SummaReview: Plant Intelligence and The Imaginal Realm

“…you must not extend awareness further than your culture wants it to go.(19)

Plant Intelligence BuhnerThis is Buhner’s fourth book in his series of books on plant intelligence, inter-species communication, non-linearity in nature, including the various non-linear and intuitive capacities in humans. This book dives deeply into the fascinating and emerging scientific fields of plant-neurophysiology, molecular microbiology, systems ecology/complexity theory, and gaia theory, including the effects of psychotropics in nature and in the human brain. But this heavy (very well-written) reading is not the central focus of the book. His synthesis of vast amounts of scientific information exposes a reality that runs contrary to scientific reductionism and materialist maps of the world. He exposes a new scientific understanding that the qualities of “self-awareness, intelligence, and the search for meaning—that have (erroneously) been ascribed as belonging only to human beings, are in fact general conditions of every living organism” (28). Of course, this understanding is not new, as many indigenous groups of humans have known this for a very long time.

The idea that humans are separate from and superior to everything else in the biosphere has taken a terminal blow from the new knowledge about bacteria….There’s no going back.(95)

Using concepts and language from neuroscience, such as “sensory gating channels,” he enlightens us to the reality that our perceptual capacities are flexible, fluid, and multi-dimensional; in other words, we can perceive multiple perspectives, and change our own perspective whenever it benefits us to do so. However, “gating parameters tend to set themselves as time progreses, and all organisms tend to habituate to cetain ranges of sensory intake and response to environmental perterbations.” This habituation can and does limit what and how we perceive, and how resilient and creative we are in the face of adversity. But nature has built in ways for organisms to remain fluid and adaptable; altered states, and the expansion of our perceptual capacity through drugs and other experiences, has been a fascination of humans and other organisms for a long time, and rightly so. Ingesting psychotropics (the psychoactive quality of psychedelic plants) break habituated patterns of gating by opening sensory gating channels more widely, which enables the organism to perceive a greater degree of novelty in ordinary or common experience; this opens the doors to new information and is an evolutionary advantage. Expanded gating also enables us to perceive deeper meanings in things that we are normally closed off to. As Buhner elaborates, “The more sensory data from the image that flows inside us, the more of the text that is embedded within it will flow into us. The more of the text we have access to, the more meaning we can distill out of it, the more rays of relation we can find and experience.”

Thus, the different kind of thinking this book seeks to inspire is one that enables us to access this deeper web of information and meaning that run throughout our lives and everywhere on Earth at all times. He explains that we don’t need psychotropics or advanced trainings to deepen and expand our sense of the world around us. We merely need to regain an embodied feeling sense that touches and perceives the world in a non-linear way.

Although the beauty is what we are most drawn to, in the darkness and terror are truths that all travelers in the metaphysical background of the world eventually encounter, must face, and come to terms with. They have teachings that are necessary.” (279)

This book takes the reader into tremendously deep waters, and challenges you to examine your preconceived ideas about the way the Earth functions. Buhner invites you to discover the “imaginal realm,” where real information flows at the level of subtle meanings; meanings that guide and direct all organisms through the environment; meanings that literally reveal the underlying unity between the environment and its actors, dissolving the illusion that the “environment” is merely a passive backdrop to the moving actors and organisms. The environment shapes organisms and communities just as organisms shape the environment; they are not truly separate, the boundaries are fluid.



The World Goes Green: Eco-Friendly Construction Finally Comes of Age

A nice article below by Sam Marquit – more about him and his work at

“Green building materials and technologies has never shown more promise in terms of saving the environment and in terms of creating jobs and wealth. Indeed, this industry is set to increase in value from $116 billion in 2013 to more than $254 billion in 2020. If you work in the construction business, you almost can’t afford not to go green.”

“A number of facilities are embracing going green, especially in New York City. Ink48 is a Manhattan hotel owned and operated by the Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group Inc. It serves organic foods and beverages — including fair-trade teas and coffees — to guests. It hosts sustainability conferences for members of its Earthcare program. And each of its rooms is full of environmentally friendly features such as recycling bins, ceramic mugs to discourage wasteful paper cup usage, low-flow faucets and showers, and low-flush toilets. Energy-efficient lighting fixtures and eco-friendly cleaning products are employed throughout the property as well. Ink48 recycles extensively. What’s more, many private homes are beginning to follow the lead of establishments like Ink48. For instance, drip irrigation systems are growing in popularity; they’re especially useful in drought-ridden areas. These underground systems hydrate lawns and gardens with recycled water from showers and washing machines. They significantly reduce homeowners’ water bills in the process.”

