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the game of life

inventing a game for teambuilding and leadership

Familiafeliz is a decentralized community. Its purpose is to deliver joy and happiness and share values like honesty and trust and peace with others, equal, whether they are part of the core group of members or associates or just visitors for short or longer time in one of our home units or elsewhere in the world.

For this also our activities are not sticking on one plot on this planet! We are engaged in various countries rolling out social activities, creative workshops and innovative gatherings.

In February of 2019 we invited adults and youth for a workshop about how to create a game for trainers and teams running a summer camp.

The motivation for these theme is based on our experience in Bucharest with the NGO Apeal/CTS. They are offering summer school activities since 2010. And there are highly interested in having train the trainer sessions.

Enjoy – the game of life will be a tool for any train-the-trainer workshop to develop skills like organising groups, planning events, evaluating social activities and creative leadership in general.

the book of rules team thinking about a guide for playing the game

14 people from Bucharest and villages nearby came together for two sessions of each 5 hours to organize themselves and start to develop the game. After 14 intensly hours we where able to play with a unfinished prototype a first time the game, discovering all missing rules, tools and handy documentations we need to add later to accomplish the task.

grabbing a video about how to explain the game

In many circles we discovered step by step all these little pieces of information we needed to bring together to create the game really.

documentation from the beginning

In a high dynamic session of a workshop in which the members are working constantly and intensely on the subject a good documentation is mandatory. The high speed of short interactions in the teams needs also updates in having milestone exchanges with the other teams based on profund documentation.

the question of evaluation

On the way everybody discovered that creating a game is a huge target. Design icons to guide visual, redesign it again and again by following the milestones of the other teams, inventing rules and explore its frictions and developing a clear language to transport as much as possible information in few words, thinking about main questions like why somebody should play this game, what he will learn from it, how he could develop, what should be the values he should meet on the way…how to develop social competence and measure it…. a lot of very important questions.

At the end of the day the game was played once, unfinished and full of gaps in description, design, rules and construction. But everybody committed himself to the fact that he would like to play the game and some of the group decided to go on in developing the game in their own environments (NGOs and schools).

We will continue to work on it and we hope to publish it soon as a useful and free tool to develop leadership for youth and adults in companies and other places in which social interaction and management is highly requested.

To do this as an artist embedded in abeautiful alternative living community is a great pleasure, as well as working together with engaged people like Serban and Sorina from Apeal / CTS here in Bucharest (Juan Petry), Thank you for that!

social time equals happiness

It might be a question, if social time in any case is equals to happiness and even to discuss the meaning of social could lead abroad. In this case we like to focus only on some events happening in the art camp just after finishing the new oven in January 2019.

social gathering in the color garden

To proof the function we invited some neighbours and friends to join us to cook in the garden. Beside four highly interested dogs (see the photo above) we had visitors from Costa Rica, Spain, Netherlands, the States and from Germany.

We tried out a lot of different food to heat up in the oven, like fish, vegetables, pizza, bread and cereals.

Coming together in a finca connects people to ancient history of the location and with Spain in general. We like a lot these gatherings in which people come together for no other reason than spending leasure time together.

As any event we need to create a kind of motivation, a reason. Sharing food, recepies and some stories is mostly enough. On a beautiful sunny day in early spring in spain we gathered in the art camp, where the new oven is located.

Some friends moved a mobile rocket stove in the garden to heat up cous-cous and a vegetables in a tagine as well.

tagine with chicken and figs and cous cous

Thomas, the Chef de Cuisine, shoed up with an extremly tasty combination of chicken and figs and vegetables.

We like to continue to figure out these types of events and wish you all happy social time in the art camp of CASAdelDRAGON.

All about love

the burning heart in the color garden of familiafeliz in 30.12.2018

This exhibition shows artworks from Grit, Antje, Arlo and Juan and many other creatives in Europe. All these creatives are related to CASAdelDRAGON and our cultural activities in Europe.

Many thanks to Antje for supporting our activities in Cervera del Maestre.

And many many many thanks to Arlo for the great performance on 30.12. last year in the Color garden.

all about love

In 2018 CASAdelDRAGON exhibited artworks under special conditions. We mounted white canvas without any artistic intervention, just as a hint to an artwork which will be created in the future. There was nothing to see, but a lot to imagine. And we found customers willing to pay for a work which even didn’t exist at that time. On top instead of an ordinary pricelist we published a list of points for social activities. If an art lover like to “buy” an artwork (s)he has to apply for it by paying a “future” of 2 points to reserve the artwork and later (s)he has to pay the price in social art activities.

Planting a tree, organizing a catering for a student’s group or other activities where priced in “points”.

With this exhibition we questioned the value of FIAT money in general and further we gave a light to the circumstances of our social experiment familiafeliz and its implications.

