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June 24th, 2008

From now on, you can check the actual weather we have here, the work progress, when the EC goes to sleep (if ever!), when the first workers appear from the morning mist, the latest EC fashion (e.g. massive-but-elegant black safety shoes, mud-colored pants and no tops for guys)…

…and get inspired to come and throw yourself into the whirl of (re)construction!

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Picture updates

June 20th, 2008

The work is going on really fast. Let´s check it out – before and after…

The main house

The summer course eating tent platform

The future dormitory

The future welcoming and exhibition area

The summer course water system

The Gompa

The new roof of the second house

The dining room

The future café

The second house backside roof

The winter and spring

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More than 120 gave all they could this weekend! For the first time, Saturday work ended with a rainbow. Great joy everywhere and we will keep up the good work!!! Thank you everybody!

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Today in pink!

June 12th, 2008

Today our new roof worker went on in pink with her team of Edwin from Holland/Norway/Germany, Danas from Lithuania and Csaba from Hungary. Those tiles are going up! On the other side of the roof, another team is improving the wood construction. Beate from Immenstadt and Lucy from Czech Republic are painting the office white. Georg from Berlin, Ana from Hungary, Halina from Czech Republic and Natalia from Argentina are in good charge of the kitchen these days and serve amazing meals to all. Soccer enthusiasts gather around our only television in the lama flat…

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Caty has gone to the roof

June 11th, 2008

We need workers in the EC and we have now sent Caty to the roof! Yesterday our master carpenter Edwin gave her instructions in putting on the tiles and so she part of our team of roof workers and she is up there right now.
Underneath the roof, another team is busy preparing the big dormitory in clouds of saw dust. At the gate, the workers from the local construction company are putting in water pipes. Today they joined us for lunch and last evening ten strong, fresh local firemen happened to come by for Merete’s birthday party at the bar. We seem to have many good connections here…
In the hall, Beate, Christiane and Annette have continued cleaning the wood panels and the result is amazingly beautiful.
The workers’ caravans will be moved to the garden and our first settler Andre Plamber is already arranging himself nicely with sun flowers and everything needed for a happy home.
With the summer couse eight weeks away and still enormous amounts of work to do, we have asked for help. Luckily, this is already being heard! This weekend, we look forward to greeting many of our great friends from all over Germany and everywhere else. This is wonderful. And to everybody else: Please come too!

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Working heroes

June 4th, 2008

“The digger effect” on the EC land becomes still more obvious: If you take a walk around the area approximately every second day you can follow the constant changes. Masses of earth are being moved around and land being flattened in preparation for the summer course. It can seem quite drastic when the huge machines push around the landscape, but everything is done with a very fine feeling and a thorough understanding of the landscape and the different layers of the ground. Because a handful of very dedicated and determined workers are able to do this for 12-16 hours every day we will get the right frames for a summer course.
This weekend the Swiss also made their presence felt (again, they have been here before!). They showed up in amounts that almost outnumbered the Germans (and made sure to make us aware of this, of course). On two very hot summer days, a highly efficient, hard-working Swiss-German team of workers chopped, cut and stacked huge piles wood for our fireplaces next winter.
Work on the garage roof, the tool room and the cleaning of the barn also continued, the kitchen served food and the houses were cleaned. The EC is full of working heroes and since the beginning the idealism of eveyone has been touching. And it is just the beginning…
Saturday evening, we celebrated the 30th birthday of Mirja, our great doctor who takes care of ill people and gets up to make breakfast for everyone before 7.

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The preparation of the EC summer course 2008 continues. Over then 150 people came this weekend up to the house and our ground to meet, work and plan the upcoming summer event. The program was clear: welcoming, updates, presentations, divisions into the teams and organization of workshop called Market place. After the work, meditation and a party which rounded the whole Saturday, we started on Sunday at 10 a.m. with working in particular teams in order to present our achievements in the attic of the barn. Thanks to using the skilful methods as the Market-place and ongoing exchange the event in August got more concrete frame. The whole organizing team, which will have maximally 150-200 members, is responsible for a nice environment preparation and all other things necessary for friends from the whole world. The team motto is: as efficient organization as possible. The next big meeting for the EC course will be directly before the course, so this weekend was necessary to make all things clarified, ordered and prepared. In case you are interested in helping before, during and after the course contact, please, the organizers. We are writing the history and everybody can take part in it.

Honza & Klara


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This week, we celebrated Buddha’s birthday and enlightenment with a day of four meditation sessions – two with 16. Karmapa and two with individual practice – and an inspiring evening lecture by Patricia about the life stories of Nagarjuna and Saraha.
Alex and Miki removed the old carpet from the entrance, Claudius went over the floor with a sander and Beate in the end treated the fresh wood with strong lacquer. Eleonore took the big task of sorting out all the keys left in the house and finding the right key holes everywhere (it took several days!). The Plamber boys prepared the big parking lot outside the entrance. The local construction company put fine earth and spread grass seeds in the backyard where they had dug a big hole some weeks ago. And everybody initiated the freshly renovated eating room after tea and talk after Thursday night meditation. Now we look forward to the big team weekend – around 100 team members will come to continue work on our big summer course.

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More People!

May 20th, 2008

After the wonderful time with Lama Ole here, we have had a few more quiet weeks in the EC. All work goes on, but with less people and as some of you have already read on DWBN, we would be very happy if more people could come to help with all the preparations for our first big milestone – the International Summer Course 2008! Write to work@europe-center.org if you have time to come during the next months. We need more people and you are all very welcome!
But luckily we can also make people ourselves! Last Saturday in the late morning, Mirjana was getting ready to give birth to her and Philip’s boys, our new residents, and so we had our first helicopter action here in the EC: On this particular Saturday morning, the Plamber boys and their team had been digging up the road to the center since the very early hours and it was therefore closed for the day. When they realised Mirjana was giving birth, they spent quite some time covering the holes again… but in the end it was decided that it was better to send a helicopter in any case. So we had our first dramatic and very exciting helicopter landing on the fields of the EC. Mirjana was placed safely inside, the helicopter took off and disappeared over the mountains again. It was a very touching moment for everyone. The twins came in the afternoon and the whole family is doing well. We look forward to welcoming them home.
Now, work continues everywhere: Lasse from Holland helps Nicklas and Gosia in the kitchen for a longer period. In the villa, the ceiling in part of the eating room has been restored after an old water damage from the balcony above it. The walls are being painted and next week the old flower fabric in one corner will be replaced by new. Roof work on the garage continues and there was even a little extra work for the men on the roof as it was decided that a third window should be put in. The tool room at the entrance that will once turn into a café to greet people has been insulated. The Plamber boys keep flattening the ground and moving big piles of earth around for up to 16 hours a day. The cleaning of the first floor of the barn that we will use for office and meeting space for the summer course has begun. And it is DUSTY!
After all of this, we danced a lot in our new, extended workers’ café Friday and Saturday. Edwin was great DJ.
So work goes on and we will get ready. But please come if you can! We are having a great time – and you will too.

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Once upon a time appeared an old decorated carriage in front of the gates of the EC. Five horses were waiting enthusiastically for their first ride. The sun was about to start to shine and light wind was blowing. Then the Volvo came out of nowhere. The doors opened and…and the bride and groom jumped out for the first official wedding confirmed by the local authorities. „The wisdom of experience is a feminine quality. Mind’s playfulness that creates things in space is a masculine quality and when these qualities come together we have absolute richness“, blessed Ole the wife and husband – Michael and Michaela Fuchs. Just married in the EC.

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