Who I AM....now
Organic, non linear and ever changing experience of WHO I AM...
I AM a steward, student and Lover of
SOIL: Sacred Organic Interconnected Life
I AM a living expression of Intuitive Permaculture
I AM a Visionary and edge worker
I AM a WILD midwife of diversity for the New humanity
This page is to launch my new adventure of SOUL fully SOIL. I have spent the last two years without a sense of how to best express permaculture as I "Do" it. I have experienced all kinds of permaculture design methods, practices and philosophies and none have felt fully ME.
SOUL fully SOIL is more than a typical Permaculture service. It is a reflection of the gifts and abilities that I AM as an awakened visionary who knows herself to be an aspect of Gaia (mother earth).
My "business" model is based solely on who I AM and what I am lit up in doing. My passion and gift is growing SOIL. SOIL as Sacred Organic Interconnected Life.
All LIFE on this planet is dependant upon the diversity and non separation of each part of an eco system. The more connections, the stronger the eco system is. The more diverse and varied the occupants of the eco system are, the more resilient and anti fragile the system is.
SOIL is the most beautiful metaphor for how I see my world. All species living and thriving with each other closely. There is abundance, growth and resiliency for everyone when we each embrace and foster our own unique skills and passions. An earth worm acts and does as an earthworm does. A Nematode acts and does as a Nematode does. A butterfly, bacteria, fungi etc...When are you most lit up?
SOUL fully SOIL is an invitation to look at the resiliency, growth, regeneration, and collaboration, with our original "mother", Gaia (Planet earth), with a connected and sacred lens. When we see Gaia through a connected and non separate lens, we start to see patterns, behaviours, and strategies that become our answers for these troubling times and environmental issues.
Everything that the "earth" is and does is perfect. There are NO exceptions to this. It is my belief that when I embrace the SOIL as it is part of my own BEING, I act with her best interests at heart and this offers the three basic "rules" of permaculture: earth care, people care, fair share.
I am here to create beautiful collaborative designs that Re connect both the land and the communities of people/species who live on it. I am the invitation for potent, necessary conversation and exploration around Urban Farming, reciprocal use of resources, and the renewal of ancient wisdom and accelerated consciousness. I hear the call to Re-wild and re-connect the experience of regenerative food systems, perpetual growth of SOIL, and the blossoming of diversity.
Day to Day this "business" model will look different. I may plan and execute the building of a community garden, co-create a herb spiral/ yoga workshop, plant a food forrest, upkeep a local food bank garden, travel to Hawaii to engage is sacred water ceremony, partake in a sweat lodge, host women's gatherings, collaborate on a Skype call with the Rural Consciousness Project, or choose to garden with my neighbours. Regardless of the task, the intention and underlying gift is SOUL fully SOIL. I am present, mindful and engaging with others who are called to create a New World thru the expansion of SOIL ( Sacred Organic Interconnected Life).
Fuzzy "money" and "hours of operation" details..
If you are called to collaborate or would like just a bit more clarity about what I will or won't "do", please feel free to connect with me at the bottom of the page. I understand that this may seem a little unclear and a-typical of other "business's" but I am willing to create, co-create, host, hold space for, engage in, consult with....anything that moves me.
You will not find direct fees and a clear time table for hours of operation here... A moving changing force creates her own schedule and prices based on reciprocity. There will always be those who wish to "write a cheque" and that is wonderful, but I believe strongly in a gift economy and am looking for a deeper and more meaningful experience of "money". So, prices and fees will always vary depending on each individual experience and are ALWAYS open for honest and connected conversation.
