Durian greetings for new year 2015

To all of you children of Paradise, Without knowing who you are, without knowing the time or the place when and where you are going to open this letter… today the breeze of a wild world comes to you. Here is the sharing of one Terramana’s chapter that invites you to join us if you hear the calling within yourself : The giggling monkeys are echoing in the hills of our trees celebrating life as the day rises. The night still remembers the heavy “booms” of durians that are hidden all over the land. The golden morning light awakes our life impulse, stimulating us to get out of the hammock to go pick them up. So small, under these giant trees, we walk in the ferns searching like children who seek Easter chocolate eggs. From little buds to full maturity fruits, durians have fascinated us and help us to understand this sacred relationship between Humanity and its nourishing food. Yesterday, we got 45… ! How much for today ? With enthusiasm, we pile them up. Laure just counted 92 fruits! And let the feast begin! Pacifée, fingers blackened since long by cuts from thick, rough and irregular durian’s husk, persists to open them one after the other with an art that knows how to honor them. Each fruit has its own taste and one can assume that all the best desserts of the world are searching in vain to reproduce this divine combination of flavors. We laugh at ourselves recognizing ourselves in two words: “Gemuk” and “Kurus” from the ¨Indonesian Bahasa¨ language that we find more and more amusing. The Gemuk...
A calling from the jungle

A calling from the jungle

Selamat datang, Apa kabar semua? Soul brothers and sisters, You are opening on your computer, a letter, composed in the jungle using a piece of drifted bark to write upon. We are deeply excited to share with you how our life to this point has been on Terramana. A little over three months ago now, we connected once more with our land, a big hevea (rubber) plantation (from 5 to 10 hectares) bordering the jungle in North Sumatra, Indonesia. We are currently a humble tribe of eight big hearted, earth-minded people gathered together here to give life to this project. A thousand fruit trees were planted on this land from 2001/2003, and about 200 to 300 have grown awaiting our return. We feel a gentle calling to deliver them some extra sunlight and loving attention, to encourage them to bare and share their fruits. We are living the ages of pioneers, rainbow style in tarp camps, tents and hammocks. There’s something so rewarding about living a simple life in nature! Ipul, our dear “jungle brother” is working on creating the first house on our land using our own home grown bamboo. At present, he is finishing off the roofing. Beyond the houses, it is foremost the culture of Terramana that we are building together. We are cultivating an atmosphere of love, by cooperating and co-existing in a joyful, light hearted way. It is with the enthusiasm of big children that we are moving forward in our project. Just recently to our great amazement and excitement, we were gifted, after a heavy rainfall, the perfect drifting wood from our bordering...