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Haiti: How You Can Help

After the devastating earthquake in Haiti, you may be wondering what you can do to help. We at Find Bliss have listed the names of several charitable organizations (in no particular order) that are providing food, water, medical treatment and shelter to Haitian earthquake survivors. (AP Photo/Jorge Cruz) RED CROSS People can donate in support of the relief effort in Haiti at www.redcross.org or by calling  1-800-REDCROSS. Mobile donors can text “Haiti” to 90999 to make a $10 contribution. A … [Read more...]

Homegrown Comfort

In the hills above Mill Valley, George and Karen Mandala have built a sunny one-bedroom, two-bathroom home on “green” principles to provide a nourishing retreat – and a nest for raising their daughter, 3-month-old Shaina. Amid sky-high Bay Area real estate prices and enormous new homes, the Mandalas prove that it’s possible to create a warm, welcoming and environmentally-friendly home without state lottery winnings. The setting is part of the magic. The house is built on a hillside … [Read more...]

Long Life, Soft Sheets

In China bamboo is a symbol of a long life, and in India it symbolizes friendship; in both cultures, the bamboo plant is revered for its durability and practicality and can be found in everything from chopsticks and stir-fry to furniture, fences, and bamboo flooring. Bamboo, while strong, is not a wood. It is a hollow grass that can be found on nearly every continent. And although there are more than 1,000 different species of bamboo, they all have one key characteristic; sustainability. Bamboo … [Read more...]

Greening Your Nest

Over the last five years, homeowners and even renters have begun to look toward more eco-friendly products for their nests, hoping to keep style without sacrificing their environmental ethos. In fact, according to the National Association of Homebuilders, there was a 20 percent growth in green building in 2005. But, how do you find green design and home building materials? Enter the age of the green home store. With locations across the country, these retail shops specialize in everything from … [Read more...]

Collapse of the Bees

Each shamanic tradition works with the healing power of archetypes, especially those of the plant people and the animal people. The defining archetype of the Northern Q’ero lineage is the Bee. The Bees and their Queen flew into this system of archetypes bringing with them some very timely teachings and insights into our own current cultural, environmental and community dilemmas. In the 1920’s Rudolph Steiner predicted the mass die-off of Bee Hives, which we are now witnessing, due to the long … [Read more...]

Gardens For Greener Homes

written by kyle roderick Anyone who grows or admires flowers, vegetables or houseplants has enjoyed the sensual pleasures that plants can provide. Gardens are also great healers and heart openers in that they engage the nurturing, life-loving soul in each of us. Oregon-based gardener Dan Barker has channeled his green wisdom and built over 1400 backyard gardens for elderly, disabled and low-income people in Portland, Oregon alone. As the founder of the non-profit The Home Gardening Project … [Read more...]

Flower Arranging 101

Perhaps the quickest, easiest and most satisfying way to bring sensual delight into your life is to fill your space with fresh flowers. Flowers super-charge our sensory-deprived offices and homes with intense color, fragile beauty and sweet aromas. Here is a crash course on the fundamentals of floral arranging: may your inner artist bloom. “You don’t need lots of money or exotics to make a wonderful arrangement,” says Los Angeles-based landscape architect and floral designer Philip Castiglia. … [Read more...]

Eric Cadora’s Eco House

written by staff / photography by lisa beavis Nestled up in the hills of Malibu is a stunning and thoughtful house recently "greened" by Eric Cadora and his wife Collette Brooks. The house is 2,900 square feet and the process was started in 2004. They added solar panels, river rock for the bath to gently massage their feet and recycled materials throughout the house. … [Read more...]

Eco Home Profile

written by melissa b. williams "I grew up in a lot adjacent to this one and can remember days when I could look out on the plains and not see a brown cloud. That is no longer possible. I always thought if I could build my dream home I'd like to contribute to that brown cloud as little as possible." John Chase, who grew up in the foothills outside of Denver, Colorado, was able to realize that dream when he and his wife embarked on their own dream home, one that would not only fit their … [Read more...]

At Home With Gurutej

A miniature Spanish castle with soft golden exterior, fluted tile roof, majestic triangular windows, and circular walls of architecture, this home is fit for a queen. As I approach the gate I notice a small tag, the kind you may find on a birthday gift, dangling from a ribbon: Bless this home. Bless all who enter this home. Bless all that happens in this home. I soon discover what a blessed gift this home is. … [Read more...]

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