We are surrounded by people who like our activities but we do not serve products and we do not charge money for this. Some are thinking we need money, but in fact we need other people who want to develop this social space with us. So money counts, even in our world (there is no planet B). But we do not stick so much on money. Even we want to invite people not looking on their economical background and we want to donate as much as possible.

The theme of this exhibition was big, as big as the idea of an alternative social money (in points).

All about love – much more than one person, even a very creative artist could imagine.

So the artist Juan Petry invited creatives from Bahrein, Brazil, France, Germany, Cataluña, Spain and other countries to paint with him together in a group session.

art performance at Permacultura Penyaflor near Tortosa 31.12.2018

These art performances happened in Germany and Spain in late summer and winter 2018, the last one in the beautiful place Permaculture Penyaflor of Cecile Thevenot in 31.12.2018.

The social art activities will help to manage and expand the culture work of Familiafeliz in Cervera dell Maestre. If we earn ordinary money we will spend this for summer school activities of APEAL, a NGO located in Bucharest (Romania).

Juan Petry and other creatives are moving year by year to little villages near Bucharest to give workshops and lectures to youth of Romania, mostly in poor areas with few access to foreign cultures and languages.

love and enjoy

It’s all about love. Yes. We count on you, that you support the activities of the dragon house also in 2019 and that you help us to deliver the values of a sustainable little community based on love and respect of others.

What we learned in the process of developing this artwork…

“Love – given for free and pure – not thinking in a return of investment (ROI) – is the best thing we can do. As a donation without expectation of any payback it makes free the donated person in enjoying this love. It’s simple. We are social people. We define ourselves in relation to others. Love creates links and connections between us, and give us the social space for personal happiness. (Juan)”

Special thanks to Rolf, Nicole and Cecile. And a lot of thanks to Antje and Corinna for supporting this social space so many years.

Colour garden connects german bloggers in Spain

Written by Veronika

With the internet lots of encounters are being made every time a person uses social networking or reads other peoples’  blogs. Whether it is the “friend” on Facebook one talks to once in a while or the virtual village in your Instagram timeline – with some of the people one doesn’t even know their real name, with others one develops a personal friendship over the time.

With Lea and me the second thing happened, without much effort from both sides. We were both reading and commenting about the others lives and thoughts on their blogs, where we have been writing about family stuff and raising little children and about motherhood in general. Lea was (blog-wise) on our side , while we planned going to Spain in the beginning of the year and commented through doubts and questions and put in some ideas and encouragement when necessary.

Therefore, when I read about their travel during the parental leave to Portugal, I invited her and her family for a stop in Cervera on the way. The plans developed and we invited them to put their tent up in the garden for a couple days…

Camping with a baby and one under three… and the laundry doesn’t stop…

But, as plans never work out as you expect them, we were supposed to have the worst rain in the whole year (and probably also the worst in the last five years). Just s h o w i n g  the garden was a quite wet experience, not to mention how the heck they were supposed to set up a tent there and stay in the rain with two children under 3…. not very comfortable camping experience…
So we spontaneously invited them into our flat and even though we just knew each other a couple hours in reality, it felt like a long friendship. Our husbands were a bit sceptically in the beginning to (on the one side) visit people which one hasn’t seen before and (on the other had) inviting someone for a couple days without knowing if the chemistry would be right – but luckily it was right!

Rain, rain, rain in the garden – well, we made the best out of it!

After one rainy night in our small guestroom with literally no space to move, (with all the mattresses occupying the floor), they were able to set up their tent in the garden. With the art camp in the summer all needed bathroom facilities had been set up, so it was almost like “glamping” (=glamour camping). For the children it was adventurous enough and they had a great time in the garden.

Popular garden game: Cracking almonds

We did some trips together and showed them the region – and even had one last swim in the sea, before autumn arrived.

Real shoes instead of sandals – but we still entered the waves

Then the big flood was being announced, and the family had to bundle up their tent in the middle of the night. And one night earlier than planned they continued their way to Portugal. In retrospect, a good decision – without a ship, they wouldn’t have been able to stay dry in the garden during the big rainfalls… or could you imagine a tent here…?

Garden under water… literally…

But because we all fit together quite well, because Lea and her husband liked the village a lot and the children got along as well, they visited us again last week on their way back from Portugal to Germany. Five weeks have passed during the two visits, and primarily you could see the time passing on their 7 months old baby, who had learned and changed so much during this short time. Secondly, with the winter getting surprisingly cold in Spain, the weather wasn’t good to camp in the garden anymore. So we organized a house for them to stay.
This time we didn’t go the beach. Instead we went to the forest and searched for the typical mushroom in the region, called “Rovellons” or “Niscalos”. The german word is “Edel-Reizker”. It’s kind of a sporting event here to go Niscalo-hunting on the weekends, so it was good for us that we already went Friday morning. We were able to find a good portion for all of us.

