About our journey towards real and green

Alain and I are a husband and wife team with two young home-educated children, living in beautiful Far North Queensland, Australia.

We live on a Permaculture inspired farm where we are decreasing our reliance on supermarkets and increasing our ability to take better care of ourselves and our living planet.

On this page you'll find a very brief version of our transition away from "business as usual," towards "real and green." 

We didn’t always live like we do now

We used to be jet-setting professionals in the Natural Horsemanship world. Our work and training took us around the globe, and enabled us to fulfill all kinds of dreams.

We spent time with extraordinary mentors, and experienced amazing opportunities for self-development. We learned to question the status quo and to take responsibility for our own results.

​Then we became parents...
​Parenthood ​levels us all, and opens our eyes. 

​​Parenthood, in my experience, is the great leveler (at least it is if you ​stay closely connected to your children rather than handing them over to someone else when parenting becomes inconvenient or uncomfortable). 

​Having children took all the "jet-setting" and all the "professional" out of ​my life at once, ​and brought me down to earth with a bump. 

​​As new parents, ​we ​took a long hard look at the life we were living and the world our children will inherit.

As if we were seeing it for the first time, we examined the growth economy paradigm—"bigger-and-shinier-is-better," ​and "growth-at-all-costs"—and we realized it’s not working.

We examined our culture’s reliance on superstores and supermarkets, big industry and technology in every field, and on the institutions of health care, education, entertainment and media – and we found all of it lacking.

Time for a change
​​​​If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.

We recognized a feeling of impotence, an uneasy background hum that buzzed louder in our ears the more we paid attention to what was happening in the world around us and to what was missing from inside of us.

We knew that if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. We decided it was time for a change.

We sold some stuff, put the remainder in boxes and moved from where we were based in America, with 6 month old and 4 year old in tow, back to my home country of Australia.

We completely abandoned the industry we’d worked in all our lives, an industry that had given us such gifts and that we had thought we would stay in forever.

We bought a small farm, found a job near it to pay the mortgage, and rolled up our sleeves to figure out how to become part of the solution.

Towards Real and Green is a Series of posts that shares our background story in more depth.

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A real green life

for ​you, your family, and our living planet.