JOSHUA KWAKU ASIEDU
Born and raised in Milan, Italy, from a South-Italian mother and Akwapim Ghanaian father, Joshua Kwaku Asiedu never felt home within the Eurocentric and materialistic environment.
At the age of 20 he decided to leave his hometown in order to explore the world and his own being on a solo journey. With 50 euros in his pocket and a one-way ticket, he left without knowing where this new chapter would lead him.
Earning money however he could; working as electrician, mason, model, retailer, waiter, co-chef, in dairy farming, kiwi farming, while residing in places like Greece, London, Sydney, Auckland, Cape Town, Los Angeles and more, to sustain his movements and support every next step as he went.
At times sleeping in hostels, guests houses, rental rooms, but mostly in tents, temples, as a guest in the homes of people he just met, as well as in places like caves, under the stars on beaches and in forests. In awe-inspiring areas such as the cold North of India, the arid landscapes of New Mexico, the Northern Territory of Australia, the Osaka Peninsula, the testing Laotian jungle and in the vast Transkei.
He occupied himself by training martial arts, learning about the Yogic path and meditation in India, gaining practical experience in building techniques on the Himalayan foothills, picking up natural ways of farming taught by locals on the island of Manono Tai.
Having first trials and experiences in gathering his food by bow hunting, foraging fruits, berries and mushrooms in the Rocky Mountains, spearfishing in the ocean on the Polynesian islands, periodically fasting for days and getting familiar with natural drinking water collection and bathing in streams and rivers of unlike territories.
Moving from place to place by airplane, train, bus, as well as going between Samoan islands by canoe, covering thousands of kilometres by bicycle in Japan, Aotearoa, crossing South East Asian borders and wandering through the Himalayas by foot
After 7 years of deeply altering experiences, meeting many modern and remote corners, living and learning within a diversity of social circumstances, from many families, indigenous communities and environments,
Joshua came to the conclusion that this modern/western world, as it is based on materialism, consumerism and superficialities, is leading nowhere if not far from Mother Nature - the source of independence, freedom and inner expansion.
Willing to leave those said societal structures once and for all, in order to go back to the roots, back to nature and its simplicity, he started to look for a native piece of land where to move. After a demanding, dedicated search on which he put himself into testing scenarios, he surprisingly got to know that his father’s ancestors left plots of lands in heritage - in Ghana.
What better way to reconnect to our nature and humans wealth than being in the very place where Mother Earth gave life to humanity itself?
What better way to reconnect to the roots than being in the very place where the spirits of our own ancestors are still dwelling among the frequency of nature?
This brought him back to the Motherland.
After months of research and expeditions and with the help of his relatives, he traced the lands and began to settle in one of these beautiful rural and remote places.
He moved into the jungle, a dense overgrown uninhabited forest, with only a mosquito net and a beach bed. While at the beginning relying on packaged noodles and many fruits he could collect in the land, he began to dig a water well, to build a couple of huts, a little toilet, and to cultivate veggies and trees.
As he became familiar with the new and raw environment through trials and mistakes, he inevitably started to mentally and physically become one with that very land, as well as connected to the members from the nearby village.
At this stage Kwaku made use of modern technology, Social Media, to reach out and inspire those who resonated with this life choice. The word spread, and as the public interest increased, Joshua started to host small groups of individuals with the support of knowledgeable people from the nearby village to pass on precious knowledge through various workshops and programs.
An experiential learning program in natural sustainability practices and indigenous knowledge that brought and still brings benefit to all:
Himself, our guests, the local community, and ultimately,