, and his style of building shook the world of architecture. This tremor was… Continue reading Why Everyone Should Use Bamboo
Ecocentro IPEC is an ecological centre that is snuggled in the valley of Mar de Guerra in Pirenopolis, Goais, the savannah of Brazil. It’s one of a kind. A giant dome of more than 200 unfired bricks will greet you. And if you’re lucky enough to spend the night, a thousand stars will light your way.
In the beginning…
Ecocentro IPEC (Instituto de Permacultura e Ecovilas do Cerrado) was loving founded by Lucia Legan and Andre Soares. And walking with them the whole way was Laila Helena, only a small kid at the time. In the beginning the task looked a little daunting, as the vision was huge, trying to create a permaculture reference centre that would inspire people to tread lightly on this planet.
It was a simple beginning. The small shack housed around 300 bats and quite a few rats. First things first, take them back to the…
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