‘There is an important connection between our inner nature, and the nature we see around us.’

Amidst the constant stimulus of everyday life, nature can help to keep us grounded and connected to ourselves. This is what chef, food stylist and restaurateur, Mette Helbæk, discovered when she left the city of Copenhagen for the swedish wilderness.

Photography by  Inge Skovdal

Photography by Inge Skovdal

After successfully running the award-winning rooftop restaurant, Stedsans ØsterGRO, in the Danish capital for a year with her husband, Mette decided that it was time for a change. Seeking respite from her urban existence, she and her family moved out to West Sweden in the Autumn of 2016. It was there that she co-founded Stedsans in the Woods, a tranquil, food-centered lifestyle lab deep in the forest of Halland.

With the opening of this new venture, the puzzle pieces of Mette’s life seemed to fit together again: she could express her love for plants, be close to her family and be immersed in nature simultaneously.

Running Stedsans in the Woods, however, turned out to be more than just a labour of love. It wasn’t until the stress of running this remote idyll began to impact her wellbeing that Mette started to look at herself, and her career, in a much different light.
Mette and her family have recently moved to a small Swedish town called Unnaryd, where her life has regained its stillness. Inspired by her love for plants and her belief in their healing properties, Mette is working on a new project, where she plans to build a plant medicine garden around her home.

Bringing what she learned from the nature in Sweden into her everyday life, Mette concentrates on living each day more peacefully and being wholly present in the moment. On an early Spring day, we chatted to Mette about how nature has guided her on her journey to find freedom and equilibrium.

Photography by  Stine Christiansen

Photography by Stine Christiansen

When did you first discover your connection with nature?

I think it all started when I began working with food. The fine dining restaurant I worked at in my early twenties as a waitress had weekly deliveries of fresh, local vegetables from a guy called Søren Wiuff, who later became one of the main vegetable suppliers at Noma. He would bring us everything from tiny carrots to wild garlic to colorful radishes. This was where the inspiration to write my first cookbook, a guide to local vegetables, came from.

After the restaurant was sold, I realized I just couldn't cook anymore. My food just didn't taste the same because I was having to go to a supermarket to collect my vegetables instead of getting them locally from the fields. It was killing my creativity.

I decided that I wanted to make the amazing vegetables I had had experience working with in the restaurant available to ordinary people in Copenhagen. I wanted people to see how truly wonderful it is to cook with really great, natural ingredients. So, I opened an organic vegetable shop called Din Baghave in 2010.

At the time, I was just a chef who liked to cook food that tasted really good. But as soon as I began to search for vegetables to be stocked in my shop, I realized that the very best ones were grown in a way that was closer to how nature would do it. Vegetables grown in the wild, tended to by farmers who really cared, tasted, to me, so much better than the crops grown in big industrial farms. This just began a whole quest for me to further explore what nature had to offer.

Photography by  Stine Christiansen

Photography by Stine Christiansen

What are the benefits of creating a close relationship with nature?

I think there is an explanation for why people are feeling more unhappy in society today: we are getting so disconnected from the nature around us. Nature and people are connected, and we need to be connected physically. For example, one of the things I learned when I was studying plant medicine in Guatemala is that plants have a better effect on you if they are grown in your garden, rather than if they are flown in from another country. Being in close proximity to plants helps you to get the most out of their healing properties.

When I and my husband opened our farm and restaurant, Stedsans ØsterGRO, in 2015, we chose to place it on top of a roof in the middle of the city in Copenhagen to help people get closer to nature.

The restaurant was placed in a greenhouse with colorful plants growing all the way around and we used the vegetables that we grew in the garden there in our cooking. We wanted people to be able to see and understand where the food on their plate was really coming from.

Our guests said that the minute they emerged from the stairs and placed their feet onto the rooftop farm they felt happier and more relaxed. It just had this effect on people. Even though we were still in the center of a big city, just having that closeness with nature really helped make people feel more content.

Photography by  Stine Christiansen

Photography by Stine Christiansen

What inspired you to create your lifestyle retreat, Stedsans in the Woods?

