Behind the Scenes on the Creative Sabbatical

Attention locals! If you want to catch up with some of our adventures on our Creative Sabbatical so far, including a candid presentation about a personal project we’ve been working on during our sabbatical, we’ll be speaking at this event in Calgary, January 31.

Cabin Fever 2015As many of you know, we are on Creative Sabbatical until summer, 2015. Along with developing our personal creativity through photography projects, we’ve also been searching for ways to align our business and lifestyle even further with sustainable principles. Despite having teal as its dominant colour, oopoomoo has always been green at heart. Currently, we live in the ‘burbs and aren’t sure if we want to stay there. Our presentation shares the highs (and lows!) that occur when you boot yourself out of your comfortable routine in order to evaluate your life and life’s work.

Lace yer boots and get questin'!

Lace yer boots and get questin’!

This event isn’t just for greenies: most of us with a pulse will admit that we’re in some challenging times. With Alberta’s economy welded to the price of oil, all our fortunes are tied to a carnival ride of market luck. Many people we’ve spoken to over the last few years feel the need for more control over their time and health and are searching for ways to get there. Well, there’s loads of practical info at this event presented by some of Alberta’s most forward-thinking, solutions-based entrepreneurs. The presentations vary in scope from specific and skill-based, such as wielding sharp hand tools (safely!) to big-picture design like siting and building your own home. Stomp down the winter blahs with music, food and dance in the evening!

This event is put on by the Permaculture Calgary Guild. We’ve written about permaculture before, and how we think its systems-based, ‘start-small’, principled approach to the massive problems facing humanity might actually work. Rob Avis over at Verge Permaculture does a good job of debunking some of the misconceptions surrounding permaculture on his blog. If you smell unwashed hippies when you hear the word ‘permaculture’, you’re behind the times. Read Rob’s post.

You don’t have to want to change the world to enjoy this event. You just have to realize that this world is all we’ve got. Maybe see you there!

And finally, we have 2 free tickets to give away for both the workshops and the party ($70 value). All you have do is make a comment below about what you have done in your life to make things a little softer on our good old Earth. We’ll do a random draw and award our winner on this Friday, January 30 at 2 PM MST.

Permaculture is so much more than just gardening!

Permaculture is so much more than just gardening!

About the Author

Photographing the incredible beauty of natural things, filming quirky videos, trying new foods with unpronounceable names, curling up with a good book, sharing ideas on how to live lighter on the Earth...these are a few of my favourite things!

4 Comments

  1. Janet Greenhalgh
    January 28, 2015

    Hi guys. I just love your artistry and subject matter. I am a Verge grad and frustrated suburbanite who invested into a low maintenance lifestyle that now feels insecure for our retirement. My hubby Paul and I are about to embark on a whole new life on our recently purchased land in Lumby, BC. We are starting over – from scratch! The biggest takeaway I got from my PDC is I want to be part of an intentional community. When our ecovillage project was rejected by the district last spring, we decided to get land anyway with a view to attracting a young couple to combine and share resources with into perpetuity. That search for a match is ongoing but we must more forward in the meantime so I am about to begin working with two local Permaculture designers to build our system. I would love the opportunity to meet you both and hear what you have been up to.

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    • Darwin Wiggett
      January 28, 2015

      Hi Janet, Sam and I were really interested in the ecovillage out in Lumby. We were saddened to hear about the rejection of the idea by the region. So short sighted. I can see why just grabbing your own land and making it happen is appealing but like you said we all want community. Getting someone to share resources is a great idea. I am sure we can mutually benefit each other by talking further. Could you email us privately? (go to our contact page for email address). Best to you with your plan!

  2. Stan Masters
    January 30, 2015

    Eight years ago we bought “a little piece of heaven” to get away from the hectic city lifestyle. Oddly enough a couple weeks later my wife bought a book that caught her eye about Alberta Landscapes by this fellow named “Darwin Wiggett” and when she randomly opened it, it opened to a photo of a canoe on a beautiful sunrise lit lake named “Winchell Lake” – which ironically is below the ridge of our land. This had to be a good sign!!!
    Since then I have discovered photography thanks to this fellow “Darwin” and have developed a true passion for the beauty that we are so very fortune to have all around us. For the past 3 years I have honed my passion and have done as Sam and Darwin suggested; PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE! with the majority of it being done, at least 20K shots – right in our own backyard. In doing so, I have not only become a better photographer, but I also know I have lessened my footprint by spending my time here at home capturing nature in its purest form.

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    • Darwin Wiggett
      January 30, 2015

      Great post Stan! Thanks for the kind words.

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