Tom van den Beemd was first introduced to Tai Chi when he was a resident at New Life. After an intensive course in Chiang Mai, he is back as a life coach and meditation teacher and offers Tai Chia twice a week. In this blog post Tom opens up about what fascinates him about it and explains the benefits.
Here at New Life the food is super healthy and tasty. Our food is purchased fresh at the market every morning or picked from our own sustainable garden. This blog post looks closer at our usual menu and the cardinal rule that was installed for the community regarding kitchen duty.
When New Life bought the land, it was severely depleted. New Life is using natural agriculture methods – no chemical fertilizers – to rejuvenate the soil. And one of these methods requires us to pee in jars. Find out more about the fascinating reason behind that:
Describing depression to someone who’s never experienced it is quite often an exercise in futility. Depression is many things, but it is not an inherent character flaw, or a passing mood. What helps is to be able to acknowledge and discuss this problem that affects so many of us, without feeling ashamed, judged, or stigmatized.
At New Life, the community is divided into two main categories: “residents” and “volunteers”. You could say that one group of people, our residents, come to New Life because they need help, while the other group, our volunteers, are there to give help. But sometimes the boundaries are somewhat more ambiguous.
This week volunteers are transplanting baby rice plants into the rice field. New Life grows two crops of rice a year – high-quality jasmine rice and harder rice that is sold for rice flour. For the future we hope to have the equipment to process our own rice, so that we will be able to produce healthier brown rice
Morgan Siem joined the New Life Foundation in February 2012. Morgan tells of her experience at the centre: “You are around people who really care, who really want to make a difference and really want to do something with their lives.” A video:
Seppo has suffered from depression for many years. He has previously been treated with a variety of anti-depressant drugs, some of which have left him feeling like a zombie, and with no control over his life. In this video he tells his story:
Let me introduce Steve and Seppo to you. Fellow New Lifer Bob wrote a heartfelt tribute to both of them: “Their insight into life, and awareness of others needs has come from their experiences, and their hearts are firmly in the right place. I salute these two people, and am honoured to know them. (…)”