Reflections from Mapuru – Renata

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Roslyn was attempting to explain herself to me, the city Balanda (white person), as we sat in the shade of the weaving shelter.  She was gesturing grandly with her arms. “All connected” she kept saying. “Everything ….all like one”. She … Continue reading

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Yogyakarta

I recommend the hotel at which we stayed: it is a short walk from the main street Jalan Malioboro and away from the really touristy hotel area. It’s only been a hotel for 2 months: previously it was a family … Continue reading

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Staring at rocks

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I have been staring at rocks for about 14 minutes. I had no idea rocks could be so incredible. Seriously, just a pile of rocks, amazing. Of course there is a lot more to these little rocks than meets the … Continue reading

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From Mumbai to Pal, two faces of India

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After leaving Pitchandikulum, where we were staying down south, we spent 3 hyperactive days in the midst of the chaos, vibrancy, and energy of Mumbai. Somehow I was incredibly struck by the city. Perhaps it was the relief of the … Continue reading

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A cyclone’s welcome to India

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We arrived in India late in the evening in the very last days of 2011. It felt good to be back again in this very alive country and I braced myself with a smile for all that I knew India … Continue reading

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Teacher Training in Pal 2011

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Interacting with schools is always a fun and enjoyable part of our time spent in Pal and the surrounding tribal villages. The students always look forward to the CERES group visiting their schools, not just for the novelty of having … Continue reading

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Mäpuru testimonials

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“It was for me, an amazing and humbling experience to learn from these beautiful women, to simply sit, observe and for a short time become part of the rhythms of Mäpuru.” Claire, July 2011 Trip Participant “I will never forget … Continue reading

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Arnhem Weaving trip…. a thank you from Kate Cranney 2011

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There are moments that, four months on, I remember vividly from Mäpuru in June 2011. Mangrove mud oozing between my toes, the women’s colourful baskets swaying in the wind and Linda’s thumbs up when I’d finally understood how to weave … Continue reading

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Working with Women’s Groups at Pitchandikulam Forest 2011

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“Working with the women’s groups in Pitchandikulam was one of the most enriching and enlightening experiences I have had. Nothing could have prepared me for the impact these amazing women’s stories had on me. They shared with us their heartbreaking … Continue reading

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A retrospective glance at the Himalayas 2010

Balwadi teachers in and around Sharma village, performing some traditional Kumaoni tunes No road… anymore Planted by the British for their tea chest, the pines have taken over the mountains

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