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11/11 Incredible Sustainable Life Design Coaching Offer

11/11 Incredible Sustainable Life Design Coaching Offer

11/11/2018 is an extremely powerful day! 11 is a master number in numerology… And in this awakening moon phase we are feeling particularly grateful for each and every one of our followers. And we are about to make an offer that benefits you, just as […]

What does a sustainable life designer do?

What does a sustainable life designer do?

We are consumers, we are creators, and we are doers. We, humans, are here to survive on Earth, and to thrive is but a dream for many of us. There is always something more that we want or need, but the real truth is that […]

Sustainable Life Design for Intellectual Introverts

Sustainable Life Design for Intellectual Introverts

Are you living a bountiful and sustainable life?

Are you preparing for a brighter, sustainable future?

Have you already embraced the journey of living with less – and are ready to see where it takes you into the future, with gentle guidance on your side?

If you have begun to ask “why” questions, then you are on the right path. You are already questioning what is right and wrong, what is better or worse. You are unconsuming, unlearning and undoing the damage that mainstream consumerism and greed has caused… And when you get stuck on deciphering the best of the “eco-friendly” world, a sustainable life designer will be here to help you navigate the challenges that frequently come up along the way.

A sustainable life designer will help you challenge old consumer habits!

They will help you to ditch the plastic and the junk and the piles of stuff that are filling up your life with meaningless clutter.

They will make you reconsider what materials are healthy (and hazardous!) inside the home, at the same time you may even rethink your diet!

A sustainable life designer will assist you in creating a work/life balance that provides enough hours for rest and relaxation, as well as time for family and making a living – doing exactly what you love.

They will discuss the important details of living a sustainable life, all the way down to sewing thread – it is more important than you think!

Together, Roland and Cheryl mentor eco-conscious individuals and families via Skype video conversations with a 2-on-1 conversational approach which we call Sustainable Life Design; we love to involve our daughter Csermely in select Skype calls from time to time when appropriate.

If your personality is on the quieter side, and prefer not work with a mentor face-to-face, Cheryl has a new solution:

Sustainable Life Design for Intellectual Introverts is a 3-month mentoring program with 12 weekly Skype sessions and a new theme to discuss each week.

Sustainable Life Design for Intellectual Introverts 12 week program.


Any questions about sustainable life design? Contact me, Cheryl, at info {at} forestcreekmeadows dot com.


If you want to dive straight into a 3-month course to change your life, check out the complete details here: Sustainable Life Design for Intellectual Introverts

Hope to chat with you soon!

Learning to say no – a lesson in minimalism

Learning to say no – a lesson in minimalism

We quickly learn to say “no” as children, for some of us it is our first spoken word. It is short, simple and sweet – until we realize the power of what “no” can really mean. And what a high-powered word no can be! It […]

Falling in love with less

Falling in love with less

When you embrace minimalism (the art of falling in love with less), you discover a simple way of life that focuses on needs over wants, intuition over materialistic reasoning and experiences over stuff. Most of us acknowledge that there could be a better way of […]

Planting a Tree

Planting a Tree

Planting a tree is an act of kindness – and generosity.

We are delivering trust to the future; knowing that our humanly, fragile lives can long be outlived by an English Walnut who can endure 150 years or more! She will be standing and producing long after we are gone, and the fruits of her labor will be enjoyed by children, squirrels and birds throughout the decades to come.

Planting a tree is not just in remembrance of Earth Day. For us, Earth Day is every day.

A tree is a mark on the land, a seed, then a sapling that grows as it branches. It pushes out buds, then branches form. The branches in turn become a perch for a bird to land on, even supporting a nest – a home. Some trees provide food, others shelter, all have a chance to become firewood in due time.

Last autumn we experienced a storm to beat all storms, we know full well, because we were caught out in it. The slashing rain, the bruising hail, taking cover in a strangers’ house with an open door – we felt the fury come to take our breath away without more than a minute’s notice…

Our roof took the brunt of the wind losing more than 150 clay tiles, we also lost an almost 100 year old walnut with the same twenty minutes of gutsy and gusty winds. It turned out that she was partly rotten inside, ready to sweep down to the ground. But the wood is beautiful! And the healthier parts could be used for furniture or small benches if time and experience allowed, yet, a few cubic meters of firewood it will become, and help to heat our home and allow us to cook throughout next winter. That is how life goes on, planting a tree continues the cycle of birth, life, death and ashes.

Fallen wood after a storm.

planting a tree for firewood

Even if you do not own land of your own to plant a tree on, with some creativity and thought there are other ways to get around that. You can donate a tree to someone with land and help plant it, you can invest in a company that reforests the landscape with native plants, you can secretly plant one out in the forest where no one is looking, shhhhh!

Why plant trees?

For starters, they provide us with oxygen – that’s pretty essential to life on Earth, all the while sequestering carbon-dioxide a well-known contributor to climate change.

Trees help to clean the air from the very gases that we are polluting them (and ourselves) with.

They prevent soil erosion on hills and steep slopes; protecting the river and creek banks from heavy rainfall and flash floods.

Trees provide wonderful amounts of shade. Chemical-free protection from UV rays is good for you, for your kids, for your backyard chickens, and all the other animals around you.

Food. We all love to eat, and trees can provide us with more than fruit – spruce buds are edible and a significant source of vitamin C, hawthorn and linden leaves are tasty too!

Trees provide shelter for many insects, mammals and birds. Provide for them, and they will give back to us – happiness, calm, peace of mind, relaxation…

Walnut tree planting.

Skills required for planting a tree?

Digging with a spade, watering from a bucket. Even a child can do it! So, get them involved with their hands on the tool handle, let them feel the moist soil as they add it back into the hole. Let them be proud of caring for future generations, after all, their children may be out there collecting the nuts, listening to the birds sing from its branches… that is continuity in action.

Will you be planting any trees this year? Where, when, what kind? Tell us all about it, we would love to know the story behind your future tree!