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From Chaos to Cosmos

familiafeliz Information Day september 2019

Information day – Familiafeliz | 2019-09-08 | 12578 Cervera del Maestre | Castellon | Spain

Obviously this greek mythology based title might irritate some guests of our upcoming information day but by looking closer to the ancient creation myths we find evidence for a neverending challenge of human mankind to substitute chaos and darkness with cosmos and light. Familiafeliz explore and develop a social space for personal happiness.

You should know in which type of game you are in – we are part of an infinite game.

Juan Petry

If you are interested in exploring an alternative way of living together in peace and harmony, embedded in social activities and a healthy environment and in friendly neighbourhood to classical societies, you are welcome.

We don’t share, we donate – and it’s important to understand the difference.

In most of the given economical systems you find always these clever people accumulating most of the ressources after a short time of grows and stability. If you organise people based on deals there are always some of them, being able to make the better deals. In Darwins competition modell this was an advantage in a growing market economy (last 5000 years) and it leads to an agony in competive market economies (next 5000 years).

If you sell and buy you organise your life in a classical economy. You divide societies in winner and looser. If you share you are focused more on social points than on money. Nevertheless you want to deal with you altruistic habit.. And a lot of times these commmunity designs leads to political, religious or environmental activism (and dogmatism).

We do not want to guide you in organising your daily life, we do not define what you should eat, should vote for or should believe, nor where you should want to live on this planet.

We host between 50 and 200 guests per year and a lot of times the visitors are wondering where this community showes up, and what are the binding features and advantages of being member of such an open minded weak community.

Redesign your idea of community! – Communities are created sometimes by locations (farmhouse), by terretories (country) or by skills (language), other are created by actions (platoon) or by believes (religion).

Familiafeliz is a communitiy based on a simple idea: well-beeing by donation without expectation.

Most societies are guiding their members by fear. Some of these members get tired and they like to leave these places of indoctrination. We might attract some of them but we are not a safe harbour being able to protect them from their fear: not, because we don’t want, because we can’t.

Leaving your comfort zone is a very personal journey and Familiafeliz try to establish a possible destination for those, who are looking for an alternative way of being by recommending their own responsability for their actions.

A lot of single mothers are asking us: how many kids are in place? A lot of environmental activists are asking us: do you reject to take airplanes and do you work on permaculture? A lot of spiritual people are asking us about gathering, ceremonies and meditation practice on a daily basis.

We try to be honest at all time and we give our answers based on the actual situation. But the real answer behind all this is: all this is up to you! Familiafeliz is not a ruleset and a new member has to fit in, it is a stage for personel development embedded in a trib of people gathered by the idea of respect and attention for the other and her / his well-being.

If you are curious to explore an alternative way of living for yourself, if you have time and ressources to meet us, we are happy to welcome you and to enjoy our information day with you. We can learn from you.

Check in here and announce your visit.

El sonido de amor – the sound of love

el sonido de amor – andreu and cecile in action

CASAdelDRAGON in Cervera del Maestre in Castellon is a hotspot of contemporary art and invited the musician Andreu Ubach to perform one night with his extraordenary sound sculptures in the gallery.

Ubachs instruments are manufactured by himself, inspired by the Bachet brothers.

On Monday night Ubach explained and played on various sound sculptures and invited the guests to join the social process of making the sound of love.

el sonido de amor – a social sculpture is happen

In the beginning everybody was to shy to touch one of the impressive instruments. But Ubach and his charme moved everybody to join the performance.

el sonido de amor – Jordi from Cervera del Maestre enjoyed his contribution

Finding his own rhythm again and again and stimulate the other players to join his sequences is a big challenge for a professional drummer like Jordi Effe. But finally after more than 2 hours of constaniously playing the sound became a solid body and emitted some beautiful sequences of impressive melodies.

el sonido de amor – the social aspect of art

By changing position and instrument the group discovered again and again new rhythms and collages of sound pieces.

The very special accoustic environment of the little exhibition space in the house of the dragon moved the sound to magical impressions.

el sonido de amor – sound sculptures

Overall we have to say thank you to Andreu Ubach for his short visit. We also want to underline the big help of Cecile in preparing the space and performing with Andreu in such an harmonic way that all guests where fascinated and impressed and highly motivated to join the performance.

