A fresh new year. And a fresh green focus.
Here in Montenegro, the Orthodox New Year was only 3 days ago and the feasting & celebrating (such as it was, considerably muted of course) has only just ended. And now it’s time to set new goals and launch ourselves into 2021 with positivity and hope.
As things get more crazy and out of control, our determination to carve a meaningful path through the chaos gets stronger.
The fresh, green possibilities
This article gives hope that Camp Full Monte could benefit from young people’s renewed desire to travel, especially to more unusual destinations. And our off-grid eco-campsite may appeal to increasing numbers of eco-conscious travellers. Community immersion and regenerative travel are on the up and these could be particularly interesting for us because the former builds on our experiences with volunteers over the years, and the latter extends our efforts on sustainability. Because the travel industry, and people’s pockets have been hit hard, we are unlikely to attract the numbers of campers we need to be financially viable. So we may need to re-focus to offer more meaningful experiences to smaller numbers of visitors.
One of the lessons from the pandemic seems to be: “Don’t put your eggs in one basket”. Having ‘One Big Idea’ is a dangerous approach in such volatile times. So, a ‘mosaic’ of small ideas that combine to give enough income to at least live cost neutral for a season could be the answer. Educational workshops; organic veg boxes; sales of homemade preserves; short term dog-fostering; an eco festival… the possibilities are numerous.
But, there are ‘buts’…
But…Montenegrin bureaucracy is still as bonkers as it ever was and in COVID times, things are taking twice as long. And it is unclear if/ when we are able to obtain the necessary bits of paper we need to operate as a campsite. Jumping through hoops and wrestling (metaphorically!) with officials can be achieved with patience, time & money. But we have to ask: ‘is it worth it?’ because our hope is still to travel in the not-too-distant future and the campsite licence is a long-term project. We will look for creative ways around the challenges – which may include moving to a donation-based approach.
Fresh, green Denise
Meanwhile, I (Denise) have embarked on an exciting new career. A few years ago I was introduced to an Austrian company, driven by a philosophy that pushed all my buttons. In a good way. A really, really good way.
RINGANA make personal care products for a green bathroom; skincare cosmetics; food supplements; drinks and a product range for sportspeople. Their USP is freshness. They use only natural, active ingredients – nothing is added that isn’t needed. No fillers, no preservatives, no colours, no perfumes.
RINGANA source ingredients from around the globe to provide their customers the most effective, bioavailable solutions to their needs, naturally. And it’s all done with a focus on sustainability and in a consistently ethical way. So, what’s not to love, right?!
Check out this cool video about Re*think, their approach to reduce, reuse & recycle:
The past few weeks have been transformative. I won’t bore you with the details here but I have revamped my social media profile, opened my own shop, connected with some awesome people and yesterday welcomed the first new member of my team. My new mission is:
“Saving the planet one order at a time”
So… my connection with RINGANA & its health & wellbeing agenda has helped me focus on my own wellness. These days I practice yoga daily & intermittent fast on a regular basis. And on the subject of yoga, I’d like to give a shout out to the awesome yogis, David & Ana at The Intimacy Project with whom I practice every Saturday. Check out their website for a truly wonderful yoga immersion programme.
Since yoga was THE lockdown distraction for so many people, you might be wearing out your leggings by now or need a new mat. If so, head over to Blossom Yoga Wear and support a fabulous female entrepreneur who does so much cool stuff and is such an inspiration. She was kind enough to feature me in a blog post recently too.
So, what’s next?
Who knows exactly!? Because these are unpredictable times indeed. We’ll certainly keep you updated with our fresh plans and ideas as they develop. And of course we’d love to hear from you. What is your focus for 2021? What healthy practices have you adopted? Any bright ideas for turning your life a little bit greener?
If you’re one of our wonderful, unofficial Camp Full Monte ‘fanclub’ members and you hope to make it out to us this summer, comment below or email us. We would LOVE to welcome friends to visit us in the Montenegro sun this summer.
And if you are interested in knowing more about RINGANA, or know people who’d love the fresh products or appreciate a business opportunity that’s fun, flexible and free – get in touch. Leave a message here or connect with me directly on IG @freshgreendenise.