Permacultura en Tiempos de Cambio

gardener plantingENFOQUE SOBRE LA PERMACULTURA CON WORKAWAY – PRIMERA PARTE

En Casa Gaia hemos recibido muchos voluntarios durante los años, y recientemente nos cuentan que ha habido un aumento en los proyectos de permacultura que se están apuntando con Workaway, y me pidieron que escribiera este artículo que apareció en el Blog de Workaway a finales del 2012. Si quieres saber cómo los voluntarios pueden participar en este creciente movimiento, pinche aquí. (En inglés)


 

 


Recuperando viejos conocimientos con Permacultura

ENFOQUE SOBRE LA PERMACULTURA CON WORKAWAY – SEGUNDA PARTE

En la segunda parte de nuestro tema de la permacultura, Joanna habla acerca de los diferentes tipos de trabajo que podrías hacer como voluntario en Workaway. Además comparte algunas ideas acerca de la filosofía detrás de la permacultura. 

 

bread and jam

Baking bread and making jam. Photo by Barbara Piancastelli

Para leerlo (en inglés), pinche aquí.

Reskilling Through Permaculture

FOCUS ON PERMACULTURE WITH WORKAWAY – PART TWO

In the second part of our discussion about permaculture, Jo talks about the types of volunteering work you might expect to be doing for your host, and also some more thoughts on the philosophy behind permaculture. Here’s the link to the 1st part if you missed it.

bread and jam
Baking bread and making jam. Photo by Barbara Piancastelli

Over the last few decades we have become increasingly busy outside the home, leading to the loss of many traditional skills including things that used to be considered basic educational requirements, such as baking bread and making jam.

Couple in rural setting

A permaculture approach values the recovery of these skills, and there are many Workaway hosts offering to teach volunteers how to make cheese, cure meat, etc.

This new host from Quebec, Canada offers prospective volunteers the chance to be in at the start of their new project, learning all sorts of things, including making soap and how to preserve food in a variety of ways.

Design Approaches

As permaculture is based on three ethical principles plus the observation of nature, rather than a set of rules, most projects start from a design process that is local and needs based. Larger projects will have designs in place that will help you to understand the overall plan for the project, whereas smaller gardens may be more exploratory in approach.

It is hard to predict what sort of work will be required, however you can expect to do a lot of mulching in addition to the usual gardening jobs. (What forest have you ever seen with bare earth?) Some practitioners operate a no-dig system of cultivation, others create beautifully shaped mandala gardens with raised beds and lots of curved borders, providing lots of edge and creating different micro-climates… and involving lots of digging, at least at the beginning!

mandala garden

Permaculture doesn’t follow any single approach or set of laws; rather it is a pragmatic solution that looks to adapt a human response to the region, climate and amount of energy available. But permaculture practitioners use a variety of approaches to agriculture, and no list of hosts would be complete without a project based in Australia: on this mixed farm and educational centre in the Hunter Valley, volunteers can learn about biodynamic farming as well as permaculture.

Low Energy Consumption

Expect compost loos, solar water heating, accommodation that relies on renewable energy for electricity… permaculture practitioners don’t necessarily seek to be self-sufficient, but they do aim at low energy throughputs.

Methods include reducing their resource use through recycling, reusing the resources they bring in and seeking resilience through the use of renewable energy sources. In every case they will be using oil with great care.

Even in cities you will find responses such as shared cars and community transport initiatives, solar water heating, etc. Permaculture homes are often very comfortable, but you may not be able to use your hairdryer (!), and you may need to charge your mobile in the hours of daylight. If in doubt, ask your host about the limitations of their systems, and above all enjoy the exploration of what the future might look like when we seriously try to lower our carbon emissions.

Community Building

Permaculture has a lot to teach about organising community as well as agriculture, and in fact the growing transition movement sprang from permaculture seeds. Except for the most isolated hosts, you are likely to find that permaculture projects are well networked and that hosts are committed to connecting and working with their community.

hands holding heart shaped fruit

In the Workaway list you will find an eco-kibbutz and a Palestinian community, both using permaculture principles in their work, along with many other intentional communities. Many hosts in the developing world are using permaculture principles to raise people from poverty and help make them self sufficient in a sustainable way. There are hosts working at transition village scale, and even hosts connected to international movements, like this one in India working with the International Township of Auroville.

