Recover the Pleasures of the Slow, Locally Sourced Life

Grounded Life’s mission is to empower more people to become participants in their material lives — as growers, gatherers, makers.

Not (just) because of eco-guilt, but because it’s nourishing, fun, and magical. It makes us feel fully alive. It makes us feel grounded.

I design edible landscapes and teach people how to source what they need from the landscapes they inhabit, in ways that’s regenerative for the land and for the people.

Hi, I’m Mari.

I’m a permaculture designer, teacher, and urban homesteader. Read more about me and my work here.


Fresh from the blog

Fall Garden Checklist

October 17, 2019

When the harvest season winds down and the abundance of the late summer and early fall has been brought in, it’s the time to put the garden to bed. Here’s how to prepare your garden for the winter and for optimal vigor in the spring. Harvest the last of… basil… Read more

Local Meal Ideas

September 23, 2019

“Eat Local” is a slogan many of us are ready to stand behind. Local food is cool on a hot planet: we know that freshly harvested food is more nutritious, eating local supports local farmers and growers, and there’s no fossil fuels wasted on insanely long shipping distances. Yet, in… Read more

Quick & Easy Ricotta Cheese

September 12, 2019

Blessed are the Cheesemakers! I don’t know which motivates me more to make cheese: the promise of the satisfying flavors at the end, or the process itself. The sweet smell of milk being heated and the way the cheese curds get transformed before my eyes makes me squeal inwardly with… Read more

How to Prepare for a Locavore Month

September 4, 2019

Does the idea of “local food” and “slow food” resonate with you? Are you curious to see what it would be like to eat only from your own region’s farmers and producers for a period of time? This month, I’m committing to one month of eating only from my bioregion… Read more

Play in the Dirt: The Potent Antidepressant Called Gardening

August 27, 2019

  Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.            – John Muir   A dear friend who’s going through a divorce and a lot of exhausting relationship drama has a place where it all dissolves and falls away. Her apartment building… Read more

Why Design Your Life?

August 9, 2019

I admit that I’ve tended to view the phrase “life design” with suspicion. Isn’t this just another by-product of our hyper-individualistic postmodern culture — this idea that we should design our lives? At its face, it seems self-absorbed and elitist. Surely, only people who have the privilege of ample leisure… Read more

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