I’m thrilled to share exciting developments at the Living Ground Project Site – the creation of a secret garden soon to be home to 54 versatile plants, thriving globally. As part of my recent mission, I’m diligently digitizing teachings on self-reliance, covering topics like Microbe Compost creation, sustainable gardening, and adding nutritional value to harvested foods.

An invaluable addition is the Live Blood teaching tool, empowering individuals to monitor their health using a simple $100 or $200 microscope. Manuals on health protocols and a comprehensive 650-page book on the 54 herbs are in the works. The first draft is complete, and I’m currently navigating the intricacies of formatting.

This digital treasure trove will become part of Living Ground’s online courses, enriching minds globally. The Project Site serves as a living manifestation of these courses, welcoming apprentices, guests, and tourists to gain hands-on experience. Our goal is to empower individuals to return to their communities, spreading wisdom and knowledge for a brighter, self-reliant future.

The new greenhouse which has just been completed will be the nursery for these 54 plants.   I have also created a card deck that will accompany the sale of any plant.  Collectors cards!    

Here is a sneak peak from The Secret’s of the Garden – Living Ground’s book….

Welcome to a walk-through of a living herbarium, a place that showcases the multifaceted relationships between microbes, humans and plants.

This book is a written version of a real garden in Southern Ecuador. At the heart of Living Ground Project in southern Ecuador, these pages come to life in a secret garden, where plants illustrate the lessons etched in their roots, stalks, leaves and petals.  This book is the written version of this garden. It is intended that plants themselves emerge as orators of this book sharing their untamed wilderness. The emphasis on “Wild” as an identity signals a resistance to domestication and control.  

The herbs planted in this book grow anywhere in the world.  This is narrative where plants and nature are given characters to convey messages about ecology, environmentalism, or the intrinsic value of the natural world.

My name is Leisha.  I intend to show you how each microbe and plant has played a role in nature’s creation, medicine, food, and culture. This written library is more than just a collection of plants; it’s an exhibit of the partnerships between people and the botanical world. I will also share the tenacity of the plants many who are considered weeds and how they have transformed the world around us and continue to be our steadfast allies.

We are Wild, the ones you cannot contain. We have no interest in being in your cultivated gardens. Rather, we eat the sun and cultivate each other, drawing on the life force energy of the dirt. Some years we ourish, creating abundance, and some years we almost fade away. These ever-returning cycles of life generating life are the way of the Wild.”

After delving into the profound wisdom Dr Elaine’s new science on the soil food web, I underwent a transformative awakening that challenged my long-held beliefs as a natural healer.  I came to a profound realization that the paths of natural health and allopathic medicine were actually taking the same approach to health and disease—their common ground being the battle against microbes.     The germ theory!    A

lthough, yes,  using natural substances is better, the outcome and the intentions are the same.   It is a war on microbes, the very essence of all life.  Since a young child, I have been a devoted lover of wild nature. Plants, both medicinal and culinary, have been companions for over 4 decades.   And, I have had culinary, medicinal and vegetable gardens for 4 decades.  The other 3  decades were in Canada were I learned the art of seasonal growing, harvesting and preserving.   Since being in Southern Ecuador, I can grow year round.  Both have had their learning curves and challenges.

Twelve years back, while hitting middle age, I took a leap and moved to the South Andes mountains in Ecuador.    Yes, it was probably a crisis time for me.   While this relocation wasn’t a part of any premeditated plan and could be seen as an impulsive response to a mid-life crisis, it evolved into a journey of discovering how to lead a life based on my own principles, free from dependence on money or societal norms. It was a raw and unromantic experience, yet I embraced this lifestyle for a duration of four years. In Ecuador, the ability to cultivate crops throughout the year doesn’t necessarily translate to easier gardening compared to Canada. I hold the belief that seeds possess an inherent timekeeping mechanism, triggered by environmental factors even in the warm and semi-tropical conditions here. Placing seeds in the soil doesn’t guarantee immediate sprouting; in fact, it might take weeks or even months for them to germinate. While the specic reasons behind this phenomenon remain unclear to me, I am gradually advancing in my comprehension of these intricate cycles.  It is a fascinating learning experience.

Most of my adult life, I have had an insatiable thirst for knowledge that led to delving into the realms of herbalism, ayurveda, homeopathy, and naturopathy.   I don’t think there has been a time in my life when I was not studying about health and healing.  Five years ago, I embarked on a transformative journey with Dr. Elaine Ingham, becoming a certied Consultant and Soil Microbe Lab Technician.    

Humbled by the revelation to stop the war on germs, I rec


 

ognized that my organic gardening practices and approach to natural health were inadvertently aligned with this “germ theory” and its a war mentality. This had a profound impact on my perspective, prompting me to reevaluate my practices and embark on a journey of unlearning, seeking a harmonious coexistence with the living world.

Living Ground’s journey is at a crucial juncture, and I’m reaching out for your support. Currently, I’m personally covering the weekly wages of our dedicated local staff, amounting to $615 per week. The responsibility is immense, and I’m working tirelessly to keep this lifeline intact.   Currently, I am employing 4 local men (from Masanamaca) full time.   They are amazing people who are working hard to both transform lands and build the project.   Then there are 4 part-timers and again, all from our little community Masanamaca.  They help with the gardens, weeding, weed waking, harvesting, collecting seeds.    All team members are learning.  I desire all team members to become leaders in Ecuador and spread this work to their fellow country -men and women as far as possible.   They will have a stronger impact that the gringos (foreigners).    This is very important work.

Our projects, from market gardens to a secret herbal garden, a commercial kitchen, apprenticeship quarters, and more, are shaping a future of self-reliance. I’m committed to this cause, taking no profits and channeling all my efforts into sustaining the team’s wages through my Live Blood practice and product sales.  We are also creating sales and offering consults, microbe compost, a weekly UPick and gearing up to sell strange, rare and perculiar seeds and plants.    The commercial kitchen is almost complete and we will offer microbe-garden to plate dinners (fundraisers) soon.

