Plukrijp Newsletter – 2022 week 31 vzw – Zetel: Trommelstraat 24 – B 2223 Schriek
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2022 – week  31

Upside down = instead of announcing what we plan to do
(& most often find out we do not need to do), we relate what we really did

Building communities of trust is fundamental
to healing our collective wound.
At Plukrijp, we offer spaces of transparency and solidarity.
The community allows people to encounter each other
in truth and so develop trust.
We do the garden for YOU
Plukrijp functions on your frequent visits & harvests. Take along for friends & neighbours, this way we recreate real networks between us all, breaking down the illusory restrictions that now still separate many of us from our fellow man = UBUNTU.
The updated list of vegetables & fruit that can be harvested this week is available on our website under the heading “Current Harvest” :

This week @ Plukrijp

We did:

Seeded coriander, parsley and chervil in the glasshouse again


Cleared the red beet in long low bed 4 and seeded chervil

Thinned out the big red beet from the central field to make space for the small ones to grow


Guided the tomatoes in the glasshouse


Guided the gerkin in open tunnel 5


Weeded open tunnel 5 and the glasshouse


Fixed the drip-system in closed tunnel 3


Planted gerkins in the food forest


Potted many different kinds of cabbages and planted part around the farm


Watered the open tunnels


Seeded three kinds of turnip and some corn salad in open tunnel 3

Cleaned and cleared around the swimming pool


Brought boxes to Hei and brought back compost and pots and made a lot of new Plukpots for autumn, filled with coriander, parsley, corn salad, salad, spinach, radishes, onions and garlic. We also put some compost on the corner of the grass field for future use.


Fixed a heap of pallets for our friends at BioFresh and received many more to fix

Found out where our sneaky chickens were escaping the coop – they snuck out in the tunnel next to the fence! Anthony will soon find a way to keep our prisoners firmly locked up


Weeded the food forest


Harvested a lot of tasty fine beans at Hei. We could barely keep some to eat ourselves!


We seeded Walcherse cabbage in pots in the glasshouse


Weeded the last line of the food forest next to the caravans (prepare for a medicinal herb garden)


Thieved and trimed the tomatoe plants to get more harvest in tunnels 1,2,3&4


Planted red cabbages in the open tunnels 1,2&3 at the front edge of the bed


Weeded the path to the caravans


Weeded the leek in open tunnel 3


Planted broccoli, red cabbage, kale, chinese cabbage in long low bed 3 at Hei

Cleaned up and reinstalled Sunset Boulevard so we could enjoy the great sunsets again


Hung a basket swing next to the pond behind the open tunnels

Interesting Videos


From the director of The Secret, comes a life-changing film about the astonishing power and intelligence of your heart. Featuring stunning science interwoven with powerful real-life stories from some of the most inspiring icons of our age, this timeless documentary will lead you to uncover… and rediscover… the treasure in your chest.

The Basic Teachings – Adyashanti


Many people think that it is the function of a spiritual teaching to provide answers to life’s biggest questions, but actually the opposite is true. The primary task of any good spiritual teaching is not to answer your questions, but to question your answers. For it is your conscious and unconscious assumptions and beliefs that distort your perception and cause you to see separation and division where there is actually only unity and completeness.”
~ Adyashanti

Inspiring Book

A must read for yoga teachers or aspiring yoga teachers

Susan Hopkinson is a senior yoga teacher living in Belgium who is very well-travelled in India. Her book addresses the many issues and problems in the modern yoga world, and points the way toward more grounded and responsible (and responsive) teaching of modern yoga. Here ‘yoga’ means Modern Postural Yoga as taught in studios worldwide.