Up until 2017, we had been living in Copenhagen running this magical restaurant on a rooftop but we decided to sell it all and follow our dream of creating something that would bring us even closer to nature. While the restaurant and garden had plants and bees and sun, it was still constructed nature, and that is a very different thing to the nature you find in the wild.

We bought seven hectares of forest on the shore of Lake Halla in West Sweden. There, we could give our guests the experience of being fully surrounded by nature. Food was still a large part of the experience. We used the most beautiful, luxurious ingredients in our cooking and then gave our guests a comfortable, starlit cabin to sleep in at night.

Buying a portion of the forestland also gave us the opportunity to grow more wild plants ourselves. High vitality ingredients became more and more important to me over the years I spent as a chef and a food stylist. I could just sense that food grown locally and naturally had a different kind of energy than the things sold in supermarkets.

‘Stedsans’ refers to the idea of a sense of place in Danish. How does nature help us to establish our own sense of place and feel at home in our surroundings?

In our interpretation, a sense of place means to know where you are at in your life. When you look to nature, you can see how things change with the seasons and how we, as humans, should adapt to them.

Winter, for example, is a time for stillness.  When everything is covered in snow, your heart starts to beat a little slower; you don’t necessarily expect as much from yourself. You can take the time to sit in front of the fireplace with your kids and play some board games instead of rushing around. There are so many things that we can learn by just watching nature and being present in the moment.

Cities are designed for people to keep up the pace all the time and deliver the same high amount of work every day. This contributes to a lot of unwanted stress, which is part of the reason we moved out to the forest in Sweden in the first place.

I think it's very important for human beings to be in sync with their inner nature – to know what they want and what is good for them – and we can do this by simply looking at what is around us.

Photography by  Stine Christiansen

Photography by Stine Christiansen

How did opening Stedsans in the Woods help you strengthen your connection with nature?

The crazy thing is that we recently moved from Stedsans into a small town called Unnaryd twenty minutes away. We have kids now and another baby on the way this Summer and it didn’t really work for the children to live that way. It was also just too much work for us. Being busy all the time ended up being a less fulfilling way for us to live.

Leaving Stedsans was a very hard choice for us to make. The nature in Sweden was always there to make things a little easier. When you were stressed, you could take a walk into the forest or dive into the lake, but there were some aspects of that life that just didn't work for me.

So that's why I moved back to my little town where I'm starting my own project, Unnaryd Apotek, which is a platform to share my love for my plants and my belief in their healing properties. I am currently making a plant medicine garden around my house. It's not going to be open every day like what Stedsans was last year. It's just going to be a place where I can spend time alone.

Creating Stedsans in the Woods made me realize a lot about myself. It's not good for me to be around people all the time. At the moment, I'm just focusing on my work in the garden and taking care of my children.

Do you feel that nature has supported and inspired you throughout all of these important life changes?

Yes, it wasn’t until things in my life got really wild that I realized some new things about myself. Maybe that's what nature does – it makes you able to see yourself more clearly.

When you are in a city, constantly surrounded by stimuli, it can be hard to be objective about your life. In the wild, you have the peace to get to know yourself better.

Photography by Mette Helbæk. Interview and words by Miriam Partington, reWILD Studio

We have very limited time to spend on this incredible earth. I believe we should use that time to support and love each other.

Being in this forest is magical. It’s untouched, it’s silent and it’s full of life and death - a circle that’s inevitable.

Photo: Maria Thulin

Photo: Maria Thulin

This knowledge that everything is in a life-death-life circle is a powerful source to creating a meaningful life.

When we understand that everything is changing, living and dying at all times, a presence in life can be born. A presence and love for our surroundings, plants, animals and our fellow human beings.


The key to being empathic and loving towards eachother is to realize that we are all connected to one another - nature, animals, insects men, woman, children.

We have very limited time to spend on this incredible earth. I believe we should use that time to support and love each other.

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I believe that we all have the right to be treated with respect and empathy and I support every cause that promotes equal rights - for nature and for the human species.

Happy international Women´s day!

THE STORY OF THE SEED BOMB

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Masanobu Fukuoka was a Japanese farmer and philosopher celebrated for his natural farming and re-vegetation of desertified lands. He incorporated his ancestral gardening techniques into his own farming methods and, in so doing, started a revolution. Seed bombs are an ancient Japanese practice called Tsuchi Dango, meaning ‘Earth Dumpling’.

