Have a look at the corresponding profile where you might find more personal details. You can read the self-description right here.Ecologist at heart, nature lover, vegetarian for 30 years, my path has led me through music, permaculture, bio-construction, hygienism, aikido, yoga, tai chi, chi kong, chinese medicine , taoist practices …
It took me until one morning in may 2004 to realise that I had to move on to something else. I felt it was time for me to bring together into a coherent whole the various techniques and knowledge that I have accumulated, and put in place the means to share them with my fellow travelers on this beautiful planet.
Four years of reflection, meetings and insights has led us in July 2008 to the creation of “Flores de Vida”.
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
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.
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.
Cette campagne va nous permettre de financer une nouvelle pompe pour le forage de Flores de Vida… voire plus.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Naissance de la newsletter mensuelle, réalisée par Sylvie.
After several years without updating the adventure page, Flores de Vida has developed a lot. It’s hard to be present everywhere, both on the terrain and on the computer. The group is growing every year but there is so much to do.
With the help of some friends, the bare necessities of life were put into place in the months that followed: the installation of a greenhouse, which will serve as a workshop and storage space; the setting up of a yurt and various other facilities and the organization of the space.
« 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
« 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/ )