Design for the Rocket Stove

This is our next project after the roof! We will build a rocket Stove in the new house for heating and cooking.

We will work on this during a Living Permaculture course 14 to 21 July with Jordi Cavaller. Read more about why rocket stoves are a great idea here. 

(en castellano aqui)

#rocketstove #permaculture #design #stove #energy #efficient #heating #cooking #boodaville #estufa #permacultura



EVS at Boodaville!

We are running an EVS project at Boodaville this year “Living and Teaching Permauclture”. The two volunteers are Angelos from Greece, and Sanne from The Netherlands. Each volunteer will produce a Vlog each month explaining the main activities that month and what they have been doing!

Vlog 1 from Angelos!! May 2018

#EVS #volunteering #Erasmus #Erasmus+ #permaculture #education #SVE #Boodaville

June at Boodaville…



See more about our WICKING BED here (fotos de la construcci√≥n del “wicking bed” aqui)

Read more about our TRACTOR TOILET here (leer mas del váter aquí)

Read more about our ZA√Ź COMPOSTING here (leer mas del sistema de compost za√Į aqui)


Long-term design at Boodaville

People often ask me about the permaculture design at Boodaville. It is a massive task putting together this whole complex design in a way that people can see it clearly and I am simultaneously trying to run the site as an education centre (which is part of the plan!). So I have compiled here, in English with about half the documents translated into Spanish all the information that has been written so far, and the rest of it is still in my brain… but it is there I promise!! I just need to grasp the concept of getting it out of my brain and written down and then make it a reality. I’ve been moving directly from brain to reality with a few diagrams along the way!!

Here’s to a design that can be seen more clearly by all! And then used to make the site the efficient permaculture designed dream!!

So here you have :

Summary of the future vision

Future vision working document from which overall design can be mapped

Data collected to make calculations for water etc.

Annual Reports, with yearly targets







April at Boodaville..

31288513_10156028237193153_3991843596763398144_oThank you so much to our volunteers this month!!! Maja, Simon, Roy, Claudia, Judith y Gala have done some great work preparing for the living permaculture course, dealing with loads of rain :), planting gardens, digging a new toilet hole, preparing the dome for this season, and looking after the site of our small Boodaville community. We said goodbye to Claudia, Judith and Simon this week but Maja and Roy are living there all season, so if you are coming to the Festival, or to our next course in June they will be there to welcome you!


Gala at the river! Look how much water there is!!! That is the same swim spot we always go to, compare with last July :


I was between Barcelona and Boodaville in April, here’s a spot of Urban Gardening we did with some families from the neighbourhood on Montjuic!! ūüôā

#permaculture #volunteering #urbangardening #guerillagardening #nature #design #awesomepeople #boodaville #livingpermaculture

Wicking bed!!


We finished the wicking bed during our Living Permaculture course, here are the designs and photos of the process!!

Read more about wicking beds here :

#permaculture #wickingbed #mulch #ecologicalgarden #design #water #eco #course #permacultureeducation #soil #growing #organic #foodproduction #drought #livingpermaculture #education #nature



Day 1 and 2 of our Living Permaculture Course…

Hemos empezado el curso y despu√©s de un d√≠a de teor√≠a vamos adelantando el trabajo practico de crear dos “wicking beds” (huertos especial para usar muy poca agua) y para plantar calabacin y calabazas en los de za√Įs y finalmente vamos a poder plantar algo de verduar en frente de la cocina! (ver las entradas previas para mas info!!

We’ve started the living permculture course and after one day of theory we are moving forward with the practical tasks of creating wicking beds and planting on top of the za¬®s. We’ll also e planting food in front of the kitchen!! (see previous blog posts for more info)

#boodaville #permacultureeducation

Growing food at Boodaville..

(en castellano abajo)

“Nothing in nature has only one function; it is furiously efficient in this way”

 Toby Hemeny

As many of you know we have spent a couple of years regenerating the soil at Boodaville, and due to lack of water we have not previously started to produce our own food… but this year things are about to change….

We now have a 10 000 litre rainwater tank, and some kitchen gardens where we have mulched and planted green manure for two years. In April Gerald Jaquemet is coming to spend a week with us implementing plans we have for highly water efficient gardens where we will actually produce food to eat for the first time.

