It has been one year since Atlantis stopped after 2017 Nimbin Mardi Grass. I was feeling a little frustrated that not much had been happening and little progress made, however………..
After one year in Nimbin I have written and illustrated a children’s book, “The Flea and the Dinosaur” and written two poetry books. The poetry books are part of a two book series called “Love and Lust in Nimbin” Part 1 “Love in Nimbin” is about good things and part 2 “Lust in Nimbin” is a political book about good things too.
The good thing is I am making progress while staying in the same place. I now have products which I can sell to fund “Blue House Free School” and the running of Atlantis……
Here is a little sample ……….Love and Lust in Nimbin
It could have been apples and appease
Or sleeping on a doorstep
or smelling of blue cheese
Love and lust in Nimbin.
It could be “living in a human zoo”
Or Angry Fascist Bully Boys
Or Rainbow Hippie Spew
Love and Lust in Nimbin
It could have been Aquarius and Peace
Or OD on a Saturday morning
Communes, Cannabis and Trees
Love and Lust in Nimbin
Our eternal dreamtime too
And songs for our corroborees
For our Widjabal ancestors too
Love and Lust in Nimbin
It’s what came to my mind
I’m living in the country
I’m eating peaches all the time
Love and Lust in Nimbin
Take a peek inside
You’ll love this little book
You’ll buy it, you’ll decide
You can get a copy of any of these books by contacting me directly via email email@example.com They are all $20 each
I am a philanthropic teacherpreneur and son of teachers. For that last 10 years, I have been teaching English as a Second Language to migrants, humanitarian entrants, refugees and asylum seekers. I have taught over 100 different nationalities plus many more ethnic groups, language groups and people from many spiritual traditions.
My passion is promoting lifestyles of health and sustainability through collectivism. Not only physical health, but mental health, emotional health, spiritual health, community health and environmental health.
In 1988, I began to study a Bachelor of Science in Australian Environmental studies with majors in Environmental Policy and Economics, and Environmental Pollution and Health. My first year of university was government funded but in 1989, HECS was introduced and I graduated from uni with a debt which took many years to repay when I finally earned enough to be able to repay it. During my study I had an epiphany that a major paradigm shift in society could be facilitated by individual free will to change when people had free access to knowledge.
I have had over 50 different jobs in my life, starting at the age of 15 during high school washing dishes. I have held many service positions as diverse as, toilet cleaner, bar attendant, service station attendant, chauffeur, warehousing (one time union rep), martial arts and swimming coach, community activist for Greenpeace Australia, koala for the Wilderness Society and waste water treatment.
I also participated in a family business growing forestry seedlings and doing forestry establishment where we produced approximately 1 million trees in 4 years.
In 2003, I took my family to China and taught there for 6 months. When I returned to Australia, I returned to study and completed a Graduate Certificate of Teaching Second Languages and Master of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and once again was burdened with a government HECS debt. This debt is now settled but as a single parent the repayment of this debt made life difficult for my family.
So once again back in debt for an education, I started wondering why some countries offered universal free education and why some didn’t? I saw that making education difficult to attend and costly deters many people from university and from taking charge of their destiny. I believed that in 20 years Australia might be seen as the ignorant, servile country that had no compassion for their themselves, fellow human beings, the planet and the ancestors.
On the surface it seems that this has become true. There are record rates of obesity and degenerative disease caused from addiction to chemical laden manufactured food and drinks, the attitude of the government to those seeking refuge is abhorent, destruction of the environment through excess consumption, pollution and resource extraction and our indigenous population has one of the lowest standards of living in the world and an incarceration rate in some places 6 times greater than apartheid, South Africa.
However these problems can be and have been addressed where people are literate and have access to online social networks that share uplifting information. There are wonderful initiatives that are happening in some places around the world because information flows more freely, such as microfinancing, microsolar, the Thrive movement for free energy and recognition of indigenous law in some communities.
Social media is the evidence that sharing of information and making information more accessible fosters positive social change and development.
I believe that free education empowers people to take control of and design their lives through self mastery.
For this reason, I have started James’ Blue House Free Schools Charitable Foundation.
James’ Blue House Free Schools Charitable Foundation,” facilitates community free education between people who have something to teach and people who want to learn.
“James’ Blue House Free School Charitable Foundation” is a non-profit foundation dedicated the free sharing of knowledge so each one can facilitate their own self-mastery and each person can discover their inner genius.
“James’ Blue House Free Schools Charitable Foundation” values the knowledge of all beings regardless of age, gender or economic status.
