Cover Story: At one with the land

This article first appeared in Options, The Edge Malaysia Weekly, on May 11, 2020 - May 17, 2020.
Cover Story: At one with the land
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In these times, when the old normal increasingly looks like the cause and effect of our new normal, Options speaks to two individuals who saw the light years ago and chose to return to live close to nature. From a verdant valley in Hawaii to a homestead set in the vast expanse of Australia’s countryside, here are their stories.


It had to take a pandemic to rouse mankind from his selfish slumber, to jolt him with the realisation that we have lived at odds with the planet for far too long. Life as we know it is changing before our very eyes and the basic truth — that we are all connected — is hitting home harder than ever. An ever-growing mountain of evidence points to an urgent need to change the way we live and consume. In this light, we focus on two individuals who made the change earlier. Their stories might be set a world apart — one on a farm in Hawaii that pays tribute to its ancestral way of life, the other, a holistic retreat in Australia that champions the sustainable way of life, albeit with a distinct Bhutanese element — but they are also beautifully and intrinsically tied together by the way they choose to honour the earth.

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