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Robert Maltby
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What is your previous experience with Organic Agriculture and Sustainable Development?
I have worked on the Organic garden at Findhorn Foundation (part of the Global Ecovillage Network) during Experience Week, where I learned how to harvest many types of leafy greens, learned how to see potatoes and other starchy vegetables, learned how to make compost lasagne, and about natural water filtration systems. Aside from this I would be able to contribute the following skills: Mindfulness facilitation, NVC facilitation, TEFL Certified, Organic gardening, Business Modelling, Sales, Fundraising, Catering (Front of house), Handyman. Please read my bio below for more information about me.
What are your reasons for joining WWOOF Mexico?
Learning about sustainable living and agriculture, Getting to know Mexico better
What do you want the farms and fellow WWOOFers to know about you?
So I've been on a bit of a journey to reconnect with the things that I love the most in the world. I remember being a kid and just being in awe of so many things. I could spend the whole summer with friends riding around on bikes in the park, making obstacle courses, dens (and sometimes weapons to ‘protect’ the dens [I was a master wooden sword maker at age 7 :0)]. But as I got older, and the normal pressures of society kicked in, the majority of my attention shifted to making money, saving for a house, a car and all the other items that we are told we need to have. It was only until around 5 years ago when I joined a local mindfulness group, inspired by the teachings of thich nhat han (peace activist, poet, zen master, and major influence on bringing mindfulness to the west) that I started to see an alternative. I was always kind of the odd one out in the group with my then corporate lifestyle, selling business software and consultancy services to clients across the UK, but I was always made to feel welcome and over time I opened up more and more to the truth that I had (unknowingly) been searching for since I was a kid. The Wake Uppers (as we affectionately call ourselves) are now probably the most dear friends I have and a continuing source of support in helping me to follow my new life purpose. What is that new life purpose you ask? It’s the belief that as a human race, we can change the way we are doing things, reconnect with each other and with nature and build a more beautiful and sustainable world together. How am I going to begin? Firstly, aside from mindfulness, I have been learning about ways to live more sustainably and how to build community. Over the past year I have visited Ecovillages, helped out at community centres and cafes (teaching english to refugees and volunteering at open mic nights and community meals). I have organised and help lead retreats for our mindfulness group Wake Up and began studying Nonviolent Communication (NVC) as a way to support group facilitation and decision making. In fact, the first thing I will be doing on entering US (after a camping trip to Redwood National Park :) is attending an NVC retreat with one of the most amazing practitioners in the field called Miki Kashtan. Secondly, I want to learn practical skills that I can use to create / be part of a community wherever I end up. Some of this will include permaculture, natural building and homesteading. Others skills I want to learn include song, dance and yoga and how to reconnect with the body. For this I plan to travel around Central and South America, volunteering and learning as I go. I expect this to be a long road so I have booked a one way ticket with no plans to return. I am opening my heart to the global community, and although I don’t expect it will be easy, I have faith that I will find my path and hopefully help others find theirs along the way. “Sometimes I come across a tree which seems like Buddha or Jesus: loving, compassionate, still, unambitious, enlightened, in eternal meditation, giving pleasure to a pilgrim, shade to a cow, berries to a bird, beauty to its surroundings, health to its neighbors, branches for the fire, leaves for the soil, asking nothing in return, in total harmony with the wind and the rain. How much can I learn from a tree? The tree is my church, the tree is my temple, the tree is my mantra, the tree is my poem and my prayer.” -- Satish Kumar

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