Active health and wellness and cob building

Active health and wellness through cob building is a beautiful way to live longer better.  

Do you want to achieve healthy longevity?  Here's a way to win a place at our September 2018 retreat in New Mexico.  It's a wellness-health-lifestyle retreat, designed around the lessons I've gleaned from Centenarians.  

In 2009, 2010 and 2013, I had the sheer delight of participating in cob building.  We had, long days of working physically hard, eating heartily and then dropping into bed feeling so deliciously tired it was ridiculous!  Yet, I’ve never felt more alive or healthier.  We were 'early to bed and early to rise' and we got to enjoy the great outdoors, with the sun and wind on our bodies.  I remember how working side by side with others meant sharing stories, getting to know each other, figuring things out as we went, and those days of physical activity of digging, lifting, carrying etc...meant that you slept incredibly well, and had this amazing sense of well-being.  This is one such small cottage we built.  At this retreat we'll be working on this cottage and building a pizza oven.  Register now to book and possibly win your spot!

Is active health and wellness encouraged?

If you study the lives of those people who live to over 100 - you’ll soon find out that one of the many things they have in common is that they've worked hard, it’s central to their lives.  Many truly never retired.  Work and staying active,  active health and wellness, run like a golden thread through their lives so it concerns me these days that we’ve started to think of work as evil, as something to avoid rather than enjoy.  

I was driving past a KFC the other day when I spotted a sign reading:  “Made the hard way… by hand.”  Whaaat???? Why is anything that takes effort of any kind considered ‘hard work’?  And why is ‘hard work’ so demonized?   And how the hell (sorry) can you count flouring and spicing chicken ‘by hand’ hard work.  I mean, it’s not like the staff are running around the yard actually catching and culling the chickens, no they arrive all cut up and ready to be dusted and fried.  Seriously!!!!   What would happen to the youth of today if you took away their cellphones and access to the internet - would they actually know how to survive?  What skills have they developed?  We’ve started to develop a mindset that if something is inconvenient then it’s something to avoid. Not only does physical work keep our muscles and frame strong and keep our bodies flexible, but when we’re figuring out how to do things, we’re also keeping our brain young and developing incredibly skills. 

One of my favorite memories is of my grandfather who lives to 101, his old khaki sun hat firmly on his head, his long sleeved cotton shirt sticking out from his sleeveless cardigan with the fraying edge over it and his pants hitched too high, pushing the rotavator around our 10 acres, preparing the land for planting vegetable.  He was never one to shy away from hard work, whether it was painting, digging, ploughing up fields or (at the age of 80) climbing onto our double story thatch roof to do some repairs.  Hard work was always a part of his life whether it was building a cottage along with his two sons or gold panning.  

And now you have the opportunity to join me for just such a build on this little cottage and build a pizza oven and learn about the habits of those people who live to over 100 at our fabulous active health and wellness retreat.  To learn new skills, to get your body to hum with aliveness.  You could even be the lucky winner to win a free spot on the retreat.  

Centenarian Active Health and Wellness

Lena Karaman, celebrated her 100th birthday on May 14, 2018.  Hers is a life of active health and wellness. Even at 100 she drives, walks, cooks and cleans without assistance.  You won’t find her sitting around doing nothing.  She’s always kept busy and worked hard and as a result she says she doesn’t even feel like she’s 100.  She’s never liked ‘lagging around’ and first started working when she dropped out of high school at at 16 and worked solid until age 75. Doing nothing scared her far more than working hard.  Her daughter-in-law describes how on the odd occasion when they her to the doctor, she refuses prescribed medication and recommended procedures.  She also has a great sense of humor and claims not to have any secret concluding that:  “I guess I’m not good enough for God, or bad enough for the devil. They just don’t want me yet.”

Today’s centenarians have lived through World Wars, and The Great Depression, they value hard work and aren’t shy about getting their hands dirty.  Julian Bryson Wilgus, 99, of Talofofo in Guam isn’t shy of hard work, so much so that he’s retired there times.  He was a machinist in the Navy during World War II, worked in the department of highways and then the police department.  He believes that work and keeping busy is how he’s lived so long.  Bernice Sissy Jacobsmire, who turned 100 in 2018 says she reached the milestone by staying active her whole life along with a martini every night before dinner.

Francis Gill While when asked about her secret to longevity says it was hard work.  She grab up on a farm, chopped cotton and ripped cane.  They worked on the farm, chopped wood and milked cows and enjoyed it.  

The 94-year old Giuseppe from Acciaroli, Italy who appeared on CNN showing off his garden where he still works daily said his secret to a long life was to:  “Eat badly and work hard.” 

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