SimPLife: The Way of the Practical Life

Something for You, Something for the Planet: Applying Permaculture, Biodynamics & Sensibility in Everyday Surroundings
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Published 6/2016 English

Course Description

This course is for YOU- seeker of the sensible, ready for change, and not
imprinted     for
inertia,
ignorance     or
inactivity.

Want to be handy, be useful, to serve your family, your people, this world?
Choose the skills you want to engage with- and suggest what you prefer to see!
and you'll find ways in here to develop those.
An arsenal of information awaits you...

WELCOME TO THE SimPLife FLAGSHIP course.
22 videos (and counting),
2.5 hours of content from 4 countries, 
crammed with get-off-your-butt useable solutions.
25+ years in the making. and it ain't over yet.....

SimPLife is offerings of self-reliance and useable knowledge:
wanna grow FOOD, organically? got you covered.
BUILD something, naturally? sure, take a look.
just, live with LESS? yep, its in there.

earth and humanwork, unafraid as it must be.
not derailed by improbable odds, silly appearance or the selfish and uncaring,
willing to practice Light in the midst of Darkness,
refusing to deny what is right HERE, and showing what can BE.

not sidestepping our mounting paradox,
SimPLife embraces a human world in the fire of extreme consequence
yet frozen by extreme apathy, our limitless possibility emulsed in rigid control.

SimPLife is NOT for everyone.
"ask NOT what this world can do for you, ask what together we can do for the betterment of this Planet, and for all Beings of open hand and heart."
if you're OK with that, then SimPLife is OK for you.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
this course is a 3 tiered program of general good practices, hard-learned hacks & hands-on serious fun.

TIER A: SPELLING IT OUT - SimPL, letter by letter ~ each letter in the name stands for something essential to why SimPL was founded. These videos form the core principles for creating the behaviour and conditions towards a practical life, a simplife- with Practical Living finally summed up in 10 video segments:

1. No-Credit Economics
2. Buy Second-Hand
3. NO Chemicals!
4. BE Local
5. Thoroughness In All Things
6. Honour Your Body (be healthy)
7. Eat Less Meat (or none)
8. Make Homemade
9. Teach
10. Because the World Needs YOU

TIER B: SimPLife SECRET AGENT - prime investigations of a do-gooder badass
observing the universe- and the big bad world- to learn how it all operates, with each subject deepening our becoming a sensible streetwise integrated activist operative, knowing that social camps - be it secular, new age, right, left, anarchist or scientist, tend to exclude or ignore some aspect of the essential whole.

TIER C: SimPLife CAUGHT PLAYING - hands on the dirty work, to come up shining ~ putting the principles to work, describing process, achieving result. each video is excerpted from other SimPLife courses, from making food to decoding Cosmos to assembling earth, creating art. 

because the world needs YOU.

what is glaringly obvious is this:
WE NEED EACH OTHER

to shake free, to live sensibly, sanely, practically-
and to make irrelevant, certain dominating negative influences.

truth at times is a vicious razor.
we can all so easily start living sensibly NOW
with the gifts of this planet -
and if not, we may as well not plan on having many future generations of human beings. period.

a bit melodramatic? shucks, it's a habit by now in this
environ-mental work.
just going by what the probabilities say.
it's also why a simpler- not poorer!- lifestyle is important,
and why YOU are so important to your human guild, to SimPL, to the planet.

so, my new friend, we hope to see you around often, not only as an info-receiver,
but as a participant-multiplier,
commentor,
and most of all a DOer.
as your own personal secret agent.

WE, because there are others who care. many more than is perhaps obvious.
about the next generation of humans more than the nextgen of products,
about making sense while they chase their $50,000-in-the-first-month,
about earning self-reliance and freedom on planet earth. 

please take NOTES, COMMENT often- ADD to this body of work!
because, the world needs you. this is not a joke.

Sensible
integrated
multiplicity for
Practical
L
iving

What are the requirements?

  • NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE IN ANYTHING, is necessary to engage in this course- feeling the excitement of a new journey is all that is asked.
  • It is well to know oneself, at least an awareness toward: interests insane curiosities and natural tendencies.
  • Approach the SimPLife courses ready to engage: if not physically, then in imagination and creation-love. you will only physically work at what subject interests you ANYWAY, at your own pace, whatever feels good in your body.
  • Whatever there is to engage, learn discuss do... WE can go there together, if you allow. Deal? This is the mandate of interdependency and the bones of community.
  • DO ASK YOURSELF: have you already begun the process of finding out, then exploring what you burn most for, on the journey which has no finite end or limits? If so, PLEASE surge forward! NOW IS ALWAYS THE BEST TIME
  • Just because you DON'T REALLY KNOW YOUR PASSIONS, doesn't mean you need to worry or stress over it. KNOW that sincerely engaging your search is a rarely found human elevation!
  • ...And while you’re at it, why not SimPLy grow your own food or build that oven out back with some buddies- SimPLife how-to’s are thoroughly explained, practical and useable to everyone.
  • BE here for GOOD.
  • ...and Bring a notebook.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • LEARN the intentions of Permaculture and BioDynamics, via everyday practical application, in lectures and hands-on videos.
  • CHOOSE Interdependency and shake free of Dependency, by the actions of your own hands, mind & heart- and via the beneficial engagement of your Guild
  • LEARN the many advantages of growing food, building useful & unique home and commercial projects- and to profit from this
  • RID your life of unneeded chemicals & complexities
  • PLAN always, in terms of multiples- to combine your actions and functions to reap many benefits at once
  • STRATEGIZE new forms of money, other than by the usual currency earning & spending

What is the target audience?

  • Who should take this course?
  • NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE IN ANYTHING, is necessary to engage in this course- feeling the excitement of a new journey is all that is asked!
  • ENGAGERS, or ACTION people, who are focused and able, driven by the excitement of good ideas.
  • Those who burn to know how they may become more handy, more useful in their lives and for the world, are becoming a rare find- SimPLife wants YOU!
  • If your most intense burning desire can no longer be ignored, SimPLife is here to assist, and cheers you on to Result
  • We have NO students in SimPLife. You are an ENGAGER, implementor, unlimitable explorer… or your own private Secret Agent. does this better describe you?
  • Those who FEEL and KNOW their responsibility in the world, towards a life of more simpl sensibility and sanity, are keenly sought after
  • All Life Explorers unsure of their interests, yet who come IN EARNEST to find out, are whole-heartedly WELCOMED
  • Who should not take this course?
  • IF you want to take a SimPLife course because: you are merely curious but not intending to DO
  • or - you just know someone else who took the course
  • or - you are collecting certificates for your office wall
  • or - you really don’t care for engagement, physical labor - and are just interested in the “technical details”
  • then PLEASE save your time your effort your money- SimPLife -and a world in crisis- will sadly enough have to get along without you.
  • BE excited
  • BE hungry
  • BE kicking-down-the-stall ready to engage, the world is desparately awaiting the earnest and sincere!

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

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Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: What To Learn in SimPLife
03:51

WHY is the promo video included here in the course? 

well, many of you may have hurled yourselves headlong into the course without see it, that's why. 

and, it's a chat which is key to grok what SimPLife is really here for.....

essential: that you at least can engage in discussions here,
and ask for clarifications when needed,
if not, this course will be sapped of vital purpose.

see you on the inside!

cool.
im

08:10

why bother with SimPL & SimPLife, and why it has existed,
from the planet-wandering,internetless beginnings in 1991 up till now.

at the risk of getting too technical when all you need is a definition- 

please know that we humans can arrange to fix the collective
ecosystems of this entire planet,
in a one-year period of design and planning. 

you might be shocked to see how relatively few dedicated folks are actually needed.
yet efforts like SimPL see time and again, that the major disease most humans have chosen to participate in is APATHY. 

A close second is FEAR.

so now you know, if you wonder why to bother with SimPLife- or why SimPLife bothers- with any of this life-enriching fun we offer.

Section 2: TIER A: SPELLING IT OUT- SimPL, Letter by Letter
10:21

SimPL starts out with an S for Sensible, and why do you suppose that is?

plainly, because there is too much going on in 'normal' life that is NOT sensible. at all.

in fact, if you look closely at this human world (and stay away from the numb-and-dumb headlines),
you find out there isn't a whole lot that isn't full-on batshit crazy.

senseless stuff that affects YOU, me and everyone around us- and installed solely to make the few global owners insanely wealthy on OUR daily purchase decisions,
while dragging down the quality of life from all angles,
as this human world snoozes along,
dimly aware that a problem or two might be happening, somewhere...


