Opening a sanctuary for all sentient beings is a daunting task. How much land do I need? Where can I source water, soil, fertilizer, compost, and more either free or at a savings? What types of animals can the land support? Compound these questions with the reality that I suffer from a multitude of psychological afflictions that result in daily battles with anxiety, depression, and PTSD complications, and my heartfelt vision can soon become overwhelming.
Then I breath, reframe my mindset, and continue to move forward.
I begin to ask myself new illuminating questions that challenge my intentions but not in a judgmental manner. Rather, these questions elucidate the passion and drive I possess to make my purpose a reality. Embracing my pragmatic thought process grounded in the scientific method, I begin to lay the blueprint for a sanctuary that will ultimately thrive with an abundance of life, an explosion of happiness, a foundation of peace and love, and ultimately, the stage for continued growth.
My approach to survival has simplified over the years. I knew early on that support from family was not an option. I also learned as I aged that friends are fleeting, love is conditional, and to quote Public Enemy, “who do I trust? Who do I trust? Me, that’s who!”
Developing the ability to survive in this world required a holistic approach to life. I needed to build myself physically, not only for protection, but as a preventative medicine. Secondly, chainmail strengthened by mental acumen and a sword of critical thinking would arm me in battling many of life’s enemies and reward myself professional success. Lastly, embracing a level of spirituality and understanding that silencing the demons that ravage my being comes from gratitude and the wanting to better another’s life is critical in allowing my soul to discover without regret.
There is no doubt that this holistic approach has served as an influential guiding light over the decades. Taking a page out of my own book of life, the agricultural methodology of permaculture will serve as that beacon of resiliency on the Moving Forward Sanctuary.
Permaculture functions as an “approach to land management that adopts arrangements observed in flourishing natural ecosystems.[i] ” The foundation of permaculture is rooted in caring for the Earth and its inhabitants. There are 12 design principles of permaculture, each with a different but uniting vision. Today I am going to focus on principle number eight; Integrate rather than segregate.
Integrating rather than segregating will serve as a cost-cutting paradigm, among other objectives, during my design process. Ensuring that nothing is wasted and that all aspects of the sanctuary are reused, one such aspect of integration which will serve as the primary heating source in a multitude of capacities will be a compost pile.
Building a tiny house along with a chicken coop and a barn to house a few pigs and other animals is my goal in the first few weeks of the sanctuary. As we are all aware, all animals create waste. City dwelling provides septic as the means of disposal. However, this waste can be recycled into amazing compost which will be used not only as fertilizer for the food grown on the property, but as a heat source to keep temperatures warm for the animals and myself.
A compost heating source is a labor-intensive process of brilliance that will provide incredible heat for 18-month periods. Following the instructions provided at https://www.instructables.com/Compost-Heating-System/, my goal is to have this heat source built and operational within the first week. Not being dependent on gas or electricity as a heat source along with the ability to naturally develop compost will be the backbone for my thermo-engineering venture at the sanctuary.
Stay tuned for pictures to come. This process will be epic!
[i] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permaculture, January 28, 2021.