Caroline Hargreaves is an interdisciplinary writer and researcher who explores peace/conflict, living systems and ecological economics among other themes. Diplomat currently working in Kathmandu, Nepal. Co-author of Growing A New Economy - Beyond Crisis Capitalism and Environmental Destruction. She has seven years experience working with strategic communications.
MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies from London School of Economics. Focus - humanitarian crises, development economics, community resilience.
MA in International Relations from University of St. Andrews. Focus - peace processes, conflict analysis.
Caroline is also a certified yoga teacher and reiki practitioner - read more in therapies.
Norwegian Sage is a visual journal. It is also an unfolding conversation. A dialogue between members of a tribe - a people ready for a new narrative.
There is a voice that has been whispering in my veins ever since I was a child, closely watching and guiding my spirit as I grew older. She is the voice of my ancestors, of the indigenous wisdom carried down in my genes through generations, and the compass I turn to when my balance is disturbed. 2015 felt like the year to honour her energy and begin practicing her teachings.
I studied humanitarian crises and peace processes in order to find out how living/human systems are constructed and broken down again by war and instability. Realized that nature is more important than anything else and that the destructive dimensions of global conflicts are continuously enforced by fragile local communities and institutionalized power relations where nature is given less value.
Traveling around in countries such as Nepal, Burma and Sri Lanka to observe the traditions of indigenous people, political systems, sacred meeting grounds and conflict resolution mechanisms, made me understand, like many a person before me, that the change we wanted to see in the world had to begin with nurturing a sustainable resilience in ourselves. That my own life had to be 'eco-logical', in accordance with nature's own rhythm, for me to feel present and calm.
As a diplomat for the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, I found myself continuously confronted with the challenges and dilemmas of our current development paradigms and global systems. I envision a world with political and economic democracy, ecological balance, strong local decision-making power and creative unfolding, where food is our medicine, and we take care of each other and our living environment.
Norwegian Sage is an attempt to nourish a community of people wanting to live closer to nature and taking collective action on issues facing humanity today. I hope to share glimpses into my own life and journey, as well as stories and practices from people and traditions I encounter along the way. Adding to the galleries presented, the ongoing featured projects are Human Rewilding, Nordic Ayurveda and Food Alchemy.
Through photography and conversations with our global village, I will share thoughts and inspiration from my own journey towards living a balanced life in accordance with nature - bringing us closer to the pulse of the planet, to its people, movements and ancient truths.
- Knut Hamsun, ‘Pan’