Fukuoka led the way into the world of sustainable agriculture by initiating ‘natural farming’. His methods were simple and produced no pollution. His technique used no machines or chemicals and almost no weeding.

Seed bombing was part of Fukuoka’s annual farming regime. He believed that Mother Nature takes care of the seeds we sow and decides which crops to provide us with, like a process of natural selection, because ultimately nature decides what will grow and when germination will occur, be that in 7 days or several seasons away.

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Fukuoka grew seed bomb vegetables like wild plants – he called it ‘semi wild’. He seed bombed on river banks, roadsides and wasteland and allowed them to ‘grow up’ with the weeds. He believed that vegetables grown in this way – including Japanese radish, carrots, burdock, onions and turnips – are stronger than most people think. He would add clover to his vegetable mixes because it acted as a living mulch and conditioned the soil.

Do you want to make your own seed bombs? Then join our seed bomb workshop.

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WHAT DOES REWILDING MEAN?

The word reWILDing holds many meanings. First of all, it is a lifelong learning process and way of living. It takes time to rediscover oneself and really listen to the wisdom we have within. It requires a willingness to slow down, dive into oneself and open one's heart to all the knowledge that is already here.

Photo: reWILD Studio

Photo: reWILD Studio

Rewilding means to dive in and rediscover the inner power of our nature. It means diving into our core, rediscovering our intuition and senses. Being in contact with our breath, our visions, our bodies, our minds. For example, this can be done by going to the forests. Find a spot where you wont be disturbed and just sit there. Breathe, listen to the sounds, feel your surroundings and just let yourself be in the silence.

Rewilding means focusing on one thing at a time, being mindful and give our full attention to one thing at a time.

Photo: reWILD Studio

Photo: reWILD Studio

Rewilding means to re-discover our potential as human beings, our potential to be loving, caring, creative, inventive and free. Free to just be, and enjoy this very moment.

We all have the ability to be more aware and conscious human beings. The only thing it takes is a dedication and a willingness to take the time to practice in our everyday actions.

Rewilding means rediscovering the ancient wisdom from nature and learning how to bring it to life again in a way that fulfills our souls and our surroundings. Rewilding means asking ourselves what we want to matter in our lives. What is truly important to us and how can we give that our utmost attention, care, appreciation, and love. Ask yourself questions like; Where do I feel peaceful? When do I feel happy and at ease with what surrounds me? How can I bring more of these moments into my life?

Sometimes it can be enough to take an aspect of what your answers will be, and integrate them into your daily routine. For example, taking a small break during your day, closing your eyes and take some deep breathes. This helps you to reconnect with your body and mind, slowing down.

Photo: reWILD Studio

Photo: reWILD Studio

This is the very same journey that I am on and have been my whole life. Having the knowledge that I can truly decide how my life should be and what should be in it, is a very freeing and grounding experience.

Slowing down, appreciating myself and my surroundings, acknowledging that nature holds a lot of wisdom and advocating for that, gives me meaning and passion in my life. At the same time having loving relationships is the most important ingredient in my life. Having people around me that love me and that I love is the core of having a fulfilling life.

We all have the ability to be more aware and conscious human beings. The only thing it takes is a dedication and a willingness to take the time to practice in our everyday actions.

Thank you for reading and remember to breathe.

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By Amalie Harris Barfod

Founder of reWILD Studio

Interview med Amalie Harris Barfod fra reWILD Studio

Foto: Anna Kjær Voss

Foto: Anna Kjær Voss

December 11, 2018

En solrig eftermiddag i november lige inden skumringen var jeg ude at spadsere på Assistens Kirkegård med Amalie Harris Barfod, som har firmaet reWILD Studio, og som jeg er stødt på igennem Instagram.

Amalie er naturelsker med stort N, og den kærlighed som hun har til naturen ønsker hun at dele med så mange som muligt gennem sit arbejde med reWILD Studio. Hun tilbyder blandt andet workshops til forældre og børn, hvor de kan gå på opdagelse i, hvordan et økosystem fungerer og bygge deres eget lille lukkede økosystem i et patentglas, som kan tages med hjem og studeres nærmere. Amalie arbejder også på at få det grønne ind i vores hjem ved at sælge sine fine planteuroer og dekorationer.