Some of what I have created in the past looks like this: Herb Spiral building, compost, mulching, water saving techniques, tea drying/blending workshops, permaculture as a way of BEing conversation, renaissance women, Rural Consciousness Project gatherings, Regeneration of SOUL and SOIL experience, full and New Moon Red Tents, Gluten and Dairy Free cooking classes, Clean eating and cleansing cooking classes, Canning and food preservation classes and community work B's
So..Call me, email me, message me, instagram me a picture, come to my home.....whatever....just connect soon.
a mother, partner, permaculturist, Steward and lover of SOIL, colon hydrotherapist, reflexologist, gardener,farmer, Re WILDER, supporter of community gardens and awakened community
SOULfully Handmade Home Parties
Are you in need of a unique experience focussed on Handmade and DIY living? Do you have a team that needs help connecting? Is there a birthday or Stagette coming up and you want to create something magical? WELL... Mandy of SOULfully SOIL is now offering Lethbridge most UNIQUE party experience.
Handmade Knowledge Sharing
Intimate and community orientated space
Mandy of SOULfully SOIL is offering to come to your home and create a DIY Handmade workshop and knowledge sharing for your next team building, stagette, kids party, or friends night out. Mandy, of SOULfully SOIL, has been playing in the world of handmade lifestyle for many years and through her experience and learnings has perfected the art of a handmade, DIY, canning, pickling, jamming, tea making, homemade personal care products and simple herbal remedies lifestyle. There is an extensive list of skills to be shared for an evening of fun, curiosity and play. These skills and techniques have been lost in a modern world and they are best shared in community. What better way to share time with your family and friends than to learn and hand-make items right in your own home/kitchen.
Each workshop will be approximately 2 hours. Mandy will walk you through a group experience in learning the “how to” and “why” of each skill. MAndy will teach you how these skills equate to your every day life and can be melded easily into your family routines and rituals. Each class will offer a hands on component and participants will see each skill demonstrated live. Each participant will go home with a sample of the end product created. This will certainly lead to an intimate, yummy and fun way to learn!
*** New offering is to do these workshops in an online forum. Due to the nature of the world isolation protocols, Mandy will be offering private online workshops. There can be as many as 10 people per workshop and the fee will be $100. ***
Infused Body oil Foot and body Scrub
Lip balm and Hand Salve
Fire Cider and Apple Cider Vinegar
Elderberry syrup and other Immune support tonics
Herb Drying and Tea Making
Infused Herbal Salts and vinegars
Basic Pickling (beets or cucumbers)
Sauce it up ( Pear, Apple, and Nectarine Fruit Sauces)
Zero Waste Starter kits
Homemade Spice creations ( taco, curry, Italian seasoning)
Homemade Household Cleaners
Energy Ball creations
Gluten/Dairy free Soup, Stews and Curries
Sauerkraut and other friendly ferments
$200 per class/ topic maximum 8 people per class. Each participant will go home with a sample of the creations. All supplies, fees, materials, and information sharing is covered in this fee. Can accommodate more people with some notice and price adjustment of $20 per person to account for supplies. You can rest assured that all supplies and materials are sourced locally and fair trade wherever and whenever possible. Most often, the herbs and food items used are grown, harvested, dried and cured by Mandy herself. The focus of all SOULfully SOILS events are zero waste and reduced impact for our planet so you can rest assured that these workshops are sustainable on every level. Fees for the workshop must be paid at the time of booking and are non refundable less than 2 weeks prior to the date of the class
Mandy Sandbach of SOUL fully SOIL and Steve Olsen, have been Permaculture Design students for a number of years and as such, have had the opportunity to practice and fine-tune our expression of permaculture and regenerative living. We would like to share our experiences with you by offering a 6-month hands-on, permaculture infused knowledge and skill sharing mentorship where we will walk you through your personal journey of engaging and creating within the context of permaculture and regenerative living. These skills and information will apply not only to aspects of growing food in a sustainable way but also in your private and professional lives, while creating community.
