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  • Organic Wwoofing in Wisconsin « Greenheart Voyagers
    interns you dig my rhymes but was very tasty with abundant produce from the land There are meat eaters on this farm but I was still amply catered for steering clear of the carne The days finished up around 5pm and the weekends were free time when we headed off to other towns or went cycling hiking etc It was exhausting hot muddy and sweaty work but very rewarding and a great fun experience learning about real organic farming My lodging was in a tent but there are plenty of spaces in the rooms in the family house the tent being overflow accommodation as the place was full when I got there Evenings were spent eating more tasty food and playing the guitar rapping around the campfire and socialising with the crew Great fun The downside is that it s not an ecological place They have plenty of top quality water from the on site wells but it was massively wasted on cleaning veggies I introduced a more sensible method of cleaning the carrots which saved hundred of litres of water hopefully they continue with the new way The farm is also definitely on grid with electricity so there s no need for any solar panels In order to be certified organic they have to adhere to stringent requirements to keep the veggies fresh this meant enormous walk in refrigeration rooms in the packing shed Huge amounts of electricity used In fact they did have some solar panels but they were only used to electrify fences protecting the animals from marauding racoons and other beasts that would prey on the birdies But that was it as far as green credentials go These disadvantages aside I would still recommend it as a great place to experience organic farming in the flesh

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  • Chicago, June 2010 – in pictures « Travelling Greenheart Mike
    Urban Worm Girl Energy Efficiency for Urban Life workshop from Green Dream Group After these fine presentations the action moved to the Greenheart Shop Chicago on West Division Street Delightful snacks and lovely organic beers and wines soon had the folk moving and grooving The party gets started at the Greenheart Shop Lovely ladies were keeping it organic Camera action was getting blurry Then the Brazilian Samba dancers took the floor by storm and the day rapidly became night So there you have it A fabulous event and very much enjoyed by all who participated The results were glowingly reported by CCI as follows Living La Vida Verde was a hit We collected nearly 600lbs from the Ohio St Beach clean had 5 consecutive entertaining and informational workshops on local organic farming green smoothies worm composting bio fuels and energy efficiency PLUS we had our fist ever dance party at the Greenheart Shop Thanks to all the volunteers presenters and donors who made this a wonderful day Check out more photos from the day s events at this link on Facebook With the Living La Vida Verde event over for this year the full moon approached and led to further highly entertaining goings on as the days and nights got hotter in Chicago Hearty veggies at the Chicago Farmers market The Wailers in concert at the free Randolph Street festival Window dressing at Chicago Pride late June 2010 Plenty of crowds and dramatic city backdrops at the free Salt n Pepa concert Curious two headed duck at Lincoln Park A natural spot to relax in the city So once again it was thank you Chicago and all your lovelies A brilliant time spent in the city and my warmest thanks go to all the fabulous folk there who looked after

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  • Mystic Wwoofing « Greenheart Voyagers
    flying Not too impressed with Greyhound so far and things didn t improve much the next day when the bus pulled into the stop at aforementioned dodgy restaurant well over an hour late and then there was a further 45 minute wait as this was a McD s break stop for the driver Several large disheveled looking scowling men and one shoeless passenger stumbled off the bus and the driver snatched my ticket for examination exclaiming he never knew anyone lived at Cove Point Finally setting off the Greyhound bus turned out to be one of their older ones little leg room no safety belts generally uncomfortable seats and certainly not worth 39 Thank goodness I was only on board for 3 hours and no wonder everyone else on the bus was scowling they d been on the go since Los Angeles On arrival at Cove Point I disembarked and grabbed my rucksack in haste as it was starting to snow and there was a heck of a wind The stop at Cove Point luckily has a café so I was able to enjoy a large steaming hot coffee whilst awaiting collection by my wwoofing host Mystic Mike Off to the Mystic Hot Springs we go From Cove Point we crossed a section of Fishlake National Forest the snow petered out and by arrival at Mystic Hot Springs in Monroe the sun had reappeared and first impressions were of an interesting looking place in beautiful surroundings I met other team members Bob and Christina and was given a tour of the site I originally planned to volunteer here for a couple of weeks but ended up staying for five weeks Mystic Hot Springs as its name suggests is first and foremost a place to come and soak in their amazing natural hot springs which have been continually flowing here for millions of years Water comes out of the ground at a piping hot 168ºF 75º C at a rate of 200 gallons minute The place is also a RV site and campsite and is well visited by travellers from all over the world The hot spring water cools as it travels down along a channel depositing minerals along the way giving the channel a distinctive orange colour It then fills a number of caste iron bathtubs and two larger pools all for soaking and relaxing in The pools and tubs are kept at different temperatures to suit the needs of those who like it hot and those who don t wish to look like lobsters when getting out On flowing out of the soaking pools the water then fills five tropical fish ponds which are remain at around 75ºF all year long Exotic tropical fish including Koi Mollies African cichlids and guppies are all happily living in these warm mineral rich waters Wwoofing at the hot springs for me consisted of a variety of interesting tasks Firstly cleaning and preparing the pioneer cabins which are rented out to guests staying

