Échos de Flores de Vida n° 8 * Printemps 2022

Flores de Vida is coming out of hibernation… and so am I.

The beginning of the year was a time of tidying up and reorganization, inside and outside. I’ve taken advantage of the winter calm to clear up spaces…and it feels good!

In 2021, we were going to be 2 permanent residents, but then it didn’t happen. So I quietly continue to be the caretaker of the place… ineradicable!!!

While waiting for a group oriented on full regeneration and Global Ecology to take place one day, the trees will continue to grow, indifferent to human and governmental craziness. The harvests are getting more and more abundant each year, and in 2022 I expect them to be magnificent!

You can already note the dates of the Fiesta Cruda, it’s August 25th-26th-27th, 2022

Registrations are not yet open, but you can already book the dates… you absolutely have to be there this year

Nat’ * Keeper of the place

 

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Échos de Flores de Vida n° 7 * Printemps 2021

Petits aménagements et organisation

Ce printemps a été un temps de “clarification de l’espace”:
* petits aménagements,
* réparations diverses,
* rangement des espaces intérieurs et extérieurs,
* et bien sûr, plantation d’arbres et soin au potager.

Quelques personnes sont passées donner un coup de main ce printemps, dont Serge (Français) qui est resté 2 mois et demi et a été d’une aide précieuse.

La régénération du sol en bonne voie!

Flores de Vida: un petit coin d'Angleterre en Espagne
Flores de Vida: un petit coin d’Angleterre en Espagne

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Echoes from Flores de Vida n° 6 * Winter 2020/21

2020, an intense year

2020 has been an intense and stirring year, not only at the level of society, but also for Flores de Vida, both at the place itself and online.

Lots of meetings, exchanges, sharing and encounters… an absolutely tremendous profusion of riches.

 

Fiesta cruda Fiesta cruda Flores de Vida... la famille
A fond la Vie

séchage olives

training on the roc

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Échos de Flores de Vida * N° Spécial

Octobre 2020 * Campagne de financement participatif 

Flores de Vida en campagne

Nous lançons le vendredi 9 octobre 2020 notre 1ère campagne de financement participatif (crowdfunding) pour Flores de Vida… et c’est super si tu peux nous aider à provoquer l’effet “resto plein”.

“Nous”, c’est l’équipe de Flores de Vida, l’écolieu qui nous tient tellement à cœur. C’est un lieu d’écologie et de permaculture mais aussi d’alimentation vivante et de développement personnel… un lieu ressource, en chemin vers l’autonomie.

Un écolieu plein de vie

Cette campagne va nous permettre de financer une nouvelle pompe pour le forage de Flores de Vida… voire plus.

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Echoes from Flores de Vida * N° 5

September 2020

Echoes from Flores de Vida

Clearing the Path

The path leading from the parking lot up to the constructions of the higher part of the land have been cleared out. The team has worked hard with shears and hand saws to clean up the overgrown branches and shrubs that obstructed the passage of vehicles. Furthermore, this allowed to create beautiful spaces.

Yoga and Punching Bag

In the morning, we do kundalini yoga guided by Maria. A session is composed of a breathing exercise, a kriya (series of movements), a meditation and a relaxation. We also ordered online a punching bag that we filled with sand and recycled clothes, then hung from the gazebo. It will be great for our karate and combat sports practice.

Wim Hof Style Ice Baths

A big freezer has been filled with water and the temperature goes down to 3 degrees. These baths are amazing for health: exposition to cold, as long as it doesn’t go beyond our limits, improves immunity and hormonal functions, activates brown fat, decreases inflammation, improves sleep and mood… Moreover, they are a fantastic way to refresh ourselves.

The harvest of almonds took place in mid-September. A net is placed underneath the tree and then the branches are hit with a long cane stick to make the almonds fall down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ecoplace from Day to Day…

What Are We Eating?

There are more figs than we can possibly eat or dry. The grapes are a little sick this year but there are still enough of them to snack on. We have finished the delicious vineyard peaches, now we’re waiting for the yellow peaches to ripen. Some apple trees produce tasty apples.