Your support is pivotal. A mere $5 weekly, equivalent to a cup of coffee in the north, can make a substantial impact.   We have set up reoccuring donations that can be done weekly or monthly.   By contributing, you actively participate in fostering sustainable practices and training locals to spread this work. – from nurturing soil microbes to promoting human health.

Please join me in empowering human self-reliance. Your generosity ensures the continuation of valuable projects contributing to a healthier, more sustainable future. Let’s make a difference together.

Donate now and be a part of Living Ground’s journey towards empowering human self-reliance!    We need your support!  Muchas Gracias and many thanks!

 

 

The difference the microbes make

It’s incredible to witness the transformative impact of our microbe sprays on the property! The vibrant, bold green represents the areas we’ve treated, showcasing the efficacy of our microbial efforts. The undeniable proof of flourishing vegetation is a testament to the Living Ground Team’s dedication and the positive influence of microbes. Keep up the fantastic work, cultivating green spaces for a thriving ecosystem!

 

In the face of an escalating climate crisis that is daily headline news,  it is obvious humanity stands at a crossroads looking at the destruction we have caused.   Perhaps, at that crossroads, we should start to understand that the micro is the same as the macro.   For me, I am more and more convinced the land beneath our feet is a soilution.

I personally feel we are going down a dark path in human history and we need to step back and consider how nature works and how we can mimic her for restoration.   And, I beleive the answer is in water and microbes.

“Although the surface of our planet is two-thirds water, we call it the Earth. We say we are earthlings, not waterlings. Our blood is closer to seawater than our bones to soil, but that’s no matter. The sea is the cradle we all rocked out of, but it’s to dust that we go. From the time that water invented us, we began to seek out dirt. The further we separate ourselves from the dirt, the further we separate ourselves from ourselves. Alienation is a disease of the unsoiled.”

― Tom Robbins, Another Roadside Attraction

Let’s admit that the traditional approach to land management (intensive agriculture, deforestation, and unsustainable practices) has led to soil degradation and exacerbated climate change.   We have destroyed the micro-life.   We have harmed Nature.  However, a new paradigm is emerging, one that recognizes the soil as a vital ecosystem and harnesses its natural power to mitigate any climate change and restore environmental balance.    We touched on this topic in Dr. Elaine Ingham’s Soil Food Web course but I discovered more when I studied with Didi Pershouse and her s teaching on the Soil Sponge.

Didi, with  Australian microbiologist and climatologist, Walter Jehne are teachers of the Soil Sponge concept and how this affects our water cycles.     In my opinion, this is ONE LARGE transformative shift in our understanding of nature and offers a promising pathway towards a sustainable future.

Reconnecting with the Soil Sponge

What is the soil sponge?   When I asked Wikipedia it added the word carbon: “Soil carbon sponge is porous, well-aggregated soil in good health, better able to absorb and retain water”

Beneath our feet lies a world teeming with life – the soil sponge. This is an intricate ecosystem of microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi, and protozoa.   These little guys plays a pivotal role in nutrient cycling, water retention, and carbon sequestration. Healthy soil, rich in organic matter and diverse microbial life, acts as a carbon sink, storing carbon that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere as CO2.

The earth is complex and interconnected living organism. The soil beneath our feet as its vital organs. Just as our bodies rely on a delicate balance of microorganisms to function properly, so does the planet’s health depend on the thriving community of microbes that reside within the soil.  Just as the organs of the human body rely on other organs, the same applies in the soils.  We can not separate things.  It is all connected.

These tiny and often invisible creatures play a pivotal role in maintaining the carbon and nitrogen cycles. They act as nature’s recyclers, breaking down organic matter and transforming it into nutrients that plants can use to grow.   It is connected.   Plants, in turn, are the soil’s protectors, forming a verdant canopy that shields the earth from the sun’s hot rays and the relentless erosion of wind and water. Their roots, like tiny anchors, bind the soil particles together, preventing it from being swept away by the elements.

Through a process called transpiration, plants release water vapor into the atmosphere, creating a cooling effect that helps regulate the planet’s temperature. This water vapor eventually condenses into clouds, which then release rain, replenishing the soil’s moisture reserves and supporting the growth of new life.

But the role of microbes extends beyond the soil. High in the expanse of the atmosphere, reside invisible droplets of water known as atmospheric bacteria. These tiny droplets, acting like miniature sponges, absorb and hold water vapor, contributing to cloud formation and precipitation. In essence, these atmospheric bacteria are nature’s cloud seeding agents, playing a crucial role in regulating the Earth’s water cycle. They help ensure that the planet receives the life-sustaining rainfall it needs to support its diverse ecosystems.

As I deepen an understanding about the Soil Sponge, it becomes more and more obvious that a paradigm shift in our relationship with land and microbes is required.   We need too transition from exploitative practices that degrade soil health to regenerative strategies that restore and enhance soil functionality. This approach embraces the soil sponge as a key ally in the fight against climate change.

Microbes: The Heroes of Carbon Sequestration?

Microbial life within the soil sponge plays a critical role in carbon sequestration. Through a process known as decomposition, microorganisms break down organic matter, releasing nutrients essential for plant growth and converting carbon into stable forms that remain stored in the soil. This process not only reduces greenhouse gas emissions but also improves soil fertility and enhances plant productivity.

The Soil Sponge approach recognizes the symbiotic relationship between soil, plants, and microbes. By promoting healthy soil practices, we foster a thriving microbial community that effectively sequesters carbon and contributes to climate mitigation.

