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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.

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 ­čÖé of course). If you come with your own tend or van and organise your food by yourself the place to stay┬á 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.

dulce de membrillo – the day of the quince

dulce de membrillo – the day of the quince – we come together to exchange recipies, to explore them and to share the results of the fresh quince fruits from our color garden in Cervera del Maestre.

We meet at 19 hrs in CASAdelDRAGON, Las Parras 19, 12578 Cervera del Maestre, Spain.

Join us for a nice evening with international guests and friends and lets have dinner together. Please apply via email or phone ( +49 160 99131933 incl. whatsapp).

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.

the ray of hope 2018 – lightsculptures and sound

Friday night we invited friends to see some lightful objects in the art camp in the colorgarden of CASAdelDRAGON. We started at 22.30 hrs in the lower part of the plot. Following the sign ARTCAMP. we created some amazing light sculptures like this…

We will continue this work with joy and entusiasm. Thanks to all the friends for helping us!

public domain money – alternativ economy in the cloud

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Based on a thread in the FB Group “The Alternativ Living Group” and its spin-off “A new beginning” we like to publish our ideas about a self organized flat hierarchy full transparent fund with public access.

We will name it PDM (public domain money) to make it short in this post but we do not stick on that name, lets take it as a working title*.

Basics:

We want a 100% transparent self organized zero hierarchy solution to empower people to make investments in land and tools to develop and alternative sustainable common future.

We have no economic interest. No fees, no complicate conditions, easy to join (and leave) and without any risk for participants.

We will form a core group to develop PDM and this article is one of many inputs and momentums to start this team work.

Familiafeliz will donate some resources to this core group (space, technology, know-how, time) without any commercial interest.

In every country we have to respect the law and society conditions. “To lend money” in classical bank systems ends up in FIAT-money and a repitition of economicas crises and desasters. Also in every country an economical entity is created automatically if people come together to develop any kind of business. In tax driven societies this activity ends up in complex business models, hierarchy structures and finally it routes money and power from a big group of participiants to a smal group of an elite. To reject any economical interest and “to donate to a cloud” under the ambrella of an international social plastic PDM becomes a sustainable non-commercial and legal entity.

The target for the core group is to develop this PDM entity, in respect to law, resources and goal of the main idea. The target for the group of members will be later to use the entity to empower the participiants and to lend money.

One general remarkable condition should be this: whenever a classical group of people decide to come together to do something, it creates rules and laws and controling systems to reject mismanagement and crime. To maintain this controlling systems (named as police and justice) they pay a high price and this reduce the output. We have very clever samples of self-organized groups (like Cecosesola in Venecuela) which reject every rule which need to be monitored and supported by specialists. This means, we will implement only a structure which is so designed, that we do not need any form of control or judging about the behaiviour of its participiants.

A loan will be given to a person or group. Its given as a donation without expectation (this will help do avoid taxes and hierarchies). In most of the countries even donating money is connected to taxes (in Germany you have to pay taxes if you get a donation higher than 5000 Euro per year from one person!).

Imagine there is a group of 10.000 people who donate every month 1 euro. Then they invite possible founders to present their projects, business plans, risks and ROIs. They decide to route the money to some projects and every “investor” is able to “vote” for his favorite projects (like crowdfunding).

Projects with most votes get the loan and according to their business plans and ROIs they pay back.

Important to point out whats the difference to a crowdfunding platform and a bank or any other classical economical instrument:

  1. Its not a crowdfunding platform because the money returns in the hand of the investor.
  2. Its not a bank because there are no fees and no commercial interest.

So the most important thing in this project is, if a participiant gives money to the project, (s)he never loose the power to decide what happened to the money (equal if (s)he pay one time a life 100.000 Euro or every month 1 Euro (or pound, sorry, the currency doenst matter in this sample!!). In every round of voting everybody could vote again and again.

One important aspect: it will be an illusion to design and create a PDM which is so perfect that nobody could compromise it. The question is, if the design is so clever that any crime act against it will end up only by identifiing and excluding the agressor.

Status of this post in relation to the discussion (today 2018-09-10 4.30 p.m):

This is not an official set of rules, neither an official post of a group, not verified or proofed by the facebook group members or core team members. It is only an piece of ideas, published on an official website and describes the direction of familiafeliz and its members to join the process of creating PDM and a sustanaible solution for anybody to develop peace and freedom.

In the best case it is one of many thoughts about it and hopefully useful to succeed.

Possible resources FamiliaFeliz could offer:

living space, workspace, webspace, know-how and time

If you read this and you like it share this post and route people to the FB groups and / or try to join the core team and offer your skills and ideas to all of us. If you like the idea to use our forum you could apply for an account to use this open infrastructure by sending a short mail to our helpdesk ( welcome / at / familiafeliz . eu).

Lets continue the discussion in the FB group “A new beginning“. We will add here a new destination if the core group had decide to use another location to continue dialogue.

 

* To all natives, sorry for my poor english i did my best to use your language…

donation without expectation – re-use of resources

In July 2018 we moved some electronic components from Spain to Romania. Computers, routers, digital cams and other little devices we collected from friends in Germany and Spain. The idea was to re-use the things in education of the ApEAL summer school and other activities of this NGO in Bucharest.

First of all we like to say “thank you” to the donators, like Kim and Martina and Heide. Also we are happy for support by moving the box (Jens) and picking it up in Bucharest train station (Casa Mica staff manager).

We hope that this tools are useful for further projects in the little villages around Ciocanesti (31 km from Bucharest and the hotspot of the yearly summer school.

On one side we think the world is already full of devices and e have to think carefully if another usage in education really makes sense. In case of the ApEAL projects we think yes. Some of the children there have no daily access to Internet and IT – based education. For some of them the summer school is a nice chance to practice their english.

To work time by time with electronic parts like computers motivates also to get deeper in understanding english and electronic stuff. Some of the kids startet to develop the website of the NGO ApEAL.

Therefor the message of the right foto is a motivation for all of us. We will continue to figure out projects with this private engagement to empower children in Romania.

UNIIE workshop cutting trees with Corinna

Schnittkurs zur Jungbaumerziehung

Behandelt werden alle Fragen des richtigen Schnitts f├╝r B├Ąume zwischen 1-7 Jahren. Der Kurs findet statt am Samstag, 25.08.2018 im Color Garden der CASAdelDRAGON.
Beginn ist 17:00 Uhr, Dauer etwa 2 Stunden
Teilnahmegeb├╝hr 10 Euro pro Person

 

Cutting course for young tree education

All issues of the correct cut for trees between 1-7 years are treated
The course takes place on Saturday, 25.08.2018 in the Color Garden of CASAdelDRAGON
Start is 17:00 hrs, duration approx. 2 hours
Participation fee 10 Euro per person

 

Allgemeine Einf├╝hrung in den Obstbaumschnitt

Behandelt werden grunds├Ątzliche Techniken des richtigen Schnitts und der Pflege f├╝r Obstb├Ąume. Der Kurs findet statt am Sonntag, 26.08.2018 im Color Garden der CASAdelDRAGON.
Beginn ist 17:00 Uhr, Dauer etwa 2 Stunden
Teilnahmegeb├╝hr 10 Euro pro Person

General introduction on how to cut fruit trees

The course covers basic techniques of proper cutting and care for fruit trees. The course takes place on Sunday, 26.08.2018 in the Color Garden of CASAdelDRAGON.
Start is 17:00 hrs, duration approx.2 hours
Participation fee 10 Euro per person