The philosophy of “James’ Blue House Free Schools Charitable Foundation.” is that anyone can teach; each one can teach one and each one must teach one. We are all students at the same time as being teachers.
James’ Blue House Free School, honours models of collective community education of all indigenous ancestors by empowering communities to establish and maintain ongoing collective and collaborative learning education models through face to face and online social learning networks.
James Blue House Free Schools educational programs aims to provide technological literacy tools to educationally disadvantaged and remote communities to assist them to achieve collective education in the tradition of the indigenous ancestors in a modern connected world.
“James’ Blue House Free School Charitable Foundation.” provides self-empowering programs focused around lifestyles of health and sustainability through, language and communication arts, music, environmental sustainability and organic permaculture health models.
“James’ Blue House Free School Charitable Foundation. aims for communities to foster sharing and the free flow of knowledge to raise the consciousness of the human beings.
James’ Blue House Free Schools Charitable Foundation is a benevolent institution working for the collective good.
I’m asking you to donate money to help me buy a double decker school bus, fit it out as a school and fund this project so that I can travel through Australia offering free education and empowering communities to adopt a collaborative and collective model of education where the knowledge of all is valued and shared.
There are pockets of people all around Australia that suffer due to the lack of access to knowledge either because of their low literacy and numeracy or because they live in remote areas with little access to the information via technology, the internet and social media. When people have access to tools of self mastery they are empowered to make choices that improve their lives.
Topics will include art, music, language arts , literacy and numeracy, preventative biodynamic health and exercise, environmental pollution and health, organic living and creative co-evolution. The eventual goal is to empower communities to take responsibility for their own education and set up their own Blue House Free School Collectives where the collective knowledge of society is shared and everyone is respected as having knowledge to share.
I have put a $2000 down payment on a double decker bus which is currently in Adelaide and I require $16,000 to bring it back to Brisbane. Plus approximately $29,000 to equip with mobile IT learning technology and for annual operating costs.
The bus needs to be equipped with a classroom downstairs which will also have mobile e-learning technology to allow access to the World Wide Web of Information using mobile devices operating in an open source software environment.
What else for the future?
As well as James Blue House Free School Bus.
My plan for the first year with the bus is to take free environmental health and wellness classes around Australia. During this time I intend to raise the profile of James Blue House Free Schools through multimedia online while raising funds for the ongoing operative costs of James’ Blue House Free Schools. I also intend to support communities in setting up their own free learning circles. In two years I hope to see collective community Blue House Free Schools operating in hundreds of Australian suburbs and towns
The five year plan would see a fleet of buses working with sponsorship in not just Australia but on other countries too. These buses would continue to spread the latest life changing information.
The future is unlimited and in 2022 I have plans for large multi-dwelling collective learning communities with lifestyles of health and sustainability.
This is a collective and I would love your input and assistance.
How can you help?
Help me get the word out on social media by liking, sharing, commenting, following.
” Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
A friend and neighbour, Daryl James,(Daz) who arrived In Australia from Wales with a few dollars started busking to earn his living. He has a song called and the lyrics go “pick up the spoon and start feeding yourself.” He has earned his living independently busking since he arrived in Australia and now picks up gigs all around Brisbane.
One of the biggest hurdles migrants to Australia find is getting a job. In the past 10 years I have taught English to hundreds of migrants and refugees. I have never met one that didn’t want to work so that they could have a better live for themselves and their family. Most have gone on to find employment, do further study and start businesses but not until a difficult period of unemployment, adjusting to life in a new society. Many migrants have their benefits stopped by Centrelink (the Australian Government Welfare Agency) because they didn’t understand the rules. Can you imaging how difficult those Centrelink letters are with all that writing, when you can’t read the language. Imagine being plucked from a refugee camp in Kenya, resettled in Australia by the UNHCR and having to learn everything that living in a new country requires, and in a new language.
Here in Brisbane, we are having a humid subtropical summer and all the lawns are long and gardens overgrown. People have returned home and to work after Christmas and the last thing they want to do is mow their lawn in +30 C heat with 80% humidity.
One of my ex-students hasn’t been able to find employment. Ryan is a 21 year old humanitarian migrant from Ethiopia. He studied English for 2 years while looking for work but couldn’t find any. He did his Certificate 2 pre-apprenticeship to be a mechanic but couldn’t find an apprenticeship because he’s 21 and has to be paid adult wages instead of junior wages.
