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Friday, April 5, 2013
Sharing mud joys
Sweet April is here, and our projects are keeping us in the mud and full of spunk...
The Castle Bathhouse is looking fabulous: the final plasters are going over the adobe bricks and earthbags...
...the "waiting bench" is getting smoothed...
In the garden, we are still preping the beds for our little plantlings for our winter crops...
...and itty bitty seeds go into the ground...
Fresh from the earth, mandioca root and her harvesting goddess:
And Jax is keeping the kitchen team in line and aproned up:
Oh, and the recycling center gets some organizing love too. We have just gone trash-free and are now producing eco-bricks (full explanation and photos to come...)
Little flowers everywhere!
Mandarine marmalade, bubbling iridescently in the afternoon light.
The community bathhouse extention is just about complete. Bottles to finish the wall...
Everyone finds a little inspiration from the farm dog Rambo.
Plastering goes on.
And the sink is installed, and a mirror mosaic dazzles up the mud wall.
New stairs to the watering hole.
Ooh, and we had our first sweat in our new sweat lodge! In the easy light of morning, we sat together in the steaming womb of the lodge right by the river, sang songs of joy, and celebrated the Easter dawn.
See... we're all so shiny and clean now.
Bonus shot: anyone know what type of mushroom this is poking out from under our trees?
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.