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Thursday, June 19 2014

72-hour permaculture design course 2014

brac_-_certifikati1.jpg Miroslav and Karmela Kiš taught the first international 72-hour permaculture design course on site. Tomislav Tiška held a guest lecture about hempcrete building and Sabine Engelhardt offered meditations on how to connect with nature and gave a lecture on geomancy. We had joint meals prepared by Sigrid Jansen and Sabine Engelhardt, Volker Sieber took care of many tasks on site. The majority of the course was theoretical, but we also planted a vegetable garden in the Venus flower, learnt how to take care of the newly planted trees....and at the end all participants answered that they would recommend the course to others! Congratulations to Magrit Putchky, Mirka Baaden, Tonci Zaknich, Kathrin Ruppert, Holly Cummings, Miriam Wendlik, Ursina Mueller, Jelena Vukovic who received their certificates. Permaculture is a way of life that balances the three principles of earth care, people care and fair shares by applying what we can learn from nature. Photos

Building a roundwood pavilion

pavilion.jpg To prepare for the permaculture course, we constructed a pavilion from local pine on the Gea Viva site. It is treated with Borax and linseed oil. The present plan is to finish the roof with reed. Thank you to everyone who joined in. Pictures

Drystone walling workshop 23th-24th May


Led by Filip Bubalo from the NGO Dragodid, fifteen of us took to renewing the drystone walling around the stone circle auditorium at the Gea Viva site. We built a retaining wall and seating completely without mortar! Pupils from the school in Milna joined us for a few hours to learn about this traditional and ecological technique that forms part of Croatia's heritage. Pictures Here is more information about Dragodid in Croatian and the post on the school's website.

Saturday, March 1 2014

Geopuncture "Experiencing Oneness - co-creating synergy living"

IMG_4486.JPG At the 'Park Prirode' near Sutivan on the island of Brac construction works are in progress. 7 km west from the ferry port of Supetar, Park Prirode is a nature park is a place to relax and enjoy. Its new addition is the Geopuncture „Experiencing Oneness-co-creating synergy living“. The geopuncture consists of stones with carved reliefs called cosmogrammes and offers the possibility to take a break - breathe in and deep experience of our own connection and oneness with nature. This is a unique place and opportunity for visitors of the island to start their vacation more aware of our nature and nature of this island. The Geopuncture was designed and created in September 2012 by Gea Viva Team: Sabine Engelhardt, Wolfgang A. Tiller, Laissa Kap, Alda Gerchi, Johanna Heer-Weber, Margan Kalb, Martina Mayer, Monika Maierhofer, Andro Nigoević, Urša Vidic, Markus Struever and Salvatore Cali.

The cosmogrammes on the stones 'speak' about aspects that are of importance to all of us; such as opening one's heart, being connected with the Divine, bravely walking through the portals of the future, the wisdom of heaven, recognising plants and animals as our companions, connecting with the sea and the co-creation between male and female.

Here are photos of the Geopuncture.

The language of cosmogrammes is also called a „Green language“. We use this language to communicate with the subtle dimensions of existence and then translate and express these dimensions in the material, physical realm. Our reality is multidimensional, we exist, work, live in the physical world that we experience with our five senses, but at the same time we exist, work, live and are a part of the subtle dimensions: spiritual, emotional dimensions and vital-energy fields. Each of us can directly experience these dimensions through and with his subtle body. This is a living, dynamic language of primeval and pristine power, that connects and communicates with human beings as well as the landscape. This way of communication allows people across different cultures and bridge centuries to discuss and share ideas about the universe and each person's place in it. It allows us to communicate with nature and explore our relationship and connection with the landscape, we are in. For many, this language is nothing more than a series of symbols and phrases, but for those with ears that “hear”....or maybe we could say hEARt it is a means for communication. One reason for the term 'green' language is that the heart centre, or chakra is green when it is fully open. The tunes and vibrations of this language reach well beyond the ear and into the very core of our being.... right into the heart. This is the portal to experience ourselves purely and directly as well as nature as an inseparable part or us.