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  • Zion National Park, Utah « Travelling Greenheart Mike
    way across the states to California Mike s car was full of his belongings as he was in fact relocating to Hawaii but luckily there was just room for me and my gear So the next morning we cruised across the arid lands and semi deserts of northern Arizona and crossed into Utah heading for the canyons of Zion It was in 1919 that Zion Nationl Park became designated making it Utah s oldest national park and with 3 million people heading there each year it s also Utah s most popular one Not surprising really as on arrival we were treated to spectacular views of soaring canyons and incredible rock formations with the river twisting its way through the area far below We got set up in a RV park where we could pitch Mike s tent for 16 USD each per night We were in a nice shady spot right next to the icy cold roaring Virgin River and facilities included a fire pit cum barbeque plus electricity sockets The site had hot showers a café and even a swimming pool However we were there for the hiking and for the next two days we enjoyed some incredible treks including the Emerald Pools Pa rus Trail Weeping Rock and Hidden Canyon There were so many more trails that you could easily spend a couple of weeks here a do a different one each day This entire region of Utah is full of amazing possibilities for nature and hiking lovers but I had to keep on moving on my mission to head back bit by bit towards Chicago So it was time to say a fond farewell to my new friend Mike and he dropped me off in the town of St George continuing his jouney west and I

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  • And so to Sedona « Greenheart Voyagers
    24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Zion National Park Utah California Beaming And so to Sedona An incredible place Sedona sure is You can tell I ve been in America for more than a week huh Really Yeah Oh my gosh In summary a wonderful retreat and a great pleasure to be able to participate Big thanks to Emanuel and Laura and all at CCI who made it a memorable and highly enjoyable time in Sedona Pictures tell the story faster and more colourfully than my tiresome drawl so here s a slideshow with the best from the west Enjoy May 2nd 2010 Category Arizona Greenheart Hiking Leave a Reply Cancel reply Name required Email will not be published required Website You can use these HTML tags a href title abbr title acronym title b blockquote cite cite code del datetime em i q cite strike strong Top Supporters CCI Greenheart Ibiza La Finca Santa Marta The Macleod Clan Search the site On the Site About Supporters Who We Are Recent Entries Leesa s update from Mexico Photo action from January in Bolivia Mariano s Epic Journey Guatemala to Bolivia Cochabamba to Samaipata Bolivia Guatemala Belize Peru and Bolivia

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  • California Beaming « Greenheart Voyagers
    characters present at the location The tour took in the emblematic buildings of the area the new skate park the hippy hangouts and finally the canals themselves apparent reason for the beach s name I decided to walk back to the hostel after the tour had finished to see more of the area and to enjoy the activities and visit the shops along the boulevard by the sandy shores I wandered towards some bongo drummers set up in the semi shade of some palm trees and encouraged them with a little hand clapping and out of time whooping Chatting away to a drummer from Puerto Rico he eventually let me have a bang on his drum after initially refusing with the classic line my drum is like my girlfriend An hour or so later I was burning up in the midday sun so staggered over to a shop to buy a green hat The folk in the store were amused by my accent and were duly green hearted up with thanks for my purchase A leisurely walk eventually saw me back at the hostel where I found myself chatting to a couple of lads who were looking to find an apartment in LA We agreed to head out that eve for a quick ale or two and checked out the local vicinity The following day I got my stuff together before the 11am booting out time and got on the bus to downtown LA in order to locate the train station I bought an overnight ticket to Flagstaff Arizona an eye watering 94 USD seat only and took a wander around downtown Come 7pm I boarded the train and was pleased to find plenty of leg room and no one next to me Hasta luego Los Angeles next stop Arizona