Susan says, “I wrote this book because in over 30 years of practicing and over 20 years of teaching yoga, I was increasingly dismayed by the lack of basic understanding of yoga amongst ‘certified’ yoga teachers. I wanted to create a resource where all aspects of yoga that I see as fundamental are explained in clear language to avoid the confusion that arises about such things as understanding our modern habits in the context of yoga (for example, reflecting on the role of social media and on yoga as a business), while emphasizing the need for discernment and self-awareness — the most powerful evidence of a balanced yoga practice. I examine issues that concern all contemporary yoga teachers, like when to perform adjustments, yamas & niyamas for teachers, trauma sensitivity, avoiding cult dynamics, problems with modern YTTs, and the issues of accreditation and certification in an industry with no certifying body (which entails explaining the misconception that Yoga Alliance is a certification board).
While addressing these issues, I intersperse my personal experience with teaching, and specifically how parenting, loss and illness affected (and ultimately benefited) my teaching and practice. The feedback I have from teachers and practitioners who have read it is that they are learning things they never knew in decades of practice and even teaching.”


Nature loves courage.

You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles.

Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick.

This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood.

This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done.

By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering it’s a feather bed.”

Terence McKenna

Inspiring Text

Heart, Self, & Soul, The Sufi Psychology of Growth, Balance and Harmony

book by Robert Frager

According to Sufi tradition, we have seven souls, or seven facets of the complete soul. Each represents a different stage of evolution. There are the mineral, vegetable, animal, personal, human, and secret souls, and the secret of secrets.

The Sufi model of the souls is one of balance. According to this model, spiritual growth is not a matter of developing the higher souls and ignoring or even weakening the lower ones. Each soul has valuable gifts, and in Sufism, real spiritual growth means balanced development of the whole individual, including body, mind and spirit.



The Souls in Balance

The mineral soul is meant to provide us with a strong foundation, a solid inner structure to support us in life. When out of balance, it is a source of rigidity, inertia, and inflexibility on the one hand, or flaccidity, fickleness, and vacillation on the other.

The vegetable soul is meant to assist us in keeping our bodies healthy and strong. When out of balance, it may be a source of either laziness or hyperactivity.

The animal soul is meant to give us the passion and drive to accomplish worthwhile service in the world. When unbalanced, the animal soul leads us to act badly, through anger, greed or passion.

The personal soul is meant to guide us, to provide the intelligence necessary to understand ourselves, and to comprehend the world around us. The unbalanced personal soul misleads us through arrogance and egotism or incapacitates us through a weak ego and lack of self-esteem and self-confidence. Rationalization and false imagination can distort the truth, or we may misuse our intelligence to destructively criticize ourselves and others in a rigid, judgmental way.

The human soul provides compassion and the deeper intelligence and creativity of the heart. When out of balance, it can lead us to act foolishly out of misplaced pity or softhearted solicitude.

The secret soul can provide real inner wisdom but, out of balance, it may lead us to reject the world and dichotomize the spiritual and material. The secret soul can also keep us at the level of our separate individuality and become an obstacle to full union with God.

Contemplation exercice:

List all seven souls and then ask yourself how you might nourish each one. If you contemplate each soul and ask what each wants and needs, you will find clear answers. Does your vegetable soul desire rest, or better food? Does your animal soul wish that you would express pent-up emotions, or spend a romantic weekend with your beloved? Perhaps some intellectually challenging books will nourish your personal soul. How might you express your compassion, creativity, or other qualities that nourish your human soul? What kinds of prayer, contemplation, or meditation will nourish your secret soul?

Inspiring Music

Muse – Uprising “lyrics”

From Muse’s 2009 album, The Resistance, which was heavily based on George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece, 1984.

An eventual concept of the novel is a rebellion, an “Uprising” against the controlling government… The protagonists realizing that they have the power.

Abdullah Ibrahim – Allah o Akbar

Simple and profoundly beautiful

Inspiring Image

Powerful photo from photographer Cassandra Jones, talking about trans generational trauma: how unprocessed pain of mothers goes through caring for their daughters

Trauma travels through generations until someone is strong enough to stand through all that pain and heal it.


Humor (?)


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