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Memories – the birth of a dragon

CASAdelDRAGON – the house of the mindful dragon

Memories… with this article we open a new category in our blog. From time to time we will look back and we will add a piece of history about the roots of familiafeliz to the common memory of the internet. There was a form of life before the rise of the internet, yeap!

In May 2000 we started to build the dragon on the wall of our house. It became later a symbol for the spirit and mission of our spanish home.

To understand the allegory of the dragon on the wall we have to step back to 1979. At this time Juan was a high school student and he was invited by the teacher to prepare a lecture about the greek philosophers Sokrates / Platon. By preparing the lecture he fall in love with greek mythology and the way of storytelling. At the same time he was studying chinese IGING and the rich animal-based chinese mythology. The chinese dragon Long is a symbol of power, strength, and good luck for people.

In 1986 Antje, Juan and a lot of family members and friends started to rebuild the ruine in the Calle Las Parras 19 in Cervera del Maestre. In the begining Juan was looking local TV in some lonely evenings to get used to listen Castellano. He was really surprised to watch spanish TV. Nearly every news about foreign countries was about a country in Latin America. In every news he watched minimum one notice about Cuba and Castro… Europe… european politics… that didn’t happened in Spain TV at that time.

Fourteen years later we arrived at the top of the house and decided to add a big sculpture on the highest wall. This sculpture should deliver its own story, the story of outstanding people and beautiful memories of community life. And it should give a hint on the future, of the house, of the village and of Spain.

Juan & Juan and Martina working on the dragon shape

The dragon is placed around the chimney shaft. The dragon enjoy the warm temperature of the place. He is looking over the highest terrasse of the house and he is facing the north.

The dragon, as a chinese symbol for power, strength and good luck, is looking to the future of Spain. This future will be much more defined by what happened in Europe (in the north).

Based on the concept and a raw design Martina – a beautiful mind and professional german stage designer located in Cologne – worked out the body of the dragon in detail. On a roadtrip to the south – to visit the castle of Alcala de Xivert in the Sierra d’Irta – Gabi, Antje and Juan passed a place of an truck accident on the national road N340. Beside the street they harvested a lot of broken blue ceramic pieces.

the dragons body with more than 500 kg of mortar

After 3 weeks of work the top of the wall and the dragon became alive. Short after this the people from Cervera del Maestre named the house CASAdelDRAGON.

When we curated the first exhibition in the gallery of the dragon house in 2007, we decided to use the image of the dragon for the invitation card, as a common brand for the new art gallery in the village of Cervera del Maestre.

By delivering invitation cards in the region (Amposta, Alcanar, Vinaros, Benicarlo, Peniscola, Morella) we discovered that the house was well-kown from its sculpture on the wall.

Amigos I. – the first exhibition

A lot of guests enjoyed the first exhibition in the gallery. Many of them helped a lot in the last weeks before the opening. Some people where thinking that we quoted the history of the local dragon FARAM. It was not the case. The dragon on the top of CASAdelDRAGON is a more mindful, wise and peaceful version. In fact we added a new dragon to the history of the village and many years later the local youth started to celebrate their dragons in a yearly festival.

Since 2007 the CASAdelDRAGON organised more than 30 exhibitions localy and in other european countries together with professional art partners. The dragon is still looking to the north and is giving us a hint, from where we will receive our future.

Its all about love – ever!!

The dragon is also a brave and strong commitment to Cervera del Maestre. Over the last 50 years the wonderful citizens of this village welcomed foreigners from all over the world and more than 100 people from different nationalities (France, Belgium, Netherlands, England, Poland, Ukraine, Norway, Bulgaria, Romania, Germany, Sweden, Russia, Australia, Switzerland…) decided to settle in the village. The spanish home of familiafeliz is bounded to the house of the dragon and all its visitors and guests. In Chinese culture, excellent and outstanding people are compared to a dragon. Our dragon welcomed more than 100 visitors per year, some where attracted by art, education or community life, others by gardening or bio construction. Some stayed for days, others for months. A lot of them became friend with the mindful dragon on the wall. All of them where really outstanding people. They created CASAdelDRAGON as a community work, with the dragon on the top.

kitchen sink design – social art in progress – part 1

open kitchen sink design – playing around with the design

In september 2019 we decided to add a kitchen sink to the open kitchen project in the art camp. After building different fireplaces and a rocketstove we wanted to add the option to clean the dishes nearby – instead of moving them all the time to the dragon house and back to the garden.

