Echoes from Fiesta Cruda 2020

 From 10th to 12th August 2020

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Around twenty people alternated with each other and crossed paths at Flores de Vida during the three days of Fiesta Cruda, forming sometimes groups of up to ten people in front of the participants taking up the role of activity leaders. Hatha yoga, intuitive dance, improvisation theatre, cooperative painting with natural pigments, Kinomichi, Qi Gong, strength training with body weight, improvised concerts, quantum scans… the relaxed festival-goers had the opportunity to discover all sorts of physical and artistic practices in the mindset of goodwill and joyful sharing that won everybody’s heart, from the youngest of 15 months to the oldest!

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Hatha Yoga with Elie

Elie offered a beautiful session of Hatha yoga, which he defines as a yoga of balance between feminine and masculine. Gently and masterfully, ending with a relaxation that he accompanied with a flute, Elie initiated a group all too happy for the opportunity to recenter themselves.

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Intuitive Dance

Sarah, a dance teacher in Toulouse, guided a lovely moment of intuitive dance with a drum. Associating movement to natural elements in an approach that she describes as body ecology, she invited people to dance, at first in interaction with a tree, then with a human partner. This disconcerting and very enriching opening greatly inspired the improvised dancers, as can be seen in the picture above.

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Jean-Paul, a teacher in Belgium, came in the middle of the festival to introduce Kinomichi to the group. This discipline was developed from the Japanese martial art aikido by Masamichi Noro. It borrows basic movements from aikido with the purpose of finding harmony with a partner. Ki means “energy”, no means “of” and michi “way”.

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Qi Gong

Francine allowed the group to take on Qi Gong with a playful approach using a cane stick. This initiated the participants into becoming aware of the energy circulating in the body. The slow movements facilitate the dynamisation of vital energy, Qi.

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Muscular Strengthening with Body Weight

Yannick motivated people early in the morning for sessions of muscular strengthening and coordination training. The method is based on the repetition of series of movements and it is largely inspired by animal postures and characteristics. It is oftentimes used to warm up in combat sports. This kind of training harmoniously maintains flexibility and strength.​​

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Marina Gave a Natural Painting Workshop

Marina, who teaches fine arts in Spain, invited us to share a moment of cooperative painting with hues obtained from natural pigments: turmeric, coffee, red pepper, cumin… The canvas had been cut in squares so that each participant could dedicate themselves into painting one particular square before sketching all kinds of bridges from one square to another to eventually form a collective painting.

Scan of Your State of Health

Karine scanned the state of health of many of the festival attendees with a special quantum device. In the beginning of September, each of them will receive the digital version of their assessment and Karine, who will return next year – promised! – will be able to make a comparison from one year to the next.

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Myriam, a Dietary Coach

Myriam, a nutrition coach in Toulouse area, lead a workshop on living foods and difficulties during dietary transition. While eating raw is easy-peasy at Flores de Vida where produce of excellent quality is abundant and where the energy of the place is highly supportive, staying on track once you’re back home is another story.

Massage on demand!

Annie and Sarah offered the participants massages that were hugely appreciated. Given in the respect of sanitary rules, they demonstrated the talents of these two experts: Sarah for Californian massage and Annie for the face massage “Kobido”. Big thanks to both!

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Improvisation Theatre with Samuel

Samuel involved a small team of festival attendees in an improvisation theatre workshop. “It’s an awesome practice to bring a group together, to meet and exchange, he explains. It makes you work on comprehending, listening, and watching each other, and on interacting to play with others. It’s perfectly suitable for the building of relationships in an eco-place because it’s about seeing how everybody has their role to play in the group.” The warm-up games and little sketches convinced the participants and an idea came up of a one-week improvisation theatre workshop at Flores de Vida! To be continued…


Native American Chant

Thanks to Sarah who made us discover this Native North American song.

He yama yo wana hene yo
He yama yo wana hene yo 
Wahee yayana
Hey hey hey ho wahee
Hey hey hey hey hey ho wahee
(“We’re here in the now and everywhere we are one and all”)

Interpretation of the song by the band Curawaka

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Eating Raw, When You’re Hungry

At Flores de Vida, food is entirely raw and vegan. Everyone helps themselves when they’re hungry in the nevera where there was, this summer: tomatoes, zucchinis, cucumbers, red bell peppers, but also watermelons and green melons. Without taking into account the few plums, nectarines, peaches and figs a little ahead of the season collected on the site. In the crudine, our raw kitchen space, dried or lacto-fermented olives and almonds were waiting to help fill some bellies, especially in the end of the day. Some like to gather at that moment to talk, others prefer to eat in silence and full awareness. Thus, there are no mealtimes. But there are plenty of other happy moments to get together and share!