04:28

how much in your life is well-integrated to your natural rhythms? 

another way to say that is, are your lifestyle and life content actually benefitting you, making
life simpler, higher quality and more FUN?

think on this, as we explore brief examples of integration.

09:24

aahh, the divine law of multiplicity. simply defined as obtaining several results from a single action.

to master this, is likened to tensing the windspring of the Universe

the most successful business owners and entrepeneurs have figured this out, whether or not they
regard their actions in this kind of context. 

after all, how can one or even a few persons actually run an entire organization full of ongoing details needing attention, without some idea of multiplied result coming from their relatively few instructions...






08:05

as we spell out SimPL, the first three letters

Sensible, 
integrated
multiplicity-        are drivers which point the way towards
Practical
Living,
the whole point to any of this.

In these three Practical Living videos,
TEN guidelines towards a practical life – a SimPLife – are served:

1. No-Credit Economics
2. Buy Second-Hand
3. NO Chemicals!
4. BE Local
5. Thoroughness In All Things
6. Honour Your Body (be healthy)
7. Eat Less Meat (or none)
8. Make Homemade
9. Teach
10. Because the World Needs YOU

07:37

as we spell out SimPL, the first three letters

Sensible 
integrated
multiplicity-        are drivers which point the way towards
Practical
L
iving,
the whole point to any of this.

In these three Practical Living videos,
TEN guidelines towards a practical life – a SimPLife – are served:

1. No-Credit Economics
2. Buy Second-Hand
3. NO Chemicals!
4. BE Local
5. Thoroughness In All Things
6. Honour Your Body (be healthy)
7. Eat Less Meat (or none)
8. Make Homemade
9. Teach
10. Because the World Needs YOU

10:40

as we spell out SimPL, the first three letters

Sensible 
integrated
multiplicity-        are drivers which point the way towards
Practical
Living,
the whole point to any of this.

In these three Practical Living videos,
TEN guidelines towards a practical life – a SimPLife – are served:

1. No-Credit Economics
2. Buy Second-Hand
3. NO Chemicals!
4. BE Local
5. Thoroughness In All Things
6. Honour Your Body (be healthy)
7. Eat Less Meat (or none)
8. Make Homemade
9. Teach
10. Because the World Needs YOU

Section 3: TIER B: SimPLife SECRET AGENT - the prime investigations of a do-gooder badass
09:07

SimPLife is primarily interested in self-reliance,

as every human has the ability and the responsibility to function by their own power

AND

by the ways that intelligence and heart is channeled outward to join others
in the cooperative dance of community.

This chat debunks examples of the current fantasies surrounding self-sufficiency, or self-sustainability,

that minimal efforts can make us all planet-saviours
and justify the habits of waste and environmental insult that ‘developed’ citizens continue doing,
mostly as a result of bad information.

TIER B: SimPLife SECRET AGENT -  the prime investigations  of a do-gooder badass

observing the universe- and the big bad world- to learn something key about how it
all operates, with each subject deepening our becoming a sensible
streetwise integrated activist operative, knowing that social camps - be
it secular, new age, right, left, anarchist or scientist, tend to
exclude or ignore some aspect of the essential whole.


11:47

using principles of self-reliance, as a useful angle from which to understand basic economics,

and a useful tool for achieving the practical, simplife together.

07:41

whatever does ORGANIC mean, anyway? this is one abused & overused word in the English language nowadays.

and mostly it gets,well, lost in translation.

poor ‘organic’ our friend, is at once a buzzword, a branch of
chemistry, delineator of certain behaviours, and the flagship of a
global cultural movement.

and i wonder how many folks really have the right word,

when they use this tired & over-wrought label.

then again, in this human world how much that is going on is going on correctly?

08:15

everyone’s buddy and political hero, Henry Kissinger, is rumoured to have said: “control
energy, and you control nations. control food and you control people.”
or, words to that effect...

all jokes aside, old Hank was dead on the money. no pun intended.

and guess what?

the populations of the developed, industrial countries are now enjoying mass slavery
and are scarcely aware of it.

well. enjoy the show.

04:02

about honouring where you are, not just from the human benefit of receiving increased amounts of your business,

but more from the micro and energetic aspects of partaking in your immediate environment.

