Who we are
When we got the offer from Lumias mother to take over her two-hectare premises in the countryside of Finland we jumped for joy. For us living in the countryside in a house with a big garden was a big dream - after years and years of city dwelling we had grown to realize we want to live in nature, with nature, and this was our chance.
After one and a half years of learning, planning and jumping for joy we packed our bags in Germany and moved into our new home in May 2016. Join us on our journey in making the premises our dream come true - a Nordic permaculture paradise!
Living in nature with nature from nature
Hi, I'm Lumia! That's snow in Finnish if you were wondering. I'm a Finn as you may have guessed, and after over ten years abroad in Europe I have finally returned to my home country (to my home town!) to the nature I I have sorely missed.
I have a degree in Marketing and SME Management, but most of my work career I worked in IT project management and controlling. My plan now is to garden, to work on building a practical homestead and to help create a natural haven for people, plants and animals on our premises. Pretty soon I'll be getting back to marketing work too, but first I want to try out everything I learned from books in my garden! I love to read, play theatre, blog, ride my bike and to watch the bees in the plants.
Dominik aka. Nick
My name is Dominik, which for Finland is quite an uncommon name you might think. So, I’m originally from Germany and because my godmother’s friends were from Le Havre I got the Germanized version of the French name Dominique.
What will you do with such a name? Being a brew master (Diploma from the Technical University Berlin) never fitted me very well, besides I can’t lift heavy stuff anymore. I've been into art and design since I was 10 years old. I got my first camera with 7. What else would I become other than an artist and (web)-designer and photographer?
Since 2012 I've been involved in the development of DIY small scale biogas. I’m also part of the Blueprint Network, an alliance of organizations and individuals collaborating on integrated design solutions for regenerative human settlements. This is when I first got in touch with permaculture. Then I started reading a lot of permaculture books, especially Bill Mollisons Permaculture Designers Manual. I grab whatever I can on the net about it and love to finally be able to work on my own permaculture project.
From the time we first heard about permaculture in NYC in 2014 till now we have been reading and watching everything we could found about it. We read a lot of books about it like the ones by Sepp Holzer, which we highly recommend.
When we moved into the premises in Finland we started transfering it into a permaculture right away. It is a wonderful yet endless journey and you are very welcome to take part in it.