Courtney Brooke: Here’s our new ride, the club car. It’s a golf cart for cruising around Earthaven, but the news about it is that it’s got a solar panel on top so you can charge it with electricity. But that’s pretty challenging to do when you live off the grid. So, Brandon, who’s over there digging around in the cover crop seeds, rigged up this solar panel to the top of it. Let’s try to see the solar panel …. There, it’s like that!
So does that mean that means that you can basically drive it around and you don’t have to charge it at all?
Brandon: We’re hoping that it’ll just charge itself off of the it solar panel off the top. I got a charge controller hooked up. It’s is specially made for the golf cart. It’s is down there in the back seat box. Yeah, working it out.
Courtney Brooke: The toolbox? That’s not the charge controller. Oh, that box. There it is. That’s the charge controller.
So you just got a solar panel. You got the charge controller. You need to hook it up.
Brandon: I got a fuse in my pocket. I just need a few more wires.
Courtney Brooke: Got a fuse in your pocket…
Brandon: Yeah. Then we just got to put the golf cart where it’ll be in the Sun, and then it’ll charge it, hopefully keep itself charged all the time.
Courtney Brooke (she/her) is an ancestor who was a Social Ecologist, Regenerative Designer, and educator whose work aims to reconnect people with a sense of belonging to place. Her work in the world aims to address the root cause of today’s overwhelming ecological challenges – that humans are starved of a sense of belonging to the places they live.
Courtney Brooke was raised on a small farm in North Georgia, and has been guided by a lifetime of living close to the land. Her greatest teachers have been the Appalachian Mountains, the land of Aotearoa, and Selu, the Corn Mother. She holds a degree in Ecology from the Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia, and has 10 years of experience facilitating earth-based education, ecological landscape design, women’s rites of passage, and cultural healing.
Courtney Brooke has taught and facilitated environmental education curriculum, Deep Ecology, Permaculture Design Courses, hands-on craft and farming workshops, and Holistic Management to a wide range of audiences in nine countries from toddlers to adults and everyone in between.
Deeply committed to spreading the healing that comes from belonging to the places we live, Courtney Brooke is passionate about designing learning opportunities that celebrate life. She lives at Earthaven Ecovillage where she tends the land, raises food, participates in communal ritual agriculture, swims in wild water, enjoys the mysterious blessing of being alive, and tends her own wild Hearth. She loves cooking home-grown and wild foraged foods, playing her flute to the sunrise, running on mountain trails, making compost piles, crafting from natural materials, and bringing people together to create beauty that feeds the holy.
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