This represents a fundamental shift in our understanding of nature and our role within it. It moves away from the linear, extractive mindset that has dominated agriculture and land management for centuries. Instead, it embraces a regenerative approach that mimics natural processes and promotes long-term sustainability.

Regenerative land management practices, such as  applying and using microbe rich composts, reducing tillage, increasing organic matter inputs, and adopting diverse cover crops, work in harmony with the soil sponge, enhancing its ability to store carbon, regulate water cycles, and support healthy plant growth. These practices not only mitigate climate change but also improve soil health, enhance biodiversity, and increase food production.

The Soil Sponge approach offers a beacon of hope in the face of climate change. It is a observation to the interconnectedness of nature and the profound impact of soil health on the planet’s well-being.

As individuals, we can play a role in this paradigm shift by supporting regenerative agriculture, advocating for sustainable land management practices, and making conscious choices that promote soil health. By embracing the soil sponge as an ally, we can help Nature mitigate climate change, restore ecosystems, and secure a sustainable future for generations to come.    She has already figured it out.

 

 

References:
2 – Explaining how the water vapor greenhouse effect works – https://skepticalscience.com/argument.php?p=14&t=375&&a=19
3 – Walter Jehne – Cooling the Climate Mess with Soil and Water – https://youtu.be/t3rIkYUVq5c?si=HGSoE3O41YLBpBrw 
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When contemplating the wondrous process by which plants convert sunlight into sustenance, it’s a reminder of the vast diversity of life.  Much of our world is on fire!   Some is natural and some is not!   It has caused a fear of fire as something we most stop and prevent.   

Sun is fire.    Plants utilize this fire for food.   Basically we can say that plants are fire eaters.   This understanding, transcending our human-centric perspective, touches our hearts more profoundly than our rational minds. The realization that plants and flowers are born from the radiant energy of the sun invokes a deep sense of wonder. It’s in our hearts, not our intellect, that we truly grasp this miracle.

Wildfires are often seen as destructive, but they are also a natural part of many ecosystems. Fire helps to recycle nutrients, control pests, and promote the growth of new plants.

Humans have a long history of using fire, but we have also learned to fear it. We do everything we can to prevent wildfires, even though they are necessary for ecological balance.   Fire can destroy and give birth.    Sometimes, when we interrupt the natural fire cycles of the Earth, we throw the ecosystem out of balance.

Many flowers adapted with fire.  They teach us that it is possible to survive and thrive even after a devastating experience. They remind us that fire is a natural and necessary part of life.   The adaptation of certain flowering plants to thrive in fire-prone environments is nothing short of remarkable. Take, for instance Wild Hollyhock which I am attempting to grow in my garden.   In the wilds, this plant used the heat of fire to trigger its seeds to germinate. These seeds are like memory-keepers, preserving the ancient wisdom of survival in extreme climates. What can we, as humans, learn from these eons of plant-gathered knowledge?

These “fire-following” flowers not only survive but thrive in the aftermath of a fire. The reduction in competition and the release of nutrients from the ashes create fertile ground for their growth. This ability to seize opportunities in the wake of fires is reminiscent of the success story of early flowering plants over 100 million years ago.

After a fire, these dormant “fire-flowers” burst into a riot of colors, symbolizing the resilience of life. They seem to respond to the devastation of the wildfire with a fiery passion of their own, ushering in a new cycle of life in a display of breathtaking beauty.

Other fire-adapted plants, such as fireweed, arnica, fire poppies, and fire lily, also exemplify the tenacity and adaptability of life in the face of fire. Purple Coneflower, known for its strength, becomes even more resilient when it survives a fire. It conveys a message of strength and resilience, reminding us that we are part of this Earth and possess the power to overcome our fears.

The history of angiosperms is intertwined with fire. Angiosperms are flowering plants.   Paleobotanists have unearthed evidence of ancient angiosperms preserved in charcoal residues, showing that fire has played a surprising role in preserving the oldest of flowers. These early angiosperms adapted to reproduce more quickly than their predecessors, enabling them to thrive in newly disturbed environments. They evolved more efficient photosynthesis, transpiration, and growth, which contributed to their dominance.

In the geologic record, a “high-fire world” existed during the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, where oxygen levels were higher, temperatures were warmer, and vegetation was abundant, providing ample fuel for fires. This fire-filled world facilitated the evolution and success of flowering plants.

In our culture, wildfires are often seen as destructive forces to be avoided at all costs. However, in nature, fire is one of the four fundamental elements, alongside water, air, and earth. It’s essential for ecological balance and has been a part of our human history for millions of years. We have a symbiotic relationship with fire, whether we realize it or not.

Yet, in modern times, we’ve become increasingly focused on suppressing wildfires, disrupting natural fire cycles, and altering ecosystems. This prompts us to reflect on the consequences of interfering with the natural order. Fire, in its various forms, serves as a cleansing force, removing what is no longer needed and opening space for new life to flourish. Just as the fire-follower flowers recall their origins, we too can learn from these natural processes.

Dr. Chad Hanson is a research ecologist and the director of the John Muir Project of Earth Island Institute, located in Kennedy Meadows, California. He has studied fire ecology in conifer forest ecosystems for decades, and his work has helped to shed light on the importance of natural fires in these ecosystems.

In his presentation, “Smokescreen: Debunking Wildfire Myths to Save Our Forests and Our Climate,” Dr. Hanson discusses how fear, arrogance, and greed have shaped the way that people view wildfires. He argues that these misconceptions have led to the mismanagement of wildfires, which can have negative impacts on forests and the climate.

Dr. Hanson’s work is closely aligned with the information shared about fire-adapted flowers. Both topics highlight the regenerative power of fire and the need to address misconceptions and misinformation about fire.