The invitation to join social art projects is a neverending challenge for our community and we hope, guests like Jordi will carry these invitations ot other members of the village and abroad.

We grabbed some videos and sounds and we will publish it soon as possible.

Klangprobe – sound sculptures by Andreu Ubach

experimental sound performance by Andreu Ubach

Monday, 2019-08-12 – 7pm – CASAdelDRAGON – sound performance and social sculpture featured by Andreu Ubach – admission free

As a homage to the sound sculpture pioneers, the Baschet Brothers, the Catalan artist Andreu Ubach performs in the gallery of the artist residence CASAdelDRAGON with self invented sound instruments.

In the special environment of the exhibition space, Ubach invites guests to create an experimental sound collage and thus to contribute to a social accustic sculpture.

Location: CASAdelDRAGON, Las Parras, 19, 12578 Cervera del Maestre, Castellon

organic education

organic education - homeschooling in Romania
organic education – homeschooling in Romania

In early summer 2019 Mihaela and Laura invited me to offer a workshop as part of her alternative schooling project in the village of Valenii de Munte, one and a half hours far from Bucharest.

To raise a child, it takes a whole village

african saying

Mihaela Stinghe (mother of 2 children, located in Bucharest) is doing homeschooling since more than 5 years and she developed several strategies to improve the outcome of her desire of an alternative and valuable education for her children. On one side she invites as much as possible other youth to join her activities and in summer 2019 she organised a little summer camp in her countryside mansion. On the other she invites other mothers like Laura to join the educative part and to expand the possibilities for the kids to develop relations to various adults.

With my invitation she went a step further. She challenged herself and the group to interact with a foreigner by using a foreign language and to share leadership in the design of daily activities.

homeschooling - a mountain of bricks for a n oven
homeschooling – a mountain of bricks for a n oven

In a first step the kids had to move hundred of old bricks from an neighbors garden to the right location, to select broken once, to pile them under different criteria.

homeschooling - cleaning and selecting bricks - tagging the construction
homeschooling – cleaning and selecting bricks – tagging the construction

They washed the bricks by using water from a river nearby and the tagged the wooden construction by drawing the outline of their hands and adding their names.

homeschooling - calculation and design of the foundation
homeschooling – calculation and design of the foundation

The youth measured the basement, cutted some roofing felt and calculated the amount of bricks we would need to create the basement of the oven. Then they started to fill the gaps between the stones with mortar.

homeschooling - working in a team and enjoying handcraft tasks
homeschooling – working in a team and enjoying handcraft tasks

Like baking a cake they tried to follow again and again the right recipe to mix the mortar and to finish the foundation (6 and + 2 cal + 2 cement + water). They also figured out how to center the iron barrel to define the fire chamber location on top of the basement.

homeschooling -  the brick layer is enjoying the task
homeschooling – the brick layer is enjoying the task

The fire chamber under the iron barrel will heat up the inside of the barrel and therefor it has to carry the barrel. The engaged brick layer is discovering a suitable strategy to put bricks in place as well as not to loose the shape of the design of the chamber.

homeschooling - the milestone after day one (!)
homeschooling – the milestone after day one (!)

With creating the fire chamber we finished the first day of the workshop. The four stones at the top corners will support the iron barrel.

homeschooling - second day and preliminary end
homeschooling – second day and preliminary end

In the second day the youth continued the work to clean bricks, to select right dimensions, to mix mortar and to add them in a stable way to the construction. The preliminary end is shown on the left photo.

Organic education is a way to implement a social space for self orientated learning of youth in a natural environment. Some ingredients have to take place to improve alternative education.

Adults are initiating an activity and they are explaining goal, milestones, reason and motivation to do it. They advertise for help. They give up control in any step soon as possible and don’t try to push the outcome nor the daily results. They don’t judge about the individual contributions to the group result. They accept a different progress for all individuals. They even accept errors and failures as much as possible and if these mistakes need to be fixed they used them to offer the youth to develop strategies to fix it or to find workarounds.

They also accept all limitations of a given situation (technical or logistical problems or economic challenges). They explain their motives for any kind of interventions.

