Somehow the last weeks are intense. I’m tired and could sleep all day. I know a large part has to do with the scorching heat in July and August, the constant sweating which is exhausting. I should know by now after five summers on Ibiza that my energy levels drop tremendously, but I always seem to forget until the hottest months arrive. The summers before I took it easy in July and August and didn’t plan much for myself. These months are different as we live in a community and things have to be done.
Sustainable Living Course
I proposed to be a vegan cook for two weeks and to prepare the plant-based lunches for the Sustainable Living Course instructed by Dorus and a few guest tutors. At some days I was cooking for 17 people, including the volunteers and students who attended the course for one day. And somehow I succeeded to make nice lunches for us with vegetables from the gardens which gave me much satisfaction. To eat from the garden made me happy! Kale, pumpkin, onion, lettuce, the best tomatoes I have ever tasted, peppers… To know where our food is coming from, real food, it’s a treasure! Two days of the course were about plant-based nutrition and cooking, hosted by two guest tutors and one of them is a superb private chef, so these days I assisted her which was fun and I learnt some new tricks as well.
It were interesting two weeks with much fun and inspiration, but I wished I had more energy to fully enjoy them. I’m happy it all went well and the students enjoyed the course. One of the students, an English lady, is a true inspiration. She bought a piece of land near Granada in Spain with a cave and she wants to make it an ecological place with a shelter for abandoned animals and a place to organize retreats with vegan food. She was here to learn about the different aspects of how to start a sustainable life. I would love to visit her in the future – and I will. Loic, another student from France got the course as a present from his partner. He’s a landscape architect and is determined to make the first steps towards a more sustainable life in France. We were very lucky to have them here, so easy-going, fun and interested. The next Sustainable Living Course we have planned starts the 23rd of September. We have four students coming and two more places left.
Find more information about what this course is all about here!
Lately we have many volunteers coming for only one or two weeks. Most of them are beautiful people, but there are days I want to be left alone. I’d rather live with a small group of people which is more constant. I’m super grateful we have our tiny home where I have my privacy and where I’m able to have time outside the community.
Living in a community is quite a challenge when the people are constantly changing and when long term volunteers leave. Last Monday, a wonderful and supportive French girl of the age of my niece left after spending two months here as a volunteer. We brought her to the ferry to Valencia. These goodbyes are hard, but I feel fortunate to be able to meet women like her who I would have never met otherwise.
I have met a few inspiring young women the last months who each made their own, sometimes difficult, choices in how they wish to lead their lives. They are in the beginning of their twenties or thirties and already so aware of, and interested in, the world around us, our environment and why we behave the way we do. Often they have spent time in foreign countries and coming from “traditional” families that want their daughters to be safe and to go to university, they choose their own path, which isn’t easy.
The last weeks made again very clear to me energies are around I try to distance myself from, but with bits it’s still slipping through. My views on the future have changed, nevertheless I’m certain to enjoy our time here and in our beautiful tiny home for as long as it lasts.