The interplay between fire-adapted plants, the ancient wisdom encoded in their seeds, and the role of fire in the evolution of flowering plants is a testament to the intricate dance of life on our planet. Fire, though often perceived as a destructive force, holds within it the potential for rebirth and renewal, a lesson we can all embrace as we navigate the challenges of life. 

Surviving a fire, being reduced to one’s bare essentials, and emerging anew, can be seen as a metaphor for personal growth and transformation. It’s a reminder that, despite the fear and destruction associated with fire, it can also foster new beginnings and offer a fresh perspective on life.

Fire is often seen as a destructive force, but it is also an essential part of many ecosystems. Natural fires help to rejuvenate the landscape, clear out dead and decaying matter, and create opportunities for new growth. This concept is closely related to the discussion about fire-adapted flowers that thrive in post-fire environments.

 

Death is the ultimate mystery, but did you know that our bodies are home to trillions of microscopic friends that help us function during life? These little microbes break down our food, produce vitamins, and keep us free from infection. But here’s where it gets really interesting – after we pass on, these dudes are just getting started!

When our hearts stop pumping, the bacteria dive into action, digesting the body from the inside out. And let’s just say you’ll want to cover your nose!

But there’s more. As our remains decompose, the bacteria and their fluids seep into the soil, mingling with a whole new crew of microbes. It’s a Wild West showdown, but the newcomers win the day. DNA clues show that they thrive outside the human body, turning our mortal remains into the building blocks for new life – including essential nutrients like nitrogen.

So next time you take a walk, take a moment to appreciate the little heroes that keep us weird and wonderful, even after death.

 

September 1, 2023,  marks the one year anniversary for tThe Living Ground Project.   One year ago today, we took over our first microbe compost site.    What a year it has been!

A year ago,  were expecting the gifts….a  Mighty Mike Compost Maker and Slow Speed Tracker …to arrive.  It was an amazing and exciting donation to Living Ground from a USA foundation that beleived in our work.    We acquired a site and began preparing it for for mass producing Microbes.     

The equipment never arrived.   The COVID restrictions and transportation mess made it impossible.    Disappointing!  Subsequently, these machines were donated to Dr Elaine’s (our teacher) in Oregon.  Needless to say, we had no choice than to learn how to mass produce microbes by hand.   And, we perfected the process.   I beleive we are the first SFW students to successfully mass produce Microbe Compost.

Then we considered another local site for operations that was around the corner from our operations.  While it was amazing, it was too expensive!  It was an old delapitated building that was home (dormintory) to highway workers.  The grounds were contaminated.   “Imposssible”, we thought! And, perhaps too big for us?    March of 2023, against all odds and much risk taking, we acquired the site literally saving the land from a gas company.  Now what!  The dream grew tremendously and the work too!

A lot has happened in this last year….really it is a full books worth of changes and experiences:   We’ve gained, lost, challenged, overcome and tried to do our best.   

Highlights:

  1. We’ve had successes (like acquiring the Project Site) and disappointments (facing the challenges of human transformations and staying true to our values and morals).   
  2. We’ve charged ahead with gusto making things happen despite having little means.   We acquired the Project Site.  
  3. We’ve opened our Microbe/Health Air bnb.  This is the beginning of the tourism aspect of the Project.
  4. We’ve showcase our value added microbe grown products in our community.   
  5. We are creating the landscape foundations at the Project Site creating the 2nd market garden and Secret garden. 
  6. We are consulting and transforming lands.
  7. We are creating our educational platforms (online and onsite)  
  8. We are moving forward!    Our fireside chat video (here) explains how we are “doing” all we said we would do!   

Yes, as you can imagine, there is a lot going on is the background.   It is organized chaos! 

As Mama Microbe, I am proud of the team and the supporters (volunteers) who are helping make this happen.   It isn’t easy but each one of us is growing, learning and discovering.   

The Project (whether applied to the physcial or the personal) is rooted in the belief that even the tiniest of beings can create ripples of change.    This statement is one I repeat over and over as a mantra to remind myself that this initiative stands as a testament to the power of human determination, creativity, and purpose.   What can we accomplish when we come together?    Our project is also rooted in the concept of symbiosis (which embraces tension) and we practice respect and honor for the earth and each other.   We often we find ourselves giving more than we recieve.   In today’s world of consciousness, this is going against the grain (or the swing of self-obsession).   It is important!

Personally, I see this project as a canvas of hope, collaboration, and transformation. It’s not just a project; it’s an embodiment of the “little good guy” humans working hand in hand with the “little good guys” of nature – the microbes that lay the foundation for all life.   Although the trend is moving towards understanding microbes (in the human and soil), we have in the palm of our hands a unique mission: to nurture the Earth, empower communities, and foster a new understanding of life itself and mimic the microbes symbiosis.   It is beautiful!

Recently, I had the privilege of witnessing another project, quite similar in purpose.   I was inspired and amazed at this Project and intrigue with how we could cooperate.   We are on a similar path with one key difference – the availability of financial resources.  Honestly, it would be easy to feel deflated or frustrated as the Living Ground Project struggles to bootstrap its way forward, working tirelessly with limited financial means. Yet, within this challenge lies a profound opportunity.   I use my mantra to give me hope!    

I realize that there is a book forming from the stories and experiences we are all having at Living Ground.   The ups and downs, the challenges and discernments are creating a symbiotic tale of what can happen is the little guys come together.   I’ve found myself being too trusting in many situations so that the “team” intervenes to put me back in line.   I’ve been blamed and accused of things that I don’t own.  It is quite a story and one that will be shared one day!  

And, the Living Ground Project isn’t just about the end result; it’s about the journey. It’s about proving that dedication, passion, and resilience can transcend personal and economic barriers. It’s a bold assertion that the “little guys” – whether they’re the microbes in the soil or the humans with dreams – can bring about real change, regardless of the odds stacked against them.