The nature park and Geopuncture invite all of us to communicate with the language of the heart, to experience unity in ourselves and to be connected with our divine being. It invites us to belong to and fell united with the landscape and everything around us.|L|IMG_4486.JPG, Mar 2014))

Manuela Kaniški

Crowdfunding campaign sucessful!

auditorium.jpg Time to celebrate. We have raised the necessary funding to construct the seating for the stone circle auditorium. Thank you to everyone who supported us through donations, meditations, encouragement and sharing of information. Construction will commence after Easter, and you are very welcome to join us for our construction workshop from 22.4.-4-5.

We still need to find some additional funding to install solar panels, and for this we are still collecting donations. Donate.

The Gea Viva Team

Greening the Gea Viva site

treeplanting.png In Winter 2013-2014 we planted about 60 fruit trees and 10 olive trees, in addition to the 130 olives on site. The fruit trees form part of a permaculture garden, that is evolving on site. They are all old species from specialist nurseries. To water them during the Summer, we are in the process of construction a rainwater cistern. Around the auditorium, a meditation garden is evolving with indigenous herbs that can tolerate drought.

Sabine Engelhardt

Encountering nature beings

dracevaluka.png Manuela Kaniški, Hertha Weik and I met in October 2013 for our walking holiday 'Encountering nature beings'. It was a beautiful time of learning, exploration and enjoyment. Here are photos by all of us and Manuela's account of our visit to the Blaca monastery.

Sabine Engelhardt

Celebrating the power of the heart

geopuncturebrac1.jpg We have realised the first phase of a project on the Gea Viva site: a stone circle that will become an auditorium for outdoor activities and events. An international group of seven artists have created and carved reliefs (cosmogrammes) to the theme 'Celebrating the power of the heart'. This project works as an Earth accupuncture that supports us and nature to unfold our heart qualities. It also helps to transform outdated patterns that are key for humanity and the Earth. The six standing and two lying stones feature fourteen cosmogrammes with aspects of heart qualities. The stone circle is fifteen minutes' walk from Milna on the island Brač and open for visits and events. Thank you to Urša Vidic, Margan D. Kalb, Manuela Kaniški, Annette Frederking, Ingrid Tasch and Ivana Petan for your cooperation. Here are a film, photos and the brochure in English, Croatian and German.

Sabine Engelhardt

Meditation and Prayer for Syria

forgiveness.jpg Every evening at 21:00 we imagine to meet in the stone circle auditorium 'Celebrating the power of the heart' on the Island Brač. It will be good to anchor our endeavours at this place. Please join in so we have an impact. Perceive one another and all the beings that support our prayer and meditation for peaceful solutions and development in Syria.

If your power lies in prayer, then pray and if you like to meditate, you can follow the following suggestion:

Connect with the heart of the Earth - be part of the heart of the Earth Connect with the heart of the sun - be part of the heart of the sun Connect with the heart of the galaxie's centre- be part of the heart of the centre of the galaxy Connect with the heart of the universe - be part of the heart of the universe

Let the united intelligence of the heart radiate into life, to Syria, its residents and all stakeholders of this conflict, that new visions and manifestations of love evolve. Notice the rays of love and be mindful of the moment when your consciousness and love shall be focussed again in your everyday life.

Follow this suggestion as long as you see fit.

Annette Frederking, Margan Kalb and the Gea Viva Team

Experiencing Oneness - co-creating synergy living - Geopuncture Project

geopuncturebrac.jpg Our team of 12 (Sabine Engelhardt, Wolfgang A. Tiller, Laissa Kap, Alda Gerchi, Johanna Heer-Weber, Margan Kalb, Martina Mayer, Monika Maierhofer, Andro Nigoevic, Markus Struever, Ursa Vidic and Salvatore Cali) has completed this Geopuncture Stone Circle on the Croatian Island Brac.

To the theme 'Experiencing Oneness - co-creating synergy living' we designed and carved cosmogrammes capturing aspects that are of importance, such as opening one's heart, being connected the Devine, bravely walking through the portals of the future, the wisdom of heaven, reckognising plants and animals as our companions, connecting with the sea and the co-creation between male and female. The stones were carved in September 2012 at Vesna R. Šibić's eco farm in Nerežišća.Thank you to Berenike Albert, Karmit Evenzur, Annette Frederking, Vesna Štekic and Marko Pogacnik for your kind donations.