Life in the forest…

I have only been at wisdom forest for one week but I have learnt so much already! Every day starts with meditation and a yoga class looking out over the beautiful jungle. Then we work for a few hours, for example one day I spent the morning harvesting cacao beans from the trees. We used machetes to cut them down from the trees, you know when they’re ripe when they turn yellowish (the fruits are such pretty colours!) Bandu the dog really enjoyed the game of collecting the pods and running away with them… Then we got the seeds out to ferment them for chocolate. They taste really sweet, like sherbert. After that you put the seeds in a bag and leave them to ferment in the sun. It was really interesting to see the whole process. On another day I made lunch for everyone with all the fresh ingredients we grow here like lemongrass, chillis, ginger etc. Then after lunch I go to a workshop, this week I learned how to make bread, using the fruits from the garden called chuntas. I also went to another workshop where we learned about all the different medicinal plants that we have on the farm which was really interesting. I have also used the pool everyday, it is so beautiful down there! You can take a book and sit in the pool and look out over a meadow full of butterflies and dragonflies. Then in the evening we all have a meal together and sing. It’s really good practice for learning Spanish here as there’s loads of people to talk to.