“Many businesses are also beginning to take advantage of solar power. Hotels across the United States are installing enormous skylights and heating swimming pools with energy from the sun. Outdoor rooms are becoming increasingly prevalent in a wide variety of commercial enterprises and private residences as well. Not long ago, outdoor rooms were limited to decks, patios, and terraces. However, an outdoor room today might be a screened-in porch or an elaborate courtyard. Many of these rooms contain designer furniture, electronic entertainment devices, and even fireplaces. As such, they can be enjoyed at any hour of the day and at any time of the year.”

“Just about anywhere you go these days, there’s an eco friendly building or retrofitting project going on somewhere nearby. In cities of all sizes, businesses are installing sustainable systems, this is especially evident with the green hotels in New York City. In the process, they’re saving money. They’re also making a personal contribution to the health of the environment, and every such contribution helps. ”

Shoutout to the new Sustainable Living Center at Maharishi University of Management and the Abundance Ecovillage in Fairfield, Iowa – 2 examples of what’s possible if we want to take this green building movement close to home!

1000 Words on Purpose

I moved to MUM with an understanding that “purification leads to progress.” Yoga philosophy instructed yogis to give up all impurities, intoxicants, unhealthy food, and other bad lifestyle habits. When my experience in meditation improved after eliminating toxic substances I realized that we really are what we eat! Thus, I became much more interested in good food and learned about all the damaging byproducts of our modern industrial food system. Through food, I found a direct connection between spiritual growth and physical life on earth. I figured if I could learn how to grow the purest food and live a natural lifestyle, then I would be doing something really good! After all, it seemed obvious that humans would never find peace on earth if they were poisoning the earth through their agriculture.

My Sustainable Living degree program has been dynamic and inspiring. Key classes like permaculture design, systems thinking, applied soil ecology and deep ecology have taught me to see patterns in nature. I’ve learned about the strength of collaboration between organisms, which supports diversity and abundance. I’ve learned that we can fulfill our human needs by collaborating with nature and connecting with nature on a direct personal level. Going forward, I intend to participate in the sustainability revolution by working with people directly who want to strengthen their own personal connection with nature and realign their communities to collaborate with nature. This is applied permaculture design, with a heavy dose of forest fairy magic.

During my summer apprenticeship in New Mexico my life was forever changed. I learned first hand how to use the “heart-field” as an organ of perception and communicate directly with plants and learn about their medicine. We did exercises to practice using our intuition to read the character of people, places, and anything else under the sun. We did deep psycho-emotional shadow work during our course, revealing layers of subconscious programs, memories, and beliefs that suppress our uninhbited expression. I learned that we all need to heal by reconnecting with our inner child – this unlocks our extrasensory potential, as does opening the emotional heart and healing insecurities. Speaking of insecurities…I learned that sexual energy is life-giving energy and is as useful for spiritual evolution as its is for procreation.

I feel as good as this woman looks when I'm meditating...

I feel as good as this woman looks when I’m meditating…

The daily practice of transcendental meditation has been one of the most transformative influences of my MUM career. I had experimented with other meditation techniques and had good experiences, but this technique has been the most reliable one for getting a daily dose of inner peace. Closing the eyes each day and transcending connects me with the mysterious inner reality and satguru that guides my life. Doing meditation in the framework of the ideal daily routine at MUM has helped me learn that rest and activity are equally important steps of progress.

Cultivating relationships with people at MUM continues to be the most rewarding ongoing experience next to meditation. From day one at MUM I’ve grown in love and openness with people through deep connection and intimacy. I learned the value of honesty, openness and transparency; self-knowledge can be gained through interaction with others, especially when people are aware of the power of their interaction. At MUM, more people are aware of that power than anywhere else I’ve ever been. This shared intention to grow and support each other in becoming whole has made me realize “Vasudhaiva Katumbakum” – “The World is My Family.” I’ve been able to live in co-housing with other people studying sustainable living, and this has emphasized the importance of community. Living a collaborative lifestyle with other people has given me the opportunity to actually learn how to live together in harmony, which is priceless


Friends from all over the country here together in Union Square NYC. Bonds at MUM strong enough to bring us together wherever we are on the map!

