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Nature’s Hero Single Handedly Creates 1,360 Wildlife Sanctuary

Jadav Payeng, an Indian man,  single-handedly plants a 1,360-acre forest and turned a barren sandbar in northern India into a lush new forest ecosystem.

A little more than 30 years ago, a teenager named Jadav “Molai” Payeng began burying seeds along a barren sandbar near his birthplace in northern India’s Assam region to grow a refuge for wildlife.

Not long after, he decided to dedicate his life to this endeavor, so he moved to the site so he could work full-time creating a lush new forest ecosystem. Incredibly, the spot today hosts a sprawling 1,360 acres of jungle that Payeng planted — single-handedly.

The Times of India recently caught up with Payeng in his remote forest lodge to learn more about how he came to leave such an indelible mark on the landscape.It all started way back in 1979, when floods washed a large number of snakes ashore on the sandbar.

One day, after the waters had receded, Payeng, only 16 then, found the place dotted with the dead reptiles. That was the turning point of his life.

“The snakes died in the heat, without any tree cover. I sat down and wept over their lifeless forms. It was carnage. I alerted the forest department and asked them if they could grow trees there. They said nothing would grow there. Instead, they asked me to try growing bamboo. It was painful, but I did it.  There was nobody to help me.  Nobody was interested,” says Payeng, now 47.

While it’s taken years for Payeng’s remarkable dedication to planting to receive some well-deserved recognition internationally, it didn’t take long for wildlife in the region to benefit from the manufactured forest. Demonstrating a keen understanding of ecological balance, Payeng even transplanted ants to his burgeoning ecosystem to bolster its natural harmony. Soon the shadeless sandbar was transformed into a self-functioning environment where a menagerie of creatures could dwell.

The forest, called the Molai woods, now serves as a safe haven for numerous birds, deer, rhinos, tigers and elephants — species increasingly at risk from habitat loss.Despite the conspicuousness of Payeng’s project, forestry officials in the region first learned of this new forest in 2008 — and since then they’ve come to recognize his efforts as truly remarkable, but perhaps not enough.

“We’re amazed at Payeng”, says Gunin Saikia, assistant conservator of Forests. “He has been at it for 30 years. Had he been in any other country, he would have been made a hero.”

Sgt Peppers Gypsy Caravan

EXCITING NEWS – STARTING SOON – A FAB ADVENTURE !

This year marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ US debut. On this date in 1964, The Beatles flew across the Atlantic for the first time and changed the world in a day. The perfect week to announce our amazing upcoming project centred around the British Fab 4 and the ultimate Delight Makers of their era!

A Priceless Gift

Hidden from public view for more than 40 years, this delight making treasure was found at the former Beatles home. It had originally been owned by John Lennon and then Ringo Starr. Now donated for benefit of charity, it becomes a beautiful restoration, arts, film and fundraising project which we will be commencing in the next few weeks …

The Sgt Pepper’s Gypsy Caravan

Our Vision

This project originally presented itself as an opportunity to restore an iconic piece of history from the spiritual revolution of the 60s, with the simple purpose of being able to raise money for charity through auction or lease, but we feel that it has a lot more to bring to the world if it can stay in the public domain.

During the restoration we will be doing more than just piecing together this very special caravan. We will also bring out its orginal magic and value as a taker of journeys and conveyer of entertainers, free spirits and showmen alike; rebirthing it as a storyteller and as a catalyst for conversations, inspiration and connector of people.

A broken caravan
With stories to tell and
Songs to sing
A journey to take
Peace and healing to bring

Our vision for this project is to make the restoration itself a platform for building a new legacy through film, creating a project that can be shared and enjoyed with people across the world. The next journey of this caravan we hope will be one that continues to evolve the 60s revolution of consciousness, with a call to lightness of being and a destination of peace, joy and a world Governed by Love.

Join Us In The Journey

To be part of this journey by receiving Newsletters & Project updates or, if you are keen to contribute to the project in some way … Please CLICK HERE to REGISTER with us and we will write to you in the next few weeks explaining how you can get involved.

The Drawing Board

It is going to be a major undertaking to restore to its playful, joyous essence, but then you could see that as a mirror of many things today, including humanity. And in that sense the restoration of this wonderful caravan represents, and provides a symbol of, much much more.

Given the amazing number of people who have been touched by John Lennon, The Beatles and their legacy, we feel that this fun loving project offers an incredible opportunity to connect, collaborate, heal and re-inspire the beautiful spirit born of its era, and to celebrate the successes that were born of the time. The children of the age have grown up, as have their children …

What can be celebrated? 

What can we learn?

What gifts can we now give to those who will follow?

 

Original Footage

Below is the first film footage of the caravan, from 1967, when it was being delivered to the Lennon home. Click on the image to see the British Pathe clip of its first public appearance …

JOHN LENNON’S CARAVAN

 

Beautiful Things for Beautiful Causes

The funds raised from the caravan will be shared between The Delight Maker’s Foundation and half of the funds will be given to other charities, which may change from year to year. The Delight Makers will use the funds specifically for projects that use the arts to spread Peace, Love, Wisdom, Inspiration and Freedom.

