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.