Permaculture in a crisis with Robyn Rosenfeldt

“Learn one new skill, something that will help you not be so reliant on the system.”

Robyn Rosenfeldt

It’s been a helluva a start to the year for all of us, and for many Australians, we’ve found ourselves living through the double-whammy of the devastating summer bushfire season, followed closely by the global Covid-19 pandemic.

It’s been interesting to see so many people using this time of upheaval to start thinking about community and its role in helping us navigate times of crisis, and today’s guest has so much to share on exactly that topic. Robyn Rosenfeldt is a permaculture expert, the editor and creator of Pip Magazine, and an all-round, stand-out friend of the show, and in today’s episode we have a fantastic conversation centred on the importance of coming together in difficult times.

Robyn talks about the devastation of the summer bushfires and how that crisis highlighted the issue of food security in her community, before sharing the similar impact the Covid-19 crisis is now having on local supermarket shelves. She also introduces us to the three pillars of permaculture – earth care, people care and a fair share – and speaks about what they each look like in daily life, and how everyone of us can harness them to create stronger communities – not only now, but also as we move forward in to whatever the ‘new normal’ will be.

We also have a chat about a topic I know many of you are curious about: how to live a values-aligned life while also raising independent-minded children. This includes Robyn’s thoughts on how to best pick your battles and why compromise is an important tool for everyone to have in their toolbox (a lesson I’m learning with increasing frequency as our kids get older!)

Finally Robyn and I talk about the rising instances of eco-anxiety in both adults and kids alike, and how we can move through it with grace and humanity in tact.

It’s a really wonderful chat that I’ve found myself referring back to a lot over the past few weeks and I hope you enjoy it!

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Working from home tips with Louise Miller: Life in the Time of Covid-19

“The brain in a positive state is 31% more productive than a brain in a stressed, neutral or negative state.”

Season 6 coming in hot! (I told you it wouldn’t be long before we were back in your ears). After some feedback and lots of questions about slow living in the time of Covid-19, Ben and I decided to bring the new season forward.

The way we see it, there are so many ways slow living can help as we all adjust to the weirdness of isolation and we want to be able to share them with you now, when they’re most relevant. In a nutshell, this season will be less about the pandemic itself and more about how we can use slow living to live well in these strange times. So if it’s health advice or epidemiology you’re after, this probably isn’t the podcast for you. If, however, you want to know how to find pockets of slow amidst the noise, you’re in the right place.

Which brings me to today’s wonderful guest, Louise Miller, a productivity coach who doesn’t believe in productivity for productivity’s sake (she’s speaking my language already).

We have a wonderful chat about the ins and outs of working from home, and Louise shares lots of super-practical tools and strategies for those of you who might be very new to the remote working scene.  

Louise also shares her insights on: 

  • The importance of grace and compassion right now as we all navigate this new reality
  • Why creating ‘Ta Da’ lists instead of ‘To Do’ lists is one powerful way of finding satisfaction in our work efforts – particularly on those days where we feel we’re not doing enough
  • Why the loss of your commute might be affecting you more than you think 
  • How installing a buffer in to your daily rhythm can help create that all-important grace and compassion amidst the stress and worry
  • Why ‘slow productivity’ gets such a bad rap and why she’s such a big fan of it anyway

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Managing screentime, finding balance and future plans – A Coronavirus Hostful

“Soften into screen time and manage your expectations around it.”

And just like that, the end of Season 5 is upon us. 

In today’s hostful episode, Ben and I spend some time answering the most common pandemic-related questions as asked by you, as well as tackling some lighter topics to try and provide some much-needed balance to not only this episode but also, if I’m being honest, our own headspaces. 

It’s undoubtedly been an incredibly difficult few weeks for everyone, with many more challenges and dark days ahead. To round out this season, Ben and I talk through the various ways we’re trying to use the tools in our slow living toolbox to navigate some of these hard days, and try to offer some suggestions for how you might want to adapt some of them in to your own life. 