Do you want to learn to grow your own food in a sustainable way? Do you want to create a resilient lifestyle free from the turmoil and uncertainty of the world? Do you want to learn the hands-on skills required to create long lasting abundant systems? Do you want to enhance your knowledge in the areas of food production, harvesting and preparing? Do you want to ensure that your growing spaces are drought proof? Do you want to decrease your footprint on this planet while growing strong and anti-fragile communities? This is the support for your journey. Permaculture is not something that we “do” but rather an exploration of ways of being and creating alignments with all who live on the planet in a regenerative way.
Through bi-monthly, online gatherings, we will be offering a REAL life REAL hands-on way to practice life through the lens of permaculture. As participants move thru summer and into fall, they will receive daily, weekly and monthly support in the form of online gatherings, question and answer sessions, one-on-one consultations, virtual or in person tours of existing permaculture inspired properties, community sharing, links, books, and other online resources to support their journey.
This 6 month comprehensive permaculture mentorship will become your opportunity to empower yourself to live a new world. Increase your hands-on skills and knowledge in the following areas: self- and community sufficiency, how to grow your own abundant food system, how to utilize the food grown, how to utilize specific permaculture techniques to harvest water, reduce SOIL erosion, increase SOIL health, build healthy ecosystems where pollinators, beneficial insects and birds flourish, how to compost and use your waste efficiently, how to save your own seeds, and much much more...
In addition to the LIVE online bi monthly gatherings, participants will have access to a private Facebook Page designed specifically for participants sharing. Gatherings will be recorded for anyone who can’t make it to the live events, and participants will leave this journey with numerous resources via PDF, links, book lists, and many other local resources applicable to southern Alberta.
What you will receive with your registration:
* June -November 2020 6 month personal permaculture mentorship
* Bi Monthly Online Zoom calls approx. 2 hours each
* Private Facebook Page for ongoing discussion at any time
* 2 hour private consultation with Mandy and Steve
* PDF, online, links, books and resources shared
* Virtual or in person tours of local permaculture inspired and regenerative properties
* Access to all recorded gatherings for the 6 months
* FREE entrance to the Intro To Permaculture 2 day series on June 7th & 10th, 2020
* FREE entrance to 2 additional workshops offered by Mandy and Steve (some limitations)
* A HUGE sense of empowerment to go forward with the skills and knowledge required in this changing world.
Fees for the 6 month online Permaculture Personal Mentorship (PPM) are as follows:
Early worms Paid up front and in full by May 24th $600
Paid in Full May 24th- June 5th $650
Paid in instalments: Due at time of registration prior to June 5th $235, July 5th $235, August 5th $235
When your payment is received, you are registered and will be contacted with further information and details.
Email Transfers Can Be done by sending payment to email@example.com
We have been able to keep our costs lower for this offering due to the online nature of contact. We believe that this mentorship journey should be accessible to everyone. Given the current global situation, Mandy and Steve are open to further discussion in regards to the financial accessibility of this mentorship journey. We subscribe to a gift economy mentality and are always open to creating different forms of reciprocity. If you would like to open this dialogue, please feel free to reach out.
Locally and Globally hosted Events, workshops, gatherings, perma BLITZ's, webinars, videos and general PLAY can be found here...
Mandy Sandbach of SOULfully SOIL and Steve Neslo having been learning and practicing in Permaculture Design and regenerative living for a number of years and would like to share the practical aspects of permaculture with you in this 2 day online experience. Please join Mandy and Steve on June 7th 630-830 pm and June 10th 630-830 pm
In this two day online workshop series, we will provide an in depth look into the world of PERMACULTURE.
Permaculture is a solution and a foundation for moving forward in this ever changing and unpredictable world. We will demystify what permaculture is and could be in your life. We will offer a deep dive into practical skills used by permaculture enthusiasts from around the world. This material and information will be relevant to where we live here in Southern Alberta .
Participants will go home with a tasty understanding of the permaculture principals and how they relate to a regenerative life. Participants will leave with a hunger to make changes in their own lives and have the inspiration and basic skills to do so. Participants will go home with a variety of notes and resources for their future endeavors.
