Reflections on the roof building from Aggelos!

The roof building project was in June 2018.. we will post again soon with picture of the tiles going on, and now in October we just need to add the finishing touches before it is really really done. We hope to be there before the end of the season!


I am Aggelos, a long-term volunteer with EVS living in Boodaville from the 6th of May to the 6th of December. I just wanted to share some of my thoughts and feelings on living in a place like this and experiencing something so different form the rest of the conventional type of activities we are used to in the cities. The event that changed everything was the bioconstruction course that took place in June, even though everything around here has a noticeable impact on my life. The plan was to rebuild the roof of and old house using the existing stone walls and as many natural and environmentally friendly materials possible. We worked with Marc who was guiding us through the whole process even though we had no previous experience. A normal day would begin at 7:00 when the team responsible for preparing the food of the day (breakfast, snack, lunch, snack and dinner) would wake up to get everything ready. At 8:00 we had the breakfast and at 9:00 we checked if everyone is good and played a game to get as going. We would work until 13:00 with a break in between and then we had lunch all together. Right after lunch we had siesta time combined with gardening, cleaning and learning about plants and their interactions with the soil, the insects, bacteria and fungi. All of this was possible because of the group of people together. The diversity of people and their knowledge allowed us to exchange information about almost everything and realize that you don’t need professors, universities and experts to learn things that are most useful for a life in harmony with the nature around us. At around 20:30 we had dinner and the conversations would keep going until really late at night.

The strongest feeling was that of the solidarity and the well being of the community. It didn’t matter if we were working together levelling the walls, screwing the tiles, burning or oiling the wood. Everything was happening because of our determination and interest in building the future we think is necessary for a fair life in which the earth and the people are protected.

This core of people from different backgrounds interacting in an environment of pure cooperation was the result of similar goals and understanding of life. Consequently, the relationships build from our everyday communication and community life because we were almost all day and night together imagining the perfect future were like family relationships. That is the most beautiful part of the story and in the same time the hardest one. When the time came to say goodbye after so many wonderful experiences like sleeping under the stars, playing music, singing, cooking together, sharing stories, laughing and just living the way we did we couldn’t believe that it was over.

I am so happy that i met all these people and so grateful for the time being together. I hope to keep meeting people like them that inspire me to keep fighting for the future i believe in. Also a big thanks to Anna and Maja for creating the project Boodaville and finding people to come along and work together.



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 construcción del “wicking bed” aqui)

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

Read more about our ZAÏ COMPOSTING here (leer mas del sistema de compost zaï 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!! 🙂

#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 después de un día de teoría 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 zaïs 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