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. 

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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 :

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Growing food at Boodaville..

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“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.”

Cultivación de comida en Boodaville…..

Como muchos de ustedes saben, hemos dedicado un par de años a la regeneración de la tierra en Boodaville, y debido a la falta de agua, hasta ahora no hemos comenzado a producir nuestros alimentos … ¡pero este año las cosas están 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 años. 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 función del agua disponible, qué área se convertirá en un huerto. Estamos investigando las mejores técnicas para aprovechar al máximo el agua disponible … ¡incluyendo el uso de mantillo, compost, sistemas de goteo, forma, captación 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 sandías! Como su nombre lo indica, es el tipo de planta que necesita mucha agua para crecer.

Aquí hay más información sobre Gerald, nuestro Diseñador de Permacultura para este próximo proyecto, ¡y puedes unirte a nosotros para aprender y trabajar con él en el Curso de Permacultura Viva del 7 al 14 de abril! ¡Todavía 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.

Después 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 años 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 enseñar la permacultura con corazon-mente-manos, ofrece tambien talleres, asesoramiento en varios aspectos practicos de la vida sostenible y diseño de hábitats humanos, siempre con el objetivo de reducir nuestra huella ecológica mientras aumentar el “índice” de felicidad.


zaïs at Boodaville…

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During a really amazing week in 2017 we learnt about permaculture, and created the zaï / compost system at Boodaville as an effective low-labour way to deal with food waste. Marc Haetjens was an excellent teacher and gave everyone the chance to use tools, work on the projects, and ask questions about anything and everything permaculture related.

Marc will be back in June 2018 for our two-week living permaculture course  and we will build a new roof on the old house!! We also have a course on drought resistant food production and regenerative agriculture from April 7 – 14th!


The idea came from Yacouba Sawadogo via Alessandro Ardovini and was implemented by Marc Haetjens. We made 30cm circular holes in the ground, filled them with kitchen waste that would normally go on the compost heap, and let the combination of moist food, trapped rainwater, provide a nutritious place for plants to grow. We seeded green manure in each zaï and gave each one a heavy mulch of straw. The holes are about 20cm deep which means that there is enough decompacted healthy soil being made in this area to plant a squash garden. We are choosing to plant from the squash family as the area is in zone 2 and we want something low maintenance. When we left site in October 2017 we had filled about 30 zaïs and we will see what is growing there when we go back next week!!!

Here is a video about how to use a zaï!! essential knowledge for anyone who comes to volunteer with us!!

¡¡We are now booking for our next course –  7 – 14 April 2018! Read info here!!


¡Durante una semana realmente increíble en 2017, aprendimos sobre permacultura, y hemos creado zaïs! Muchas gracias a Marc Haetjens, que fue un excelente maestro y le dio a todos la oportunidad de usar herramientas, trabajar en los proyectos y hacer preguntas sobre cualquier cosa relacionada con la permacultura.

Marc volverá en junio de 2018 para nuestro curso de permacultura de dos semanas y construiremos un nuevo techo en la vieja casa.


La idea provino de Yacouba Sawadogo a través de Alessandro Ardovini y fue implementada por Marc Haetjens. Hicimos agujeros circulares de 30 cm en el suelo, los llenamos con desechos de cocina que normalmente irían al montón de compost, y así la combinación de alimentos húmedos, agua de lluvia atrapada, brinde un lugar nutritivo para que las plantas crezcan. Sembramos abono verde en cada zaï y les dimos a cada uno un acolchado de paja. Los hoyos tienen unos 20cm de profundidad, lo que significa que hay suficiente suelo sano descompuesto en esta área para plantar un jardín de calabazas. Elegimos la familia de la calabaza porque el área está en la zona 2 y queremos algo de mantenimiento bajo. Cuando dejamos el sitio en octubre, habíamos llenado unos 30 zaïs y veremos qué crece allí cuando volvamos la próxima semana.

Here Aquí hay un vídeo que explica como usar un zaï!! conocimientos muy importantes para cualquier persona que viene a hacer voluntariado con nosotros


¡¡ Reserva tu plaza para nuestro curso de 7 a 14 de abril!! info aquí!!

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Tippee toilet!