Homeschooling can be part of organic education if it leads to these habits of guidance. The isolation of one teacher in a classical school class is not a good foundation of sustainable learning, therefor also the single mother at home might be not a good idea.

Informal education is based on the social space in with a individual kid can decide about subject, teacher and time. In this workshop my subject was defined but it was so open and weak that below every youth could find a suitable activity (calculating, moving bricks, brick laying, mixing mortar, cleaning bricks or even playing basket ball, cooking, serving lunch or dinner).

More and more the Romanian society is suffering from loosing well-educated youth to other European countries. The only way throughout this might be to redesign education and to support initiatives like Mihaelas and to explore and develop alternative ways.

We have to realize that homeschooling might not be a solution for all youth in a society, because not all parents are capable to deliver this. Organic education is a way of education more than a quality of classical or alternative environments. It could take place in both, and it could lead to a future in which it might be a link between classical and alternative education, to gather the best of both ways.

Thanks to Mihaela, Laura, Pic and Serban for the opportunity to enjoy this experience. Thanks to Familiafeliz and my social network to cover costs and to support this workshops.

improvement by error

new generation of youth working in the catering workshop
new generation of youth working in the catering workshop

In summer 2019 ApeaL, a romanian NGO located in Bucharest, organized a new informal educative event for youth in the villages around Ciocanesti. It was the 10th edition of this summer school.

Serban Moldoveanu, the founder of CTS / ApeaL, invited me to offer a special workshop. According to my last contribution in 2018 – a workshop about lyrics only for girls – i proposed a workshop catering only for boys.

catering workshop - working in a team
catering workshop – working in a team

The workshop took place in the garden and open kitchen of Serbans property, which he used for a daily plenum after the summer school. This gathering of trainers and members of the management team – all recuited as youth out of the last years workshops – is always starting with a lunch.

My offer was, to organise this catering with youth as a workshop, challenging the mentality of the romanin boys a bit.

But it was also a challenge for myself.

Every day arround 10.30 am we started with cleaning up the workspace. Every day we talked about cleaning hands and tools and the responsability to cook for a number of staff members running the summer school as trainer of manager.

Every day we placed the raw food and herbs in order ( mostly 3 or 4 course menues). Every day we decided a responsible person for every course.

catering workshop - preparing for lunch in time
catering workshop – preparing for lunch in time

Every day we finished our task at 1.30 pm ready to serve the lunch.

My first challenge was the budget. As many NGOs ApeaL stick on private sponsors and personal engagement and one big donation didnt arrived.

Another challenge was the daily uncertanty about the guests we have to host for the lunch. We calculated for 30 menues, bit finally we had between 33 and 47 muenues per day.

The most challenging circumstance was not to know who would join my workshop. So every day we had a surprise, who was showing up. Beside a young guy named Robert and in the second week another guy named David there was no stability in the group, beside my brave and entusiastic german assistent Luzia.

Even a free translater was not in place every time.

The error is the source of innovation.

Juan Petry

This workshop was also a big challenge for all team members. Every day at a fixed time we had to be prepared for the guests, no second chance, no excuses. Doesnt mapper what happened before, we had to work out a tasty and healthy solution for all.

This summer school, as many other educative initiatives in the field of informal learning, was an eye opener for me. The uncertanty about my staff crew explained me a fundamental difference in organising informal educational events. The kids where moving from one workshop to another. Like cherry picking they moved independent through all workshops and decided day by day where they wanted to show up.

And this seems to be not a fault, it seems to be a key feature of informal education.

Nevertheless we had every day enough youth in the team, even some girls shoed up and helped a lot.

I was not upset about this, because it gave me another chance to rewire the classical mentality in my own mindset a bit. These girls where looking boys in the kitchen working intensivly in having a good lunch for everybody. They get a real image from a boy putting onions or cleaning dishes and tools on the way to prepare the food.

David is cutting the salad
David and colleges are cutting the salad

Maybe these young woman will return in more classical orientated families, they will never forget the image of a boy cleaning and supporting actively the daily task of preparing the food.

One side effect of the workshop was even challenging the guests: no meat! The totally vegetarian food was accepted and we did our best to accomplish the mission by adding nice desserts and cakes and interesting variations of salads and vegetables.

