Mónica Barbosa on December 13th, 2014
Hoje descobri uma vocação inesperada e paradoxal.

Adoro produzir cogumelos!
Muito injusto porque eu não gosto de comê-los,
ou então, uma boa oportunidade para começar a gostar.
A ver vamos!

Fui hoje a um curso de produção caseira de cogumelos na Cooperativa Beira Central. A "nossa" cooperativa.
A organização foi excelente. Não só não apresentou falhas logísticas, como foi calorosa, na pessoa do Engº Gustavo Soares. Os meus parabéns!

O formador Engº Ricardo Torres da Silva, impressionou-me pelas suas qualidades. Muito rigoroso, um homem de ciência mas pragmático e sempre bem disposto, qb.
Introduziu-nos ao reino dos fungos e depois apresentou-nos "todos" os fungos existentes e ainda nos pôs a furar troncos e a encher garrafas com papelão e borras de café.

Cada formando trouxe cogumelos inoculados para casa para dar continuidade ao processo, que só acaba na frigideira :)

Aqui estão os meus "bebés"



Depois dou notícias.
O processo ainda pode levar 1 mês, não estranhem a demora.
Se me entusiasmar com o processo em breve posso levar cogumelos caseiros e seguros para lisboa :)

A vantagem da produção de cogumelos tem a ver coma segurança.
Assim sabemos que não arriscamos a vida para os comer.

Mónica Barbosa on December 13th, 2014
Nos dias 27 e 28 de Novembro decorreram as II Jornadas do Serviço de Psicologia Clínica e Psicoterapias - (Re)Pensar a Prática da Psicologia; o Serviço onde trabalhei até mudar-me para a Aldeia das Amoreiras no Alentejo para colaborar num projeto de natureza ecológica de desenvolvimento local.

A minha antiga "Chefe" convidou-me para moderar uma mesa e para fazer uma comunicação sobre "A vida para além da psicologia".
Aceitei, um pouco a medo. O que eu teria para dizer sobre a minha "nova vida" interessaria à minha "antiga" classe profissional?
Até à véspera ainda não tinha a certeza de se arriscaria fazer a comunicação.

Durante a longa viagem de carro da Serra até Lisboa fui "iluminada" por uma constatação:

Os conceitos da minha nova vida são os mesmos da minha antiga prática profissional. Será?

Entusiasmada com a ideia, a vontade de fazer a apresentação ganhou novo fogo.

No dia 27 de Novembro à tarde, a mesa que ía moderar era a das comunicações livres, tinha 4 oradores e eu!
Quando cheguei ao palco onde estava o "palanco" e vi o papel que me tinham deixado com as indicações para apresentar os colegas e as suas comunicações, senti que o que eu tinha preparado ía cair de paraquedas, que estava completamente ao lado e que poderia não fazer sentido nenhum, apresentar o que quer que fosse!

O primeiro colega ía falar sobre comunidades terapêuticas em saúde mental, o segundo sobre o foco em psicoterapias breves, o terceiro sobre tutores de resiliência e o quarto sobre os rostos da violência.
Era tudo tão específico e técnico que decidi, naquele momento, que se quando terminassem não achasse pertinente a minha comunicação, não apresentaria nada!

Enquanto os fui ouvindo, o que tinha preparado ía ganhando pertinência.
Na hora decidi arriscar!

Aconteceu mais ou menos assim (relato de memória):

"Boa tarde, quando vi que comunicações os meus colegas iam apresentar pensei que a minha comunicação ía cair nesta mesa de paraquedas, mas acabaram por me dar todas as deixas que eu precisava.
O papel da comunidade foi aqui elevado ao nível terapêutico, foi apresentada uma intervenção na direção da resiliência, a abordagem focal que permite um resultado que se vai generalizar e por fim a descrição de vários níveis de violência que me remeteram para um outro nível de violência, o ecológico e que tem a ver com a violência com que o ser humano se implementou no Planta Terra.

Assim, já se enquadra a minha apresentação que se chama " Paralelismos entre Psicologia, Transição e Permacultura".


Eu chamo-me Mónica Barbosa, sou psicóloga desde 1996, formada pelo ISPA e estive durante 5 anos neste Serviço de Psicologia.
Há 2 anos e meio saí de Lisboa, deixei de trabalhar na Função Pública e passei a ser permacultora a tempo inteiro.
Como a psicologia faz parte da minha identidade reconheci os princípios da psicologia, da relação clínica e de ajuda, nos princípios do Movimento de Transição e da Permacultura.
E porque serão novidade para a maior parte de vós, vou apresentá-los resumidamente, já que, numa audiência de psicólogos, a psicologia dispensa apresentações.

