THIS IS ME, NIL INGLIS
One of the tools I use, most prominently in this occasion, Is active listening.
In summary, it consists in awarding your full, undivided attention to the person you are talking to, maintaining eye contact at all times and in not thinking about what to respond. Once your interlocutor has spoken, to his fullest extent, you proceed to restate what has been said. In this way, you are open for correction, it proves you value the persons input, and you yourself get a firm understanding of what insight can be gained from the comment.
Once you have done this, you may move on to say what you intend to say.
I used this technique all throughout the Experience, with most (if not all) the people I interacted with.
The results; Although it was mentioned that by using this technique many would be astonished, It didn't quite get to this extreme, I believe, but nonetheless I do believe I got everyone's appreciation. I could interact with meaningful people who had meaningful things to say, and I was able to give it importance, which was felt in both parties, together with being able to remember certain information better and have a firmer understanding, as well as comprehending the feeling provided by the original person to say a certain thing.
Also, a good method to use is to end the restatement with; did I get that right? so as to make sure that you actually did.
This can also be used when ending a statement yourself, in asking a question about the statement or the next step of the conversation, so as to be engaging and by offering the chance for a response to be given.
Thank you very much for your time and attention !
This entry intends to focus on the Farm in which I held my Thoreau Experience. Hope you enjoy !
The farm I went to receives the name of “Mas Olivella” which translates to the Olivella Farm. It is located some kilometers away from the village of Alforja, in the province of Tarragona, Spain.
It is a long term project with a clear vision, a bright future, and a strong sense of purpose.
It consists, at this stage, of a powerful learning curve towards complete self-sufficiency, in which housing has already been taken care of, there is a clean water supply and reliance on the farms yields to sustain for a living is getting closer day by day.
Essentially, it accepts both clients that pay for housing and breakfast, and then are left to their leisure, and also volunteers, mainly through a page called WORKAWAY. The volunteers exchange their labour, 5 hours everyday except Sundays, for housing and all meals provided.
Here's the WORKAWAY link; www.workaway.info/
The volunteers stay a minimum of three weeks, in which time they can learn about agriculture mainly, and undoubtedly anything they are curious about.
The food is completely vegan in exception of eggs, which are from the farms own chicken.
It is co-owned by Juan and Samantha, an extraordinary couple, who run the place in extraordinary fashion.
The farm started September of 2017, and it intends to expand moving forward.
My intention is to return, and I am grateful that I was and that I continue to be welcome there.
For more information, here's a link to the website; www.masolivella.com/
While I was there, I was honoured that the owner of the farm, Juan, allowed me to read his book, which was and still is mind-boggling to me. The book is titled; “The World of Conscious Men”.
It's title is very revealing. The book is a firm statement, of an awakened philosophy and values, which may seem aggressive to the average reader but I reckon will be cherished by most.
I could talk endlessly about it, but I shan't. Instead, I shall include the amazon link to the book so you can discover it yourself.
Here's the link to the book; www.amazon.es/El-mundo-los-hombres-conscientes/dp/8416607281
Thanks for your time and attention ! Nil
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