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This summer I chose to go on an adventure. In essence it was a retreat, where I would go to farm and stay there for a week in exchange for labour. But it was so much more than that...
But first let me disclose where the idea came from;
I had, some time ago, watched the film “Into the Wild”, after which, for those of you who have watched it, I felt deeply moved, touched, inspired, and awed, among others.
In the film, an important reference is the writer Henry David Thoreau, who, in 1845, went for two years to live in a wood cabin near The Walden Pond, in Concord, Massachusetts (USA).
During his stay there, Thoreau wrote the book called “Walden; or life in the woods”, which I have not yet read, although I take inspiration Henry David Thoreau from what little I know about it and it's author.
Funnily enough, I named the experience I had this summer the “Thoreau Experience”, as an homage, a somewhat cheeky joke and to simply to clarify what it was when I was developing it.
Much more recently, I was able to watch the film “Captain Fantastic”, after which, with a potent affection for it, I saw it a priority to get out of my comfort zone, and find a way to experience a retreat.
Shortly thereafter, my mother suggested that a friend of a friend of hers had a farm, in which both clients and volunteers can go. I immediately felt excited for being the latter, in which I would invest my time and effort in my labour of working in a garden in exchange for food and shelter.
We exchanged calls, we visited the farm, and a deal was made.
Although technically I shouldn't have been even allowed to stay, because of a policy they implement in which they don't allow anyone that is below 24 years of age, I did stay, and, if upon arrival we agreed on a price for my time there, and the fact of me labouring was a loose idea, I ended up labouring full time, perfectly integrating myself to the owners and the other volunteers, and managing to perform all the tasks that I was commended. And I loved every second of it.
There is an array of motives of why Is it that I chose to do a retreat, that is why I'll share with you my Mind Map on my mission statement in the NEXT ENTRY.
Thank you truly for your time and attention, Nil