Vale de Moses is a world-class yoga retreat located in the breathtaking, forested mountains of central Portugal. Originally a farm, the abandoned property was purchased by a British family during a year-long tour of Europe. In 2020, the owners announced a call for design proposals for their new hillside practice hall. Special attention had to be given to the very sensitive environment in order to become an example of green building practices as well as an iconic landmark in its own right.
So as we are entering the fourth month of global lockdown and we are collectively counting more than 500.000 deaths caused by Covid-19, I found myself being in this exceptional state of ordered self-isolation: 14 days locked in my new apartment as I have just relocated to London.
This situation leaves me — like many of us — with a rather uninvited introspection within myself and being confronted with my deeds and memories of my life so far.
Although I am terribly aware of how devastating this pandemic has been for many of us, I curiously decided to take the…
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Without noticing your brain is processing this information with a speed never measured before. It is calculating probabilities and analysing assumptions faster than quantum computing. A neural firework takes place inside of your head.
Something inside us manically tries to grasp who this person — any person — that comes our way is. Body language, background, social profiling.. where is the information! “Give me the data!” we cry.. This reflex is nothing new. There is nothing wrong in the existence of this reflex. When you are in the dark, you run to find the…
We still haven’t grasped the true impact, that the current pandemic will have on our lives.
Looking back at the Fridays for Future marches, they now seem like rain dances performed by indigenous tribes:
we all used to gather and dance through the streets, to raise awareness of our environmental impact, our reckless consumption and devastating pollution.
It felt as if we were trying to cast a higher power, that would make our uncontrolled growth stop. To bring rain and let nature blossom, all in order to find equilibrium again.
Here we are now, all locked in our homes, deprived…