Category Archives: Allgemein

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.

cohabitation in the colorgarden

Many people come to our color garden to study plants, especially thoose to get natural pigments.

It was a great success that a friend came along woth a camera trap to discover more about our fauna. He mounted the camera in the lower silent part of the garden in early summer 2018.

The european rabbit was one of the know cphabitors of our plot.

Another known friend – never seen but listen – is the common nightingale. A lot of times we enjoyed already their songs in late evenings and nights.

The columba – part of the large family of doves – is another guest we already watched time by time.

We never saw a common genet on the plot. It was a surprise that this african migrant is living on our land.

Another guest is the red fox. We saw him once crossing a street to Cervera del Maestre in the night, never on our land.

Amazing to see the fauna enjoying the wilder parts of our land we want to say thank you to Christoph for this wonderful discovery.