Berkana: the birch tree. Symbolic of growth and rebirth.
Berkana is for world change, but starting with the seeds of growth in our own souls.
We are sowing seeds of change into a future of connection and community. Through our online magazine, we explore the ideas of permaculture, minimalism, unschooling, and more – things that challenge our ways of thinking and ways of living – always with the focus on creativity, mindfulness, and holistic wellbeing.
For change to be lasting and systemic in all the areas where our personal lives and our communities are out of balance, we need to see everything as an ecosystem. Everything is connected. From the physical world, to our communities, to our thoughts, our bodies, our minds and our spirits.
It’s no good to fix one thing at the expense of something else. It’s no good to treat symptoms in isolation while the disease goes untouched.
Though we live longer than ever, in that time we are alive we are more lonely, exhausted and sick than ever. But we don’t fix these things by buying more, consuming more, working harder — we don’t heal our world by doing more of what made us sick and isolated in the first place.
It’s time for something new. It may seem sometimes like the world is going to sh*t — but the good thing is, sh*t is great fertiliser!
And so we can sow our seeds right into the ground. Mother Earth is ripe and ready for the growth of something new, right into the fertile soil of the old.
Whoever you are, wherever you are, you can start right now; if you can imagine a different life, then you can create it.
It does take work, it does take leaning into the pain and discomfort instead of escaping it. But on the other side of fear is a new earth.
And that’s why we started Berkana. Because if we can give you any kind of ‘guide book’ to your own intuition, any small light to help you illuminate your way, then we want to share what we learn.
Our paths are all our own, but that doesn’t mean we are alone. Our journeys converge and intertwine and overlap into a beautiful tapestry. Our uniqueness combined creates a flourishing, diverse garden, an ecosystem of balance that enhances the growth of all.
And so that is our mission: to help you be you. To help you drop the burdens and baggage of everything that’s been sold to you, everything you’ve carried that you know longer need. To share our experiences, so that you can apply them to your own life, and find your own path to true joy and freedom.
Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
We want to help you find what makes you come alive.
And we want to do it creatively, intentionally, and while cruising in the slow lane. Because we’ve only got this one life. Let’s not rush it and miss the beauty that is everywhere along the way.
Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.