Wherever you decide to go, your hosts will almost certainly be actively involved in setting up new community projects, working within the transition movement, exploring in diverse and holistic ways how to create a more sustainable future.

Whether the hosts are seeking input from artists, healers and educators, or extra hands to help with general work, one thing is sure, the focus will be local and ethical, and will involve communicating with people who are eager to share their ideas about alternative ways of guaranteeing a great future for the next seven generations.

Why not join the community?

Permaculture in Times of Change

gardener planting

FOCUS ON PERMACULTURE WITH WORKAWAY – PART ONE

At Casa Gaia we have received many volunteers over the years, first from WWOOF and more recently from Workaway. Recently there has been an increase in permaculture projects signing up to Workaway, so I was asked to write the following article – posted on the Workaway Blog at the end of 2012, looking at how volunteers can participate in this growing movement!

We are living in exciting and difficult times of change, but the good news is that all over the world people are reacting creatively to the current economic crisis: travelling, learning new skills, starting great projects. Permaculture is one approach that is giving rise to some of the most creative personal and community responses to the global economic situation and to the need to reduce our impact on the Earth. And Workaway is a great place to find and connect to permaculture practitioners.

The term “permaculture” – from permanent agriculture and, more recently, permanent culture – was coined in the late 70s by the post-graduate student David Holmgren and his mentor Bill Mollison. Walking through the forests of Tasmania the two were struck by the fact that the forest needs no human help to maintain its diversity; in fact the very diversity found in the forest guarantees its sustainability. From its birth in Tasmania, permaculture, grounded in three ethical principles of care for the planet, care for people and care for the future has spread throughout the world.

I entered the word ‘permaculture’ in the Workaway search box last week and 199 hosts appeared, based in countries all over the world, with new hosts signing up each day.

Whether you are a permaculture practitioner seeking more experience or a curious traveller wanting to find out more, there is an incredibly diverse list of hosts waiting for your help. They include skilled permaculture hosts teaching from demonstration sites, as well relative newcomers to the approach keen to share their learning process; hosts asking for help with projects of all sizes, from mini to macro; hosts just starting up and others long established; the list even includes hosts covering rural and urban initiatives. Here are some suggestions drawn from just a few of the hosts that came up in my search.

The old…

A lot can be learned from visiting established projects which allow you to see the results of trial and experiment, demonstrating what can be achieved over time. The best way to see how a compost loo works is to use an established one – and no, they don’t smell! It is inspiring to see how well a garden can grow with little irrigation when swales and other systems to catch and store rainwater are in place.

man building a roof

On Workaway you will find hosts who have been working with permaculture for many years, accumulating great experience.

Check out this new project – a Quintana in Portugal – but run by old hands, combining the best of both worlds: lots to do, but in the early design stages, and under experienced guidance.

As permaculture becomes better known, and the need for designing for sustainability becomes more widely understood, there are more and more teaching and demonstration projects starting up. If you are interested in a thorough exploration of permaculture, there are hosts that offer training from their site. This village farm in Thailand has received great feedback, showing how much you can learn as a volunteer:

“… an incredible immersion into Thai culture. From learning permaculture farming practices, to cooking delicious Thai food with Nong, to teaching English in the local school, I experienced what it is like to live the “permaculture philosophy” – to take care of the Earth, take care of the people and share the surplus.”

(A word of advice: if you choose a host that runs educational projects, be sure to ask about any costs entailed with attending a Permaculture Design Certificate or other official course. Even if the dates of a PDC coincide with your visit, attendance on the course may not be considered to be part of a Workaway exchange.)

…and the new

two people digging

The Workaway host list is inspiring in part because it features so many new initiatives and start up communities. Hosts, like this organic farm in Costa Rica, offer opportunities to join new projects for a few weeks or longer.

Several intentional communities using permaculture in their gardens appear in the host list, as well as new eco-villages incorporating permaculture design principles in the structure of their community.

If you want to be involved in the contagious atmosphere of the early stages of a new project you could try one of several that seem to be springing up simultaneously in Portugal, where the seeds of permaculture appear to be sprouting far and wide.