We also started a documentation of this workshop for future summer schools as a blue print. We served more than 350 menues in 10 days of the workshop.

3-4-5 courses for 30-47 people
3-4-5 courses for 30-47 people

Lets put it in a quizz:
1. How many water we used for this (cleaning, cooking, drinking)?
2. How many waste we generated(paper, glas,plastic)?
3. How many manpower (hours per person) we spend on this catering at all (including shopping)?
4. How may money we spend per menue (3 or 4 or 5 courses)?

I will answer these questions in a later post 🙂 (link will be placed here)

daily gathering and plenum of the ApeaL summer school
daily gathering and plenum of the ApeaL summer school

Every day after lunch we came together for a plenum session to discuss the activities and challenges of the day and to place some requirements facing the management team. Part of it was also a direct feedback for our workshop result: in general they liked it a lot, especially sweet cakes amd fresh salads. Some where maybe to shy to apply for meat but everybody accepted the outcome.

I calculated with a group of 6 youth, in average i had 7, because of jumping from one workshop to another finally more tha 25 youth worked for one or more days in our team.

A lot of times we ask ourselves about the sustainable results of such an event, mostly trainers are motivated by having a change, a kind of development comparing start and end of a workshop. It was totally unpredictable what the real outcome will be. We will not know now, if it was a single event in the life of these boys or an important gate to develop in a certain different direction.

The only thing we are able to see is the growth of all these copii di Ciocanesti over the years, forming a happy family in time and enjoying the summer school, again and again.

Thanks to Luzia for extraordanary engagement and powerful support, Serban for making it possible to get such great moments in life, Pic for a huge ammount of hidden support and the great Laura for guiding the entusiastic boys day by day and translation work. Thanks also to Ioana for spending so much hours of private time to guide and help. And thanks to Rodica and Familiafeliz to sponsor this workshop.

And thanks to my private social network which is supporting me in delivering these workshops without fear and economical tension, like Antje & Corinna, Eddy & Angela, Cecile, Clara, Oana, Anita, Sorina, Francesc and Raquel. All these are my big heros of social entrepreneurship and a big light in the dark. Thank you for being part of my life!

For sure, its all about L.O.V.E.

Martin Luther University Halle (GER) meets FamiliaFeliz

lunch in the art camp

A student excursion of the Martin-LutherUniversity Halle – Wittenberg to Spain – project Aquaponic – familia feliz (written by Nils Schlechtweg)
09.03. – 16.03.2019

This excursion had the aim to build an aquaponic system, we have already planned and realized it in smaller dimensions at University. Furthermore, our motivation was to learn something about life in the shared community of Casa del Dragon, the way of living and the culture in Spain. All these things were only possible due to the familia feliz, especially Juan Petry. He provided us a temporary home, a garden to realize our project and extend our research approach. Moreover, he showed us what it means to live together in a community and how to think sustainably.
For our stay and for all we were able to learn there we say thank you!

Cervera del Maestre in Castellon Spain

What did we do this week?
Day1: We arrived in Spain and moved in our accommodation.

Day2: We explored Cervera del Maestre, the garden of familia feliz and we made a plan for the next days. This included the building of teams, who were responsible for cooking and doing the dishes. In the afternoon we made a little trip to the beach of BenicarlĂł.

Day3: The whole day we worked on our aquaponic system in the garden. The majority prepared and modified the tank and the water pipes. A small team of students went to a facility store and bought all supplies we needed for our project.

Modification of the water tank
Filling the tank

Day4: After breakfast we visited an ancient oil mill. There was a guided tour, which gave us general information about the press and the preservation of olives. Then we went on with the work in the garden. After lunch we visited the castle, the historical city-centre and the beach of PenĂ­scola.

installation of solar power station

Day5: Before lunch we took care of the power supply, the tank positioning and the swimming platform and we began with the planning of the breeding station. Then we made a trip to Sierra d’Irta, where we had a great view of its special landscape.

preparing an ancient stone wall

Day6: On this day we worked intensively on our system, the breeding station and the electricity based on solar cells. Furthermore, some student groups helped Juan with the realization of a stone oven, the building of a historical line wall and tree cutting.
Cervera del Maestre

Installation of solar panels
The garden of familia feliz with ancient lines in the bachground

Day7: On our last day, we finished our prototype system, got ready for the departure and said goodbye.
We finished every day with a summary in which we discussed the daily achievements and results. Moreover, optional workshops about living in a shared community or “why does a man with wife and children go to Spain to become a farmer” were offered in the evenings.

