The Old Ways, the New Stories

Through fields and buildings: Junior generators journey with Global Generation

"We are filled with a longing for the wild.  There are few culturally sanctioned antidotes for this yearning.  We were taught to feel shame for such a desire. We grew our hair long and used it to hide our feelings. But the shadow of Wild Woman still lurks behind us during our days and in our nights. No matter where we are, the shadow that trots behind us is definitely four-footed"

Women who run with the wolves - Contacting the power of the wild woman' by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Last weekend, a group of Junior generators opened up the camping season at Pertwood Organic Farm, the country home of Global Generation. 

The weekend was the pinnacle of a journey that started on 2 of March and rotated around the meaning of Leadership in a city like London, in a society like the contemporary one and in nature. 

To explore the concept of leadership, the junior generators and I navigated through different worlds:  world of imagination, stories, music, art, food, crops and pollinators, the world of sustainable business and living off the land. And we had amazing guides like the ceramic students at CSM, the universe story team, community chef Vero and production gardener Julie, the team from Dr Haushka and, particularly at Pertwood, Alison Rymell, Deverill Raptor and owl group coordinator. 

Emily, Tanisha, Tanya, Sumaya, Mariam, Samirah, Paola, Jasmine, Hasdret, Karolina, Laura, Imogen, Haadjar, Christobelle, Kyra have been brave and wild young women who, in different ways, have expressed courage, imagination and commitment to be ready to create a different world. 

As a youth programme coordinator, I tried hard to plan the programme starting from a very simple step: listing to nature and putting together opportunities in which the time spent together was the reflection of the real root of the word Education “educare” that means ‘Bring Out’ and not ‘Put in’. 

“The soul is like a seed, which has all the potential to become a tree. No forester or gardener can teach a sees or give a knowledge or information to it about how to become a tree. the only thing a forester or a gardener can do it is to create the right conditions and right protection so that the seed can safely grow and become a fully mature tree”

I like to remind myself that young people, like seeds, need time to show their potential and that the right conditions are not so easy to put together but when we came together every Thursday in the last months, I felt once more that young people are for me  one of the conditions i need to be able to grow as an educator. 

As a group, leaving London behind was just the perfect goodbye of our spring and the welcoming of our summer, as seeds, as women, as part of this planet. 

With the idea of being different and drop what we think we know, the weekend was a dialogue with Nature: Speaking to it, listening to it, empathising with it and carrying its message. 

What do I know when I am in this place that I can know nowhere else? What is it inside me that can contribute positively to this Earth? Why silence is part of leadership? What does make us immense creatures? 

Despite a few little screams about bugs in tents and complains about the rain constantly falling on us, some of the girls walked bear feet and held owl pellets in their hands, looking at mice skeletons like precious gems. I felt last weekend reinforced us as a group and hopefully gave us another condition to grow into mature trees one day.