THE ART OF SELFLESS SERVICE
“Seva” is a Sanskrit word meaning “selfless service” or work performed without any thought of reward or repayment. In ancient India seva was believed to help one’s spiritual growth and at the same time contribute to the improvement of a community. This is the art of giving with no need to receive, where the act itself is a gift to everyone involved. Seva is not just any kind of service, but rather selfless service performed with a sense of gratitude. It is service infused with kindness and respect for the ones served, and it arises from a place of peace and love.
Here are 5 easy ways you can practice SEVA in your everyday life:
Pick up trash. Help to preserve the beauty of our community and the health of our planet. Gather a group of friends to clean up a street, trail or park.
Volunteer in your local community. Check out the local organizations that we have given to. Learn more about what others are doing in your community to be of service for those in need.
Be aware of opportunities to do small acts of kindness. Hold the door for someone, carry someone’s groceries, pay for the car behind you at the tollbooth, offer to pay for a coffee for the person in line behind you. You never know what struggles those we encounter may be experiencing.
Reach across the fence and get to know your neighbors. Bring bread to an elderly neighbor, offer to shovel your neighbors steps. Lend your neighbor a tool that they need, but might not have. Have a work exchange party where many hands make the task more enjoyable, rich and efficient.
Make time for your friends & family. A simple phonecall, a suprise delivery of soup when they are sick, a kind word of recognition for all they bring to the world goes far in nurturing the health of our interpersonal relationships and community.
Be the change you wish to see in the world
SLOW FOODS SEACOAST
Slow Food Seacoast's Gleaned Garden Supper featured delicious wood-fired pizzas cooked in Shilo Farm's cobb oven, collaboratively builtwith love by members of the community.
All of these wonderful food items were prepared mostly from gleaned produce ("seconds" or excess produce) from local farms. The purpose of preparing the food in this manner is to raise awareness about food waste and the issues surrounding our current food system.
All proceeds went towards supporting Slow Food Seacoast's mission of working towards a healthier food system through local and place-based food advocacy, events, and educational opportunities. August 25, 2018
COMMUNITY COBB OVEN PROJECT
Community members and friends joined together to constructed the community hearth. All materials were harvested from the property with the exception of the firebricks. Since it’s construction in 2014, it has cooked over 500 pizzas!
RETT’S ROOST RETREAT
We had the honor of donating our property to the first ever Rett’s Roost Retreat for families who had children just ending treatment for cancer. We met and fell in love with the Tajima’s, Kindstedt’s, and the Light families and of course the Deana and Jim Cavan who are the founders of Rett’s Roost. Rett’s Roost was created following the loss of their sweet boy Rett to a rare childhood cancer at 9months. September ‘15
Soul Models is a nonprofit organization that serves middle school aged girls in the Southern Maine and Seacoast area. The program curriculum follows the central themes of self-care incorporating mind, body, spirit, and heart..
These young women learned how to help and support our hens with wing clipping. And together with teamwork and a bit of ingenuity and elbow grease, they collectively built a platform for the goats to help keep them active in the winter. March ‘18
RETT’S ROOST HARVEST MOON GALA