The big

person handling honeycomb with bees

Want to get away from it all and really immerse yourself in the world of self-sufficiency? There are Workaway hosts in very rural areas with large properties, using permaculture to support mixed farming practices. Learn to care for chooks or sheep, help with harvest, discover the pleasure of eating what you produce, find out how life is lived off-grid – and how life might look post-peak oil – with hosts like this onein South Africa, on 300 hectares of land, 45 km from the nearest town.

…and the small

Permaculture places great value on small interventions, and many of the hosts on Workaway are starting small veggie gardens based on permaculture principles, or working out how to become more self sufficient and independent on smaller plots of land, and in some very interesting parts of the world!

Combine some hands on learning about permaculture with visits to Rome with this host. With an extra pair of helping hands micro-projects can make great advances and it’s a fantastic opportunity for you to really see the difference your volunteering can make.

Suburban…

Permaculture principles are applied wherever people are found. Nowadays many permaculture courses are offered in urban or semi-urban areas, and permaculture principles are put into practice on terraces and balconies, in small yards, and in community gardens.

building a haybale house

Workaway hosts include people who have joined their neighbours to create suburban homesteads, like this host in the USA with a tiny backyard flock of laying hens, honey bees, and approximately 2800 square feet of garden space in eastern Pennsylvania: as well as families who are working to retrofit their suburban homes in more sustainable ways, like this one from just outside Canterburyin the UK who want to take their cottage off-grid.

…or urban?

You will also find dedicated urban projects ‘turning grey into green’, such as this one run by a host out of Flanders, in Belgium, apparently one of the most urbanised places in the world, with more than 50% concrete.

In the second part of this post about permaculture, we discuss what you might learn and the volunteering work you should expect to be doing.

Proyectos – el estanque

La creación de nuestra estanque empezó casi por accidente – nuestro carril se erosiona con la lluvia que baja la cuestecita, así que Chris canalizó el agua en una acequia a un lado, y en una depresión se formó un estanque. La próxima vez que vio una maquina en la zona, pidió que quitara un poco más tierra, creando un estanque más profundo. Nuestra tierra contiene mucha arcilla y el agua se mantuvo hasta finales de primavera, y la vida silvestre floreció. Incluso tuvimos de visita un grupo de Morito común descansando en su migración. Pero era muy triste ver nuestro oasis secarse, y ver como los renacuajos se quedaron sin agua.

Sacamos más tierra para un curso de bioconstrucción en junio y empezamos a pensar en cómo crear un estanque permanente con un presupuesto muy limitado. Nuestros amigos y permacultores, Andrew Zionts and David Arribas, tienen un estanque pequeño que crearon con el plástico negro típico de la agricultura, y después de verlo súper lleno de vida durante el verano, pedimos su ayuda con el diseño y creación de un estanque permanente y más grande en Casa Gaia.

Para el día de equinoccio de otoño organizamos un Día de Voluntariado, y en un día de septiembre de mucho calor nos juntamos un grupo de 30 sudando, turnándonos con la azada en pleno sol. Siguiendo el principio de permacultura de máxima aprovechamiento de recursos, un equipo llevó la arcilla a una zona de sombra donde otro equipo lo convirtió en ladrillos de adobe, o lo dispuso en piscinas hechos de balas de paja y plástico negro conteniendo agua, para posteriormente aprovecharla durante en el curso de bioconstrucción que teníamos programado para el siguiente fin de semana. Sacamos más tierra también para darle mejor forma a nuestro estanque, añadiendo más borde, y aprovechamos este tierra fértil para crear un banco hugelkultur junto a la huerta en mandala.

Andrew supervisó el proceso de darle forma al estanque, con el objetivo de maximizar la variedad de microclimas y nichos ecológicos disponibles, a través de la creación de diferentes niveles además de la creación de borde. Utilizando un nivel muy sencillo, hecho de dos palos, una extensión de tubo de plástico transparente lleno de agua, creamos un borde estrecho y bien nivelado arriba donde apoyar el plástico, una zona amplia pero poco profunda, y una área más profunda en el centro, que servirá de zona de ‘retiro’ durante nuestros veranos largos y secos si no podemos mantener el nivel de agua a través del reciclaje de aguas grises.

