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This year, the Sunseed Community, nestled in the beautiful landscape of Los Molinos del Río Aguas in Almería, was privileged to advance our environmental and educational initiatives, thanks to the support from the EUTeens4Green Program. Our commitment to fostering sustainable living and environmental awareness was enriched through a series of thoughtfully planned activities.

The funding from EUTeens4Green was instrumental in enhancing our core projects, particularly two main events that drew significant attention and participation from the community and beyond. The first, an Art Residency named Germinar-t, brought together performers from across Europe to explore and express the environmental challenges specific to our region. This residency led into the second major event, the Festival del Agua, which has been a cornerstone in our efforts to advocate for water conservation and bring to light the pressing issue of the Ecocide of the Río Aguas. These events were not only about raising awareness but also about bringing people together to share in the experience of community, education, and activism.

In addition to these key projects, we also hosted a one-day visit from students of Almería University. This activity was an integral part of our journey with EUTeens4Green. It offered students a hands-on experience of sustainable living practices and sparked discussions on environmental preservation. This visit underscored the importance of connecting educational institutions with real-world environmental initiatives.

We extend our gratitude to the EUTeens4Green Program for their vital support over the past year. Their contribution has not only facilitated our larger events but has also underscored the value of each step we take towards our mission. The partnership with EUTeens4Green has been a key factor in our achievements, allowing us to reach wider audiences and deepen our community’s engagement with environmental issues.

As we celebrate this journey, we acknowledge the role of every project, big and small, in our ongoing efforts to promote a more sustainable and aware society. We look forward to continuing this work, inspired by the progress we’ve made and the support we’ve received. Here’s to a future where our community and our planet thrive together.


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A few members of the Sunseed community spent last weekend at the annual summer gathering of the Iberian Network of Ecovillages (RIE). The gathering took place in eco village Cortijo los Baños, a gorgeous and welcoming community in nearby Lucainena de los Torres.

The gathering lasted four days and consisted of a mix of fascinating talks and workshops, covering topics such as water retention in landscapes, non-violent communication, bioconstruction with straw, conscious contact, natural law, biodance, self knowledge and personal growth, and much much more. It was a beautiful gathering for which we are very grateful. 

RIE encuentro 2023
See you all at the winter gathering!

spanish ecovillage summer gathering 2023

(ES) Algunos miembros de la comunidad Sunseed pasaron el fin de semana pasado en el cercano pueblo ecológico Cortijo los Baños en la reunión anual de verano de la Red Ibérica de Ecoaldeas (RIE). Conocimos gente increíble y asistimos a fantásticas charlas y talleres sobre temas como retención de agua en paisajes, comunicación no violenta, bioconstrucción con paja, contacto consciente, ley natural, biodanza, autoconocimiento y crecimiento personal, y mucho, mucho más. Fue una hermosa reunión por la cual estamos muy agradecidos. ¡Nos vemos a todos en la reunión de invierno!
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Festival del Agua 2023 Los Molinos del Rio Aguas Sunseed
Ha pasado una semana desde el Festival del Agua, un intenso fin de semana lleno de sol, charlas, talleres, juegos y música. El espacio se ha abierto con una charla sobre “Culturas del Agua” en la región de Almería, dando cabida a voces activistas y que nos han hablado del valor del agua para la vida, la historia y la cultura de un territorio.