A ligação será óbvia à medida que formos visitando alguns conceitos e sugiro que vão fazendo os paralelismos com a vossa prática clínica.

Selecionei alguns sites para visitarmos, por forma a não ser eu a apresentar estes conceitos, já que sou apenas uma iniciada na permacultura.

O Sr X  (do apoio audiovisual) será literalmente o meu braço direito porque daqui não tenho acesso ao rato e será através das minhas instruções que graças a ele poderemos navegar nos sites. Desde já obrigada, Sr X!

Comecemos pela wikipédia porque se em casa não se lembrarem de mais nada, será fácil apanhar o fio à meada.


Dos sites que estivemos a ver destacaria:

  • No Movimento de Transição previligia-se a ação local enquadrada num nível de análise que é global, tal como na psicoterapia se delimita um foco de intervenção após uma avaliação global do paciente.
  • A acção local, tal como foco, permite, através do efeito de carambola um impacto global. Assim, agindo na nossa comunidade estamos a mudar o mundo!
  • A comunidade aparece associada ao conceito de resiliência sendo, em si própria, factor de mudança.
  • A crise, neste caso a do petróleo é encarada, tal como os momentos de crise na clínica, como uma oportunidade de mudança.
  • A transição interior é o momento de mudança interna em relação ao estilo de vida, semelhante ao momento pivot que ocorre "magicamente" na psicoterapia.
  • E tal como promovemos redes de suporte para os os nossos pacientes aqui, também se promovem a criação de redes intra e inter comunidades.


Dos sites em que estivemos a navegar, sublinharia que:


  • A permacultura parte de uma visão holística e sistémica que permite um planeamento para a vida quotidiana em todos os seus detalhes, tal como depois de uma análise do sujeito e do seu contexto o psicólogo parte para o desenho do plano da intervenção.
  • A ética da permacultura é em tudo semelhante à ética da psicologia.
  • Se atentarmos nos autores da ecologia integral e profunda poderemos encontrar entre eles vários psicólogos. Recomendo vivamente a leitura do livro "Steps to an Ecology of Mind" do nosso reconhecido colega Gregory Bateson.
  • A permacultura procura imitar a natureza, tal como nós que procuramos repor o equilíbrio que seria natural.
  • A atividade, na permacultura, é uma atividade regenerativa, da mesma natureza que a relação terapêutica é reparadora.







Então, se a psicologia se ocupa do estudo da alma e a alma é a dimensão mais holística do Ser Humano, parece que ainda é possível integrar na intervenção psicológica, para além da actual perspectiva bio/psico/social, também as dimensões ecológica e espiritual.




Por fim, deixo-vos com a imagem da flor da permacultura para poderem visualizar a complexidade de análise e intervenção na permacultura, também integrada no Movimento de Transição.
Obrigado!

E tendo terminado, seguiu-se o espaço para debate e questões.
Para meu espanto, um colega de mesa já tinha ouvido falar sobre permacultura e houve comentários sobre o tema.

Como esta produção foi feita em 2 horas, precisa de aprofundamento. Vou usá-la como ponto de partida para um artigo.

Se tiverem comentários mandem para o meu mail, sff.


magnus wolfe murray on December 10th, 2014
Two hours, they said.  Two hours of a high school play. Uh oh, this could be a long night…

But then it was beginning, gentle, exotic drumming floated over the humid night as a line of robed actors walked through us, with a confidence and grace that comes with knowing. “Asalam Alaikum” calls their leader, “Alaikum Asalam” intone the others, in unison, in rhythm.  We were in, I was spellbound.

Arabian Nights, the stories of the thousands and one nights, stories within stories, mysteries and comedies, tragedies and philosophies; acts within acts, all masterfully put together so we always knew where we were, who was who. The passion was palpable; I could feel the hours of preparation in the choreography as scenes and actors changed places or characters. Props? Who needs them? At one point they created a journey across mountains, through rivers and oceans, just by the movement of their bodies, the waving of the sea, the shape of a boat (arms linked together, the shape of a leaf). 

And how they unfolded each tale! I have rarely been so engrossed, charmed, inspired, amused and thrilled at a group of people working together on some scripted lines, some suggested scenes. 

Enthralled, enraptured we sat, perhaps 80 of us, parents, children, friends of friends, on cushions around the floor or along the amphitheatre steps under the leaf-like umbrella that forms the roof of this remarkable theatre and morning assembly hall (now transformed into the realm of original mysteries).

