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Feeling Squeezed? How to Work With Urgency.

One striking characteristic of a lifestyle that’s becoming unsustainable is the sensation of personal pressure – feeling squeezed. As such, this feeling is a gift,  a sign that we simply cannot carry on as we have been. In this situation, it’s important to distinguish carefully between what’s turning up as urgent in our lives and […]

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Do you know a young, downshifting couple?

Tonight, the flagship currents affairs strand on ITV1 is making a programme to be presented by Laura Kuennsberg the Business Editor, which will investigate the reasons why increasing numbers of people work part time or have become self-employed. For some this is by choice, it makes time for child or parent care, for study or […]

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Would you like to be part of an Ecovillage?

News of this opportunity has been sent to me by a fellow facilitator of The Work That Reconnects.  Could be an interesting lifestyle development for someone. Please note the closing date of 21st December. “We are a group of friends, based across the South West, who have been working on setting up a small ecovillage […]

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Communal Living Opportunity with Smallholding

Interested in buying into a beautiful, environmentally friendly spiritual smallholding in South Wales ? This opportunity has been brought to my attention by Cathy Crick, a resident at  Lanlas Farm. She says: ‘Lanlas farm is a 19 acre smallholding nestling in the foothills of the ancient Cambrian mountains with superb views over the Teifi valley. […]

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Fun and Frugal Holiday Travel – By Thumb!

‘It was the time of the terrible storms that, much later, I heard had felled trees all over northern France and southern England.  I had two weeks off, £60 in my pocket, and no special reason to stay in Bristol.  So in spite of the howling winds and severe weather warnings, I packed my sleeping […]

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10 Steps to Overcoming Hoarding

Maintaining simplicity, internally and externally, is a crucial part of moving to a more sustainable existence. Why? Because being overwhelmed with what we no longer need, or with more than we need saps our energy. Whether that’s extra internal stuff, such as limiting beliefs, attachment to drama and gossip, or fantasising or whether it’s external […]

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The Power of Befriending Grief

‘Descending, the heart breaks open and the ego loses its moorings.’ Miriam Greenspan. When my children were younger and I was home-educating them, I manned the telephone  helpline for the local home-educators’ support group. One of the impressions that stayed with me from that time was just how many of the mothers I was talking […]

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Returning Home – Nurturing Inner and Outer Environments

  What constitutes home for you and where or what do you regard as home? One of the more challenging practical tasks that I’ve had to face on my downshifting journey is selling or giving away treasured pieces of furniture. At one time they held immense sentimental value for me and represented many years of […]

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