Arik

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Gender MALE
Location London, United Kingdom
Introduction I arrived in Israel just before the age of 16 I lived there for 22 years most of the time on Kibbutz working mainly in agriculture and a year spent working in a school for children with learning difficulties. I returned to the UK in 1987 At first I worked as a careworker and after gaining a place at a college in Hull I studied for two years gaining a teaching certificate qualifying me to teach adults with learning difficulties. I returned to London and gained a post working as a support worker for Mencap. I moved onto work at a Daycentre for people with learning difficulties. 17 years ago I established a horticultural project in close proximity to the daycentre for adults with learning disabilities which enabled people to gain horticultural and life skills in a work based environment. We grew vegetables and sold them locally. During this time I was coached, for a number of years, by a leading horticulturalist and RHS examiner in the area of growing vegetables. I also co-established with another colleague, a counselling service for adults with learning disabilities. I have an Advanced Diploma in Counselling and more recently in Life Coaching. I am now retired.
Interests The Taiji System (incorporating many aspects of the Chinese internal (see Paul Brecher on the blog) martial arts) Bonsai landscapes (with a Vietnamese theme). Growing tropical plants outdoors e.g bananas, gardening, plays, films, food, cooking, growing vegetables, fishkeeping, Current affairs, Reading. Interest in Jewish themes more recently research on 'The Jes of Khazaria. Analysis ofbiblical stories, I also continue to maintain my interest in irrigation systems particularly drip irrigation which I have laid many systems both during work and in my spare time.
Favorite Music folk -klezmer and a variety, some blues, rock such as; The rolling stones etc., other
Favorite Books Books by Etgar Keret, Woody Allen, The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm, Detective thrillers by Henning Mankell, The Morse series by Colin Dexter, The Essential Allotment Guide by John Harrison, The writer Samach Izhar, These area taster. Rhebus etc.