posted by Ariella Jew on September 18th, 2013
So, as you know we are currently on the transitional move to a mountain land, and in the meantime, have shifted focus to reaching out to a local school and its children. We have had three classes so far, one a week, and are focusing on using our facilities as educational launch points. Some things we have already introduced are the gardens and fruit trees, composting sites, humanure toilets, greywater systems, and involving the children in activities such as Yoga and playing music together and have even ventured into meditation. Our last class was almost all three year old’s, a bit younger than our last two classes, so we switched up from the marker and board, to a theatrical play! Led by Nicky, a local Peruvian volunteer, she designed a story communicating the essence of treating “Nuestra Casa” or “Our House,” Mother Earth, with respect, for it is our home and to be shared. While we are with the kids, acting out our various roles, Jimmy is in the kitchen, whipping up some healthy jungle magic for the little ones, simultaneously teaching healthy eating and nourishing their growing bodies. It’s truly a party of absolute potential, to not only see the youth of the surrounding area be so interested in what it is we are doing, but their teachers as well. The grand plan is to make way for funding so that this center we are at, becomes a community beacon for positive change. Poco a poco!
All this being said, I (Ralphito) have made Paititi my home as of about three months ago. I moved here from Florida, after many vivid dreams in ceremony and also from the gut feeling I was sitting with constantly ever since receiving my PDC here last year… that it’s not a matter of if I will return, but when. Our dear friend and permaculture super star, Faanito, took an opportune chance at seeing life in it’s many other forms elsewhere, leaving a blazing trail of projects waiting to be taken over and continued. Together with the current volunteers, we have revived the compost systems, cleaned up the seed house and planted out about 600 seeds, dried thousands of Quail Grass seeds, and are currently working on replacing the water filter system. Today, we up potted about 50 Cacao plants to get them a bit taller before planting them out in specified areas. Point being in explaining all of these many tasks? There is still plenty going on in the permaculture front, and the gate for volunteers to come through has opened up once again!