In the shoes of a shepherd’s apprentice

Last year we decided to offer a special opportunity to the real lovers of adventure: a cultural exchange program as a shepherds apprentice. We organized this program to help our local shepherd and the growth of the local economy, as well as to offer a chance to learn, a very unique experience that cannot be found elsewhere else at the moment.

We received a lot of applications; it seems like trying the shepherd life for a while is enticing for many. At the end we chose Guillhem, who seemed the most suitable for this unique exchange. You can read about his experiences in this journal written by him, Continue reading

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Experiences in Herbalism

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Love of herbs

Using herbs have always been in the major focus of our homestead life, including wild herbs growing in the area as well as the ones that we grow in the garden. Each year we managed to grow something new, to learn something about wild herbs and to also try new ways of using them. We started experimenting with tinctures, salves and other herbal products many years ago, each time learning something new and improving our methods. Continue reading

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Of the Moon and the Garden

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When you live in the countryside or even further out in the wilderness, you become much closer to certain aspects of nature and you get to understand their purpose and their relevance, their indispensability more than you would ever think about in a city. The Moon is one of these; you might notice its beauty during full moon once in a while in the city but when you’re our in nature the transform into something more than just a beautiful sight. Continue reading

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2016 Newsletter

Dear family and friends,

Last year we had once again visitors from many corners of the world and were very busy around the ranch with new projects and some old ones. We learned new things and we taught things we know to visitors. You can read about some of these experiences in this letter. These were just a few that we need to mention, since we cannot write about everything and everyone; but we are thankful for all the precious company and help that was offered by all who joined us in 2016. Continue reading

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Newsletter 2015

“Sometimes a mortal feels in himself Nature

— not his Father but his Mother stirs

within him, and he becomes immortal with her

immortality. “ H.D. Thoreau

A bit late, but here it is! 2015 was a year when we noticed more than ever before how much the changes of nature impact our lives. Continue reading

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St John’s-wort tinctures

Passing on what we learn

 Green Magic, Nature’s Medicine

 The best magic is green magic. Tinctures, or as I like to call them, potions, are very potent and they serve as yet another example that often your trip to the pharmacy is a waste of time. A lot of plants are easy to find and recognize, they are safe to us, have a lovely flavor and gathering herbs next to the forest on a beautiful morning is solely worth the effort. Continue reading

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Power of the Sun

 We are grateful for the Engineers Without Borders from Austria, who made the workshop of Solar Power in Rural Areas a success. This renewable energy workshop was held at the Organic Art Ranch last weekend.

The busy hands and great attitude all contributed to an outcome that we gazed at with wonder. Continue reading

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