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No Money, just Abundance! Permaculture @ Bealtaine Smallholding, Ireland

Through a glass darkly…April Fool in the garden, reflection from a mirror.

Today is the first of April and the radio is talking about economic growth, again, and will continue to do ad infinatum…the only growth worth talking about is what happens here, on earth, on terra firma and there is so much growth it can be difficult keeeping up with it. The government’s economic growth for Ireland is only to pay back ginormous debts to Europe! Growth here, at Bealtaine is about food, fuel, wildlife, love and happiness…permaculture paradise.

No money…but, no poverty…I look around me at abundance, on this, the first day of April.

Flower buds on the redcurrant promises an abundance of fruit, which in turn promises an abundance of wine and puddings and jam and jelly and…no money, but no poverty!

Fruit trees and bushes, interspersed in hedges promise abundance, fruit for chutney, freezing, fruit butter, pies, cordials…no money, but no poverty…abundance!

No need to buy peanuts for the birds at Bealtaine…no money for peanuts, but, abundance of food to sustain a wide and varied bird population. Spindle in the foreground…


16 years of Goddess Permaculture through the Bealtaine Project at Bealtaine Cottage, West of Ireland. Colette O'Neill is a writer, photographer, environmentalist and teacher who has devoted the past 16 years to turning 3 acres of derelict land into a woodland sanctuary for all life, planting over 1,100 trees in the process. Colette posts prolifically across Social Media, encouraging planting of trees and regeneration of Mother Earth. Her life energy is now devoted to the Great Goddess, Mother Earth!

6 thoughts on “No Money, just Abundance! Permaculture @ Bealtaine Smallholding, Ireland

  1. Hi Collette! What a beautiful and inspiring place you have cultivated! I found you on Facebook, have been watching the videos on YouTube and now I´ve started reading the blog posts from the very beginning. I´m anxiously awaiting your book ¨A Cottage and Three Acres¨ to read how everything started. You are inspiring me to move forward on my dream to have my own small place and to work with Mother Earth on restoring the land. I´m planning on taking a permaculture course over the summer. Thank you for your work and thank you for sharing it with all of us. Blessings!

  2. It is June 1, 2016 and came across your youtube video yesterday, which lead me to your website. In the past few years I too, have been called…lead…hear…feel mother earth’s request to restore and regenerate. I am in the process of change in myself and on my small property to create a peaceful, abundant, natural, permacultural, wildlife paradise. Thank you for the beautiful photos, sharing your progress and wisdom. Its inspiring, and uplifting to my soul. Thank YOU..

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