How did the trip change our perspective?

Apart from that, we learned about the difficult realization of an aquaponic system.

This stay caused a change of mind on a psycho-emotional level.

So, some people changed their nutrition, thought about an environmental friendly life style or decided to learn Spanish.

We look forward to the next stay at familia feliz!

Permacultura Penyaflor Addendum

strong workers are testing the stability and are proud of their work
strong workers are testing the stability and are proud of their work

Permacultura Penyaflor is a hotspot of Permaculture activities and informal education near Tortosa in Catalunya. The space is founded by Cecile Thevenot and she invited a group of youth from Barcelona in 2019 to have a closer look to alternative living in the countryside.

Count by yourself: you can enjoy the illusion of a result once or you can enjoy every moment of the process.

Juan Petry

One of the informal educative activities was to build a shelter for young plants. The challenge was to use as much as possible organic material from the location (0km).

The workshop (2 days, each time 4 hours) ended with success. The youth where able to test the stability of their work.

… but it was not the end of the story…

permacultura penyaflor - finishing the non-terminable
permacultura penyaflor – finishing the non-terminable – the roof

To protect the young plants form too much sunlight we added a roof with canyas. This amazing invasive plant is growing everywhere around rivers and creeks in Spain and was since ancient time a useful material for construction. It is flexibel and easy to move and to handle.

permacultura penyaflor - finishing the non-terminable - canya connection
permacultura penyaflor – finishing the non-terminable – canya connection

We connected the canyas with nods in two lines and linked them sometimes to the wood construction below.

permacultura penyaflor - finishing the non-terminable
permacultura penyaflor – finishing the non-terminable – the wall with palm leafs

To protect the plants from direction south west we used palm leafs between canyas. 8 leafs where enough for 3 square meter of wall (an it took us 5 minutes to fix it).

permacultura penyaflor - finishing the non-terminable - refurbished pallet wood
permacultura penyaflor – finishing the non-terminable – refurbished pallet wood

To have space for heavy pots with water and plants we used old wood from pallets.

permacultura penyaflor - finishing the non-terminable - ready to run
permacultura penyaflor – finishing the non-terminable – ready to run

After 6 hours we where ready to move all plants into the new buildung.

Life is a process, and – for us – infinite. The session of the youth was a milestone to reach the goal of having a shelter for the young plants. Cecile, a wwoofer from France and Juan continued the work.

Our world is focused on results, but in a process driven world a final result is an illusion. This shelter will be never finished and it will need attention and care over the next years. But on the way to return to compost and food for new generations of humans this shelter will be useful for the purpose of having shadow for the young plants of Permacultura Penyaflor.

permacultura penyaflor - finishing the non-terminable - happy plants equal happy Cecile
permacultura penyaflor – finishing the non-terminable – happy plants equal happy Cecile

Informal education in Permacultura Penyaflor

Cecile Thevenot - founder of Permacultura Penyaflor
Cecile Thevenot – founder of Permacultura Penyaflor

In April 2019 Permacultura Penyaflor hosted a group of youth from Barcelona. The group visit was organized by a local NGO from Sant Andreu and the reason for the trip to the south was, to give the youth some experience of alternative living in the countryside.

Cecile Thevenot offered some workshops and a guided tour passing important locations and installations on the plot.

Permacultura Penyaflor, Cecile and all the other helpers are donating their knowledge to a lot of guests per year, neither Cecille charged any money for hosting these 20 people for one week.

Cecile Thevenot - a guided tour through Permacultura Penyaflor
Cecile Thevenot – a guided tour through Permacultura Penyaflor

Cecile is very engaged in the region and abroad about Permaculture and alternative sustainable living in the countryside. She is aware about missleading effects of mass-consumption and together with herr old friend Pep and members of her family and wwoofers and friends and neighbours she try to establish Permacultura Penyaflor as a hotspot of alternative farming, alternative tourism and alternative education.

