Nourishing Minimalism Challenge 2017!

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"Each year, this blog hosts a decluttering challenge to get rid of the same number of items as the year. In 2017 everyone who joins the challenge will get rid of 2017 items from their homes. 24,440 people have signed up to do the challenge in years past..."

 

The Simplicity Collective

"The central insight of voluntary simplicity is that by lowering our ‘standard of living’ (measured by income/consumption) we can actually increase our ‘quality of life’ (measured by subjective wellbeing). Paradoxical though it may sound, voluntary simplicity is about living more with less."

http://simplicitycollective.com/

"Voluntary simplicity, it could be said, is more about questions than answers, in the sense that practising simplicity calls for creative interpretation and personalized application. It is not for ‘experts,’ therefore, or for anyone, to prescribe universal rules on how to live simply. We each live unique lives and we each find ourselves in different situations, with different capabilities, and different responsibilities. Accordingly, the practice of simplicity by one person, in one situation, may very well involve different things to a different person, in a different situation. Furthermore, simple living is not so much a destination as it is an ongoing creative process. But, as I have implied, I do not think that this practical indeterminacy is an objection to the idea."

The Story of Stuff

"We have a problem with Stuff. With just 5 percent of the world’s population, we’re consuming 30 percent of the world’s resources and creating 30 percent of the world’s waste. If everyone consumed at U.S. rates, we would need three to five planets. This alarming fact drove Annie Leonard to create the Internet film sensation The Story of Stuff, which has been viewed more than 30 million times by people around the world."

Solheimar Ecovillage - Healthy Living For All

On a recent trip to Iceland I discovered the village of Solheimar founded in 1930 by Sesselja, she was fortunate to be able to go to the European mainland and study.  She travelled for six years in Denmark, Switzerland and Germany.  She studied pedagogy, child nursing and kindergarten management, organic farming and anthroposophy.  She was the first Icelander to study how best to care for people with mental challenges.

When visiting their educational center and talking to the program manager I learned that in addition to all that Sesselja did initially the organization has built out programs around wind power, consumption, waste, recycling, composting and donating along with many other facets of living a healthy productive life with the least impact.

Various rooms were setup around Solheimar to demonstrate, from a visual and tactile perspective, their educational programs. The rooms were organized in this way to represent how living this way is beneficial to every aspect of your life. 

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It is an incredibly diverse, impressive and inspiring organization on every level. 

Healthy Living!

http://www.solheimar.is/en/