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Visit to Panya

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  • 1. The secondpart of ourjourney beganwith walkingthrough a trailof rice husks
  • 2. Earthen buildings seemto appear out of nowhereas we stepped into Panya
  • 3. Part of the building is still under construction using adobe bricksThe buildings were actuallydorms for the volunteers
  • 4. Panya has a densevegetation growththat you can barelysee the structures
  • 5. We walked through various trails and came across two handmadeLyn and Kate bamboo brought us bridges for an impromptu tour around Panya
  • 6. They have One two types of utilizes hot water DIY solar system. energy by painting the tank pitch black The other uses heat from compost by coiling pipes inside the pile. Heat fromcomposts can go up to 65degrees celcius!
  • 7. Earthenmaterial was also used for making benches,shelves and to createbeautiful art forms
  • 8. Continuing our journey, we wereshown their saunahut right at the top of the hill !
  • 9. One of the first houses we saw lookedpretty ordinary at first
  • 10. Turns outit has it has adrawbridge-likemechanismthat doubles asa wall whenclosed andan outdoorterrace whenopened ! Who says living in a tiny house would be mundane?
  • 11. Our tour continued by visiting more different types ofhouses built using different techniques
  • 12. The earthen homes displayed the artistry ofhand carvings and paintings by people of Panya
  • 13. This house is calledthe Elephant house.No surprises why 
  • 14. A look atthe cozyinterior of theearthen houses
  • 15. Lyn showed us a simplelow-tech food dryercatching solar heatfrom the sun usingblack colouredsurfaceThey also have a workshopwhere they keep their toolsand materials
  • 16. Panya uses 5 water tanks tocatch and filter enoughrainwater for theirconsumption
  • 17. A unique feature of Panya’s composting toilets. Out of the 4 cubicles,only 1 is used at a time. Once the waste is full, it is closed for 6 months to allow decomposition, which then becomes compost for their farm
  • 18. Next we took a 10 minute breather at the main building.It houses the kitchen, dining, library, workstation, a loft upstairs, as well as a ministage.
  • 19. Shelves and tables were also made by combining earth and wood panels.They even had a lockerbuilt into the earthen wall ! 
  • 20. Their huge breezy kitchen where they cook and eat.
  • 21. Earthen building won’t be complete without anearthen oven. On the left is a pizza oven, and this oven here is where they bake their own bread.
  • 22. This is where they brewtheir own wine and make some fermented food
  • 23. We were then led into a whimsicallandscape just outside the main building.
  • 24. Turns out it wastheir food garden ! The plants arearranged in curves and spiral layouts.   Rice husks filled the walking path of the food garden to keep the weeds down.
  • 25. Red cloth to indicateplants whichare reserved for seed saving
  • 26. Nearby was their nursery which hadseedlings to be planted in their foodgarden and also food forest!
  • 27. Plenty oflegumes wereplanted all overPanya to improvethe soil conditionas it is a nitrogen fixer.
  • 28. Panya welcomesvolunteers if anyone is interested
  • 29. As we left Panya and walked across Pun Pun, we reflected back on our journey and realized how much basic lifeknowledge is lacking in today’s fast-paced lifestyle. We shouldbe more mindful that resources are abundant around us and can be utilized with simple techniques. We are grateful to cross paths with the people we’ve met in Pun Pun and Panya for the priceless experience. It was life-changing.

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