The day began at 7am with a mass that the community of Tumbira organized in memory and prayer for Bryans. The mass was led by Dona Vera who said beautiful words and helped everyone move through their pain. It was a moment of group union in love and care. Everyone cried and took what each needed for the moment.
In the afternoon, Raquel, Isabel and Pedro returned from Manaus and spoke about the hard moments that had occurred over the past hours. In moments of distraction the kids joined the group to play and draw. At some point, as a group, it was understood that it was time to start moving energy and make a collective decision about the future of the Amazon Summer School.
After dinner, everybody gathered in the classroom space, sat in a circle and opened a sharing space for people’s feelings and thoughts. It was said that, whatever the group decided that night would be a collectively discussed, even if each had a different idea of how they wanted to proceed. The group would be committed to whatever was decided and would support each other. From the coordinating team, it was agreed that the agenda would be more flexible than ever, adjusting each day based on the need of the group and each individual.
Everyone made the decision to continue with the Amazon Summer School until the end. There was a sense of importance and need to work toward the collective dream that had gathered everyone in the amazon and to honor of Bryans’ dream. There was also an acknowledgement of fear and sadness, and that it would take bravery and strength to continue on.