La forma básica se creó y se niveló en un día, pero hay trabajos que no son tan adecuados para el caos y alegría que suelen acompañar los grupos grandes, y además la arcilla estaba como piedra. La previsión de tiempo prometía  lluvia así que dejamos el estanque una semana, y después de que la lluvia había hecho su magia, acabamos con un grupo de voluntarios más reducido. El proceso de acabado incluía darle mejor forma, suavizar la superficie y poner cartón debajo del plástico para evitar agujeros. Una vez que estaba el plástico, era momento de esperar la llegada de más lluvia para llenar el estanque… y esperar que ningún animal decidiera que era buen lugar para jugar mientras. Chris utilizo este tiempo para ir cubriendo poco a poco toda la superficie de plástico con piedras. Tenía una doble función: el sol deteriora este tipo de plástico, incluso a través de agua turbia, y las piedras ofrecen mucha protección. Además, como es inevitable que el nivel de agua baje durante los veranos largos y calurosos del sur, veremos cada vez más piedras en lugar de plástico negro. Es más, las piedras y el fango acumulado ofrecerán protección para la vida silvestre también. Chris puso un tubo para canalizar el agua desde el carril, para limitar la erosión en la entrada del estanque, y para facilitar la filtración si fuera necesaria.

Llegó la lluvia en serio, con sólo un rincón del estanque sin piedras – cayó mas lluvia en un fin de semana que recibimos en todo el invierno pasado, mucho en una noche, llenando el estanque hasta rebosar y creando una mini-marisma. El rincón que queda tendrá que esperar hasta que llegue la primavera, cuando empieza a bajar el nivel. Mientras tanto, no somos los únicos que disfrutan del nuevo estanque: insectos, ranas y aves, todos llegaron dentro de unas pocas horas, y los renacuajos en días. Hemos rechazado las ofertas de peces – queremos que el estanque se colonice de la vida animal que ya se encuentra en la zona – pero hemos aceptado plantas acuáticas, y hemos plantado papiro y menta en el borde. El próximo paso es conectar nuestro sistema de reciclaje de aguas grises, para así mantener una entrada de agua durante el largo periodo sin lluvia – a veces de junio a septiembre aquí en Cádiz. Seguiremos subiendo fotos al álbum abajo, – ¡así que vuelve para ver como va este ecosistema en desarrollo!

Projects - Pond

Creating a pond/Creando un estanque

Projects – our pond

The pond started almost accidentally – our track is eroded by rain running down it, so Chris channelled the water to one side and a shallow pond formed. Next time he saw a bulldozer in the area he arranged for some earth to be scooped out and the pond deepened. Our clayey soil held the water until late spring, and life flourished. We even had some Glossy ibis appear for a short stopover during their migration. But it was sad to watch the oasis dry up and see the frog spawn left high and dry.

We dug out more earth for a natural building course in June and began to think about how to make the enlarged pond more permanent on a minimal budget. Our friends and permaculture practitioners, Andrew Zionts and David Arribas, have a small pond they made and lined with ordinary agricultural black plastic, and after seeing how full of life it is, we asked them to help us design and create a permanent pond at Casa Gaia.

We held a volunteering day on the autumn equinox and an unseasonably hot day saw a group of 30 of us sweating it out, taking turns with the digging in full sun. Following the permaculture principle of maximum return on energy use, one team wheel-barrowed the sticky clay to a shady spot where it was turned into adobe bricks by  another team, or placed in plastic lined pools containing water, to be used for the natural building course the following weekend. We dug out more earth to give the pond a better shape with more edge, and used this top soil to form a hugelkultur bed next to the mandala garden.

Andrew supervised the shaping of the pond, aiming at maximising the variety of available microclimates and ecological niches by creating different depths as well as shaping the edge. Using a simple level made from 2 sticks and a length of transparent plastic tubing filled with water, we created a narrow level top shelf to hold the plastic, a wide shallow shelf and a deep central reservoir, which will serve as retreat space in our long dry summers if we are unable to maintain the water level through grey water recycling.

