Sprouting Seeds Learning Centre

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Sprouting Seeds Learning Centre
Sprouting Seeds Learning Centre
Sprouting Seeds Learning Centre
Sprouting Seeds Learning Centre
Sprouting Seeds Learning Centre
Sprouting Seeds Learning Centre
Sprouting Seeds Learning Centre
Sprouting Seeds Learning Centre
Sprouting Seeds Learning Centre
Sprouting Seeds Learning Centre
Sprouting Seeds Learning Centre
Sprouting Seeds Learning Centre
Sprouting Seeds Learning Centre
Sprouting Seeds Learning Centre
Sprouting Seeds Learning Centre
Sprouting Seeds Learning Centre
Sprouting Seeds Learning Centre
Sprouting Seeds Learning Centre
Sprouting Seeds Learning Centre
Sprouting Seeds Learning Centre
Sprouting Seeds Learning Centre
Sprouting Seeds Learning Centre
Jacaranda trees grace the entrance of the new cafe
Jacaranda trees grace the entrance of the new cafe

Dear Friends and Family

It is hot season here in Myanmar and we are feeling the heat!! Many changes have happened since we last shared our news with you 3 months ago. 

Sprouting Seeds has moved to a new location!!!
After running the training centre in our home in Kalaw for over 2 years, the house was sold and we were forced to move out. The notice came rather quickly, and did not leave us much time to find a new home. 

After much searching and almost losing hope, we found our new location! 

We moved in roughly 2 months ago and are already open to busy as usual!! The new place is wonderful and has so many great possibilities for us to grow our projects and trainings to reach more people. 

We are now located much more centrally in downtown Kalaw, close to the train station. The space is larger, with a wooden bridge, a small stream and 3 buildings. It took so much hard work and effort but we have succeeded and the place looks and feels like Sprouting Seeds now! 

The building had been abandoned almost entirely for the last few years, so it took alot of work. The main building serves as the cafe and the kitchen. The next building is 3 floors!!! 

The yoga studio is on the top floor, quiet and away from all the noise of the cafe and a beautiful panoramic view of Kalaw. The bottom floor serves as the bakery and space for cooking classes. The other buildings and rooms will be used to house the new mountain bikes and plans for a new juice bar and expanding our eco shop. 

We will have lots of work to do, but we are getting settled and the gardens are coming along!!!!! 

Donation of new Mountain Bikes
Just was we were in transition and moving into the new house, we were so generously dontated 5 new mountain bikes, and also one more for a total of 6 bikes!!!  

We are in the process of creating several different mountain bike trail rides, joining then in with some trekking and some stays for meals in the local ethnic villages outside of Kalaw. 

We are training 2 new guides to manage and run the mountain biking rental component and we are so very much looking forward to sharing the new project and opportunities to ride out and engage with the local communities on mountain bikes in the near future! 

We are looking forward to the next few months and to share more of our successes in the new building with you soon!!!

Warmly, 

Sprouting Seeds Family

Main room of the new cafe with earthen counter
Main room of the new cafe with earthen counter
One of our volunteers working on the new garden
One of our volunteers working on the new garden
Wooden bridge entrance into new Sprouting Seeds
Wooden bridge entrance into new Sprouting Seeds
The buildings with yoga studio on 3rd floor
The buildings with yoga studio on 3rd floor
Some of the main buildings at Sprouting Seeds
Some of the main buildings at Sprouting Seeds
Some of our new products the girls made
Some of our new products the girls made

Dear friends and Family, 

We wish you all a happy holiday season and many best wishes as we enter into the New Year!!!

The winter season has arrived and along with the cold weather come more and more tourists which greatly helps support our project. 

We have been busy with many projects over the last few months.

Yoga Trauma Healing Training
In November we co-hosted a yoga training for girls from all over the country. Our aim was to support them to learn about yoga and trauma healing and to begin training this group of young girls to soon become yoga instructors!! It was a very successful training and were able to bring girls from all over the country to attend. 

Four of the girls were from Kachin State and working in the IDP camps, (Internally Displaced People) Camps and will go back to start yoga program for those who are living in the camps. We are looking forward to another training to support these girls in the near future. 

The rest of our Kalaw Yoga program is growing each day and supporting more and more people to learn about yoga. 

New Products for the New Year
We were able to launch a series of products just in time for the holiday. Our natural handmade soaps were a huge hit as were the natural lip balms and healing salves. We also started a line of organic green tea and will expand this once we have a training this month to build a solar food dryer. We will introduce a line of naturally dried fruits and fruity and flowering teas. 

Upcoming Trainings
As we mentioned we will be building a unique solar food drying this month. We are very excited as we will be able to introduce many new products and teach local villagers another way of preserving foods. 

We will also be building a small mushroom house to teach local communities how to grow 2-3 types of mushrooms. This will help us introduce new products on to our menu also from things we are growing ourselves!

We are looking forward to sharing more news from our progress during the beginning of this new year!!! 

Wishing you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year!!! 

