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broken dry stone wallls in the art camp

Again it was an amazing story of the little and powerful community in Spain. As one of our activities we created in early 2018 the art camp as part of the colour garden and part of the campus of our free university of informal education (UNIIE).

In early spring 2018 we started to add facilities and infrastructure to this space to be able to host students and alumnus of high schools, like showers, sinks, compost toilets.

In early summer 2018 we had a visit of more than 40 visitors from a German college. End of 2018 we hosted a little international initiative of parents with kids to establish a kinder garden in the forest. This project is pending but it was a beautiful experiment for all, and still not common in Spain.

Beginning of 2019 we get some guests from cologne, old friends over years and interested in community life and alternative living concepts and willing to contribute something to our whole project of familiafeliz.

The suggestion to create a special oven for bread, pizza and other delicious food was taken soon and we started to figure out the best place. Finally, we agreed in using the advantage to fix two things at the same time.

One of the most significant and important infrastructure of the area are the large stone walls keeping the soil on the terraces. These Roman and Arabic innovations, maintained and developed till now, are sometimes weak after hundreds of years. In September and October 2018 we had a big rain event (more than 400 litres per square meter) and at some point the stones fall apart.

the broken stone wall

One of this locations was close to the art camp and close to the catering point in this area. So we came to the decision to build the oven just in the wall and fix this area at the same time.

gap for the oven in the dry stone wall

We proofed the dimension of the construction space.

We started to build the basement with cheap ceramic stones and a mix of soil, cal, cement and water.

basement for the oven in the dry stone wall

The idea of this larger oven was from the beginning to support catering for bigger groups up to 50 people. Therefor Dirk started to built a iron construction to handle 6 shells for bread, pizza and other food.

iron from trash recycled

Cutting fixing and welding…

Dirk is fixing the parts

We builded on top of the basement the inner part of the oven, the fire place. To protect the sturcture and to concentrate the heat we used special ceramic stones (spanish reflectarios – in the foto on the left side, waiting for watering).

special ceramic stones to support the heat

We used special cement for high temperatures to place this special ceramic stones and used soil, cal and cement and water mix to build the wall with the ordinary stones.

firepllace inside the oven with reflectarios

To be sure about all dimensions we tested again the placement of the barril and we added some material at both sides to rout the hot air and dust beside the barrel.

test of support of the barril and the dimensions

In the automotive industry its calllled “marriage” if motor and chassis is assambled. We called it marriage too when the barrel arrived in its final position.

marriage of basement and oven

We started to create the roof off the oven by mounting a first layer of bricks. As downside we used the special cement to bring them together.

creating the roof of the oven with a first layer of bricks

We added a second layer of bricks.

a second layer of bricks

We implemented the exit of the dust. By calculating the temperature at this location we used again the special cement for high temperatures.

exit for the dust

After one day off we uncovered the roof and continued the work.

Finally three layers of bricks supporting the roof

To heat up the oven and its parts we started the first fire… slowly up…

the first testing of the oven and the hust management

The iron structure went inside.

the iron structure inside

We started to test the oven and its features to handle different types of food.

the first cake

We tried some pasta….

first pasta

The first pizza…

the first pizza from tina

delicious veggies and fish…

delicious veggies and fish

more fish, salmon, rape and merluza

rape, salmon and merluza

This oven was done in 2 weeks in January 2019 in the art camp of the colour garden of familiafeliz in eastern spain.

It was initiated by a transfer of knowledge from a new friend JuanMA from Ulldecona and suggested by Juan. Huge work was contributed by Dirk and Tina to move hundreds of kilos of stones and to prepare the soil for usage in the construction.

We should never forget the hidden support of two strong and powerful members of our community. Only with their great contribution and management behind the scene all this was possible. And therefore we will dedicate this work to Antje and Corinna and we hope to invite them soon to have a delicious dinner in the art camp of Cervera del Maestre in Castellon.

tasty food

Its all about love and to can be done only with passion and love…

If you like to be part of those stories, apply for a visit and enjoy it with us.

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.

Burning Art: Letting Go of Old and Becoming Open for New

Written by Veronika

Art can be a healing way to deal with life changes

Hundreds of triangles….
Miles of string…

and thousands of knots later…

In the colour garden of familiafeliz a pile of cañas was transformed into a giant anatomic heart in the last two weeks. Hundreds of triangles and thousand of knots were needed to keep the art installation together.

… the triangles shape an anatomical heart
… which isn’t supposed to be a long-lasting piece of art.

The art installation wasn’t built to last for long.

For film maker and artist Arlo Laibowitz the process of building the installation was part of letting go of several other projects at once.

Sometimes life takes another turn, which one didn’t have planned. To adjust, one needs to let go of the old plan to be open for new things to come.

