Down to Earth Living with Milkwood Permaculture
What does a meaningful life look like?
Is it found in money, careers or home-ownership? Or is found somewhere beyond this? In the over-looked parts of everyday life that we’ve under-valued, but are brimming with potential?
Today’s conversation with permaculture educators Kirsten Bradley and Nick Ritar from Milkwood is an absolute joy, as they share their gentle and exploratory journey towards creating a good life.
It begins in central Melbourne, where Kirsten and Nick worked as art-makers and VJs - before undertaking an enormous challenge and moving to Nick’s rural family farm in NSW in the hope of transforming it into a new life and their new livelihood. With a lot of love and effort, this eventually blossomed into their permaculture business Milkwood Permaculture - that has trained and inspired thousands of us with it’s message of building a better world.
Nick and Kirsten focus their efforts around taking care of the earth and stewarding the planet’s resources, and have had a delightful time along the way. They make a compelling case for us all to slow down and consider what really matters - whether that’s learning to keep bees naturally or grow tomatoes, making things with our hands or considering our individual impact on our surroundings.
Whether you’re craving a major life transformation or to introduce something as small as growing mushrooms, Kirsten and Nick have a thoughtful philosophy to change that we can all adopt: make incremental changes where we are, with what we have, doing what we can.
This conversation is a dose of goodness for anybody looking to feel connected to the earth, and to themself.
“We do recommend people start with just one thing and nail it. Whether it’s growing a tomato or learning to make yoghurt, learn to do one thing yourself and get really good and make it a daily habit. Don’t get overwhelmed with all of the change you’d like to make, take it one step at a time and you’ll kick arse at it and be really great.”
“People are a lot nicer than we think they are. It’s really rare that you meet someone who doesn’t have an amazing story to tell, a useful skill or a kindness they can bestow upon you.”
Things to Check Out After Today’s Episode:
Download a free Yoga Nidra sequence from yoga teacher Irene ‘Izzy’ Ais when you subscribe to All Being Well’s newsletter, Mindful Mail
Nab a signed copy of the Milkwood book here
Read Milkwood’s fantastic article: 27 Life Hacks for Permaculture Living