Festival del Agua germinart performance sunseed los molinos del rio aguas
Por la tarde, rutas y talleres de diversa tipología fluyeron por las calles de Los Molinos, con visitas a nuestro proyecto Semilla del Sol y el de nuestros vecinos de la Pita Escuela; la ruta al Nacimiento impartida por el historiador de la zona Andrés Pérez Pérez; y el paseo por las Tierras Áridas con Ágata, Mattia y Rali, nuestro grupo Sunseed que trabaja entre Tierras Áridas y Tecnologías Apropiadas.

festival del agua 2023 sunseed los molinos del rio aguas
Además, talleres de malabares, actividades para niños, música y conciertos en directo por la noche animaron durante los dos días el espacio del mercado, donde los artesanos de la región se reunieron para vender sus productos y celebrar el Río de Aguas.

sunseed festival del agua 2023 mercado
El domingo, tuvimos otro espacio de reflexión y “Diálogos sobre Justicia Ambiental”, donde se recogieron y pusieron en común las reflexiones de activistas de la zona, especialmente de la zona de Lucainena de las Torres, afectada por los megaproyectos de las placas solares, y de El Ejido, una de las grandes zonas de explotación de los invernaderos.

comida festival del agua los molinos sunseed 2023
Para finalizar, durante los dos días Sunseed ofreció la performance resultante de la residencia artística Germinar-t creada en colaboración con Alt Shift en la que, a través de un itinerario por el río Aguas, se presentó una pieza sobre las luchas en torno a la legitimidad.

En conclusión, durante estos dos días, sin olvidar nuestras posicionalidades, pero intentando actuar desde sentimientos regenerativos y colaborativos, hemos hecho nuestro pequeño esfuerzo por sembrar y alimentar saberes territoriales y fomentar diálogos intergeneracionales en torno a la tierra, la memoria y las prácticas locales de resistencia para la salvaguarda del agua.
El festival ha sido un espacio de reflexión y acción, que nos ha ayudado a comprender mejor las historias pasadas del río que habitamos, así como a imaginar su futuro.


Gracias a EUTeens4Green por cofinanciar este festival.
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In early April, Germinar-t 2 was hosted at Sunseed, exploring “Las Memorias del Río Aguas”.

The degrowth based art-residency returned to the Sunseed Desert Technology community in Los Molinos del Rio Aguas, Almería, after the inaugural Germinar-t took place here in December of 2022. This time the performance group in residency was the Lab of Rooted Imagination from Barcelona, which formed in October 2022 and made their debut with #estudio1 on activist struggles in January 2023.

sunseed 2023 germinart degrowth arts residency

Germinar-t 2.0 took the form of a 10-day process of creating a performance around water cultures, ending in the Festival del Agua, which Sunseed co-hosts each spring with the local community. The process was informed by art-based-research practices: the community collaboratively researched their own relation to water cultures before the performers arrived. These findings were fermented into stories, poems, little plays which were presented to the performers in residency as a process of ‘soaking’ into the place and the territory. During the week, the performers played and created based on the collection of stories they received. At the festival, the performers in residency had the opportunity to present what they worked on during the residency and open up the investigation to the territory.

germinart degrowth art residency 2023 sunseed

The final created performance invited a hike through Los Molinos, engaged the audience on a journey to look for a drop of water flowing up. Defying gravity. Doing the impossible. Rebelling. Defending itself. Getting sucked up. Pumping itself up through its own force like the water in Los Molinos from Río Aguas to the houses of its residents pushes itself through the ram pump.

On their journey they find a group of self-proclaimed activists who are there to defend the river, in search for a direct action, in search for purpose and there to do something against the ecocide. This group quickly loses themselves in the experience of drought, a journey inwards begins in which the activists get existential about experiencing the effects of privatised, accumulated and power-directed water flows of which most people are exempted. It is hard to stay at the margins, in which these effects are sensible first. Next to Spain and France exhausting themselves in games of green growth and police violence supervised by the EU, there are strange bird creatures eating the guts of a coloniser dude from the UK who came to Sunseed to plant prosopis and thereby save the region from desertification. The birds chant cryptic ancestral territorial knowledges and predict the future to be red through capital driven human interventions. When the birds turn slowly on the audience to read some more guts, the poet leads them to the maze in which they re-encounter the activist group which has still not lost their zest for action. The group enters the maze and transforms into a stream of consciousness, moving back and forth, battling for reason, legitimacy and purpose. Wondering what kinds of actions, if any, make sense. No common conclusion is reached. The activists shed tears, laying them carefully into the middle of the maze. The poet ends on: The only thing we can do is share our water even though our only water might be the tears that we shed for the bodies of water we lost in the fight.

