During this last month, and in connection with the last period of the course that who goes through the trades, the second cycle class has carried out a project to build a clay oven. For this we have had the visit of Ilan, who has guided us throughout the process. In order to carry it out, they have gone through different stages where mathematics, physics, chemistry, modelling and construction have been worked: -First, the students were familiarized with the natural ingredients by testing the soil they were going to use and making the so-called “cookies”. -They learned about the correct amounts: the proportion of soil, sand and straw. -They worked the mud with their feet and learned to build with it. -They learned the ecological insulation method. -They worked in teams dividing the work and assuming responsibilities. All the students really enjoyed the work, they were highly motivated at all times and they gave themselves to the task with enthusiasm.
A return to autenticity, beauty, calm and essence. This summer, and for the next academic year, Fundació Sa Llavor opens the doors to a new art project: a school of contemporary crafts where the teachers who most inspire us in Mallorca will teach you their craft, their vision and their art. A school where inspiration, creativity, working in a circle, with your hands, sharing, will allow you to learn not only from others but also from yourself, and at the same time, contribute to the change of the economic and social model, moving towards a more sustainable world. We will start walking this summer with @silvinamoschinitextil and her intensive tapestry course, where you can learn her art first hand, experiment and enhance your creativity through the language of tapestry. The course will be taught in July. During the month of July there will also be intensive introductory courses of llata, with Antonella Farris and Cèlia Prats. You will learn the process and the value of working together in a circle. Find out the details at @laescuelaartesana or write us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
2020 was a particular year that offered us many good things, one of the most appreciated was Time, time to be able to enjoy our children and everything we wanted, that precious time made it possible to materialize a project that had been in my mind for a long time. The need to take care of our children, in such a strange moment for them, was the reason that made us get down to work. In our culture we are taught many things but little about knowing how to listen to ourselves and learn to manage emotions, they taught us to clean our body in the shower, but they did not teach us to clean up a frustration or a bad thought. Reeelaaax aims to offer tools to parents and teachers in the best way we know how to do it: on the one hand José Gabarda, musician and high school teacher and on the other, myself, with experience in the world of yoga and different oriental medicines. This is how Reeelaaax, an album of guided meditations for children of all ages, was born and we did it our mother tongue, Catalan. I like to think that more than guided meditations are tools to use in different situations, exercises that teach children to know themselves better, their body, their emotions, their thoughts, their breathing ... and to find well-being through them. An experience that they can also do and share with their parents and thus create a magical moment that gives them a special bond. Every detail has been created from the heart, with a lot of love and enthusiasm and so we launched it, hoping to do our bit and help. The idea was to be able to offer Reeelaaax to everyone, so you can find it both on free platforms and on those where you can buy it in case you want to support the project and help it grow. I hope you enjoy it!
Traveling changed my life, getting to know new places and different cultures made me realize that everything is possible and that not even the sky has limits. My name is Ilan, Merav's partner and father of Rumi, Libi and Eden My name in Hebrew means young tree and from there my connection with nature began. I was born in a small town, in the desert in southern Israel. Life in Israel was accompanied by constant tension, so after my mandatory military service, at the age of twenty-two, I went on a world trip. The path through this long journey introduced me to the world of tattoos that I continue to do to this day, 26 years later. There I can express my passion for art and love for the world of painting. I have been painting from a young age, I feel like I have been given a gift and I have always felt comfortable expressing myself. Painting, murals and graphic design for a publishing house were some of my first professions. A year ago the whole family moved to Costitx to make our desire to live in the countryside come true after years of very intense life in Ibiza. We discovered Sa Llavor and we felt that we had come "home". Life in Mallorca has opened many doors for me and one of them is learning green building and permaculture. It allows me to develop this connection with nature and learn the use of natural and simple materials that are literally under our feet.
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.
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.