All this is happen without subvention, without any care or help of the surrounding society and even most of the parents of the youth from Barcelona had never heard anything about this amazing project in the south of Catalunya.

Cecile explain handlung of compost toilet waste and organic waste on Permaculture Penyaflor
Cecile explain handlung of compost toilet waste and organic waste on Permaculture Penyaflor

In ancient societies – and till now in some asian countries – it was a common behaiviour for guests to use the toilet of the host after being invited for lunch or dinner. These grounded people where knowing that organic waste has value (like the food) and is itself part of the natural alimentation of a vegetable garden.

When Cecile cook her hands deep in the waste she was searching for some insects and worms to explain the natural circles around compost. The youth where uncertain about this contact with “mother earth” but they where looking and listening carefully and concentrated. Nobody had to call for order. Nobody had to explain why this might be a pure and important lesson for life. Youth still have a fine sense to realize the importance of a source of knowledge.

building a shelter with organic material and building a team
building a shelter with organic material and building a team

In one other workshop we offered the group to build a shelter, mostly by using local organic material from the plot. The shelter will support shadow for young plants in summer and should be also a stable host against strong winds and to much rain.

By talking about tripods, triangles, nods, dimensions and construction principals we talked about mathematics, physics and chemics. It came along on the way to solve problems (stability of the construction, purpuse, risks) and it was not mentioned as a classical education session. Most important we talked 5 minutes about a technical solution to reach a stable position for a pillar and we worked hours on that.

messuring, calculating, working in a team, organized by the youth by themselves
messuring, calculating, working in a team, organized by the youth by themselves

Can you believe it, no smartphones at all… we as the trainers and teachers of this informal education events are paid with total attention by the youth. Looking in their faces we imagine the concentration in something important, a feeling of ballance between inside and outside.

fixing the roof and realize the main structure
fixing the roof and realize the main structure

Nothing is greater than the experience of realizing a project in a team and feeling the sense of engagement. Beside other positive sideeffects for the individual mental state we have to underline the fundamental advantage of informal learning: it is learning for a purpose, defined by the learner, not by the teacher.

Modern societies seperated the space for learning from the space for doing it. This was mostly initiated from weak members of a society who wanted to escape from the space of doing it, motivated by the advantage not to be in the global competition. The price we all pay for this are less and less well educated youth for complex modern contemorary societies.

Again and again each generation think it might know what is the best for the next generation by treating them with their old fashioned values. Again an again the outcome of people realize by taking their first individual steps in the society that they are not prepared for what they had to be prepared for. And again and again they route their children to the same temples of classical education and they argue, that their is no other way.

To empover the youth in getting the experience they are requesting for, is our first job. To empower them again, when they have their own children, to cultuvate more and more informal education around there kids… is the next.

strong workers are testing the stability and are proud of their work
strong workers are testing the stability and are proud of their work

People from Permacultura Penyflor are showing us the other way. We should take care about Cecile Thevnot and these people. They are facilitator, mentor, trainer, friend and they donate their knowledge and time. They give their best to the new generation, their attention and their love.

Hestias heaven – a new fireplace for the art camp

Hestia is a virgin goddess of the hearth, architecture, and the right ordering of domesticity, the family, the home, and the state. In March 2019 we inaugurated a rocket stove with two different tajine cources.

Hestia is the old name for altar, fireplace and hearth. Familiafelliz is on the way to develop the art camp as a social space for gathering of individuals, families and groups related to our social art projects. Establishing a catering area was and is and will be important. Fireplaces, stoves and ovens are components for these daily gatherings. Setting up the infrastructure for nutrition workshops, for catering and service of group visits and for experimental cooking events was and is still a goal all over the color garden, the art camp and the campus of our free university of informal education.

hestias heaven - agnieszka from poland is preparing a vegetarian tajine
hestias heaven – agnieszka from poland is preparing a vegetarian tajine

Agnieszka from Poland was preparing a vegetarian tajine in march 2019 on a simple fireplace realized by using a wash drum and surrounded by stones. The power of the fire inside a wash drum gave us the motivation to build a secure and nice environment for new visitors. We decided to set up a third fire- and service place nearby the rocket stove and Arne and Isa from Germany on their way from Germany to the atlantic coast of spain joined the project.

hestias heaven - foundation of the stove
hestias heaven – foundation of the stove

