When I got here I realized how much I had to learn and live at this place, about things that weren´t really in my plans when I started wwoofing. As an Engineer, I wanted to see big productions and systems, but soon I got amazed by the beauty of living in community. And it has been a wonderful experience! In the course of time I started to understand more about a theme that has been changing my professional perspectives: Permaculture.
My first contact with Songaia was quite curious. I was at a train station on the California coast waiting for an order to arrive by the time I had an interview with Patricia and Douglas. After several times trying to complete the call, that wouldn´t go because of a loud train arriving or the bad connection at the place, we finally could chat a bit and talk about the ideas and goals of each side involved in this internship. By that time, I already thought that I had screwed my interview and image, but thanks God they accepted me!
Since then, I´ve been challenging myself on how to apply the knowledge obtained at university, now in ´´smaller´´ scales.
But I´ll be forever thankful to Patricia and Helen to have invested so much time and energy and showed me this art of cultivating vegetables, trees and lives. By the end of this month I´ll be heading to my next stop, but will certainly bring the memories and experience gained here. I hope I´ll be able to come back visit one day and please, don´t let this dream die guys, the world needs more places like this! Thank you so much. See you soon, love, Gabriel.
Garden bloggers are community members, volunteers and interns at Songaia.