"Let the dry leaves fall, may the white flowers be born ... " José Hierro On Friday, February 21st, the traditional Almond Tree Festival will take place. We will celebrate that, during these dates, the fields are dressed for partying and the almond trees are embellished with their best clothes painting the landscape of a bright white. This year we also have another good reason to celebrate in community: together we will make the forest really a forest. That is why this year's costume theme will be the forest and the beings that inhabit it, and each cycle will be dressed in a theme related to this: Nursery: elves, fairies and magical beings of the forest First cycle: forest dwarfs Second cycle: forest animals Third cycle: Gods of Olympus Recommendations: -The costumes should be homemade, it is not about buying them but about dedicating a time together to make them. -They should be simple and comfortable, as we will walk like every Friday, and should allow freedom of movements for playing outside. -Also keep in mind that at 8.30 it is still cold. Schedule: 8:30 am: Students will meet at school. From there they will walk to the forest. Bring: breakfast, water, suitable walking shoes, complete change of clothes (socks included). 12 pm: Meeting of families in the forest. We invite you to come in disguise to share this moment in community. Family workshops: _Drawing from live: how do you imagine the forest? _Seed workshop Bring: garden tools, seeds, lunch to share according to the principles of the school. 1:30 pm: Shared lunch Families who do not stay for lunch, can pick up their children in the forest at this time. Location here>
“Living things feed on food, and food feeds on rain, rain is likewise the water of life, which comes from worship and selfless service.” - Bhagavad Gita In Sanskrit language there is a word that means serving others in a selfless way: it’s called Seva. Service to others is a very important concept in Hindu philosophy. It is an act of love, compassion and caring for others and oneself. The sacred text Bhagavad Gita encourages the service of others as a way of developing spiritually, since in Hinduism, when you are serving others, you are actually serving God. “O son of Prtha, there is no work prescribed for Me within all the three planetary systems. Nor am I in want of anything, nor have I need to obtain anything—and yet I am engaged in work. For, if I did not engage in work, O Partha, certainly all men would follow My path. If I should cease to work, then all these worlds would be put to ruination. I would also be the cause of creating unwanted population, and I would thereby destroy the peace of all sentient beings. As the ignorant perform their duties with attachment to results, similarly the learned may also act, but without attachment, for the sake of leading people on the right path.” Performing Seva is a task that poses a lot of challenges. Certain aspects of service to others can bring up difficulties or brakes and, in working them, become a powerful tool for people to learn more about themselves and, from here, interconnect with the community, creating a constantly evolving network, based on the culture of kindness and cooperation. That is why the Community Service is one of the four pillars of the Sa Llavor Foundation. In this way, children learn the value of service to others and understand education as a way for social transformation.
“The Buddhist point of view takes the function of work to be at least threefold: to give a man a chance to utilise and develop his faculties; to enable him to overcome his ego-centredness by joining with other people in a common task; and to bring forth the goods and services needed for a becoming existence” - Small is beautiful: Economics as if people mattered. E. F. Schumacher In the Foundation we have already started the Volunteer Groups, a project developed together with the team of delegates with the aim of creating a channel and a space for collaboration between the Foundation and families. Each group will be self-managed, will have a coordinator by the school and one by the families and will be dedicated to a specific task: cleaning, restoration, library, garden and forest, maintenance, creative processes and events. Many of these groups are already active and functioning and others need more volunteer hands. From the Foundation we firmly believe in a circular economy project where the whole community can benefit from the project, donating their time, but also receiving workshops, training, knowledge and a space of connection with themselves and with others.
In Creative Processes we are doing a workshop to string chairs. A traditional and traditional Mallorcan technique used to restore chairs, carried out by rural people when winter forced them to spend more time at home. During the process, we take out the damaged ropes and learn to string again, combining the rope with creative and original materials. In this way we learn to recycle and reuse, and give new life to the school material. If you want to get into this art, we wait for you every Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
On Friday, December 20th, the first quarter ends and Christmas holidays begin. To celebrate it we have prepared a brief Christmas show. This is the schedule: 8:30 am Entrance of students 10'45h Opening of doors for families 11'00h Artistic performance of the students of Sa Llavor for families 12'00h Students collection and delivery of work.
On Saturday, November 30th we celebrate the Open doors day at the Sa Llavor Foundation from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It will be a day to share with the family and to open the doors of our home to the entire community. There will be workshops for all ages, storytelling, craft market, books and pedagogical material sale, exhibitions of works made by students, vegetarian and organic food, music, school guided tours for new families and many more surprises. Schedule of activities: 11'00 a.m. Doors opening 11'15 a.m. Musical opening 11:30 a.m. Guided tour / Family workshops 1'15 p.m. Storytelling 1'30 p.m. Organic and vegetarian restaurant service 3'15 p.m. Musical closing 3'30 p.m. Closing
A group of students from Sa Llavor travelled to Forres, North Scotland, as part of a student exchange. During ten days we have had the opportunity of being part of their school activities, being inspired by their local history, songs, games, and nature activities. We believe that the opportunity of immersing into a new culture is a great learning as a well a life experience. Leo: “What I value the most about my trip to Scotland it is the experience of knowing new people, a new country and the opportunity of being part of the culture by living together with a Scottish family”. Mia: “It is difficult to highlight what I most value of my trip to Scotland. If I have to choose one thing, I think it would be the friendship, all the new people that I have met and all the things that they taught me about their country, their culture, their history and their landscapes. In my opinion Scotland was an amazing place where I would love to return”. Sharan: “What I liked about the trip to Scotland was the green landscape with different animals like the Highland cows and horses. The Scottish houses have gardens with many flowers and even decorative Gnomes. I would like to come back to that evergreen country called Scotland”. Jan: “I liked the trip to Scotland a lot because I saw a very different country. This trip helped me to know what it would be like to live in a place where you can only communicate in English and how it would be to live in a different country. Blai: “The thing I most value about the trip to Scotland is taking the first step towards my independence and everything that I learn when traveling to a new country”.