Rolf Grooten

Subjects

  • Supporting Sustainable Development;
  • Ecovillage Development & Design;
  • Low Impact building;
  • Promoting Dreagon Dreaming.

Language

  • Dutch
  • English
  • French

Location

  • European wide, with experience in Croatia, Bosnia, France, Holland.

Bio

rolfSince around 2000 I started my third career in life, and that is about Sustainability. Through development work in Eastern Europe, I came to the conclusion that development was not so much needed in so-called developping countries, but in the developed Western Europe.

Changing our neo-colonial attitude is our big challenge if we want survive as a species.
Study in Ecovillage Design was the logical next step.

My second career was a preparation for this. From 1984 to 2000, as a nomadic Taoist I travelled through Europe and beyond, while living in southern France. All under the pretext, and as a source of income, as merchant in antique clocks as well as paintings and vintage cars.

My first career again was a preparation for this. Policeman, a business career, studies in marketing and management, language, monetary economics and philosophy gave me insight into what went wrong in our beautiful world.

Now, having matured a bit, I find my greatest joy in sharing the treasures which I collected during my rich and fulfilling life.

This joy is so marvellously expressed by the Persian poet Djallaladin Rumi,

Find the real world, give it endlessly away
Grow rich, fling to all who ask
Live at the empty heart of the paradox
I’ll dance with you there, cheek to cheek.

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