Nghe trúc chỉ “ngân nga” ở tịnh trúc gia

TINH TRUC GIA

In 2009, Eurasia created the Peaceful Bamboo Family (Tinch Truc Gia), in Hue, Vietnam giới, a vocational training centre & living community for young adults living with disabilities. The community is based on humanistic values offering a healthy environment that facilitates the wellbeing of each thành viên. TTG embodies an ecological lifestyle & develops biodynamic agriculture, it aims lớn be a practical training centre for social therapy và biodynamic gardening. Community life is central lớn the integration of the person living with disabilities.

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TTG provides a rich social và cultural life, và welcomes more and more visitors and volunteers each year. In 2012 Tinch Truc Gia joined the international Camphill network.

The Center offers each resident a vocational training, enabling them to lớn be integrated in professional life and khổng lồ become as autonomous as possible. Various vocational training workshops enable the youngsters khổng lồ learn a profession và promote income generating activities.


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The Peaceful Bamboo Family, Tinh Truc Gia (TTG) was inaugurated in the beginning of 2009. TTG was created after the children of Eurasia special schools and classes had finished their school curriculum. It was difficult lớn find vocational training centres và a suitable work và life situation enabling them to integrate in society. TTG is a living & working therapeutic Camphill community completely embedded in the local culture. TTG is situated in a rural district, 10 minutes by scooter from Hue thành phố centre. Tinc Truc Gia is a beautiful community, with many buildings for boarding, workshops, classrooms, a big biodynamic garden etc.

Over 30 adults and about 10 adolescents now live, work và learn in TTG. We also have an inclusive sầu Waldorf kindergarten which welcomes 16 children. Around 15-đôi mươi well trained co-workers work in the centre. Various vocational training workshops enable the youngsters lớn receive sầu a professional training. The sale of the products produced in the workshops also enables the centre to cover part of their running costs. There is a food processing workshop making delicious jam, ice cream, fruit juices, dried fruits; an organic vegetable garden; a cooking workshop; housekeeping & maintenance; embroidery; lacquer ware painting.

TTG is a very warm & vibrant community which aims lớn emtoàn thân care for self, others and nature. School classes from the surrounding schools come khổng lồ visit on a regular basis in order to learn about the way we work and live. This gives the youngsters a chance khổng lồ tóm tắt their skills, knowledge & way of being và living together (read about the empowerment project here). Training programs organized by Eurasia Learning Institute, are also hosted by the community.


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VOCATIONAL TRAINING WORKSHOPS

The Center offers each resident a vocational training, enabling them khổng lồ be integrated in professional life and khổng lồ become as autonomous as possible. Various vocational training workshops enable the youngsters to learn a profession and promote income generating activities.


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When we created the Peaceful Bamboo Family community in Hue, Central Vietphái mạnh, our fundamental intention was not focused on caring for young people with intellectual disability, but rather on creating a conducive environment that would allow these young people to lớn unfold their full potential in a way that would enable them to make a positive sầu contribution to society. And these contributions have been manifold. When we started our community, it was not yet possible for NGOs in Vietphái nam lớn buy lvà and to lớn run a privately owned Centre. Due lớn the many years of work in the field of special education, the local government had confidence in our Foundation và granted us an exception so that we could create the first private & không tính tiền centre entirely based on our values & principles inspired by the Camphill Movement & later by the GNH framework.


Tinc Truc Gia is located on the outskirts of Hue City, in the quiet space of the lvà situated deep in the bamboo grooves. The total area of ​​Tinch Truc Gia is 15,000 mét vuông, in which 60% of the land is used for planting, gardening, and a natural playground for children.

Originally, the soil in the area was mostly made of gravel & stone, which was not ideal for gardening; only lemongrass, tea, fig, and locust trees were able lớn grow. Tinc Truc Gia has been practicing Biodynamic agriculture for the last 10 years to lớn heal và revitalize the soil. Today, the previously damaged l& has been transformed into a flourishing chemical-không tính tiền garden with rich soil unique and an abounding ecosystem with more than 1000 species of native plants.

