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21 maart 2017
Traveling in Thailand and silence..
Working for Christina at Haasii aka Cross-Cultural Co-Creation Club showed me many insights on new ways to collaborate on a global level. It has been a privileged to experience working together with other likeminded workawayers at Haasii on the marketing plan and building a house out of mud. The houses are made out of hand made bricks brought together with feet stamped mud, straw and rice husk. Besides I was very lucky to join the crew to the japanese hippy festival Shambhala and Pitaluw festival. Shambhala was the most relax festival I have ever been to.
At the end of my stay in Thailand I visited the village of one of my thai co-workers(miss Rimu Chili, this girl really likes chili a lhot!). She organized a homestay for us in the Kayan (Long Neck)Village called Huay Pu Keng near the border of Myanmar. I learned how to make a brass bracelet and a bell out of bamboo. We had a long conversations about the refugee crisis near this border. While we were learning from the villagers at the workshops there was a documentary made about social sustainable tourism. A way of tourism that works both sides and is more focuses on relationship building. During an interview I did for the documentary, I came to the conclusion that I don't want to be a tourist on my world trip (only taking pictures), but I want to be a traveler. Because travelers are more focused on local experiences and learning and meeting new people from all around the world with different perspectives. After the visit to the village I visited my friend Cara who is going to be on “Floortje naar het einde van de wereld” on 26th of March. So if you like to see where I was, take a look at the tv then;)
Anyhoo.. I just finished my 9 days of silent retreat!? It definitely was an experience.. My start was unexpected, because apparently something went wrong with my submission to the 10 day Goenka Vipassana course. After a day waiting at the center, there was no place for me. I was sad because I was determined to start 10 days of silence. Somehow this was meant to be, because I had a local buddhist Vipassana. A nice old lady brought me to another monastery called Buddhist Hermitage Lunas. This was a serene meditation center inhabited with 1 monk, 3 female old lady yogi (meditators), 1 male yogi and me. Among these people I felt very inexperienced. They could easily meditate for hours. But so I began my days always at 3:30 am and was not allowed to do anything but meditation. So.. no talking, writing, reading or eating after noon etc. It was hard to be with myself for over 9 days. As many of you know my life is very buzzy, so this was a huge life switch.The hours were long. Apparently I have a monkey's mind, who keeps on wandering all the time.. After a while I felt more peaceful and more mindful of my body and mind. But also isolated and missed social interaction. So I went 1 day back earlier to meet my parents just because it felt better. Overall it was a good to take some time for myself, but I am also ready for my next adventure in Malaysia with my mom and dad.
This is just a short version of my expiriences so if you want the more detailed version just ask me ;)
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5 januari 2018 15:29 | Door: Emma van Schaik
wat ontzettend tof om dit te lezen! Wij, een groep studenten van SAXION Deventer, zijn geïnteresseerd in de Kayan tribe en zijn benieuwd of jij ons verder kan helpen?
Graag horen we van je.
Met vriendelijke groet,
Emma van Schaik
5 januari 2018 15:37 | Door: Synthia
Hoi Emma stuur me maar een mailtje mijn email is firstname.lastname@example.org
8 januari 2018 14:46 | Door: Emma van Schaik
ik heb je gemaild!