Boodaville is an environmental education / permaculture project run by teacher and activist Anna Gurney in the Matarranya region of Spain. 2.5 hours from Barcelona, near Calaceite town.
The project is a collaboration between Anna herself and any permaculture teachers, volunteers, friends and travellers who are interested in getting involved. Over the years the main house, outdoor kitchen and campsite facilities have been built and many people have participated in courses, workshops and retreats. Anna now has a two-year old daughter so there are increasingly activities designed for families too!
- develop the site according to a permaculture design and finish the small house for guests.
- promote permaculture and activism through practical projects and courses.
- live on site as a small eco-community
- offer environmentally and socially conscious holidays that lead to guests making permanent positive changes to the way they live. (to generate income allowing a Boodaville cooperative to sustain itself financially)
- continue to promote permaculture and activism through practical projects and courses.
we are open to any ideas from brilliant people who need space for conferences/workshops/courses…
read more here
the boodaville association:
this is the legal entity behind the educational work we do. Anna Gurney is president of the association, which runs projects at Boodaville and around Catalunya, Spain and sometimes further, to teach and raise awareness about permaculture, environmental and social issues. the statutes of the association, stating the objectives and legal structure can be read here (in spanish) EstatutosBoodaville
1.5 hectares of olive terraces and two piney hillsides at the bottom of the Vall Rovira, Matarranya, Spain. two nearly finished buildings, no mains water, not much electricity – just trees and nightingales. photos
in 2009 we built a yurt with only the help of a 12 page leaflet downloaded from the internet. photos:: stage 1 :: stage 2 :: recent Sadly the yurt has come to the end of it’s existence. but we have a stone house instead! and the yurt project was hugely important in the development of the whole project.
the building plan:
the long-term plan is two main buildings- one for guests including bar/conference/dining/workshop area, some sleeping rooms and bathrooms – the other more like a house with warmth, kitchen, bedroom type areas and a terrace. the architects presentation has detailed drawings and technical information about the project if you want to know more. due to tardy administration processes the guest building is still to be approved. in sept 2012 i started work on the house. recent pictures of the house
all buildings and projects will be undertaken following strict sustainability criteria and permaculture principles.
the general permaculture design is being done in close collaboration with Alessandro Ardovini, a qualified permaculture teacher who is working towards his diploma. read more about the design in these posts.
the buildings are bio-construction as far as possible, with integrated design techniques. recycled materials, locally sourced and sustainble materials are used. for the stages of the work where planning laws dictate that our radical ideas are not acceptable we will look for the most eco-friendly of the viable options (eg. we have to have a septic tank by law so we’ll calculate the ecological footprint of the different viable options and choose the best one).
the boodaville festival:
the biggest event of the year is a weekend music and arts festival with sustainibility activities and fun and games. the next festival will be 26 – 29 May 2016 with dj acts, live music, workshops and much much more. video · photos · 2015 photos
i’m anna gurney (aka booda) and this is a rather dramatic photo.
i am driven by the idea that people should use and develop the capacity to make intelligent, informed decisions about the way they live, and the society they want to live in. permaculture is the best example i have found of a comprehensive set of ideas that show a path towards a truly ethical and sustainable lifestyle and i use all my energy and spare resources to share and discuss these ideas.
i have been a professional teacher for ten years and i am excited about the potential within this project to get people thinking and learning extrospectively using workshops, games, collaboration, dialogue, activities, experience, hands on practice…. but crucially i want people to enjoy the process. more detailed bio here
let me explain the “we” i refer to when talking about this project:
i was helped along by the many brilliant people around me. between us we had the time, knowledge, and determination to make this happen. in the future you could get involved too…
While we work the land, continue with the bio-construction and implement water collection on a larger scale we are looking for people who would like to live at Boodaville as a small community, probably starting in Spring 2018. The project will be split into four, with a family, or couple, or individual each taking on a quarter share in the project. Most of these people will live at Boodaville full time, but anyone who doesn’t will be there at least 3 months of the year and be seriously committed to taking the project forward. There will be a small group of long-term volunteers in addition to the permanent residents, and the members of the community (who must share the aims of the project) will collaborate to host regular courses and events to ensure the project is economically sustainable.
Here’s to the future!
and read the ANNUAL REPORT 2014/2015 here