A Special Relief

Usually our teenagers go out on “relief” once a month. This activity consists in bringing some food and essential things to the poorest people around us.

This month, the relief was special. In fact, soon we will celebrate 100 years of Baba’s coming among us. He is our spiritual mentor, and doing service is one of our ways to celebrate Him.
During his life, he used to be very happy whenever we did anything for social welfare.

During the relief, we met a lot of new people that need our help. Our children have to make much more efforts in this special time. Service is part of Baan Unrak life. We believe that we share the same destiny of our community, therefore, if our community suffers, we also suffer.

Our service does not guarantee the overall improvement of their life, but it is a must in time of crises. That is why our teenagers are trained to observe and engage into conversation, trying to find local resources that could give the people in the community the capacity to stand by themselves.

We find that there is a treasure of knowledge among the elderly. We can learn so many things from them, about natural medicine, history, get very good advises about life, and much more.

The relief project empowers our teenagers. They feel useful, responsible and gradually explore their own position into the society. Helping others strengthens their team spirit and, at the same time, they have fun.

In the end, they are still children!

Our Children’s Fairyland

With the first rains,
our land has become so green.

Our children love particularly this time of the year. It is suddenly so fresh, and in our land, beside the predominant green, we see many little purple blossoms.

These are the Butterfly Pea flowers. They are special flowers…
They beautify the land, and the tea made with them has a lot of health benefits!

Butterfly Pea flowers are one of nature precious gifts

Collecting the flowers is the most pleasant duty of our early mornings.

The children gather among the greenery, and like little fairies and elves collect the flowers together. They love it.

The chatting of the children, in the beauty of the land, creates the magic that we need…

…the deeper we dive into it, the more magical it becomes.

Nature brings out the best in us

She brings us together, clears our mind and makes us happy.

We do our duty joyfully!

Lovingly!

Next…

We let the flowers dry in sunlight.

The Sun transforms these beautiful flowers…

After some time, the Butterfly Pea become like this…
Ready to become a special tea.

Here is how we can prepare a delicious drink

The Butterfly Pea flowers are infused in hot water, to make this rich, bright-colored, floral smelling blue tea (caffeine-free!).

Here, as we serve it at our vegetarian Bakery & Restaurant in Sangkhlaburi.

The benefits of Butterfly Pea flower tea:

Rich in antioxidants, promotes graceful aging and glowing skin;
boosts brain health, improving cognitive ability;
increases energy levels and stamina;
helps in digestion, it’s beneficial for eye health, combats the effects of diabetes, has anti inflammatory properties;
provides relief from stress, anxiety and depression,
influences positive emotions!

We sell it also online all over the world.

Our Butterfly Pea flowers are ready to be shipped wherever you are!

Get in touch with us:
baanunrak@gmail.com

Songkran 2021

Songkran Festival celebrates Thai New Year. It is also called the Water Festival. The children look forward to it with great anticipation every year!

This time, however, because of Covid and water scarcity we couldn’t do a big celebration. But we didn’t want to miss a very special ritual…

Paying respect to the elders

Ayati was the first to perform the ritual. She grew up in Baan Unrak, and now she returned to give back, to serve, working for our foundation.

The ritual consists of pouring perfumed water on the elder, with best wishes such as good luck, health, happiness…
The elder pours water on the younger one in return, with a blessing.

Below, the other grown-up children, now part of our staff, happily paying homage.

Then, it was the turn of the small children!

Didi and the care-mothers know very well each and every child.
Therefore, they had the right words for each of them…

They knew what the children needed to hear, what they needed them to wish them.

Below, little Turiya pays respects to the mothers!

Here, little Ishvari with her care-giver Muno.

The children felt at home in Didi’s hands. She took the child’s face in her hands, looking at them with a big Thanks.

The children enjoyed pouring water on Didi more than the usual..! In that moment, it seemed that the children realized all the things that Didi does for them and, not taking for granted what they have, they gave back to Didi all their Love, in the symbolic form of perfumed water!

To the teenagers, she spoke encouraging words for their future, exhorting them to do great work for society.

Below, our new baby Dana and his care-mother received the blessing too!

Then, all the other care-mothers performed the ritual with Didi, expressing their gratefulness.

Sometimes we forget the importance of a good word in the right moment. The celebration of Songkran in Thailand is about this.