Talking Circles…

Talking circles, a common practice at Flores de Vida, helped many beautiful exchanges emerge during Fiesta Cruda. The circles also allowed to very rapidly create a feeling of proximity and affection between the people, who for the most part didn’t know each other two days before.

To finish this special edition, we’ll let Nat’ have the last word, expressed the last night of the festival:

 ” I love the circles, I love to listen to you. Every person is a different world and every word is a world that reveals itself. I find it magnificent! And expressing it allows our consciousness to evolve. The circles help me grow and know myself better… I feel like I’ve prepared the place for twelve years, that we enriched the soil with the online team this winter and now, we just sowed. It’s particularly powerful as I’ve been waiting for this moment for twelve years!”

A video!

The Slow-Motion Race

A little video was taken of the Slow-Motion Race organised by Samuel during his improvisation theatre workshop. Here it is, preceded by a few beautiful pictures of Marina’s workshop!

On the

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Flores de Vida team,

Echoes from Flores de Vida n°4

July-August 2020

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Full Sunshine

At Flores de Vida, the sky is blue, surprisingly so when you come from the city where it is always more or less veiled by pollution. The sun beats down hard, making it vital to take a break in the beginning of afternoon. Various strategies are necessary because of the heat. Strolling around with as little clothing as possible is one of them, as clothes don’t allow the skin to breathe, thus making the heat unbearable. Another one is seeking refuge under an old olive tree, or better yet, in the fresh shadow of a fig tree. Finally, there’s the possibility of building a shelter: in the picture above, the gazebo has been extended by a canopy made of cane stalks, supported by three ropes stretched from one olive tree to another and by an old tree trunk transformed into a central pole. The August team took great pleasure putting it up with the means available for our Fiesta Cruda buddies!

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Preparation and conditioning of produce


If the harvest of olives is a big project in December, the follow-up of different procedures of conservation keeps one busy during the other periods of the year as well. One option is drying them (in the dryer-pickup) for three to four weeks. Another option is to put them in jars so that a lacto-fermentation process takes place with no need to add salt. This phase has to last for at least one year, and it happens in big glass jars. The olives, inedible at the moment of picking, become supple and savoury. Delicious. This summer Nat’, Annie and Sylvie put in bags of 300 g olives that had been fermenting since 2016! At first, they had to be “degassed” by laying them in the dryer for 24 hours, then conditioned before going through the vacuum packing machine, lend to us by David, a friend of Nat’s. These bags are then put on sale.


Charlotte and Sylvie have prepared around twenty bags of 500 g of almonds picked last year. The bags are ready to serve as rewards during the crowdfunding campaign.


Annie, Charlotte and Sylvie prepared zucchini chips with the produce harvested at Javier’s (see the section “What Are We Eating?”). They sliced the zucchinis with a mandolin and spread them on dryer grids (picture below). The slices are left for at least two or three days in the dryer so that they become nice and crispy. They are then conserved in big glass jars in the cellar.


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The new pump is being installed

The new pump has been installed and will be functional in a few days once the start-up of the system of technical control has been finalized. There will then be only one tap to close and another one to open for all water inlets of the higher part of Flores de Vida (taps, showers, irrigation taps) to be supplied by the borehole from now on. It remains to be financed however, which is the principal motivation for the crowdfunding campaign that is in the works.

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From Day to Day…

In the Vegetable Garden

The garden requires daily work that Nat’ cannot carry out when he’s alone on the site. Which has been the case quite frequently thus far. For this reason, the garden hasn’t yet produced anything this summer.

In the Orchard

All the trees have been abundantly watered during summer and many are about to deliver their production: nectarines, peaches, plums, but above all figs and grapes.


Experimental Eco-place

Online Team Gets Together!

The month of August will be rich in visits thanks to Fiesta Cruda and “Séjour de Ressourcement” (Revitalization Experience) and it has already allowed most of the online team members to meet “for real”. Joëlle, Pascale, Patricia, Christelle and Greg have been terribly missed.

It’s quite moving, when you have actively participated in online meetings and in the elaboration of communication tools in distance, to suddenly find yourself on the ground, in the middle of olive and fig trees, under the blazing sun! It’s quite moving as well to meet in person the people you’ve so far seen only in video conferences. The beginning of August was thus highly charged with very positive emotions!

The body gets little by little accustomed to the intense heat and the team also gets used to living together and to learning to cooperate in the real life. The land and the installations require a multitude of maintaining activities: making sure the irrigation system for trees is functioning, improving the supply system of the shower, or putting up little installations like the canopy or a protection for the trampoline, conditioning the produce or checking that water filters are filled, toilet buckets emptied, and all toilets equipped with toilet paper! Several people will be arriving during August and there needs to be a good organization in place for the work to be distributed smoothly.

Beautiful challenges of community life coming up and a passage to reality that will highlight the different issues of living together. With joy and an unshakable good will!

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What Are We Eating?