Amalies partner Simon, som er samer og kommer fra det aller nordligste Sverige, har sammen med sin familie nogle hytter, som Amalie og han tager op til så ofte de kan. Men det er ikke bare lige en smuttur. Rejsen dertil tager omkring 24 timer med nattog. Men Amalie nyder heldigvis lange togture, hvilket jeg så udemærket kan følge hende i. Tog er den bedste transportform!

Men nu til interviewet..

Hvad betyder naturen for dig?
For mig er naturen kilden til den vigtigste viden vi har adgang til. Uanset om vi vil lære om vores velbefindende, udviklingsprocesser eller det at skabe noget. Vi kan altid hente store mængder af inspiration i naturen. Naturen har 3,8 billioner års erfaring, som vi kan overføre til alt det vi vil skabe og gøre i livet. Det er ekstremt spændende, og jeg føler mig så taknemmelig for, at jeg har naturen som min mentor.

Jeg mener, at naturen er vigtig for os mennesker til at få os til at føle os afslappede og glade. Personligt betyder naturen for mig mere ro, mere refleksion og dermed mere energi og lyst til at skabe. Jeg bruger bl.a. denne kærlighed til naturen i de workshops jeg udbyder. De har til formål at lære børn, hvordan økosystemet fungerer ved at lave et lille imiteret økosystem i et lukket patentglas, som børnene får med hjem og kan kigge på hverdag. På den måde lærer de, hvordan de naturlige processer virker, hvad de har brug for for at trives, og hvad der sker, hvis de rette forhold ikke er der.

For mig er naturen en kilde til glæde, refleksion og vækkelse af sanserne. Det er fra naturen jeg henter meget af min inspiration og den glæde, som får mig til at føle mig fri til at leve et meningsfyldt liv og skabe det jeg brænder for. Det tror jeg bl.a. har noget at gøre med at være omgivet af noget større end en selv. At mærke og forstå, at vi alle er med i et større kredsløb. Vi mennesker er også natur. Vi er en del af naturen og ikke en fremmed art, der er frakoblet fra den. Det er vigtigt at forstå, hvis vi skal kunne leve i balance med den, være en del af det større kredsløb på en måde, hvor alt liv kan trives.

Et menneske går igennem nogle af de samme processer som et lille blad gør. Et frø fødes, vokser sig sund og stærk, vokser sig større og forvandler sine former, dufte og farver. Vi springer ud og er fulde af energi i nogle perioder eller sæsoner af vores liv, og har lavere energi og er måske mindre glade til andre tider. Præcis ligesom planterne blomstrer og springer ud om foråret og sommeren med masser af energi og om efteråret og vinteren lukker ned, kaster bladene, går i hi og samler energi til når foråret og sommeren vender tilbage, og planten på ny vil blomstre igen. På samme måde har vi mennesker behov for stilhed, at regenerere og samle fornyet energi. Vi er i en evig bevægelse af forskellige faser i livet. Og det er hverken dårligt eller godt, det er bare sådan det er.

Naturen invitere til at lytte, til sig selv og til de indre værdier vi har. Når vi lytter, virkelig lytter, så er det også meget nemmere at være empatisk overfor sig selv, sine medmennesker og naturen, og at komme ned i tempo og undgå stress. Jeg tror på, at jo mere vi kan være stille og i kontakt med os selv, jo mere kærlighed og empati har vi at give til vores omgivelser. Mennesker såvel som planter og dyr og alt derimellem.

Foto: reWILD Studio

Foto: reWILD Studio

Hvilken følelse giver det dig at være i naturen?
Når jeg går en tur i skovene går jeg aldrig ad stien. Jeg elsker at gå på ujævne overflader, så jeg skal være opmærksom på, hvor jeg sætter mine fødder og bruge mine sanser - se, dufte og høre. Det giver mig en følelse af ekstremt afslappethed og af at være koblet med naturen. Vi er jo også natur, vi mennesker, men vi er kommet meget langt væk fra den mentalt og fysisk, så det er ikke en forståelse alle har.

