Judit – First jobs

What can we do while we still waiting for our group members arrive? We managed the cleaning a kitchen mostly tidied up the unused fridges. Looks easy job but is not. Dirty, long time not used. We use just natural product- water, cleaning solution( alcohol, vinegar, orange and lemon peel)from Samadhi. Even we have no hot water make things more difficult.


In the kitchen we have a useless rocket stove and Maja-s rocket stove, no electricity and water. Even we have no proper walls so it is cold and windy. The original plan was make a wall from fridge and use as a storage place which we need a lot. Because rats coming in the night we have to store everything in the fridges. We have no table and chairs, have to make.

This place going to be our living room and kitchen. At the moment I feel it is so far…

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Michal – First days of Euro Trip

We was waiting for our journey companions Ludka Mateusz and Jana

Just two days before they arrival to Dziadowo I’ve discovered water ingress in our motorhome  and after stripping down the wall cover  firstly I felt  sad and angry because it was so close to our dream journey and the damage was quite bad. I show it to Maja and she said don’t worry is still timie to fix it  I’ve  started to rebuild it; that day I’ve  worked all night  using just simple tools like kife and scraper. The next day I was rebuilding  frame and then I’ve used expanding foam to fill gaps after that with a help from Maja brother Michal  we fixted nice piece of polyvinyl sheet , I was suprised how good it was looked  so the days without sleep payed off and camper was ready for new inhabitants. DSC01196Mateusz and his family  arrived to Dziadowo  quite late I think it was around 3 at morrning on 8th of March so we just unpacked their belongings  from Mateusz father’s car and I gave them keys to they luxry apartment 🙂 Next day I was still doing some bits and pieces in camper  with big help form our new firends. Mateusz he pulled out his equipment I  was very  impressed  and  became movie star with grinder ( movie to come out soon). In just few hours of working thogether  I’ve felt well connected with him so we would have great times togehter. After 3 days in Maja home we finnaly packed oursefls and around 4pm we’ve stared our dream journey. Just after 90km we decided to do it brake and from it  was almost 3 hours 😀 . the plam was to meet with Brio in Berlin and we did it just before midnight and then was trip via Germany as usualy Autobahn  so easy peasy 🙂 In France i’ve decided to avoid motorways  but after few  km I changed my mind (U have to paid for you comfort) and we set up Our second destination  AvingnonDSC01241.JPGMore to come soon …..

Judit-Mixed feelings

It was a long time to wait for Maja, Ludka. Gabi, Jana, Mateusz and Michael arrive but finally they did.  But soon in the next they we started to realized how many things to do as soon as possible:a lot!!! It is overwhelming: the meetings, talking, understanding how things work, prioritized thing and start a work straight . No tome for observation just lets do it. The kitchen: make a table, benches, rocket stove, make a wall,  deconstructed the walls. Cooking together, get kitchen equipment, washing mashine, sheeps and guinea pig food start a vegetable garden and fix many things.. A of course make a video, picture, write down a design. And buy food, tools, make list what do we need for everythings but keep low the budget.

The feeling was shocked, confused, overwhelming and really dont know how slow down. Started from Saturday and still on it.

The weather not help-maybe the local people happy because need rain here- but for us make thing more difficult we have no close, warm place when getting cold, raining (not big one just shower). But hard the stay all the time outside especial in the evening.                   We manage to use a library and a caravan as well for meetings but noting else. I quite fine with this weather Rosa struggling with this. Looks continue a week so we have to be strong.

The solar shower broke down but in this cold not have hot water. Finally today we have a few hours sun and I had a nice shower!

The kitchen is a mess, tried organize our food and thing for cooking but is difficult b. the guys build there.

We are going to be fine but need time, patient, and make time for relax not stressed out. And it is not easy.

Rose -My travel from Trento to La Palma 2/2

…When Jose arrived he gave us the chance to buy some products at the local market (in Italy we call it (km market) and I bought a lot of vegetables and after a while we finally arrived at our destination: the finca, the 8th life community.

