Eco-living and Introduction to Permaculture Weekend

29th June – 1st July 2012

A weekend at The Boodaville Project with hands on workshops, outdoor living, wild swimming and delicious local/organic food. 

Instructor Alfred Decker has combined permaculture with social and ecological activism for the last 15 years and this practical course is designed to inspire you to apply sustainable design techniques to your immediate environment—whether you live in an apartment, house, or a rural location. The basic principles of permaculture can be applied to gardening, farming, architecture, construction, community work, and activism for people and the planet. So our small group for the weekend could involve people from diverse backgrounds who are interested in that key question “What is permaculture?” 

As well as these sessions we offer, hiking, optional visits to town, plenty of time at the swimming hole, and most importantly we promise that relaxing having fun are priorites of the weekend.

Places are limited to 15 people.

“It was truly an awesome weekend with some truly awesome people and I hope we’ll all do it again someday. Thank you Anna!!” – Scott, Nov 2011

more testimonials and pictures from a recent impro event here

The structure –

Friday 7pm: guided tour of the site and an introduction to the project, followed by time to set up camp before dinner at 9pm.

Saturday:  optional morning yoga at 8am. Breakfast at 9am followed by workshop 1, coffee break, then workshop 2. Lunch is served at the land and the afternoon is for hiking, working the land, relaxing in hammocks, or river time –  depending on the weather. At 6pm there is a short workshop on the principles of Boodaville followed by dinner and discussion/games.

Sunday: optional early activities; 7am silent walk on the hilltop, 8am yoga. Breakfast at 9am followed by workshop 3, coffee and time to pack up. lunch at 2pm and then a free afternoon with options for more workshops, another chance for a swim in the river, or a trip to visit the old town of Calaceite. depart 6.30pm 

Workshops –

Introduction to Permaculture – Alfred Decker

On this two day course, the course curriculum includes:

• The ethics and principles of permaculture.

• Recognizing and utilizing inter-relationships between elements in a system.

• Practical examples of how permaculture works.

• Organic agriculture for both urban and rural environments.

• Techniques to improve water and soil quality, as well as a practical task designing an efficient composting system.

• Urban permaculture

• A personalised practical design exercise: Use observation techniques to assess your own immediate environment and incorporate appropriate design methods to apply the principles of permaculture in your home.

Utilizing presentations, group discussion, exercises, and slideshows, the teaching style is engaging and participatory. Participants will leave this course energized to become involved in permaculture projects and continue with further research and learning in ecological design.

Sustainability and eco-living at Boodaville  – Anna Gurney shares experiences, successful and less so, in setting up and applying permaculture principles at Boodaville.

Other activities –

Yoga – space provided for early morning outdoor yoga/stretching in our peaceful olive grove.

Forest walks – opportunities to hike around the rocky pine valleys where eagles are regularly sighted. On exceptionally clear days you can see all the way to the Pyrenees. The optional silent walk on Sunday is a peaceful way to start the day and enjoy the incredible views.

River swimming – a highlight of any weekend at Boodaville is plunging into the clear waters of the Rio Álgars.

Visit the local town – a traditional and beautifully preserved town with sandstone archways, cobbled alleyways and impressive church.

* Price :

130 euros  Includes 

  • Campsite with basic facilities, drinking and washing water – see more information on accommodation and facilities here
  • All meals and plenty of snacks, prepared daily in the kitchen. The food is almost entirely organic and/or locally made and meals are served in our shady dining area.
  • All drinks: soft drinks, wine and beer.
  • Workshops and all other activities,
  • Transport from Barcelona or Reus airport by train and car/taxi
Prices are set to just cover expenses and the Boodaville Project doesn’t make any profit, or hold any responsibility for guests during their stay.
Other price options – If you would like to organise your own transport it is 100 euros per person.  There are half price spaces available for people who are willing to help out in the kitchen!
Additional donations to the project are always very welcome, and are guaranteed to go towards the eco-construction of the first building. If all goes well, next year guests will have the option of sleeping indoors!
You need to bring : tent, sleeping bag, mattress, warm clothes/coat, swim clothes, sun hat and lotion, insect repellent, a water bottle to keep refilling, trainers or good sandals (flip flops are not appropriate), paper and coloured pens/pencils and a map or floor plan of your home if you have it, gardening gloves would be very useful.


a deposit of 40 euros is payable to reserve your place. the remaining amount is paid on arrival. please email anna at for transfer details and provide information on any dietary requirements.

The Boodaville Project is about responsibly providing a stunning holiday destination, mountain adventures and fun. On top of this there is a learning element: guests can choose to do workshops  from a wide range available such as environmental/social issues, or practical tips to live less wastefully.

We don’t claim to be perfect, hence the name “project” and are always open to constructive criticism and new ideas. Here are the main principles to help us achieve “Positive impact holidays”:

Environmental impact = we want the net carbon footprint of your holiday to be zero.

Social impact = during your stay you will get to know life in rural Aragon while spending time in a small group of like-minded people. Debate, discussion and cooperation are encouraged during and after our workshops.

Economic impact = prices are based on the costs of sourcing all our food, materials and guides locally and fairly. We like the idea of exchange without using money, however, so bargain with us!

Health impact = delicous food combined with outdoor activities – you’ll come home glowing. The long-term changes encouraged in the workshops always involve healthier happier living, and usually economic savings too.

Vall Rovira, Aragon, Spain

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