After a career in allopathic medicine, Dona Willoughby currently lives her passion of healing—both humans and this beautiful planet we live on—at La’akea. She assists in teaching permaculture, herbal medicine, beekeeping, and Nonviolent Communication. Her daughter Aniko and grandson Kai’ea also live at La’akea.
Articles by Dona Willoughby
On Hawaii’s Big Island, La’akea Community explores sustainability through myriad experiments—from keeping wild pet pigs in the garden to eating 100 percent locally to mowing with sheep.
Bee Intimacy (Issue # 151)
For a beekeeper, losing her intimate partners—her community’s honeybees—is just as painful a loss of relationship as any other.
To make best use of nonviolent communication and co-counseling, avoid these traps.
Both in traditional cultures and at La’akea, close loving relationships, consistent community connection, a life close to nature, fresh non-processed food, satisfying work, regular exercise, clean air and water, attunement to biological rhythms, joy, and laughter all support health.
Is Hosting Work Exchangers Worth It? (Issue # 134)
After learning what works and what doesn't work in hosting a labor-trade program, La'akea community in Hawai'i concludes the rewards far outweigh the challenges.