Boodaville Fete of Fun – Raffle winners and more

So how much did we raise?

This event, and the crowdfunding campaign, is so that Boodaville will be able to open again in April and continue working towards a better future for people and planet through permaculture education and the development of a working example of an eco-community that live regeneratively – leaving the world better than they find it.

The key to this is design, ecology, understanding how a whole system works so it can be nourished. Permaculture ideas are radical – focusing on the sharing economy, ideas of abundance, and working with nature to produce high yields in terms of meeting needs, caring for the environment and having a positive social impact.

Come and visit us, or read up on Permaculture to see more about how permaculture design can shape your life – and for now we really appreciate any support reaching our target!!



We raised 521 euros from the event and that brings us to 52% of the target!!

With just a few clicks you can add a donation here

Thank you very much!!

So many people gave their time to help organise and run this event – huge thanks to Marina, Sara, Guim, Laura, Mike, Duncan, Edgar, Alice, Prithika, Orla, Aoife, Polly, Frank, Alessandro, Helen, Gilard, Roger, Aroa, Ricki  and to everyone who came along and got involved to make it so much fun and to run so smoothly. Thank you to each and every one of you who contributed at the event.. we feel blessed to have so many supporters to make awesome things happen here in Barcelona and from April at the Boodaville site during 2017. A special mention to Barbara who let us use her local for the party and a very special mention to my family – Bernat who is always working really hard to support the project as well as providing photos and videos, and Kira who is just happy and joins in with us all. (as we saw from her dancing on the table….)

What does Anna think about it all?

I shouldn’t spend too much time writing a long article about this.. we still have a crowdfunding campaign and a Youth in Permaculture project to work on! But I can’t stop myself from sharing a few reflections, and thinking about the impact of the event.

Overall that was a pretty intense way to raise 500 euros, a lot of work preparing and organising as best I could (not perfectly by any means) but what really strikes me about the event is that it was the permaculture way to raise money! The event was so much more than euros – we are building and strengthening a beautiful Boodaville community, we had loads of fun, people are making real and strong connections by getting together at events like this.. as well as learning a little bit about permaculture and being encouraged to visit the site and see for themselves what we’re doing for a festival, course or retreat.

I hope you noticed the lack of disposable cups at the fete! The negative ecological impact of doing this was absolutely minimal – we didn’t break a single glass and I spent forty minutes on Sunday washing them up, which was a pleasure because of the plastic I knew was being saved. I also believe that designing tasks like washing up into your day makes life more balanced (tip – design to have time to do it as well!).

We generated about 2 plastic bags full of cans and about 12 glass bottles, which went for recycling obviously, and maybe some people had napkins with their focaccia! Very few people travelled by car to arrive. We printed 20 sheets of paper and burst a few balloons. All the prizes were donated, the dough the kids played with was organic material only, and all the left over stuff has been donated to charity or recycled. There were a few bags of ice. All the bread was organic from the local bakery and the apple juice organic too! (although bought from Lidl..) I printed those two big posters on foam about the living permaculture course and the retreat weekends – i purposely didn’t put any date information and plan to use them for a few years!!

On a positive note many of us peed in the park – that helps the plants, honest!! People came to a park and enjoyed the view and a sort of natural setting for the afternoon.

The thing that has really stuck with me from the event is a reflection about stuff, consumption and economics. To see all the perfectly good stuff that people don’t want, yet don’t know what to do with, highlights a huge fault in the economic system. Forget money, the real subject of economics is to share the resources we have so that people can cover their needs and wants. It is insane that there is not a more obvious standard way to shift all this stuff around in a way that doesn’t waste it. There are people who want kids shoes, and a funky dress, or a costume for a day, or toys.. but how are you supposed to get all this stuff to them?? You want to create employment… there’s a chance right there! Even in our ridiculous age of consuming cheap low quality crap, there is an insane amount of perfectly good stuff which is being wasted. Well luckily Oxfam accepted the clothes, and they are a genuinely good organisation, and Polly accepted the costume stuff for her awesome cabaret event next week – I so wish I could go!!! Any of you who are free should definitely go.. an amazing place in the mountains, a brilliant party and the price including food, drink, cabaret, djs, awesome company, and loads more.. i think there might be a sauna!! is just 50 – 70 euros! Cabaret Party and weekend in the mountains 4th March

Go enjoy yourselves people.. if it’s not fun it’s not sustainable!



Raffle winners

Retreat Weekend at Boodaville festival – Vanessa (friend of Jennie Ball) – although word on the street is that the ticket was gifted by Vanessa to Jennie herself..

