I am a consciously evolving female Integral yoga teacher, a fun-loving Gemini with many diverse interests ranging from growing my own food and creating a beautiful garden, to non-violent communication to photography, quilting and mosaicing to all sorts of natural therapies including Reiki, EFT (tapping), and Bach flower Essences, to bush and beach walking, bird and butterfly watching (and photographing, and traveling to reading and studying whatever is my latest passion.
I unschooled/home educated my four children who now range in age from 25-28 and are all in relationships (2 married to Americans, 1 with a one year old and my daughter is pregnant and due in November with her first).
I have coordinated an annual week long camp for unschooled/home-educated teens for 8 years but am having a sabbatical this year while my husband is having his sabbatical in Santa Cruz.
I am not living in community at the moment but have lived on two intentional communities in Australia in the past (one for a year and half, and one for seven years) and just visited Findhorn in Scotland briefly and have been reinspired by this lifestyle.
So 5 things I cannot live without?
Hmmm....when we were last on sabbatical in Portland OR in 2000, I found I missed my garden terribly. I have currently created a large garden on our 1/3 acre block and am finding it a bit too much work particularly since I keep leaving the country for travel...away 3 months in US last year while hubby was on long service leave and then a month in Scotland when my eldest son and daughter-in-law and grandaughter moved there for son's grad school studies. And this year another month in Scotland for grandaughter's birthday and soon sabbatical for 6 months in Santa Cruz. So garden may be a bit lower on priority list now?
I'm thinking I might miss our champion juicer when we move to SC unless there is one in accommodation we find....we have a big vegie juice every morning....parsely, kale, beetroot, celery, ginger and carrot.
I'm quite the book addict so living without books could be a issue. I used to read lots of novels once but these days I find it's all spiritual, futuristic, self development stuff.
I do miss all my kids and grandkid (only one still lives in the same town as us and 2 live OS) but I guess I'm managing to live without them as they grow into who they each want to be ....I wanted them to be independent and happy first and foremost and I guess they are all working on that.
My husband might say I'm a bit of a Facebook junkie but although i love to keep up with my friends from all over the world, I also can be quite happy when I'm in places where there is no internet access.
Really the things I can't live without are things like the sunshine, easy access to the outdoors and the natural world and a balance between quiet and people times.
I lived on the third floor in the Scotland flat and found it a bit depressing not being able to just walk outside even when it was sunny and not raining....haha When we went outside we were in a busy street and had to walk a few blocks to get to a park. I really missed that outdoors access a lot.