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Sandra Alderden
Saint Jean de Duras, France
Climate Zone:
Warm Temperate

My Projects

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Alison Thompson Gail Calloway Rian Dob
Alison Thompson Geoff Lawton Steve Hanson Waas Thissen
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About Sandra Alderden

Sandra has a background in economics, marketing and business economics, but left the corporate world in 2001 to spend time soul searching. She lived 4,5 years as a lay person and later as a Buddhist nun under the guidance of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and practiced and studied in depth buddhist psychology. It was also here that she met her husband Santi, born in Laos, French citizen and back then a Buddhist monk. After they had both left the monastery they met and started a relationship in Ireland. However the call of living a peacefull life in the country side was too big to be ignored and they moved back to France.

With the help of family they are now living on a 5 hectare farm with two houses and 6 safari tents wich is called Simply Canvas. They receive guests, facilitate small retreats, workshops and courses in various subjects and are supported by volunteers for both permaculture projects as well as helping in other area.

The focus towards permaculture has been a natural course in life. Sandra & Santi are both interested in offering a positive contribution to people, animals and nature. Permaculture fits in well, plus there is a 4 hectare field belonging to the property with plenty of space to experiment. Since there are quite an amount of visitors on a yearly basis Sandra and Santi have started to set up a permaculture site with many different demonstration areas to share this with the guests. So far you will find:

apiculture with a glass demonstration hive
hugel culture
small food forest
Herbal tea garden
Annual vegetable garden

There are big plans for winter-spring 2013 where swales, a big kitchen garden, a pond and hugel culture will be added.

Follow us on www.simplypermaculture.com for more news.


My Permaculture Qualifications
Type: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course
Verifying teacher: Steve Hanson
Other Teachers: Fiona Hanson
Location: Chiddes
Date: Sep 2013

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