Section 4: TIER C: SimPLife CAUGHT PLAYING
03:44

looking at BD from different perspectives, so hoping that you will grok
our fundamental Truth- that the Universe is truly set up- or effectively appears-
to be our beneficial and protective ally in Life and lifestyle.

To utilize and understand BD, is to embrace the adage "go with the flow",
in every aspect, literal, figurative and physical.

most all of us tie BD strictly to farming- however it is equally beneficial for human life and lifestyle as it is for plants, and this is explored in depth in the course.

and why wouldn't BD be human-beneficial. are we not biology?

excerpted from-
The Essential Biodynamics: Self Reliance-By-Cosmos


07:21

Six MoonDances

This covers the first four moon rythmns:
Apogee-Perigee
Ascending & Descending Moon
Moon Opposite Saturn &
Moon Nodes.
 

Admittedly, it is a bunch to take on in one sitting- you are encouraged to please, pause the video when necessary and TAKE COPIOUS NOTES, as personal tips to remember what each rhythm means out there in the field, or in your own life.

Enjoy it well, and please remember that whenever something doesn't make sense- to post discussions in the dashboard.....

09:05

Six MoonDances

This covers the final two moon rythmns:
Moon Over Zodiac
Full Moon - New Moon
 

These are both major rythmns, and take a bit of explaining. 

Moon Over Zodiac gives us our elemental influences of Air, Water, Fire and Earth-
in that order- as the moon passes in front of certain groups of stars in the zodiac.
Twelve zodiac constellations, so the four elements are each repeated 3 times,
before the whole rythmn repeats itself.

A full cycle of 4 elements repeating 3 times each, is defined as a month, or moonth.

Full Moon-New Moon is the rythmn everybody knows,
where we see the moon changing phases night after night,
from the disappearing new moon all the way to spectacular full moon, and back again. 

In farming, we are mostly concerned only with the new and full moons within the spectrum of phases,
as these are extreme days which bring particular conditions upon the earth.

14:01

Bio-Organic Farming combines the benefits of Ladakhi Organic Farming Method with the benefits of BioDynamics. the two together weave a kind of practical logic, with the method providing the what & how, and the BD providing the when & why.

the Ladakhi Organic Method is a fancy way of saying how the people of Ladakh, in himalayan India, have been growing their own food since ancient times. 

the method utilizes closed cells as planting areas, and is an easy, efficient and compact way to grow food, as water is used practically and effectively, whilst minimizing topsoil or nutrient loss. true to the nature of farming in Ladakh, the method favors smaller, personal or community farms as opposed to being a mass production technique.

This is how-to demonstrates method basics...from using the hoe, to clearing the field,
to creating those first cells and canal in your Ladakhi-style farm.

excerpted from Bio-Organic Farming & Gardening: Self-Reliance, Vital Food

07:20

Describes seed factors: of planting depth, early and full-growth plant spacings, and companion planting guidelines.

NOTE: a companion planting chart is recommended, to choose the right combinations of crops and herbs in your field. many useful charts exist online- using the largest chart available- one with the maximum number of crops listed is recommended, to allow a SimPLer and wider selection.

RESOURCE ATTACHED: as discussed in the video, please review the Women's Alliance of Ladakh Seed Bank Planting Guide , done as a volunteer SimPL project in 2013, to complement a most valuable seed bank effort- a room of Ladakhi superseeds is nothing to ignore- in collaboration with the Navdanya organization of India, which is nothing to ignore.

the chart admittedly is a bit involved- you may want to take time to understand how it reads- but it includes planting depths for various types of crops, a little local lore, and plant spacings & watering info is there as well.

incidentally, i had the great fortune to meet the great Navdanya leader Dr. Vandana Shiva at the Ladakhi Organic Festival there at the WAL facility, and passed onto her my information for the Ladakhi Organic Farming book (still in progress), but unfortunately did not hear back from them. this happens as well- we do not always meet with great success or have great results when dealing with great people.

something as trivial and common as failure should never dissuade us, in my opinion, from the work we feel we must do, or efforts that have great importance for ourselves and this planet.

