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Zaia

Zaia is a musician, homesteader, permaculturist, holistic health and wellness coach and sustainability advocate. She and husband Tom run permaculture designed farm "Maungaraeeda" on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia and the not for profit organisation the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Inc. and teach permaculture and self reliance. Zaia loves cooking and always comes up with new and different recipes to prepare the food she grows. She is a percussionist and is involved in various musical projects, including community music projects. She writes about life on the farm and tries to post regular photos.

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8 Responses

  1. Michael Brahier says:

    Hey Tom and Zaia,

    I’m saddened to hear the news about those changes because I had such a wonderful time there as a student, but I am glad to hear that you will still be doing some teaching. I learned so much and you have so much knowledge to offer to people. I hope you guys can find that lifestyle you want. You work so hard, you really deserve it. I suppose trying to find balance can be difficult for everybody. Best of luck to you guys.

    • Zaia says:

      Thanks so much Mike, it really means a lot to us to hear that you had a great time here, we enjoy inspiring and empowering people! We are trying to find that balance again and once we have found that, we hope to continue to inspire and empower!

  2. Nicholas Sawyer says:

    You guys have truly, truly, inspired me. Seeing participating and learning at Maungaraeeda has opened my eyes to just how good and fulfilling life can be, when in harmony with natural systems and resources. I cannot thank you both enough, and I hope visit you guys many more times in the future, there’s so much to learn!
    Thank you.

    Nick

  3. Taufiq says:

    Hi Tom and Zaia,

    I suppose managing people is not always easy. For the short time we were there, we never felt anything but warmth from the both of you. I’m sure it won’t take long for you guys to go back into the swing of things in the farm, going back to the things that you love doing. We pray for the best for you as a family … All the best guys!

    • Zaia says:

      Thanks Taufiq, we have enjoyed having so many amazing people on the property! We hope to keep everyone up to date with regular posts on the website, to start soon. It is challenging running this property with just us two, but I am sure we will get there! Thanks for your prayers and hope to see you and your family again in the future!

  4. Hi Tom and Zaia

    Thanks for the updates. Wow. Those are some serious re-arrangements, but it is so good that you recognised that you weren’t being true to your priorities and your values and have acted on that.

    I know that whatever you do, it will be done with passion and love, and therefore will be successful. You two are so good at the “people stuff”, and at imparting your knowledge and ideas, that I have no doubt that you will continue in both those fields in some way. That you will be doing so from a base of life and livelihood that is more in tune with how you want to live will only make it all the more valuable – and satisfying for you.

    I look forward to hearing and seeing how it works out.

    Wishing you much joy and satisfaction with your new direction.

    Gordon

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