Together we have taken the initiative to get him into his own business mowing lawns. He is also helping me to promote James’ Blue House Free School. I am lending Ryan my lawnmower and gardening equipment and I printed up some advertising flyers. Ryan and I delivered them around the neighborhood this morning. Two hours later we received a phone call, our first client. We anticipate that by the end of next week Ryan will have enough money to buy his own lawn mower and gardening tools and within a month Ryan will have his own lawn mowing business so that he can “pick up the spoon and start feeding himself”
Daryl James taught me through his song. I’m teaching Ryan to “fish” and in return Ryan is helping me with James Blue House Free School.
You can also help me to continue this kind of work by donating to James’ Blue House Free School Bus so I can create a free travelling school to take education to people who don’t have access to traditional education.
And that is collectivism, each one helping one another.
What is the metaphor of the Blue House Free School?
In January 2005, I got separated from my first wife, began teaching English as a Second Language and moved into the first home that came to be called James Blue House. My ‘new’ home was a very old dirty small workers cottage in South Brisbane. The deserting junkies had trashed the place so I offered to clean and paint the interior and the owner gave me cheap rent in return.
I was alone and broke so I filled my home with international students and travelers who eased my loneliness and helped me pay the rent. My landlord told me how he had come to this home when he arrived from Greece in 1969 and how it had been a halfway house for many migrants. I resolved that I would continue to show the same hospitality to all people that came to my door.
At the end of the first year my landlord’s adjoining property came for rent and he offered it to me to manage for him. This second house, also blue, was to become my second James Blue House. There were dinners and parties at the James Blue Houses, big loud parties with fires blazing, reggae music booming, BBQ s burning and happy people all meeting to chat and share their experience as migrants or travelers.
After 2 years, I married again and didn’t want the hassle of sub letting rooms all the time so we passed on the lease to some friends so that they could also benefit.
Living in the second James Blue House, I started teaching migrants and refugees at TAFE so I separated my work and social life, no more organizing student parties. I would go to work and come home but the dream of opening my own school was building. How could I possibly have the time or energy to make a school with two boys and a third on the way? The couch in my home was much too comfortable.
Suddenly in 2011, I was again a single dad but now with 3 sons shared 50:50. I was working hard but my pay wasn’t increasing. I still wanted to have my own free school and often wondered how I would do it and what I would teach. I told my partner I wanted to make a free school and she laughed it off as a ridiculous notion. Our relationship ended soon after and I had time for myself to do what I wanted. I started planning free classes.
I held my first free classes on the beach at Stradbroke Island during a holiday with my sons. I taught the five Tibetan Rites of rejuvenation and Quantum Pause Breathing because they have both changed my life and I know many people can benefit from them.
On the 8th of November I held another class in a basement in South Brisbane 3 for local residents. One afternoon I arrived home from work and met an Iranian couple, a taxi driver and teacher, who were speaking with my neighbour. I invited them in for tea. They came here for freedom from an oppressive regime in Iran, so their children could grow up free. I discovered they are in community detention, get no income support, aren’t allowed to work and only get a few hours of English classes. They are in Australia but not free. These are the kind of people that need free school.
Then on the 27th of November 2014, the roof blew off the second James Blue House in a freak supercell storm. My two oldest sons were home at the time but fortunately were not injured. What were we to do with 10 years of accumulated stuff and nowhere to put it? I need a new Blue House, I have to make a free school. A travelling free school? A double decker bus became my focus, I could live in it and teach from it. I could take free education where it is most needed. How could I get it now I was homeless?
In my parents’ house, we found refuge. My parents offered me a place to put my family. On New Years Day 2015, I awoke sober as I didn’t drink the night before but I still had a huge headache. I started cleaning my parents’ house, vacuuming, mopping, wiping window sills and cleaning the grime from the oven. I nurtured the garden, planted lawn seed, weeded, pruned and planted flower seeds. I set myself to doing these tasks as if I were Da Vinci painting a masterpiece. It was the least I could do to thank my parents for giving me life and at 44 years old, refuge, when I most needed it. While I was cleaning, I was thinking through what would be my next step to get my free school happening.
Today, while cleaning in my parents’ house I got a phone call. Confirmation to purchase a double decker bus. Now I have to find the money. You can help by donating to James Blue House Free School Bus at Gofundme
What is the metaphor? Inside my parents house is a Blue House. My parents, both teachers created me in their house.Their house is the universe and in my parents house is a Free Blue House we call Earth or Gaia. The Universe supports Gaia, who provides everything we need for free. Gaia doesn’t charge a fee or interest rate and Gaia loves it when you nurture her. Like our planet Earth, Gaia, James Blue House Free School doesn’t charge any fees and operates on good will and your donations.