03:15

earth ovens
a mainstay & real passion for so many communities around the world since ancient times.
this is the center of focus and activity during the cold months-
or on pizza night-
where hungry and mesmerized friends routinely gather together to anticipate
a delightful meal, and to stare into the warm aura of fire.

as a natural, eco-friendly project,
earth ovens are a great way to learn rock building, applied recycling, earth building,
simpl shelter construction & clay sculpting all at once.

as a food cooking medium, the earth oven is unsurpassed (my unbiased opinion)
in quality and efficiency- an armload of wood, yard scraps or paper waste can produce:
a sizeable stack of the most incredible pizzas,
mouth-watering loafs of breads & pastries,
smoky-baked jacket potatoes (unwrapped),
open casseroles, and even
main covered dishes in metal pots.

these ovens even work well as a basic kiln, able to fire small ceramics such as coffee mugs and artwork.

in this vid, we first take a look at the earth oven in terms of design and use.

simpl oven lingo: vented (with chimney, or vertical heat-escape) and non-vented (no chimney, where heat escapes through oven mouth). 

both main types of earth oven are shown here, and the non-vented Gandalph oven, circa 2003, is discussed for heat-building, fuel removal, door & oven design- 

and the Bar-Bake-Q effect, which is maintaining the fire inside a non-vented, open mouthed oven during cooking to produce smoked dishes, a personal favorite- and admittedly an acquired taste.

excerpted from
How To Sculpt An Earth Oven: Fire, Beauty & Awesome Food

03:52

the earth oven door determines the rate of heat retention- and of heat loss,
also the size of wood for fuel, the size of cooking trays, ultimately the size of the food.

The door's design is quite simpl, yet more exacting than one may think.

ultimately, the look & shape of the door will inspire or prevent certain wild ideas in oven persona-sculpting, thus the builder-artiste grapples with a fresh new canvas, of how to transform an archway opening into an original illusion, for each new oven creation.

08:36

drums are a passion, a legend, ultimately a drug.
and djembe is the kingpin, the don of vibration.

many a hypnotized gathering has gyrated and shook beyond
normal human limits of endurance,
breaking through, inventing movement-
willingly helpless in the drunken trance of rhythm
and the sharp bark of goat's belly over a tree chamber.

in this vid, learn what an african djembe is made of, and how to obtain and/or fabricate the parts.

in each case, it is the fit of the part relative to the other drum parts,
which determines the overall potential of a djembe.

it is then the builder-artiste who determines the final quality,
on a foundation of the quality of parts and their compatibilities

excerpted from
How To Build A Professional Djembe:
Music, Beauty & Biz

02:14

Djembe tuning is horizontal tightening

Here we show how one small djembe, Carmen, was tuned, three times, during her build in 2013. 

Carmen is still reasonably high-noted and tightly strung 3 years later,
despite a questionable wood quality.

The nature of the drumsong is also finally determined by the tune, and the string balancing which occurs by this simpl process.

NOW is the time in the build, to begin discussing quality factors, such as having notes in your drum.

Drums with the most character tend to be those who were not made absolutely perfectly- that indeed have flaws or imbalancing in the strings or hoops.

At times or at certain angles these drums appear less than professional-grade,
but one may be surprised to find drummers actually intending flaws,
for enhanced drum persona....

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Instructor Biography

im Simpl, Environmental Engineer/Builder/Designer

Engineer, instructor, builder/designer/filmmaker/healer/actor/musician/farmer and world-wandering wordweaver, im has been sojourning, building, planting, writing and teaching for over 30 years.

In 1991, prior to the dawn of certification, im created SimPL as a short-contract and volunteer organization which seeks out and assists individuals and communities towards arriving at a self-reliant lifebase, amidst the growing apathy and consumption-fetish now gripping the general human population.

SimPLife is the practice of natural living, with the intention of supporting and preserving the purity & sanctity of sensible lifestyle: project builds and life-skills courses (permaculture & biodynamics-based), organic farming, natural building & life masterplanning.


To date, there have been SimPLife builds or courses in Ladakh, Turkey, Spain, USA, Thailand, Ecuador, Korea, Phillipines, Guyana and England.

im's professional certifications include:

BS Electrical Engineering
BS Civil Engineering
Permaculture Designer/Instructor
LEED Accredited Professional
Solar PV Designer/Installer, SEI
Reconnection Healing Practitioner/ Reiki Master
Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, SOLO
Wilderness Guide Educator, NOLS

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