We began our project, EarthStar Primal Habitat in
1997, and have successfully built our own little 309 square foot, circular
B.E.L.L., (Biogenic, Ecodesic, Living Lighthouse) as inspired by the late Edmond
Bordeaux Szekely, who translated the Essene Gospel of Peace and founded the
Science of Biogenics.
We live in our little B.E.L.L. on 2 and 1/2 acres in
the country. We hope to serve as an inspiration and a model to others who might
want to live lightly and gently on the earth in voluntary creative simplicity.
We have developed an all-sided approach, demonstrating how to live a life of
integrity, health and peace. We believe that the secret to happiness is in
requiring only “a minimum of needs”. It
is possible to easily maintain a pleasant level of comfort by being willing to
take responsibility for our lives, working on the basics of life and pursuing
the “real” pleasures of life, such as whole foods, sunshine, fresh air,
nature, beautiful music and fulfilling art, while eliminating the false
pleasures of unhealthy diet, excess possessions, over-stimulation, too much
busyness – discovering instead, the wisdom of the “greatness in the
We constructed the B.E.L.L. ourselves,
completely out of pine boards, cut from a local sawmill. Since
it is so small and the pine trees in our area are responsibly farmed by
sustainable methods of replanting, etc., we feel that the B.E.L.L. is an
ecologically- earth friendly building. It only cost $5,000 to build and we did
all the work ourselves, even though we were as green as the grass about
construction and carpentry.
Initially, we set up a rainwater
catchment system with an 850-gallon underground cistern. We use a simple
humanure, sawdust-composting system, as taught by Joe Jenkins in his book, The
Humanure Handbook http://www.weblife.org/humanure/
(we have no blackwater on our property) and we use all our greywater for
trees and plants. Also, we’re able to grow a significant part of our food on
the windowsills of our B.E.L.L., which has 19 windows. A large part of our food
is Biogenic (life-generating) sprouts
and baby greens. Because the B.E.L.L. is octagonal and surrounded by windows, it
makes it somewhat like living in a greenhouse, complete with natural lighting
and fresh air.
Mulching and composting enables us to
recycle and rebuild our topsoil in order to grow organic vegetables for our
vegetarian, biogenic diet. Our diet is
about 75% raw and 25% cooked, consisting of sprouts, seeds, nuts, grasses,
fruits and raw vegetables and simple, whole cooked foods. We do very little
cooking, which makes it easy to live in such a small space. We use a single
burner for our cooking and heating water and use a small under-the-counter
refrigerator, which is sufficient for our needs. We plan to install a
photovoltaic system in the future to supplement our energy needs.
Those are just the basic ideas of what we
are trying to model, demonstrate and share with others. We are certified
teachers of Biogenic Living, as taught
by the International Biogenic Society, in Nelson, B.C. Canada. We feel that time
is running out for our planet and that each one of us needs to take
responsibility for our own lives, our health and peace, adopting sustainable
ideas that are natural, ecologically sound and practical. We do not advocate
that our way is "the only way", but only hope that our EarthStar
Primal Habitat will serve as an inspiration, encouraging others to develop
skills which will enable them to bring the forces of nature into their lives.
This will ultimately lead the world to peace and health for the good of all
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Donna and Kevin Philippe-Johnson
Also, please note that our story is beautifully
written in chapter 13 in the new book by Linda Breen Pierce entitled, Choosing
Simplicity: Real People Finding Peace and Fulfillment in a Complex World.
Her book can be ordered from her web site http://www.gallagherpress.com/pierce/index.htm
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