Australasian Permaculture Convergence 14 (APC14)

Samantha Hawker and Frank Deveson – AWOL – Another Way Of Living – Spending time instead of  money

Samantha Hawker and Frank Deveson – AWOL – Another Way Of Living – Spending time instead of  money

AWOL: Another Way of Living is a family-built learning and living environment where we are playing with our intergenerational opportunities.

Sam and Frank are idealists and are well aware of the damaging nature of our culture of consumption. We try to counter the dominant culture by limiting our own consumption, without missing out. Actually, we feel like we are living very rich and wholesome lives because of these choices. We try to help these ideas to spread through bike fixing workshops, seed saving, repair cafes, holistic health sessions and more. We intend to use the newly renovated family home as a space for workshops, dinners and to support good things.

Frank had been a dumpster diver for about a decade when he met Sam and other opportunities sprung up. Now we exchange our labour for seconds and gluts from local organic farms, we’re always increasing our foraging spots and endeavour to make use of all the abundance. You could say that we still dumpster dive, but it’s a bit easier now – it’s left at the back of the greengrocer for us in a box, intended for the chickens, and the chickens do get most of it. The food production at home is ever increasing, seeds are saved, excess is swapped, stored or preserved.

We are constantly sourcing materials for projects from the tip, the side of the road, Freecycle, the tip shop etc. We choose to innovate with what we find, designing whatever it is that we are wanting from the materials that we have available. We try to re-home a lot of it as well.

We provide most of our own cooking energy, using sticks and wood, cooking with rocket stoves, wood fired ovens and stick barbeques. We dry our fruit using the sun and use hand powered machines to mill our flour, mince our meat and make our pasta.

Join us in discussing ways that we can help ourselves and our communities to step out of the lives of high energy use and into lives of meaning and purpose; where we know where our food comes from, who crafted the chair that we are sitting on and the clothes on our back.