YIP Newsletter October 2016 – Outer way; under way

The YIP year is now in full swing. Please enjoy our newsletter. Life in Tallevana by Arne Jansen van Rensburg “Time flies!” – the exclamation so often echoes; though in Tallevana no expression could be less true. From the moment I crossed the threshold, I entered what now seems to be another dimension. And with that another sense of time. …

YIP Newsletter September 2016 – Landing feet; landing hearts

The locals speak of September as the month of a ‘second summer’, and the late afternoon sunlight streaming through the YIP office windows agrees. Wasps buzz lazily on a light breeze, the apples are all red now and hanging ripe, and the yippies are gathered in the Vita Huset main hall for their final workshop of the day. The weather …

YIP Newsletter August 2016 – It’s that time of year again

Sunset

It’s that time of year again Here in Ytterjärna the nights are beginning to darken and the apples are turning red. The sun is slowly kissing us goodbye and cool winds herald the arrival of autumn. Here in Ytterjärna there is a curious rhythm that can be observed – the land and the seasons begin their gentle descent into sleep, …

YIP Newsletter June/July 2016 – The Great Wide Open

The epic splash from the twenty-five souls thrown softly into the Järnian pool has long ago been reabsorbed.  The ripples, which ebbed and bounced in beautiful arcs and coils for almost a year, have also departed for new horizons. As the pool finds stillness again, the silence that accompanies the becalmed water seems such a distant memory that it’s almost …

YIP Newsletter May 2016 – Beginning to End

The end is approaching with a rapidity that seems to persistently increase.  Yet to pause in a moment, has Time fade to the background or drop away completely and what is left is blissful.  Laughter issuing from open windows as the sun summons trees to greenness as the seasons change almost overnight.  Joyful shouts and splashes dancing their way from the …

YIP Newsletter April 2016 – Spring Vibes

The explosiveness of the Swedish spring is imminent.  The birds have returned to their chortling rousts and the yellows, greens and purples are making their way out of their sleeping bulbs.  There is something magical about this time.  Just like the flora that surrounds us is waking up from winter, there is also a sensation of awakening within the group; …

YIP Newsletter March 2016 – Into the Foodture and Beyond

As if on cue, curious green sprouts poked through soggy earth on the first day of spring, to gaze upon the world they had left behind in autumn.  The straight-backed, purple crocuses and modest snowbells exchanged excited laughs, reuniting with old friends and looking forward to the warmer months that awaited them.  And then, in a cold gust, the snow …

YIP Newsletter February 2016 – The Journey Returns

A slight feeling of warmth has returned to the rays of sun that cut diagonal light through the still-frozen tree branches and cast their long shadows in the patchy snow.  Like the sun, the Yippies too have returned with embracing warmth from migrations afar, renewed in spirit and resolve.  They arrived like a flood of energy, first one, then three, …

YIP Newsletter November 2015 – Internships and Initiative

The first stinted winter temperatures have arrived in Ytterjärna, coupled with the first collective experience of a sub-zero climate.  Peppered within this collective are a few first-timers pulling scarves closer to chins and learning the practical language of layers and the consoling comforts provided by wool.  Already forever changed in their interpretations of Winter and Cold, the pervasive thought of …

YIP Newsletter October 2015 – Sequence Initiated

Fall is here.  It arrived in quiet explosions of gold and yellow, brisk gusts of wind that brought down finished leaves and the swoosh-swoosh-swoosh sound of children’s boots walking along the forest paths.  Although it has been particularly dry and spectacularly sunny, jumps in the fjord are becoming less frequent and on most mornings a thickening frost covers each glassy …