Happy new year! I hope you have started 2014 in a manner that brings out the best of you with any resolutions, ideas and plans to keep you positive and energetic in all that you do!
I had some surprising news just before Christmas that gave me an opportunity to look within and take a lesson. The news was that the owner of the property in which the Binissalem Peace Centre is situated wished to come back and live there once again. She did give me the option to keep the Peace Centre in a small part of the house but given the nature of the project and all that it entailed I have decided not to. I am therefore relocating the project and shall leave there at the end of this month.
I am grateful for the opportunity to have started something new and I have learned a great deal in the last 4 months. I believe that the essence of the project is transferrable and actually see that it would be even better to be always flexible and not at the mercy of people or of buildings. The way forward I believe is to provide the possibility of transformation through learning anywhere and at any time! I have some new ideas as to how this could be done but first I am going to take a step back and see what Glynis needs first. I will take some time now to process all that I learned, which believe me has been plenty!
I am grateful to you all for your support and special mention goes to my mentor in this, Betty Steinhauer. She has been fun, uplifting and positive throughout. To the volunteers who gave their time and energy to cleaning up, fixing things, always being on hand to throw their hand to anything especially Catalina Pons, Claire Bryan and Mark Barton who were there from the start and who generously left their mark on the Peace Centre – your support and hard work is treasured. There were many more volunteers including Eva Sepulveda, Ruth Lavan and Judit Cabello who believed and supported too. To my dear friend Sylvia Baker for her translations of everything into Spanish. To Horacio Camperi for his donation of the web page design and creation that we are now having to readjust and to Marc Masmiquel for the beautiful logo. To Kimberly Hunn, another of my mentors for being there for me and believing in me. To lawyer Juana Jimenez for her services with the contract and to BK Ramon Ribalta also for his input. To my cousin Rod Bell for his generosity and support from afar. To all too many of you to name here – your support, your encouragement, your enthusiasm with me and especially your belief in the project – transformation through learning – I say thank you.
I also hereby acknowledge the generous donations in cash, in furniture, in items (bedding, books, etc), in time and in services and I thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart. Please know that anything that was donated ie furniture, bedding, etc is being sold off to go towards the next venue. Thank you again to those of you who supported every event, every class, every workshop that we held there – Cara, Ruth, Carolina were just some of the teachers there. And to the regulars – it was always great to see your face and share a cup of tea!
And last but not least to my family. To my dad Gerry German who surely from the heavens is listening to me and granting me my wishes. To my firmest and fairest supporter of all – my mother BK Patricia German, the wisest woman I know. To my siblings and siblings in-law Sian, Roger, Bryn, Bo, Deuan and Lisa, to my nieces and nephews and finally my beautiful sons Noah Angel and Pau Indigo plus their father Rob Orchard – for putting up with me at home during the whole process!
Again thank you.
Watch this space – I have lots planned for 2014 not least comedy, weddings, celebrations and constant learning!