Top Left: Lisa with the latest ash pack basket Jon made, doing a little shinrin-yoku.
Top Right: The Journey Cottage Tiny House.
Bottom Left: I attended the Manistee Food Summit, which was looking at ways to increase access to healthy foods. I shared with attendees about my hope to connect tiny houses to local farms so the farms can offer educational short-term farm immersion experiences while enhancing their economic sustainability.
Bottom Right: It's me! Lying down on the huge maple tree I talk about below.
Jon and I have been remembering to do more shinrin-yoku lately. I love the way shinrin-yoku translates-‘forest bathing.’ When’s the last time you forest bathed?
Over the last ten years, several studies by Japanese physicians have offered hard evidence that our experiences in nature offer many more health benefits than simply working our muscles (like increasing activity in the part of the brain that generates feelings of altruism and compassion while decreasing activity in the part of the brain involved in depressive thinking and rumination). All you have to do to forest bathe is spend time in a forest, go for a walk in the woods. The good smells in the forest actually have documented positive neurologic, cardiovascular, and immune system effects.
Jon picked up the Marquette Monthly (where I learned about Shinrin-yoku) while en route to the North House Folk School, where he refined his ash pack basket making knowledge this month. It was a good change of pace from the tiny house build, which is coming along well. I also needed some space from the tiny house build so I spent a week volunteering at the Illinois Vipassana Meditation Center. We were both refreshed. The roof is on the tiny now and the exterior (except for a few minor details) is done! Yea! Our company, For Now Tiny Homes, is offering both completed shells for tiny houses on wheels as well as fully completed tiny houses on wheels. Contact us for details and pricing on this current build, The Journey Cottage.
Our next build will likely feature local maple from our land. Unfortunately, the road commission had to cut our largest maple tree this week. Fortunately, we were home and able to have them deliver the log and limbs to our driveway. Jon and I felt a sadness as it felt like the tree was bleeding-it produced a maple ‘sapicle’ (which I ate and enjoyed.)
We received an inquiry from a reader who wanted to know where she can live in a tiny house in Michigan. There isn’t a straight-forward answer. There is a lot of movement on this topic all around the country . There are a lot of exciting initiatives using tiny houses as housing solutions, like this one in Florida or this one in Detroit. More on this topic on our website. We received another inquiry about RV certification for tiny houses and I plan to cover that next month.
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Lisa & Jon
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