I will be doing some travelling in 2017 and this is why…

Reflections on life and plans going forward…

After countless dreams and visions about travel, and building my own “off the grid” house, I have decided to take on the challenge. I will be travelling this year, with the intention of learning about permaculture, solar/wind power, rain catching, fruit forests and eco housing/earthships. I have never explored this way of living, though I have always dreamed about it.

I have often pondered “Why do I live in Johannesburg?” and “Am I restricted to my current way of living?”

This is a strange question because I have been taught how to live a western life, how to make money, how to market myself, how to offer a unique service, how to pay tax etc. But what if that was all taken away? What if there is another way to survive? And there most definitely is another way. I just dont know it yet.

I have had this battle in my head since as far as I can remember… And most of the time I end up doing whats comfortable. What I know.

Phrased differently, I could ask myself  “What does my being yearn for?”

I think it is so easy to stop listening to our inner voice, and follow the multitude of distractions and trends these days. But how long can this go on for? Eventually there is a boiling point. I have ignored my heart for far too long. I have always wanted something different.

Adventure, travel, meeting new people, sustainable living, and the great outdoors… The thought of this brings me peace.

So this is the other side of my fence: Living in nature and being off the grid.

This is the side I have not yet had the courage to explore. It is unknown territory. And I would like to think that I can survive in the wild, as my forefathers did, harnessing the forces of nature to my advantage. I realized that the worst outcome for me, is that this lifestyle doesn’t work for me, but at least I will have clarity, if this is the case.

It sounds daunting and challenging. My worries are: How am I going to make money? Will I fall behind in business skills/connections? Will my friends move away? Will I be in danger? Do I need money?

But then I realize that this journey ahead requires a shift in mindset. For example, Instead of seeing money as the only currency, I am starting to see the value in other natural phenomena… Like water, food, love, gifting and exchange…

In permaculture, we are taught to catch rainwater, and store it in tanks for later use. This is like gold! This is used to water the plants, which create food, which sustains us humans. So instead of putting my efforts into marketing and sales, my mind is pondering how best to catch and use water. In permaculture, they explain the importance of creating the right landscape, so that water can travel as slowly and reach as many places as possible. Think of building a river path that snakes from the highest point of your garden to the lowest. This is efficiency.

 I often ask kids in my coaching practice, where food comes from, and they tell me “woolworths” or “Pick n Pay”. This is a reminder of how far we have removed ourselves from our true source. I remember, on one of our camps last year, us facilitators created a massive bonfire in the Magaliesburg. The kids were braaing marshmallows and telling ghost stories. And then one kid, a 12 year old, told me she had never seen anything like this before. I asked her “what are you talking about”. She said “fire” (She had never seen fire before.).

Most of us were not taught how to grow food, or even how to have a relationship with our Mother Earth. This is something I have decided to explore. In the past 2 weeks I have planted the following trees in my garden: 2 Avos, 2 granadilla, 1 pomegranite, 1 blackberry, 2 apple, 1 banana, 1 macadamia nut, 1 orange and 1 fig tree. And to be honest, I am learning more from my gardener right now than anyone else;)

Spiders spin their own webs. These webs have various uses: survival – catching food, a home to live in, finding a mate, and even a place to hang out and stretch their legs. You will notice that each web is unique, some big, some small, some laid out between trees, some between bushes, some between car tires (not the best location).

Anyway, I have realized that I have used the same “web design” for too long, and it is time to create something completely fresh. Einstein’s definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting the same results”. So 2017 is my year of creating a new life for myself. I feel kinda like an artist with a blank canvas 😉

My Plans for 2017
Please note I will be available for Skype calls between now and 10 March!

25 Jan to 5 Feb – I will attend my 2nd Vipassana course – This includes 10 days of silence and mediation. I last attened this in 2012. After-which I was inspired to start coaching kids, create kids camps, run kids workshops and start a band. All of this has transpired and I have been more successful than I could have possibly imagined. (for info on Vipassana in Cape Town visit https://www.pataka.dhamma.org/)

5 Feb to 24 Feb – I will be volunteering at an Eco Retreat Centre in Knysna called Peace of Edenhttp://www.peaceofeden.co.za – where I will be helping with creating and maintaining a veggie garden, looking after the horses, and building eco toilets for their resort.

24 Feb – 10 March – I am fortunate to have good friends. A friend of mine will be paying for my flight and accommodation to Bali, where I will learn about whatever comes my way. I have never been before and look forward to the adventure.

10 March to 1 May – I will be back in Johannesburg, and will be running my coaching business as usual. If you would like to book a 1-on-1 session in advance, please let me know and I will do so. However, I will still be available on Skype while travelling, for kids/teens and parents’ coaching sessions. I have made it my mission to bring my business with me so that I can continue doing my work online 😉

1 May –  I will be traveling to South America. I will report back on this later.