So Who am I NOW? How have my experiences at MUM changed me? And What do I want to do next?

I’m much more balanced now. Rest and meditation are the foundation for my activities. I’m more sensitive and in-tune with my body and emotions. I’m much more responsive to my digestion day to day and have good control over what I eat. I’m less afraid than I used to be, and more willing to be my honest, open and unguarded self. Thus, I’m more compassionate and loving than I used to be. I’m a more sexual person now….Or should I say…I’m more comfortable expressing my innate sexuality, and I don’t feel as much pressure to be anyone other that who I am in the present moment. When I came to MUM I was inspired, and am still inspired, but now I’ve got a clear direction for the future, getting clearer everyday…except for the days when I haven’t had enough rest. I’m beginning to understand what it really means to be autonomous; I’m taking full responsibility for my life – an empowered, self-referral life. I rarely run away from intimacy because I’m not ashamed to be seen. Naked. I feel prepared to go off into society and offer my gifts to the world!

Its clear to me that my writing skills, public speaking skills, organizational and administrative capacity, and critical thinking ability are all valuable and marketable assets wherever I go. What I really want to do in the immediate future is play a major role in creating a small-scale example of sustainable community living here in Fairfield. The nature of the work I’m getting into is intensely entrepreneurial, and I may need to acquire some good business skills. However, the field of permaculture and sustainable community design is highly interdisciplinary, so I’ll rest on my tested ability to learn on the job and adapt as I go. I know that I don’t know everything, which is important. But I know enough to undertake the project at Prairie Song Farm, which will require computer and media skills, advanced plant and ecological knowledge, practical gardening and soil fertility knowledge, advanced social skills and emotional intelligence, tractor mechanics and machine work, basic and advanced carpentry, electrical engineering, etc.

Wow, clearly I need more than just me to accomplish my goals. I should’ve studied cloning. This illustrates a simple yet profound point: Community is formed by a group of people working together – it can’t be top-down. I see my role as a leader (initiator) who is also a catalyst and connecting agent. My gift is the ability to gather and articulate a shared vision. From that point, a design can be made, and it takes a community of people to bring the design to life. One thing is for sure: If a deeply spiritual, environmentally regenerative and economically thriving culture were to emerge anywhere in North America, it would be Fairfield, Iowa.

“The Brain is a River, Not a Rock” (Last) Part III

Experience changes the brain – that’s the only way I can understand how my lifestyle has changed so drastically during the 4 years in college. The motivation for change first started after an experience in the car with my mother in 2008. We were 4 hours into a long ride down to southeast Virginia to visit Christopher Newport University, which I hoped to attend after graduating that year. I was behind the wheel, and once again my mother’s wisdom had a CD playing a man named Eckhart Tolle, who was speaking to a group at a spiritual retreat center. His calm, intelligent voice took my unsuspecting attention to a place I never expected: the present moment. As he spoke, he guided my attention not just to the words but also to the silent space between the words, and to my great surprise I found something there. As I listened and drove my mind became still, his teaching became clear, and the reality of “me” expanded way beyond the ego-personality that is confined to a human body. The awareness in me noticed itself and the infinite nature of its presence. I felt peace and freedom like I had never known before.

This experience propelled me into a new world, one that was enlivened by inner-silence, mystical experience, and meditation. To my surprise, the pleasure of this sense of inner awareness and freedom was more expansive and interesting than any altered state I could conjure up with drugs. As weird as I seemed to others who had no reference for this strange behavior, my interest in the Eastern traditions of Vedic, Taoist, and Buddhist meditation was justified by the peace, freedom, and clarity I felt during and after meditation. Today at age 23 I sit down to meditate as part of my daily routine. The simple and natural process of transcendental meditation brings me to a stress-free place where there is nothing but pure subjectivity – I am a witness – and infinite silent space pervades. After twenty effortless minutes I emerge as the exceptional thinking-feeling individual who I knew myself as before, but something is different: My brain. Even though the content of my waking experience had disappeared, my brainwaves revealed that something significant was occurring during the process of transcending.