Arlo chose burning an anatomical heart made out of cañas (a sort of bamboo growing here in Spain) as his way of letting go and making himself open for new things to come.

15 people joined the burning

In the early morning with the rise of the sun, the anatomical heart was burned. The cleaning process and this way of letting go is best known in the burning man festival in the US. In the colour garden of familiafeliz 15 people took place in the cleaning process and watch the installation to be burned.

Each participants had the opportunity to let something go as well…

All participants of the burning had the opportunity to let go of something in their life, in the year 2018 and get open for the new year 2019 to come. By hanging a triangle or creating a little version of what Arlo did in a bigger scale, the visitors were also part of the process.

… and welcoming something new.

And by saying goodbye to plans and projects and welcoming the turn of life, the installation was lit.

By the burning of the fire and the bursting of the flames, one let go of the old and got open for the new.

Cleaning fire


Happy new year

The signpost is the first colorful point in the entrance of our sculpture garden in Cervera del Maestre. We refer with several arrows to similar projects like Piprimosca near Valls. Since late November 2018 we have an arrow pointing a new point of interest, Permacultura Penyaflor, a location of bio diversity founded and mantained by Cecile Thevenot.

We are happy to announce, that we will mount a new signpost in the garden of Cecile in 01.01.2019. And you are invited to mount the first arrows to famous and beautiful locations of informal education and permaculture and alternative social projects in Spain in the finca of Cecile.

With this event we will create a new bridge between Catalunya and Valencia and we are excited about new contacts to people, who are on the way to discover and establish sustainable alternative life styles.

We will start to mount the signpost at 10.00 a.m. on 01.01.2019. You can read more about Permacultura Penyaflor here and you find the route to the location here.

If you have your own similar space and you like to join this social art project, you can just mount your own signpost and you can use our application to calculate degree and direction and distance for your arrows. And please let us know about your signpost, that we can publish your location as well on our sign posts.

Rainbow scouting – a location in spain

This is a post for YOU. If you are part of the rainbow movement and interested in scouting a location in spain please have a closer look to our living community and our projects here in east spain between Barcelona and Valencia.

We have set up a social space for years and welcome between 50 and 200 visitors per year. Most of them are interested in our social art projects ( alternative living community, agriculture, bioconstruction, education).

If you want to know more about our last events and happenings you find more in our news section here.

If you like to have a closer look to our community principals check out our service section here.

If you are interested in alternative education (informal learning, home schooling, no schooling) or if you like to explore a warmer place for winter in Spain, you are welcome.

We have already an artist camp with some very basic infrastructure and we like to develop this more and more.

IMPORTANT: Please use our form to apply for a visit. We get a lot of requests and we can not welcome a lot of visitors at the same time (beside organised festivals and gatherings 🙂 of course). If you come with your own tend or van and organise your food by yourself the place to stay  is free (limited days, no alcohol, no drugs)!

The missing link – Permacultura Penyaflor Tortosa

In late 2018 we where invited to have a closer look to Permacultura Penyaflor near Tortosa. The location is founded and maintained by Checile. She is a powerful permaculture activist and she is running several workshops and initiatives over the year.

Cecile will mount her own signpost in 01 January of 2019 as part of a local celebration. We will publish here in a short time details of the event and usefull information to arrive.

If you are interested to join this informal network of alternative locations use our application to set up your own post. This social art work is free to join for everyone without any specific permission. Just mount your post and calculate angles and distance to your favorite locations and give your visitors a sign that there is much more out there to discover.

Thanks to Arlo for helping to mount the arrow to the beautiful place from Cecile.

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.

 

 

camino de santiago en cervera – gifts from the past

After the first big flood in October 2018 in Castellon with more than 400 liter per square meter in 24 hours we  had to repair an old part of a ancient street in our valley.

The flood washed out a lot of stones and gravel. The pathway became a river. This old street is part of the old infrastructure of pathways around our village Cervera del Maestre and therefor connetcted to the Camino de Santiago and the roman “highway” Via Augusta.

As in many cases old roads are talking a lot about culture, time, societies and trades. In our case we collected a lot of iron pieces, washed out from the flood and collected in lower areas between stones.

Every of this pieces has its own history. Some of them we can identify as parts of ancient tools for gardening and agriculture. some of them came from old wood constructions in local houses.

We collect them to use them as part of our artworks and as an ingrediente of a recipe to make black ink together with pomegrans.

To rebuild the street we collected local stones of different sizes nearby. It took us 4 days of work to rebuild just the ten meter of the ancient pathway.

If you come to the color garden, follow the signpost arrow to “Via Augusta” and with a little bit of luck you will find also a piece of european history between the rocks of this ancient pathway.