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New Gardening Book Addresses Language Barrier

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A new gardening book written in “easy German” has been released under the title “Gemüse aus der Stadt — Ein Garten-Buch in Leichter Sprache” (Vegetables from the City — A gardening book in Easy Language). The book enables German speakers of different levels to organize inclusive gardening workshops and to enjoy urban vegetable gardening all […]

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Mindful Gardening Workshops

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As part of a new urban garden developed by PrinzessinnengartenBau at the Urania in Berlin, I recently offered a workshop in Mindful Gardening. For two hours some 20 participants meditated and mindfully cared for the garden while practicing such mental attitudes as non-judging, beginner’s mind, non-striving and, gratitude and patience. We spent about two hours together, much […]

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Birth of an Urban Farm…

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Earlier this year, I enjoyed the thrill of tilling up the first bed of what will hopefully become a new, thriving micro-farm in the heart of Berlin. Located on an old cemetery in the Neukölln neighborhood, this project is run by the Prinzessinnengarten Kollektiv Berlin. A few days earlier, I spent time measuring the plot and […]

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Happy Farm, the Movie

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A short documentary entitled “Happy Farmers” by Barbora Kinkalová tells the story of “Happy Farm,” a small organic vegetable farm at Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village Monastery in South France. Happy Farm was established in the fall of 2012 in an effort to grow food for the monastic community and to combine mindfulness practice and […]

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Urban Mindfulness Lab Online

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Today I am uploading a new blog site called Urban Mindfulness Lab (UML). Initially it will be a platform for reflections, photographs, experiences, projects, events and meditations on the subject of living mindfully in the city. As an urban planner, I have often wondered how mindfulness can contribute to more peaceful, sustainable and happier communities […]