We were tired and in need of rest when Mount of Oaks came on our path. This intentional community is all about slowing down, simplicity and sustainability. The right place in the right time for us! Their residents believe that living simpler will yield more happiness. Yes, it may be less comfortable, but that trade-off is worth it. We talk to Emma Cowan about the ideals behind this place and Barbara da Nova Leite Cowan shows us the natural buildings: made with straw bales, cob, wattle-and-daub and empty beer bottles…! Check out Mount of Oaks here! [...]
Stomping around in a heap of horse dung. It’s not something I do every day. But when making natural bricks (so called adobes) this is a necessary part of the process. We have gathered in Happy Valley in Benfeita, Portugal, where Prem and Roshni are building a bathroom with natural materials. Part of the walls will be made from a natural type of brick called ‘adobe’. These bricks are made from a mix of clay, sand, straw and some lovely horse dung. According to Bruno, who is teaching us how to make the bricks, the horse dung helps to provide [...]
It's like...we're walking in a Hobbit landscape! This Dutch neighbourhood consists of 23 "Aardehuizen" (based on Michael Reynolds 'Earth ship' model). We meet residents and talk about their process of constructing and living together in this magical neighbourhood! We learn how they've build with tires, cob, strawbales and of course earth. How decisions are made with sociocracy. Which weed is edible and how the composttoilets are used. So much inspiration! Visit the website of Stichting Aardehuizen in Olst (Earth Houses, Olst) for more information: http://www.aardehuis.nl/en Or their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Aardehuis
From the French Morvan with Love, our very first #vanlife vlog! ;-) Hi dear folks! Remember that we’ve announced our crazy plan with a campervan not too long ago? Well, since then we’ve spend many conversations about how we can at one hand convert our van in a sustainable way and at the same time use our short time before departure well by choosing for what’s fast, easy and basic. We’ve learned a lot from this process and feel open to share about our dilemmas and questions along the route of converting our van before we’ve hit the road. So [...]
In this natural home Agnes and Harrie live sustainably, yet super comfy. Featuring things like a heat pump, natural insulation, a rocket stove and straw bale construction. ‘t Natuurlijk Huus is a place where the boundaries of sustainable technology are explored.Website 't Natuurlijk Huus.