afternoon conversations under a green leafed canopy on a humid summer’s day in malawi

Parables of Malawian people are carved into the massive wooden doors that open onto the stone patio at June Walkers home.  We sit in chairs at a table across from a chorus of mixed plants in various sized pots gathering around the midsection of a tree.  We sit elevated, as if on a platform in … Continue reading

~Many thanks to BurnersWithoutBorders~

Burners Without Borders has been so wonderful in supporting my projects while I’ve been in Africa.  Although the full story was posted here, you can also find a BWB-fitted, slightly different take on the project at: http://blog.burnerswithoutborders.org/?p=581 BWB is “facilitating creative, out of the box solutions that grow community and culture.”  Become a fan on … Continue reading

city life in lilongwe

The second to last night I was in Lilongwe, I was accompanied by the usual suspects out on the balcony of Mufasa, having a few drinks and talking talk.  We would go down to Diplomats later, the local bar, and play a few games of pool and have a couple of greens.  In Malawi, a … Continue reading

Liwonde National Park, Malawi

In southern Malawi there is a park known as Liwonde.  We drive into the park the night of Halloween, having seen not a single costume that day, but instead: roadside markets with neatly stacked piles of tiny shiny fish, buckets of dry beans, oil in reused plastic bottles, mangoes and custard apples, the Zambezi river, … Continue reading

headlines from news in malawi

Malawi Experiences a Foreign Exchange Crisis Arriving in Lilongwe, we pull up in John’s pick up to the International Permaculture Convergence and Conference- IPC9.  We get settled in, enjoy an incredibly tasty meal, and begin to connect with others who have arrived in Malawi to discuss the way forward with permaculture.  Staying at Kumbali Lodge … Continue reading

Wash Basin Project in Nsumbi Village, Malawi

I was one day from leaving Malawi when Tinus from Mufasa Monkey Bay told me about one of his many bright ideas of projects to do for the community in Monkey Bay.  The site where they are building their lodge, which is currently a rustic campsite smack dab in nature and full of character, used … Continue reading

marten gets attacked by a croc

Mufasa Monkey Bay is a campsite on a small beach in Monkey Bay on Lake Malawi.  While a lodge is being built, those who choose to stay live without electricity, having no refrigeration, cooking on an open fire, and sleeping in tents on the beach or occasionally in a room with a thatched roof.  Mufasa is … Continue reading

International Permaculture Convergence & Conference, Malawi, 2009

IPC9 is being held in southern Africa this month and next.  The theme is “Plan Africa~ Food & Empowerment.”  On Thursday I am traveling to Fambidzanai in Zimbabwe to take a Permaculture Design Course for 2 weeks, then on to Lilongwe, Malawi for 5 days of the convergence and conference.  Interestingly, to attend the conference, … Continue reading