In a first step Arne realized a little foundation based on cement and washed stones from the dry river nearby.

hestias-heaven - preparing mortar in a tub - old style
hestias-heaven – preparing mortar in a tub – old style

For little construction works we are using old tools like this tub. Independend of electric power we can realize mortar in all places of the color garden.

hestias-heaven - arne is preparing pillar and socket of the fireplace with little glas bottles
hestias-heaven – arne is preparing pillar and socket of the fireplace with little glas bottles

The mix of soil, cal and cement (6:1:1) is connecting the bricks and give stability for the littlle circle of glass bottles.

hestias-heaven - arne seaving soil and finishing the basement of the fireplace
hestias-heaven – arne seaving soil and finishing the basement of the fireplace

Using local materials is giving us an advantage in logistics, economy and time. Using the glass bottles as a reference to past gatherings and as a design item connect many generations of visitors and guests with this place.

hestias-heaven - the wash drum sourounded by ceramics and bricks and soil based mortar
hestias-heaven – the wash drum surounded by ceramics and bricks and soil based mortar

The wash drum at its final place.

hestias-heaven - ceramic mosaic details and cleaned glass bottles
hestias-heaven – ceramic mosaic details and cleaned glass bottles

In the socket of the fireplace we used leftovers from a mosaic workshop in 2018 and we started with the service bar at the right side (next pillar and first line of vine bottles).

hestias-heaven Isa and Arne behind the new fireplace
hestias-heaven Isa and Arne behind the new fireplace

In 29 of April we inaugurated the new fireplace with a Calçotada and vegetables and seafood.

hestias-heaven - the power of natural wood fire
hestias-heaven – the power of natural wood fire

Hestia is honored by this open kitchen area, as in ancient times in Greece. “Wherever food was cooked, or an offering was burnt, she thus had her share of honour; also, in all the temples of the gods she has a share of honour. ” Among all mortals she was chief of the goddesses.

Even this project is a good sample of the organic development of the art camp and its facilities. Started by Tine and Dirk in January 2019, continued by young students from Halle in March 2019 we are on the way to develop more and more the Crystallization point of community life here in Cervera del Maestre.

If you step in, have a look to that place, linked to many generations of helpers and visitors, all on the tribe to look for alternative community life and personal happiness.

Thanks to Agnieszka, Arne, Isa, Tine and Dirk for their contribution to Hestias heaven, the new fireplace in the garden of Familiafeliz.

Willing workers on organic farms

willing workers on organic farms
willing workers on organic farms

In spring 2019 we worked on the watering infrastructure in the vegetable garden. Belen from Argentina joined us to support the project and she was working hard to clean the ground under the young trees in the garden.

willing workers on organic farms - belen is planting
willing workers on organic farms – belen is planting

Familiafeliz get nearly every two days a request from wwoofers (willing workers on organic farms). Some of them apply via our form here on this website, some are using international databases like worldpackers or or the just send an application by mail.

The normal case might be that a host is running a business related to organic farming, agriculture, permaculture or to any other social activity (like animal protection). All these spaces have their ROI (return of investment) by hosting the workers, because they contribute to their production chain and help to establish and maintain the hosts economy.

In our case we do not make money! Familiafeliz do not sell products neither we charge money for guests. So we need to refuse most of the applications, not because of a specific reason given by an application. We just have no economical ressource to host more than a few wwoofers per year.

Our goal is to spread a message of a social space for personal happiness into the world. Most of the wwoofers are between 20 and 45 years and they are looking for alternative communities and lifestyles. We want to show them our way of life and give them a chance to live with us for a short period. Some are inspired by our rules and organisation, others by our infrastructure and activities.

Nevertheless we are hoping to find also some new members to share our vision of a future social life for a longer time, maybe becomming member of our community.

Belen was planting salads around the young trees. She was consuming ressources from earlier wwoofers and she supported the accommodation of future guests and wwoofers.

willing workers on organic farms - the circle of alimentation
willing workers on organic farms – the circle of alimentation

We see familiafeliz and our social project on a long run. Planting a salad is a circle of 3 to 4 month, planting a fruit tree is a circle of 100 or more years. According to the game theory we are playing infinite games… and we know it.