The first person that I met was Maja B., one of our PeDreTea Community, and another guy that is building the Domos for the 8th life project. Maja showed us the finca and I immediately found it to be a beautiful place with “mucha naturaleza”, a lot of fruit, vegetation, trees, flowers, animals, vegetables… and water. There is a nice fountain with spring water and a magnificent view of the ocean.
It’s really strange but I felt really comfortable from the beginning, like I’m home although I don’t really know everybody yet.
After a while I met all the others living at the finca: students from all Europe, Judit (PeDreTea Team) and Stella, our coordinator.
The finca is divided into two parts: the PeDreTea’s area and the 8th Life ones.
Stella explained to me that the first days will be useful to understand where we are so we don’t really need to do anything in particular… but I couldn’t so I immediately start to follow Maja and Judit and tried to understand how everything is organised here.
The first day I was quite tiring and the same day I couldn’t sleep really well because it was quite cold during the night so I started to realize that I am missing some of the facilities that I have at home.
It’s quite different here, I need to get used to the compost toilet and for me it will take some time, so right now sometimes I still use the normal toilet in the 8th life area even though I shouldn’t.
The first 2 days were quite could during the day and the night and I usually don’t like to feel cold all the time… I love the hot weather and the sun… but with some cup of teas I can manage the cold weather.
This reality is completely different from the one I left in Italy and it’s not easy to get used to it but it is for a good purpose… I’m completely sure I will manage it!
I feel a little bit dazed but really comfortable at the same time. I have a really good relationship with all the people that I met. I just need to manage the compost toilet and the cold night weather right now.
Here there is something special that put challenges into background: “La naturalezza, la magicità del posto e la familiarità con le persone incontrate danno, al tempo trascorso finora in questo posto, quel fresco senso di libertà”
I don’t really know I can translate this phrase into English but should be something like that: “The natural beauty of the environment, the magic in this place and the familiarity with people I met here gives me a fresh sense of freedom”.
Finally I can say that I’m very impressed by how green and how much vegetation there is on this part of the island.
The reflection of the sun on trees gives the surroundings a picture-postcard backdrop that only the eyes of a person on site can grasp. It is a gift of the nature and I’m lucky to be here.
Now I hear the chirping of birds, the rustle of the wind, the lizards making their way through the vegetation, the grunting of the sow that spins freely around the finca searching for food, the bleating of sheep, in the morning I am awakened by the singing roosters that remotely communicate with each other, human sounds are less hectic, quieter and more respectful of the environment.
Now it’s time to go. See you soon.

Maja B – in the realm of dreams

I had three exceptionally vivid dreams recently. I am usually rather careful with interpreting dreams, most of them just come from my thoughts, wishes, fears, memories etc. But sometimes so it happens, that I wake up very sure that this dream was something more. Sometimes a lot more, sometimes just a little bit.

In the first dream I was here, on La Palma, in 8th life eco-village, with Stella, Jose and Samadhi. We were standing on top of the building and looking at waves. This place is quite far away from the ocean but you can see it. The waves were enormous, sometimes so close, that the house was shaking. And we were there, with our arms wide opened, joining with energy of the wind and water. The last wave was so strong that it occurred to me, that once winter comes, we can be in real danger (ocean in winter is more wild than in summer). And then we saw another village, a bit lower then we were that was swallowed by the waves. That scared me, in a few months from now we will probably die.
And then Samadhi, to cheer me up, took me up to the city in a device that made me feel like I am flying in a dream. The city was a beautiful place full of people who were laughing from every little silly thing. They had a lot of fun with tourists and themselves, they were an embodiment of joy, peace and awareness of the present moment. We went there singing from our hearts. And then I knew, that I was at home. And even if in few months we will be swallowed by the waves, I don’t mind dying like that, in the place I love.
The next dream I don’t remember so well. We (me and a group of very nice people) were restoring some very old, spanish village. The deal was, that when we restore it, we can live there and our families can join us. It was a beautiful place! The dream finished when we were done and I said “ahora, podemos crear…” (“now, we can create…”) what can we create? there was no word for that, because we could create everything we could. A community. This was the first time I spoke in spanish in my dream
In the last dream we were walking towards some place. In nature, but ruined one. for some reason we dug a huge hole in the ground and it was heartbreaking. At least 10m deep, there was mostly cement in the soil. I started to wonder, what tree should we plant here to restore it? it has to be hardy so it can grow in such a poor conditions, it has to break the cement with its roots and it has to be good for this climate. I thought of Robinia pseudoacacia.
Then we were passing an old river. Next to it, there was a screen showing how it used to look like. It was wide, with crystal water, with loads of rainbow trouts swimming in it. It was a very important place in the community, always gathering people wanting to cool down, always with children playing in it. And then there was a woman talking about their organization to save the rivers and that they are doing better. The view behind the screen, the river in the present time was horrifying. Just a little, muddy, dirty stream slowly moving along the dry river bed. Just like here on La Palma, in all these huge barrancos, there used to live big rivers, now watching their graveyard is really painful.
After waking up, I immediately started to think about the holistic grazing as a way to restore our rivers. By the breakfast we talked about handling sheep, and this discussion along with my dream and holistic grazing ideas filled me with fire of excitement and passion. When my turn came to speak, I just cried and laughed, couldn’t really say how happy I am to live here and now, with the possibility to make a change in the world.
to stay close to my home (the world) even though soon it might be gone
to restore and build a community
to restore our natural world
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