I put the call-out for listener questions on Instagram last week and, as usual, y’all delivered. Some of the questions we try to answer in this week’s poggie include:

  • How are you managing remote schooling while also trying to work from home? 
  • Do you think slow living is helping during lockdown? And if so do you think it will have a positive effect in the future? 
  • What did you learn about schooling and spending a lot of time together while travelling? And has any of that been helpful during lockdown? 
  • How to create rhythms for working or studying at home, for those who’ve never done it before? 
  • What good new recipes have you tried lately? 
  • What’s bringing you joy right now? 
  • What are you listening to/watching/reading right now? 

We end the show with a brief update of what you can expect from Season 6 (which will be in your ears shortly – we’ve decided not to take a break between seasons in light of the current situation and all of the excellent guest interviews I have coming up which may offer some help) as well as what to expect from the next round of the Slow Beginnings Online Retreat, which starts on April 26. 

Enjoy!

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Life in the time of coronavirus: A Slow Living Deep-Dive

“What we need now more than anything is more compassion and grace.”

Season 5 has thus far been a pandemic-free zone (mostly because all episodes previous to this one were recorded before the world turned topsy-turvy) but that changes today. 

After having a couple of weeks to process some of the changes in our own lives and the world at large, Ben and I spend the first half of this week’s episode chatting about where we’re at right now, and the huge shifts in pace and productivity that have happened. Ben shares the impact the crisis has had on his business while I talk a little about trying to work around home-school responsibilities, heightened anxiety and a new normal. 

There is no doubt that slow living has given us a lot of tools over the years, many of which have been helpful in the first weeks of the pandemic and lockdown, so we dig a little in to what they are and how they’ve been helping. We also discuss:

  • The impact the crisis has had on Ben’s business
  • Working from home while also trying to keep on top of home-schooling responsibilities 
  • What’s helping us the most right now
  • Why limiting inputs of news and social media is so important
  • How we’re allowing ourselves to ‘feel all the feelings’ 
  • Why single-tasking has become more important than ever

The second half of the episode resumes normal transmission with the final catch-up with a guest from Season 4. And honestly, what a way to finish! I catch-up with Elisa who shares some of the changes she’s implemented in her days, before going on to shed some light on one of her biggest ongoing challenges.

One of Elisa’s children has medically-complex needs and working out how to apply intentional living to those additional requirements is something she and I discuss in-depth. Through all of this Elisa reminded me of the power of resilience, and the strength in being able to encompass the messiness of life and the warrior of motherhood – and everything in between.  

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Self-Care: A Slow Living Deep-Dive

“The roots of self-care was born in underserved communities that recognised that no-one else was going to care for them.”

Today’s episode is another one we recorded PP (pre-pandemic – more on that below), but just like last week’s chat about technology, it’s a pretty timely conversation. Ben and I dive deep in to self-care, a movement that’s been commodified and stripped of its true intention over recent years, but that is going to prove incredibly powerful for all of us over the coming months of uncertainty and challenge.

Slow living and self-care have kind of become synonymous in the mainstream, featuring a lot on Instagram and in books and blogs and magazines. There is undoubtedly a lot of crossover between the two, but there is also a lot of consumerism and privilege tied up in the modern-day vision of self-care. We kick today’s show off with my thoughts on that, as well as a brief look at the roots of the self-care movement and why it has very little to do with face masks.

Ben and I then talk about what we each think self-care is, how it applies in our lives and why it’s so important. We also talk about:

  • The origins of self-care as a movement and how society defines self-care now
  • What it means to advocate for yourself
  • How we each manage self-care
  • Where the words ‘want’ versus ‘need’ fit into self-care
  • How important exercise is within our own self-care
  • The enemies of self-care
  • What self-care looks like for us in practical terms

The second half of the episode features our Season 4 friend of the show, Amy, and we follow up on her waste-reduction efforts in beautiful rural Maine. Amy shares how she’s taken on board a lot of the changes and experiments we discussed in our last chat, including some composting ideas (and what she learnt attending a composting conference!), and the ways she’s finding balance between working from home and spending time with her family. 

I really hope you enjoy this episode, as I think there’s a lot in it that will be helpful in our current challenges.

Also just wanted to let you know that following lots of listener requests, the final couple of episodes of Season 5 will feature more discussion about the Coronavirus pandemic as well as a lot of practical talk about home schooling, working from home and managing anxiety amidst massive disruptions to normal life. We’re also working on a few other projects, as well as Season 6, which I hope will bring some more light and practical advice to your ears over the coming weeks and months.

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