Naturen giver mig en følelse af at være koblet til hele jorden og samtidig føle en enorm taknemmelighed for at være en del af hele det univers vi lever i. Hele kredsløbet. Taknemmelighedsfølelsen giver mig ekstremt meget energi til at skabe mere fokus på, hvad naturen er for en størrelse. Og det er netop følelsen af taknemmelighed, der har giver mig lysten til at videreformidle, hvad naturen kan, hvilket bliver gjort gennem de workshops reWILD Studio udbyder, og dem er der fuld knald på for øjeblikket. Der er flere og flere, der får øjnene op for, hvor vigtig naturen er for vores velbefindende.

Hvad betyder bæredygtighed for dig?
Jeg synes, at selve begrebet bæredygtighed inviterer os til at passe på det vi har. At bære noget på en dygtig måde. At bære med omsorg. At leve med et bæredygtigt mindset, betyder for mig at være opmærksom på hvilke valg vi træffer, og hvad de valg har af konsekvenser for andet liv omkring os. Det er og har altid været vigtigt at handle med det formål at skabe en verden, hvor der er plads til at alt liv kan trives. For mig starter bæredygtighedens terminologi med at sætte fokus på, hvordan vores tankemønstre er, og hvorfor vi træffer de valg vi gør. I reWILD Studio har jeg meget fokus på at fortælle om, hvordan naturen fungerer, og hvad vi kan lære fra den. At det er vigtigt at bruge tid i den og virkelig koble sig til den for at lære, at vi er en del af naturen. Jeg har fokus på vores tanker om den, hvordan vi forholder os til natur og stiller spørgsmål så som ‘Er vi en del af naturen?’. Det sætter ofte gang i menneskers tanker om vores forhold til naturen, og at vi ikke er adskilt fra naturen.

Bæredygtighed handler i høj grad også om, hvordan vi holder os selv og vores væsen bæredygtigt. Du kan købe bæredygtigt, mindske dit forbrug i alle henseender, hvilket er ekstremt vigtigt i det samfund vi lever i i dag, hvor forbrug er en stor del af mange menneskers liv. Men det er også ekstremt vigtigt at være bæredygtig i sig selv. Her mener jeg f.eks. at kunne lukke dine øjne, trække vejret, mærke hvem du holder af og hvad du er taknemmelig for, tage valg i dit liv der gør dig glad og på samme tid respektere dine omgivelser, være nysgerrig og fravælge det, der stresser dig og gør dig i dårligt humør. Det kræver øvelse! Men det er det vigtigste i forhold til at leve et liv fyldt med kærlighed, empati og glæde! Vi vil jo allesammen gerne være glade og have et liv fyldt med overskud, og det er en skill i sig selv, som alt andet. Vi bliver ikke bare gode mennesker ud af den blå luft. Vi træner fra vi er helt små og bliver hjulpet på vej af vores medmennesker og naturen. Det kræver viljestyrke og kærlighed til sig selv først og fremmest.

Kan man sige, at du har en større vision eller agenda med reWILD Studio?
Ja det kan man! :)

Min vision er at skabe så meget empati for naturen som overhovedet muligt. Jeg tror på, at jo mere kobling og empati vi kan frembringe, ved at være i naturen, lære hvordan den fungerer, lære hvordan vi kan leve i balance med den og tage vare på den, jo mere empati og forståelse har vi for, hvordan vi skal behandle vores hjem på jorden.

Den opgave jeg har stillet mig selv er at skabe et univers som mennesker gerne vil træde ind i og være en del af, og indtil nu er det gået strygende. Jeg tror på, at folk gerne vil være den bedste udgave af dem selv, og hvis mulighederne er der til at være det, så vil det være det der sker.

Jeg skaber en inspirationskilde til en empatisk måde at tænke og være med naturen på og opmuntrer folk til at gøre det samme. Så visionen i reWILD Studio er kort sagt at skabe empati for naturen igennem forskellige håndgribelige initiativer.

reWILD Studio er stadig et forholdsvis nyt initiativ, men er så småt ved at vokse sig større. Jeg har lige ansat en fantastisk kvinde til at holde workshopperne for børn og er hele tiden i bevægelse i forhold til, hvad fremtiden skal bringe, og hvordan jeg kan favne flere mennesker til at sprede dette budskab.

