Boodaville 2016 Calendar:

1 02 2016

April 16 – 23 : Applied Permaculture Design Workcamp / Campo de trabajo Aplicación de la Permacultura

April 29 – May 1 : Restorative Weekend Retreat / Retiro regenerativo fin de semana

May 7 – 14 : Radiant floor Workcamp / Campo de trabajo suelo radiante

May 14 – 21 : Carpentry Workcamp / Campo de trabajo carpintería


June 3 – 5 : Restorative Weekend Retreat / Retiro regenerativo fin de semana

June 11- 18 : Applied Permaculture Design Workcamp / Campo de trabajo Aplicación de la Permacultura

July 1 – 3 : Restorative Weekend Retreat / Retiro regenerativo fin de semana

July 10 – 18 : Curso de Permacultura en Família

August 19 – 21 : Restorative Weekend Retreat / Retiro regenerativo fin de semana

(Provisional programme for August – October)

August 22 – 31 : Erasmus + Geodesic Dome course

September 3 – 10 : Applied Permaculture Design Workcamp / Campo de trabajo Aplicación de la Permacultura

September 16 – 24 : Permaculture Barcelona / Boodaville –  Erasmus+ Permaculture Course

September 30 – October 2 : Restorative Weekend Retreat / Retiro regenerativo fin de semana

October 8 – 22 : Applied Permaculture Design Workcamp / Campo de trabajo Aplicación de la Permacultura

An update on the earthworks

28 01 2016

Everything we planted in October has grown! Thanks to a ridiculously mild winter the leguminous plants – beans and chervil – have grown and served their function to further decompact the soil and improve it’s quality.

The swales and step constructions are holding up nicely and there is some evidence already that the soil is improving behind them – we have moss growing!

The roof is looking good and growing grass – sadly the pine trees we transplanted are not thriving.

Next steps – give those poor trees a ton of mulch and buy a sack of alfalfa seeds to plant a greater area with soil improving plants.


techo verde!


los pinos


las favas crecen!

broad beans planted in "siciliy" and covered with the compost / straw from the compost heap.

OCTOBER 2015 broad beans planted in “siciliy” and covered with the compost / straw from the compost heap.


Watch this space for full details of our 2016 calendar!

14 01 2016

We will publish the complete list of Boodaville 2016 activities at the end of January!

PROXIMAMANTE – vamos a publicar aquí el calendario completo de actividades 2016 finales de enero!

2016 at Boodaville – workcamps/campos de trabajo

11 12 2015


(en castellano abajo)

The aim of the project is to inspire people to live in a sustainable way and to share skills and ideas that make this possible. I want our grandchildren to live in a better world than us, and we all have the chance to be part of the solution and no longer part of the problem.

In line with this idea of sharing skills, 2016 will be the year of the workcamp! Instead of simply paying a professional in euros to come and do work at Boodaville, we use our time, effort and networks to share the process by hosting people to take part in workshops, get practical experience and to live as a community in a permaculture project while they learn. We are going to run workcamps in April (2 wks), May (2 wks), July (1 week), Sept (2 weeks), Oct (2 weeks)




 El objectivo del proyecto es dar inspiración para que la gente viva de manera sostenible y compartir aptitudes y ideas que hacerlo posible. Quiero que nuestros nietxs vivan en un mundo mejor que el que tenemos nosotros ahora, que seamos todxs parte de la solución y no parte del problema.

Alineada con estos ideas de compartir aptitudes, 2016 será el año del “campo de trabajo”! En lugar de pagar en euros para que venga cualquier profesional a trabajar en Boodaville, gastamos nuestro tiempo y energía para crear redes y traer gente a Boodaville para compartir en la experiencia. Podéis venir y hacer talleres y prácticas, mientras vivís en comunidad en un proyecto de permacultura. Vamos a organizar campos de trabajo en 2016 en Abril (2 sem), Mayo (2 sem), Julio (1 sem), Sept (2 sem), Oct (2 sem)

Fotos del campo de trabajo oct 2015   //   info completo de campos de trabajo

Tienes experiencia en construcción, carpinteria o permacultura? Quieres trabajar con nosotros?