Yes, our financial resources are scarce.  But we are doing it!    The Living Ground Project is rich in heart, spirit, and ingenuity. The Soil Squad team pours their soul into each endeavor, raising the project brick by brick, hand by hand, project by project. Every step is a triumph over adversity, an embodiment of the spirit that refuses to be confined by limitations.

Creativity takes center stage as the project navigates the challenge of acquiring materials while ensuring fair compensation (now and in the future). It’s a dance of innovation and determination, a story of crafting something magical.

And, my intention is real!    My aim is to raise this Project until the leaders are confident and secure.   When this time comes, I will gift it into the hands of good people to continue with the legacy and mission.   I have even thought about moving back to a new Magical Forest.  For those who don’t know me, the Magical Forest was my created home when I arrived in Ecuador where I lived without walls, in a tree house and as self sufficent as I could.   I will return to this space and create my nature living once again.  Perhaps I become the crazy lady in the bush who can mentor the Team from afar?

So I am sharing a little of the “Behind the Scenes”.    We are doing the work with purpose.    We are spreading the microbes.    It is happening.   And as we charge ahead with our mission, the microbes silently work their magic in the soil.  Our greatest ally is these “good little guys”.   Together, we weave a narrative of growth, connection, and transformation.

We don’t have much, but the Living Ground Project isn’t just about resources; it’s about redefining success. It’s about proving that the impact of an initiative isn’t solely measured in economics. It’s about leaving an indelible mark on hearts and landscapes, about fostering a community that understands the language of the Earth and the unity of life.

This is about realizing the truth about who we are!   We are more than just humans. We are mostly microbes. Trillions of these microscopic allies reside within our very beings, shaping our existence.  Just as every note in a symphony contributes to the grand melody, every microbe within us harmonizes with the greater whole. These tiny creatures are the unseen architects of vitality, creating ecosystems of unparalleled complexity. Their currencies are nutrients, energy flows, and the exchange of information that shapes the very fabric of life.

In a world often driven by economic systems, the microcosm within us and around us serves as a living testament to a different way of thriving. It’s a profound reminder that the sustenance of life need not be tethered to monetary transactions. Rather, it relies on the elegant dance of ecosystems, the generosity of nature, and the sacred balance that honors the interconnectedness of all beings.

So, as the Living Ground Project marches forward, remember that every step is a triumph over adversity. Every brick laid, every hand extended, every project undertaken is a testament to the unwavering spirit that knows no boundaries. It’s a beacon of hope for all “little good guys,” showing that with heart, determination, and a touch of magic, they can transform the world.

The Living Ground Project is not just a project – it’s a legacy in the making, a living testament to the potential of the “little guys” who dare to dream big.

To Nic, Tamar, Ian and Jimini, I love you dearly!   You are all such adorable misfits.   I ask for your forgiveness in where I fail and your patience as I, too, grow and learn.   One year….one year…and so much has happened.    I adore you!

 

Now for a photo story of the past year1

I commit and dedicate myself to this work…. it is needed and important for you and those that come behind us!   This is for Kaya!

 

This is an exciting chat with Darren (Fire Side Chat) and the Soil Squad where share the latest update on Phase II of the Living Ground Project. We discuss the current developments, including our newly launched healing and education Guest House which is the beginnings of the Health and Microbe Tourism POD. Our conversation delves into the significance of food sovereignty and the critical role of microbe-rich compost in restoring the health of our soil.   Consider supporting our noble mission….and s a token of our gratitude, we are pleased to offer a credit system to donors, providing them with future opportunities for exchange and involvement if they would like to visit the Guest House of the Project Site in the future!

 

Recently, I embarked on a journey to the Ecuadorian seaside.  The purpose was to write.  Living Ground is creating our education platform to share our knowledge and self-reliance, health and microbes.  We are creating courses on Microbe Compost, Growing Food and Medicine, Layperson’s Guide to Live Blood Analysis, Alternative Protocols, Kitchen Alchemy, and a comprehensive herbal guide.

I wrote!  I wrote a lot.  Amid this ocean waves sound track, a newfound inspiration surged within me, prompting me to embark on a profound new idea that is perhaps uncharted  in thought and creation (to the best of my knowledge)   

I found myself meticulously crafting the herbal course and it underwent a transformative evolution. I’ve selected 43 herbs, each possessing universal adaptability (can grow anywhere) and have detailed their potent medicinal properties and cultivation methods.  I created characters for the herbs giving them a creation story with a special microbe..the symbiotic relationship.

Yet, the journey didn’t end there; it evolved into a deeper inquiry into the symbiotic relationship between these plants and the microbial world.   Those who know me know I am enthralled by the intricate dance between flora and microbes, I also found myself exploring and writing about the delicate equilibrium that shapes our ecosystem and human microbiome.    It was exhilarating  to say the least and I wrote over 250 pages during my coastal sojourn.  I beleive it is maybe 1/2 complete.

The comprehensive manual for the layperson’s Live Blood Analysis course nears completion, awaiting only the addition of visual aids to enhance its depth. The magnum opus of Microbe Compost, an exploration into the art and science of enriching soil vitality,  is in the final stages of formatting. Equally enthralling is sharing my collection of natural health protocols and terrain theory insights, including a treasury of herbal recipes that bridge the realms of health and culinary alchemy.

As these projectss are slowly reaching their fruition.   It is a labour of love!

Our aspiration is to extend this wealth of knowledge to others.   So, Online platforms will soon offer the courses.

Yet, as much as we embrace the digital age, we hold steadfast to the belief that the most profound learning occurs through tangible experiences. With open arms, we will be able to invite learners, students and seekers to our Project Site, where hands-on engagement breathes life into the written word.   It is slowly and surely coming together.  I am grateful for Mama Sea and the Soil Squad who held down the fort amazingly.    It is a blessing to be working with such generous and kind people!

