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Meeting place of friends

Auditorium2Today we finished the cork and wall tapestry to reduce the excessive echo in the Auditorium. Celebration time, with (seated) Sebastian (Holland), Christiane (Brazil), Merilin (Estonia), Marion (New Zealand), Fabio (Italy), Kristof (Hungary), and Julie (France). This space, and three dormitories can now be booked for courses and workshops. Facilitators: Please call or email us for conditions and scheduling.

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We are what we eat

Dietfor13Enjoying another healthy and delicious lunch with friends and family in this picture, including Mariana, Elizabeth, Carlos, Dominika, Hannah, Tommy, Angel, Luke, Whitney, Pedro, Luji, Pooji and Americo. We consider food, not medicine, one of our best sources of health. Watch episode 2 of the video series Diet against Disease.

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Diet for health

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOptimizing our well-being through exercise, health food and meditation are central to the mission of the Retreat that we are about to open.  Let food be thy medicine is an old adagium, but most doctors know little or nothing about it. They prescribe procedures and pharmaceuticals. We recommend watching this video about the latest scientific discoveries and insights on this subject: Diet against Disease

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Bean Day

Bean DayThis winter we planted Fava beans. You make a small hole a few centimeters deep and stick a bean in it, that’s all. They are miraculous. They produced tons of beans. In this picture you see just part of the harvest. Now we have to peel and freeze them. Johanna who is taking care of the garden together with Jos, our Chi Kung teacher from Belgium, calls it Bean Day today.

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Jackhammer

JackhammerWe are digging a trench for a cable to connect solar panels and a heat pump to the grid. Solar energy will provide us indirectly with heating and hot water, by supplying it to the grid when the sun shines and buying it back when we need it, like at night. In this picture Craig and Anthony from Ireland and Luke using the jackhammer and other tools to dig around the great Carob tree.

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Spring is in the air

EiraThe best season of the year is starting. We are opening our Retreat of Friends on a small scale for a limited number of visitors. If you want to visit us on another basis than as a volunteer worker you may apply for membership and join us for any length of time. We ask donations to cover expenses. You can request information and our membership application form by email.

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Estufa

estufaIn an estufa (greenhouse) one can cultivate  vegetables all year around. We decided to try it out. Annick and Pol from Luxemburg assembled and furnished it, with help of our new gardeners Mathilde (France), Maari (Estonia) and Meike (Germany). Also in this picture our new kitchen coordinator Agnes (Lithuania) and, still going strong, Luke. José (from Spain) took the picture. Temperature inside 21 degrees, outside 14.

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