And how the school, this collection of incredible buildings, each exquisite and unique, that are host to a throng of passionate people from around the world, who we see in the day, busy in their comings and goings, in the never-ending endeavour of teaching, of learning, is transformed at night, the curved walls, the bamboo structures beautifully crafted together into a whole, like a basket, surrounded by over-storey coconuts and living bamboo. Dark green everywhere, the boisterous clouds overhead, the occasional howl of a forest creature.  This is quite a place.  And this night belongs to Ibu Sarita, our school’s drama teacher who has brought this performance to light and created a kind of magic.  And these young adults whose lives are surely enriched now, their memories of this time, this night and one other they’ll perform, which they will keep for their forevers.  

How great is this? To see that learning is more than memory, that memories are made from creating something that is beyond the one, part of a collaboration of efforts that weave light and sound and words.
 
“And the nights of Baghdad shone bright like day” they soared, in defiance and joy at once.  Joy and tragedy together, as we all know too well the bitter history of yesteryear, wrought by Western leaders who still live and breathe today. And so, from a thousand-year-old enchantments we are dumped into the folly of today. With the echoes of incredible wisdom in the original book that inspired this play – of love, the meaning of prayer, of sunset, God, the words that define an empire, death and infinite joy – the lights went down, the story done, the moment complete.  Like the outraged King at the beginning of this tale who only wanted the stories to continue, I only wanted more. Until dawn if need be, and beyond. 
Mónica Barbosa on December 5th, 2014


Que boa notícia!
http://zap.aeiou.pt/investigadores-identificam-beneficios-consumo-de-medronho-50492?utm_source=news&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter

Depois de passar os últimos 2 meses
a apanhar medronhos pensando que eram mal empregados para aguardente
e a comê-los enquanto os apanhava,
fico muito contente de saber que fazem tão bem e que vão ter mais adeptos :)

Eu adoro, são docinhos e têm uma textura muito macia.
Andrea on November 26th, 2014

This is part of a series of posts where we ask one of our volunteers or visitors to say a few words. Sam has got to know our goats well whilst volunteering here. 

A Visitor’s Perspective: Sam’s Diary – New Life

November 19th,2014  /  Sam Wilder

With winter in full swing and rain showers almost every night, Andrea was worried that Brownie her pregnant goat wouldn’t have the right conditions for a safe birth. So Andrea was putting dry bedding materials in the animal pen every night. A few days before I left the farm the baby goat was born!

Goat kid

We discovered this healthy baby goat in the morning and it made my day. It amazed me that only a few hours after being born this goat was already walking around following her mother everywhere. 

goat kid and mum

This little goat is going to have to be tough. Her first months of life will be wet and cold. While I was taking pictures Andrea said it would be okay to pick up and hold this cute little goat.

sam and goat kid

The picture below might gross some of you out. It’s the goat placenta. But to me it’s quite interesting and part of the cycle of life.

goat placenta

(Andrea’s note – the chickens really enjoyed it :) )

I feel extremely lucky to have been able to witness the cycle of life at Casalinho continue onward. As I left the farm I reflected on all the valuable lessons I learned here. Andrea and Jeroen are knowledge, kind, and down to earth WWOOF hosts. It’s truly been a rewarding experience, and I’ll never forget this beautiful place in the mountains of Portugal. Thanks for everything Casalinho.  

Sam Casalinho view from mountain

Blue team out :)

casalinho wwoofers Blue team

You can see the original of Sam’s article, and read more about his adventures on his personal blog. We’d like to thank Sam for sharing his diary with us, and for all his hard work and good cheer. Happy onward travels Sam!

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Multi-skilled, experienced couple in stable 15 year relationship and with 7 year old home schooled daughter seeking paid positions in Portugal. Would consider seasonal positions.

We are committed to a sustainable/organic/earth-friendly lifestyle and would like to work, if possible, with others in projects who share these values.

We are currently on the Workaway/HelpX circuit in Portugal and Southern Spain and sharing our skills and talents with a variety of projects and hosts.

Between us, we have many decades of skills and experience in a variety of disciplines: diverse building skills, professional pottery, Internet communications/web site development, creating/running cafes/restaurants, cooking for groups, organic greenhouse building/growing and produce marketing, desktop publishing/sales/marketing, Internet marketing, booth/market selling, creative business development, gluten-free organic baked goods business, customer relations/client development and more.

Language fluency includes English, German, French, Swiss German and some Italian. More personal/business experience details/interview upon request.

We are open to a variety of work situations and businesses – we have no specific careers paths to pursue. We need to find a sustainable wage to support ourselves in our wish to stay in Portugal. We are also open to volunteer positions that realistically lead to paid positions after a trial period. Ideally we would like an ecologically minded project where out talents and experience can be well utilized.

Thanks for reading – if anyone has or knows of potential positions where we may fit the bill – please contact us or refer us.