One main aspect of the project was to re-use waste water out of this process to water the plants in the lower art camp garden area, especially the fruit trees.

The wise creater knows that he is only a facilitator, using what is donated to him by others.

Juan Petry

Together with Rebekka we played around with the shape of the sink area around an old almond tree. We talked a lot about workflow, process of serving food, collecting the dirty dishes, cleaning and storing them for another lunch or dinner session.

Beside the ergonomical and logistical issues we focused also on the social aspect of the event of “cleaning dishes”. It should be possible to work in a little team together on the place. Also it should be possible for the dish washers to communicate with others nearby.

 open kitchen sink design - foundation and ibc tank placement
open kitchen sink design – foundation and ibc tank placement

Finally we found a propper design for the kitchen sink area and we started with the main part, the sink basement. We also noticed that we will have to repair the nearby dry stone wall in the future and we respected the roots of the almond tree as well as enough working space for the dish washer team.

In creating the foundation we used some little natural stones. The refurbished ibc-conformed pallet was placed on top of cement stones. This construction supports the later weight of the water tank and protect the pallet wood from termites.

open kitchen sink design - Rebekka as a new bricklayer in action
open kitchen sink design – Rebekka as a new bricklayer in action

We used old reburbished construction material as much as possible. The iron pieces will support the stability of the wall holding nearly 600 kg of weight (0.6 cubic meter of waste water) in form.

 open kitchen sink design - basement and final position of the sink
open kitchen sink design – basement and final position of the sink

Even the sink is a refurbished piece and a donation from a friend (thanks to Angie!). The open area will give access to light for some plants. We will place them into the ibc tank to clean and fertilize the waste water.

open kitchen sink design - worktable
open kitchen sink design – worktable

After finishing the raw structure of the sink we added the worktable. As a quotation to the former design of the open kitchen we repeated the circular cutout between to pillars.

open kitchen sink design - service hatch for dishes
open kitchen sink design – service hatch for dishes

On one side we added the worktable to collect dirty dishes. On the other side we placed a service hatch for cleaned dishes. In the foundation we placed a hole for better ventilation. It will be covered by a fine net to protect the inside from little animals.

open kitchen sink design - re-use of pallet wood
open kitchen sink design – re-use of pallet wood

The additional construction will support also some storage protected from sun. The service hatch is designed to cover around 60 dishes and to protect them a bit from rain and dust.

open kitchen sink design - organic shape
open kitchen sink design – organic shape

Wherever we established a construction in a certain height we find glases and bottles lateron. A lot of visitors are likely to put used stuff wherever they stay. To work a bit against this habbit we created a organic shape around the sink table. Later it will be also an invitation for next mosaic workshops to find another place to play with colors.

open kitchen sink design - natural fridge and storage under the worktable
open kitchen sink design – natural fridge and storage under the worktable

Nearly 300 bottles where used to create the wall between the pillars and to give the worktable a solid foundation. In the center we placed a natural fridge. We used a old window from the trash.

open kitchen sink design - worktable platform
open kitchen sink design – worktable platform

After rising the outer wall a little bit we placed some wood on top of the frame and created a 6 cm thick concrete platform. Inside the platform we used again refurbished iron pieces.

open kitchen sink design - plastering around the bottles
open kitchen sink design – plastering around the bottles

We started with plastering around the bottles and tested a new mix (6 soil : 1 cement : 1 cal). The challenge was again to use the right scree to prepare the best soil.

