Dear Friends and Family
The rains are starting to slow down now with only about 2 months left of rain before the dry season. We are still in planning mode for the next few months of the dry season.
As some of you may know, we have recently opened a Yoga Studio at our Sprouting Seeds Cafe and Bakery here in Kalaw. As part of this we are planning to integrate yoga training into our teacher training progams. In November we will be working with another group to offer a week long immersion training program in Yoga and Trauma Healing. We will bring participants from all over the country, targeting specifically ethnic girls from rural areas. this will be an ongoing program to help integrate yoga into more projects.
We were unable to get to Chin State due to certain conditions but we are still very excited to be intouch with one of our former alumni from one of the previous training programs who would like us to come up and offer a teacher training program. Once the weather has cleared we should be better able to travel to Chin State to offer the program there. We will keep you posted on our progress!
Once again we thank you all for your support and kind thoughts! Warmly,
All of us at Whispering Seed
Dear Friends and Family,
We are happy to share our latest news with you from the new Whispering Earth Centre! We have almost made it through the first rainy season out on the land. However, we still need to finish paying off the land as soon as we can.
Road Repairs and Surki Water TanksWith a very limited budget we have been able to start the Surki water tanks as tests for the upcoming dry season. The access road that was completed into the farm has held up for us through the muddy rains, but we desperately need some minor repairs on the road to make it more safe for us to travel in and out of the farm onto the main dirt track going to and from the village. With almost a month still left of heavy rains we need to the minor repairs as soon as possible.
Continued Intensive Permaculture Design & PlantingWe have continued working on the Permaculture design and planning for the entire property. We have already planted several hundred trees on the land including the following exciting varieties; macadamia, avocado, mango, several species of banana, two variety of grapes, ornamental and decorative trees, edible wild flowers, mulberry, lemon, orange, plums, pears, blackberries and several kinds of hard woods for long term sustainability and much, much more!!!
Preparations for First Adobe BuildingsWe have continued to work on the basic design for the first buildings which we hope to start sometime after the rains stop in November. As we have already mentioned, we have completed the first bamboo house which has given us a space to seek shelter from the driving rains the past few months.
Once the rains stop we will start on the adobe brick making workshops to begin teaching the local villagers the new techniques and which will be used on the first building. Our priorities for the next few months are to start to make bricks and begin the building of the main lodge or welcome centre and to start on the kitchen and dining hall.
VolunteersWe are also ready to start taking volunteers to come and stay with us at the new farm! Please let us know if you are interested in coming out to Myanmar and joining is this incredible new project!
As always we thank you for your ongoing support and are excited to share the next news with you!
Whispering Earth Team
15thReport for Sprouting Seeds Learning Centre
Dear friends and Family,
The monsoon season is slowly wrapping and we have roughly another month before our very busy high season begins. In preparation, we have been working extra hard here at the café!
Yoga Studio Up and Running!!We are so excited about the new yoga studio here above Sprouting Seeds Café, Bakery and Eco Shop!
We are now offering several types of yoga classes both to the local community here in Kalaw and also to foreigners passing through the café. We have had a wonderful response to the classes. We are also working to host a training for local ethnic girls from all over the country to learn about yoga and healing. Natural ProductsWe continue to work on our natural products and plan to have our bar soaps, bar shampoo, shampoo, lip balms, healing salves and much more out on the shelves in November!
Knitting and Crochet WorkshopWe had a friend stop in and share some new skills and techniques for knitting and crochet. It was a great fun day for all the girls!!!
Beautiful Purple Butterfly Peas!We have been growing our very own purple butterfly peas here at the café. We are using them in our unique special flower tea mix, our body soaps, our shampoos and we will start some fun purple rice dishes!!!!!
We are very grateful for all of your support and assistance in making our project a huge success!!!
Thank you for all your support!Sprouting Seeds Team