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Is THE Hungry Spirit YOUR Next Adventure?

Feed Your Hungry Spirit As The Owner Of A New Food Business In THE Outback!

The Hungry Spirit – Centre for Semi-Arid Sustainability

Are you a young, adventurous, fabulous, hard- working, values driven entrepreneurial permaculture couple that would do anything for the chance to realize your dreams of implementing your food business dreams – but don’t have the land…or the capital to buy your own?

Do you want the chance to take an acre + of outback land AND an established wholefoods/organic shop that is proven to be productive and turn it into a thriving permaculture design showcase for semi-arid sustainability as well as a healthy returning financial enterprise and a unique outback lifestyle in the opal mining community of Lightning Ridge, NSW?

Have you always wanted to run your own food business that has a market garden that provides produce for a café and wholefoods sales point – that also nurtures your desire and provides a platform from which you can educate people about healthy food systems and permaculture?

We are offering a values-based business exchange, for the right couple – that would see you gain access to previously award winning restaurant facilities, an existing organic shop with client base and suppliers, a productive land space with established and emerging gardens, somewhere to live and business coaching – to achieve your dreams.

Why? Because we have an incredible space in Lightning Ridge, a business model that’s proven and ready to scale with a hungry – growing community of supporters, a passion to empower local food systems and the desire to help young entrepreneurs get a start in rural Australia.

If you think this sounds like your dream opportunity – and you would like to learn more –email rebel@thehungryspirit.com or call Rebel 041 963 9380. Send us an introduction to yourself AND a quick overview of WHY this is your dream and HOW you would make it happen – be as creative as you like with your submission…videos are welcome!

When Lee Holmes Came To Visit THE Hungry Spirit


In 2011 I started an online business called  I’m Not Fussy and Lee Holmes was one of our founding contributors, she’d been on an incredible healing journey through food and that year, launched her first book, Supercharged Food.

Since then her career has really taken off; she’s a regular contributor to several global food publications, she’s written and published 6 print books and several e-books, she’s shared the stage with some of the world’s finest health and wellbeing teachers and this week. Last week she was in Palm Springs filming a television show and well this week, she was hanging out in Lightning Ridge!

The power of internet brought Lee and I together 5 years ago and since then we’ve followed each other on Facebook…which was a thing then, but not as it is now!

On Friday I saw Lee post that she and her hubby were getting on the train in Sydney to make the trip out west to Lightning Ridge and of course, I messaged her straight away and offered to show her around!

We had a gorgeous afternoon on Saturday hopping around the fields of Lightning Ridge getting photos of Lee, finding great locations for video shoots and I made certain she and hubby Justin fell in love with the place, so they will return! We had a delicious meal at Bruno’s and then soaked under the stars at the Bore Baths! I connected Lee to my friend Lyndahl and her teepee and we stopped at the Australian Opal Centre hole for a photo opp!

It’s so nice sometimes to see your town through the eyes of an outsider; especially one as passionate about Australia as Lee, she’s so keen to use the considerable leverage she has in the marketplace to ‘put Lightning Ridge on the map’ for something else!

Lee has a gorgeous new face mask/scrub that contains the kaolin clay from Lightning Ridge – it’s precious and I tried a little on Sunday as a pick me up after a hectic week and it’s really luscious!

Lee is as gorgeous in spirit as she is in human form and it was a total treat for me to share this place I love and am so passionate about, with a kindred spirit.

Our journeys’ intersect in so many ways; our healing stories not dissimilar and our passion for connecting people to healing runs strong in our veins.

Lee was super impressed with THE Hungry Spirit Kale (she’s a big kale fan) and how abundant it was and had all kinds of ideas of other products we can share with the world that is prolific and healthy grown right here in the Outback!

It was a totally supercharged Saturday for me!



Fresh Organic Produce in Lightning Ridge

We are really excited to be bringing FRESH Organic Regional and Local Produce to Lightning Ridge and surrounding towns.20160430_081328

And we are thrilled with the great response we are getting!

Each week we get a new delivery of vegetables and fruits from south east Queensland and we also supply Local Free Range Eggs and Local Herbs and Leafy Greens (kale and silverbeet) when they are available.

We also have organic unpasteurised milk, organic yoghurt, butter and cheeses as well as fresh Kombucha, coconut yoghurt and saurekraut!

These are all in addition to our growing range of wholefoods, nuts, seeds, flours and other pantry staples as well as homeopathics, protein powders and supplements.


