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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Samosas

samosasOur meal schedule usually consists of an extended lunch, and at the end of the day a simple supper of soup and snacks. Tonight our new arrival Mantas from Lithuania demonstrated his baking skills with Samosas, these delicious spicy Indian snacks, followed by sweet ones for desert. A feast, also shared by Agnes, another Lithuanian, Nina and Tessa from Holland, Jose from Spain and our loyal friends Luke and Janosch.

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Firewood

firewoodThe fireplace that heats our meditation room at night is fueled by wood from pruning our own garden. Here we are posing in our new wood storage area. Some plastic sheets protect it from the rain. Wishing you a happy 2017, from right to left: Alok and Rita, both Portuguese, our construction manager Ari from Finland, Luke from the UK, Sivan from Israel, Janosch from Germany and me and Luisa.

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