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  • Guate fine country! « Greenheart Voyagers
    me someone would arrive shortly I settle down with a chilled beer and chat to the other characters in the bar Soon enough a lancha pulls up and a Swiss chap takes me plus a chap from Guate a 7 minute ride to a little inlet off the river where the hostal Casa Perico is located It s a pleasant place all wooden decks palapas and a comfy looking dorm lodging at the right price 5 50 USD a night The Swiss host Bruno welcomes me and passes a menu of food and drink I order some veggie food for dinner and am soon chatting with an agreeable French guy Bernard he tells me he s an ex cop in France and we re joined by a chatty Guatemalan chap Rudolfo whose French is pretty snappy Sated and tired I leave em to it and head for the dorm in the ample palapa where I sleep very well and have no troubles from mozzies or any other jungle marauders Bernard and Rudolfo at Casa Perico The following day shortly after a hearty breakfast of coffee and oats I am on my way back to to Río Dulce town and arrive nicely timed to jump on the bus towards Poptún 30Q and 1 5 hours requesting they drop me off at the point on the road where I can stroll to Finca Ixobel see www fincaixobel com Needless to say I am excited about discovering the place and having the chance to down sack for a decent period of time I get to the drop point and stroll along a nicely cool and tree lined dirt track for around 15 minutes grinning with pleasure as I pass through the entrance gates and see the glorious green lawns and delightful settings of the eco hotel I am met by the owner s daughter Maria and given a warm welcome and introduction to the place before being told to go and have some food which was rather wonderful and very tasty Finca Ixobel s lush and green surrounds There are a many different lodging options for guests staying at Finca Ixobel and it is really well priced The kitchen serves up fabulous food with plenty of vegetarian dishes but also a shed load of meat for the carnivorous visitors who devour their burgers with much gusto Having its own bakery means fresh bread and cakes every day and lots of lettuces and herbs are grown in the substantial grounds of the property Finca Ixobel s grand bakery bread and cakes galore So it s ecological then Oh aye Here s a brief list of how and why Natural spring supplies a lot of water RAM pumps move the water around Composting toilet solar dryer solar showers jungle shower heated by wood fire grey water filter happy chickens glass recycling composting of food waste eco swimming pool a pond re forestation projects grow their own vegetables Some of the installations were admittedly a bit under used and the place is still on the grid for things like water electricity and gas for cooking it s first and foremost a business that caters to a lot of visitors However a galant effort for Guatemala Lovely lettuces soon to be in the salads So six weeks flew by at the Finca Work consisted of 8 hour shifts 6 days a week Shifts started either a 8am or 2pm No surprise that I preferred the afternoon shift On the days off you can freely join any excursion being organised for the hotel guests These include cave trips river excursions jungle treks and more The volunteer digs were in comfy rooms in the volunteer block with shared bathroom Rustic but fine and I had two weeks with my own room before another volunteer arrived to share my room with me The staff volunteers and visitors to the hotel were all fantastic people very friendly and helpful and I had a great experience there and really would love to return either as a guest or to volunteer again Greenheart pareo outside my room at Finca Ixobel Río Dulce revisited and Casa Guatemala orphanage on the river With time ticking away and my 3 month limit for staying Guatemala fast approaching it was necessary to get on the road again On my last day at Finca Ixobel I met a guest Donna who told me about an orphange called Casa Guatemala at Río Dulce where she was working I decided to check it out with her and we got the bus to Río Dulce late that afternoon We stayed at the Backpackers Hostel in Río Dulce the owners are affiliated with the orphanage and I was able to arrange the day s volunteering 15 USD donation plus the night s stay in the hostel 35Q The hostel is literally right on the river and I was given a warm welcome by the manageress in the restaurant and bar A good few beers were sunk The next morning after a swift coffee and cake for brekky a boat arrived and took myself plus Donna and two other volunteers for the day to the Casa Guatemala orphanage a 15 minute zoom down the river on the lancha A little about the orphanage from their website http www casa guatemala org Casa Guatemala is an orphanage that cares for the nurturing health and education of over 250 children These children come from a variety of backgrounds some have been abandoned some have been abused while still others come from families too poor to even provide the basics of a child s needs The project touches the lives of hundreds of people The 250 kids that live at the children s village the people who work at the orphanage the teachers that are employed at the orphanage school members of the local village workers at the Hotel Backpackers and the volunteers from all over the world who give their time to help out The

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  • Speedy update « Greenheart Voyagers
    headed to Antigua the old colonial capital of Guate and a rather fabulous place to visit Heading east thereafter via Guatemala City I stopped at Río Dulce for one night at the river located and Swiss run Casa Perico Then it was up the way north two hours to Poptún and to the splendid eco hotel Finca Ixobel where I worked as a volunteer for six weeks hence the lack of blog action That done I headed back to Río Dulce where I volunteered for one day at Casa Guatemala an orphanage for 250 Guatemalan children A bumpy five hour 4 4 shuttle took me thereafter across mountain ranges and dusty dirt tracks to the village of Lanquín from there I headed to the amazing Semuc Champey with its incredible jungle settings and natural pools and waterfalls Photos and vids coming soooon Finally it was back to Antigua for a night in order to get the stuff together for the off Gracias Guate the next stop is Los Angeles California and then over to Sedona Arizona to volunteer at a retreat being organised by the Greenheart Chicago crew which kicks off with the full moon Aooooo Full tales of the above travels coming soon Love peace and fond ribbles to you all April 18th 2010 Category Uncategorized Leave a Reply Cancel reply Name required Email will not be published required Website You can use these HTML tags a href title abbr title acronym title b blockquote cite cite code del datetime em i q cite s strike strong Top Supporters CCI Greenheart USA Greenheart Ibiza The Macleod Clan Search the site On the Site About Supporters Who We Are Recent Entries Ibiza 3 Months Kenya Mission Completed Photos Mariano s Report Kenya 2014 Second Week Kenya 2014 First Week Kenya

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