As a student at Maharishi University of Management I’ve been literally required to learn all that brain scientists have discovered about the positive correlation between Alpha 1 coherence in the brain and transcendental consciousness (meditative state). These well-established findings include other unique physiological markers, which establish the transcendental state of consciousness as distinct from simply sitting with eyes closed or contemplative practices. Alpha brain waves are a sign of relaxed activity in the brain, and are defined as waves that cycle between the frequencies of 8-12 hertz. Alpha 1 brainwaves are active during “peak experience,” and are associated with the feeling of “being in the flow” and operating at a highly creative level. This provides neuroscientific understanding as to why daily meditation is such a good thing to be doing. The repeated experience of Alpha 1 coherence throughout the cortex during consistent meditation practice changes brain circuitry to support optimal brain function. Each new experience in meditation strengthens and reinforces the Alpha 1 coherence, just as the effects of any other behavioral pattern or habit is encoded in the brain. So the science is out – The experience of transcendental consciousness changes the brain in a special way, yet the mystery and intrigue of this deep state remains.

The ancient Vedic knowledge of Indian yogis explains that the state called “Cosmic Consciousness” (CC for short) is the inevitable progression of a person experiencing transcendental consciousness over time. This state of consciousness is what others refer to as “Enlightenment.” Aspects of this state of consciousness include total brain integration with alpha coherence as described above, as well as some subjective markers like experiencing the unbounded, stress-free awareness of meditation simultaneously while functioning as an awake individual in the world – being “in the world, but not of the world,” as the Indian mystics say. One additional prediction was made about life in CC that can actually be studied scientifically: witnessing sleep. Strange as it may seem, neurophysiological markers of alpha and beta brainwaves are found in coexistence with delta patterns during deep sleep in long-term practitioners of transcendental meditation reporting subjective experiences of being consciously aware that the brain and body are asleep. The coexistence of alpha-beta-delta deep sleep patterns are currently beyond the acceptable scientific paradigm; the studies done on “witnessing sleep” are immature and thus considered protoscience, which calls for replication and further analysis of new findings. Nonetheless, so-called “higher states” of consciousness do appear to be a real and inevitable development of human potential.

Before coming to MUM I only read about “higher states” of consciousness in terms of philosophical or psycho-spiritual theory, and individual anecdotes seemed to point to glimpses of potential for experiencing an unexplainable reality. The framework of brain research used to support the understanding of transcendental consciousness and “higher states” of consciousness as distinct from waking, dreaming, or deep sleep states is very informative. At first I could only relate to my meditation and other spiritual practices in terms of philosophy and the great wisdom traditions that teach about them. Coupling experience of transcendental consciousness with knowledge of brain development has influenced me to refine my paradigm once again. I am beginning to realize just how powerfully our minds limit and constrain the range of experience that is available to each of us.

Given what is known about paradigm blindness I must make it a practice to seek novelty on a daily basis, which can be as simple as opening my mind wider to what is possible and present in this moment right now. What if I really can consciously communicate with others without word or sign? What if illness and disease in the body can be prevented and reversed by believing I am healthy and immune to disease? Based on the nature of the brain I have realized that an emotionally-supportive and loving environment infused with wisdom, honesty and openness is conducive to the type of growth I am seeking. I can intentionally create a lifestyle overflowing with beautiful and pure food for all the senses, as well as challenging activities that draw out my higher capacities and talents for Self-mastery. As self-organizing systems (humans) our unique physiologies determine which stimuli in the environment disturb us and warrant response; the influx of new information from this course has created a disturbance that I have chosen to respond to. As I continue to digest and assimilate new ideas and information I realize that my brain is changing accordingly. The more open I am the more flexible and resilient I will become. If I refine the filters of my reality to accept the whole range of experience as growth promoting and evolutionary, the way I interpret and perceive my reality will change; this inevitably shapes the flavor and nature of my experience. How far can we go as human beings? How much are we capable of? What limitations do you hold yourself to? What will it take for you to thrive?

“The Brain is a River, Not a Rock” Part II

Each moment is new and filled with hundreds of billions of bits of information, which our brains take in and process. What we actually “see” as our waking reality is less than 0.00000001% of all the information that comes through our eyes. How does our brain decide what to show us? And how does the brain respond to the constant influx of new information each moment? At first, the brain absorbs as much as possible; during the first decade of life the brain is like a fat dry sponge. Neurons are going nuts making as many connections as they can with new experiences each day.  Neural connections form a distinct pattern, which serves as a blueprint for what we actually “see.” Out of all the bits of information we take in moment-to-moment and day-to-day the brain chooses to focus on what it determines to be most relevant to us based on our current connections. As we age, environmental stimulus and personal experience continue to shape our brains and thus becomes the reality we perceive.