Foto: Maria Thulin

Foto: Maria Thulin

Hvad inspirerer dig?
Jeg elsker kunst og har selv gået på kunstskole, hvor jeg bl.a. lavede moskuplen som man kunne stille sig ind under og dufte til mosset og være helt i ét med det. Jeg elsker kunst, der sætter fokus på det at sanse og være med naturen. Olafur Eliasson er en stor inspiration som netop formår at skabe en atmosfære, hvor vi lægger mærke til det fantastiske i naturen.

Udover naturen som er en af mine største inspirationskilder bliver jeg selvfølgelig også inspireret af andre mennesker. Min partner, Simon Mulk, som har Gallak Crafts, er en stor inspirationskilde for mig. Han formår virkelig at formidle budskabet om netop det at tage godt vare på naturen. Vi har begge to mange af de samme værdier og arbejder i samme retning, hvad angår det at have empati og forståelse for naturen. Vi er i gang med et kunstværk som sammenfatter vores kærlighed og inspiration for naturen.

Jeg må også nævne Janine Benyus, som jeg synes man skal slå op, hvis man ikke kender til hende. Kort sagt arbejder hun med det der kaldes Biomimicry, som handler om at kigge på, hvordan naturen fungerer i forskellige sammenhænge og så få guidance af dens viden til at lave det man nu engang vil lave. Slå hende op, det er vigtigt og så inspirerende!

Mit arbejde er ikke et arbejde, der ikke er en del af min personlighed. Jeg er så taknemmelig for det jeg laver, og jeg er så taknemmelig for al den viden og inspiration, der bare ligger derude og venter på at blive opdaget.

Info om Amalie og reWILD Studio
Du kan finde Amalie online her:
www.rewildstudio.com
https://www.instagram.com/rewild.studio/

Eller fysisk  i hendes butik på Sankt Hans Gade 17 på Nørrebro i København.

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Meet Nynne & Clara, the green entrepreneurs and founders of Komposten!

Clara and Nynne are two special human beings. They are passionate about spreading awareness of the balance on planet earth, while actively healing our soil by Bokashi-composting organic waste.

 

Photo by Birna Schram

Photo by Birna Schram

In today´s world, where fast pace is the norm, giving attention to our living systems are more important than ever. I had the pleasure of speaking with two strong women who have dedicated their energy to help our earth. They have developed a method where you have the opportunity to help our living systems to thrive in balance with us, human beings. Enjoy!

What is Komposten?

“In Komposten we are dreaming of spreading the method of Bokashi-composting, thus ensuring a sustainable recycling of our resources. Our Kaospilot pilot project in 2017 meant new rules in the Ministry of Food,- and Environment. The new rule allows for small community composting, including apartment complexes, allotment garden communities, small islands, institutions and festivals. Since the new rule we have written a report about Bokashi compost, the effect in climate change, environmental politics and our pilot project. We’ve executed a project at NorthSide festival and implemented Bokashi-systems both in a shared office space and a school, and we are now ready to share the knowledge we have gained. Therefor we are publishing guides to support anyone interested in implementing Bokashi-composting.”

And what is Bokashi?

“Bokashi is a combination of microbes that we add to organic waste to start a magical fermentation process. Under airtight (anaerobic) conditions, the microbes ferment all organic waste in just two weeks. This process means that there will be no emission of methane in the process, making it both the most sustainable and the most effective composting method.”

Photo by Birna Schram

Photo by Birna Schram

Why is it important to you that we start doing bokashi composting?

“As soon as organic matter is added to our soil, it adds to creating the top-layer called humus, the one without chickpeas, that is, says Nynne with a big smile on her face. Humus is the world’s best CO2-storage. Similar to trees, humus eats CO2 and creates food for plants and clean air. Tress only eat 1,8 kg CO2 per kg of tree, where humus eats 2,18 kg CO2 per kg humus. While all organic matter will add to creating humus, all other ways of breaking down food to soil, including biogas, heat compost and garden compost, will emission a lot of CO2 and some methane in process. When using Bokashi only a little bit of CO2 and no methane is created.