Sprouting Seeds Family

The girls from Yoga and Trauma Healing workshop
The girls from Yoga and Trauma Healing workshop
New smoothie bowls on the menu!
New smoothie bowls on the menu!
Our new organic teas!!
Our new organic teas!!
Lip balms, healing salves and another amazing cake
Lip balms, healing salves and another amazing cake
A family trip to the incredible viewpoint in Kalaw
A family trip to the incredible viewpoint in Kalaw
The new Yoga Studio above Sprouting Seeds!
The new Yoga Studio above Sprouting Seeds!

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 Products
We 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 Workshop
We 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

Local and foreigners in our new yoga classes!
Local and foreigners in our new yoga classes!
Knitting and crochet workshop on recycled goods!
Knitting and crochet workshop on recycled goods!
Organic butterfly pea grown here at Sprouting Seed
Organic butterfly pea grown here at Sprouting Seed
Handmade 100% natural soaps made here at cafe!
Handmade 100% natural soaps made here at cafe!
The new yoga studio!
The new yoga studio!

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Handicraft training in crochet, knitting & sewing
Handicraft training in crochet, knitting & sewing
14th Report for Sprouting Seeds Learning Centre Dear friends and Family, We are excited to share the latest report with you. We have been busy over the last few months, but still struggling due to a severe lack in tourism because of the issues in Rakhine State, which is greatly affecting tourism all over the country. 8 Interns from Local Children's Home We have taken in 8 interns from a local children's orphanage home to learn with us over the last few months. It has been a great experience for us and for the girls. Now they have started school again, but we hope to continue to support their skills development. They have started their training in cooking, baking, ice cream making, knitting and crochet and fairie lights. Yoga Classes Ready to Go!!! The yoga studio is ready to go! We have a new teacher and classes are starting now! We are very excited and looking forward to really beginning the new part of the project! Traditional Myanmar Cooking Classes Cooking classes have been ongoing and we have had a wonderful response from guests. These classes too add a wonderful new element to our project. Launch of New Products Throughout the next few months, with low tourist season and the rainy season, we will focus on our crafts. We will work to produce more of our handmade soaps, start a new line of shampoos, lip balms, and we will focus on our sustainable packaging. Kachin Fermentation Workshop We were able to spend a few days in northern Myanmar, Kachin State and had an amazing opportunity to do a short fermentation course with a friends mother. She taught us the art of traditional Kachin fermentation, especially how to make the sticky rice with herbal leaves. This is then used to make a purple sticky rice fermented drink...absolutely amazing and full of nutrients! We are so excited about all the momentum in the cafe and looking forward to sharing more news with you soon! Warmly, All of us at Sprouting SeedsSome of the interns and the new bakery items
Some of the interns and the new bakery items
Some of the new crafts and products for Eco Shop
Some of the new crafts and products for Eco Shop
Always learning together and having fun!
Always learning together and having fun!
Our amazing Kachin fermentation teacher!
Our amazing Kachin fermentation teacher!
Using the herbal starter to ferment the rice
Using the herbal starter to ferment the rice
New girls joining Sprouting Seeds Family!
New girls joining Sprouting Seeds Family!

Dear Friends and Family

We hope you all had a happy holiday season and a happy transition into the new year.

Things here at Sprouting Seeds Café, Bakery and Eco Shop are really moving along. Unfortunately, due to the press Myanmar is receiving about the conflicts in Rakhaine State, there are many less people coming to Myanmar. It is extremely noticeable here in Kalaw.

However, we are very excited to share that we received an award here at the café for our work with the local community. We are now starting to focus on small trainings to expand our natural products through the Eco Shop part of the project. Trainings in sewing, knitting, crochet, lip balm and hard soaps is now expanding to reach more people.

We are also so happy to welcome 3 new staff to the project, Thandar Myo, Shwe Yi and Chaw Kalyar. There are an amazing addition to the family here at Sprouting Seeds. We have had a few chances to take our days off to travel around Kalaw to have fun together after working hard all week together!

We also had the chance to share about all our work here at Sprouting Seeds at a Regional Sustainable Tourism Conference here in Kalaw. Aye Aung had another chance to practice her public speaking.

We launched a new menu at the first of the year and have had a wonderful response to all the new items. After a week or two of the new menu we have moved from are regular place at number 2 on trip advisor to now be several weeks at #1! We are so proud of the girls and all their hard work…its paying off!!!

We are also excited to share that we have the space above the café ready to begin teaching yoga! We are waiting to find the right teacher to help us who will be able to work with the girls in the centre, local community members as well as some of the tourists passing through town.

And we have been offering cooking classes now for over a month and also have received a huge response from the groups that have attended.

With the end of the cold season approaching we are also starting to plant more vegetables around the café and grow more fruits including several passion fruit vines.

We are excited to share more with you as we grow over the next few months!!

Warmly

The Sprouting Seeds Family

Aye Aung winning PPIC Award for Cafe!
Aye Aung winning PPIC Award for Cafe!
Sustainable Tourism Conference in Kalaw
Sustainable Tourism Conference in Kalaw
New offering of Myanmar Cooking Classes!!!!
New offering of Myanmar Cooking Classes!!!!
Yoga author and teacher visits cafe!
Yoga author and teacher visits cafe!
Aye Aung with others at award ceremony in Yangon
Aye Aung with others at award ceremony in Yangon

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