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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Finishing the Year with Gratitude
So much to be grateful for at this year's ending! The marvelous nature around us, the lessons learned in each day's work, the fabulous people who gravitate toward Mama Roja, and all the poetry of a homesteading life in the jungle.
Thanks for another gorgeous internship! We wrapped up the program with mud plastered sculptures and mosaics.
Mud vines wrapping the outside porch of the house on the hill.
Giant sunshines with great ceramic tentacles! Wow! High art!
Our dear, sweet, well-behaved interns...
Memories of peanuts and planting:
Everyone's favorite toothless hero. Watch out, he bites. No joke.
Herbal eye remedy: Santa Lucia's magical flower drop squeezed into an ailing eye cures all aggravations of spirit and eyeball.
Oh, the handsome harvest of sweet potatoes:
Muddy feet make happy souls:
As if we weren't dirty enough, medicinal mud makes our Ladies Spa Day into an exfoliating extravaganza.
Still planting summer delights in the garden.
Friends who love mud building:
The big river on a hot afternoon. The perfect way to end a cow manure-hunting outing.
News on the duckling: He is waddling and well, eating and growing, and has even started hissing and chasing us down for more food! Thanks to our home-brewed microorganisms, we saved him from imminent duck-doom.
And life in the jungle just keeps on. The wonder, the blessings, and the joy. Thanks to all who have journeyed to Mama Roja this past year to make this project a fun and successful adventure in sustainable living!
The eco-venture odyssey has begun... and her name is Mama Roja. She is a dream of a sustainable lifestyle, more self-sufficiency, less environmental impact. She exists on 32 hectares (80 acres) of (what´s left of) gorgeous forest in the central hills of Misiones, Argentina. This is our homestead, our learning project, our place to live in peace. We want to be constructive, responsible beings, which for us means living as ecologically as possible, cultivating a deep partnership with the land we live on. We believe we can provide for our basic needs (food/water, shelter, clothes, medicine) through simple, natural means. An organic garden. Natural building using local, site-found, and salvaged materials. Connecting with our fellow beings by offering a place to share knowledge and skills, and gain new insight and understanding.We want to live in harmony with nature, reconnect with her wisdom, and savor her delights. By culitvating awareness of our attitudes and actions, we can have a postive effect on our place in this world.