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January 2021-openings available

It’s been quite awhile since the last post, and obviously much has changed in the world since then. Things are well here at Motheroak, all critters healthy(including me), well provisioned with food after an abundant season, and connectivity with friends and neighbors healthy and increasing.

I’ll just say that of the two contrasting narratives about what’s going on with viruses & people, i do not at all subscribe to the mainstream one, which mostly just peddles fear and a myopic & damaging view of health and social ecology. My take, after months of research& close attention, is that the overwhelming evidence supports no reasonable basis for the medical/government response.

  1. With that briefly said, I’ll add that we/i are still looking to connect with people who might be interested in an extended visit here at Motheroak–the aspiration and search for community continues! If you’re interested, please email an intro, including your aspirations and what you’re looking for. Thank you! alexdenicola-at-hotmail dot com



March 26, 2014 Update

Our workshop series went well, despite the winter conditions, as we hosted about ten participants. We’ll be repeating the series with some adjustments of course, probably starting in late July–but do check in here occasionally if you’re interested, as we might do a one-day before then.

As we have a new barn to build(one burned last Oct.), this seasons internship program will take a second seat to that– but there is plenty to be learned here just from doing and helping and living, so if you’re interested in coming and can stay   for at least a few weeks, please write me.


One continually astonishing observation for me is how many people remain relatively clueless about what is happening to our larger economic, not to mention ecological systems. Many think the high fuel costs are due to “greedy corporations” (true but only partially) or the low Canadian dollar(also partially true). The mainstream media has been very successful in obscuring–mostly thru omission, that the cheap energy era is gone, over, kaput—and we are not, indeed cannot, go back(tar sands, fracking&deepwater drilling are not cheap!). The same media seems to remain largely clueless that as net energy inputs to the economy are reduced, the system must, by simple physics at the very least, contract–which is the big C word–not to be spoken. So we call it “slowed recovery” or “sluggish growth,”  and struggle and puzzle year after year now on how to “fix” it. Meanwhile systems & jobs continue to dissolve, and we don’t talk about why.  Permaculture design is most relevant in the context of energy descent(aka contraction)– so if you’re looking for an adaptation strategy(and a deeper understanding), well, you’ve come to the right place, so to speak. Cheers for now, alex

ps. we’re having a major blizzard todaywinter alder wall

Hay season and more

It’s been many months since our last posting–mostly because we are so busy with our design implementation, the market gardens, interns, new community members, and more. we will soon be creating a foto gallery, as well as invitations and criteria for future internships.

As the world seemingly continues burning/ sinking/ turning and travelling on, the need for the sane and simple solutions of permaculture only increase. the broad patterns as well as many details of our site design are now in place, and at only approx. 16 months old are working fine. we look forward to sharing and will install the fotos soon.  as for now, most of the pics are on “our newly installed design” page.  if you’d like to get in touch please email alex –the at is of course@– alexdenicolaathotmail.com