Thanks to EUTeens4Green for co-funding this festival.

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Fechas

19 Abril a 3 de mayo 2020

Qué es la Permacultura

La Permacultura es un sistema holístico de diseño que integra la sabiduría tradicional, ciencia y tecnología moderna para crear sistemas de producción y espacios habitables en armonía con los ecosistemas de los que forman parte.

Campaña de difusión

En este curso de diseño en permacultura trabajaremos de formas teóricas y prácticas todos los conceptos y saberes esenciales a tener en cuenta para regenerar paisajes degradados, comunidades y producir alimentos además de otros recursos naturales de formas saludables para las personas y el planeta.
Ven a este curso si quieres aprender de agricultura regenerativa, bioconstrucción, tecnologías apropiadas, vida en comunidad y autogestión.

Descripción del taller

Teoría y práctica esencial para la regeneración y gestión de los espacios vivos. Con atención especial a climas áridos.

Pensamiento y acción holística para crear modelos de vida autosuficientes, sostenibles y rentables  a largo plazo. Con teoría, dinámicas y ejemplos prácticos para vivir la experiencia.

Durante este taller tocaremos una diversidad de temáticas para abarcar las ideas y prácticas más relevantes.

  • Conectaremos con las Éticas y principios, las bases de la permacultura.
  • Profundizaremos en las estrategias y herramientas de diseño holístico que nos facilita la permacultura.
  • Aprenderemos a cultivar el huerto con técnicas de agricultura regenerativa y natural.
  • Comprenderemos los conceptos esenciales para la creación y el manejo de bosques de alimentos y otros sistemas agroforestales.
  • Construiremos muros con materiales naturales como barro y paja 
  • Cocinaremos y saborearemos alimentos de nutrición Simbiótica que nos llenan de salud
  • Hurgaremos en la diversidad de tecnologías apropiadas de nuestro interés
  • Exploraremos la vida en comunidad, la autogestión y sus entresijos.

Sunseed

Sunseed Tecnología del desierto es un centro comunitario de educación no formal y práctica para la transición hacia la sostenibilidad en Andalucía.

El proyecto está ubicado en Los Molinos del Río Aguas, una aldea desconectada de la red situada en un hermoso valle en Almería. En nuestra comunidad internacional viven, trabajan y aprenden juntxs voluntarixs con el fin de desarrollar, demostrar, investigar y comunicar formas accesibles de reducir nuestro impacto medioambiental.

Facilitadores

Alessandro Ardovini

Nómada de actitud, he sido un permacultor toda mi vida. Ecléctico, feminista, filólogo, escritor, bloguero, cinéfilo.

Soy creador y gestor de redes, me dedico a la formación, hago consultorías y diseños para el ayuntamiento de Barcelona y para privados. También me dedico al desarrollo de herramientas de diseño y he enseñado formación de formadoras, Cursos de Diseño en Permacultura (CDP), introducciones a la permacultura, cursos prácticos. Me dedico también a la regeneración de ecosistemas y bosques comestibles.

En Mayo 2017 conseguí mi Diploma en Diseño aplicado de Permacultura en las áreas de Educación, Diseño y Desarrollo de un lugar, Establecimiento e implementación de sistemas, Investigación, Desarrollo de la comunidad, Administración, Medios de comunicación.

Soy miembro fundador de Permacultura Barcelona, Permacultura Íbera, Academia de Permacultura Íbera, BiorNE (Red Biorregional del Nordeste de Permacultura Íbera), Rebrots, Jóvenes en Permacultura (Youth in Permaculture – YiP), participo en la Red europea de Permacultura (EuPN), y creé la Red mediterránea de Permacultura (MedipermaneT) con el objetivo de escribir un libro de estrategias y técnicas eficientes de Permacultura en el Mediterráneo. Estoy desarrollando, lentamente, mi proyecto personal ReDes – Regenerative Design.