Initial thoughts are that, beyond existing commitments already pledged, the caravan might be best suited to raising funds for charitable causes that are in alignment with the essence of the vehicle. Hearts and minds are open on the subject and possibilities range from causes that support: Inner and World Peace, Musicians and Artists, Freedom of Expression to Homelessness and Refugees.

Make a Donation to Support the Project

Jamie Catto : What About You? : London

Unleash Your Creative Genius

February 15th &amp16th; 2nd 9:45 am 6 pm

Unprecedented levels of genius are born from the Transforming Shadows games, processes and discussions. So much raw creative and inspired treasure is released when we play with and observe our shadows and ‘so-called’ demons – and when related to differently these same challenging characters become allies and even employees.

This reclaims both the energy we’re wasting suppressing and denying them and re-inherits their so far unused skills and valuable qualities. Lightness, humour and presence. On Transforming Shadows you will learn how to transform unruly demons into employees and harvest the many gifts within challenges instead of exhausting yourself battling them.

You will learn how to dissolve and heal blocked emotions and the pain of old habits which weigh you down and reframe negative beliefs which hold pain-loops in place. You will play games and processes which lighten up rigidnotions of appropriateness and uptight limitations of unconscious shame and negativity. You will laugh your head off and realise how much energy you’ve been wasting wearing masks to satisfy other people who’s values you don’t necessarily share.

You will realise how precious each day is and how much more space there is for mischief and playfulness in the world, especially yours. You will forgive yourself for all the shame and negativity you’ve allowed yourself to carry due to old beliefs from uptight parents, carers and teachers of old.You will reclaim vast amounts of energy and joy and channel it into your creativity and passions.

No one is ever turned away from my workshops for financial reasons.Suggested fee is £240If you want to participate, but the fee is out of your range please contact me here.

Contact : [email protected] with any question.

To Book CLICK HERE

Meditation Transforms Roughest San Francisco Schools

Barry Zito, David Lynch, Russell Brand meditate with students during Quiet Time at Burton High. Photo: Lea Suzuki, The Chronicle

Barry Zito, David Lynch, Russell Brand meditate with students during Quiet Time at Burton High.

At first glance, Quiet Time – a stress reduction strategy used in several San Francisco middle and high schools, as well as in scattered schools around the Bay Area – looks like something out of the om-chanting 1960s. Twice daily, a gong sounds in the classroom and rowdy adolescents, who normally can’t sit still for 10 seconds, shut their eyes and try to clear their minds.

This practice – meditation rebranded – deserves serious attention from parents and policymakers.  An impressive array of studies shows that integrating meditation into a school’s daily routine can markedly improve the lives of students. If San Francisco schools Superintendent Richard Carranza has his way, Quiet Time could well spread citywide.

What’s happening at Visitacion Valley Middle School, which in 2007 became the first public school nationwide to adopt the program, shows why the superintendent is so enthusiastic. In this neighborhood, gunfire is as common as birdsong – nine shootings have been recorded in the past month – and most students know someone who’s been shot or did the shooting. Murders are so frequent that the school employs a full-time grief counselor.

In years past, these students were largely out of control, frequently fighting in the corridors, scrawling graffiti on the walls and cursing their teachers. Absenteeism rates were among the city’s highest and so were suspensions. Worn-down teachers routinely called in sick. Unsurprisingly, academics suffered.

The school tried everything, from counseling and peer support to after-school tutoring and sports, but to disappointingly little effect.Now these students are doing light-years better. In the first year of Quiet Time, the number of suspensions fell by 45 percent. Within four years, the suspension rate was among the lowest in the city. Daily attendance rates climbed to 98 percent, well above the citywide average. Grade point averages improved markedly. About 20 percent of graduates are admitted to Lowell High School – before Quiet Time, getting any students into this elite high school was a rarity.

Remarkably, in the annual California Healthy Kids Survey, these middle school youngsters recorded the highest happiness levels in San Francisco.Reports are similarly positive in the three other schools that have adopted Quiet Time. At Burton High School, for instance, students in the program report significantly less stress and depression, and greater self-esteem, than nonparticipants.

With stress levels down, achievement has markedly improved, particularly among students who have been doing worst academically. Grades rose dramatically, compared with those who weren’t in the program.On the California Achievement Test, twice as many students in Quiet Time schools have become proficient in English, compared with students in similar schools where the program doesn’t exist, and the gap is even bigger in math.

Teachers report they’re less emotionally exhausted and more resilient. “The research is showing big effects on students’ performance,” says Superintendent Carranza. “Our new accountability standards, which we’re developing in tandem with the other big California districts, emphasize the importance of social-emotional factors in improving kids’ lives, not just academics. That’s where Quiet Time can have a major impact, and I’d like to see it expand well beyond a handful of schools.”

While Quiet Time is no panacea, it’s a game-changer for many students who otherwise might have become dropouts. That’s reason enough to make meditation a school staple, and not just in San Francisco.David L. Kirp, a professor of public policy at UC Berkeley, is the author of “Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School District and a Strategy for America’s Schools.”

David Kirp

Chuc Mung Nam Moi

Chuc mung nam moi
恭喜發財!祝大家快樂
Happy New Year of the Horse !

May you run free and wild into great and beautiful adventures in the coming year…

May the etheric sensitivity and intuition of the horse carry your dreams from the spinning wheels of the mind into the magical manifestation of the waiting world.

Big Love
xxx