The Rooted Center

The Rooted Center is a truly wonderful farm, run by an equally wonderful family. Cultivated on 1 acre of earth near Boulder, Utah the high desert climate certainly provides an interesting mix of ecology as well as natural resources. In late March, we arrived for what would be a week of expansive learning in many aspects of nature and life.

“The Rooted Center is a permaculture principled homestead outside of Boulder, UT. Our interest lies not only in growing food, but also growing people, as we are constantly learning and growing ourselves. Here you will find the unique opportunity to learn small-scale farming and aquaponics coupled with opportunities to learn about Chinese Medicine, internal martial arts, Qigong and woodworking. We have our initial structures in and will be moving into building rocket mass heaters, Cobbing, earthbag building etc. this coming season.”

The primary creative energy behind the cultivation of this land is a warm human being named Sylas, who genuinely embodies the wisdom he has gathered from many years of yogic practice. To experience the energy of the land, as well as the presence of Sylas and his family truly gave our week at the farm a feeling of retreat rather than work trade. We worked on building a greenhouse, cobb benches, tended to chickens, transplanted Chinese herbs, as well as built a sprung floor for the martial arts studio.

Not only did we learn about each building process, but we were able to learn holistic healing modalities including Kung-Fu, herbal medicine, and bodywork. Early one morning, we trained our bodies in the fine art of Kung-Fu, inspiring in us a mindfulness of human movement and energetic expression.

The experience here at The Rooted Center was transformational, to say the least. Embodied teachings from nature create the foundation of intent on this 1-acre permaculture homestead. In all aspects, the acquired wisdom we walked away with contributes to a greater harmonization of mind, body, and spirit. Feeling whole, connected and extremely grateful, we left this magical place with intentions of returning in the future. Blessings to this land and those who inhabit it.

 

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Return of the Natives Planting Day

Return of the Natives

Today in the Adventure of Truth, we participated in a planting event with Return of the Natives. At Zmudowski beach in Monterey Bay, we planted 1200 native plants including Sagewort, Buckwheat, and Beach Primrose. In coordination with students at California State University in Monterey Bay, we assisted in planting these native plants to help the sand dunes that line along the beautiful coastline. The ecosystems that these dunes support will gain stability with the introduction of these plants. Many insects and animals, including the Snowy Plover bird and the Smith’s Blue Butterfly who use the vegetation for protection, will enjoy a more balanced habitat.

In the early 1900’s, ice-plant was introduced to the coastline of California with the intention of holding shifting sand more stable for the construction of railroad tracks. However, the introduction of ice-plant has begun to lessen the biodiversity of the delicate ecosystem that the dunes support, and its effects are felt.

With continued effort and awareness, Return of the Natives progresses with this work and many other projects alike with the intention of creating a better tomorrow. Awareness of these environmental issues and remedial projects continues to grow and we are so thankful to have had the opportunity to share in restoring the one common habitat that we as humans share together, Mother Earth.

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A Manifesting Vision

Today, we chatted with board members of Friends of Santa Cruz about all of the potential opportunity to expand projects at the Castro Adobe. We expressed to them that we wanted to work with their vision of further preserving and demonstrating the cultural history of the site as well as the environment for the common good of all. While introducing projects and principals of permaculture, the collective consciousness within the community will grow and sustainable practices will gain traction in generations to come.

In response, they openly filled us in on their ongoing projects for 2018. Amongst those projects are the expansion of a raised bed garden, rainwater harvesting, permeable driveway, solar power, yard and kitchen waste composting, plant seed collecting, drip irrigation expansion, and composting toilets. In coordination with the building of these projects, Friends of Santa Cruz was also interested to open the projects to volunteer efforts and those who wish to learn about the building process as well as the principals being exercised. We explored existing connections to work with volunteer high school students on behalf of this idea.

We are very excited that this dream of collaboration is coming to fruition and infinitely grateful for the support of those involved. Let there be light!

 

Driven by the Flow of Happiness

Communities for Sustainable Monterey County

Today at The Peace and Justice Center in Seaside, CA, activists in the local community gathered to present accomplishments and connect with others in an effort to collaborate while facilitating positive change within local communities. At this meeting, the potential to develop available local land by implementing permaculture and healing projects was explored. These opportunities are currently being pursued!