LISTENING TO THE SOIL

In Vietphái mạnh, as in many developing countries, the so-called modernization of agriculture has created a lot of damage to lớn the soil due to the misuse of pesticides & fertilizers. At Tinc Truc Gia, the garden is perceived as a living organism with its living process & rhythm of activity; most importantly, the garden’s health is determined by the health of the soil.

Hung – Tinh Truc Gia’s gardener và educator, graduated from university with a major in Agriculture và was rooted in the modern methodology of gardening. He has been with Tinh Truc Gia’s garden from the beginning, & the garden has taught him many precious lessons. “I used lớn think that the job of a gardener is to lớn control the garden, but then I realized that I am only a part of its ecosystem. I dance khổng lồ its rhythm, it does not dance to mine”, says Hung. The intimate relationship he has with the garden has made it possible for him to listen to lớn the garden’s needs.

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It took the garden team (including gardeners, teachers, volunteers, & the youngsters) 5 years khổng lồ reshape the soil’s properties by removing the many stones beneath the surface, by h&. We simultaneously enlivened the soil with horn manure & biodynamic compost, which energizes all the active microbial life processes và thus supports humus formation. “There is no soil improvement but only soil nourishment. For me the soil is a Bodhisattva.”, said Hung.


THE GARDEN AS THE COMMUNITY’S TEACHER

Learning to lớn take care of the soil has been a transformative sầu journey not only for the garden team but for the whole community, which required everyone khổng lồ be patient & not to create any pressure to lớn obtain a certain amount of vegetables and fruits. In the early years, we had little variety in terms of fruit and vegetables.

The intention of creating the garden was to lớn give sầu the youngsters a big space to lớn release their energy through curative sầu physical work. Gardening helps the youngsters lớn hone both their gross và fine motor skills, increase attention span, stimulate cognitive abilities, have sầu a direct sensory liên hệ with nature, và regulate emotions. What the garden can teach the youngsters is significantly rich. A simple task such as moving a wheelbarrow can help them train spatial orientation, their sense of balance, và their attention. The garden always has a wide variety of tasks that are suited lớn different abilities and needs. Through their work, the youngsters give lớn the earth & receive sầu healing in return.

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The youngsters, the teachers and volunteers are happy gardeners

Moreover, the garden teaches the whole community about our attitude towards nature. As we eat mainly the seasonal vegetables and fruits from the garden, we are aware of the farm-to-fork process and appreciate more fully the food we have. Before meals, the whole community practices gratitude to all the conditions that have been present for the food khổng lồ be available. One of the songs that we sing before the meal is:

This rice contains the farmer’s abundant love

We skết thúc gratitude lớn the parents, the farmers

This rice contains great compassion

That harmonizes the rain & sun, the cloud và wind.”

The more we underst& the garden, the more we make efforts lớn take actions lớn minimize harm lớn the environment. We have sầu a circular waste management system, in which the organic waste from the kitchen is used as major materials for composting. 15% of current electricity comes from solar power systems. Products for cleaning and washing dishes are created by natural ingredients from the garden like lemon, starfruit, and locust. To minimize the consumption of material goods, the buildings and facilities of Tinch Truc Gia are cleaned và maintained on a regular basis. Most of our appliances & furniture have been used for 10 years without having been renewed.

SPREADING ECOLOGICAL AWARENESS

Our garden was the first Biodynamic organic horticulture garden in Vietphái nam và gave sầu birth to the Empowerment project. School classes have sầu been coming to our garden lớn learn about ecology and gardening. The students work alongside with our youngsters, thus appreciating how people with special needs not only contribute lớn society but can even be their teachers in some specific areas. We are now developing educational programs for students in the fields of sustainability, ecology, organic gardening, & Social and Emotional Learning, with the ayên of connecting to lớn Self, Others, and Nature.

