Monthly Archives: February 2010

Day 7 – Riverside Community Video

Some video from our stay at the Riverside Community…

Day 8 – Nelson Cathedral

Wow, hard to believe we’ve been in New Zealand for a week! Today is a day off for the students, so most of them are relaxing around the city with their host families. I started my day by going to church at Nelson’s beautiful Christ Church Cathedral [website]… a 5-minute walk from where I am staying.

Day 7 – Riverside Community (Part 2)

Bright and early on Saturday morning, 5 girls, Yoshi, Miho (centre member) and I walked up to the hilltop to view the sunrise on a beautiful cloudless day! We then started another busy day:

  • View the sunrise
  • Breakfast (toast, fruit, yoghurt, etc)
  • Peace activities: A series of discussion activities and songs on peace
  • Scone and breadmaking
  • Tour of the large garden area
  • Lunch: Coconut curry soup, salad, fresh bread
  • Departure for a nearby beach area
  • Collecting shellfish (mussels, cockles), swimming, games, followed by a BBQ

We finally arrived back in Nelson at about 9pm, where all the homestay families were waiting. A memorable two days, a nice chance to spend time together, and a rare opportunity to experience a community living their ideals in a very tangible way.

Day 6 – Riverside Community (Part 1)

Over the last few days, we’ve had an amazing stay at the Riverside Community [website]. This is an alternative community near Nelson based on the ideas of pacifism and cooperative living. They have a property of about 200ha on which they raise animals, fruit, and vegetables, run a cafe, host events, plus other businesses. We were invited to stay in their community centre, and spent two days learning about the community, sharing in their day-to-day activities, and taking part in activities and games to develop our awareness of the centre’s goals. Here is a short summary of our first day there:

  • Greeting: We started by meeting many of the members, plus learning about the centre
  • Tour: We then went on a tour of the property, specifically stopping at the cafe for muffins and drinks, and going to the dairy farm to see cows being milked
  • Cheese making: We made 4 blocks of Paneer cheese (which we BBQed the next day – delicious!)
  • Dinner: One of the members prepared an Israeli meal (hummus, falafel, etc followed by apple crumble)… really yummy food!
  • Activities: We sang songs together and did some collaborative games in the centre
  • Free time: That evening, there was a gathering of many of the members and other guests around a fire in the courtyard. Lots of singing and dancing… Haru did an amazing fire dance!

Everyone finally went to bed around 2:30! The girls all slept together in a the large communal centre while Yoshi and I stayed in a lodge.

Day 5 – Strawberries and wine

After another morning of hard study, we again headed out for afternoon activities. This time we had a chance to finally see some of New Zealand’s famous countryside – sheep, cows, sheep, ducks, and more sheep! We started out with a visit to a berry farm where we had a chance to pick beautiful strawberries (and eat a lot!!) and try other berries.

Then we went to the Neudorf Winery and sampled 3 great wines… a Sauvignon Blanc, a Pinot Gris, and a Pinot Noir (all very delicious!). Following this we had a tour of the winery, and an explanation of the wine-making process.