Permaculture in Action at The Crossing

The Crossing was one of the greatest learning experiences of my life. Permaculture is a lifestyle centred around the design of the natural ecosystem in which the society is in, that allows for a more sustainable and ecological way of life. Each part of the design must have at least 3 reasons for its manifestation. Dean and Annette Turner, founders of The Crossing, welcomed us… Read more

A brief bio on the amazing Echidna

One of the oldest mammals on earth, the Echidna (E-KID-NA), are also one of the three species of mammal that lay eggs. Differing greatly from many of the later-formed sexual relationships of most mammals (for example female quolls gain much weight and fat tissue around their necks, so that the males may bite their necks and hold them in place); the female echidna is the… Read more

Whanganui (pron ‘funganooey’)

Saying I wasn’t excited to go on the Whanganui river excursion was an understatement. I didn’t even care enough to learn how to pronounce Whanganui (the name of the river we would be spending the next 48 hours on.) My instructor Karlee had to correct me when I called it the “wanguhnooey”, when its actually pronounced “funganooey.” I was feeling particularly homesick. I was, as… Read more

A day in the life of a Pacific Discovery instructor

I would like to write about today. Because this is the only life I am ever going to live. As each day flows by that I call mine, it’s one of a kind, it kneads into those soft lines under my electric green eyes, it’s magic dust and music that will never be played again, it’s a brilliant equation of Mother Earth and human birth,… Read more

Transforming in Tawharanui

Kia Ora Welcome to New Zealand! We said goodbye to Australia and crossed the Tasman sea to Auckland. Once we were all through customs we got our new van and trailer and made our way north to Tawharanui National Park. We spent the next week camping with no showers helping the park rangers with various environmental projects. We had to set up our tents in… Read more

Surfing Musings

I’m writing this journal from my favorite spot here at surf camp, which is Erik’s hammock, facing towers the woods, listening to Alyssa shred the Ukulele. The clouds are blocking the sun making it the perfect temperature, and I covered myself in poison so the bugs are leaving me alone. Honestly I’m loving surf camp, and I’m definitely as hard as I can to improve-… Read more

Grassroots and Beetroot Juice

‘Always try something before you judge’. This is the motto I need to repeat to myself throughout the program. On day twenty we departed from the Blue Mountains and drove many hours to arrive at The Crossing. Completely blind to what The Crossing would encompass, we arrived to a canoe loading port on the side of the road to see a man and woman named… Read more

Surfing, Cliffs and Bitou Bush Bashing!

Hello to family and friends abroad! This week in the land down under our group tackled surf camp, something everyone found equally challenging and fun. Our teachers, JJ and Steve, went through some quick board and surfing etiquette on land, then it was time for us to hit those waves! Let me tell you one thing: surfing is not as easy as Aussies make it… Read more

What I learned from my first camping trip

1. Everything you hear about camping is true . . . But experiencing it is completely different. You are sleeping in the wilderness.  Therefore, there is wildlife, changing weather, and other unexpected variables that will cross your path.  You are actually expected to survive and live off these types of living conditions. 2. Peanut butter is always the answer… Eat peanut butter for breakfast, snack,… Read more

Challenge Accepted

Before I start, I just wanted to say how lucky I am to be surrounded by some of the most amazing people that I can share this experience and journey with, who also in many different ways inspire me everyday to achieve things and push myself in ways I never thought I would. For this blog I thought I would write about how, through my… Read more