Escribí cuatro artículos para la revista EcoHabitar, tengo un blog personal y estoy escribiendo una novela.

Al mismo tiempo soy profesor de idiomas, intérprete y traductor: italiano, inglés, catalán, gallego, castellano. Hablo también portugués y un poco de francés y tengo bases de esperanto y eslovaco.

Candela Vargas

Candela ha querido comprender los mecanismos de la vida desde una edad temprana. Por lo tanto, estudió Biología en la Universidad de Granada. Se convirtió en una activista apasionada y luchó por la justicia climática en Cop 15 cuando se mudó a Dinamarca, donde ha vivido 8 años. En este país estudió un máster en Gestión de la Naturaleza y realizó un proyecto sobre Diseño e Implementación de Bosques Comestibles. Es cofundadora de FFIRN (Food Forest International Research Network), ha sido miembro de la junta directiva de Permacultura Dinamarca durante 5 años, asesora de LAND, coordinadora de voluntarios en un huerto urbano pionero en Copenhague, Byhaven 2200 e involucrada en muchos otros proyectos. como Seed Pop Up, círculo de regalos y muchos colectivos ambientales / culturales. Candela ha enseñado permacultura en Dinamarca, Suecia, Islandia, Italia y España.  Ahora está de vuelta en el Sureste, reconectando con sus raíces y con las redes que se están tejiendo en la zona, en especial con la REPESEI y Permacultura Íbera.

Le encanta recolectar alimentos silvestres, hacer acroyoga y cantar sus canciones de Permacultura.

Precio

€530 por las 2 semanas de curso.

Política de cancelaciones

  • Para reservar una plaza en un curso es necesario realizar una transferencia de un depósito del 200€ de la cuota del curso.
  • Será posible cancelar la participación hasta 1 mes antes del curso y recibir la devolución completa del depósito, con la exclusión de 10€ para cubrir los gastos administrativos.
  • Por cancelaciones entre 1 mes y 2 semanas antes del curso se devolverá el50% del depósito, es decir 100€.
  • Por cancelaciones con menos de dos semanas de antelación, se retendrá el 100% del depósito.
  • En caso de cancelación del curso por parte de la organización las cuotas depositadas serán devueltas integralmente.

REPESEI : Red de Permacultura del Sureste Ibérico

En la Red de Permacultura del Sureste Ibérico nos constituimos actualmente como un tejido humano y vivo de personas, proyectos, encuentros y acciones en búsqueda de una forma de vida más natural, holística y perdurable en las biorregiones del sureste ibérico. 

En la actualidad somos más de 60 socios y colaboradores y estamos poniendo en práctica y  desarrollando muchos de los pétalos de red como la autogestión, ecosinuestra, salud integral, bioconstrucción, crianza y cuidado de la vida, tecnologías apropiadas, agricultura natural o agricultura regenerativa.

Cuidar la tierra, cuidar a las personas y redistribuir los excedentes viene siendo nuestro lema desde hace ya más de 20 años.

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Dates

May 17-31, 2020

Course Program

The 72 hour Permaculture Design Certificate course at Sunseed follows the curriculum as laid out in Bill Mollison’s Permaculture – A Designer’s Manual. It covers subjects ranging from ethics and principles of permaculture, natural systems, aquaculture, sustainable design methods, patterns in nature, land restoration, water harvesting, grey water recycling, natural building, food forests and guilds, energy conservation, appropriate technology, renewable energy, urban permaculture and invisible structures.
The course teaches how to develop sustainable human settlements, and how to extend and preserve natural systems. The content will be covered between theoretical lectures and practical applications.