Javier, an Organic Farmer

For the moment, the land provides little to eat apart from some bunches of grapes and the few already ripe apples and figs, and Nat’ buys the essential from one of the rare organic farmers in the region, Javier. His farm is located on the outskirts of Caspe. On Friday 7th August, the team went there to collect zucchinis, cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, and above all, a good pile of melons Piel de Sapo and magnificent watermelons. A little something to fill the bellies of the participants at Fiesta Cruda!


Fiesta Cruda: from 10th to 12th August

 Séjour Ressourcement: from 16th to 22nd August

Night Walk

Picture taken from the plateau where the team meets regularly in the evening and which overlooks the site.

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On the

Check the agenda of Flores

Visit the website (undergoing renovation)

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Become a member of the association

Make a donation

Join the private Facebook group

Complete the questionnaire to participate​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​

Flores de Vida team,

Echoes from Flores de Vida n° 3

June 2020

 As if you were there…

A mini document from Nat’ ‘immerses us in the atmosphere of this spring in Flores:

Flores de Vida juin 20

In the orchard

Land of plenty!

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  • Melons and zucchini make their first flowers.
  • The corn is starting to look pretty.
  • Nat made a few more tomato plantations.

Of course we had to weed a little bit and some maintenance work was required.


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Appels, figs, peaches are beginning to take shape. The orchard also benefited from weeding and maintenance work.

Even if you wanted to, you couldn’t hang around in Flores de Vida. Food autonomy dictates!

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What are we eating this month in Flores?

On Mother Nature’s menu:

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  • a second batch of broad beans, sown in March, comes just at the right moment: from the first batch, sown with foresight in October, nothing is left.
  • the end of grass peas, the beginning of lamb’s-quarters, sprouted seeds, olives of course as well as almonds make up delicious and super nutritious salads.

And to the joy of these greens is added the infinite pleasure of the fruits picked from the trees:

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  • Apricots in abundance for ten days, depending on the varieties, the first
    peaches, the last mulberries, loganberries (half-blackberries and half-raspberries) and strawberries.
  • The first plums have been harvested and more will ripen over the month of June.
  • We enjoyed a few very sweet and delicious little pears at the beginning of the month.
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  • And with delight we can see the full season of medlars coming.

During this time…

We’re working hard on the pump

The second source of water supply in Flores is still missing. Who is guilty? The pump of the drilling system.

This water is essential for securing the drinking water supply of the place. The replacement of the defective part requires the intervention of an external company (crane). The cost has been estimated at 5,000 euros (ouch!)

As the nest egg of Flores was not enough to cover the cost, it was decided to call for donations via a crowdfunding campaign. A subgroup of the team has been working on the subject for a few weeks: which platform, which pitch, which design aid, etc

Of course you will be kept informed of the launch of the campaign. If however you decide in the meantime to make a donation to Flores de Vida, know that it is always possible!

Support Flores de Vida

The eco-places of the planet made the headlines of the web

bannière sommet des oasis

The Summit of the Oases took place this month. In all twenty-two online conferences were broadcast for 10 days. There were dealing with a wide range of subjects related to the development of an eco-place.

During these 10 extraordinary days the speakers discussed agriculture and permaculture as well as ethical, economic, legal, financial and spiritual aspects. 18,000 people in search for another way of leaving and thinking followed the event with great interest.

Nat’, as the founder of Flores de Vida, intervened to share his vision of what should bring such a project: fear or love ?

Some Q&A videos and the closing party are in permanent access on the Summit Facebook page (Page title : « Sommet des Oasis, réussir votre projet d’éco-lieu »).

    (re)see the Q&A video with Nat’                                     summit facebook page

Nat’s conference had a strong impact and aroused several online comments. And a side effect was to boost the registrations to his

Revitalization Course
from 16th to 22nd of August 2020
at Flores de Vida

If revitalization resonates with you, hurry up, there are a few places left!

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Among other summer festivities add to your agenda:

the Fiesta Cruda 2nd edition
from 10th to 12th August
at Flores de Vida

Three crazy days to (re)experience the place and its philosophy: global écology.


Before you

Flores de Vida

Échos de Flores de Vida n° 2

Mai 2020

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Pluies exceptionnelles en mai

Il a beaucoup, beaucoup plu en mai sur Flores de Vida. Sur une semaine, il est tombé exceptionnellement plus de 100 litres au m2. Et la terre se régénérant d’année en année, elle est plus apte à stocker l’eau : elle devient comme une éponge.

Le départ de Simon  

Après avoir beaucoup aidé Nat’ pendant trois mois, Simon est reparti en Belgique à la fin du mois de mai. Il a participé aux travaux agricoles mais aussi au désherbage et au nettoyage des fondations des futurs bâtiments. ainsi qu’aux aventures relatives à la pompe à eau. Il envisage de revenir !