What’s more, we have an abundance of almonds, with the ones we collect from the trees as well as those harvested during the past years.

We also made a trip to Francine’s to fill up on carobs and to pick some prickly pears.

Vegetablewise, we keep eating zucchinis, cucumbers, tomatoes, and other produce that we collect at Javier’s, the organic farmer based in Caspe. Lactofermented olives from past years complete our meals.

Figues au séchage

In the Vegetable Garden

Little sprouts from seeds sown in August are growing on the garden beds and in pots: lettuce, carrots, spinach… We weed and make space. The ordered straw has finally arrived, and we are putting a good layer of mulching on all the beds. We do direct composting by burying food waste underneath the mulch to nourish the soil.

In the Orchard

We carry on with the harvesting and drying of figs and peaches. Almonds have been harvested, shelled, and stored. We’re renewing the mulch around all fruit trees. We’re going to plant new trees (pomegranate, fig, cherimoya, avocado, pecan trees…) and repot others (pitanga, maracuja, African plum tree…)

 

A Community in an Ecoplace


Two permanent residents have settled down: Maria and Juliette. The experience lived along with Nat’ since their arrival is moving the project towards the idea of a community rather than an eco-village where individual habitats would occupy more space. In this perspective, Nat’ has bought himself a trailer and is preparing to move in. Casita will then become a collective space: room for music practice, office, library, a place to get together…

Opening Up to the Territory

The site will thus function as a community where each member will have a personal space of around ten square meters, but where most of the activities take place in collective spaces. By the way, this small community has opened up to its environment by joining a group that reflects on the current world situation. Nat’ and Maria thus met up with five other people in front of the Caspe townhall. All these people shared the idea that we create our reality, and that change must begin with ourselves. Very interested in Flores de Vida, our Spanish friends joined a WhatsApp group to keep exchanging. To be continued!

 

2020

2020… ça bouge, ça bouge !!!

Une équipe s’est mise en place en début d’année, et ça prend une super allure. Nous nous retrouvons 2 fois par semaine pour des réunions en ligne, impulsées et organisées par Myriam,  et nous sommes en train de redéfinir les fondements du projet, la communication, le site internet, le fonctionnement de l’association… bref, c’est le grand démarrage du collectif qui est en train de se faire.

Avril 2020

Naissance de la newsletter mensuelle, réalisée par Sylvie.

Project EVE : The School of Ecological Life

The project’s shortname is the acronym of the French’s words for School of Ecological Life: École de la Vie Écologique that also works in Spanish.

Healthy living * Healthy body practices * Vivid and plant based food * Permaculture * Bio-construction * Ecology * Renewable energies * Music * Singing * Dancing * Benevolent communication

Watch the video introducing the project.

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Discover Flores de Vida

We receive many requests from people wishing to just have a look at Flores de Vida. You will easily understand that it is simply not possible to answer all the requests. Visiting the place takes time and needs our availability. Also receiving new people, even full of goodwill and desire to lend a hand, request availability. There are a lot of details to know for the daily live (the organization of the place and the food, the tasks to be accomplished, where to find the tools, etc.) and it takes some time to have its bearings and be autonomous. And I don’t always have time for that. This will be different when we will be several permanents.

NB: If you have already been at Flores de Vida you can come outside the organized activities. However making sure that it is possible to welcome you at a certain time.

We present the following possibilities to discover Flores de Vida, if you have never been here before. Use the contact form to organize a visit that is not listed on the agenda.

NB: Whatever the option, note that Flores de Vida remains a raw-vegan place (no animal products and no cooked food), without alcohol, tobacco or various drugs. And that dogs and cats are not allowed. (See: Life in Flores de Vida.)

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Participate in the project

Participation is above all an exchange, a collaboration, a journey towards a common objective.

If you feel concerned by the values that Flores de Vida promotes, then come and share with us the daily life of the project, both in terms of the work and maintenance of the place, as well as the sharing of everything that makes life in Flores de Vida (yoga, singing, dancing, music, meditation, etc.).