A3 high-quality photo print by Bernat Rueda – Anna Wise (Oak House School)

Guided tour of Barcelona’s civil war history – Sabina (Oak House School)

Year subscription to BCNmes magazine 1 – Isa (Otto’s mum)

Signed copy of the book “Forgotten Places – Barcelona and the civil war” by Nick Lloyd – Raquel

Year subscription to BCNmes magazine 2 (only for people present) – Guim

Dinner for two at the fantastic Oakanda restaurant – a place that is more than just organic, it is ethical in every aspect!! (only for people present) – Ugo and Polly

(the last 2 prizes were offered just a few hours before the event – we kept them for people who were at the party!)

Boodaville Fete of Fun tomorrow!

It was amazing! I didn’t know what to expect before, and although I knew it would be awesome, I was even more positive. (comment from the Boodaville Festival in 2015, where this photo was taken!)

The big day is tomorrow! Although it’s raining today we feel sure that the sun will come out to share a beautiful day with the Boodaville community in Grec Gardens in Poble Sec. We’ll be playing games, entertaining children, laughing, eating cake and focaccia, listening to music and there may be some drinking and fancy dress..

And there’s a free permaculture workshop to enjoy as well.

And a prize raffle! the draw is at 19:30

We’re busy getting posters and decorations ready and looking forward to seeing you!!





Living Permaculture Courses


Restorative Retreat Weekends


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Recharge and detox with a weekend in the stunning Vall Rovira, Matarranya, Spain.

This all-inclusive package offers a completely stress free weekend in a tranquil natural setting with healthy organic meals cooked for you in our outdoor kitchen. You can choose from a range of sessions including yoga, relaxation techniques, mindfulness, sketching, sustainable living and life coaching. Or you can simply read in a hammock, dip in the clear water of the River Algars, and observe the wildlife.

The accommodation is comfortable and set up for you with mattress and bedding. All the essentials for living outdoors for two nights are provided at the site.

We look forward to dining under the stars with you!

Dates 2018 : tbc 


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 It´s amazing how medicinal a couple days of connection to nature can be. My eyes were refreshed by the greenery and lack of artificial light. I savored the sunshine and relished the total darkness, slept deeply, dreampt vividly, and felt lighter under the tapestry of stars. My brain waves shifted from constant saturation of the city to the steady calm of breath and wind. Playing in the river made me feel back at home in myself, in touch with my childlike essence. ” – Zoe, Participant in our 2015 retreat.

Price – €120

includes local transport, all meals, drinks, activities and campsite from Friday evening to Sunday lunchtime.

Maximum 10 guests

(but there is plenty of space for everyone – we guarantee a secluded river spot and we maintain a peaceful, sometimes silent, atmosphere)

here’s a 20 sec video which shows the site

More information about the campsite

 Contact Anna :

To book your place transfer €60 to The Boodaville Asociation. The remaining 50% is to be paid on arrival in cash. Terms and conditions. Our retreat weekends are not for profit, and all income goes towards the Boodaville Association and it’s work in sustainability education.


The timetable for sessions will be decided nearer the time based on what visitors are most interested in. The sessions can be run by the river or on site according to what you would like.

YOGA – Hatha yoga sessions with a qualified teacher will be offered in the morning shade on the roof terrace. Evening classes can be offered if there is a demand. There are several shady secluded spots for visitors who want to practice yoga for themselves.

MINDFULNESS/MEDITATION/OBSERVATION – Sessions led by Anna Gurney (Founder of The Boodaville Project, BSc Hons Psychology, PDC and 2 years experience leading workshops) These sessions will be adapted to the unique surroundings at Boodaville where the focus is on ourselves, our bodies, but also on the natural environment which we are part of.

LAUGHTER THERAPY – If anyone is keen to try this I’m very interested in it and would like to give it a go! The focus of the weekend is enjoyment; an indulgence in feeling good, smiling, breathing deeply and channeling positive energy through your body and the group. So laughter therapy would fit right in.

DAYLIGHT AND MOONLIGHT WALKS/SIT SPOT – Exploring the valley alone or in small groups. Mindfulness techniques can be applied to make the most of these special adventures.

DETOX –  Enjoy delicious organic three course meals with us. All food is animal free and we can also offer a detoxifying diet during the weekend.

SKETCHING – A step further than the sit spot, visitors will be offered the materials they need, some basic techniques and as much time as they enjoy observing and drawing.

MASSAGE – We will make space and time for some massage therapy.

