The forest is also a time to learn to share. From the beginning of the year, the students began to build cabins in the forest and, with the spring, they began to spontaneously make small gardens, sowing seeds that they brought from home: garlic, apple seeds, onions, ... Taking advantage of this desire to cultivate, during the Forest Project a shared orchard and garden space has been devised where everyone can grow from seeds taken from home to small plants. The idea is that they go from this more private concept to the communal and shared. Thus, during the last day, borage, Calendula Oficialis and pumpkin seeds were sown. The idea is not to have a garden from which to get edible vegetables but rather a place to learn to take care of the plants that will later serve as organic matter to enrich the earth, where they can work cooperatively and generate a habit among themselves to learn to manage a community use of space.
“The leaves danced green, twinkling. I felt that this was the true paradise on earth. Everything that had possessed me, all agonies, disappeared as dreams and illusions and something that could be called true nature was revealed to me.” Masanobu Fukuoka, promoter of natural agriculture. If we were asked about time we would say that it goes too fast, that we often feel the stress of seeing how it escapes us, as, at the end of the day, we have not managed to do everything we had planned. This has not always been like that. In ancient societies, basically agricultural, they conceived time as a constant repetition, as the circular return of what had already happened before. The past was returning and the future, to some extent, was known. Hence the importance of knowledge of grandmothers and grandparents to advise in decision making. They were societies that had a strong connection with nature. The succession of natural cycles, which are repeated incessantly, marked an unchanging rhythm. There was no possibility of speeding up time, or squeezing it, or saving it. Women and men, like nature, were at the service of atmospheric conditions, seasons and lunar cycles. There was a time of hard and constant work and a time of rest and social life. When working the land, planting a garden, growing a forest, we flee from linear, synchronized and also scarce time from everyday life to experiment with cycles, understand the patterns of repetition and immerse ourselves in another temporal conception. The forest invites us to dance to the rhythm of nature, which is a patient and hypnotic rhythm, like that of rotating dervishes. This allows us to relax and live more in the present. Learn, but also unlearn. Do, but also undo. Dilute and expand, understand that we are no longer a part, but a coherent and organic whole with the environment. And that we are not actually sowing seeds to grow plants but to grow ourselves.
Masanobu Fukukoa is a Japanese peasant, poet, intellectual, philosopher, revolutionary and, above all, wise. He has been close to nature for seventy years, asking who we are and who we should be in the future. He is the creator of natural agriculture and the "nendo dago", the clay balls we learned to make in the seed workshop during the Almond Tree Festival, with which he wants to turn deserts into forests. The idea that Masanobu follows is simple: there is nothing that exists in this world, therefore it follows the philosophy of NADA MU; doing nothing. According to him not even knowledge is useful. "If you use thought to separate red from black, you have learned to separate red from black, but nothing about red or black." So the only thing you have to do with yourself to "flourish" is simple: seeds and clay. And the same can be done with the earth. Actually, human beings, to obtain food and water, try to control the earth and in this control is when destruction occurs. The human being believes that he knows nature but all he has done is divide it. The problem is solved by looking at everything as a whole. When vegetation is destroyed, oxygen is reduced and oxygen is what allows us to sing and be happy. The best way to regain joy is to throw clay balls. When making a clay ball, according to Masanobu, what you put inside is not only a seed but your soul, and when you throw it, it is not only your hand but the hand of a God. So last Friday, in the forest, we not only dressed up as Gods. We were real Gods.
Volunteer groups have already enjoyed two Fridays working in the forest doing different tasks to renovate the space. At the Foundation we still need more hands that want to collaborate, not only with the forest, but also with the other volunteer groups. You can check all the information 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.
“The Art of Peace is a celebration of the bonding between heaven, earth and humankind. It is all that is true, good and beautiful.” Morihei Ueshiba 1. Integral Education: the purpose of Aikido, as martial art, is the integral education of the human being. The development of a healthy, focused, relaxed and connected body; that houses a heart full of fertile seeds, waiting to germinate. A clear and serene mind that favours the refining of the spirit and the connection with the whole. 2. Freedom, trust and respect: freedom can be experienced by flowing with a circular and continuous movement like the orbits of the stars; confidence in having a heart that can house enemies, since a free being cannot be damaged. Respect takes different forms in the virtues of the ancient samurai. Self respect, honorability; respect for others, courtesy and benevolence; and respect for the environment, justice and honesty. 3. Connection with life: in the words of O'Sensei,"those who practice the Art of Peace must protect the domain of Mother Nature, the divine reflection of creation, and keep it lovely and fresh. Warriorship gives birth to natural beauty. The subtle techniques of a warrior arise as naturally as the appearance of spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Warriorship is none other than the vitality that sustains all life”. 4. Community and service to others: Aikido works from cooperation, non-resistance; it is not a fighting technique, but a way to find peace in your own life, reconcile the world and make humanity a great family.
Un día a la semana las niñas y los niños de infantil hacen el pan para la escuela fomentando la colaboración y el servicio a los demás. Haciendo el pan participan en un proceso de transformación en el que intervienen los cuatro elementos: tierra (harina), agua, aire (levadura) y fuego (el horno). Comprenden cuál es el origen y el proceso del alimento que luego se comerán.
Cada dijous, els nins i les nines de primer anam a l'hort: un màgic jardí en el qual ens endinsam per descobrir els secrets de la vida, de les plantes, de les flors i dels animalets. Amb les nostres mans i la nostra il·lusió treballam junts la terra, amb delicadesa i força, amb paciència i amor… per cultivar i recollir tot el que l'hort ofereix i compartir-ho amb la comunitat.
Con la llegada del periodo de teatro, el grupo de 2º y 3º de primaria ha volcado sus energías en preparar parte del atrezo para la obra de teatro de La Odisea. De esta manera se han sumergido en el proceso realizando diferentes grupos de trabajo, algunos dedicados al vestuario y otros a la escenografía, fomentando el trabajo en equipo y el servicio a la comunidad.