There are different ways to participate. If you want to participate even more actively in the adventure, welcome to you. If you have skills that you want to value, there’s room for you to express yourself. If no other options are indicated, contact us via our form if necessary. You can participate…

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Actresses and Actors

There are a lot of people that have already taken part in the creation, maintaining and growing of Flores de Vida. On this page we present you the main characters and name some of the uncounted helpers and supports as a gesture of gratitude.

Those who have actively supported the project for at least two weeks or provided financial support of at least €50 will be named as Actresses and Actors and given free access to the next Fiesta Cruda as a thank you.

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Give a hand

You’ll be familiar with Wwoofing and Workaway: The exchange of labor and support for shelter and food without payment. And even if this basic idea already has the additional intention of bringing together a wide variety of people to broaden their horizons and understanding, to exchange and spread knowledge and skills, to learn from each other, we want to go one step further.
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Fiesta Cruda

 

Once a year we organize a festival on the land, the Fiesta Cruda.
An occasion to meet and celebrate the Life !

No Fiesta Cruda
this year 2024… sorry.

The next Fiesta Cruda takes place Sunday, 25th August 2024, from 00:00 to 23:59 : registration.

Séchage de figues
Séchage de fruits

It is also an opportunity for all those who like to get to know the place, the project and the actors. We want to use the season of figs and grapes to enjoy the life together and have fun. To exchange with each other, to get to know each other (better) and to learn from each other.

Three days of meetings around life, global health and permaculture.
* 3 days of meetings to celebrate life
* 3 days to experience a lively and simple diet: fruit picked from the tree, raw vegetables
* 3 days to sing, dance, laugh, etc.
* 3 days of workshops: yoga, chi-kong, acro-yoga, massage, etc.
* 3 days of talks and sharing
* 3 self-created days

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Bibliography

The following list is far from exhaustive.

Permaculture/natural farming

« Permaculture », tomes 1 et 2. Bill Mollison and David Holmgren
« Permaculture : a designer’s manuel », Bill Mollison
« Abrégé d’agriculture naturelle », Olivier Barbié
« L’art de faire travailler le naturel au jardin » J-L Sacquet (http://www.jardinsderrand.com/)
« Graines de permaculture », Patrick Whitefield (www.passerelleco.info)
Masanobu Fukuoka : « La Révolution d’un seul brin de paille », « L’Agriculture naturelle », « La voie du retour à la Nature, art du non-faire »

Natural Hygiene and health

H. M. Shelton. : important litterature
A. Mosséri : http://www.hygienisme.org
Désiré Merien
« Les 5 Tibétains » Peter Kelder.
“The 80/10/10 diet” Dr Douglas N. Graham

Gardening and nature

« Anastasia » Vladimir Mégré
« Le peuple animal », Daniel Meurois et Anne Givaudan
« The man who planted trees » (DVD) text from Jean Giono, a moviefrom Frédérick Bach
« Les 4 saisons du jardin bio » (magazine) http://www.terrevivante.org/ )

Green building

« La maison écologique » (magazine) (http://www.la-maison-ecologique.com/ )

Links and other places

The following list is far from exhaustive.

Permaculture/natural farming

Brin de Paille (association) : asso.permaculture.fr
El portal de permacultura en lengua española : Permacultura ES

Natural Hygiene and health

A. Mosséri : http://www.hygienisme.org
Désiré Merien : http://www.desiremerien.fr

Wwoof/Exchange’s networks

Espana : http://ruralvolunteers.org/WHOSTS/
International : http://www.wwoofinternational.org/
HelpX : http://www.helpx.net

Water management

Joseph Országh (scientifique) www.eautarcie.com,
« Eau vivante » (association) http://eauvivante31.free.fr

Ecolieux

Oasis Bellecombe (Alps, France) http://www.oasisbellecombe.com/

Others links

Town hall (ayuntamiento) of Maella http://www.maella.es/
Qi gong et developpement personnel www.mantha-eden.net/

Write down your experiences

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