Our ultimate mission is to send ripples of transformation far and wide, just like a drop in the boundless ocean, as we share the fruits of our labor with a world thirsting for knowledge and healing.

We have an array of lovingly handcrafted products that cater to your well-being. From Bug Off Serums that effectively repel pesky insects to herbal whipped butters, salsas, and vitamin C jams, each creation is a testament to our commitment to excellence and quality. Indulge your taste buds with our mouthwatering curries that celebrate the art of culinary flavors.

As the beginnings of our Natural Health Food Store Pod, we aim to offer our community a variety of amazing products that embody the essence of holistic well-being. However, our secret ingredient lies within the microbes of our soil, which we carefully farm to ensure the highest nutritional value in all our plants.

Join us in this journey of regenerative agriculture and discover the wonders of microbe-rich foods, inspired by the abundance and wisdom of the Earth. Together, we can create a sustainable future and nurture a thriving community dedicated to holistic health and well-being.    To learn more about the nutrition loss, here is a great article https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/soil-depletion-aND-NUTRITION-LOSS/

At Living Ground, we are on a mission to restore the balance between our bodies and the Earth through nurturing the soil and harnessing the potential of beneficial microbes. Our Saturday market serves as a celebration of this vision, where we invite you to experience the joys of living in harmony with nature while nourishing your body and soul with our thoughtfully crafted offerings.

 

Are you looking for a transformative healing experience amidst nature’s embrace?

Welcome to Living Ground, a sanctuary for health and well-being, where we offer an array of holistic treatments and services to nurture your body and soul.

As soon as you arrive at our Microbe and Health Air BnB, you’ll have the opportunity to embark on a journey of self-discovery. Begin with a Live Blood Analysis, a cutting-edge assessment that reveals valuable insights about your health. Our practitioner, Leisha, will create a personalized healing protocol, recommending herbs, tinctures, elixirs, and treatments tailored to your specific needs.

Immerse yourself in a realm of healing possibilities as you book one of our rejuvenating treatments. Experience the gentle touch of Bowen therapy, the restorative power of lymphatic and gentle chiropractic, or the revitalizing effects of ozone breathing and insufflation therapy. Each treatment aims to restore balance, promote relaxation, and support your body’s innate healing abilities.

During your stay, you have the privilege of nourishing yourself with our delightful menu of healing juices, smoothies, and soul-soothing soups. Sourced from our microbe-rich market garden, just a 5-minute walk away, these nourishing creations are infused with the goodness of nature’s bounty. 

At Living Ground, we understand that each individual is unique, and so is their journey to well-being. That’s why our menu is thoughtfully designed to be flexible and customizable. After your Live Blood Analysis, Leisha will guide you through our menu, helping you choose the options that resonate with you and align with your health goals.

With our array of healing options at your disposal and the results of your Live Blood Analysis, you have the power to curate a menu that reflects your tastes, preferences, and health needs. Our team is dedicated to ensuring that you have a memorable and transformative experience during your stay with us.   Our out door jacuzzi tub can also be blending into your healing regime.   If you are open, we can also add our Microbe Compost full of beneficial microbes (mud bath).    All our microbe compost is microscope tested to ensure no pathogens are present.

At Living Ground, we believe that nourishment is not just about feeding the body, but also about nurturing the soul. Let our healing menu become a source of empowerment on your journey to self-discovery and vibrant health.

Feeling inspired to delve deeper into the world of soil and health? Join us for a tour of the Living Ground Project Site, located just 1 km away. Witness the magic of microbe-grown market gardens and explore the natural health food store, apothecary, and cafe. Let our expert guides unveil the wonders of the soil food web and its profound connection to human health.

At Living Ground, our mission is to educate and empower our guests to take charge of their well-being. We want you to return home not only feeling rejuvenated but also armed with self-knowledge and the tools to maintain your newfound vitality.

So, come and embrace this healing retreat at Living Ground, where the harmony of nature and innovative health practices unite to create a truly transformative experience. Step into a world of healing possibilities, and leave with a heart filled with gratitude and a body empowered with well-being.

Note: We kindly ask guests to pre-book their treatments and “basket of food” to ensure a personalized and enriching experience.   The basket is offerred with a little tour of the market garden to explain what we are growing and what is ready.   All our produce is from microbe grown soils.   We are confident they are full of nutrition.   

We are excited to welcome you to Living Ground, where healing and growth are nurtured in harmony with nature.

 

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Soil and Soil Microbes…the did you know…..

1. Power in Numbers: Did you know that in just one gram of healthy soil, you can find more microbes than there are people on Earth? That’s over 7 billion microorganisms living in a space smaller than a sugar cube!

2. Biodiversity Hotspot: Soil microbes are incredibly diverse. In fact, scientists estimate that less than 1% of soil microbe species have been identified so far. It’s like exploring a vast jungle of microscopic organisms, waiting to be discovered!

3. Tiny Carbon Managers: Soil microbes are superheroes when it comes to carbon storage. They are responsible for sequestering about 10% of the world’s carbon emissions each year, playing a significant role in mitigating climate change.

4. Nutrient Recyclers: These tiny organisms are experts at recycling nutrients. Approximately 80% of nutrient cycling in ecosystems is facilitated by soil microbes, ensuring the availability of essential elements for plants and sustaining life on Earth.

5. Busy Decomposers: Soil microbes are nature’s cleanup crew. They break down organic matter, such as fallen leaves and dead plants, at an astonishing rate. In fact, they can decompose up to 90% of organic material within just two weeks!

6. Multitasking Microbes: Imagine this: a single microbe capable of performing over 100,000 chemical reactions per second! These multitasking microbes are biochemical powerhouses, driving essential processes in soil and supporting the entire ecosystem.