This ritual reminds us to be grateful and kind to everyone, without expecting something in return.

Right after the ritual…

The water games began!

But only for a very short time!

The Last Day of School

At Baan Unrak School, we celebrated the end of the academic year with a special day.

THE CHILDREN’S SHOW

The children performed traditional Thai dances, Karen dances and modern dances, together with acting performances and singing. All introduced by a child host.

And then…

CELEBRATION!

Congratulations Grade 6!

Completing grade 6 marks the end of intermediate school. The closing of a chapter in their life, and the beginning of a new one.

Congratulations Grade 9!

Similarly, grade 9 marks the end of lower secondary education, that is, the completion of compulsory education according to the Thai school system. Most of them will continue study, but for now…

CONGRATULATIONS EVERYONE!

Afterwards…

REFRESHMENT!

And more photos taken!

And more activities…

And more games!

Now…

Let the holidays begin!

A Weekend for Knowledge

Last weekend some guests came to visit us, they are very special people.

They are a part of the project “seeds for the future”, that wants to share and diffuse skills and tools to live in harmony with nature, taking advantage of what nature offers us.

The children formed groups according to their interests.

In each group there was a different activity to learn…

But, before the activities began, every child had to draw who he/she is; because the children are the “seeds of the future” too.

The activities were very interesting: some children learned how to make the real Italian pizza

Then there were:

The burn cream lab, that is very good also for the dirty wounds because of its disinfectant properties.

The cough syrups lab, so good for the seasonal flus.

The natural soap lab: olive oil was the main ingredient, but we had to be careful because we used a lot of different powders.

The shampoo lab, were we made 3 different types of shampoo: for making hair stronger and shiny, to speed up hair growth and to cover white hair.

The mosquito repellent lab: to be ready for the rainy season.

The medicine for the fever lab: that is a mix of minced leaves to be taken in capsules.

And the last one, the agriculture lab: to learn how make natural fertilizer to grow our plants better.

We are very happy about the knowledge that we have learned, we will treasure this lessons!!

THANK YOU “SEEDS FOR THE FUTURE”!

Congratulations! Our Girls’ Graduation

Our girls Chemusa, Dipti and Anipho have just graduated from high school!

Unbounded joy infused this morning of celebration

Congratulations Chemusa!

Congratulations Dipti!

Congratulations Anipho!

More children from Baan Unrak came to celebrate! One day, it will also be their turn to graduate!

Also the daughter of Pa Muno, Ishvari’s caregiver, graduated on this special day.

More children graduated today, who were helped by Baan Unrak in the past. Even though they don’t stay at our Home anymore, they are still and always grateful, and they showed it to Didi today!

Chemusa wishes to continue study and go to university. She will study English for Business Communication.

Anipho also wishes to continue study. She will study English for Tourism. Her dream is to become a tourist guide.

Dipti will also go to university. She will study Social Sciences. She wants to become a social worker.

Good Luck!

A New Playground Full of Wonders

A new playground has taken shape in the Home of Joy.
It has been envisioned for little Ishvari
, affected by cerebral palsy,
for her to learn movement and do physiotherapy.

Let’s try it out Ishi!

But first… Let’s put the right gear on!

Finally…

THE THRILL OF WALKING!

Her little friends are here to cheer her up!

Thanks to this ingenious tool… Ishvari can finally walk by herself!

Back and forth, back and forth… seemingly tireless with excitement!

To be able to stay erect and move ahead, it’s a great feeling!

And she walks, she walks!

She follows the metal bars around and under the concrete ramp.
It’s a new magical space, full of color and light.

Rainbows on the walls and on the floor. The whole place is filled with magic!

VISUAL DELIGHT

We even painted The Starry Night!

Do you recognize it?! It’s a treasured artwork by Van Gogh!

SAND EXPERIENCE

The sandpit is Ishvari’s favorite spot. She spends hours in it everyday!
We are so glad that we discovered it.

Here she can do a lot of exercise by herself, moving around, moving things around, experimenting with the sand… holding it in her hands and throwing it away, dipping her hands in it and crawling.

These are amazing tools for her to learn movements.
Of course, the other children enjoy it too!

Today, she invited her little friends to play…

SPLASHING WATER!

What a mess they make…!

But it doesn’t matter…

We are all having fun!

