THE MOUNTAIN CROSSING

There are experiences to be made; plant a tree, write a book, do your first 3-day trek at 12 years old. An experience that leaves no one indifferent, where everything that happens helps us take out what we carry inside and makes us grow a little more as people. From Deià to Tossals Verds, passing through Sollér, Barranc de Biniaraix, Cúber reservoir, Font des Noguer and Font de Prat. Where we enjoyed a bath in Llucalcari or a lemonade in the possession of Son Mico. They have made their first journey, some thought they would not be able to, others expressed it openly, but all have achieved what they thought was almost impossible, to overcome themselves in the face of all the difficulties and challenges they have encountered. during the journey, where they have felt that they have grown up and the look of what we have every day has changed. After weeks of looking back what is left are very intense, fun and exciting memories, which will always be with us. After the crossing for sure something has changed!

2022-07-20T09:09:54+00:00July 20th, 2022|

THE SEEDS PROCESS

The boys and girls have collaborated in writing the posters that name the plants in the garden, thus doing their bit to create the School's Botanical Garden. In the garden they have taken care of collecting and sowing countless seeds that they have seen grow. The last ones, sunflowers, especially aroused his curiosity: "This plant comes out of a pipe!" They watched with wide-awake eyes and with great interest as the seedling pushed its way toward the light with the pipe shell still on as a makeshift hat. They have been the guardians and guardians of the seeds. They have collected them, they have planted them, they have tasted them. As if they were the seeds that have just germinated and are growing with strength and energy, they have dedicated themselves to their work with interest and perseverance.

2022-07-20T08:46:54+00:00July 20th, 2022|

WINTER

The winter solstice commemorates the birth of light. Soon we will live the darkest day of the year but also, little by little, we will see how the days are lengthening, gaining more hours at night and darkness. Let all this light fill our hearts and let us surrender to the most special and endearing meaning of the winter solstice: sharing with others, gathering together, renewing ourselves. It is time to sow. Imagine that we are a fertile field waiting to receive a lot of new things that will take root in us, growing towards the sky, towards the stars, making us shine.

2021-11-30T10:04:54+00:00November 30th, 2021|

LEARNING COMMUNITY: PLANTING TREES

Last Saturday, November 27th, we celebrated the first meeting of the Learning Community planting trees in community in the forest. These meetings seek to establish links between the community through action, as a way to return to the human network, to collaborate and enrich the project in a family and festive environment. The contribution and donation of trees and shrubs by the families was very numerous. Those that could best adapt to the characteristics of the terrain were chosen, such as oak, pine, murta, laurel, strawberry tree, olive or fruit trees. During the meeting new families could get to know the space where their children play every day at the school, as well as the projects that are being carried out.

2021-12-03T14:56:35+00:00November 29th, 2021|

THE AUTUMN CELEBRATION

It is November and the light of the long summer days is fading little by little. The leaves of the trees begin to dress in golden colors before detaching and covering the ground in browns, yellows and reds. At this time, when the light from outside begins to weaken, we take shelter in our homes and turn on the light inside. It is at this time that we celebrate the lantern festival as a community, as a symbol of the flame that shines within and the warmth that emanates from our hearts.

2021-11-02T13:09:40+00:00October 28th, 2021|

MAKING SOURDOUGH

Last year some students from the school planted wheat. This year we have closed the cycle with the making of bread in 4th, 5th and 6th grade of primary school. They have ground wheat grain to extract various types of flour: wholemeal and white. They have made a sourdough starting from scratch from apples and honey, to which we have "fed" flour until it can be used as yeast. They have also learned to knead and shape bread. Sourdough is an exciting journey through three fermentations: alcoholic, lactic and acetic. Each one of them will transmit a unique flavor and aroma to the bread. In addition, the sourdough makes the crumb more moist and the crust tasty and crunchy for longer. Each sourdough has its peculiarities, it is something alive and unrepeatable, and making bread with it is an adventure that sometimes takes you down unexpected paths. Only by knowing your sourdough will you get the bread you want. There are sourdoughs that, like good wines, can last for years, accompanying you throughout life and making it a little more delicious.   “Pan, con harina, agua y fuego te levantas, espeso y leve, recostado y redondo, milagro repetido, voluntad de la vida La tierra, la belleza, el amor. Todo eso tiene sabor de pan Todo nació para ser compartido, para ser entregado, para multiplicarse. Entonces también la vida tendrá forma de pan, será simple y profunda, innumerable y pura.” Pablo Neruda

2021-10-28T10:43:54+00:00October 28th, 2021|

THE CROSSING

Throughout history, in many cultures and traditions of the most disparate parts of the world initiation rites are performed for young people. It is a symbolic way of taking the first step towards adult life, experiencing separation and beginning to transform into an individual with an identity of their own, expressing the unique essence of each being. This is also what the sixth-grade students of Sa Llavor have done, making the journey that ends their passage through Primary Education. For three days they have walked from Son Macip to the Alaró Castle, carrying the weight of everything they need on their backs. They have slept under the stars, they have shared, they have cooked, they have suffered and they have laughed, they have found sources, they have seen incredible landscapes, they have crossed clouds, they have felt fatigue and strength and they have reached the goal.

2021-06-21T09:51:36+00:00June 21st, 2021|

MAKING MARIGOLD BALM

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.

2021-05-28T08:40:45+00:00May 28th, 2021|

PAU ROIG: THE FOREST PROJECT

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.

2021-05-28T08:29:23+00:00May 28th, 2021|

JOANA CASTELL: THE FOREST PROJECT

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

2021-05-27T13:54:18+00:00May 27th, 2021|
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