The Big Calm Blog

Little Wonders

aerial view of a lush valley with river

The Language of Water

In this short film by Kai Cabodyna, Sinixt Elder & Matriarch, Marilyn James, speaks to the two laws of the…
excavator and crew placing septic tanks next to a barn-loft

Groundwork Underway

“Every moment is a fresh beginning.” – T.S. Eliot While most are eager for 2020 to end, we are instead focused on new starts. Big Calm is beginning…
open tin of colourful gummy fish
CategoriesLifestyle,  Tiny Homes

Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box

Was Radiohead referring to tiny houses? Ok, it’s not that bad, but I’d be lying if I said adjusting to…
Mountain sunset with reflective pond in foreground

A Head Full of Dreams

The secret to good sleep? Move to a mountain acreage. I’ve heard about “sleep quality,” but I never understood it…
overhead photo of a red SUV driving on a windy country road at dusk

Setting Forth

The day after tomorrow, we will be moving from Calgary to a rental in Silverton (until the Shangri-loft is complete).…
white neon sign that says Do Something Great

The Space Between

Surrounded by boxes of what we’re taking to B.C., it doesn’t feel like we’re really “living” in Calgary anymore. There’s…
a jumble of clutter household items
CategoriesLifestyle,  Tiny Homes

All the Things That We Can’t Leave Behind 

So. Much. Stuff. We closed on our property, which we have named Big Calm, at the end of June. It…
sunny morning view of a homestead driveway and paddock

We Found It!

Last summer, my husband and I went on our second road trip across B.C. to look at properties. We knew…
drawing a permaculture design blueprint

Start Where You Are, Do What You Can, Use What You Have

I have been interested in permaculture for some time, recognizing its nature-guided, systemic approach to sustainable living as a set…