PeDreTea – Group training (Domestic arrangements)

Today we want to share with you how we met each other and what happened to us the first few days on site. This is one of the tasks entrusted to the Domestic Arrangements: group well-being and harmony. What does it really mean?

After almost 3 months we have realised that the relationships in a small community can be real hard work. We only knew each other from internet posts and skype before coming here and when we arrived on the finca we were divided into different groups of people.

The first person to arrive onsite was Maja B., she arrived almost one month before the rest of the Group. She was spending her time working/living/enjoying in the 8th Life project (the PeDreTea hosts). When Rose and Judit arrived she had to leave them and join the PeDreTea Project. She had some difficulties because, for example, she now had to organize her jobs in different ways, change the timetable and adapt herself to a new group.

Judit and Rose arrived almost together and they were not really involved with the rest of the group and they immediately get  close to each other for several reasons.

Finally, one week later the families arrived with their children and then the PeDreTea project could get started!

Three different groups, each of us with their personalities and attitudes. What a challenge! A lot of challenges were coming on…

The first challenge was the weather for most of us. Unfortunately, the winter started later than usual, and was quite difficult for some of us to manage, living in a tent that is your home, go to a compost toilet when it’s bloody raining, during the nights it was really cold and humid (0°-10°), we didn’t have a place where we could have our meal in a warm place, spending most of the time outside in a open-space kitchen without walls. The only available warm place was the library which was mostly occupied by 8th life students for their meetings/parties etc. We weren’t even able to take a shower for some time because there is no hot water without sunshine (there is just a solar shower on the finca) and only washing yourself with cold water can be really difficult if you are not used to it…

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Some of us very really stressed and frustrated and managing this kind of situation and emotions were really hard.

After a few weeks when we were having one of our daily meetings one of the families announced that they wanted to leave the project: our group was shocked, but we accepted the decision.

The Group had a lot of doubts: could we help them to stay here longer? Have we failed in something? Have we done something wrong? Why?

The dynamics were changing yet again and we were looking to each other trying to figure out what we should be doing. Stay or leave? Continue or drop the project? Happy or not? What the f*** should we do?

At that time we decided to continue… but the challenges are still on and the Group well-being and harmony is moody everyday.

The weather is getting better but right now other new challenges are happening and new doubts in the group are appearing.

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Will the project still continue? … if you want to know the answer you should follow us!

Ciao!

 

 

 

 

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First days of work at the Finca

After a few days of relaxing we’ve started to set up our camp site, Rose and Judit done great job of tidying up our new kitchen before  arrival last Pedreteans . Firstly We took care of the kitchen table which involved a bit of carpentry skills. Michal done great job.

 

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The second task was to plug in the washing mashine, on our first trip to Los Llanos we bought a valve for fresh water. After fitting it it was time to connect the grey water which was a bit more challenging but finally We did it so we could wash our clothes especially with 2 kids in the group.

 

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First tasks done from very long list.
To relax Himself Michal took care about our energy needs, so he pluged 3 solar panels 100W each to an old battery from his motorhome which is just enought to use for a 150w inverter to charge small appliences and supply light to  2 led strips fitted to the celling above the table and also give power to a radio. He really like some noise when he’s working, but listening to the birds is also good especially for us 😀

— Michal

 

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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.

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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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Judit-Soapmaking

Soapmaking
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My favorite hobby. I got my introduction from my friend and I fall in love with it:)

Making your own soap at home is easy, frugal, creative and fulfilling. There’s something really marvelous about taking a bar of your own homemade soap into the bath or shower with you.
Whether you are looking for a more natural alternative to commercial soap, or are just a crafty person looking for a new creative adventure, making soap is fun, and more than a little addictive!

There are several different methods to making your own soap, and once you understand the basics of how to make soap, you can get started right away. By carefully choosing a combination of quality oils, adding your favorite fragrance or essential oils, and swirling in a lively colorant, your soap suddenly takes on that charming “character” that commercially manufactured soap can’t even begin to compete with. Making soap not really difficult but if you want a more specific need more and more knowledge. I still leaning new things every time when I do it..

I use a Cold process method, so after it is mixed have to wait for 4 weeks.

On the pic. 1. nature coloured with carrott juice and pulp 2. Himalayan salt soap  3. body scrub soap with poppy seeds

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