From "me" to "we" with Morag Gamble
Mar 01, 2021
If living in a permaculture village piques your interest, listen up!
Global permaculture leader Morag Gamble joins us today from her home in Crystal Waters, one of Australia’s best known eco villages, sharing her wisdom on all things intentional communities, human cooperation, non-human relationships and permaculture ethics.
Morag is candid about financials, telling us about how she’s achieved her debt-free set up while exploring alternative pathways for those who don’t have the means to ‘buy’ their utopia.
A truly inspiring, long-form convo with one of Australia’s greatest holistic thinkers.
- Her life in the Southern Queensland eco village, Crystal Waters
- Living surrounded by the ‘commons’
- Cohabitating with wildlife
- Designing water systems, community, mutual aid, electricity systems
- Her transition from the suburbs to a life of permaculture practice via her eco pilgrimage which included: Gaia Ecology, localism and living a sustainable life in Ladakh India.
- Unschooling herself so she could homeschool her children
- The secondary impact of Covid on developing nations
- Working with refugee settlements to build permaculture skills and resilience
- How young women in refugee settlements are being impacted by Covid
- Beginning women's cooperatives to supply the basics; soap, sanitary pads, clothes, seed saving.
- Earth care, people care, fair share
- How much is enough and how much could we share with others?
- Creating ripple effects
- The sheer practivism of permaculture
- Why “they" is "we”
- Accepting the constant evolution of your role within your community
- Giving yourself permission to become an ambassador for the change you want to see
- Personal growth - if you find yourself in a lot of goop, perhaps its time to assess how you interact with people?
- How she got her start financially
- Purposefully building her house in small, affordable pods using discounted timber to avoid ever borrowing and allow for adaptation
- The freedom of having no debt
- Collective economies that generate shared ownership and responsibility
- How a “poverty” filled community can live as though they are incredibly “rich" by a simple change of lens
- Breaking the consumption pattern by considering how resources can be accessed alternatively
- The global stronghold of permaculture which is rarely seen by the mainstream media
- Spreading permaculture ambassadors across the world to ensure this gentler existence can spread far and wide fast and then coming back.
- “The difference that makes a difference.”
- Defining success by being energised by what you do.
- Creating boundaries to ensure the bills are paid and balance can be achieved
- Abundance mentality.
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