The rough outline shape was created and levelled in one day, but some stages aren’t suitable for the joyful chaos of large groups, and also the clay was like rock. Rain was forecast so we left the pond for a week, and after the rain had softened the clay we finished off with the help of a smaller team of volunteers. The finishing process involved shaping a bit more, smoothing the surface and laying cardboard under the plastic, to avoid punctures. Once the plastic was in, it was time to wait for the rain to come and fill the pond… and hope that no animal decided it was a good place to play meanwhile! Chris used this time to slowly cover the entire surface of plastic with stones. This has a double function: the sun degrades agricultural black plastic over time, even through water, and the stones will slow this process down considerably. Also, as the water inevitably retreats in our long hot summers, we will see more and more stones as the level drops, rather than black plastic. In addition, the stones and accumulated mud will provide niches for wild life too. Chris placed a pipe to channel the water from the road, to limit erosion at the entrance to the pond, and also to facilitate filtering should it prove necessary.

The rain came with a vengeance with one small corner to go – we had more rain in one weekend than fell in the entire previous year, a lot of it overnight, filling the pond to over-flowing and backing up to form an unmanaged wetland! That last corner will have to wait until spring, when the level drops again. Meanwhile we are not the only ones enjoying the new pond: plants, pond skaters, frogs and birds all arrived within hours and tadpoles within days. We have already turned down offers of gold fish – we want to allow the pond to be colonised by animal life already found in the area – but we have accepted pond weed and water hyacinths, and planted papyrus and mint around the edge. The next step is to connect our grey water recycling system, so we can maintain water inflow during the long period we have with no rain – sometimes from June to September. Come back in a few months to see more photos of this developing ecosystem as we add the to the album below!

Projects - Pond

Creating a pond/Creando un estanque

Archived Programme

So you have some idea of the type of event we organise here at Casa Gaia we have provided this tantalizing list of past events…

PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITIES 2013

  • Events preceded by 2 stars (**) take place in Casa Gaia; the rest are in other parts of Cadiz and Spain. Occasional activities in the UK are indicated.
  • We will be adding events throughout the year, so if you want to keep up to date with our events, sign up for our mailing list, or come back soon! Thank you.
  • Events in Spain are in Spanish. If you need translation, please ask before you come.
  • To see our list of past events, click here.

January

**Sunday 20th January at Casa Gaia. Creativity Circle: Artist Bookmaking Workshop

**Sunday 27th January at Casa Gaia. Permaculture: The Essence of Water. The first in a series of workshops looking at one of our most precious resources… learn about the science and spirituality of water through observation and intuition. Topics covered include water cycles, flow forms, the waterscape, water and intention, water and the moon. With Karmit EvenZur and Joanna Crowson. Bring food to share for lunch. 40€. (Flexible options for payment, plus 20% accepted in Janditas.)

February

**Sunday 10th February at Casa Gaia. Creativity Circle: Make a Dreamcatcher on the New Moon

**Sat 23rd Feb, 10h-18h at Casa Gaia. Permaculture: Grey Water Day. The second in a series of workshops looking at one of our most precious resources… Learn how to recycle your grey water through mulch pits, filtration systems, managed wetlands and ponds. Examples of methods that work, plus the chance to gain practical experience installing improvements in the systems at Casa Gaia. Teaching team: Andrew Zionts, David Arribas, Chris Davidson and Joanna Crowson (three permacultors and a plumber!) Bring food to share for lunch. 40€. (Flexible options for payment, plus 20% accepted in Janditas.)

March

**Sat 2nd March, 10h-18h at Casa Gaia. Permaculture: Rain Water Day. The second in a series of workshops looking at one of our most precious resources… Learn how to capture, channel and store rainwater through swales, ponds and rain gardens. Examples of methods that work, plus the chance to gain practical experience installing improvements in the systems at Casa Gaia. Teaching team: Andrew Zionts, David Arribas, Chris Davidson and Joanna Crowson (three permacultors and a plumber!) Bring food to share for lunch. 40€. (Flexible options for payment, plus 20% accepted in Janditas.)