Namaste!

mokee@inbox.com

This is part of a series of posts where we ask one of our volunteers or visitors to say a few words. This is Sam’s fourth contribution whilst he works with us as a volunteer.

A Visitor’s Perspective: Sam’s Diary – A Bountiful Harvest

November 14th,2014  /  Sam Wilder

In the Game of Throne series a common theme is, “Winter is coming.” Unfortunately in Central Portugal we didn’t get that kind of warning. After working in the sun for a week the weather drastically changed. Casalinho was suddenly drenched with torrential rain. I went from washing dishes with my shirt off and the sun on my back,  to washing dishes in my poncho in pouring rain. Due to these vast amounts of moisture and frost most of the vegetables had to be harvested immediately. If not, they would quickly begin to rot. This post is dedicated to the bountiful harvest of Casalinho during the arrival of winter. 

I started off by harvesting the chillies:

Chillies

We got about a bucket full of these delicious chillies. They’ve been spicing up our meals every since. Next I harvested the peppers:

Peppers

I harvested a massive bucket of these peppers. I love all the red and green mixture of color on these veggies. Since then we’ve been chopping them into bits for dehydration. After the peppers a fellow WWOOFer Calum and I harvested the squash.

squashes

We harvested everything: flowers, fruits, and immature fruits. They all would quickly have rotten if we hadn’t. To us these squash seemed gigantic! However, Andrea explained that these squash were small compared to last year. The picture below gives you an idea of how large some of these pumpkins were.

Calum pumpkin

The next day as a group effort we walked over to Casalinho’s chestnut forest to harvest the fallen chestnuts. It took a long time, but eventually we got the job done. The fallen leaves and chestnut husks were also collected for livestock bedding and the wormeries.

sam5

In this picture we’re sorting through all the chestnuts. The small and rotten chestnuts went to the livestock and the big ones went to us! Here’s a close up picture of the chestnuts because I think they look gorgeous.

sam6

I tried a roasted chestnut for the first time, and it blew my mind!

With rain comes mushrooms. Andrea explained that there haven’t been as many wild edible mushrooms this year. But we’ve still been foraging them. We mostly find large parasol mushrooms. They’ve been absolutely delicious in soups and stews.

sam7

So even though winter has arrived with rain and frost. We’re eating very well. A bountiful harvest indeed! :)

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Andrea on November 17th, 2014

Our weekly round up of what volunteers have been working on at Casalinho, our developing permaculture project in central Portugal.

goatie olive branches garlic chicken dancing in the rain tent tarp Transit

1) Highlight of the week was the surprise birth of a little goat kid on Friday morning. In this photo she’s only a few hours old and already determined to follow her Mum outside.

2) One of the great things about olive harvest is the number of prunings that come back for the goats to enjoy. This load came from our neighbour Jorge who no longer keeps goat. We’re happy to collect them, our goats are happy to eat them, and it saves Jorge having to dispose of them. Win-win-win situation!

3) The garlic we planted just a couple of weeks ago is doing tremendously. The broad beans are not far behind. Must be all that rain we’ve been having! Hopefully they’ll get a good start before the temperature drops.

4) The rain has been pretty hard at times this week. The chickens don’t seem to care, dancing in the mud to keep everyone amused.

5) Tent protection, tarpaulin style! Effective, although noisy in the wind.

6) This week’s most exciting news. New accommodation in the pipeline! More on this to follow.

 

We’ve got some gaps in our volunteer diary for the coming months. Come and join us!

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Andrea on November 14th, 2014

Guess what I found in the goat shed this morning? Yes, a little goat kid was born overnight :)

Sam with Brownie's baby

Brownie's kid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s been horrid weather, and it looks like Brownie gave birth outside rather than in the shed, probably because the bigger goats wouldn’t let her in. Little one is doing well though, and I couldn’t have had a nicer start to the day.

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Quinta Cabeça do Mato on November 13th, 2014
We are looking for a group of willing helpers for the dates 29th November to 13th December 2014 The main reason for asking for help is working in the garden, we are weeding, mulching, planting out our perennials in the raised beds. If the weather is really raining we will do some interior building restoration work. We also have some varied forest work to be done at this time The helpers will be in a separate house with 7 beds in 2 different rooms, a lounge / equipt kitchen with a wood range, hot showers available and outside compost toilets. We will invite you all to be conscious about use of amenities whist staying and suggest the group has a rota to share cleaning. What should you bring? Working boots and wet weather clothes, spare clothes for free time. Sleeping bag, towel and only bio degradable washing products please. Willingness and honesty and sharing will also be quite helpful! contact us onquintacabecadomato@gmail.com