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These are the kitchen gardens, the photo was taken Spring 2017 and you can see the cover crops.

We are busy calculating, based on the water available, what area will become a vegetable garden. We are researching the best techniques for absolutely making the most of the water available.. including use of mulch, compost, drip systems, shape, rainwater catchment and many other things!! Above all we are finding the right kind of plants for the climate – please don’t expect to be eating watermelons!! As that name implies, it is the kind of plant that needs loads of water to grow.

Gerald, Tristan and Sara taking a break down at the river during our workweek in July 2017

Here is some more information about Gerald our Permaculture Designer for this next project, and you can join us to learn and work with him at out Living Permaculture Course 7 – 14th April!! We still have places available!!


Gerald “JIDE” Jacquemet

“Learning submerged in nature is something that Gerald experienced from a young age.

After attending his first PDC and practicing Permaculture Montsant in 2009, and since then, he lives with his family in the coastal mountain range of Tarragona, in a natural environment applying the principles of permaculture in the various projects developed on the farm, an invaluable learning throughout 8 years of rural life.

Passionate about creative processes applied to sustainable life since 2004 when he started working in bioconstruction in California, Gerald is convinced of the importance of the role of permaculture in the awakening of consciousness, with which we will be able to adapt urgently to the challenges of global crisis.

He tries to teach permaculture with heart-mind-hands, also offers workshops, advice on various practical aspects of sustainable living and design of human habitats, always with the aim of reducing our ecological footprint while increasing the “index” of happiness.”

Cultivaci√≥n de comida en Boodaville…..

Como muchos de ustedes saben, hemos dedicado un par de a√Īos a la regeneraci√≥n de la tierra en Boodaville, y debido a la falta de agua, hasta ahora no hemos comenzado a producir nuestros alimentos … ¬°pero este a√Īo las cosas est√°n por cambiar!

Ahora tenemos un tanque de agua de lluvia de 10 000 litros y algunas huertas donde hemos abonado y plantado abono verde durante dos a√Īos. En abril, Gerald Jaquemet viene a pasar una semana con nosotros implementando planes que tenemos para jardines altamente eficientes en el uso de agua donde realmente produciremos alimentos para comer por primera vez.

Estamos ocupados calculando, en funci√≥n del agua disponible, qu√© √°rea se convertir√° en un huerto. Estamos investigando las mejores t√©cnicas para aprovechar al m√°ximo el agua disponible … ¬°incluyendo el uso de mantillo, compost, sistemas de goteo, forma, captaci√≥n de agua de lluvia y muchas otras cosas! Sobre todo, estamos buscando el tipo correcto de plantas para el clima, ¬°por favor no esperes comer sand√≠as! Como su nombre lo indica, es el tipo de planta que necesita mucha agua para crecer.

Aqu√≠ hay m√°s informaci√≥n sobre Gerald, nuestro Dise√Īador de Permacultura para este pr√≥ximo proyecto, ¬°y puedes unirte a nosotros para aprender y trabajar con √©l en el Curso de Permacultura Viva del 7 al 14 de abril! ¬°Todav√≠a tenemos sitios disponibles!


Gerald “JIDE” Jacquemet

Aprendiendo sumergido en la naturaleza es algo que Gerald experimentó desde muy joven, por tanto desarrolle este fuerte conexión con ella.

Despu√©s de atender su primero PDC y practica en Permacultura Montsant en 2009, y desde entonces, vive con su familia en la sierra litoral de Tarragona, en un entorno natural aplicando los principios de permacultura en los varios proyectos desarrollados en la finca, un aprendizaje inestimable a lo largo 8 a√Īos de vida rural.

Apasionado por procesos creativos aplicados a la vida sostenible desde 2004 cuando empezó a trabajar en bioconstrucción en California, Gerald esta convencido de la importancia del papel de la permacultura en el despertar de la consciencia, con cual estaremos capaces de adaptarnos urgentemente a los retos de las crisis global.

Intenta ense√Īar la permacultura con corazon-mente-manos, ofrece tambien talleres, asesoramiento en varios aspectos practicos de la vida sostenible y dise√Īo de h√°bitats humanos, siempre con el objetivo de reducir nuestra huella ecol√≥gica mientras aumentar el ‚Äú√≠ndice‚ÄĚ de felicidad.