Place Your Regular Order

If you want to place a regular order so you are assured of always getting what you want please click on the Hungry Spirit Order Form and email it to rebel@thehungryspirit.com 

If you are from Walgett or Collarenebri we are arranging pick up/delivery to your area so please call Rebel on 041 963 9380 for more information.


Feel Rich When You Shop!

We have created a way for you to feel rich when you shop, buy what you want, when you want it – get healthy and learn too!

By becoming a Member of THE Hungry Spirit you have a range of options that are generous – and help you budget as well. Essentially, you will are pre-purchasing credit in store by paying a fortnightly amount…when you are ready to stock up your pantry with lovely organic wholefoods and other delicious things – you have the money already there!

How delicious!

Read about our member options THEHungrySpiritMembers

All our members receive e-updates on events, specials and activities, recipes, gardening tips and other juicy info!

They also receive access to FREE Members Events each year (approx. 6 pear year, value $240)

Members can spend above  accumulated credit, but need to pay the excess with cash or credit card at the time of purchase.

Choose & Purchase your Membership HERE

One of our goals at THE Hungry Spirit is to provide local employment and education opportunities and in order to do that we must go from being a ‘pop-up’ to permanent shop. 

Our members credit accumulates and must be taken within 12 months


Wild Acacias Exhibition at Easter

BUY your tickets for the Sunday Session HERE

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We Are Opening a Pop Up SHOP in Lightning Ridge!

Our paper closed at the end of last year.

It’s a tale of full circle small business to corporate buy out back to economic rationalism..hopefully back to small business! It’s what happens in life. It’s sad, but it’s a real part of the evolution of communities. We can be upset about it, or we can embrace the change.  The Ridge News was the reason I came to Lightning Ridge! It was first real job I had ever had; it was a paper that my Pa had encouraged the Rural Press board to acqurie when he was Chairman; it was how I met my husband and all my closest friends here – it was the catalyst for me to grow and develop entrepreneurial wings…it was so much for me.

So when the shop was vacant, because of the closure; I thought – what next…and why not take the opportunity?

It’s in a great location in the heart of town. It’s clean and bright and tiled.

Perfect for the Health and Wholefoods store I have been dreaming of and wishing for in Lightning Ridge for years.

And so I took the plunge. I called the landlord who was thrilled to bits and has been super supportive and asked if we could strike a deal.

She said yes.

And so it was done.

Meeting Place Of THE Hungry Spirit was emerging.

She’s still under construction; but there is product arriving and shelves being stocked; systems developing and staff recruiting.

It won’t be your typical retail model – more like a blend of community supported agriculture meets retail meets events!

It will be a sister store to our site on Woolooroo Road Lightning Ridge where the garden and permaculture enterprise is.

The vision is bold.

We will have hundreds of members who shop there, come to regular members events, who share and collaborate. We will sell organic, chemical free, wholefoods in bulk and packs and we will sell what we grow from the garden. Eventually there will be lunch delivery. There will be cooking classes and product demonstration and gardening events.

This space, at 12 Opal Street will be our first port of call – where all the action spreads; like the hub of a wheel!

We are excited and we just know that you are too!

Grow Your Life – An Introduction To Permaculture

June 27th & 28th – Grow Your Life, Introduction to Permaculture & Permaculture Planning/Design (2 days) with Nick Huggins

FOOD bring us all together; it is a common need and it can be incredibly delicious and also stressful! If you want to get back in touch with your inner hunter/gatherer, learn the skills to create your own food heaven, re-connect with why you are in food production, or inspire your kids in the garden; then join other like minds in a successful outback veggie patch and learn from one of Australia’s leading Permaculture experts – Nick Huggins! Over two days we will learn and apply the basic principles of why, how, where, when and what you can do to create a sustainable, delicious environment, reconnect to your food source and create abundance in all areas of your life…YES, even in the outback of Australia!

If you are looking for a way to be more self-reliant and want your land to be more productive and profitable (backyard, paddocks or community space) then this is a great course for you! Permaculture provides the skills to improve your quality of life, create resilience, care for the environment and build family and community strength and this course has been designed with you in mind!

Grow Your Life

Time: 9am – 5pm each day

Cost: $295 (payment plan available – workshop to be paid for when booking is made)

Click here to BOOK





Greening The Desert (Food) And How It Relates To Western NSW

I came across this video on Greening The Desert in my research on permaculture and semi-arid environments and it got me even more fired up about sharing the knowledge, skills, principles of permaculture in semi arid western nsw.

‘All the world’s problems can be solved in a garden’ Geoff Lawton

is a pretty powerful statement – and when you see the first 5 or so minutes of this video you will realise how – and that it may be in fact, partly true!