Bokashi is also capable of breaking down meat,- and dairy products, bread and citrus fruits and all the nutrition will go back to the soil either as solid compost or liquid fertilizer. “

“All the people we have had involved in our project have been excited to be part of it and see a big value in Bokashi composting. We feel like we are in a time of green consciousness, which Bokashi compost definitely supports.”

What is the impact people are contributing to earth with, when they do bokashi composting?

“Besides having a very direct and big effect by contributing to the storage of CO2 in the soil, there is also a potential for replacing chemicals and pesticides. Because by adding Bokashi-compost to the soil, the plants grow so strong that they can fight off diseases by themselves and maintain a good growth without any artificial fertilizers. We also believe that when we sort and compost our organic waste, we get a larger awareness of the huge ecosystems we are part of, and start being more conscious in general. “

Photo by Birna Schram

Photo by Birna Schram

How have people reacted when starting to do bokashi composting?

“All the people we have had involved in our project have been excited to be part of it and see a big value in Bokashi composting. We feel like we are in a time of green consciousness, which Bokashi compost definitely supports.”

What will people be surprised by when starting this process themselves?

“How easy it is, how little it smells and how visible the results are.”

“We believe that the best way to make something grow is to set it free, and the people are the best possible facilitators of change that we could imagine. “

I know you are leaving Komposten now, and that you have a farewell party tomorrow at greencubator in Nørrebro. What do you want to leave this initiative with? What are your thoughts about giving the power to the people?

“We feel like this arks a moving of the knowledge from our heads to everyone else. With the release of the guides our aim is to make Bokashi-compost as independent of us as possible - so that the movement we have started will spread far beyond our reach. 

We believe that the best way to make something grow is to set it free, and the people are the best possible facilitators of change that we could imagine. “

Photo by Birna Schram

Photo by Birna Schram

What are your dreams for the future?

“Personally, we are currently exploring what new adventures will continue to challenge us, expand our minds and support us in creating meaningful lives. 

For Bokashi-compost we dream of every courtyard, restaurant and institution having their own Bokashi-systems. Long-term we hope that politics will allow for a more sustainable use of our resources. We hope that farmers to a larger degree will be able to use Bokashi-compost and thereby limiting climate change, saving our ground water from pesticides and being able to produce even during more extreme weather conditions. “

Anything else you would like to add?

“The event on Saturday is held at Greencubator, Nørreborgade 20. The first lucky people will be able to receive Bokashi start-kits and there will be ´delish´ goods from Aarstiderne. After the weekend the guides will be available at www.komposten.info where our report is also available, if one wants to know more. 

Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1118208575011453/

Article by: www.rewildstudio.com

“Of course nature speaks. Aren’t you listening?”

This was the reply from Sol, soon to be 3 years old when her father asked her what she believed nature would say if it could speak.

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Eno Stabell is 28 years old and "a Student of Life" as he poetically puts it. He is living in Århus with his partner, Lykkeluna and their daughter Sol. 

I asked him about his thoughts on nature and how he thinks his daughter is connected with it.

Why is it important to you to connect your child with nature?

“Nature is everywhere. It's within and without, small and big, gross and subtle. It is the rhythm and constant change of life its self. My daughter is part of this nature as much as my self, only she lives it so much more natural than me. My daughter connects me to nature. I thank her for that!”

How do you connect your child with nature in the city?

“Sol sees the beauty and thereby nature in everything. I try to support that connection by staying open and curious about the surroundings and look for beauty in everything. Humans, cars, spiders, and grass. It's all nature if we choose to see it in that way.”

What does your child like the most by being out in nature?

“I wish Sol could say this her self because it's hard to read her mind. But my assumption is that she feels like home. The presence, diversity, and wonder which nature provides, leave space for her to get to know her self and thereby feel that she belongs in the world.“

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 What is the biggest experience your child has had in nature?

“Being born, I guess.”

Where is your child’s favorite place in nature?

"In her mother's arms."

 What advise would you give parents that live in a city and wants to connect their children more with nature?

“Don't separate your self from nature. You are nature and nature, are you. We are connected also living in the city. Let nature show it's self instead of searching for an illusion of what nature is. Just let your children show you what nature is. It's that easy.”