This kitchen sink was Рand still is Рa social art work supported and done by many people. One of the biggest contributors was for sure Rebekka. But also people like Angie from Benicarlo and David from Cervera donated materials to this building. Many people collected bottles. Guests like Amanda and Nina in the CASAdelDRAGON prepared the dinner for the hungry bricklayers. Others carried the construction materials to the location. We have to honor all these people helping us to make this possible. So special thanks to Nina, Fron̤ois, Sacha, Youri and Ivan.

ceramic mosaic workplace

ceramic mosaic workplace design
Antje and Corinna selecting ceramics and playing with colors

In Summer 2019 we continued with some artwork in the open kitchen area of the color garden. The workspace for food, pizza dough and bread near the big oven in the dry stone wall became a work of art.

ceramic mosaic workplace - teamwork
Lisa from Germany is enjoying the flow of making mosaics

Our friend and guest in the CASAdelDRAGON Lisa joined this ceramic mosaic project. Like many other helper and supporter she contributed with a personal work and gave her “fingerprint” to the whole project of the color garden in Cervera del Maestre.

ceramic mosaic workplace - connecting people
Lisa, Antje and Corinna are using special glue for ceramics (waterproof)

Like other little projects this is real teamwork. By changing the position of working the group can balance the mix of colors, therefor the final result is looking like made by one single person.

ceramic mosaic workplace - the final view
The final result – the new ceramic mosaic workplace

Happy workers are enjoying their result. The new working space will be used in the open kitchen to prepare the food like pizza dough, bread or salads.

By enjoying the photos we like to remind you, that this social project of the color garden in spain is only possible because there are people behind the szene, working and donating to this.

It was a pleasure to be able to invite a friend like Lisa for a short retreatment in the CASAdelDRAGON. But we should keep in mind, its only possible because other silent beautiful minds are supporting a lot: Thanks to Eddy (Happy birthday!)and Angela !

From Chaos to Cosmos

familiafeliz Information Day september 2019

Information day – Familiafeliz | 2019-10-26 | 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 100 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.

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

Encoding realities – the journey of Arlo Laibowitz

CASAdelDRAGON – the spanish location of familiafeliz – is a artist residence since more than 30 years. We hostet artists from all over the world. The visual artist Arlo Laibowitz visited us several times in 2018 and 2019. He partizipated in exhibitions, art performances and in the daily life in the familiafeliz community.

The burning heart sculpture - artwork of Arlo Laibowitz in the sculpture garden of CASAdelDRAGON
The burning heart sculpture – artwork of Arlo Laibowitz in the sculpture garden of CASAdelDRAGON

Artists are coming and going all the time. Arlo gave us a strong impact and high motivation to continue the project of hosting artists and give them space to develop their art projects. In a microeconomy driven world it might be not easy for a non profit orientated project without any public or private funding to organise accommodation, catering, hosting and social art activities but artists are also creative in finding solutions for that.

Arlo is working worldwide (Las Vegas, Shanghai, Barcelona, Valencia) and part of the burning community and engaged in figuring out new art performances based on temporal installations all the time.

Uncertanty is the space for evolution and the emergent feature of Love. Happy birthday, Arlo!

Juan Petry

Arlo is a storyteller and he tells his stories by using the wide range of media which is available for contemporary artists of this century.

In his new project he will create a tree of love for the upcoming burning event NOWHERE 2019. He used crowdfunding to succeed (deadline beginning of june 2019). CASAdelDRAGON offer the space for premanufacturing the segments. Arlo will gather a group of supporters to prepare and move the parts to the festival in summer 2019.

Virtual worlds and media are playgrounds to discover and simulate reality in a laboratorial environment, but we should bring into account that we do this to face a glimp of reality and to get closer to the brain of others.

Arlo is passionated in cooking as well as in using all media to deliver the story, to reach the other, to get in touch with the audience and to get in touch with himself.

Nowhere is a good sample for his journey. It is a project to gather people, to enjoy the moment and to share happiness. The temporary momentum of the Tree of Love will remind us, to enjoy this moment.

Luftmensch - Arlo Laibowitz art work 2018
Luftmensch – Arlo Laibowitz art work 2018

In times of waste – part 1

the abbandoned compost area in the color garden
the abbandoned compost area in the color garden

The compost stack location we are calling Camp David as an homenage to our friend David from UK who was initiating the structure years ago. In May 2019 we started to repair and expand the space.

We can not control what happen, we have to control what it means.

