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2022 – week 39

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:

We had the very refreshing visit of Polina from Russia sent to us by Oli from Germany. It’s nice to see how Plukrijp’s network stays alive and how rich it is!

Once again, the conception that our greatest asset is our network has been confirmed. Plukrijp and the CSA ‘Ons Logish Voedsel’ from Booischot are forging links that enrich us both.

Tom has joined the group of volunteers who take care of our infrastructure. To be able to live in simplicity, it is necessary to develop basic knowledge in electricity, woodworking, plumbing, repairs of all kinds… A lot of gratitude for all this beautiful energy and good will!

Martine decided to blow a fresh wind on the floors above the workshop. A fundamental transformation took place: we went through all our stocks of mattresses, armchairs, sofa’s blankets, cushions, carpets, sheets, … and eliminated all that was superfluous or too damaged. This creates space not only physically but also mentally and energetically for whatever new that wants to manifest.

Jojo started this Sunday the training ‘Groententeelt’ with Pieter Vastmans in Weegbree. This training is given over a year and begins with a patch of grass until how to preserve the fruits and vegetables produced.

We received new pallets to fix & sent back the ones we had fixed.

We broke down & cut into pieces wood for the stove to burn in winter.

We harvested apples from an orchard of a friend & sorted the damaged from the undamaged. We consume & transform the damaged ones as a priority – crumbles, apple mousse, & snacks! You know what they say – An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

We filled pots with soil & seeded some with salad.

We seeded salad, endive, coriander, & parsley in the glass house.

We removed the greenery from closed tunnel 1 & scratched the soil & seeded mustard & chervil.

Interesting Videos

Jordan Peterson – The Lion King Part 1

We watched Jordan Peterson’s analysis of ‘The Lion King’ over several evenings as it led to lively and in-depth discussions each time. We recommend this analysis which is very rich. It’s impressive to understand that a children’s cartoon isn’t as innocent as it seems.

After putting Jordan Peterson’s lecture at .75 playback speed, we could follow him on his Jungian reading of the Lion King. How come this movie about a bunch of Lions makes so much sense to us? Even when we were kids? Well, the film is full of archetypes, and we quickly learn how deep it can be, given that we interpret it.

We noticed two things about the lecture, being that interpreting art and reading into symbols give us another dimension of depth in not only the art we observe but life in general. If the Lion King is deep, how many other things are deeper than we first think? The other main reason is that the theme of the heroes journey, the content of the film, is relevant to the maturation of men in society.

In short, Simba is born a son of a king Mufasa. At first he is wide eyed and naive, this gets him into trouble with the King’s malevolent brother Scar, and endangers his childhood crush Nala by exploring the forbidden areas of the kingdom together. Both Simba and his father the king do not pay sufficient attention to the forces of evil in the kingdom represented by Scar and the hyenas and this ends up getting Mufasa killed and Simba exiled. The exile represents Simbas adolescent phase where he ends up teaming up with a peer group as young men often do. Together with his dopey friends he lives by the moto of hakuna matata while the kingdom goes to hell under the tyrannical rule of Scar. It a chance reencounter with his childhood crush and their fling that confronts him with his unlived potential. Simba calls out to the heavens and is met by the baboon Rafiki, the shaman figure that represents the self, who guides Simba through a spiritual experience of his father speaking to him. Having been confronted and finally willing to man up, he returns to the kingdom to defeat Scar and restore order in the Kingdom.

Maturation is not a given for men. Men can become stuck in a mopey adolescent phase where they complain about the state of society and withdraw into peer group at the margins and live by hakuna matata like philosophies. Women’s selectivity can put a healthy pressure on men to grow up and take their space, hold it open and protect it from forces of evil. In order to do that they have to develop discernment and a practical, even physical willingness to confront malevolence.


So the lecture almost makes us ask two questions: for men, are you willing to face your calling and take it seriously and fight if you have to? Maybe to the women out there as well, are you desiring to be with mature men that are in a less dramatic way than in the movie, but nonetheless a King of sorts in their own way?

Sometimes its as if our culture says this is outdated nonsense. However, there is a part in every child and adult that still intuitively responds to a story like the Lion King, and understands that there are deeper themes from the human experience there, even though on the surface its just a bunch of animated talking cartoon animals.

The Price of Purity

Essential oils have been around for over 5,000 years. These compounds capture the “essence” of various trees, plants, and herbs, or their scent, flavor, and healing properties for use in aromatherapy, cosmetics and medicinal purposes.

Harvesting essential oils are done by natural methods that many local indigenous communities around the world, particularly in Asia, South America and Africa, have been using for thousands of years. This delicate process is hard work, yet it is vital because if any chemical or non-organic method is used, they are no longer considered true essential oils.

Over the last 15 years, due to the green movement and demand for all-natural products, multi-level marketing companies like doTERRA have emerged, selling essential oils as an alternative to big pharma. doTERRA claims that the oils they sell are produced using sustainable methods and ethically sourced, adding to their selling power. But as we see in Vice’s “The Price of Purity”, these claims are inaccurate. Journalist Hind Hassan investigates frankincense harvesting in the region of Somaliland in Eastern Africa.

