The Global Living Project (GLP) offers educational experiences that incorporate sustainability, voluntary simplicity, bioregionalism, organic agriculture, deep ecology, and earth-centered spirituality. We use ecological footprinting, the book Your Money or Your Life, and the natural world to guide us in creating healthy communities among all people and all species.
Based in East Corinth, VT, the GLP is located on the historic 53-acre homestead of Guy and Laura Waterman. The land known as Barra is protected forever by the Upper Valley Land Trust. Surrounded by over 1,400 acres of roadless land, the GLP offers a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in both wilderness and homestead settings. In addition to the organic gardens, orchards and berry patches, we are home to deer, porcupine, coyote, fisher, many songbirds and an unusual diversity of plant life. Our programs focus on the integration of our values and our practices, with emphasis on placing ourselves in a global context.
Our primary activities include land-based educational programs, promotion of the book Radical Simplicity, an internship program, and public speaking.
For current information, please visit http://www.globallivingproject.org
1. Sustainable Living Series 2005
June 4th - 5th
Ethical Money Management
The book Your Money or Your Life will be explored in detail. We will discuss low cost living, ethical investing and the difficulty of sticking with simple living when the world around us is promoting consumerism. Discussions will delve into the distribution of wealth worldwide, issues of poverty, imperialism, world trade and military and economic domination.
June 25th - 26th
Nature Spirituality and Creativity
We'll explore nature writing, poetry, and arts and crafts as ways to connect with one another and spirit. Participate in creating simple and meaningful rituals that build community and observe the turning cycles of this magnificent earth. People of all religious and spiritual backgrounds are welcome.
July 9th - 10th
Shrinking Footprints and Learning From Nature
Learn how to measure and reduce your impact on the biosphere and your bioregion in ways that save time, money and footprint. Using a secret spot, ecological observation, group discussion, and reflection you will practice tuning into the wild world. An overnight vision quest is optional as is wilderness awareness skills such as fire making. All set in the context of the undeveloped watersheds surrounding Barra.
July 16th - 17th
Gardening for Self-reliance
Come learn and share ideas about planning a garden to supply food throughout the year. Techniques such as creating guilds, energy and nutrient cycling, mulching, cover-crops, pest and weed management, diversity, and succession will be explored. We will complete several hands-on projects.
August 6th - 7th
Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants
Lets explore the forest! Learn to identify and use 20 plants commonly found in the northeast. We will prepare plants for eating, teas and tinctures. We'll also cover respectful harvesting, the nutritional value of wild plants and bioregional eating.
August 20th - 21st
Offer yourself the gift of a weekend together with women -- listen, share stories, swim in the river, sing around an evening fire, work in the garden, wander in the forests and prepare wholesome, organic meals together. A time to break from routines and re-capture your purpose.
September 3rd- 4th
Enjoy the fruits of your garden year-round! We will learn various methods of putting food by such as canning, drying, and fermenting. We will also talk about sprouting, root cellar design and long-term storage of winter vegetables.
2. Radical Simplicity
GLP founder, Jim Merkel, authored the book Radical Simplicity: Small Footprints on a Finite Earth (New Society, 2003) which encapsulates the ideas embodied by the GLP:
Imagine you are first in line at a potluck buffet. The spread includes not just food and water, but all the materials needed for shelter, clothing, healthcare, and education. How do you know how much to take? How much is enough to leave for your neighbors behind you -- not just the six billion people, but the wildlife, and the as-yet-unborn?
In the face of looming ecological disaster, many people feel the need to change their own lifestyles as a tangible way of transforming our unsustainable culture. Radical Simplicity is the first book that guides the reader to a personal sustainability goal, then offers a process to monitor progress to a lifestyle that is equitable amongst all people, species, and generations. It employs three tools to help readers begin their customized journey to simplicity:
- It builds on steps from Your Money or Your Life so readers can design their own personal economics to save money, get free of debt, and align their work with their values.
- It uses refined tools from Our Ecological Footprint so readers can measure how much nature is needed to supply all they consume and absorb their waste.
- And by advocating time alone in wild nature, it opens readers to another reality with humanity as one species among many on a complex and inter-related planet.
Combining lyrical narrative, compassionate advocacy and absorbing science, Radical Simplicity is a practical, personal answer to 21st century challenges that will appeal as much to Cultural Creatives and students as to spiritual seekers, policy makers and sustainability professionals. Howard Zinn, author of a People's History of the United States writes, "
the most persuasive argument I have yet seen for all of us to radically change the way we live day-today
a profoundly important book."
3. Internship Program
The GLP accepts interns during the spring, summer or fall. Credit may be available and we can serve as an advisor if desired.
Barra is as a place to practice sustainability. As an intern you would engage in living lightly on the land and participate in daily work and projects. Depending upon the season, projects might include:
Program Coordination Assist with GLP activities including media, outreach and workshops.
Gardening Learn to plant, tend, and harvest for year round consumption using organic methods including cover-crops, mulching, composting and pest control.
Preserving Food Canning, drying, root cellars, and other ways of putting food by.
Fruits and Berries Learn organic methods plus pruning and pest management.
Wild Plants and Herbs Identifying, harvesting and processing for food and medicine.
Forestry and Firewood Assist with sustainable manual woodlot care including falling, bucking, and tool sharpening.
Solar Learn about maintaining and using a small photovoltaic system.
Sugaring Work with sugar maples from setting the taps to operating a wood fired evaporator to canning the syrup
Building and Maintenance Projects Help with small timberframe projects and low-impact trail work.
Record Keeping Daily temperature, rain, wildlife, garden yields, fossil fuel use, etc.
4. Public Speaking
The GLP offers a variety of programs from hands-on simple living skills to workshops that integrate the tools of ecological footprinting, "Your Money or Your Life" and direct experience in wild nature. Our programs emphasize cooperation, community and caring relationships. The goal is to illustrate the current social and ecological dilemmas that face humanity and provide workable alternatives for individuals and groups to chart a more sustainable course. The GLP can meet the needs of almost any group, from an evening slideshow to a full day workshop to an intensive living experience. Any of our workshops can be tailored to meet the specific interests of your group.