This workshop will be done in the Zoom format and the link will be provided prior to the workshop series. This workshop series will be recorded for participants only.
You can register for this workshop series by sending an email/e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are registered for the 6 Month Permaculture Mentorship, there is no fee for this workshop series.
The fee for the 2 day workshop is $60 and is required at time of registration. payment can be made by email transfer or by dropping off cash
We believe that this knowledge should be accessible to everyone. Given the current global situation, Mandy and Steve are open to further discussion in regards to the financial accessibility of this offering. We subscribe to a gift economy mentality and are always open to creating different forms of reciprocity. If you would like to open this dialogue, please feel free to reach out.
Grow your Garden! Adult Climate change series
Join Mandy Sandbach of SOULfully SOIL and the LSLA for this 6 part series inspired by the principles of permaculture that will help you navigate all parts of growing your garden in our changing climate.
April 27: Growing SOIL - The Web of Life
May 4: Water Harvesting Techniques - So you live in a desert?
May 11: Companion Planting & Guild Building
May 25: WEEDS
June 1: Natural Pest Controls - Friends or Foe?
June 8: How to plan & grow pollinator & bird friendly spaces
This will be offered as an online workshop course through Zoom. Participants will be emailed log-in information prior to the workshop start date.
Click the link below to register online:
SOULfully Sustainable Radio Show
*** radio show has been paused for revamping*** See current VLOG Cast below
Lethbridge's First Sustainably focussed Radio Show. I will be in studio each Monday playing around in the world of "Sustainability" and regeneration.
I will look at Local initiatives, people, organizations and businesses right here in Southern Alberta and how they are moving towards a more sustainable future. I will invite those folks doing amazing things here in Lethbridge to come and share their "expertise" and passion to inspire, educate and connect.
Each week we will take a Mindful and SOULfull look at our world and our role in it. How we can create more meaningful relationships, business, organizations and communities. Inclusive of, but beyond only "sustainable techniques" we will focus on the journeys to create a regenerative world.
If you have something to add to the show or are creating amazing sustainable traction here in Southern Alberta, please be sure to connect with me directly email@example.com
SOULfully Mark and Mandy
So often I find my greatest teacher in the bed next to me or cleaning the chicken coop or slinging manure with me in the garden. His name is Mark...my chosen partner and the one that I walk next to in the crazy reality. We are always in the "thick of it" and always willing to stay with it in the most real and authentic way. Here is our gift to you.......our complete uncertainty and unknowing of what we are doing!!
Regeneration of SOUL and SOIL
This section is the SACRED and INTIMATE space where Mandy and Raina explore and share in community their adventures in this luscious healing space called EARTH. Watch for upcoming events...
Braiding Sweet Grass
“Ceremonies large and small have the power to focus attention to a way of living awake in the world. Ceremony is a vehicle for belonging to Family, to a people, and to the land. That, I think, is the power of ceremony it marries the mundane with the sacred. “ Robin Wall Kimmerer
Please join Raina and Mandy this coming winter in a lyrical healing and journey through the ceremony of Braiding Sweetgrass.
We will gather online for 3 scheduled dates of Sunday February 18th, February 25th and March 4th. Each call will begin at @ 2 pm AST, 11 am MST, 10 am PST, 8 am Hawaii
A Private Facebook Group for 24 hour per day exploration, sharing and access is provided as part of this spacious experience
To register, contact Mandy by February 4th firstname.lastname@example.org
In return for this journey, We ask a suggested gifting of $80.00 Canadian
email transfer can be sent to email@example.com
***All participants will order or purchase their own private copy of the book through their chosen method.***
“It was through her actions of reciprocity, the give and take with the land, that the original immigrant became indigenous. For all of us, becoming indigenous to a place means living as if your children’s future mattered, to take care of the land as if our lives, both material and spiritual, depended on it.” Robin Wall Kimmerer
As we traverse through this time of reconciliation and coming to integrate our past, no matter how Traumatic… We must re-envision, redefine and re-create our relationship to the land and all indigenous peoples. Braiding Sweetgrass is a beautiful journey of a deeper connection with Gaia, the plants and trees, the microbes in the soil, the animals, birds and People who live and depend on her. The journey through reading braiding Sweetgrass, has reminded me of my own gifts and the gifts I choose to share with the world. It reminds me that gifts are washed beautifully and mindfully in movement. Gifts are to be Received and shared over and over like a magical never ending connection between one another and the land.