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During a really amazing week in 2017 we learnt about permaculture, built this new toilet and prepared the hole to be able to use the humanure effectively!! Thanks so much to everyone who came and enjoyed so much learning and doing with us. Especially to Marc Haetjens who was an excellent teacher and gave everyone the chance to use tools, work on the projects, and ask questions about anything and everything permaculture related.

Marc will be back in June 2018 for our two-week living permaculture course  and we will build a new roof on the old house!!

TIPPEE TOILET : The toilet has been built and placed over a 1m cubed hole and pee, poo and toilet paper will go directly into the ground – and stay there! There will be no more moving humanure from one place to another (sadly for Rob Durand and Franny Jones who have been the true stars in that area in the last few years!).

We predict the hole will take about 7-8 months to fill up, at which point we will have a new hole ready and will move the toilet. The toilet will move around terrace 3 for the next 18 months.. and then?

The plastic chimney will take smells up and away (as long as we leave the seat closed!) and we can poo here.. and in theory pee as well.


Here is the photo from the original design meeting in May: I am the toilet, Rob is a bush.. beginning with W (I’ll have to find out which bush we’re supposed to plant before the toilet hole fills up!) and Edu represents a very happy, well fed fruit tree living near, but not too near, the humanure.

We WILL have signs to ask people not to use this toilet if they may still have in their system antibiotics or other substances that are unhealthy for the soil. (Don’t worry – we’ll provide you with a very clear sign at the festival in May! ;))

¡¡We are now booking for our next course –  7 – 14 April 2018! Read info here!!

¡Durante una semana realmente increíble en 2017, aprendimos sobre permacultura, construimos este nuevo inodoro y preparamos el hoyo para poder usar el “humanure” de forma efectiva! Muchas gracias a todos los que vinieron y disfrutaron mucho aprendiendo y haciendo con nosotros. Especialmente a Marc Haetjens, que fue un excelente maestro y le dio a todos la oportunidad de usar herramientas, trabajar en los proyectos y hacer preguntas sobre cualquier cosa relacionada con la permacultura.

Marc volverá en junio de 2018 para nuestro curso de permacultura de dos semanas y construiremos un nuevo techo en la vieja casa.

ASEO DE TIPPEE: El inodoro se ha construido y colocado sobre un agujero de 1 m cubico, y el pis, la caca y el papel higiénico irán directamente al suelo y se quedarán allí. No habrá más trabajo de mover caca de un lugar a otro (¡por desgracia para Rob Durand y Franny Jones, que han sido las verdaderas estrellas en esa tarea en los últimos años!).

Predecimos que el agujero tardará entre 7 y 8 meses en llenarse, y tendremos listo un nuevo agujero y lo trasladaremos al inodoro. El inodoro se moverá por la terraza 3 durante los próximos 18 meses … ¿y luego?

La chimenea de plástico deja salir olores por arriba (¡mientras que dejamos el asiento cerrado!) Y podremos hacer caca aquí … y en teoría hacer pipí también.

En la foto del diseño original en mayo: yo soy el baño, Rob es un arbusto y Edu representa un árbol frutal muy feliz y bien alimentado que vive cerca, pero no muy cerca, del abono humano.

Tendremos que pedirles a las personas que no usen este inodoro si aún pueden tener en su sistema antibióticos u otras sustancias que no son saludables para el suelo. (No se preocupe, le proporcionaremos un cartel muy claro en el festival de mayo ;))

Linking rural and urban projects..

Boodaville Permaculture Education Project ha participado en el #aplec de #agriculturaurbana en Barcelona el 28 de octubre. He hablado de un nuevo curso que queremos ofrecer para crear vínculos entre lo rural y lo urbano: algunos días haciendo ecología profunda y diseño de permacultura en puro naturaleza en Boodaville, y luego unos días aplicando estas ideas en la ciudad y conociendo a proyectos urbanos. También he oído de proyectos muy interesante como TarpunaCoop, Jardins D’Emma de Barcelona Educahorts Educació Ambiental Para más info de eventos y actividades y para compartir tu evento ven al grupo de Permacultura Barcelona  

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Boodaville participated in the Aplec meeting about Urban Agriculture on the 28th October. I spoke about a new course we want to offer which creates links between rural and urban lifestyles – it will be a few days at Boodaville learning about deep ecology and permaculture design in a completely natural setting, then a few days in they city looking at how to apply these ideas in a urban context and visiting urban permaculture projects. We heard from some great urban projects at the Aplec, and if you want to see what is happening in Barcelona, or to publicise your eco event, join our facebook group PB ventos/communidad. 


