The First Stage of Collapse is Underway…

In the face of political apathy, depletion of Earth’s resources, and increasingly volatile extreme weather events, many of us have become reconciled to an uncertain future…

Bealtaine Cottage

ban frackingThere appear to be about five stages in the collapse of any society…the first one being human impacts on the environment.


This, simply put, are humans destroying the resource base upon which they depend.

Using spent mushroom compost in the garden

In the case of Ireland, this happens to be the soil.

In the case of almost every society on the Earth, it happens to be the soil.

PosterThe fertility of the soil is diminishing…so much so, that even here in Ireland, farmers rely on chemical fertilizers to grow sufficient grass to feed livestock.

Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture

The same happens to be the case worldwide.

The Nursery at Bealtaine Cottage

Our present course is a non-sustainable course, which by definition means it cannot be maintained.

Think about that…”cannot be maintained!”

potager bedHowever, we should realize that none of this is beyond our control, even though our political and economic systems seem frozen in time!

Veranda at Bealtaine Cottage

Each one of us is part of the problem, so therefore can…

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14 years of Goddess Permaculture at Bealtaine Cottage, West of Ireland...drop in, power up! Colette O'Neill is a writer, photographer and teacher who has devoted the past 14 years to turning 3 acres of derelict land into a woodland sanctuary for all life, planting over 1,100 trees in the process.

6 thoughts on “The First Stage of Collapse is Underway…

  1. It is essential that everyone of us join our collective voices in protest to our policy makers in these matters even if they seem to fall on deaf ears. And as gardeners and caretakers of our land to be mindful that we are not just growing plants and trees but we must grow healthy soil as well. A good book that explains how fragile and finite our earth soil system has become is titled Dirt The Erosion of Civilizations by David R. Montgomery. Thank you for your wonderful posts of your lovely magical garden. And for being a voice of sanity and advocacy for nature and our environment.

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  2. I am especially fond of the picture with the foggy blue light coming through the archway. I feel that everything will be more clear if we just allow ourselves to pass “through the archway”.


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