Gerhard Schröder, former Prime Minister (1998-2005) of Germany
repairing stack number 3 and tidy up the dry stone walls
repairing stack number 3 and tidy up the dry stone walls

First we unmounted the rotten pallet wood and cutted wild herbs around the corner of the dry stone wall.

excavation for a new stone wall foundation
excavation for a new stone wall foundation

Later we prepared the foundation. We cutted the roots of the wild herbs as deep as possible and we separeted soil, little stones and roots.

left over of natural stones from the pizza oven location
left over of natural stones from the pizza oven location

We moved some natural stones from the Art Camp to Camp David. These stones where part of the dry wall where we have now the pizza oven. Have a closer look to the weel – the tire was a bit damaged after this tour…

waste or value - pieces of bricks form local construction companies in Cervera del Maestre
waste or value – pieces of bricks form local construction companies in Cervera del Maestre

As part of our strategy to minimise costs and entropy we used some bricks from local construction companies. The bricks came out of a old house in the village of Cervera del Maestre. The advantage for the construction company is easy to understand: less costs for garbage disposal.

building the new dry stone wall by refurbishing ressources
building the new dry stone wall by refurbishing ressources

In the frontline we places some of the heavy natural stones. Inbetween we placed some little stones and we added bricks from the backside to level the stone height for a next line of natural stones in the front side. The advantage of the little stones behind the bigger stones is given by the fact, that we expect a lot of water coming out of the bigger dry stone wall behind. In october 2018 we had 300 liter per square meter in less than 5 hours. The little stones behind and the pieces of bricks are holding back the soil.

On the way we used some carton to give lower wild herbs a strong disadvantage to grow.

The finished stone wall for the new bed in Camp David
The finished stone wall for the new bed in Camp David

According to the second law of thermodynamics you might have a closer look to this project. As we identify life in general as a system to lower entropy inside itself by rising the entropy outside in its environment even alternative communities should think about their environments before they judge to fast.

Rejecting the waste of the classical society – in this case the old construction material – would not transform and redisign a unwanted behaviour. The bricks are older than 400 years. They where burned in a time of less polution and smog. In the world of cosmetics these bricks are valued like gold for this.

If we want to establish another way on looking at the so called waste we have to expand the time frame in which we are acting. If you are just looking on the moment in which somebody dump construction waste into a bio dynamic garden area you will not get the whole picture. The bricks are manufactured in the 15th century. They are a very good storage of water. In storing the water they grow and get pulverized.

If you are looking the time frame of 1000 years you will start with a mineral material used 500 years to support life in a ancient house in Spain and you will continue with a water storage for the next couple of centuries. Finally you will end with a mineral material.

Less entropy equals more social behavior.

Juan Petry

Camp David get famous in a historical view in being part of the peace process in middle east (1978). Whatever we do, we will meet a political implication. In this little project we try to make peace with the waste by using them in a best possible way, equal if it is the organic part inside of the compost stacks or the old bricks from a ruin in the mountains of Spain.

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

Camp David – on top of the food chain

the compost stack and the developer david
the compost stack and the developer david

The opposite of right for pessimists is wrong, for optimists it is left.

Juan Petry

Compost is wellknown in literature. Homer wrote about it, Aristotle developed a theory of compost / humus. And if you have a closer look at the food chain, compost and all its creatures are the hidden leader in the circle of life.

David established a bigger location for our compost handling early in 2016 and maintained the space later in his short and long visits since 2018. This camp of bacterias and mushrooms is an important factor in our garden design.

Again and again David was unhappy with the situation and status of the stacks and the mixture of indrediences in the three different chambers.

According to Murphy all what might be able to go wrong will go wrong and even what might not be able to go wrong will go wrong equal.

Actually the fourth or fifths generation of supporters and contributers are maintaining the compost. And a lot of times we find new bio waste in the wrong section or useless quantities of gras or hay on top.

the compost stack with the new traffic light
the compost stack with the new traffic light

The compost as a symbol of health and life is also a good sample for the challenge to bind together people coming and going in a very dynamic environment to act for a specific usefull purpose.

We are not able to establish a ruleset, and not, because we can not create a list of rules under which the compost should be used. We have no chance to push through these rules and to keep them alive.

The only thing we can do is to invite people to use it in a propper way. And the minimum of right is here the right stack.

For sure we will not have the best compost, but we have the best possible compost.

the compost stack - a bit left behind
the compost stack – a bit left behind

The location is a bit abandoned in May 2019 and we hope we will add soon the section for terra preta (by using the materiall from the dry toilets).

The compost reminds always to the circle of life. So we are waiting for a new circle in developing this camp of davids compost stacks, as well as we are waiting for a return of its creator.

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.