“The Myth of Normal”: Dr. Gabor Maté on Trauma, Illness and Healing in a Toxic Culture

Dr. Gabor Mate has spoken & written extensively on personal trauma & the path towards its healing. In this interview he reaches out further & calls out the trauma on a collective level. He reminds that ‘trauma is not what happens to you, but what happens inside of you.’ Although external conditions of environment create the potential for trauma, we, interpret it in our own way & sustain the emotional damage. Society & Culture are the core of any environment & the extent of the trauma can be huge. The path towards its healing, as Gabor Mate describes, involves compassionate self-inquiry of why we take on the story & project it on to trivial daily matters. The stories we have accepted from an unstable society, must be taken with a grain of salt, examined & filtered. The people writing these stories (media giants, business insiders, robber barons, etc) do not propose stories beneficial to our growth & emotional stability, so we see the absurdity of assuming these to be true, & let go of our attachment to them as part of our identities. The healing begins here. In this interview, Gabor Mate shares that in a community, when a person gets sick, the community thanks the sick member of the tribe. They do this because they realize it is a symptom of a greater sickness in the group. They see that this one person’s healing, is also their healing, so do what they can to help. We are not separate from our environment, neither are we to its healing. We thank Gabor Mate for making this so clear for us & we wait impatiently to read his next book.


In this dreamlike terrain a storm becomes a window into passion.

A woman stands in front of a window looking out at a dark expanse. The world outside is harsh and elemental. Wind flutters the curtains as a ray of light brightens the tip of her nose. But her mind is elsewhere. In the hazy, dreamlike terrain of the animated short Étreintes (or Embraced), two narratives unfold in tandem – one in the present day, and another projected into the sky from a memory deep in the fabric of the woman’s mind. As these two worlds intertwine, the storm brewing outside becomes a window into the woman’s passionate time with a past lover.

Dazzling timelapse shows how microbes spoil our food – and sometimes enrich it

While the very word ‘rot’ might give rise to revulsion – perhaps the memory of a mildewed fruit or the pungent stench of a past-its-prime cut of fish – the processes it describes often yield delicious results. Indeed, many of the world’s most popular foods, from beer and bread to kimchi and cheese, are born of chemical conversions that would, in other contexts, constitute a food ‘going bad’. With their short film Wrought (2022), the Canadian filmmakers Joel Penner and Anna Sigrithur deploy a dazzling series of timelapse sequences to render the often hidden work of microbes as a visual feast. In doing so, the duo invite us to consider how organic transformation can cause us to smell and taste with delight, or turn away in disgust.

Inspiring Links


Aqualogica komt met veel aandacht, zorgzaamheid en kennis een project op maat creëren. Een zwemvijver, waterzuivering, groendak of buitengewoon houtwerk. Duurzaam uitgevoerd, organisch of juist strak.

I’m writing to you from Kansas. This is the first time I’ve spoken in Kansas. The event is the Fuller Field School, a two-day program for farmers created by Gail and Lynnette Fuller. I would like to share some of the deep impressions I’ve received from this event.

Contributing vs. Consuming:

Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.”

Albert Einstein

Inspiring Books

A book that changes everything – from the legendary Dr Gabor Maté

‘It all starts with waking up… to what our bodies are expressing and our minds are suppressing’

Filled with stories of people in the grip of illness or in the triumphant wake of recovery, this life-affirming book, co-written with his son Daniel, proves true health is possible – if we are willing to reconnect with each other and our authentic selves.


A beautiful prayer:

I offer this work to the beloved.
May I give myself fully to what is before me.
May I create work that is true.
May I do it with gratitude, in joy.

Inspiring Text
“This moment humanity is going through can now be seen as a portal and as a hole. The decision to fall into the hole or go through the portal is up to you.”

If you repent of the problem and consume the news 24 hours a day, with little energy, nervous all the time, with pessimism, you will fall into the hole. But if you take this opportunity to look at yourself, rethink life and death, take care of yourself and others, you will cross the portal. Take care of your homes, take care of your body. Connect with your spiritual House.

When you are taking care of yourselves, you are taking care of everything else. Do not lose the spiritual dimension of this crisis; have the eagle aspect from above and see the whole; see more broadly.

There is a social demand in this crisis, but there is also a spiritual demand — the two go hand in hand. Without the social dimension, we fall into fanaticism. But without the spiritual dimension, we fall into pessimism and lack of meaning. You were prepared to go through this crisis. Take your toolbox and use all the tools available to you.

Learn about the resistance of the indigenous and African peoples; we have always been, and continue to be, exterminated. But we still haven’t stopped singing, dancing, lighting a fire, and having fun. Don’t feel guilty about being happy during this difficult time.


You do not help at all being sad and without energy. You help if good things emanate from the Universe now. It is through joy that one resists. Also, when the storm passes, each of you will be very important in the reconstruction of this new world.

You need to be well and strong. And for that, there is no other way than to maintain a beautiful, happy, and bright vibration. This has nothing to do with alienation.

This is a resistance strategy. In shamanism, there is a rite of passage called the quest for vision. You spend a few days alone in the forest, without water, without food, without protection. When you cross this portal, you get a new vision of the world, because you have faced your fears, your difficulties.

This is what is asked of you:

Allow yourself to take advantage of this time to perform your vision-seeking rituals. What world do you want to build for you? For now, this is what you can do — serenity in the storm. Calm down, pray every day. Establish a routine to meet the sacred every day.

Good things emanate; what you emanate now is the most important thing. And sing, dance, resist through art, joy, faith, and love.”


– White Eagle of the Hopi


Inspiring Music

Time Crawls – Zefiro Torna

Amorroma Solo – Fluitenkruid

Inspiring Image
Humor (?)
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