News of November 2017

"Everything is related, and we human beings are united as brothers and sisters on a wonderful pilgrimage woven together by the love God has for each of his creatures and which also unites us in fond affection with brother sun, sister moon, brother river and mother earth." Pope Francis

We wish fellow pilgrims a reflective advent and the peace that comes with the message of Christmas.


November brought us good rain and thankfully the fire-danger has passed.

Yet again we were able to experience the sounds, sights and fragrances of nature waking up from her slumber.


This month’s photo-selection can be summed up by: All in a day’s work.

Greetings from Kachana, to you and your loved ones.


Chris, Jacqueline, Rebecca, Bob & Nadia and Kristina

Recommended reading and/or gift idea:

“President F.D. Roosevelt may have said in 1935 ‘a nation that destroys its soil destroys itself’. But on the threshold of the modern chemical revolution in industrial Agriculture, there is no way, even in his wildest imagination, that he could have anticipated the full import of those words. Were we to have an equivalent of Roosevelt today, she/he would need to add this rider: ‘A nation that poisons its soils also poisons its own people and their natural life-support systems, not to mention those of future generations!”

In his recently released book "Call of the Reed Warbler", Charles Massy pays tribute to the many individuals dedicating their lives to reinventing safer production and landscape-management techniques in Australia. (Insights are of course equally relevant to deteriorating parts of Mediterranean landscapes as well as other to many other seasonally dry landscapes that continue to desertify.)

Whilst being highly complementary and encouraging to those who have embarked on the journey of regeneration, he also invites everybody on-board.

Charles calls things as he sees them, from the root-cause of problems to the many emerging solutions.

He writes with the authority of somebody who walks his talk.


“The evidence is overwhelming, for those who want to hear, that a key pathway to return to health is eating healthier and more diverse foods off healthy regenerative landscapes, and also reconnecting to nature, along with becoming more physically active again.”