Day of Service & Celebration with Andy Goesslling & John Skehan of Railroad Earth
What a beautiful day we shared with the kids at the school! The children greeted the Strings & Sol guests with a moving opening ceremony of Mayan song and dance, and with a demonstration of their daily yoga and mediation practice. We joined them by calling in the four directions and honoring Mother Earth and Father Sky. The rest of the day was spent painting murals throughout the school, building a fuel-efficient cookstove, making new friends with the children and their families, and enjoying a delicious traditional lunch together. Thank you to Andy & John for providing us with some great tunes for the day!
In 2012 Positive Legacy donated $20,000 to build a new school located in Tulum, Mexico. The vision of The Phoenix School (formerly named Amanecer School) speaks to their belief that we are interconnected as holistic beings always in the process of learning. This school is a nonprofit cooperative based on a humanistic approach to learning, personal development and social transformation. The school curriculum incorporates ancient Mayan wisdom and practices, the cultivation of native plants and a respect for nature, as well as today’s modern technological tools. Positive Legacy provided the funding to renovate the existing structure on the site where the school will grow and develop over time, build a new kitchen, multipurpose room, bathrooms, outdoor amphitheatre, and to cover some of the initial operating expenses.
The Phoenix School opened their doors on October 8, 2012 serving 18 children. The actual property of the Amanacer/Phoenix school was recently turned over to a Montessori preschool. They now have electricity and it is an operating business.
We recently received this statement from one of the mothers of the project. “A project that started with such high energy and will power but came down so rapidly showed me how fragile it was, and taught me that in order to succeed we needed to confine the vision and responsibility of action to a few capable and resourceful people. In almost two months, 5 mothers were able to create Onda Encantada, an education center for children from 18 months to second grade. We have 30 children in three levels, in the jungle side towards Coba, working Montessori methodology, in a bilingual atmosphere, with certified professionals, including special education and psychologist that support and integrate two children with Down syndrome. Children have English every day as second language and during classroom time, take yoga twice a week, art, music and physical education once a week. We have dry composting toilets working, and are coordinating to start a vegetable garden. I am overwhelmed with happiness and hope seeing our own kids blessed with the opportunity of the education we envision for them. We would love to extend an invitation, to share with you the magic of children, and hopefully to inspire a new relationship of exchange or resources for our education communities.”
Thank you to the many Strings & Sol guests for bringing school supplies and other items requested by the school. The kids at the school will benefit from your generosity for many months to come.
Thanks to Trees, Water & People for their ongoing partnership and on site outreach and support provided for carbon offsetting. Stay tuned for information about Carbon Offsetting for Strings & Sol this year.
The 2012 Strings & Sol auction brought in $10,000! Thank you to the photographers, artists and guest who donated items, as well as the guests who placed bids and took something special home with them. The funds raised by the auction will allow us to continue making music work for communities!