Youth Exchange in Sicily

Thanks to our partners in eastern Sicily – Saja – we sent five of our sustainability enthusiasts to take part in a ten-day ERASMUS+ Youth Exchange this month, alongside two other environmental organisations from Portugal (Gaia) and Greece (Iliosporoi Network). Set at the foot of Mount Etna and surrounded by a sea of blood orange groves, the ‘Sustainable Lifestyle Course’ …

SunseedYouth Exchange in Sicily

Sociocracy 3.0

Thanks to facilitators Xana and Maria from Orla Design, we were able to host a group of Sunseeders and outside visitors for an immersive four-day course in Sociocracy 3.0 last month, where we explored both practical and theoretical topics. Sociocracy, which is gaining popularity in alternative spaces, from eco villages to anarchist campaigning organizations, is not just a toolkit for …

SunseedSociocracy 3.0

Help us Save Río Aguas

The village in which Sunseed sits – Los Molinos de Río Aguas – is an important conservation area with a unique ecosystem. It is the only semi-arid region in Europe and home to wild species, rich formations of gypsum, and a population of roughly 50 people. Everyone in our village depends on the water source of Río Aguas, not to …

SunseedHelp us Save Río Aguas

King’s College visits Sunseed

This week we opened our doors to two groups of Human Geography and Environmental Sustainability university students from Kings College London, who came to find out more about how we are creating and demonstrating sustainable livelihoods here in the deserts of Almeria. The day began with a discussion of what sustainability means – from economic sustainability that aims to generate …

SunseedKing’s College visits Sunseed

Waste Not, Want Not

In October last year we were delighted to host 21 people from Spain, Portugal and Italy for our very first ‘Zero Waste’ Youth Exchange program, right here on the grounds of Sunseed. Financed by Erasmus+, the program raised awareness on waste around the world and demonstrated how we as individuals can easily reduce our environmental impact. During our workshops we …

SunseedWaste Not, Want Not

Permaculture, working with Mother Nature…

From the 1st to the 14th of May Sunseed hosted a Permaculture Design Course (PDC) with George and Wallace from Circle Permaculture, and we’re preparing a new one in September. If you want to know how it was, here Margriet and Lesha share their stories: “George’s song could be heard at least 10 times a day during the Permaculture Design …

SunseedPermaculture, working with Mother Nature…

A project, a memory, a trace

Once upon a time, a young Belgian girl left her country in search of adventures in an eco-village in Spain. Sunseed Desert Technology was now her new shelter. This little girl’s dream was to learn about sewing. It started to become true when she met an Ecuadorian woman with whom she restored life to damaged cloth transforming them into new …

SunseedA project, a memory, a trace

Open Day in Los Molinos

On the 23th of April, an open doors day was held in Los Molinos del Rio Aguas, with a varied and rich market on the main street of the village. This Open Day was held on the main street of the village to emphasis the vibrancy life of the rural village. Our aim was to give people from the outside …

SunseedOpen Day in Los Molinos

Getting ready for the PDC…

There is big excitement in Sunseed about a brand new space that we will inaugurate for the start of the Permaculture Design Certificate Course on May, 1st. With the collaboration of Jef and Kirsty from Cultura de la Tierra and the fundamental help of many volunteers, there will be a new geodesic dome out there to host many of the …

SunseedGetting ready for the PDC…

What we learned about sociocracy and peacemaking

Last week we had the amazing opportunity to receive a very interesting and practical training on sociocracy and peacemaking, two great tools for running non-hierarchical organizations as well as for good communication and consent decision-making within communities. Deborah and Root, former managing director and education manager of the Newbold Trust, hosted the workshop and shared their valuable experience of community …

SunseedWhat we learned about sociocracy and peacemaking