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Monday, 15 February 2016

Zaia

Zaia grew up in a family of musicians in Holland, and has a background in top sport (snow skiing) and web development and design. She co-founded the PRI Luganville and PRI Sunshine Coast Inc (now PermEco Inc.) with Tom, and runs the “invisible structures”, like finances, business administration, website design and maintenance, writes articles, records and edits videos and also organises the cooking and the kitchen on site. She assists Tom in running the Kendall Permaculture Farm and supervising other volunteers. She also specialises in consulting and advice for smaller scale properties (up to 5 acres). She has researched and studied nutrition and health for 20+ years, has a certificate in Nutrition and continues to study by research, reading and daily observation. She is an active member of several musical projects and bands, involved in community music and runs percussion and marimba workshops, is the percussion leader for the Woodford Folk Festival People’s Orchestra and composes as well as plays music. She is passionate about community music and loves seeing people discover that they can play!

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5 Responses

  1. Helen says:

    I agree – cooking and being in the garden are so soothing and refreshing. I have never tried some of the things you mention, such as cassava. Not sure if we can get that here, even.

    • Zaia says:

      Cassava, or manioc (also made into tapioca), is grown in sub tropical and tropical climates. A wonderful root vegetable it is tastier than potato (and I think also more filling!)

      • Helen says:

        Okay – I didn’t realise tapioca was made from cassava. I love tapioca – haven’t had it since I was a kid 🙂

  2. Francesca Chaves says:

    Zaia 🙂 I really enjoyed what you penned today. I decided to take the day away from my job today as I’ve had an upset stomach and generally an upset kind of everything lately…even after a weekend I felt strung out, depleted of purposeful being and detached from what might be meaningful to me. So, at home I tended to the little things around the home that had been laid waste due to being ‘caught up’ in making money, trying to make everyone elses’ routines more easy and all the rest. I watered the corn and herbs I planted lovingly (what seems ages ago), put on a slow-cooker dinner with love not haste, folded some laundry which is usually my pet hate chore but found it rather nice today at a pace that was mine. Noticed the cat, shared my lunch with the dog and marvelled at all the lovely animals that came into my field of awareness (because I was either outside or sitting on the front step instead of at my desk in front of the computer on the phone). Namely, a lone kangaroo, a grasshopper who was cleaning its eyes (cute), a big lizard on a rock sunning itself and a quite gorgeous huge butterfly. There were flies as well…but isn’t there always ;). Anyhoo, I enjoyed your post because as I sat down to read it just now, I felt like my day today was somewhat like that “Bringing everything back to simple living”…and yes, it did and is eleviating some of that pressure of modern living. Thank you for sharing, Francesca.

    • Zaia says:

      Thanks Francesca, I am glad you were able to take some time for yourself and slow down. This rushed lifestyle is not natural for us all…

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