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2000 students from Hue’s public schools come khổng lồ visit the community every year. This gives the youngsters the opportunities khổng lồ tóm tắt their skills, knowledge, & way of being và living together. “What the youngsters can give lớn the students is love, compassion and the will lớn overcome challenges in life. The students often think that they come here khổng lồ help the youngsters, but then they realize that the youngsters are helping them”, says Mr. Hung, educator & gardener at Tinc Truc Gia’s.

Since 2017, the garden holds annual Biodynamic Agriculture courses for those who are interested, especially gardeners, agriculture students, and educators. Tinc Truc Gia gardeners constantly renew their professional skills and practices so that what they can spread ecological awareness in a practical way.


CULTURE IS HOW WE LIVE TOGETHER

Life in Tinc Truc Gia is rejuvenated through the diversity of people & activities. A community can only sustain itself if there is the harmonious presence of different generations and professions. Differences are not a divisive sầu stimulus but cultivate mutual contribution to lớn a common goal. At Tinc Truc Gia, we have sầu more than 80 people including youngsters with special needs, kindergarten children, teachers, & staff who are motivated to lớn contribute whatever they can, for the happiness of others. There are four generations living, learning, & working together, and each generation offers their unique characteristics & contribution. The background of the teachers và staff is a blkết thúc of those with bachelor & master degrees in different areas and of gardeners, social workers or skilled cooks who have sầu not gone through a formal education. Though their roles are varied, each of them is a part of Tinch Truc Gia’s website of life.

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Since the beginning, many volunteers have been living và working in Tinch Truc Gia. Their age can range from 15 khổng lồ over 60 years old, with very diverse backgrounds; some are lifelong experts in special education, we also had a french actor, a clowning professor và high school students from America or Germany. The volunteers offer many positive sầu contributions by expressing their life perspectives, expertise and culture in their way of living & interacting, & at the same time it nurtures the spirit of inclusivity in the community.

Their contributions are manifold, from baking recipes that are currently used in the bakery workshop, to lớn working a year long with the gardeners lớn remove each stone out of the soil. While volunteering, they enjoy immersing themselves in an intense experience that challenges and redefines their understanding of care & connection.

Despite the diversity, the community life in Tinh Truc Gia is always designed to lớn meet the youngsters’ needs. The the rhythm of the day, the season, & the year is given by rituals, activites & events; this order gives the youngsters a feeling of safety and freedom in their daily activities. Doing the same thing at the same time each day, or each week, helps them to overcome their insecurity or passivity. Their work has become an important part of their lives.

In today’s world, where individual happiness is believed khổng lồ be more important than the happiness of everyone, Tinch Truc Gia shows that “living together” as a community is possible & is more important than ever. When living together, interactions vị not stop at the cấp độ of colleagues, teachers, and students. We have become a family where small daily events are not less essential than what may be considered khổng lồ be more important matters. Each person is not only a separate individual, but also a part of a larger system. This motivates everyone to overcome the challenging realities of living together on a daily basis. For both those with & without disabilities, ‘living together’ offers substance & opportunity for profound healing, chances và space for ‘giving và receiving’ và cultivates a deep sense of caring, trust, & tư vấn that helps us grow into full human beings.

WORKING IS A LEARNING PROCESS

Tinh Truc Gia encourages experiential và project-based learning. It has always been a socially innovative project, in which most aspects of community life open up learning opportunities, be it individual or collective sầu learning. Each of us has a favorable context khổng lồ learn about ourselves, about other people và about our surroundings.

Tinch Truc Gia holds regular seminars và workshops for both co-workers & youngsters in the spirit of lifelong learning for all. Besides annual professional training delivered by experts in special education và social therapy, informal training is even more vital. Working is an informal learning journey, in which each teacher and youngster can reflect và unfold their potential.. Every month, we also hold sharing & learning sessions with themes such as mindfulness, compassion, deep listening, and ecological awareness.

