A dream come true: building a cob house, part I

A dream comes true – I am building a small house with my hands out of mud! A month ago we decided to build a new toolshed in the garden and get rid of the ugly plastic structure there was before and change it for a beautiful cob house. First of all we had to clear the whole space of …

SunseedA dream come true: building a cob house, part I

Stillness, sound and starlight: a Sunseed meditation retreat

Nestled deep in the heart of the Andalusian mountains, in the bustling Los Molinos ecovillage we are gifted with a weekend of calm and tranquillity, of looking deep within and also making a profound connection with others and the natural world that surrounds us. On the third weekend in July, this came in the form of the Sunseed meditation retreat, …

SunseedStillness, sound and starlight: a Sunseed meditation retreat

Capers: picking and preserving your own

By Drylands assistant Margaux With Spring in full bloom in the valley, the Drylands and Sustainable Living departments have been out walking with volunteers to collect the capers that are starting to grow and preserving them in preparation for summer salads. Have you ever picked capers? The pickled capers we use as seasoning are actually the buds of the plant called …

volunteerCapers: picking and preserving your own
Jar of natural moisturiser with calendula flowers

Make your own natural moisturiser

Part of our mission to live sustainably involves working with the natural abundance that’s at our fingertips to create products that are better for us and our environment. Our Sustainable Living department has been using the beautiful calendula in the Sunseed gardens to make a soothing and hydrating natural moisturiser – and you can make your own with just a …

SunseedMake your own natural moisturiser

Why build a herb spiral?

This year in the Drylands Department, we started work on a herb spiral in the Arboretum to demonstrate a water-efficient growing technique for dry areas. First initiated by our volunteer Ulrike, the herb spiral project had then been taken over by Giulia and Margaux – now we’re excited to say that the beautiful project is now finished! Here in Almeria, the …

volunteerWhy build a herb spiral?

Meditation Retreats in Sunseed

Programme for Meditation Retreats June 2016 Finding Deeper Connections:       9th – 11th,        Thurs 5pm – Sat 6pm           €110* Finding Deeper Connections:       22nd – 24th,     Wed 5pm – Fri 6pm              €110* July 2016 Being at Ease:         …

SunseedMeditation Retreats in Sunseed

Ecocide Update: news from the EU

By EVS Volunteer Margaux: Our village has now been facing water supply issues for a couple of years, due to the over-exploitation of the aquifer by the olive industry. The precious water from the Río Aguas is being drained in order to water 3000 hectares of intensive olive tree plantations and now a whole and unique ecosystem in the only …

volunteerEcocide Update: news from the EU

¡Construimos un estanque para nuestro sistema de aguas residuales!

El último fin de semana de 16-17 de abril hemos llevado a cabo un taller de Tratamiento de Aguas Residuales por Fitodepuración, facilitado entre los coordinadores de Sunseed y el colectivo Paissano, amigos de Sunseed apasionados por temas de tratamiento y potabilización de agua. Hemos invitado a participar tanto a lxs voluntarixs de Sunseed como personas de la zona interesadas …

Sunseed¡Construimos un estanque para nuestro sistema de aguas residuales!

A new pond for our wastewater system!

Sunseed’s Appropriate Technology co-coordinator Piotr explains how we built a beautiful pond as part of our eco-friendly wastewater treatment system. Last weekend of 16-17 April at Sunseed we conducted a workshop on Ecological Wastewater Treatment, facilitated by the coordinators of Sunseed and the Paissano collective – friends of Sunseed and big water treatment and purification enthusiasts. We invited both Sunseed …

SunseedA new pond for our wastewater system!

Closing the circle: making your own compost lasagne

At Sunseed I realized how many resources are wasted everyday when you just throw your kitchen waste away. When I came here, I did not know anything about compost or how you can fertilize the soil you want to use for planting. I was very impressed by the ‘compost lasagne’ system we have in Sunseed. It makes our gardens much …

volunteerClosing the circle: making your own compost lasagne