As the cortex develops a young child-brain is stretched to its max. Eventually, around the age of ten a process called “pruning” begins, which means its time for the brain to get selective. The most emphasized and emotionally salient connections remain while insignificant (less impressive) connections go away. Pruning is a sign of brain maturation, and myelination of the cortex allows for more complex reasoning and mental ability. Myelination is the name of a process whereby brain cells are wrapped in protective and insulating structures enable more rapid movement of information through the brain; the brain is seen as more mature as more neurons are myelinated throughout the cortex and across left and right hemispheres. The pruning stage usually lasts through the teen years and overlaps with maturation of the pre-frontal cortex, which doesn’t fully mature until some time in the early twenties.

If childhood is a time of innocent play and taking it all in, then the pre-teen and teenage years are a time of increasing complexity and abstraction. I can remember the transition between elementary school and middle school: multiplication tables became algebraic equations; spelling tests became 5-paragraph essays; my friends started having sex! As I “grew up” I had no idea what my brain was doing, I was just doing the best I could to shine and succeed. I was completely blind to the paradigms and worldviews that were being programmed through group norms, cultural values, and ideals of “success.” All I knew was that girls thought I was cute, and getting straight A’s was the highest goal to reach.



Looking back on my upbringing in light of brain development helps me see how much I benefitted from my Mother’s wisdom. I distinctly remember when I won the petition to have my own room as far away from my brother as I could manage; I was 8. At 8 years old I was still experiencing neural exuberance, which is the time between ages 2-9 when the brain is making as many new connections as possible with all the new stimulus. Along with my new room came a nice new boom box, fit to play radio, cassette tapes AND CD’s. It took no time for my mom to insert “Mozarts Greatest Hits” into my CD player and press play after sending me off to bed and tucking me in each night. I was familiar with classical music from school and around the home during the winter holiday season and I liked it; however, listening to it at night was particularly enjoyable and sent me off to sleep with a type of ease I hadn’t experienced before. Maybe it was comforting to have its presence wash over the fact that my new room was the farthest back in the basement next to the boiler room, which made creepy noises at night. Most likely though, it was my brain experiencing the scientifically verified beneficial effects of classical music on the brain. Little did I know how the repeated performance of Mozart’s symphonies would shape my brain to develop more completely and coherently. My mother knew exactly what she was doing.

Eventually the smoothness turned rough, as toxins entered my eyes, ears, lungs and stomach on a daily basis. Digestion is not just food-based – food comes in through all senses. We are what we experience, and the brain changes with every meal. Growing up in Central Jersey –in the New York metro area— tended to be fast-paced, cut-throat, and uber-competitive. Being a teenager in that part of the world demanded a lot from my brain, especially the pre-frontal cortex, which is responsible for creative problem solving, abstract and moral reasoning, value judgments and sense of self.  As I grew through adolescence I made many a poor decision, including frequent under- age drinking, lack of sleep, and recreational drug abuse. I remember my first few experiences smoking weed; I had so much fun in this altered state of consciousness, where the boundaries and limitations of the paradigms I had learned melted away like butter on a hot biscuit…to say nothing of how the improved taste of the biscuit. Drinking and smoking on the weekends and sometimes during the week often felt like the best thing to be doing, despite the importance of school, sports and other extra curriculars.

At first, the novelty of altered states served a clearly positive purpose – they opened my mind to the Psychadelic Imagemystery of life. Getting “out of my mind,” especially with marijuana, caused me to question the reality and “facts” that I had been fed; I didn’t start rejecting everything, but I became skeptical. My mind was opened to the reality that there is more to be discovered than meets the eye and that life is about more than fitting into “the system.” As time went on, the effect of recreational drugs got dull but my use got more and more frequent! I was drinking and smoking more and getting less out of it, but for some reason I couldn’t convince myself to stop or slow down. After all, “everyone is doing it!” I realize now that a little brain part called the nucleus accumbens had a lot to do with my addiction. The nucleus accumbens is the “pleasure center” of the brain, which tells the brain when an experience is good for life and signals to have more of that experience. When the novelty of altered states, medicinal benefits of the herb, and associated social fun began, the nucleus accumbens determined more of that would be good! Unfortunately drugs sneak by its discernment, which accounts for the abusive habit that developed from the recreational use. When I graduated from high school I was doing well and off to a good university but toxins filled my system and the predictable college party scene became the first class on my schedule.

