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.
In the darkness of night, I arrived to the mystic land called Wisdom Forest with two of my dear friends. We had left the city life in Quito for a long weekend, ready to commune with nature and experience a permaculture yoga farm. In the morning, I rose before the first light ready for meditiation, mantras and bhakti yoga. As we practiced together, the positive vibrations were palpable. The waking rainforest was a symphony of sounds that kept the rhythm to our yoga flow. We ended surrounded by nature with open hearts and open minds- the feeling was unlike anything I have ever experienced.
Once our bodies were flexed and our bellies were full, we were ready for our volunteer work! Our first task was planting trees for the Wisdom Forest Project. My oh my, I have never felt so useful! As a community we dug holes, shared stories and planted trees that will feed future volunteers of Wisdom Forest. The next adventure was volunteering at the local school. There we connected with the children of Tena. Their infinite joy and love for life was refreshing.
Wisdom Forest is a holistic environment where locals, travelers, and nature live in harmony together as one. We cook, sing and clean together for our meals while sharing our stories skills and love with one another. The unified community allowed me to embrace the beauty of the infinitly present NOW. I learned, I shared, and I experienced the unknown. It was a short time with Wisdom Forest and I feel so grateful for the opportunity to be apart of the project! I hope to return.
Gracias por la hermosa experiencia
Jaclyn Rey of the United States
Our first yoga retreat with Ecuadorian guests organized together with Stefan from Aguadulce. 3 Great days of morning yoga workshops, delicious vegetarian meals and a great sweat lodge! Thank you all for your visit, we hope to see you again soon!
Thank you Eric and family for this beautiful piece on Wisdomforest!
Head on over to Permagora to read the full article!
Over the last month we have planted over 5000 seeds to prepare for our ambitious project, the largest fruit forest on the planet! Mostly native fruits of all shapes and sizes, they will provide food for generations to come! Thanks Guillermo and Limber and everybody else who helped for filling all those bags!
We continue to visit the local school of Talag every Thursday.Recently they have been learning how to recycle plastic bottles, creating beautiful drawings and have come to help plant seedlings for the rainforest reserve. Thank you Daniela and the volunteers for all your hard work!
Welcome to the Wisdom Forest Blog, we hope to have many fun activities for 2017!