You can view a sample schedule of the course here. The schedule gives a general idea of what to expect but will vary slightly, course to course

The Site

​Sunseed, a great site first conceived in 1982 during a talk at a green festival by Harry Hart, cofounder of the charity Green Deserts. Featuring numerous examples of eco-construction, renewable energy sources, and organic gardens. A fabulous opportunity for students of permaculture to see a living, breathing center for change and experimentation. The site is situated in the countryside in an ecovillage called Los Molinos del Río Aguas, a beautiful and sunny valley in southern Spain.

​Located in a local steppe climate. with little rainfall throughout the year. This location is classified as BSk by Köppen and Geiger. The average temperature is 16.6 °C. In a year, the average rainfall is 291 mm, unevenly distributed.

Teachers

George Christofis – Lead Facilitator

Born and raised in SE Asia, George’s appreciation for nature was honed over years of long and thoughtful observation of the subtropical country parks of Hong Kong, where he was involved with the environmental movement from a young age. He has been studying permaculture for the last 10 years, having found in it a brilliant framework for environmental action. In 2014 he started the teaching group Circle Permaculture which partners with farms and ecological education sites to run well-organised Permaculture Design Certificate courses. He is on the Certifying Teachers Register of the Permaculture Association UK. Aside from teaching, he is a long term practitioner of yoga and meditation, a poet and songwriter, slackliner and avid hiker.

Liselotte Wuite – Teacher

Since a young age Liselotte has been exposed to many different cultures and landscapes. This opened up fascination and deep respect for the living and breathing world around her. While finishing her studies of Anthropology and Ecology at the University College Utrecht in 2013, she set off to Costa Rica to conduct research for her thesis. This is where she fell in love with a simple way of living, in balance with nature, combining more recent expertise with ancestral knowledge. In 2016 she sat the PDC course in Sunseed where she subsequently ended up coordinating for a year. Seeing the transformation in people, their habits, and their way of living, inspired her to keep sharing knowledge and the importance of raising consciousness, using Permaculture as a tool to move forward.

Travels through South America in 2014 to 2016 and experiences in the Netherlands and Spain, all led to a desire to share this vision of a more sustainable way of life. The various homesteads and educational projects gave her experience in diverse elements of community living, eco construction, gardening, baking, seminars, preservation, natural cosmetics and medicinal plants. Currently she is enrolled in the International Permaculture Diploma with Gaia University, with the intention to expand global networks and create diverse holistic eco-social alternatives to living.

Apart from the wonders and expansive world of Permaculture, she is an animal lover, passionate baker, practices yoga and meditation and loves the art of dance!

Candela Vargas Poveda – Teacher

Candela studied biology at the University of Granada, and holds a Masters in Nature Management from Copenhagen University, which she received for her thesis on Forest Gardens Design and Implementation.. She is a cofounder of FFIRN (Food Forest International Research Network), and has been a member of the board of Permaculture Denmark for 5 years, and is the president of REPESEI, As well as having been a volunteer coordinator at a pioneer urban garden in Copenhagen, Byhaven 2200, Candela has been involved with many other projects such as Seed Pop Up, Gift circle, and other Environmental / Cultural collectives. She is a L.A.N.D advisor and has taught permaculture in Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, Italy and Spain. She has recently returned to the Iberian peninsula where she is working on the permaculture networks PI and REPESEI. She loves gathering wild foods, doing acroyoga, and singing her Permaculture songs.

Accommodations

The site offers WC/shower and access to electricity.

What to Bring

– comfortable clothes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty
– note taking (blank pages recommended) and drawing materials
– ecological body care products
– flashlight/torch
– sturdy shoes
– a swimming suit for the natural pool
– bedding and sleeping bag

Join Us May 17-31, 2020

Minimum Donation:
€600,  three meals (vegetarian),
shared dorm accommodation and classes included. 
Optional extra:
Room in Pita Escuela
(extra 294€/ person payable to Pita Escuela),
next door to Sunseed

To sign-up for this course

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What is Social Permaculture?