**Sunday 3rd March at Casa Gaia. Creativity Circle: Make a Papiermache Mask

April

** Sat 20th April, 10am to 6pm: Permaculture and the Interpretation and Improvement of Soil, with Ecoherencia. Bring food to share for lunch. 40€. (Flexible options for payment, plus 20% accepted in Janditas.)

**Sun 21st April: Permaculture Reunion.

**Sat 27th April, 10am to 2pm: Permaculture and Wild Food – how to find it and prepare it from nature’s larder. Bring something to share for lunch to accompany the food we find. 25€

May

** Wed 1st May, 10am – 6pm: Permaculture & Natural Building Volunteering Day: Making adobe bricks and much more… (We provide lunch.)

Sat 11th May, 11am – 8pm: Permablitz in Los Canos – Urban Food Garden. (We provide lunch.)

**Fri 17th to Sunday 19th May, at Casa Gaia: “Natural Building Workshop”

 June

Fri 28th June, 7pm, near Oxford: Talk – Permaculture: Designing our way to a Sustainable Future

Sat 29th June, 10am to 4pm, near Oxford: Workshop – Coming to our Senses: Conversations with Nature

July

3rd to 7th July, Glastonbury: Journey through the Magical Lands of Avalon

Sun 7th July, near Glastonbury: Being in your body: Exploring Perception in Nature

Fri 12th – Sun 13th July, Armenteras, near Barcelona: Introduction to Permaculture

September

22nd- 23rd – Sacred Activist Camp at Casa Gaia ** COMING SOON **

 

PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITIES 2012

  • Events preceded by 2 stars (**) take place in Casa Gaia; the rest are in other parts of Cadiz and the rest of Spain.
  • We will be adding events throughout the year, so if you want to keep up to date with our events, sign up for our mailing list, or come back soon! Thank you.
  • Events in Spain are in Spanish. If you need translation, please ask before you come.

January
Fri 13th, 19:00-20:30: Free Talk – Presentation of the 13 Energies with Meditation, in Alegría, Chiclana, Cádiz. For more information: Amaya: 609 057 846 amaya@suenalegria.com www.suenalegria.com

Sat 14th, 11:00-14:00: Workshop “Walking towards Silence: the Shamanic Wisdom of the 13 Energies,” in Alegría, Chiclana, Cádiz. For more information: Amaya: 609 057 846 amaya@suenalegria.com www.suenalegria.com

**20th-22nd, in Casa Gaia: Permaculture Design Course, Module 4

Sat 28th: Pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Noctiluca. (Event that forms part of our Women’s Circle, organised together with  Centro Anayansi, La Muela, Vejer, Cádiz. We leave at 8am, and return in the afternoon. For more information: Joanna 652 126 849 / 956 2324219,  joanna@casagaia.co.uk.

February

fireTatiwari – el Abuelo Fuego


**Sat 4th Feb, from 19:00 in Casa Gaia: Inipi (free activity, but with a suggested donation of 10€ to cover costs of wood etc)

Fri 10th Feb,  18:30-20:00 in Centro Anayansi: Women’s Circle.

Sun 12th Feb, 11:00-14:00 in Ecocenter Tarifa: Free Workshop “Shamanic Wisdom of 13 Energies, in Spanish.

**Fri 17th Feb, 19h in the San Ambrosio school, near Casa Gaia: Free Talk: “How to make compost” by Ecoherencia

**18th & 19th Feb, in Casa Gaia: Permaculture Design Course, Module 5

23rd Feb, 20:00-21:30 in Centro Ámate, Madrid: Free Talk/Meditation – “The Shamanic Wisdom of the 13 Energies”.

25th Feb, 10:30-20:00, in Centro Ámate, Madrid: Workshop “Walking towards the Heart: the Shamanic Wisdom of the 13 Energies,” with live music and sound healing session by Antonio Muñoz.

26th Feb, 11:00-14:00, in Madrid: Workshop “Change yourself and you Change the World: Transformation through the activation of the 13 Energies.” Fundraiser, all proceeds go the projects of Asociacion Las Beguinas.

27th Feb, 19-21h, in Anima Centre Treballs Energètics, Manresa: Free Talk/Meditation – “The Shamanic Wisdom of the 13 Energies”.

