Farming with biodynamics
0.08.2018-18.09.2018, Vilcabamba, Ecuador
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We spent one month volunteering at Finca Sagrada, a farm working with biodynamics, in a sacred valley close to Vilcabamba, south of Ecuador. This has been the most incredible experience I could dream of.
There are several reasons why we chose this project: it addresses all the criteria we were chasing:
More than a practical experience in the field of biodynamics, Finca Sagrada and its people offered us a spiritual journey in the world of the natural forces.
This article drives you through our experience. Here are the pieces of wisdom we want to share with you:
Hereunder are some beautiful pictures from our dear friend Trace.
Trace is an awesome artist and a remarkable person. He invites us to contemplate the beauty and the divine that surrounds us, here and now.
We kindly invite you to visit his space of arts, love, gratitude and compassion: "Leaf no Trace" (https://www.leafnotrace.space/).
As stated on his web space: "Chosen content will be available digitally for free and others will be available in a highly sustainable high quality print for just the cost of production and shipping."
We fully support him and wish him the best; may you also be touched by his shining love.
An interview with Thi Tran Lanh from the SPERI network
We had the chance to meet Thi Tran Lanh, an impressive woman engaged with the Social Policy Ecology Research Institute (SPERI) to defend and empower ethnic minorities in the Mekong sub-great region.
Lanh is a charismatic person radiating with passion. She is a convinced activist dedicated to the cause of ethnic minorities. She fights intensively against governments’ and lobbies’ attempts to exploit the land of local communities. She fights for the right of communities to live on and cultivate their ancestral land as well as the right to sustain their cultural traditions.
This article aims at introducing Lahn’s work with ethnic minorities:
Enjoy your read! Feel free to provide feedback 😉
While Mathieu was doing the Permaculture Designer Course (PDC) in Aranya (read his article here), state of Telangana, I was doing a one-month Yoga Teacher Training Class (TTC) at Mathatitu Yoga Ashram in Varkala, state of Kerala. Indeed, our journey in India was the chance to learn from different areas and enrich ourselves individually to share this treasures together afterwards. Actually I also want to do a PDC myself and I already booked for the octobre session in Quailsprings, California, USA. Anyway, I rather took the chance to do a TTC in India in order to nurture my passion for Yoga by learning from Indian yogis about the philosophy and roots of Yoga. Initially I never planned to become a teacher, I just wanted to do a long retreat and the TTC are the best deals for such kind of long programs. However, I realised this would help us for our trip, to find more projects to volunteer at. We realised many permaculture projects also have interest for yoga. For instance, I might teach in Laos next month in the permaculture farm we go to, which happens to also be a Yoga centre!
This article aims at sharing
As it is a very important part of the trip for myself but also for the project, I also want to explain why it fits in our project: this involves a reflection about how yoga and permaculture share important principles.
Finally, I give a short reflexion on the importance of spirituality in our society.
Laura & Mathieu