December was a time of Retreat. We hosted our first intergenerational retreat. 84 people all living in or near the village joined of all ages. It was glorious. We came together to end the year with appreciation and to imagine next year from that place – as a village. From Babe to Grand parent, we were all there. A women’s retreat followed soon after, with rural and urban women coming together for four days to reconnect to our power and grace as women and human beings. It was powerful. Equally powerful was how we were hosted by our men. They were in the background, cooking and tending to the hearth. We agreed that our next such gathering will be for both – it will be Women Are Medicine and Men are Magic!
Also in December was a series of workshops by our friend Lucy West, from the US, who came to teach children, teachers, and parents how to make maths more enjoyable and meaningful. It gave new ideas of how to learn together, and illuminated that oftentimes poor performance has little to do with an ineptitude on the side of the child, and more with the teacher and the methods employed. Most of life is mathematical. Lucy invited us into the possibility to engage with it.
The holidays were full of activities for the children, old and young. The new year saw us opening the Nyeredzi doors to some of our slightly older children, with 18 Kufunda kids in total going to our new school. The school is already making such a difference to the life of the village, with the joy of learning so palpable in our children, and bringing parents to life with the many questions and enthusiasm of our youngest.