December 14, 2017

Camp Altiplano Volunteer Experience

A week has passed since my adventure in La Muela, an impressive mountain in the south of Spain, near Veléz-Blanco. For three weeks I participated in a reforestation project that was co-organized by Ecosystem Restoration Camps (ERC) and Alvelal while […]
November 6, 2017

Experiencing a Healthy Ecosystem in the Spanish Altiplano

I have been in the remote area of the Murcian Altiplano for two months. It has been a life changing experience, living in an area so degraded. Every day the sheep walk past our bedroom window, followed closely by a […]
October 25, 2017
roggebotstaete pizza

Great events matter a lot

September 13, 2017

Arriving at Camp: First Impressions

During my first day at the first Ecosystem Restoration Camp in the Altiplano of Murcia, Spain, I spent a lot of it open-mouthed. I am in awe of the beauty of the place, despite how painfully noticeable the degradation is. […]
September 5, 2017

Why Catch the Rain?

I live in a temperate coastal rainforest on the eastern Pacific Rim. We have more water than most, but it all comes in winter. Our cold inland sea has four thousand kilometers of shoreline, ringed by snow-capped mountains to catch […]
August 24, 2017
Map of the Netherlands 1968

If you want to change the land, the place to start is a map

August 17, 2017
Next way of living shop

Proud to be part of the Next Way of Living

August 12, 2017

Camping on the trail of restoration

I have memories of camping in the High Sierra of California as a child with family friends. We carried extra food on a donkey named “pepper”, and the bears left claw marks on tree trunks, and there was lightning. I […]
July 24, 2017
Altiplano Camp self-sufficiency

Permaculture farming and livelihood

There has been a lot of recent discussion about permaculture and livelihoods, especially as regards food growing, self-sufficiency and also being able to make some money. In early 2017 I volunteered at a smallholding in Venezuela, where these questions are […]
July 20, 2017
New Zealand landscape

Our Best Climate Bet – Forests!

I grew up in New Zealand, where the landscape has been dramatically transformed by man, mainly for the purpose of grazing about 30 million sheep (there are still 7x more sheep than people in New Zealand!) The contrast between the […]