Boodaville Bonds vs banks making profit out of money they’ve created

17 11 2015

This post is to say a huge thank you to one of my Boodaville Bonds investors who has reinvested the first repayment of €250. After consideration of what this could be used for the best option is to take the cash to the bank and pay down part of the loan I took out. (I didn’t get enough investors to cover the full amount needed!) By paying down the loan I am paying less interest to a financial system I don’t want to support and spending (slightly) more of it on moving forward with Boodaville. Here’s some more about why I believe in alternative finance:

As some of you may know I recently completed the online masters level MOOC “Money and Society” with IFLAS The Institute for Leadership and Sustainability. Jem Bendall, one of the professors on the course, criticises our money system and talks about alternatives in this TED video. Matt Slater, the other professor on the course is a nomad who helps and consults on setting up alternative currencies (as well as geeky stuff like coding software for running alternative currencies)

I was already committed to looking for alternatives to the system before the course because permaculture includes applying the basic ethics of caring for people and planet to different domains of our lives and Finances and economy is one of these domains. Some of the suggested ideas are alternative currencies, ethical investments, local markets and sharing when we have surplus. This is what I wrote when I launched the Boodaville Bonds  in 2014.

The course has served only to reinforce my commitment to look for alternative ways of funding as much as possible.

a week in Mallorca with Rosemary Morrow

28 10 2015

Acabo de aterrizarme después de una semana en Mallorca en Son Barrina haciendo un curso “Permaculture Teaching Matters” con Rosemary Morrow, una persona inspiradora, con 72 años que esta 100% dedicada a compartir sus conocimientos.

At 72 years old Rosemary is a truly inspirational person, absolutely dedicated to sharing her immense knowledge of permaculture (eg developing resilience to disasters, up to date techniques on capturing energy, facts and figures to leave you in awe about our planet’s water resources) and her wisdom from many many years of teaching. The other two excellent facilitators on the course were Alfred Decker (Permamed) and Patricia Pereira (Valedalama). Alfred was brilliant as always, particularly skilled at sock puppetry (a teaching technique to discuss serious topics in a lighter way), being hilarious, and throwing in anecdotes from his own experiences as an environmental activist and it was a real pleasure to meet Patricia and share ideas about education and working with young people. In fact we were living the reality of mixed age classes on this course because we had some teenagers in the group learning with the rest of the adult group. I had great fun working with them on our group task – we planned and presented an idea for a full permaculture course (PDC) based around a survival camp, and frankly, our idea and presentation kicked ass :)

It is a challenge now to see how this idea can be made into a reality, where teenagers are learning what’s really important in the world, experimenting with fundamental issues like water, food production, energy and building, looking for features of sustainable efficient ways of living, and all the time thinking about how they can go on to share their knowledge. A lovely phrase from the course is the “each one teach one” philosophy where anyone who feels passionate about what they are learning is encouraged to go out and share. And as we all know… the very best way to consolidate your knowledge of a topic is to teach it!

Read more about the course; the highlights, great quotes, and what I learnt on this page.

Leer más aqui del curso y los puntos claves.



Photos and comments from the workcamp

17 10 2015

hacer clic para ver todas las fotos / Click to see all the pictures


“Just got back from the best trip EVER ! Spend a week in nature doing permaculture projects in Calaceite ….. I had a FANTASTIC time !!! ….. Working and living in close contact with nature is the BEST !!!…… Met LOVELY people ….. Gonna go on doing woofing next as i really loved this experiance and have TONS to learn about ….. NEW DOOR OPENING ! ……. WHOOP WHOOP !!!” Lauren

Our first ever workcamp finished the 10th of October 2015 after one full day of workshops and five days of working. I am so impressed by the really productive work that went on and want to give massive thanks to our participants Austin, Lauren, Sara, Helen and Carolina, to the organiser Ondrej and to our brilliant facilitator for the week, Alessandro Ardovini.

The gallery shows the work that was done including building swales, decompacting soil, finishing the green roof, transplanting trees, rebuilding the steps to stop erosion and more!

Just after the course finished some visitors/volunteers arrived for the weekend so we could finish the roof and plant some leguminous plants to see how they fare – whatever happens to them in the poor quality soil we currently have, they will work towards fixing nitrogen, further decompacting the soil and with the seeds and the mulch we are adding organic matter. Thank you to Nanook, Fili, Camille, Macho and Carlos for supporting the project and helping out.


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