The pool is a fantastic tool for Ishvari to experiment with water.

Who’s the captain of the boat?!

ISHI IS THE CAPTAIN!

However, we need a bigger pool! …for her to crawl and walk in it.

For now, she can play with the water, pouring it, throwing it out… learning new movements.

Still a work in progress…

We want her to master the 5 elements.

In the sandpit she experiences the Solid; in the water pool the Liquid factor;
the whole place is naturally lit, receiving the beneficial effects of sun Light.
We are currently working on a special swing, for her to conquer the Air!
Next, comes the Space

… This dreamy playground is not finished yet.
We didn’t cover the expenses of building it either…

Would you give us a hand?

You can Help us clicking here.

This new playground is both a dream come true and a necessity
to improve Ishvari’s quality of life
through physical therapy.

Inner Harmony through Yoga

Along with singing and meditating on Infinite Love,
we practice Asanas – yoga postures – every day.

Here, Tree pose ( Vrikshasana ) at the nursery!

Why we practice Yoga every day?

Because…

Our Life experience comes from within:
it depends entirely on the emotions we Feel!

So,
the quality of our emotions
determines the quality of our Life!

And,
as you might know…

Our emotions are produced by hormones,
which are secreted by the endocrine glands in our body.

Hence,
The practice of yoga postures
regulates and balances the hormone secretion of those
glands.

The goal is to achieve emotional balance,
in order to find inner peace.

Lotus posture ( Padmasana )

When we find inner peace,
we become unshakable by external circumstances
(no matter how challenging they might seem)
and, ultimately, ever-blissful!!!

This is why we love to practice Yoga!

Here, our International Yoga Day show at the Pagoda.

Below, our daily yoga practice:
after morning meditation, and before evening meditation.

Here’s the Mother of yoga postures, Shoulder Stand ( Sarvangasana )

…And its counterpose, Fish posture ( Matsyamudra )

We open our hearts in Wheel posture ( Chakrasana )

Take flight with the Lord of the Dance posture ( Natarajasana )

Get rid of all fears and build self-confidence in Peacock posture ( Mayurasana )

Asana means:
“a posture giving physical comfort and mental composure.”

Bow posture ( Dhanurasana )

Plow posture ( Halasana )

Shiva posture ( Shivasana )

And much, much more…

Challenges are never-ending!

Every day we push our limits a little further…

Cock posture ( Kukkutasana )

Bound Lotus posture ( Baddha Padmasana )

Let’s surrender into the posture…

Difficult Tortoise posture ( Utkata Kurmakasana )

Let’s practice Yoga with an effortless flow
of devotion
to the caretaker of this Universe!

…Beyond balancing the hormone secretions from the glands, Asanas give flexibility to the body, improve respiration as well as blood and lymph circulation, massage the internal organs, relax the nerves and muscles, detoxify the body, even cure and prevent diseases.

Feeling Infinite Love

A pillar of our daily routine is singing together
” Baba Nam Kevalam ” .
It means:
Love is the essence of everything.

While singing it, we really try to
Feel the Love vibration all around us,
trying to Dissolve in it.

We sing it with folded hands
or, even better,
raising our arms up to the sky!

Love is all there is.

Then,
we meditate,

on that all-pervading…

Infinite Love.

We are not only a part of it,
but One with it.

Like a wave is One with the sea.

Love exists within everyone and everything,
Like seawater exists within the wave.

It is the essence of existence,
the source of all things,
the core of our being.

And we can know it,
through the regular and sincere practice of
meditation.

It’s about finding the essence of ourselves within ourselves,
and realizing that Infinite Love is the inner Self
of all beings and the entire universe.

Just as a river flows into the sea
We are all returning Home.

 

If you are interested in learning more,
Write us at our email!
baanunrak@gmail.com

Girls at the river

Our need for water bring us to go to the river to do some simple activities like washing our clothes or taking a bath, but we also play a lot!

Every time it’s a good time to have fun and to enjoy the little things that nature offers to us.

Having the possibility to wash our clothes at the river makes the girls independent and responsible.

Each of them had to do their own things, but if someone sometimes need help, there is a lot of availability.

However, after the work, we have lot of time to have fun and play together and with the natural elements…

…to be aware and connected in every moment.

Also for Ishvari it’s a special moment, she loves to play in the water!