Alessandro Ardovini Joan Colin Alfred Decker Oriol Ferrando Kate Curtis#madre #apleking Marieta Cara Peca Maia Paglia Joe Littenberg #permacultura #agricultura #barcelona #hort #huerto #urbanfarming

Living Permaculture Course 8 – 15 July

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This was a really amazing week!! Thanks so much to everyone who came and enjoyed so much learning and doing with us. Especially to Marc Haetjens who was an excellent teacher and gave everyone the chance to use tools, work on the projects, and ask questions about anything and everything permaculture related, and to Zac who looked after people and kept the momentum going.

We worked on three main projects :

  1. Greywater mulch basin – We dug and mulched a 2m diameter mulch basin (to be pronounced for ever more in the french way (ˈbeɪsən ) 😉 ) A large fig tree will be planted in September because it is a species that especially enjoys greywater (from the kitchen sink – cooking and some washing up water), provides food, suitable for the climate, and offers shade. The water runs directly onto the straw mulch which works as a filter for the soap and food particles so they don’t enter the soil – the method is described in detail by Art Ludwig. 

I’ll post again soon with details of the other projects… 2. the tippee (or tractor) toilet, and 3. the zaïs, which are both designed to regenerate the soil and create excellent conditions for fruit trees, squash plants, bushes and other edible perennials….

¡¡We are now booking for our next course – two weeks,  7 – 21 April 2018! Read info here!!




Fue una semana increíble!! Gracias a todos que vinieron para disfrutar tanto el programa de aprender por hacer. Especialmente queremos dar gracias a Marc Haetjens, un profesor excelente y ha dado a todos la oportunidad de usar las herramientas, trabajar en los proyectos, y preguntar cualquier cosa de permacultura y el mundo, y a Zac que ha cuidado bien a los participantes y asegurar seguimiento del horario.

Hemos trabajdo en tres proyectos :

  1. Basin acolchada para aguas grises – Excavamos y pusimos acolchado en un basin (palabra francés  (ˈbeɪsən ) ;)). Plantaremos una higuera grande en septiembre porque es una variedad que le gusta aguas grises (de la cocina – agua de cocinar y parte del agua de lavar platos), también nos da comida, es apto para el clima y nos da sombra. El agua va directo encima de la acolchada de paja que funciona para filtrar jabón y partículos de comida para que no entren en el suelo – el metódo esta bien explicado por Art Ludwig. 

Pronto escribiré otra vez con detalles de los otros dos proyectos 2. el váter tippee (o tractor) y 3. los “zaïs” estas dos técnicas están diseñadas para regenerar el suelo y crear condiciones excelentes para árboles frutales, calabazas, arbusotos y otros preniales comestibles…

¡¡Reserva tu plaza ahora para el próximo curso 7 – 21 de abril 2018! mas info aquí!!! 

Some comments from participants on our last course!

“I had an amazing time with you guys and really enjoyed learning something more about permaculture. Thank you Mark for making this so relaxed and interesting. Thank you Ana for making all of this happen and giving us the oportunity to learn.” Eli

“I want to thank everyone for such an amazing week!! I had an amazing time and I really feel that I’ve learnt a lot and left with loads of new ideas to think about and investigate.” Debora

“I miss you all!!! Jejeje it has been a plesure sharing this week of learning, desconecting from daily rutines and meeting such as especial people as you all.” Dorleta

Permablitz and party..


Our last event of the year was a permablitz implementing Natural Farming methods with Kate Curtis and an awesome party in the dome afterwards. Our best event yet! Helen wrote a blog post about it here .

El último evento del año fue un “permablitz” trabajando en técnicas de agricultura natural y regenerativa y una fiesta genial en el domo. El mejor evento hasta ahora!!! Hay una entrada en el blog Living in the Future (en inglés) escrito por Helen Iles