In this picture we are looking deeper into questions about irrigation of our new fruit trees. Moisture must be studied at the root level, and while digging for a test – here with Malou and Marina – we found the loamy sand to be rock hard compacted. Breaking it up and adding organic matter should improve things.
Osho says you can meditate anywhere, always, in any activity. Certainly the many beautiful beaches around here with their fantastic rock formations and islets offer an inspiring environment for swimming meditation by our volunteers and visitors, lately including Sam (UK) and Alexander (NL), Meike, Thomas and Malina from Germany, Arthur from France, Carly (USA), and Elida, Malou and Marina from Brazil.
Yesterday we went out on the ocean off the Algarve coast with Gaea, our boat of friends, and met a shoal of some 30 dolphins, jumping and having fun. We also jumped in the water, but they had left already. Then Dominique and Jacques took out the flute and guitar, later Lou sang and played too. A day of many adventures and lots of good fortune. Also with Valerie, Ernesto, Steffie, Claudia, and a friendly little dog.
After meditation and supper tonight Valerie (not in the picture) presented a workshop with her collection of colourful hoops. Hooping has recently become a popular fitness activity with classes taking place all over the world. New volunteers in this picture: Steffie and Lou from Germany and Emilia from Sweden.
We want to open a Retreat Center in the Auditorium area, where courses and workshops can be offered. In this picture we are getting a taste of raw cacao in a try-out of a workshop presented by Claire (ClaireMagics, NL). Other new participants in this picture are Emily and Aisha (USA) and Ana Clara from Portugal.
Our dining room, recently finished, seats twelve and today at lunch time it was fully occupied, by members, friends and volunteer workers helping in the morning and enjoying the afternoon at the pool. Some more decoration is needed, as the room has a bit of an echo. Dominique suggested large paper mache shapes on the walls. With new arrivals Olga from Moldava, Sven from Spain, Megan from UK and Mats from France. You can click on picture to enlarge, notice fraction of Osho’s art on the wall.
Zsuzsa and Catharina are leaving tomorrow and they wanted to celebrate the good times with a farewell party in the pool. With the water now above 30 degrees it was quite relaxed. Also in the picture our recent arrivals Noemi from Hungary and Inês from Portugal. Pool party meditation may become another new tradition, like our life music karaoke choir and, newly introduced this week, baking the cake-of-the-day.