We need to recognize that developing a love-bond with the Earth is part of developing into a happy, balanced, healthy human being. Life touch In the 1950’s, psychologist Ashley Montague did research to establish that human touch is an actual need for healthy human development. His research showed that infants […]

Bond With Nature

Mid-March Plant Cold Tolerants
The thing about nematodes, and most members of the soil-food web, is that they have many beneficial aspects, as well as some nasty or yucky ones. Nematodes mineralize soil. They do this in various ways, but primarily by eating and digesting fungus and bacteria which contain nitrogen, and other minerals. […]


There are so many compelling reasons, that fuel the massive gardening movement worldwide: Food for the table, food security, access to organic food, supporting biodiversity, saving & exchanging seed, good exercise, connection with nature. Vandana Shiva refers to seed saving as “the most important revolutionary act of our time”. For […]

Why Garden?

This is a deep and thought-provoking article about plant intelligence, written by Michael Pollan, author of “Omnivore’s Delimma”, and others. I think it elegantly exposes some of the limitations of science (without actually coming out against anything), yet also some of the benefits of genuinely rigorous scientific research. My question […]

Article on Plant Intelligence by Michael Pollan, plus Zia’s comments

Mondango Sunset
There are three possibilities for further involvement with our projects in Ecuador. A brief description follows. Please write if you are seriously interested. ~~Cabana Resident Interns/Partners–Our second Earthbag structure ever, the Rasta Muffin Hut is now available to be cared for, loved up and lived in. We envision a strong […]

Further involvement with our work in Ecuador

EB walls. techo paja en process
by Bill Pfeiffer Our times, the Age of Separation could also be called the Age of Forgetting. Modern humans have severe amnesia; we have forgotten who we are in relation to everything else. Martin Prechtel, the maverick cultural historian and artist, calls it “the amnesia of modernity” and says our […]

There Is Power in Remembering Ancestral Wisdom

Medicine wheel greens, corn and beyond
Zia’s letter to the Vilcabamba “nuevo residente” community: In planning the Permaculture Design Course, I have had the opportunity to talk to a lot of people about their understanding of where we are going together. Also, their take on what Permaculture is, or their contribution to and their relationship to […]

Where are we going together?

Here is some information about our experience in Vilcabamba, Ecuador, for those considering moving here. We are asked these things alot, so here are some basics. For more information, I suggest becoming a member of the Cuenca based website, Gringo Tree.You can ask questions on that site, and get answers.  […]

EC move? Q & A

Blackberry, leaves Blackberry Rubus, many varieties from around the world Rubus fruticosus (a common European variety) Rubus villosus (a common American variety) Brief Astringent, tonic, helps treat wounds, burns, mouth sores, sore throat, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, menstrual cramps Medicinal Properties There are said to be at least 40 European varieties of […]

Medicinal Herbs

Roshni with Mycelium Propagation bed
The benefits of mycelium are huge. Briefly, the root-like structure of the mycelium can multiply the circulation of a plant by 1,000 times. It also provides protection against non-beneficial fungi, virus and bacteria, and breaks down soil nutrients, making them accessible to plants. For more This is a method for […]

Mycelium, advantages & propagation

En este tema, estos sitios son bien fuerte, lo siento, no tenemos este informacion en Espanol. On this topic, I recommend these sites. They are really strong, I couldn’t improve on this information. I’m sorry I don’t have this information in Spanish. Brad Lancaster’s site Art Ludwig’s site:‎

Rainwater harvesting and greywater systems/ Cosecha llovia y sistemas de ...

The course fee and what it takes to run a course: Offering a PDC requires many months of planning and logistics. We run the best course we can and the kind we would like to take. This means we are out there getting our hands dirty, hearing from lots of […]

What it takes to run a PDC course/ Ejecutando ...