Category Archives: Regenerative

Thoughts – Albert Einstein

“A human being is part of the whole called by us the universe,
a part limited in time and space.

We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings, as something
separate from the rest, a kind of optical illusion of consciousness…
Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our
circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole
of nature in its beauty… We shall require a substantially new manner
of thinking if humanity is to survive.”

-Albert Einstein


Calender of Events in The World Of Green – Winter 2009

January 15 Green Building Workshop (Brooklyn, NY)

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location: LC 400, Dibner Library Building   5 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NY
A workshop that brings industry researchers and developers of green buildings technologies, entrepreneurs, investors, representatives from green buildings and sustainability initiatives, regulators, architects and building designers.

I will be speaking on ‘Integrating Green Building in the Urban Environment’

at 9:55 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.

January 24  – Green Living Workshop  – Part 1  (Santa Monica, CA)

Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Santa Monica Public Library (Ocean Park Branch)

2601 Main Street   Santa Monica, CA 90405
This workshop on Green Living, will help lay the foundation to create your green abode – whether you own or not.  Learn the simple ways to make your home energy and water efficient while eliminating toxins and drastically improving indoor air quality!

The workshop will cover a DIY cleaning product demo, lecture, and interaction with the audience.

I will provide all attendees with an E-Book on all material covered as well as local resources!

January 25 –   Go Green Expo –  (Los Angeles, CA)

Time –  10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location: The Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street   Los Angeles, CA 90015

Go Green Expo is a showcase for earth-friendly products and services – a trade show that wholly focused on green living.

I will be on the panel for Green Building and Design on the tradeshow floor on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

January 31  – Green Decor Workshop  – Part 2 (Santa Monica, CA)

Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Santa Monica Public Library (Ocean Park Branch)

2601 Main Street   Santa Monica, CA 90405

Few people are aware, that just as in our homes as our workplace, there is an opportunity to choose objects and products that do not pollute our homes and are harmful to us and the environment.

Learn how to decorate your home in a way that improves your indoor air quality, and your overall state of being, by pairing down on clutter and waste, eliminating toxins, and breathing in a new breathe of fresh air into your home!

I will provide a basis of information that will help guide you in a direction of knowing what questions to ask from your suppliers and manufacturers to insure that the materials and finishes you choose for your home are environmentally sound.

There will be samples and materials incorporated, to provide a better understanding for greening your decor!

February 07 – Green Landscaping Workshop  – Part 3  (Santa Monica, CA)

Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Santa Monica Public Library (Ocean Park Branch)

2601 Main Street Santa Monica, CA 90405

A basic introduction, offering everything you wanted to know about greening your garden and landscaping!

This workshop will provide an introduction to Permaculture and good gardening practices, that you can begin implementing in your green space today!  Learn simple tools that will help you save time, money, water and energy in your garden!

Information will be provided on local programs, through Santa Monica, on sustainable gardening and landscaping.

A New Renaissance

Through out the past few years, we have witnessed the birth of new words and phrases. Lyrics to new songs, that we as humans are learning to sing. These melodies, are defining a new era; vocals, still unknown or unclear to many.

Sustainability has been on the whispering lips of many, as of late. A new paradigm shift is occurring – it is a state of creation, stewardship, light, and coexistence. It is movement from a place of sustainability to a place of regeneration.

To reference regenerative, it constitutes continuously moving towards a higher place of being – shedding what no longer serves us, and seeking a sentient state of mind.

Owning the empowerment, that we all have the capacity to make a collective difference in this movement. It is the initial step in moving to place of natural and altruistic regeneration. The significance of this very time and place is this opportunity, where we respect ourselves, each other, and have an understanding that translates to our respect for the natural world.

We begin to take responsibility for ever facet of our life. The steps of conservation that lead to preservation become integrated into our being, no longer stemming from guilt, but rather from passion.

We feel a sense of meaning and understanding. The simple gestures in life gain momentum, as the frivolities of the day begin to dissipate.

Subtleties begin to emerge internally and perception awakens!

Awareness for the seasons, the cycles of the moon and the spirit of life, infiltrates our souls. We begin to take note of nature and use her perfection, as a model for life. We use this opportunity to emerge into the person that we recognize – the mirror between life and translucence becomes lucid.

This new dawning builds communities, strengthens families and empowers its citizens. We are working to rebuild our culture. A culture, that has suffered, and is ready to succumb and regenerate itself to represent dignity while leaving its mark on history and mankind.

This new dawning is being referred to in many ways, and in many words. The reality is, that it is an era that will lead the way like no other movement ever has.
It will encompass our existence, our economics, our state of affairs and our existence.

This is a time when we move from being sustainable to regenerative in ever capacity of our being.

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Viva Permaculture!

img_3598So what is Permaculture?

Permaculture, stems from the two words:  Permanent Culture

I like to define it, is the design of human settlements in accordance to the laws of nature.

So what does that mean?

It uses the wisdom of learning from the self perfecting system of nature to build and provide in ways, that are regenerative to people and communities.

Permaculture, provides a philosophy, that establishes systems of highly productive and sustainable environments that provide water, food, energy, and shelter, in addition to, a reforming old systems, bioremediation, mycology, and nature awareness.

It stems from the natural theory, that nature is abundant – as is life!

There is an innate respect, for all things living within our eco system.  It is a way of thinking, based on cardinal indigenous cultures and ways of living, while integrating modern technology.

It uses these principals to mimic patterns in nature, while using energy sources at their peak potential to provide a balanced system.  This will allow for less work, zero waste, observation, and biodiversity, amongst just a few, of the many principals.

In essence, this is a practice that embodies such a vast amount of science,
technique and theory, all while being such a simple and logical way of living.

Permaculture is a process …. as life is.

Beyond green living and building buildings that work effectively and efficiently, it embodies an intention for life; it is a slow awakening of the subtleties in life that are around us all the time.

It is a philosophy, that has the ability, to be applied to every facet of our life.

Permaculture works on building relationships, with yourself, your neighbors, your community and of course with the natural world; remember it is a part if human NATURE!