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Embracing the New

Embracing the New
By Juliana, new student, CCC Team #15 “It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life and in change there is power.” - Alan Cohen This quote very much reson...
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Experiments in the Organic Garden

Experiments in the Organic Garden
The organic garden at RVA is based on Permaculture principles, which view the garden as an ecosystem, and applies a holistic systems approach to fertilization and pest control. Plants are positioned on a garden bed according to their respective plant families. In this way, by mixing plant families, the fertilizer requirements of the diverse plant f...
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St. Vincent bans the killing of sea turtles

St. Vincent bans the killing of sea turtles
St. Vincent and the Grenadines has implemented a total ban on the killing of sea turtles or the harvesting of their eggs. The ban came into effect on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. The decision to impose a total ban on the killing of all sea turtles came in late 2016 in response to the increased global threat to sea turtles and to their status as vulnerable...
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12 Ways to Save Our Planet (INFOGRAPHIC)

12 Ways to Save Our Planet (INFOGRAPHIC)
When we hear about Environmental Activism there's a bunch of difficult things that comes to our mind, but actually, it's not hard to be part of the move, and here are 12 easy ways to save our planet and it would make you feel great. Global Warming There's bad news about global warming everywhere, dying oceans, and endangered animals flooding us eve...
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One Day out of My Life as a Horse Girl

one-day-blog With this blog I want to share one of my days with you. This way you get a look inside
Tuesday 14 February 2017: I woke up at 6 o'clock in the morning. Today is laundry day, which I started early because I need to dry my sheets before evening. There is a schedule and everybody has one day a week to do laundry. I planned to bring Jack and Spirit to the field below, near the beach. But when I got outside I saw a small yellow ...
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Why feed your horse Moringa?

Why feed your horse Moringa?
Moringa forest My daily task in taking care of the horses is to feed them moringa. Moringa, also called The Miracle Tree, really is a miracle. It's a very healthy plant that can be eaten by humans and animals alike and it's very easy to plant. Almost all of the parts of the tree are edible, raw or cooked. It contains an incredibly high dose of vita...
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Communication with horses

Communication with horses
Most of the time when people communicate with horses it's just one-way. People do speak but mostly fail to listen. When you want to accomplish something with your horse without force it's important that you understand each other. Communication is speaking and listening. Stina told me that it’s important to take time, wait and listen. Think about wh...
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Biodiversidad

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La biodiversidad de San Vicente San Vicente tiene una gran variedad de recursos biológicos. De acuerdo a la “Estrategia y Plan de Acción de la Biodiversidad Nacional – 2006, las siguientes especies se encuentran en el país: Mamíferos : 17 especies, incluyendo 12 especies de murciélagos; Pájaros : 190 especies, incluyendo 2 endémicas – El loro de Sa...
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Terraced gardens

Terraced gardens
One of our farmer friends, Pat, invited us to his farm so we could check out his terrace farming. It was interesting to see how all of the land available was being used to produce vegetables or some type of crops while also preventing soil erosion. Terracing is basically grading steep land, such as a hillside, into sections of levels. Terrace farmi...
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Climate Change vs Health

Climate Change vs Health
Climate change does not only raise the temperatures and it won't bring us just warmer seasons. It will bring threats to our health. Extreme weather conditions will appear more often and more frequent, such as hurricanes, floodings, and heat waves. Older people, children, pregnant women, homeless people, and people with certain medical conditions wi...
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Types of Scuba Diving 101 | Infographic

Types of Scuba Diving 101 | Infographic
The sea is an amazing place to explore. A space of the earth that, throughout  history, has caught the attention of the human being. Enigmatic, grandiose and dangerous in a way. And perhaps for that reason the ideal place for explorations of all kinds. In which the individual feels embraced by all its immensity. So, the best way to enjoy ...
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St. Vincent bans Styrofoam

St. Vincent bans Styrofoam
All Styrofoam products will be banned in St . Vincent from May 1st, 2017. The announcement was made by the Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves in an effort to lower the cost of environmentally positive substitutes for plastics, including Styrofoam , and reduce the effects that plastics have on our environment. Taxes on biodegradable packaging and fo...
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Tree of the Week: Red Mangrove (Rhizophora mangle)

Tree of the Week: Red Mangrove (Rhizophora mangle)
Mangrove Workshop at the Prospect Salt Pond Mangrove Conservation Park Last week my team had the great pleasure of attending a workshop on propagating and conserving mangrove ecosystems. A mangrove ecosystem is a group of several different species of trees that grow in coastal areas. They are particularly resilient and are able to thrive in conditi...
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Compassion

Compassion
I have been working with Stina and practicing "basic" exercises with her four horses: Jack, Spirit, Elena and Magic. Through this it has become more and more clear that there are just a few essentials to build up a real connection with horses. These are: lots of fun, be open minded, enjoy every single step, and be full of life. But the harder I try...
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11 Innovative Ways To Use Less Paper That Will Blow Your Mind INFOGRAPHIC

11 Innovative Ways To Use Less Paper That Will Blow Your Mind INFOGRAPHIC
The use of paper is one of the major factors contributing to climate change. The felling of trees in the first place directly contributes to carbon emissions. So, this result of machinery used both in the process and in transportation. But there's a simple solution for that: use less paper.  Once paper is made, it must then be transported, whi...
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Leadership and Mother Courage

Leadership and Mother Courage
Dear Reader , In the coming weeks we will share appetizers from the fascinating studies in the 18 months Fighting Shoulder to Shoulder Program. The 18 months teams have been running at the Academy since 2012 and more than 50 people have joined. Today's study piece is from the section of Leadership , specifically the task "Leading and managing the p...
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What is Charisma?

What is Charisma?
Dear Reader, We like to share with you another appetizer from the fascinating studies in the 18 months Fighting Shoulder to Shoulder Program. This week's topis is from the subject Leadership Intelligence. This subject contains topics like Leadership, The Brain, Building Charisma and Charismatic People. Enjoy and please just write to me if you have ...
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10 Reasons to Start Backyard Gardens in Homes and Schools

10 Reasons to Start Backyard Gardens in Homes and Schools
Gardening is a way to teach children about how the farming industry works. It also teaches them the importance of good and nutritious food. It is vital that children learn about gardening because they might be interested to learn this and do it at home for themselves. It will teach people the importance of biodiversity and the importance of a broad...
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12 Benefits of Volunteering that will change your life!

12 Benefits of Volunteering that will change your life!
Photo Credit: Wikipedia If you’re like us, you have given volunteer work a good, long thought . You have considered the volunteering options available to you in near and remote places. Also, you have mapped out the monetary expenses, the duration of the volunteering program you will engage in, the benefits of volunteering, plane tickets and so on a...
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Awareness

Horse-night-web When I met the horses I saw something I had never seen before.
I came to St. Vincent horse school because I wanted to learn how to develop a real connection with my horses. After just one week I have learned already so much! I have two miniature horses. Every day I spend lots of time with them to provide in their needs, but I'm missing something. The first lesson with Stina was all about social behaviour and p...
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