Tag Archives: Introduction

Introducing myself …

Hi, my name is Michel Thill. I was born in Luxembourg, about 27 years ago. When I was a child I wanted to become a woodsman, as a teenager I looked more towards becoming an artist or musician. I ended up studying landscape architecture and environmental planning in Berlin, which led me to social ecology, community building and permaculture… these are my specific fields of interest today.

Hi, my name is Michel, or short Mich. I’m from Luxembourg, a wealthy country in the middle of Europe. Early I came to realise that money can’t buy happiness as I saw people becoming richer and richer with their lives becoming more and more miserable. This realisation made me for a few years dismiss the common social system, governments and economics and everything that works in it. From a keen interest in the other extreme I quickly moved to the cutting edge of both, there where I can see change happening most.

Hi, people call me Mich and I’m a son of the earth. Somewhere along the way I lost the connection to my mother; distraction and technology made me a stranger to the source of life. Today I’m conscious of this alienation and I’m working towards reconciliation.

Hi, my name is Michel. I’m a yoga teacher. My master gave me the spiritual name Siva. In Hindu mythology, Siva is the God of destruction and transformation. I call upon his energy to transform my material being into a spiritual being full of love and light… something I’m inspired to give to the world.

Hi, my name is Michel and i’m a man in love. My partner, friend and soulmate is the other half of my whole being, balancing every aspect of my existence. I see this connection as vital and representative for all strings of life, each one of the consisting of opposing pairs: sun and moon, day and night, heaven and earth, inside and outside… it’s my duty to heal that relationship.

Hi, my name is Mich. If I was an animal, I would be a turtle. I took it as an easy refuge in the past, and I still do today from time to time, to hide my head under my shield whenever life becomes complex and a little more challenging. As an excuse I claim to be contemplating. The more I experience, the more I know, I’ve got to live through life’s wonder, the valleys and the mountains and embrace every aspect of life.

Hi, my name is Michel, I have studied environmental planning and wrote my thesis in an Indian Village, often called the Mecca of Social Service. When I interviewed the headman of the village, Anna Hazare, he asked me what my intention for coming was and how I would serve my community at home. A year and a half later, exploring my Self, the Earth and her people, I know, my sacred intention in life is Service.

A prayer to start with…

It took me a while to get into social networking and I m not really sure whether I ll manage well to keep an updated blog, but I thought it s worth a try.

After finishing my studies in environmental planning in Berlin I have now started a Permaculture Diploma in the UK. This blog shall give me the opportunity to share experiences, ideas and visions that I encounter on my journey through the jungles of life and serve as an online documentation tool for the designs I ll be working on and the travels that I m gonna undertake with my beloved partner Sweetcorn, who is studying Permaculture as well.

Following are a few ideas or core values that are dear to me. Knowing that I am an integral part of this cosmic dance of creation and destruction that materialises itself around us in every moment, I will contribute to

  • a world that makes past experiences a valuable asset in the realisation of a  more complete existence in the future;
  • a civilisation that values the earth as a living being and cares for the people and all other creatures;
  • a way of life and a consciousness that works in harmony with nature rather than against it;
  • a positive vision of healthy communities built on local resilience, reciprocity and diversity.

I believe in the inner goodness of human beings and in the idea that the work we do does not have to be or to become a burden on our shoulders – that every human has the right to live up to his/her full potential and walk this earth in love. Following is a prayer from the book Sadhana – The Classic of Indian Spirituality written by Rabindranath Tagore:

“O giver of thyself! at the vision of thee as joy, let our souls flame up to thee as the fire, flow on to thee as the river, permeate thy being as the fragrance of the flower. Give us strength to love, to love fully, our life in its joys and sorrows, in its gains and losses, in its rise and fall. Let us have strength enough fully to see and hear thy universe, and to work with full vigor therein. Let us fully live the life thou hast given us, let us bravely take and bravely give. This is our prayer to thee. Let us once for all dislodge from our minds the feeble fancy that would make out thy joy to be a thing apart from action, thin, formless, and unsustained. Wherever the peasant tills the hard earth, there does thy joy gush out in the green of the corn, wherever man displaces the entangled forest, smooths the stony ground, and clears for himself a homestead, there does thy joy enfold it in orderliness and peace.

O worker of the universe! We would pray to thee to let the irresistible current of thy universal energy come like the impetuous south wind of spring, let it come rushing over the vast field of the life of man, let it bring the scent of many flowers, the murmurings of many woodlands, let it make sweet and vocal the lifelessness of our dried-up soul-life. Let our newly awakened powers cry out for unlimited fulfillment in leaf and flower and fruit.”