Reciprocity is a sacred act. Reciprocity must be the foundation of every choice, action, conversation and impulse that we indulge in. Without it, we are left without trust and a deep embedded sense of violence against self, other and Gaia . It is not in accordance with indigenous Wisdom.
Braiding Sweetgrass has provided me with a sacred and connected lens through which to view my world. It has provided a large enough context of this dance I’m in and how I choose my steps. It is an integration of science and spirituality ,the past and the future and Self and other.
I am choosing to Use this book as a metaphor and delicious nourishment to infuse the rebirth of who I am becoming. The journey through this book is a journey through myself and the natural world around me. It shows me my relation to all else that lives. I have come to know life and death differently and discover the gracefulness That can exist between the two.
Come and play in the ceremony of reading this book. Know and discover ceremony as a journey to SELF Infused with the sacred.
For me, Braiding Sweetgrass is a lyrical, healing gift. It is a powerful source of support as I journey to see my white immigrant lineage, own my priviledge and reclaim an ancient knowing - that I am an essential part of this interdependent web of life. We all are.
As a spiritual being consciously choosing to step out of the deadly mainstream current of our times; as a woman waking from cultural impositions, arriving in the cycle of the Moon; and as a mother organically holding space for our children to cultivate respectful relations with Self, others, Gaia and the unseen... I invite YOU into this experience. If your soul is calling to curl up with Braiding Sweetgrass this winter and engage in your own evolution through intentional community conversation, this is for you.
Most inspiring media
This is a running log of those videos and pictures I experience and shoot that move and inspire me.Enjoy!
Our story of POOP!
Gina Primavera and Mandy Sandbach delve deep deep into the world of POOP! Yup, I said it.... Gina ( a Poop coach) and Mandy a Poop supporter..... chat all things bowels. How they work , how they relate to our health and well being...how they are metaphors for the realities that we are creating for ourSELVES!
Living the Gift
Kathy Knowles and Mandy Sandbach have a clear and sacred discussion about how we are living and learning to BE the gift in our own worlds. We are redefining abundance, giving, receiving and in the process discovering that "better world our hearts know is possible"
IN Conversation with Cathy Saunders
Growing Cultures that Nourish Communities
SOULfully Sustainable Radio September 17th
Gina Primavera of Love your Guts and I chat about making sustainable lunches sustainably....without losing our minds!
SOULfully Sustainable Radio show
SOULfully Sustainable Radio Show
Bobbi and Mandy as they engage their worlds awakened mothers, partners, sisters, business women, and visionaries for the new culture. Each week we will gather and share what has been in our awareness. Please watch for us on Facebook.
My Carbon Hunters
One of the most important chores that I do in the fall is capture all of the wasted "carbon" in my area ( leaves, straw, grass clippings, fall pruned wood chips). This resource is essential for my gardens and composting efforts during the winter. The additional Carbon added back into the SOIL of my garden provides habitat, food, microbes and structure. The carbon also assures me that my compost will stay at the regulated heat in order to kill pathogens,disease and weed seed.
A New story of People
"Everything we do to this world, we do to ourselves."
So.....What do I do?
These are Some of the folks you may find me in collaboration with.
