Community Living at WantooWantoo

Kris Kolff – who recently turned 80 – was filmed a few years ago and this documentary has now been made public. It gives a glimpse into his life and the life of all who are calling WantooWantoo their home. If you are interested in Nonviolent Communication, community living, parenting or home-education – settle downContinue reading “Community Living at WantooWantoo”

Poor Man’s Guacamole

The broad bean season is upon us. While doing some gardening this afternoon, the broad beans got my attention. I swear that the beans had doubled in size since last time I looked (which was yesterday!). I had already made plans to have nachos for dinner and <lightbulb moment> I decided to turn some beansContinue reading “Poor Man’s Guacamole”

The Yacón Tuber

I’m not trying to show off here… But our Yacón harvest this year is phenomenal! If you are new to the Yacón, let me share the link where you can read about this easy to grow and store, high-yielding, supernutritious and crunchy like an apple, Yacón root (pronounced ya-kon). We have had a few nippy nightsContinue reading “The Yacón Tuber”

Connection before Education

I love sharing the tools of Nonviolent Communication. The local coordinator of Voices for Freedom approached me with the request to run a workshop with the title “Bridging across Differences”. Of course I said ‘yes’ to this invitation, always keen to share the tools of NVC. The topic was how to keep the connection duringContinue reading “Connection before Education”

Let’s Start with our Children

Kris Kolff (with Cella in the background) The below article describes the role Nonviolent Communication can have in parenting. It also shares Kris Kolff’s experience about living with my family.Kris has lived and thrived together with us at WantooWantoo since 2005. Longing for a more Humane Society? Let’s Start with our Children! Two years agoContinue reading “Let’s Start with our Children”

Boat-Pooling

I’ve gone fishing! Do you want to buy a boat with us? This was a question asked last week by two couples. We hesitated… how often will we use it, was our main concern. I’m so glad we said ‘yes, let’s do it’. Now we are the proud one-third owner of Rockin’ Rosie, a fiftyContinue reading “Boat-Pooling”

Giving and Receiving

I gratefully received. Receiving the support of my friend, Emma, has no doubt been a gift to her in return. Look at the smile on both our faces… toasting – with a glass of home-made, cherry-flavoured kombucha – on the launch of my website! Creating a website from scratch has been a completely new experienceContinue reading “Giving and Receiving”

The Power of Empathy

I experienced the power of empathy. This story takes me back quite a few years. I had been aware of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and personally experienced the true magic of receiving empathy, but it was still quite new to me. I found a little parking spot during a busy time of the year in HighContinue reading “The Power of Empathy”

Zucchini Lasagna

I am still salivating. The “Lock-The-Door” Zucchini Season is upon us. You know that expression, right? It means that friends, neighbours, even the odd passerby will drop unwanted zucchini off, in their quest to not let food go to waste. Right now however, it’s too early for that. I am still in anticipation when IContinue reading “Zucchini Lasagna”