Newsletter March 2012
Garden and Grounds
Projects happening in the grounds lately have been centred around maintaining the beautiful surrounds that have been created at Anahata. After the heavy rains in December, which caused much flooding down below the mountain, we needed to repair many of the paths. A team of karma yogis worked together to lay down new gravel on the walkways.
In the garden enclosure we have also been doing maintenance on the garden beds and reinforcing these by building some stonewalls. There is a lot of planning happening around the garden at the moment and our aim in the future is to be much more sustainable by producing more food. Part of this project will involve improving the quality of the soil so that it contains the right nutrients for plant growth. We recently sent some samples of our soil into the laboratory to get an analysis of the nutrients it contains (and is lacking) in order to identify how the soil can be improved. We are also working on a better garden bed rotation plan so the soil has optimum nutrients for the plants growing.
The usual gardening cycle of planting and harvesting has been in motion. Food harvested from the garden that we have been enjoying this season are fresh potatoes, lots of leafy greens, garlic, turnips and courgettes. We have been sowing many seeds for growth including kale, brocolli, leeks, beetroot, beans and different lettuce varieties. The Greenhouse is currently being rested and the soil is being improved with green manure to put more nutrients back into it. The other major project happening in the garden is building new composts and creating a new rotation system of composting. The worms are having a field day amongst the tasty food scraps in the large barrel.
Buildings and Construction
The major construction project on the go at the moment is the poly-tunnel, which is being built beside Shankaraya (guest house). You can see a picture here of the steel frame being moved into position by a team of karma yogis. This will be covered with a clear plastic film and its purpose will be to increase our vegetable production by extending our short growing season.
Another project we are working on is building a new generator shed to replace the old shed which is falling apart. We managed to salvage a diesel generator from down the mountain that got hit by the landslide and are currently trying to get that working again. This will be a lot more ecologically friendly and carry less noise pollution. It will run off an electric starter and will therefore be able to be connected to the main power system for an automatic start. Great news! And I’m sure a most welcomed upgrade for many karma yogis who trip out in all kinds of weather to get the generator started when the power supply needs a boost.
Over the summer season we have had a good team of karma yogis working on all sorts of projects and have been able to finish off lots of little things that we have been wanting to do for a long time. The refurbishments to Shankaraya’s bathroom have been finished, new doors have been hung and windows installed.
Swami Atmapoorna from Wales is currently visiting and has been solving lots of IT challenges and helping with the ongoing project of revamping of our website. We also have Devangi in the temporary South African office and Madhura in the temporary Byron Bay office, all interlinked via the wonders of modern day technology. We now have a dedicated web page for all Satyananda Yoga teachers in and around New Zealand. For a teacher in your area click here. As this is an ongoing process, if you are an accredited/affiliated Satyananda Yoga teacher and do not see your name, or your details are incorrect - please let us know so we can update them.