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somesh, Aljezur, , Portugal
Age: 46
Location: Aljezur, Faro, Portugal
User Type: I am Serious about moving to an Eco Village
Last Activity: 21-03-16

My family are looking to join an Eco Village in Portugal or Spain
About Me

I was born in Johannesburg in July 1973 and started drumming at the age of 24 at the local Greenside Drum Cafe. Carried on learning from various teachers in JHB like Munki Mcapayi (now based in Canada) and Cape Town before relocating to London in 1997.

I changed my first name from Grant to Somesh in 1998 after visiting India for 6 weeks and attending the OSHO Retreat Centre in Pune where I discovered the benefits of meditation and community.

I started teaching drumming and running my own drum circle's after taking part in a Drum Circle Facilitation course by Arthur Hull 'Drum Circle Guru'. I was so inspired by the power of the drum I travelled to Hawaii in 2001 to take Advanced Facilitation Training with Arthur Hull.

I founded the company Drum Jam in 2001 and went on to facilitate thousands of groups form nursery kids to a 1000 corporate executives and performing in fromt of 8000 people in Barcelona. I have also been featured in a number of news articles and on TV like BBC.

I have travelled to the West African Countries of Guinnea, Senegal, Ghana & Gambia to find the true teachings from the authentic african master drummers. Since then I have studied with Mamady Keita (Guinnea), Yaw Asumadu (Ghana), Sekou Keita (Guinnea), Nansady Keita (Guinnea) and a number of other fantastic drummers.

I have a passion for teaching drumming to beginners and spreading the message of the drum through connection and inspiration. Currently lives in Knysna, South Africa with his family, wife Shivani and 4 year old son Zenn. 

My life has now expanded beyond music and I am studying in the fields of Permaculture and Sustainable Technology. As a family we see our future as living in community and we hope to be able to join an EcoVillage in Europe in the near future.

My Ideas and Dreams about Eco-Village Living
After considering the horror of possibly moving back to a dreary 'match box' flat in London after living in Knysna, South Africa overlooking the lagoon surrounded by nature, we had to find an alternative....

After considering getting involved in another cycle of working hard to pay someone else's mortgage (rent) and the basics and never quite making enough to save (with the dram of owning our own place one day), we knew there had to be an alternative way...

After watching ...corporates and the goverments in their pay, poison our children, poison our food and the air, poison our water, genetically modify our food, try and ban vitamins, herbs and seeds. we knew there had to be a better way..

After experiencing the collapse of the financial system, then the fraudulent bailouts of the banks while the poor suffered and the rich got richer, the injustice!, we knew there had to be a better way....

While living the other side of the world, cut off from our friends. Spending years living in London never knowing our neighbours. feeling the isolation of living separately while preaching community, there had to be a better way...

Then we watched 'A New We'..  a movie about the growing ecovillage network. We where and are blown away by the whole concept and although never having experienced it, feel deeply that this is one possible solution to many of the problems we see with the world. Community, harmony with nature, self-reliance, freedom from corporate greed and slavery.

This is our new dream! Which we would love to share with you..
Information about somesh
Interest Level In Eco Villages: Very High
Time frames that you would like to move into an eco village: Near Future - 6 months to 2 years
I would move into an eco village: Quickly - In one go
My preferred village type: Village with housing close to village centre
Preferred Size of Village: Does Not Matter
The group I belong to is is: A small family of 3-5
Village Details
Stage of Development: N/A
Looking for new people?: N/A
Education Centre?: N/A
Function Centre?: N/A
Holidays or Retreat Space?: N/A
Offering Eco Village Tours?: N/A
Provides Holistic Healing?: N/A

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