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Turkmenistan Exploring

A gas rich, ex Soviet mirage in the desert. Somewhere between Las Vegas and Dubai without any sin. Definitely the strangest place I’ve ever visited in my life. Highly recommend it because it’s there. This is the city. No cars on the street. No traffic. Like nothing you’ve ever seen. The video on the plane says it all. A post shared by John Hardy (@greenbyjohn) on Aug 29, 2017 at 11:20pm PDT Friday at the mosque. No one else there, just our guide and one guy watching us at all times. A mind bogglingly huge mosque. The wedding’s over, you put the scarf in your mouth and you say nothing until the kids are born. You have no voice. For more on this astounding Turkmenistan tradition, read on. Some women carry on the practice of wearing a yaşmak, head scarf, in the initial year after they are wed. The wife clenches the corner of her scarf in her teeth to show a significant barrier toward the male guests and to show respect to her parents-in-law. The …

Chiara Hardy in Milk

Matriarchy Now in Milk Magazine

Chiara Hardy discusses all things Matriarchy Now in an interview in Milk magazine. Firstly, as the creator of the brand, how would you define “Matriarchy Now,” and why do you feel it’s so important? It means something different for everyone, but to me, it embodies a vision for the future, a demand for disruption and a declaration of power. Matriarchy Now is about changing/disrupting the predominantly hierarchical and patriarchal systems that we live in, and yes, I am wholly aware of the broadness of this claim. In its entirety, the demand for a matriarchy is a demand for the end of systemic violence of all kinds that are upheld by patriarchy. The literal definition of Matriarchy is part of the meaning that Matriarchy Now takes on, but Matriarchy Now aims to repurpose that definition into something greater. It’s a vision for a future in which women in positions of power uplift and change our society, because “a rising tide lifts all boats.” I think something people don’t get is the very simple thing that women’s …

Copper artisan of Mexico

The copper artisans of Mexico

Recently had a chance to hang out in the coppersmith workshops of Santa Clara del Cobre in the mountains of Mexico. Copper has been worked in this area since pre-Hispanic times. Although the Spanish introduced new techniques, one native one that was kept was that of smelting, as it was more efficient than European techniques. For this reason, bellows seen here are very different from Europe. Most of the town’s population, 82%, is employed in the making of copper items. There are 250 registered workshops in and around the town, which process about 450 tons of copper each year. This generates an income of about fifty million pesos a year. Many of the copper items made are of a utilitarian nature – cooking utensils, various types of containers, pots, pans, plates, shot glasses, clocks, jewelry, vases, beds, tables, chairs, light switches, counters, sinks, even bathtubs, and much, much more, all in copper. However, since the 1970s copper jewelry, and many other non-essential items has also been made here. –  Wikipedia   Cynthia giving a hand A post …

Cynthia Hardy

A profile of Cynthia Hardy

A wonderful interview and profile of Cynthia Hardy in MM. Lafleur. Cynthia talks about travels, her life as a mother, and her role as co-founder of Green School and more. ON FOUNDING A HOTEL… AND A SCHOOL: We started building our house in Bali in 1995, and it was finished in 1997. Then, in the early 2000s, a piece of land just south of ours came onto the market. We didn’t need more space, but we knew that if we didn’t buy it someone else was going to build a hotel there. So we bought it and sat on it for a few years. We knew this really industrious guy from Java, and we asked him to find us some furniture and old wooden houses—traditional ones built in primitive ways, from logs, without panels. We put them up on that land and had the Neiman Marcus buyers come out and stay there. Eventually, we decided to turn it into something that paid for itself, and now it’s a little hotel called Bambu Indah that’s essentially an …

Jaggery by Suzi Mifsud

Permaculture solutions for Bali’s coconut problems

A permaculture story by Orin Hardy.  There are lot of coconut trees in Bali and they’re a very important part of Bali’s culture and life. Coconuts are an incredible food source and they are disappearing because people don’t know how to climb trees any more, or how to manage the trees in increasingly populated areas where the coconuts actually become dangerous to people walking around underneath them. At Green School, The Kul Kul Farm has been working to find ways to ensure the long term productivity and ongoing management of the existing trees on the campus. Before the school existed the land was used as a coconut plantation, so now we look for ways to keep the trees productive and the school safe. It’s actually even more productive than it used to be as a coconut plantation because we are increasing the yields and we’re producing added value products like coconut sugar. The high quality sugar we produce is also supporting the development of a small industry in the area. The coconut climbing tool in …

Bottle free water by Ooho

WATCH: Think outside the bottle

Water contained in edible membrane made out of seaweed- just pop a blob of water into your mouth and get hydrated. This innovative product is called Ohoo! and is made by Skiping Rocks Lab. Their plan is to make packaging disappear using natural material extracted from plants and seaweed. Ohoo! is only their first product. What’s next?

Back to the Breast at Goldsmiths

WATCH: Back to the Breast on Make a Change

Watch the story behind Carina’s amazing eco-inflatable art installation, ‘Back to the Breast’. These giant inflatable breasts are biodegradable, compostable and organic. Meet the creator of Back To The Breast, Carina Hardy, who is bringing her installation around the world to normalize breast culture.   The story of @cccaaarrrhhh beautiful creation #backtothebreast A post shared by John Hardy (@greenbyjohn) on Jun 7, 2017 at 7:44pm PDT Watch the whole video here:

Taxi in San Miguel de Allende

Around the world in 30 days

A few of the sights and experiences from a month long trip through Budapest, London Amsterdam, Mexico and New York. It was my first time to Budapest- caught up with old friends and explored a potential site for a new Green School in an old coal processing factory. Budapest’s manhole covers are so beautiful. An incredible and controversial depiction of Jesus, under/below the Emperor. Bicycle of Budapest. A week with my love in Tulum and San Miguel de Allende. In Amsterdam I went to the Hemp and Marijuana Museum. Love the bicycle delivery carts of Amsterdam. Need more in other cities. Then over to London to help Carina inflate the Back to the Breast installation on the lawn at Goldsmiths. Finally, to New York and the US for a quick tour of colleges with Chiara. Gehry appreciation club. Spring has sprung.  

Cooking with Dr Gundry

WATCH: Cooking with Dr Gundry

As you all know, I’m a huge fan of Dr Gundry’s. His books have changed my life. Excited to find him on Youtube with some great recipes like this healthy, lectin-free Pad Thai. About Dr Gundry Dr. Steven Gundry is a cardiologist, heart surgeon, medical researcher, and author. His mission is to improve health, happiness, and longevity through a unique vision of human nutrition. During his 40-year career in medicine, he performed countless pediatric heart transplants, developed patented, life-saving medical technology, and published over 300 articles and book chapters on his research. In 2008, his best-selling book, “Dr. Gundry’s Diet Evolution,” focused on diet and nutrition as a way to help people avoid surgery. He currently operates his private practice at the Center for Restorative Medicine, with offices in both Palm Springs and Santa Barbara, CA. He has lots of great recipes- check out his whole playlist below.

Bambu Indah in Architectural Digest

Bambu Indah in Architectural Digest

Come stay with us in the jungle! Huge honor to be featured in Architectural Digest. To read more of the article, head on over to the article.  Beautiful photos by Stephen Kent Johnson and text by Aaron Peasley. Of the new houses, John explains: “We looked at the view and it was sublime. But how do you build without blocking the view? So we left them open and built a netted sleeping arrangement so there would be the possibility of privacy and safety. I like to call one of them the Love Nest, and the other is called the Moon House because there’s a beautiful copper bathtub in the garden for moonlight bathing.”