Les treilles renforcées

Les treilles supportent des vignes pour la plupart. 

Nat’ et Simon les ont renforcées.

Au fil des jours…

Au potager 

 Les jeunes plants de melon,
courgette et ail préparent la relève
des fèves et des fraisiers.  

Au verger

 Les oliviers ont été taillés,   
et les petits arbres soignés.
Les pluies de mai vont permettre
de ne pas arroser les arbres avant juillet ou plus.​​​​​​​

Ecolieu expérimental

L’équipe s’étoffe et s’organise

Six nouvelles personnes s’investissent dans le projet et se sont intégrées à la mesure de leur disponibilité aux différentes équipes récemment constituées : Equipe S.C.I. / Equipe Coeur / Equipe outils numériques.

Quatre nouvelles personnes ont ainsi rallié l’équipe de travail : Pascale, Patricia, Jean-Paul et Charlotte. Elles se sont groupées pour s’atteler au statut juridique du projet : sans doute une S.C.I. (Société Civile Immobilière) à adapter. Cette équipe s’appelle donc pour l’instant “Equipe S.C.I.”

Dans le même temps, Séverine nous a rejoint pour des interventions ponctuelles. Elle est artiste et a créé un dessin superbe pour lequel nous avons tous eu un coup de cœur. Il se trouve à côté du titre de cette newsletter ! Elle va travailler avec Stephan, graphiste de métier, à la réalisation d’un ou plusieurs visuels, dont une affiche, avec ce dessin pour support.

Equipe Cœur

Ils vont compléter le travail fourni par l’équipe initiale qui se voit nommée “Equipe Cœur“. Promotion du site dans des revues, classement et partage de l’importante collection de photos du site, sont autant de chantiers qui s’ajoutent à ceux déjà en cours pour la rénovation du site et la newsletter “Echos de Flores de Vida“. A noter que sa traduction en espagnol a été assurée par Barbara – Ecos de Flores de Vida“- et celle en anglais – Echoes from Flores de Vida – par Annabelle !

S’affranchir des mastodontes du web

Un autre groupe va voir le jour pour réfléchir aux outils numériques utilisés par Flores de Vida afin de communiquer et collaborer à distance. L’idée est de s’affranchir des produits des mastodontes du web pour, chaque fois que cela sera possible, privilégier les offres du numérique “libre”. Ainsi, les rendez-vous sont-ils désormais programmés grâce à l’outil Framadate plutôt que sur doodle. L’autonomie passe aussi par là. C’est l'”Equipe Outils numériques“.

L’équipe coeur a créé un groupe WhatsApp dédié, à côté duquel existe le groupe WhatsApp “Grande équipe” qui rassemble tout le monde – ayant WhatsApp ! -pour les informations concernant … tout le monde. Ce second groupe permet également d’être tous ensemble, au moins virtuellement, et d’apprendre à se connaître.

Gouvernance organique et CNV

Cette structuration s’accompagne d’une importante réflexion sur le mode de gouvernance. Travailler ensemble, a fortiori à distance, ne peut être simple. Initiée et conduite  par Myriam, qui a présenté au groupe les grands principes de la gouvernance organique, cette réflexion se poursuit par un cycle de trois visio-ateliers animés par Fafadji GNOFAME sur la CNV  – Communication Non Violente. 

Pendant que l’Equipe de Terrain s’occupe de l’écologie extérieure, et se décarcasse avec les caprices de la pompe à eau, les équipe à distance planchent donc déjà sur les  enjeux de l’écologie intérieure !

Pour voir ça de plus près !

Qu’est-ce qu’on mange ?

Premières fraises

Elles arrivent à maturité et viennent
compléter les récoltes de cerises et
de mûres (issues de l’arbre !) qui
se font au verger.​​​​​​​

Le vert à croquer

On peut encore profiter des dernières asperges et des dernières jeunes pousses de gesse dont on mangera ensuite les pois. On peut également consommer les fleurs aussi bien que les feuilles de la consoude.​​​​​​ A Flores de Vida, elle est cultivée au potager.

C’est aussi la pleine saison des fèves que viennent compléter les premiers pois de gesse, autrement appelés “pois carrés”.




En raison des mesures liées au déplacement des personnes, il est à ce jour impossible de présenter l’agenda habituel des sessions et stages. Vous pouvez vous orienter vers l’offre de formation en ligne du site Etre en forme vraiment

Nat’ nous fait découvrir, dans cette courte vidéo, la vue haute du site de Flores de Vida et  ​​​​​nous présente le superbe profil du “Gardien” des lieux. 

Visite de Flores de Vida en mai 2020

la toile !

Regarde la carte interactive de l’équipe

Visite le site web en cours de rénovation

Fais un don

Adhère à l’association

Rejoins le groupe privé Facebook

Remplis le questionnaire pour participer

Équipe de Flores de Vida,