A tale of inspiration...

The Development Director of the P.I.N.E. Project shares his story

http://www.greenlivingonline.com/sites/default/files/PINE 4.jpgReturning with the teen boys from the woods, they walked with a sense of confidence and excitement in their steps. They had been gifted two very special sticks that they were carrying back to the community. To the untrained eyes, these two sticks might seem un-noteworthy. To these boys, these two sticks contained fire, contained the potential to light the hearts of their community. This gift was passed on to them from the Bushmen of the Kalahari desert, one of the oldest remaining tribes on earth, used by them to start fire-by-friction. The boys came home to their community and started a fire for them with these same sticks. Teaching people primitive skills such as making fire-by-friction is a beautiful process of empowerment and re-connection to our roots. These skills allow us to have a more direct connection with life, with our own capacity to meet our needs and with the earth that gives us life. In P.I.N.E. programs, participants learn skills such as making birch-bark baskets, natural rope, shelter, bowls and spoon. As proficiency develops, confidence develops also, centered around an understanding that it is the earth herself that sustains us.