Permaculture originated as an ecological method for designing sustainable settlements and more recently it has intertwined with more social contexts. Social Permaculture aims to design social systems that favour beneficial patterns of human behaviour. It looks at ways to organise, communicate and cooperate more effectively to create fair relationships

In this one week course, we will dive deep into Social Permaculture and its tools, inspired by Rosemary Marrow’s work. It will provide the participants with not only information about activism, CSA’s, food sovereignty, alternative economies, community living and ecovillages but also practical tools and examples on how to start using them straight away. It creates the space for networking with people who are interested in setting up permaculture projects, self reflection, learning and unlearning pathways, as well as the time to co-design with the guidance of experienced facilitators. If you want to know more and learn to develop tools for creating regenerative livelihoods join us on this course in which we imagine and design a different society

The Site

Sunseed Desert Technology will be the stage for this course. It is based in an ancient Andalusian village, Los Molinos de Rio Aguas, with a long historical and geological background. The village is populated with around 50 inhabitants and has been a place of different creative projects like Sunseed, Pita Escuela, el Mirador, Casa de la Realidad and Cultura de la Tierra. 
Sunseeds vision is to discover how to live a healthy and ecologically responsible life, working in harmony with nature and other beings alike. Through receiving volunteers, students, interns and hosting a variety of courses, Sunseed aims to realise, educate, demonstrate and communicate appropriate and low technology solutions that support a low impact lifestyle. It is an excellent example of a non-formal educational project, a living and breathing centre for change and experimentation.

Facilitators

Christos Karystinos is passionate environmental and political activist, particularly interested in non-hierarchical structures, seed sovereignty and communal living. In 2018 he got his Permaculture training by his first PDC,certified by Geoff Lewton and a Permaculture Teachers Training inspired by Rosemary Morrow’s work and taught by Alfred Decker and Guiseppe Sanicandro. He is currently the Appropriate Technology coordinator in Sunseed Desert Technology and enjoys experimenting applications of solar technology and educating people about sustainability.

Since a young age Liselotte Wuite has been exposed to many different cultures and landscapes. This opened up fascination and deep respect for the living and breathing world around her. She finished her studies in Anthropology and Ecology at the University College Utrecht in 2013, and set off to Costa Rica to conduct research for her thesis. This is where she fell in love with a simple way of living, in balance with nature, combining more recent expertise with ancestral knowledge. In 2016 she sat the PDC course in Sunseed where she subsequently ended up coordinating the Sustainable Living department for a year. Seeing the transformation in people, their habits, and their way of living, inspired her to keep sharing knowledge and the importance of raising consciousness, using Permaculture as a tool to move forward.
Living in various homesteads, farms, communities and educational projects throughout South America, Netherlands and Spain, all led to a desire to share this vision of a more sustainable way of life. Currently she lives and works in a community in the Alpujarras, Baile en el Aire, hosting courses, workshops and living off the land. More recently she started to work with Circle Permaculture, co-facilitating Permaculture Design courses and is enrolled in the International Permaculture Diploma with Gaia University, with the intention to expand global networks and create diverse, holistic, eco-social alternatives to living.
Apart from the wonders and expansive world of Permaculture, she is an animal lover, passionate baker, loves to forage, practices yoga and meditation and is moved by the art of dance!

Dates

The 1st-8th of March, 2020

Price

€250: ‘I want to cover the expenses of the facilitators and hosts’
€270: ‘I want to support the course in order to happen again in the future’
(€150 food+accommodation + €100+ facilitators fee)

Limited number of participants

If you are interested in participating, fill out the form and apply

Language

The language of the course is going to be in English. Spanish speaking participants are welcome, yet they are required to be able to communicate and understand English. Both facilitators speak Spanish.

Contact

For any clarification questions, please contact us:
karystxr@gmail.com
liselotte.wuite@gmail.com

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