“The Brain is a River, Not a Rock” Part I

Modern technologies for measuring brain activity have revealed that every experience changes the brain. Novel experiences, especially those that are repeated or emotionally significant, are encoded as neural pathways and strengthened over time. The structure of my brain plays a major role in what I perceive and how I interpret life around me. Change in brain structure is significantly constrained by biological development during the first 20 years (or so) of life. However, the environment also interacts with the brain and influences how it develops.

With the body of neuroscientific research available today, I can understand my life in a new and nerdy way – a way that brings more clarity to the diversity of my experiences growing up. Understanding the neuroscience also helps me see how my development has been influenced by the scientific paradigm—the set of accepted scientific models—of my culture. The more I learn about brain structure and function, the more I realize that I literally create my reality; the reality that I experience is shaped and constrained by my worldview—my unique conception of the world and what is real. Each person’s worldview is constructed by the paradigms (or models) that define the structure and function of the world around him or her. By free will I can choose to put myself in an environment that will either reinforce or challenge my worldview, however, the quality of my choices is largely dependent upon the particular way my brain is connected at that moment. The way I respond to life on a day-to-day basis is inevitably shaped by my worldview, yet I am able to change my understanding based on new knowledge and experience.

Frequently, people fail to recognize the paradigms that construct their own worldview and thus fail to seek out novel perspectives or question their way of understanding; this results in a phenomenon called paradigm blindness, where the individual follows a paradigm and ignores contradictory facts. They accept certain things without critical review simply because it fits into their paradigm. Most of this happens subconsciously without their noticing at all. Thus, they never find a reason to consider novel points of view or even notice existing credible evidence that calls aspects of the paradigm into question. Knowing this, I will summarize my conception of reality and discuss how new models (paradigms) of brain science and the neuro-physiological effects of meditation inform and influence my worldview.

Today I understand life as a field phenomenon, much like quantum physicists and super-string theorists. In other words, the Universe is a unified field out of which infinite forms of variation and diversity arise and interact systematically before recycling back into the field out of which it came. As a conscious being I am distinct, yet part of the whole. The light of self-awareness is of a Universal Source, which shines through my unique physiology to create a unique reflection; this creates a threefold process of consciousness interacting with itself – as the knower (the “I”) the known (the “other”) and the process of knowing (perception). In terms of Maharishi Vedic Science this three-fold dynamic of Rishi (knower), Devata (process of knowing), and Chandas (that which is known) is a fundamental design for anything with a body. Through the interaction of the three together—knower, process of knowing, and known—comes knowledge and the capacity to learn, change and grow.

Plant roots and human brain neurons act alike, changing positions daily based on stimulus from the environment.

Each of us, including, microorganisms, plants, and animals, are unique selforganizing systems that change moment to moment despite maintaining our specific pattern of form. Plant brains (root systems) respond to changing locations of available nutrients and shifting clusters of micro-organisms that make nutrients available for them to absorb; their roots are moving accordingly, creating a dynamic network of intelligent growth that is reflected in the growth of the plant body above. At the same time, plants perceive changing conditions above ground, which leads to inner activity at the cellular level to make changes supporting survival and growth. Human nature is no different and as a person grows, biological development interacts with environmental stimulus to shape their brain, body and unique worldview

My body is the mechanism for consciousness to distinguish itself. Experience changes the brain and the rest of the body follows suit. The changing structure of my brain is signified by the strength and pattern of neural connections. When I go to sleep each night the most significant experiences from the day are encoded to memory and the new neural connections that have been formed are strengthened; likewise, other connections from less significant experiences are not maintained. When I wake up in the morning I will be a different person than I was yesterday. As a matter of fact, roughly 70% of our current brain connections will be different tomorrow than they are today.  Experience changes the brain!

2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Thanks to Doug Crouch and the Permaculture Design Class at Maharishi University of Management for making me get this blog started in 2011 and inspiring me to keep updating it as a living record of my work and experience. 53 posts and dozens of new pages later here we are! I never thought I’d get into blogging, but who knew blogging could be a tool for permaculture design!?! Thanks for all the visitors who get sucked into my site from the Facebook feed! 😛

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,100 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 7 years to get that many views.

In 2012, there were 26 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 52 posts. There were 145pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 142 MB. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was November 18th with61 views. The most popular post that day wasLooking Back at Silver City and Earth Medicine 2012.

Click here to see the complete report.