March

Fri 16th March, 18:30-20:00 in Centro Anayansi: Women’s Circle.

** Fri 23rd March, 19h en Casa Gaia: Silent Fire (Free)

**24th & 25th March, in Casa Gaia: Permaculture Design Course, Module 6

**Sat 31st March, 18h in Casa Gaia: Inipi (free activity, but with a suggested donation of 10€ to cover costs of wood etc)

April

**Fri 13th April, 18h, leaving from Casa Gaia: Power walk to the Ermita de San Ambrosio (free activity)

**14th & 15th April, in Casa Gaia: Permaculture Design Course, Module 7

Wed 19th April, 19:00-21:00 in Centro Anayansi, La Muela, Vejer, Cádiz: Mini-workshop “Cleaning your luminous bubble”

Fri 20th April, 18:30-20:00 in Centro Anayansi: Women’s Circle.

Sat 21st April, 11:00-14:00 in Ecocenter Tarifa: Free Workshop “The Magic of Gratitude and Shamanic Transformation”, in Spanish.

**Sun 22nd April: Activities to celebrate Earth Day, in Casa Gaia

**Sat 28th April 2012: Dance workshop on the terrace, led by Sophia

May

Wed 2nd May, 19:00-21:00 in Centro Anayansi, La Muela, Vejer, Cádiz: Mini-workshop “Shamanic Journey”

**Sat 5th May, 21h leaving from Casa Gaia: Full Moon Night Walk through the Pinar de la Breña. (Free activity)

Tues 15th May, 19.00-20.30 in Alegría, Chiclana, Cádiz: Mini-workshop, “The Sound of Shamanism – Cleaning your Luminous Bubble.”For more information: Amaya: 609 057 846 amaya@suenalegria.com www.suenalegria.com

Wed 16th May, 19:00-21:00 in Centro Anayansi, La Muela, Vejer, Cádiz: Mini-workshop “Ritual Dance”

**19th & 20th May, in Casa Gaia: Permaculture Design Course, Module 8

Fri 25th May, 18:30-20:00 en Centro Anayansi: Women’s Circle.

Tues 29th May, 19.00-20.30 in Alegría, Chiclana, Cádiz: Mini-workshop, “The Sound of Shamanism – Shamanic Journey.”For more information: Amaya: 609 057 846 amaya@suenalegria.com www.suenalegria.com

Wed 30th May, 19:00-21:00 in Centro Anayansi, La Muela, Vejer, Cádiz: Mini-workshop “Shamanic Silence”

June

**Sun 3rd June, 11h-15h at Casa Gaia: Geomancy – Shamanic connection with your land and garden, with Karmit Evenzur.

**Sun 3rd June, 21h leaving from Casa Gaia: Full Moon Night Walk through the Pinar de la Breña. (Free activity)

**8th, 9th & 10th June, in Casa Gaia: “Natural Building Workshop”

Tues 12th June, 19.00-20.30 in Alegría, Chiclana, Cádiz: Mini-workshop, “The Sound of Shamanism – Ritual Dance.” For more information: Amaya: 609 057 846 amaya@suenalegria.com www.suenalegria.com

July

August

20th – 25th August – Toltec shamanism intensive with Agustin in N Spain

September

** Sat 22nd, 10am – 6pm: Permaculture Volunteering Day: Making adobe bricks and lining a pond. (We provide lunch.)

** Sat 22nd, 8pm: Equinox Celebration. Bring musical instruments and  food to share.

**28th, 29th & 30th September, in Casa Gaia: “Natural Building Workshop”

October

 Fri 19th Oct, 18:30-20:00 en Centro Anayansi: Women’s Circle.

November

December

 **Fri 21st Dec, at Casa Gaia. Solstice Celebration: Releasing into the Dark and Opening into the Light PROGRAMME: 17.00-19.00 Yin Yoga in the Yurt, with Andrew Zionts. Followed by Sweatlodge from 19.00 onwards with Joanna Crowson, closing with  soup and chillout in the yurt. This is one of out Gift Economy events – we gratefully accept your donation. Places are limited so you MUST reserve yours. For more information: Joanna: 652 126849; joanna@casagaia.co.uk.

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