Art can be a healing way to deal with life changes
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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)!
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.
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…
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!
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.
We did some trips together and showed them the region – and even had one last swim in the sea, before autumn arrived.
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…?
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.
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.
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.
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