SUSTAINABLE LIVING – The Boodaville Project, and especially this weekend event, is an example of living in a sustainable way, according to permaculture principles. As well as brief explanations and reflections during the weekend on the way we eat and the way we use our time and resources, a full session can be included in the timetable covering the basic principles of sustainability, but with a focus on sustaining ourselves in today’s busy world. (Led by Anna Gurney)

COACHING – We are in contact with a professional coach. Sessions could be arranged as a group for some basic techniques or individually. Any coaching will take place on Sunday, to leave the first part of the program entirely for activities related to being in the moment.

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Recarga y detox con un fin de semana en la maravillosa Vall Rovira, Matarranya, España.

Este paquete todo incluído ofrece un completo fin de semana libre de estrés en un tranquilo paraje natural con saludables comidas orgánicas preparada para ti en nuestra cocina exterior. Puedes elegir entre una serie de sesiones como yoga, técnicas de relajación, Mindfulness, sketching, vida sostenible y life coaching. O simplemente tumbarte a leer en una hamaca, sumergirte en las aguas claras del río Algars y observar la vida pasar.

El alojamiento es cómoda y montaremos colchones y ropa de cama para los participantes. En Boodaville encontrarás lo imprescindible para vivir dos días en la naturaleza.

Te esperamos para cenar bajo las estrellas!

“Fue un fin de semana espectacular, me recargué de energía y volví a la ciudad más conectada conmigo y con la naturaleza.”– Participante en nuestro retiro de 2015

Precio – €120

incluye transporte local, todas las comidas, bebidas, actividades y zona de acampada desde el viernes noche hasta la hora de comer el domingo.

Máximo 10 invitados

(pero hay sitio en abundancia para todos – garantizamos un rincón solitario de río y mantendremos una calma atmósfera, en ocasiones silente)

aquí hay u den video 20 secundos que demuestra el sitio

Más información sobre el camping

 Contacto – Anna :

Para reservar tu sitio realizar una transferencia de €60 a la asociación de Boodaville. 50% del coste se paga en efectivo cuando llegues. Terminos y condiciones. Nuestros retiros funcionan sin animo de lucro y los beneficios están dirigido a la asociación de Boodaville que trabaja en educación para la sostenibilidad.


Vamos a confirmar el horario para las sesiones mas tarde basado en lo que los clientes les interesa. Las sesiones se pueden realizar al lado del río o en Boodaville.

YOGA – Hatha yoga con un facilitador licenciada por la mañana en la sombra de la terraza. Clases por la tarde se dispondrera si haya demanda. También hay sitios aislados y bonitos para gente que quieren practicar yoga individualmente.

MINDFULNESS/MEDITACIÓN/OBSERVACIÓN – Anna Gurney (Fundadora de The Boodaville Project, Licenciada en Psicología, CDP y 2 años experiencía en facilitar talleres). Estas sesiones serán adaptadas a la stuación único de Boodaville donde el centro de atención estará fijado en nosotros mismos, nuestros cuerpos y también en el ambiente natural de que formamos parte.

RISOTERÁPIA –  Si alguién tiene ganas de intentar esto me interesa mucho. El objectivo del fin de semana es disfutar : el lujo de sentirnos bien, sonreirnos, respirar profundamente y canalizar energía positiva a tráves de nuestros cuerpos y el grupo.

PASEAR POR EL VALLE CON SOL Y LUNA / SIT SPOT  – la oportunidad de explorar el valle solo/a o en pequeños grupos. Se puede aplicar técnicas de mindfulness para aprovechar hasta el máximo estos aventuras especiales.

DIBUJO – Un paso mas allá que el “sit spot”. A los participantes ofrecemos las materiales, algunas técnicas básicas y todo el tiempo que desean para observar y dibujar.

MASAJE –  Habrá espacio y tiempo para hacer terapia de masaje.

VIDA SOSTENIBLE – The Boodaville Project es un ejemplo de una vida sostenible y una vida que hacer caso a los principios de la permacultura. Encima de dar explanaciones y reflexiones breves durante el fin de semana sobre nuestro manera de comer y la manera de gastar nuestro tiempo y recursos, podemos incluir en el horario una sesión completo que explicar las pautas básicas para sostenibilidad, pero enfocada en cuidarnos psicologicamente en este mundo tan ajetreado. (con Anna Gurney)

COACHING – Estamos en contacto con un coach profesional. Se podia organizar una sesion como grupo para algunas técnicas básicas o hacer sesiones individuales. Cualquier actividad de coaching se realizara el domingo, para que mitad del programa esta solo para actividades de concienciación en el momento.