 

Niscalos or Rovellons – tasty mushroom in spanish woods

Of course, our final dinner included mushrooms and a lot of other tasty food. But it was not a farewell for forever.

The colour garden, the rain and the long stopovers on the way to and from Portugal connected us even more than the internet would have been able too and we will for sure meet somewhere sometime again.

Dinner with seven people – always a bit messy and loud, but very connective and community-like.

 

 

arte participativo – una charla en Peniscola – 02.11.2018

Having a nice evening by talking about the first 4 years of the living community FamiliaFeliz in the libary LA TEMPLANZA in in Peniscola in Castellon.

We will start with a presentation and continue with an open dialogue about the goal to create and develop a social space for personal happiness and peace, embedded in european culture and history in the beautiful region of BAIX MAESTRAT.

Our community is open for new members as well as for people joining us for specific social art projects like Aquaponics, comon gardening, bio construction, education.

La Templanza  >  Carrer Solet, 8, 12598 Peníscola, Castelló

19 hrs – entrance free

Pictures of an exhibition – participatory social art performance

On the artist website www.petry.eu you could read a quot from Elon Musk: “I wanted to be involved in things that would change the world.” and the reply from the spanish german artist Juan Petry: “I wanted to be involved in worlds that would change the thing.” Following his mission to figure out agagin and again new kinds of participatory social sculptures he invited friends and neighbours – with the german artist Rolf Habel – to a very special art exhibition.

Under the titlle “Copii de Ciocanesti – the kids of Ciocanesti” he mounted 14 canvas in the “room for art” in Windeck near Cologne, in our second home unit in Germany.

Every canvas was related to a real human friend in the area of Ciocanesti, a villlage 31 kilometer far from the capital Bucharest in Romania. Laura, Raluca, Irina and all the other children of the yearly summer school where described with a portrait foto, a short description and some information about their role in this summer school event.

The “special” in this exhibition was the issue, that no painting was worked out. Petry had mounted white canvas at each place.

Before the audiance entered the exhibition space, Petry talked about his experience in the summer school in the last two years and his workshops and the lovely people in Romania.

After a walk from canvas to canvas talking about the little stories related to the kids of Ciocanesti the audience started to work out all paintings. Everybody choosed 3 or 4 stories and they organised themselves in teams to paint 14 works in 4 hours.

Finally all art works where mounted again and we all enjoyed a walk through this “pictures of an exhibition”.

This is one of the works, titled: “Raluca”.

Garden party – the second birthday of a family member!

The smallest member of the family turned two and we celebrated with a big fiesta in the colour garden of familia feliz.

13 children age 5 months to 5 years with their parents enjoyed the time in the garden.

We started with coffee and cake, and opened really nice presents.

We had prepared a little game, where the children searched for a hidden pot with a little present hidden underneath with eyes closed. In german this game is called „Topfschlagen“.

We did a little mosaic on roof tiles, and I (Vero) was surprised that the little children (age 2) already had lots of fun and did a really great job with the ceramic pieces.

The process was really smooth. Some children stayed longer at the mosaic, some only did one piece and declaired themselve finished. Others preferred doing some gymnastics. The garden transformed into a paradise for children – without any toys.

The finished mosaic. Not perfect, of course but created with lots of little helping hands.

That was all the „programm“ we had though of in advance. And it was enough, the garden had so many spots to discover for the children. They started looking for fossils.

And found some good hiding spaces.

For dinner, Julien made a big vegetarian paella for 25+ people.

The dark came soon and we ate with candle light, it was really cozy.

The tents were already waiting for the little adventurer.

For most of them it was the first time camping.

The adults enjoyed the night outside (with lots of anti moscito candles).

The night was short, and in the morning it was quite cold.

But with the sunrise came the warmth and a full breakfast table.

 

Teeth brushing at the facilities – like on a real campground.

A great time for all of us and quite relaxing for such a big fiesta with children!

Thank you, FamiliaFeliz for sharing your ressources with us! The children and parents and we had a great time in your garden!

 

 

Familiafeliz Info Day 2018-10-06

FamiliaFeliz Info(rmation Day) 2018 – 10 – 06 from 10 am to 10 pm – Cervera del Maestre – Castellon – Spain

We come together with members, helpers and friends of our community to talk about further steps to develop our living community. We will show you our projects, resources, partners and opportunities and we are interested in your dreams, ideas and projects.

We will enjoy this day with delicious food and a lot of fun.

We have a lot of space for cars, caravans and  vans and mobile homes and we have some caravans on our colorgarden plot and limited places in the artist residence CASAdelDRAGON in the village nearby. Accommodation is free.

You could apply here for staying up to 3 nights for a short visit around this Info Day or apply here as a volunter for a longer visit.