Even in drought, and low water/high salt environments, they have shown, through this project, that we can create abundance in the landscape; if we understand how and implement the knowledge that understandings can bring. Permaculture teaches us this.



If you would like to learn more – join Nick Huggins for an Introduction to Permaculture at Lightning Ridge on 27/28 June 2015

Giving Back Doesn’t Mean Going Broke

So here is a pattern that I am seeing all too frequently and I don’t like it…

There is this crazy and entirely unsustainable mantra in community development that you are a bad person if you make money and that all true givers are broke. It stems from the religion based penance poverty mentality I think.

Alright, so it might not be SAID outloud, but there certainly is an underlying hippy based covenant, that rich people are bad and poor people are more noble and give back.

I call Bullshit.

If you want to see the REAL movers and shakers in the room, look at those whose businesses are turning over millions; those people who are able to fully fund projects and programs and change hundreds, if not thousands of lives. I give you Richard Branson, for instance.

Why shouldn’t people make lots of money doing what they do well and then share it in a way that makes them, and a bunch of other people happy? Or better still, empowers others to create wealth and opportunity.

I have spoken to several entrepreneurial spirits recently who want to establish socially responsible enterprises but are being torn in all directions about HOW they do that.

Do they set up a not for profit?

Do they set up a business?

Do they set up a company or a partnerhsip?

WTF do they do?

How do they get paid for the work they put in?

Most commonly though…’I don’t need to get rich doing this, I just need enough to live on’…what are we NUNs now? Why are we selling ourselves so short. Why are we giving away our IP, our hard earned cash and brilliant ideas?

These amazing individuals know WHAT they want to do and they know WHY they want to do it, it’s the HOW that is confusing and here is why….

The Not for profit sector in Australia has a not for profit mentality (particularly small ones) , that means that they are not out to make money, but provide a service; but the reality around service provision is that you need to make money, at some point. What happens is, many NFPs end up with their hands out to government because they aren’t able to charge a full fee for service (if any at all) or they end up calling on their local community to stump up costs, either inkind or in cash.

Which is fine…except when there are new NFP organisations being set up daily, all vying for the same small pot and living in the same reality around…not making a profit.

Now, I am a realist and am well aware that not everything can be turned into an enterprise and that there are just somethings you can’t charge money (or heaps of money at least) for.

BUT there is no reason why people can start thinking differently about how they set up their social enterprises.

Why should someone set up a not for profit organisation that has cumbersome management rules, the need for committees, regulation and management when they could perfectly legitimately set up an enterprise to do the same work and make a profit, that enables them to reinvest in other work…

I think we need to start re framing the way we see ourselves as entrepreneurs in this space.

If you are fed up with giving back and going broke and instead, want to make money and make a difference…then join me, I am putting together a LEAGUE of WARRIOR AGENTS OF CHANGE and would love to see you there!










Greenies In The Garden: The Resilience Green!

IMAG2006I am in love with my veggie patch at the moment and the funny thing is that it is the messiest, most unruly and least organised it has EVER been, in a decade or more…no I am serious, it is!!!

But that is what I love about it.

We have so many self sown broccoli that I never got around to transplanting that are merrily growing delicious and nutritious little broccoli. We have rows and rows of splendid Asian greens that I can barely keep up with and radishes the size of enormous potatoes! The nasturtium, as always, takes over and spreads its wings over everything bringing bees and other little critters in and even the kangaroos are getting their confidence up and coming into the patch to leave little dropping presents. It is unruly and crazy and totally wild and it is brilliant, because I haven’t done a thing in there in months and it is STILL feeding us and then some!

Our snow peas are abundant and our spinach and beetroot keep growing away ready for us when we are ready for them.

For me this is the RESILIENCE needed in our life right now. I have had a lot of time away from home what with holidays and my husbands’ unexpected hospital visits, so our garden really has to fend for itself and RESILIENCE means that rather than surviving, it actually THRIVES! What JOY that is!

What it means is that all the hard work done in years gone by is paying dividends now. And I am grateful for that.

For me this is the same approach I apply to all my life and, it is what I coach my business, health and community development clients in…how to develop resilience and how in turn to foster it in their clients.

If you put in the hard yards now…learning, practicing, building your wisdom and growing your foundations – the rewards will be enormous, paramount and most importantly, timely.

It is hard to predict when the shit will hit the fan. But what you want to know is that when it does, which it inevitably will, you are prepared and RESILIENT, so you don’t just bounce back you fly back!