Towards sustainable living and self reliance, 20th – 31st August 2014

25 10 2014

“The most important is (I think) that all of us started to THINK… even those who doesn’t believe in alternative way of living started to Think… It is a new fresh start for all of us! A begining of something enormous! The change :)”

We have a video by Señor Rueda :

(the video is mostly in English)

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See Photos showing the activities : 

Day 1

Day 1

Boodaville says #StopTTIP

10 10 2014

This newsletter was sent out today!

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HI everyone,
You probably realise that I am pretty busy these days and if you are waiting for news about our amazing summer then you’re going to have to wait a little bit longer i’m afraid..
But I have taken one hour out of my sleepless, working, snot-filled lifestlye to send you some information on the International Campaign that Boodaville is supporting this year 
Tomorrow is the day of action to say NO to the TTIP trade agreement which is an attack on our democracy and will give even more power to big corporations. They’ll have more say over public policy, labour rights, bringing hormone filled beef and chlorine cleaned chicken to the UK and the worse bit is called ISDS George explains it succinctly here:
“the EU and the US are negotiating a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. This would suppress the ability of governments to put public interest ahead of profit. It could expose Britain to cases like El Salvador’s, where an Australian company is suing the government before a closed tribunal of corporate lawyers for $300m (nearly half the country’s annual budget) in potential profits foregone. Why? Because El Salvador refused permission for a gold mine that would poison people’s drinking water.”
This is something we can make a difference on (Boodaville chooses very carefully which campaign to support) and i am personally asking you to support the 11th October day of actions by signing the petition and thunderclap. (Start reading more if you like to know what your signing by following the links at the bottom)
Thank you so much for taking an interest in what’s happening in our world, please share on facebook too, and any personal replies to make me feel this was worth my precious time are welcome.
More info
Hola a todos,
Seguramente se da cuenta de que estoy bastante ocupado en estos días y si estás esperando noticias sobre nuestra increíble veranoentonces vas a tener que esperar un poco más ..
Pero he tomado una hora fuera de mi vida sin dormir para enviaros información sobre la Campaña Internacional que Boodaville está apoyando este año
Mañana es el día de acción de decir NO al acuerdo comercial TTIP que es un ataque a nuestra democracia y dará aún más poder a las grandes corporaciones. Van a tener más que decir sobre la política pública, los derechos laborales, y el peor poco se llama ISDS. George explica sucintamente aquí:
“la UE y los EE.UU. están negociando una asociación de comercio e inversión transatlántica. Esto suprimiría la capacidad de los gobiernos para poner el interés público por encima de la ganancia. Podría exponer a Gran Bretaña para casos como el de El Salvador, donde una compañía australiana está demandando al gobierno antes de una tribunal cerrado de abogados corporativos de 300 millones de dólares (presupuesto anual de casi la mitad del país) en las ganancias potenciales no percibidos Porque el Salvador negó el permiso para que una mina de oro que envenenar el agua potable de las personas. “.
Esto es algo en que podemos hacer una diferencia en (Boodaville elige con mucho cuidado la campaña que merezca nuestra apoyo) y personalmente estoy pidiendo que haceís tu parte por el día de acción 11 de octubre con estas acciónes : firma la petición y el “thunderclap” (Empieza a leer más si quieres saber lo que su firma siguiendo los enlaces en la parte inferior)
2) ventanilla TTIP-ceta-tisa REGISTRATE PARA tweet!
Muchas gracias por tomar un interés en lo que está pasando en nuestro mundo, por favor, compartir en facebook también,
Más info

we did it!!

7 09 2014

Between our amazing team (Anna, Carlos, Serbal, Alice, Grace, Bernat – and Kira) we hosted 30 people on site for 11 days during the EU funded course “Towards Sustainable Living and Self-Reliance”. We had 21 participants from Latvia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Serbia, Greece, Spain, Georgia. Our fantastic facilitators taught sessions and led practical activities on a range of themes -

Chris – Rural Water, Bioconstruction, Boodaville’s new rainwater collection and retention works. Alessandro – Introduction to Permaculture Design, Sectors and zones, Eco soap. Esti – Zone 1. Ryan – Introduction to carpentry and practical projects. Carlos and Serbal – Sustainable tourism, Socio-economic state of the world, Mindfulness, Solar Oven and Evaporation Fridge, (they also organised the intercultural activities and our magic night). Anna – Introduction to Boodaville, Observation, Coaching for change, Activism.

Also on site were our super hardworking and much loved kitchen volunteers – Marina and Susie. 

A huge huge thank you to everyone who made this happen, especially Alice and Grace in the kitchen, and to all the brilliant participants. More details of the course and what we got up to will be posted soon! Hopefully via the medium of photos

oh and more thankyous… to everyone who was on site during the last panic days of setting up before we started – Melody, Vanessa, Chris, Alice and Grace, Sandro and Esti, Bernat, Carlos and Serbal.

Here’s to alternative living and building a better world!!!



Here’s one for now

busy busy busy!

5 08 2014

so busy that i haven’t had time to update the blog, and sadly haven’t even taken any photos of our work. but there will be plenty when the course starts in August!

Thank you very much to all the volunteers and visitors during our wwoofer week(s)!! We are now so close to being ready that we are just here tweeking and improving the new showers, toilets and dining area to have everything organised by the start date!

Big up to you all – Chris, Lyle, Oceanne, Mikael, Josefin, Carlos, Serbal, Jorge, Bernat, Karin, Susanne, Mirja, Bernat Badia, (Team 1) Stefania, Anabel, Vanessa, Hector, Carla, Maria, Jordi, Alejandro, (Team 2) Farah, Jon, Marina, Heiddis (Team 3) and to Joaquin Pardet, Mario and Pauli, the builders who finished the roof – apart from the earth, and to Valentin and Jose Manuel and Esther in the hardware store. What a productive couple of weeks!



Getting a roof!!!

15 07 2014

The reason we are using concrete beams is that the green roof  will be very heavy, and the arhitects recommended making it so strong that i don’t have to worry about how much earth i put on top, or whether i get 50 people up there for a bbq. it is not eco in terms of materials used, but the energy savings because of the green roof, will eventually cancel out the energy used in the construction of the beams, and the steel used in the beams is normal  rebar – is that usually recycled metal? in the shop they told me yes, but they just like to keep the hippy happy.











Starting the permaculture design

7 07 2014

I’ve been looking at climate data that’s available on the web – in my little window of time while kira napped today i started this google doc and its public in case it’s useful to anyone!

climate data rainfall radiation for aragon, matarranya, calaceite caseres

Something scary…

4 07 2014
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….a trade agreement giving corporations even more power, (to pollute, privatise and sue govts)  #nottip #no2isds
At Boodaville I believe that a truly sustainable existence has to be extrospective as well involving individual changes in behaviour. (more here).
But you can’t support every campaign that’s important. In February I chose the campaign because the effects of this trade agreement are terrifying (more corporate power to pollute, privatise, sue govt’s, kill bees, take away worker’s rights etc). Also there are some efficient organisations with many past successes working on this campaign. I hope i have chosen wisely and it does mean that palestine and tax havens are off my list this year, but you can’t do everything.
After a fair bit of research I’ve found what i think is the easiest and most effective way to take action and now is the moment for a BIG reaction to the closed door negotiations on the TTIP, which really might make a difference – stick up for democracy!
tell the EU consultation you are worried about this agreement  BEFORE 13th JULY, IT TAKES 2 SECONDS!
if you want to reply when you’ve done it that’d be awesome, and will motivate me to do more :)


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