Raina Mcdonald and Ruben Irons, Collaboration as a way of being
We are Raina + Ruben. We met as deckhands on a tall ship bound for Antarctica, returned to Canadian soil after our high sea adventure and began weaving together a life and family in the backwoods of Nova Scotia. Here we share our journey of creative, intentional living – connected to the land, our food, our art and a vibrant, evolving community. Thanks for stopping in. A warm welcome to you!
Lives transforming, Worlds emerging
The WEL-Systems Institute is at the core of an evolving global collective; built on the strength of the individuality of its participants and a desire to further evolve in the company of others on a similar journey of discovery.
When we created WEL-Systems® in 1990, we had no idea how quickly it would grow and evolve; and how profoundly people's lives would be renewed, enriched and revitalized because of it. Today, we are pleased and honored to know that we are leaders in the global movement for human evolution with the WEL-Systems® body of knowledge as the preferred gateway for the acceleration longed for and required in our world, at this time
The WEL-Systems body of knowledge is a startlingly powerful and compelling invitation to become a living expression of the transformation yearned for, by so many.
Passion, Presence Purpose
Passion, presence, truth, purpose … life. This is why we’re here—in this one body at this time in history. We are meant to be alive, awake, wild, untamed, free and activated! Anything less is an existence, not a life.
As a passionate activist for animals, the Earth and accelerated cultural evolution, I’ve dedicated my life to ensuring that there are no wasted moments. This has taught me the delicate balance between being and doing.
My mission is to create a movement of cultural revolutionaries who celebrate their birthright: simplicity, passion, kindness, creativity, authentic expression, and a purpose-driven life outside of the stifling confines of today’s dysfunctional, distracted … and less face it, insane cultural mindset. By shifting the paradigm from head to heart we can collectively co-create a more passionate, compassionate, loving, and interconnected world that excludes no living being.
Red Tents for all stages of "womaness"
Goddess Inc focuses on bringing women together: building Community. Goddess Inc offers an ongoing women's circle, synced to the moon cycles, providing love, support, unity, and sisterhood. Women in circle are encouraged to find alignment within themselves, come back into their bodies, follow their intuition and connect with the cyclical nature of the Earth. This circle is based on multicultural traditions through the ages; it is suitable for all women.
Circles can include meditation, activities based on creativity and/or education, sharing and connecting.
There will be a circle for girls focused on coming of age, knowing their bodies, living their truth and building their intuition.
Bodhi N Soul Photography
Christina from Bodhi N Soul Photography is an intuitive and deeply skilled photographer. Bodhi N Soul photography is Christina's newest incarnation. Focussed on the matriarchal and Goddess"ness" of women, Christina has a unique and exquisite ability to capture both the physical body as well as the essence of BEING. Christina will stun you with her end results but will profoundly change your life after you share time with her in this new and intuitive way to express "photography".
Red Tent, ancient expression and redefinition of "motherhood"
passionate mother of two amazing boys who have been my biggest invitations to explore more of who I am. Although most days I feel like I am just winging it, I now trust that it will all unfold exactly as it should. And from there I will continue to create my holographic universe in a way that is necessary for my SELF and the expression of my being to evolve into who I was meant to be in this world. My hopes are that this blog will help move me further along in that direction.
Eat from LOVE and LOVE what you Eat
I guess the first thing to know about me is that one of the things I love most is to empower others to jump into the world of vegan living with a smile on their face, joy in their heart and a full and happy belly.
I have been enjoying a vegan lifestyle for the past 15 years and along the way I have learned so much about how to shop, how to make delicious and nourishing meals, how to socialize and happily attend non-vegan functions, how to travel in a world where veganism is still catching on and how to tap into the joy I feel when I stop and realize that my daily choices are having no negative impact on animals, a reduced impact on the earth and a dramatically positive impact on my body. I am excited to have a place to share all of this experience with you so you feel empowered for your own journey into clean plant-based living.
Is Blogcast a word?
My playground of thought, growth, expansion and AGITATION.
Sometimes its a BLOG and sometimes its a PODCAST.
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Social media Unfolding
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