After months of hard work, sweat and love from our residents and volunteers, we have finished building the Earthbag Roundhouse! Following are some perspectives on what it’s like to work on mud building at New Life:
Recently New Life had the privilege of hosting Enrique Collazo as a special guest speaker. his words were filled with love, compassion and a deep-rooted sense of empathy for those of us in recovery. He spoke of the importance of learning to sit with and feel not just comfortable feelings in life, but the uncomfortable and challenging, as well.
Here at the New Life Foundation there are a plethora of workshops. Classes range from compassionate sharing exercises, creative writing, numerous methods of meditation, and sunrise Tai Chi and Yoga. However, as a resident or volunteer of New Life you are not just an observer or an attendee.
It was the 12th full moon of the lunar year in the agrarian outskirts of Chiang Rai, Thailand. We were celebrating two of Thailand’s most beloved traditions: Loi Krathong and Yi Peng. Smiles, laughter and anticipation set the tone of the evening.
We recently had the special honour of working together with our good friends over at the Creating Balance Foundation to create and distribute some “Winter Packages” to the disadvantaged hill communities.
Hilary Carter from the UK came to New Life as a volunteer and ended up writing a book sharing some of our residents’ inspiring recovery stories. In this blog post, we talk to Hilary about her writing, her adventurous life, and the challenging process of writing the New Life book.