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old growth larch salvage

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Son Ranch Head Rig
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Beautiful Larch Sap and Heartwood
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Salvaged Larch
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Japanese bracing
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2 Western Larch Trees

Salvaged from the super mill firewood pile!

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Outdoor Kitchen
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Gutter Adze and Cedar
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Cedar Gutter
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Cedar Gutter
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Cedar Gutters on Larch Frame
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Rain catchment into swales

Row of fruit trees

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Carbon full of mycorhyzal!

Perfect swale material

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Mycorhyzal logs!
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Building a swale

Building a moisture and nutrient battery.

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Winter snow to charge the swale!
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Outdoor kitchen & fruit tree gardene
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ABOUT PRANA, FOOD AND SHELTER...

Background to a Changing Paradigm

Prana (Awareness of Breath and/or God), Food, and Shelter

are the foundations of sustaining life and understanding the healing process. 

They support all our relationships and encompass the scientific disciplines of

Deep Ecology,

Appropriate Technology,

Restoration Agriculture,

Eco-Forestry and

sustainable design (Permaculture).

By uniting these emerging practices of food and shelter security

one can heal

and understand what it means to be human,

to achieve ones potential,

within a symbiotic system of ecology and economy.

PRANA

Energy Systems

Prana (India), Chi (China), or Ki (Japan) define what in English can best be understood as what animates all life with energy or force. While studying at the University of Victoria, in British Columbia, a little silver hair twinkly eyed Yoga teacher taught me Pranayam, the ancient Indian science of abdominal/expansive breathing. The breath is one of the easiest ways to access this energy system. It cured me of my chronic asthma and changed the course of my life forever. It led me to focus on energy systems that heal. I began healing myself and focusing on building materials from the surface of the earth that heal. The way we breathe and the way we use building materials have the ability to heal us or bring dis-ease. In British Columbia this means building with frames of sustainably harvested timber with wall systems that slowly breathe to exchange air and regulate moisture. This means sourcing materials of negative ionic charge that come from the surface of the earth within the watershed of the building site. Clay, stone, wood and other carbon fibers.

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FOOD

How we Respect our Mother

Food production is undergoing a revolution from fossil fuel intensive annual crops to more sustainable perennial cropping systems.
Food comes first.
Restoring our local food systems is primary.
Capturing, storing, spreading and soaking water from the highest point on the landscape (roofs and hillsides) with passive rainwater catchment systems and perennial food-forest polycultures is integral to the design of every home.
Mimicking nature and bringing diverse food systems into landscape design are key entry points to this dialogue.

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SHELTER

How we Honor our Mother

The shelters we build to rest, heal and celebrate say everything about how we view the ecosystems that sustain us. It's best to make every attempt to build with materials that come from the surface of the earth within the watershed of the building site. If not, we need to ask ourselves if we would swim with our children downstream from the industry that is producing the materials we wish to build with.

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DESIGN

Natural materials from the surface of the earth. The art of placement using Feng Shui and Vastu principles. Entering the Living Building Challenge. The Sun. Passivehaus. The list goes on in our booklet of Pre-Design considerations. It begins with what local materials you have to work with. We then work together using an Integrative Design Process to create your indoor and outdoor living spaces.

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FIRST NATIONS

Reconciliation, Decolonization and Ceremony

The more I observe and listen the more I realize the First Nations of this world are holding on to a deep connection to this Earth and the Creator.

Working with the First Nations local to the watersheds we are building within is an important step in the healing process for all of us.

It begins with recognizing and reconciling the mistakes of the past.
It begins the process of understanding decolonization which is important for all 99% of us.
It strengthens the importance of ceremony that connects all of us all to the Creator and all the relationships that sustain us.

We are all part of the medicine wheel.

I walk the White road with my brothers and sisters who walk the Red, Black and Yellow roads.

It is now time for me to relearn how I can contribute to all four parts of this great medicine wheel.

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WORKSHOPS

Each year we offer a series of workshops
that focus on advancing the technologies of
sustainable and regenerative construction, agriculture, and forestry.
Please contact us for more information.

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BUILD A TRADITIONAL SAUNA/BANYA

Summer/Fall 2019

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BUILD A TIMBER FRAME PORCH

Spring/Summer 2019

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FOREST FIRE PROTECTION WITH FOOD-FOREST SWALES

Ongoing 2019-2020

GET IN TOUCH

Venables Valley Rd, Ashcroft, BC V0K 1A0, Canada

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