The marigolds collected by the children this early spring in the forest have been very well used. In addition to the oil, this month they made a calendula balm with beeswax. To prepare it, they took four proportions of calendula oil for a portion of virgin beeswax. They were heated separately in a water bath until the wax was liquefied. The oil was then carefully poured into the wax container. Finally, the small balm containers were filled with the mixture. This balm has the same properties as calendula oil, but, being made with beeswax, it not only has great moisturizing power but also contains propolis, a natural antibiotic that bees synthesize from wax and conifers resin. We took the opportunity to tell the children more about bees: how they secrete wax with glands that they have in their abdomen, how they pollinate flowers, what honey is, the difference between a wasp and a bee hive, who are the drones, the workers and the queen in a hive ... And so they got closer to these insects that today are an endangered species and that are essential for the survival of the entire ecosystem.
On Saturday 29th at 6:00 p.m. we are waiting for you on the occasion of the presentation of “Alrededor”, a book of poetry and painting with which Edicions Sa Llavor is premiered. Come and enjoy an inspiring evening in the garden with live music, poetry reading, and an exhibition of the works created for the book.
When I discovered Fukuoka's book Seeds in the desert I understood that I had to unlearn everything I knew to date about the land and its management. I come from a family of peasants and I started in traditional agriculture, then I worked as a gardener in houses of great pretensions where the most important thing was to have flowers and green grass in summer even if it was 40 degrees and it had not rained for two months. The life that exists in the subsoil and how it manifests itself on the surface is what occupies my interest now. Man tends to simplify things. When we see a forest we only see the trees, but a forest is much more than that. Under the layer of earth there is a whole world: viruses, bacteria, fungi ... A world that maintains a symbiotic relationship with the forest and thanks to which it survives. The fungi that inhabit the surface of the earth communicate all the trees with each other, allowing the roots to access water and nutrients, even in times of drought, as in a kind of network invisible to our eyes but vital for the subsistence of the forest. Traditional agriculture attacks this entire ecosystem invisible to the eyes. The land where Sa Llavor has projected the Forest is little more than a barren land, overgrazed by sheep and in which the plows have destroyed all this microbiological wealth. I was interested in being part of this project to be able to apply all the years of reading and training in regenerative agriculture and try to make life return to this almost desert piece of land. The field today is an industry, the plants survive because they are artificially fed with manures and fertilizers. Fukuoka had several apprentices under him. He fed them a bowl of rice and told them to go out and find the herbs to complete the dish. Actually everything is out there, what we have to do is train our eyesight and change the perspective with which we interpret nature.
I remember that when I was in Barcelona university, when I returned home for the summer holidays, year after year, my father always asked me the same question: but what exactly were you studying? I kept the poor man very confused: I started Philology but I realized that what interested me was the historical framework of books, so I decided to start History, but there I discovered that the most important thing for me was to understand the social and cultural organization of every era for which I finished Anthropology. When I had to work I had a crisis, of course, then I remembered that as a child I wanted to direct films so I escaped to Cuba for two years to study cinema (I still don't understand how I convinced my father of it) and then, when I returned, I still wanted get into a documentary master's degree. At that time at my house they had already thrown in the towel, I was already working writing scripts for IB3 tv so they stopped asking because with the little I earned I was already supporting myself. Most of what I have worked has been in the Theater where I have gone through many roles: I have produced, I have been an assistant director, I have written, I have directed, I have acted, I have even made a wardrobe without really knowing how to sew!… For teamwork like drama, it is very useful to have “lived” the work of your colleagues. When Gloria asked me to write a review about me for the newsletter, I felt an attack of modesty: “talk about what motivates you,” she told me. So, thinking about everything that has been done, I realized why after so much traveling, what motivates me is to learn. For example, it has always been difficult for me to give my opinion in public so I decided to participate in debates on the radio, and for my eternal balance problems, I am learning to control them through dance. Sometimes I laugh alone when I find myself dancing surrounded by women in their twenties and think: what am I doing here at forty-eight, spinning and tripping over my own feet? But then I look at one of my teachers, who at sixty moves in an incredibly fluid and confident way, and then it all makes sense. The thing that attracts me most is what is difficult for me and everything I don't know how to do it, paradoxically that limit gives me a lot of freedom and mental breadth. This year I have started to collaborate with Pau in the Forest Project and I am enjoying accompanying the children of the school in the transformation of this rather barren space into a future forest. This will take time, dedication, patience and faith, but it is a path that will be full of learning in company, so I can't imagine a better plan. After this, the next thing I plan to do is
The children of the second cycle have begun the period of arts and crafts. This week they have received Nina Schinneck, an artisan jewellery maker, who has shown them how to work silver to make a ring. First, measurements have been taken of the finger where they will want the ring, then with a hammer, on a hard surface, they have worked the silver to flatten it. Once the strip is made, with a special tool, they have given it a rounded shape. Next they have welded the ring with fire, melting an alignment of copper and silver. To make the joint smooth, the rings have been filed both inside and out. Then they have placed them on the string and, with a plastic hammer, so that it does not break, they have worked the piece until they get perfect circles. The last phase is polishing with a polishing machine, to give it the shimmering and brilliant finish of a real jewel.
Children in their last year of Nursery Education begin an artistic process that accompanies them until the end of the journey: the making of a bag through weaving a loom. With the loom process, benefits are provided to the healthy development of children by developing: -Creativity, the ability to create and find solutions to the challenges that life presents us. -Patience and perseverance. -Attention and concentration, necessary to carry out any action in life. -Strengthens self-esteem: improves the ability to face a challenge and achieve a goal. -They learn to make decisions: they choose the colors to use and make their creation unique. -Improve fine motor skills through specific and coordinated movements.