KADAGAYA PROJECT: PART THREE

I spent seven weeks doing a Workaway at Kadagaya Project earlier in 2016 and had a marvellous and challenging time. Now, as I consider returning, I ruminate over exactly what challenged me about my experience there. Part 1 denotes what the experience was like and Part 2 is on how I changed. Welcome to one […]

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BURNING MY INTEGRITY

Once again, on the first day I’ve arrived, I feel like I am completely in the wrong place. Marta, the kitchen lady with a giant blue skirt and white apron, shows me my first task – weeding a garden area in front of one of the family houses. It seems normal enough, but I become […]

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‘I JUST WANT TO BE RICH’

“You have to make money before you can do good.” “You have to make money before you can follow your dreams.” Nothing really makes any sense, as far as the unexamined assumptions young people hear – they are all paradoxes. For example, there’s the idea that money can not buy happiness and at the same […]

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LEAVING WONDERLAND

What are you searching for, Laurent asks me as we watch the candlelight leap up and down in the wind on the dining table. It’s his last night, and – unlike when the five other volunteers left yesterday – I am sad to see him leave. Laurent has a deep stillness, openness and easiness – […]

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EXTRATERRESTRIALS

“But you know, Nalini, that we’ve been genetically manipulated by aliens,” Keegan grins, between mouthfuls of corn and arracacha I’ve just cooked. I look at him blankly. “You mean…you’re not too into evolution?” I venture. Keegan grins. “Well, yeah, we believe that there were monkeys before and so on and these monkeys changed over time.” […]

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Dreams, destiny and intuition

Eilif believes in dreams, destiny, and intuition. Eilif tells me about his name, firstly. The story behind his name is a Norwegian prophecy – a man called Elias is guided by spirit as he travels through the cold regions of Russia. On his way, he encounters some evil horses, who have power to destroy him […]

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