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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!



Organic Coffee & Tea

THE Hungry Spirit is now happily serving organic fair trade coffee made on organic milk and served in unique

and 20160924_101352gorgeous cups we have collected over the years!

We offer a choice of three different blends:

  • Serenity:A medium bodied decaf that has sweet fruit and nut, soft chocolate with caramel sugars completed by being organically certified. This ‘Mountain Water’ Decaf process has preserved the original characteristics of the inherent aroma and flavour of the original Mexican beans.
  • Peace:A unique and sophisticated blend of 100% Arabica coffees that are certified Fairtrade and organic. Soft citrus notes, with rich texture and smooth bodied with a clean full finish in the aftertaste.
  • Compassion: A unique blend of 100% Arabica coffees that are certified Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance. Bright structures of lingering syrup and bittersweet chocolate with a light spice clove like finish

We also sell the coffee pods for use in your own machine at home!


Wednesday 3pm – 6pm

Friday 8am – 11am

Saturday 9am – 12noon

We have a delicious range of organic teas too – and organic iced teas for the hot days. Our shop has tasty sweet and savory treats to enjoy with your coffee too!

Come and enjoy time in the early morning sun under the shade of our trees and in the serenity of the space.

Good For Your Gut Fizzy Drink

I enjoy experimenting with food, it’s true = but I have to admit to being a bit dubious…and quite scared of starting to culture things. My 20161001_071524previous experience of culturing was a sourdough which went very well for a few weeks and then subsequently died when I had to go away for  a while.

But I attended a workshop we hosted by Lightning Ridge local and health guru Millie and she showed me how easy it was to make KEFIR.

So she gave me some grains and I began the process of making it.

KEFIR is a fermented drink that starts with a SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) that kind of looks like the plumed up crystals you add to soil to keep it hydrated.

With the addition of water and sugar, some fruit juice or fruit to taste and with the patience of only a few days the result is a delicious fizzy treat that is pro-biotic in nature which means it adds to the good bacteria and flora in your gut!

All you need to get started and make your own is the grains – and anyone who makes kefir will always have some to share (I’ve got heaps if you want some!) and a recipe – and a really fabulous description of Kefir and how to make it is HERE on Milkwood, my favourite permaculture site.

I have learned that you can over ferment the grains and if you do this (ie leave it too many days before separating the grains from the liquid) it will go vinegary and become undrinkable (unless you like drinking vinegar, in which case, go for it!).

A fab mix we are enjoying at the moment is pureed mulberry.

I always add my fruit or juice to the second stage and keep the initial fermenting with the grains and the sugar and water pure. I’ve experimented with both and just prefer it that way – both work just fine!

I feel good drinking it, it tastes nice and there’s something really satisfying about making your own probiotic healthy, feels like a treat, drink!

It’s a great time to start making it so you have a chilled replacement for alcohol in these warm summer months!


Kids In THE Garden

We had a gorgeous hour and a half in THE Hungry Spirit garden with 7 children aged 2-9 on 24th September for our Kids In THE Garden Workshop.

Together we enjoyed learning about worms, picking cabbages and mulberries (their red fingers and lips gave the sneaky picking away!), digging in the dirt, planting seeds, transplanting seedlings and learning how to feed the worms and make new garden beds with shredded newspaper and mulch!

There was lots of laughter and activity and learning. They were all very patient and waited their turns, watched their step in the garden and listened to instructions.

The kids left inspired to keep gardening or start their own gardens!20160924_171501 20160924_171507

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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.


Gut Health For Winter Immunity

Gut Health Winter Immunity 13thApril16

Natural Support For Women’s Health

Register HERE


Demystifying Diets

Demystifying Diets

14th March 6pm

Meeting Place of THE Hungry Spirit – 12 Opal Street Lightning Ridge

$20 for non-members


OR FREE for Members – Become a Member and then REGISTER for the event (just register if you are already a member)

Demystifying Diets 14 March 16

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!

The Movement Of Water In a Semi-Arid Landscape & The Blessing Of Rain!

We LOVE it when it rains; the sound, the smell and what it does for our garden! We are coming off the back of a serious dry spell and so when we heard rain was coming early in January, we thought it was a good time to start a bit of experimental earthworks to try and slow some of the water that flows off the ridges and into our dam. The flow from a previous downfall, which we weren’t around for, had showed evidence that wha20160102_17250720160103_161948t we had wasn’t really working, so it was time to have another go!
I don’t really ‘get’ water movement – but after this rain, I can see it much more clearly.

Sometimes you just have to see it to understand it! I remember Nick Huggins telling me that when it rains I need to get out in my coat and boots and go and watch it…so I took his advice and I did!

You can see two views in these pictures. The image on the left is looking north/east up the gully and away from the dam, before the rain and the image on the right next to it shows the view looking into the dam away from the gully during the rain!

This little rock barrier definately slowed the water a bit, but more than likely, if it’s going to be of any real use in the future, it needs to be bigger.

In fact, it seemed to catch silt more than slow water.


In these images you can see further up the gully where I have attempted to make rock walls to slow the moving water – the newspaper and straw patches were originally a big patch of new garden bed I was making, but got strewn in the first big storm, on Boxing day night. It was a useful exercise to see what happens to the water as it flows through the gully. It doesn’t rain often here, we are in a very dry climate; but often when it does rain, it rains big and hard! In the space of 10 days we had two storms yielding inches in hours. So we need to maximise the movement of this water through the landscape as well as catching as much of it as we possibly can. On both occasions the dam overflowed, so there is bottom of the catchment work to be done too. Our future plans will include how to hold the water for longer in the beds – this gully area is planned for a Food Forrest so we need to make sure the water is moving slowly and soaking in rather than rushing and running off. It’s a work in progress, but it’s very interesting.