YIP Newsletter June 2015 – The Finale in Brief

It certainly hasn’t been the warmest of springs here in Sweden.  Quite the contrary in fact with some sources saying that it’s the coldest May since 1962 and the rainiest it has been in Sweden at this time of year in two centuries!  That being said, the spring buds have still blossomed and the shoots of grass that have been …

YIP Newsletter May 2015 – Financing the Future

As the sun gets steadily warmer, stays later and becomes ever more brilliant in our little haven at the water’s edge, spring has exploded in a wave of green, yellow and purple.  Memories of times past bubble to the present, like early morning plunges into the icy fjord, campfires in the forest, or the simple things, like being comfortable outdoors …

YIP Newsletter March 2015 – Working in the World

Has spring already sprung in Järna…?  Perhaps it should not be said aloud for fear that winter might feel overlooked!  Yet a warm sun shines from blue skies today, with all the hints and smells of spring.  And despite the frosty nights, little Eranthis flowers have poked through the composted ground, strong and full of promise.  Perhaps they just needed …

YIP Newsletter February 2015 – A Glimpse of the Labyrinth

The sun is shining down sideways from a crystal blue sky, decorated with faint brushstrokes of windy white.  It’s cold.  There is snow everywhere, but not too deep.  In the midst of an action, it seems as though everything alive was suddenly caught in a motionless freeze, yet still retaining a gesture of captured vitality.  The fields that once held golden rows …

YIP Newsletter January 2015 – In Brief

Järna is covered in a thin blanket of snow.  The ponds are frozen solid and the fjord is getting there.  With this cold, a new kind of energy is shining through the cracks of the previous year, cold, crisp and fresh.  Two-weeks of wintery break from the curriculum brought some participants and OT’s away from our YIP bubble and back …

YIP Newsletter December 2014 – Into the Darkness

It is 2:54 in the afternoon and the sun has set in Yärnaterja.  The few sunrays that poked through the thick cotton clouds in the morning have been swallowed up by the day and a thick grey blanket has taken their place.  This is much the same routine as yesterday, the day before and many of the days before that: …

YIP Newsletter November 2014: So, what is YIP?

With summer truly over and autumn already nearing its conclusion, fewer meals are taken outside to the rocks and spontaneous jumps in the fjord are becoming rare.  The Souls of YIP’s feet are digging themselves into the cool, clay soil that is now commonly referred to as home.  Even with the advent of winter still more than a month away, …

YIP Newsletter October 2014: YIP: Chapter 7

As the first lines of YIP: Chapter 7 come to life, the adventures, misadventures, dreams, hopes, challenges and triumphs spill forth to fill its pages.  The truth is, there could be twenty-five very different voices called upon to narrate the experience of the last few and very full weeks.  Each voice with a distinctive tone, unique in perspective and singular …