What we have learnt is reflected in every simple act of our daily lives. No work is less important than another. Household chores are extremely important, as it helps the youngsters to ‘feel at home’ & take the responsibility lớn take care of their home page. All chores, from dusting, sweeping, preparing meals và washing clothes offer a chance lớn improve their motor skills. Furthermore, what they learn in one task can be transferred lớn another. What they have sầu learnt in household chores about responsibility, meticulousness, executing a task from start khổng lồ over, etc, will positively impact their skills in their profession. The capathành phố of attention trained while washing the dishes will have sầu an impact on how mindfully they put their feet on the ground and contribute towards a feeling of stability while walking. The meticulousness needed while folding the clothes will help them make a beautiful lacquer painting.

In năm ngoái, we created the ‘Eurasia Learning Institute for Happiness & Wellbeing’ (ELI) to lớn share our experience about special education, Gross National Happiness, Biodynamic farming, & bringing happiness & wellbeing in organizations. We also partnered with universities lượt thích Hoa Sen University và Hue University khổng lồ create year-long programs on inner transformation leading lớn social innovation. Two main areas of our work are happiness in education and happiness in organisations. In the field of education, in Vietnam giới, we began with the “Điện thoại tư vấn khổng lồ Care” project và are currently implementing the Happy Schools project. Happy Schools, as a continuation of điện thoại tư vấn to Care, brings 3 modules of Care based on mindfulness & social-emotional learning khổng lồ 9 public schools in Hue. In the field of happiness in organisation, we are currently working with Bitis, a large shoe company & Pizza 4Phường khổng lồ deliver a GNH based approach and values to lớn transsize their organizations.

Tinh Truc Gia hosts many of ELI’s trainings and workshops because it is the place that embodies key values of ELI. “Tinch Truc Gia offers an environment for learners who are interested in community building, wellbeing, and social-emotional learning to learn in a very practical way. We have all the conditions for an ikhuyến mãi learning environment.”, says Mr. Tu, Tinch Truc Gia’s director.

ROOTED IN VIETNAMESE CULTURE AND HUE CULTURE

When we started the Peaceful Bamboo Family, we were inspired by the iđơn hàng of the Camphill Movement, but we wanted lớn create a community that was completely embedded in the Vietnamese context. We did not want to import foreign values & cultural practices in a country that has suffered too much and for too long from destructive foreign influence, whether from French colonialism or American imperialism.

At the same time, we knew from our experience in the Camphill community of Perceval the importance of spiritual và cultural practices that structure the life và cycles of time in a community. So, our challenge was lớn find the essence of the practices that we had experienced in a Western, largely Christian context located in a temperate climate zone, and lớn recreate comparable forms & rituals born out of the Vietnamese, largely Buddhist & Confucian context, và a tropical climate. We structured our yearly cycle around traditional Vietnamese and Buddhist festivals that are connected lớn the moon cycle rather than the solar cycle; including ancestor and Earth-spirit worshiping ceremonies which are held on New and Full Moon.

 The weekly rhythm is structured with a day of Mindfulness, and an evening called ‘Sharing from the Heart’ where each thành viên of the community has an opportunity to tóm tắt how they feel, what makes them happy or worries them. Their sharings are heard in an atmosphere of respect và non-judgmental deep listening.

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ART IS A PART OF LIFE

With youngsters who can’t speak, or have sầu many barriers khổng lồ communicate, art is a great doorway for self-expression & connection with others. That was why Tinh Truc Gia’s art workcửa hàng was born and we have sầu 3 youngsters who after many years of hard work, were recognized as genuine artists. We hold an annual exhibition in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minch city where the youngsters’ artworks and stories are shared with the public.

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Exhibition of lacquer paintings by TTG youngsters, Ho Chi Minch City

 In daily life, we help the youngsters express themselves creatively though nhảy đầm, clowning, singing, crafts, candle making & drama. They are true artists, because when they make art, they make it in a fluid flow without putting themselves in a box. Artistic activities are not only fun, but also help us develop self-esteem, give us a refreshing lens lớn look at ourselves và our place in the world, & create a wonderful space for authentic connections khổng lồ each other.


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