22 June 2011
Just over 3 weeks and it's time to say goodbye to everyone, including Roger. We decided long before coming here that it would be our last stop together. It's been quite an adventure but now it's time for us both to go solo. He's flying out early in the morning to Puerto Vallarta and he's rented a cottage for a month in Sayulita, just north of there.
As for myself, I'm catching the bus to La Paz tomorrow at 10.00am, then the ferry to Mazatlan followed by the bus down the coast to San Blas and Aticama, where my next lovely hostess, Amaranta, will meet me and take me to Slow Living Farm. All about that sometime in the future!
Raices y Brazos has been quite an experience - all sorts of things go on here - from activism (alternative living), permaculture and organic restaurant to yoga, healing and breathwork...and anything inbetween.
The centre plays host to alternative courses from all over the world, as well as "happenings" such as the Sensorama which we all experienced individually. The brainchild of a group of Peter and Jessica's friends, it involves a blindfolded journey through the life of water, in order to create awareness that it is precious and we need to look after it. A beautiful interactive experience!
These are the same people who put on stage shows involving music and dance and appeared at the 2 music festivals we've had this month in the town square. Really dedicated to their cause, these dynamic and colourful performances chronicle the story of water from it's creation to present time and would like to see it appear in the school system - a great idea!
Another aspect of Peter's vision is the organic farm, La Semilla, which will form part of a CSA (community supported agriculture) project in the area. The farm is a couple of miles away and we go and work on various projects there, assisted every Friday by the children from the local Montessori school, where it's part of their curriculum, so it's a win-win situation. We've been building fences around the kitchen area using the carizo on site, as well as a rabbit enclosure and paving the kitchen floor. Most of the veggies being grown are at the end of the season, which is why the restaurant at Raices y Brazos aptly named Sabor de Amor (flavour of love), supplied by the organic produce, is closed for the summer.
Peter teaches yoga and I have never come across a more inspiring teacher. He patiently explains all the moves and what they're for as well as how to breath and the connection. He also either leads or assists at the Transformational Breathwork sessions, producing wonderful and moving results. His quiet and focused energy makes this place unique and together with his partner, Jessica they are bound to make a difference in this community that will have far-reaching branches.