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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!



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.

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.

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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.


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


A Little Oasis In The Outback – Landline Story

We had a lot of fun filming with Tony Eastley and the Landline crew for this piece. Screenshot 2016-04-20 14.24.27

I am always so grateful for the media in their support in sharing good news stories AND to those who I bring along and challenge to step outside their comfort zone to share THEIR good news stories. Ashley and Ronnie are amazing and humble people.

Lightning Ridge is an extraordinary place.

We can do anything.

Click the link below to watch the story and meet Lightning Ridge locals Ashley, Ronnie and Rebel


Food Forrest Gardening

As part of THE Hungry Spirit Masterplan we will be creating a Food Forrest on site, to show how we can create a productive, edible landscape in a semi-arid environment. We are planning to host a workshop on this later in the year.

They have been applying the principles of the Food Forrest in the middle east for over 2000 years very successfully and it makes sense to me that we can do it here too.

Imagine a cool green space in summer on the opalfields as a retreat from the heat, creating a lovely microclimate and providing abundant food.

Anything is possible!

This is a great little video on Food Forrest Gardening!

Thanks to Permaculture Magazine for sharing!


Grow Your Life – Permaculture Short Course!

We celebrated an incredibly delicious winters weekend after rain in Lightning Ridge (dam was FULL) at the Grow Your Life – Introduction to Permaculture.

With 17 students from across the Murdi Paaki region; including people from Dubbo, Tooraweenah and Gilgandra, Coonamble, Brewarrina and Walgett as well as a couple of Lightning Ridge locals, we had a beautiful mix of passionate people.

Nick Huggins enjoyed the experience of the outback after rain and showed just how scaleable and applicable the permaculture principles are.

With concepts like ‘edge thinking’ and ‘regeneration rather than sustainability’ and the ‘rise of the funghi’ students were challenged to consider their environment differently.

THE Hungry Spirit team would particularly like to thank the vision of Mackillop Rural Services for empowering many of their team members to join the workshop and the Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service too.

And of course, many thanks to Walgett Shire Council for their support to bring Nick Huggins from the southern slopes to Lightning Ridge to share his wisdom and help form the basis of THE Hungry Spirit masterplan!

We Aren’t Africa; Or Are We?

We aren’t Africa, in western NSW, that’s obvious, but many of the challenges we face could be argued to be similar.  Hunger is not from lack of food, but from the wrong kind. Land degradation is from over farming and ill considered land use. Drought is consistent and I think is a reaping of what we have been sowing internally for generations – scarcity, fear and doubt.

Our communities resilience is waning with disconnection and external forces and a struggling sense of purpose. On the outside we are miles apart; on the inside, we are all still human – and our environment reflects our inner path.

Food is a common thread for us; it weaves magic among us if we allow it.

I found this incredible story of the Chikukwa Permaculture Project in Zimbabwe really amazing and am grateful for the opportunity to share it. I have purchased the video, so we can show it at The Hungry Spirit at Lightning Ridge in the coming weeks.

Thanks to Permaculture News for sharing this incredible story  http://permaculturenews.org/2013/08/15/the-chikukwa-permaculture-project-zimbabwe-the-full-story/