woensdag 5 april 2017

GrowingHome

Growing Home Growing Home is about the path that Sandra & Santi have taken and continue to walk. Two passionate gardeners according to the permaculture principles, offer a holiday destination where you can sit back, relax, enjoy the countryside and feel at home and love food which comes straight from their garden or one of the local farms aroud.

Santi was born in Laos, but has been living in France since the age of 3. At the age of 11 he became a Buddhist monk for the first time, returning each year to his teacher during the summer holidays. He has had an in depth training in Buddhist psychology, the teachings of the Buddha and the practice. He has studied for three years with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh where he met his future wife Sandra. After they had both left the monastery they met and started a relationship in Ireland. However the call of living a peaceful 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 which 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:  aquaponics  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.





Santi talking about how to build an insect Hotel

more clips of Growing Home can be seen on


dinsdag 4 april 2017

Film recordings during volunteer week


Growing Home is about the path that Sandra & Santi have taken and continue to walk. It is about where they come from and where they are walking to.  

Two passionate gardeners according to the permaculture principles, offer a holiday destination where you can sit back, relax, enjoy the countryside and feel at home and love food which comes straight from their garden or one of the local farms aroud. 


Hooking up a mic to Santie

Santie shows his new aquaponics system to the voluteers



Clips of Growing Home can be seen on

After two days film recording time for a break

zaterdag 27 februari 2016

Film recordings of our new documentary Growing Home

Growing Home is about the path that Sandra & Santi have taken and continue to walk. It is about where they come from and where they are walking to.  

Two passionate gardeners according to the permaculture principles, offer a holiday destination where you can sit back, relax, enjoy the countryside and feel at home and love food which comes straight from their garden or one of the local farms aroud. 


waiting at 5.30 am for Jon I am just not a morning person

 Friday morning got up early 5.00 am waiting for ride with Jonathan Karpathios to Rotterdam airport. From there we go to Sandra & Santi 's   BB Simply Canvas in France to do some brainstorming  and film recordings for our new documentary Growing Home




 landing strip in Bergerac
 After 1.5 flying we land in  Bergerac (Dordogne) EGC where Sandra waits for us with a big smile and brings us to her BO in Bonac where we can stay in the white cottage.

The White Cottage I sleep downstairs Jon will try to sleep upstairs.
After putting my gear and baggage in the white cottages I took a peek at the schedule
wine tasting,locale market,fishing, snail hunting and again organic wine tasting looks like fun but first lunch

Growing Home is about the path that Sandra & have taken and continue to walk. It is about where they come from and where they are walking to.  

Two passionate gardeners according to the permaculture principles, offer a holiday destination where you can sit back, relax, enjoy the countryside and feel at home and love food which comes straight from their garden or one of the local farms aroud. 




Cheese from raw milk tasted so much better.

sausage and meat from the locale frames market it
Sandra did a amazing job