7. Plant Partnerships: Soil microbes form partnerships with plants through intricate symbiotic relationships. Approximately 85% of all plant species engage in mutually beneficial connections with soil microbes, sharing nutrients and boosting each other’s growth.

8. Soil Health Guardians: Healthy soil ecosystems, teeming with diverse microbes, can suppress plant diseases by up to 70%. These microbial superheroes produce natural antibiotics and activate plant defense mechanisms, protecting our crops and gardens.

9. Living Cities Underground: Picture this fascinating fact: if you could gather all the soil microbes from just one square meter of healthy soil and line them up, they would stretch over 100 kilometers! That’s like a bustling underground city, right beneath our feet.

These captivating percentages and facts highlight the incredible capabilities and significance of soil microbes, inspiring awe and demonstrating their essential role in sustaining life on our planet.

 

Featured Videos

Here is a collection of our little video shorts that we share with the world around us.   They give clues to the fun we are having, the things we are creating and the steps we are taking to create the Living Ground Project.

The two videos presented here are the Project’s campaign videos that describe why we are doing what we are doing.    

We are setting up at Sonia’s Coffee Shop every Saturday morning (9-12)   

Making products..alchemizing from the the gardens

other Videos

Microbe Tourism

Welcome to our guest house, where you can experience and learn about the soil microbes and the need for our optimal health and wellness.   Book your stay today!

Health Tourism

As our guest, you can also do a liver blood test and receive a protocol with ingredients (medicines and food) fresh or alchemized from our land.

NIGHT

MINIMUM 3 NIGHTS STAY.

$39

  • INCLUDE A LIVE BLOOD ANALYSIS $50

WEEK

Perfect Experience

$220

  • INCLUDE A LIVE BLOOD ANALYSIS $50

MONTH

For Healing Experiences

$750

  • INCLUDES A LIVE BLOOD ANALYSIS

To enquire about availability, please fill in the form below or email info@livingground.art.   Indicate the dates you would like to stay.    If you need to cancel, please let us know.    Our space is special!   You can also see more on our Air BnB

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             Keeping the little good guys informed   May 2023

Living Ground Symbiotic Muse

Living Ground is an ongoing creation using symbiosis as an anchor for operation.   Symbiosis is explained as a mutualistic relationship that benefits all.   And, it goes deeper than that as it creates tensions.     We observe the micro-world to discern our formation, and things are not always what we assume or want them to be.The microbiomes (biomes of the unseen world) hold secrets and widsom we are only discovering.  If we look at the biomes of soil, water, air or the human being, it isn’t always in harmonious cooperation.  Cooperation is more like an inherent tension. Most functioning partnerships arise from inherent tension.  

There is a lesson in this knowledge.     Microbes can be pathogenic and mutualistic at the exact same time. For example, the stomach bacterium Helicobacter pylori is the cause of ulcers and stomach cancer. Yet, it also protects against oesophageal cancer.   Actinobacteria is a bactera that works mutally and beneftis the Brassica plants but it will kill a root crop or other vegetables.  So it is neither a good nor a bad microbe; it’s both.  In the correct places and in balance, a pathogen can become mutualistic.In my studies with Dr Elaine, we learned how to identify the “good from the bad” in soil science.   The “bad” are labelled as pathogens and parasites.   And, yet, the soil food web, like the human microbiome, is also a symbiosis where some microbes partner in a tension — one consuming the other.  As a human, I consider those who get consumed may not feel mutualistic with the predators.   And,  that mutual tension of eating each other is how nutrients are rendered soluble for the plant.   It leaves one wondering perhaps symbiosis is a necessary conflict and a conflict that might never be resolved?   The microbes do give their life for the benefit of those up the food chain.The symbiotic relationships can, however, be managed and stabilised which is what we are attempting in our soil work and the investigations on-going with the human biomes.    

Our internal biology or the bioldoy of the soil has no ideology of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ microbes.  They evolve to work together.   There is a conflicting symbiosis happening all the time.The work is more about developing solutions to the ever-present conflicts that exist with our microbes.   The human reasoning function (science) is much like an enforcement of our contracts with them.  We restrict them to certain parts of our bodies by creating physical and chemical no-go zones. We are learning to nurture the species we want, using dedicated foods. We empower the immune system to keep the good guys in higher numbers.  We are selecting which species lives with us for our benefit.  It is a dance of symbiosis.

HG Wells wrote about this in 1930 in The Science of Life: “Every symbiosis is, in its degree, underlain with hostility, and only by proper regulation and often elaborate adjustment can the state of mutual benefit be maintained. Even in human affairs, the partnerships for mutual benefit are not so easily kept up, in spite of me being endowed with intelligence and so being able to grasp the meaning of such a relation. But in lower organisms, there is no such comprehension to help keep the relationship going. Mutual partnerships are adaptations as blindly entered into and as unconsciously brought about as any others.”I muse: are we still in a controlling phase?  Perhaps this means of control reflects the true lesson arising behind the microbiomes of life.    Nature is not inherently harmonious and cooperative, but that all the best relationships have tension and take work.  Symbiosis is tension, and tension is good

Project Site Update

Project Site foundation work has begun.  Our plans are grand and seem impossible but we strive in our dedication and vision to make this work and make this happen.   We broke ground.   And, we discovered the ground is terrible.  There is 5-6 feet of rocks and fill…compacted.   Oh dear!    A challenge for the Soil Squad.   We’ve got this and are trouble- shooting how to grow the world’s best food and medicines.   We are laying the rocks and building the garden first.    Microbe compost is on site.   There will be a market garden on site housing the gourmet foods.   We are also waiting for 133 exotic and unusal trees.   They arrive soon.We also hosted a very successful workshop sharing about the Project and how we are creating it.  The participants were amazing and are showing amazing support and interest in the Phase I. 