What would you like your child to learn about nature?

“We are all One. In the deep waste web of life, we are all and everything connected.”

What would you like me to ask you, that I haven’t asked you yet?

“What is nature? Thats a good question. Well worth exploring with my child.”

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How can we connect our children with nature while living in a city?

“We brought both girls to Sweden, where we slept in tents in the woods. The eldest was two years old and the youngest three months. These were the most relaxing days of our summer vacation”

Photo: Matias Løye Hejl

Photo: Matias Løye Hejl

Line Dannemann is twenty eight years old and lives in Copenhagen with her boyfriend and their two kids.

It is a challenge for many people living in cities to stay connected with nature and get the benefits of it. In the past decade, the benefits of connecting to nature have been well documented in numerous scientific research studies and publications. Collectively, this body of research shows that children’s social, psychological, academic and physical health is positively impacted when they have daily contact with nature. 

I asked Line about her thoughts around how we can help our children be connected with nature while living in cities, what advice she would give other parents, and what her daughter believes nature would tell us if it could speak.

Photo: Matias Løye Hejl

Photo: Matias Løye Hejl

Why is it important for you to connect your children with nature?

"My partner and I were both raised in an environment where most days were spend outside.  This has obviously affected our love for the outdoor living and for nature. Unfortunately, we can’t offer our children the same environment at the moment, as we live and work in the city. When we find the time to go out in nature we feel that we connect with our children on a different level. Not connecting by sitting on the couch watching a movie, cuddling – witch also can be nice. But we connect over the simple things like lying on a pillow of moss inhaling the magical smell of the forest or over a certain shape of a stone on the beach."

"One of the most important things we have observed when we are away from the city and stay in the countryside is how our children get much more creative."

For every day we spent outside their creativity unfolds magnificently.  Their physical activity and motor control also get challenged which is so important for their health and development. As we both are educated as physiotherapists we know for a fact that so many children today have undeveloped motor skills, that is also why we feel so strongly about getting outside."

Photo: Matias Løye Hejl

Photo: Matias Løye Hejl

How do you connect your children with nature in the city?

“To be honest, I have to admit that it is quite difficult. Me and my boyfriend’s big dream is to watch our small girls grow up in nature, go on adventures together, and live the simple life. We are not able to do that at the moment. Instead, we go on small adventures almost every weekend, such as a trip to the forest or the countryside.

When we arrive back in the city, we have often brought a piece of nature with us home. For example, a flower bouquet, branches with buds which we together watch sprout at home in the living room, or we collect rocks, shells, and seaweed by the beach that we decorate our balcony with. We also grow small plants inside the apartment. My oldest daughter thinks that it’s cozy to see her little plants sprout and become vegetables. She follows the process patiently and says that her small sprouts will become radishes and thyme which she will eat when it’s summer.”

What do your children like the most by being out in nature?

“The eldest one loves when she can find something edible. Sorrel, beech leaves, wild raspberries, blueberries, blackberries are some of her favorites. It's also a sport for her to find mushrooms and she's pretty good at it. At the age of two, she could find the little orange-angled chanterelles, and did not confuse them with other mushrooms.”

How did your child answer; What do you think nature would tell us if it could speak?
“Strawberry cake, mushrooms, nuts, Easter eggs, sand, water, and blueberries!

Photo: Matias Løye Hejl

Photo: Matias Løye Hejl

What is the biggest experience your children have had in nature?

“We brought both girls to Sweden, where we slept in tents in the woods. The eldest was two years and the youngest three months. These were the most relaxing days of our summer vacation. We didn’t do anything other than just being in and enjoying nature. We would smell the forest floor, find chanterelles, make a fire, and bathe in a forest lake. There was no stress and we could especially sense on our "big" girl that she was more happy and free. She did not cry once and I think she could feel that we were more present and relaxed.”

What advice would you give parents that live in a city and want to connect their children more with nature?

"Try to plant something together. Watch the sprouts grow. It does not require a balcony; just a window with light. It’s a really nice thing to do together and opens up for many good talks"

What would you like your children to learn about nature?

"About how we can take better care of it.  It may be hard to teach a three years old (and impossible to teach one who’s nine months), but I think the talk is so important to our future."

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