From Bethany Castle and Rachel Vogler
Shalom from the beautiful Kibbutz Lotan! We’ve been very busy this week, we’ll take you through day by day…enjoy!
We came down to Lotan and settled in our very homely Bustan neighbourhood. We started our time here with an opening circle led by Mark and Debby where we set out aims and expectations.
We started the day with morning celebration led by Mark. Then, we split up into domes in order to clean the Bustan, tasks include helping out with the biogas, watering the plants and the less glamorous job of cleaning the compost toilets.
Then, we split up into groups to get stuck into some work on Lotan, half the group headed to the eco-kef to help out with the compost and the other half started to dismantle the succah. It was hot and sweaty, but worthwhile! Thursday saw our first chinuch session with Mark titled ‘Shabbat as an Ecological Model’, he took us through the luni-solar calendar used in Judaism, and we had some sourced-based discussion of ways in which we can ‘walk slowly’ on Shabbat.
We also had our first potluck dinner, a time for our whole group to spend some time together cooking a meal, the outcome was some yummy paella!
Thursday night was tea-house night, some of us sampled the giant the pieces of chocolate cheesecake and herbal tea, yet another thing to love about to Lotan.
We started the day with hebrew setting placements
Our first Pub night with lots of dancing!
We had a wonderful lie-in
We had our first shacharit in the date fields with the Aussies
Fun scavenger hunt
Lots of chill time
We all cooked dinner together with the Aussies
Woke up and hour later (bliss!)
Group dynamic games with Mark and Debby
Bonfire night with chilling and singing
Meditation with Debby in the morning
Practical work on Kibbutz
An interesting with Mark on Non VIolent Communication and the function of safe space
Hebrew lesson with the shinshinim using song and tea
Our first Asepha! (Follow us on @asephfollowus, banter promised)
Morning madness meditation with Bash
Clean the bustan hella yesssss, we’re beginning to work independently (ish)
Practical work on Kibbutz
The magic of compost lesson “waste isn’t waste until it’s wasted”
Hebrew lessons with Hamorah Leah happened
Morning madness mundane objects with joe-glynn
introduction to kibbutz movement video (amazing)
Ori solar ovens lesson, made cookies (Beth ate them all)
Peer lead peullah, kinnesset games and wrestling
GOOD WEEK HAD BY ALL
shoutout to 1canadian8months the blog follow babes.
Bethany Castle and Rachel Vogler (dream team)