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Join Us June 10th To Make The First Microbe Pile On Site.Opportunity to connect, see the Project Site and lend a helping hand!   june 10th at 10 am Contact Us

POD Updates

One of the PODS of the Living Ground Project is to create the world’s most amazing foods.   The gardens are growing, and we have recently hired another local who is in training to learn the art and science of Microbes.    We welcome Jenny to our team.    One of my favorite PODs we are creating in the Living Ground Project is the Commercial Kithen and Apothecary Pod.   This is the POD that will alchemize the food and medicinal plants from the Microbe Rich Soils to create amazing, nutritious and beneficial products.    Basically our aim is to make the world’s best food ever!   Over the past 3 years, I have attempted to secure the “cultures” for Spirulina and Chlorella.   Five attempts!   All attempts failed whether it was because they were forgotten and never travelled or the culture was not viable by the time it arrived.    That changed this week!    Cultures of both were delivered and I anxiously looked under the microscope to see the living evidence they were viable and usable.    They were!     

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Education

One aspect of the Living Ground mission is education.   The importance of this is primary.    As we learn more about the life of the soil, it is clear the “war” mentality has to be dismantled.   Yet this approach is very much a part of the human brain due to manipulation and programming.   It shows up in insidious ways as a fear of the pathogens.    Everytime you reach for an antibiotic or a natural parasite herb, you are in the act of war.   War doesn’t distunguish between the good and bad guys.    This is of primary importance.  This is of primary importance.  Whether it be the war on the soil (with neem, garlic, cayenne or chemical pesticides) or an antibiotic chemical or herbal, the approach is the same….WAR!

So, we have created a Microbiome E-book to empower our clients, customers, and supporters.   It is a 22 page guideline to understanding the human microbiome and how we can encourage the “good guys”.   While we have created the Apothecary Products for this protocol, we also offer you, freely, the recipes to make your own.  Our tonics, elixirs, tinctures and ferments all come from Microbe Rich Soils.

We are most happy to share this protocol with those interested in a different way.    Personally, I feel there is no other way.   Contact us for more information.Big microbial hug, Leisha and the soil squad.    

 

One of my favorite POD we are creating in the Living Ground Project is the Commercial Kithen and Apothecary Pod.   This is the POD that will alchemize the food and medicine plants from the Microbe Rich Soils to create amazing, nutritious and beneficial products.    Basically our aim is to make the world’s best food ever!    

Over the past 3 years, I have attempted to secure the “cultures” for Spirulina and Chlorella.   Five attempts!   All attempts failed whether it was because they were forgotten and never travelled or the culture was not viable by the time it arrived.    That changed this week!    Cultures of both were delivered and I anxiously looked under the microscope to see the living evidence they were viable and usable.    They were!

Chlorella and spirulina are among the most nutritious foods available today.  They are superfoods and powerhouses of nutrition.  These two super greens are pure, wholesome foods that have been used as a food source by ancient communities. Spirulina was a staple of the Aztecs and Mesoamericans. In the Far East, chlorella has been used as an alternative medicine since the ancient times. Chlorella is a type of green algae that grows in fresh water. It is a close cousin to the salt-water based Spirulina

Living Ground’s mission is to care for and increase the good guy microbes for the benefit of all and especially the human.   Just as the microbes are important for health soil, microbes are also the most important aspect of the human microbiome health.  Good gut flora is linked to strong immune system, meaning less allergies, a healthy digestive system meaning management of digestive issues such as leaky gut and IBS, good urinary tract and vaginal health, meaning less UTI’s, BV (Bacterial Vaginosis) and yeast infections.  The list goes on and on.  The research shows that chlorella and spirulina both help balance gut bacteria, which helps us digest and absorb nutrients from our food (source 1, source 2).  It is not mistake this is a benefit of increasing the microbes in our plant gardens and human garden.

So we are testing the production process and have started our first culture.   Fingers crossed we are success.  If so, we intend on being suppliers to our local community…and offering both fresh and dried.   I have also spent a lot of time researching the nutrients required and how to obtain them “naturally”.    Most add “fertilizers”.    My goal is to discover how these amazing foods grow in nature and duplicate.   I will share updates as we progress with this experiment in making and creating our own medicines and foods.

We will be offering this to the community both fresh and dried.   This is very, very, very exciting.

 

Are you curious about what Living Ground Project is all about?    Are you wondering how to get involved and/or support the Project?

We invite you to our base-line workshop where we dive into the creation of Living Ground, it’s purpose, mission, values and the lego blocks of the creative intentions.    This is a 2-day workshop that is also an event to help with the financial support required to begin the lift off.

Last week, we legally acquired the Project Site located in Masanamaca.   This is a one hectare land with a very large 1000 m2 building.   Our vision for this site is for it to become the Microbe Education and Tourism headquarters for Ecuador (and even South America).    The business model is is a creative construction of values and intentions to place people before profits through collaboration and interdependent “pods”.    

This workshop is a invitation for all locals to learn, discover and possibily get involved.    Day 2 is optional for those who are inspired and wish to go deeper into collaboration.   We are sharing the concept of sacred commerce, the measurement of success and intending to raise leaders in the Project’s purpose.

We, the Soil Squad, do feel this is a Project for World Changers!    We have the concept, the project site and the plan!    You are officially welcomed.

To discover why this project is important in the climate of today’s world, here are 30 base reasons (and we can find more)

Please RSVP to info@livingground.art or whatsapp 0988771568.    We are “looking forward” and excited about this gathering.

 

Here we share the vision of the Project Site and how we see it functioning in the future.     As of today, there are 32 days left to meet our fundraising deadline.    We are optimistic and hopeful.   Please watch and consider sharing.   The youtube link is https://youtu.be/K6RtJf53AYE