Hello guys, finally managed to figure out how to activate my account-hurrah!
I would just like to know if anyone knows of any Permies in North Eastern Spain, Tarragona area of Southern Catalonia. I am thinking of buying some land in the area and would like to know if there will be any friendly folk for me to learn from over there.
I wanted to know if you bought some land in tarragona ? Myself and my partner are currently looking at Fincas in that very area. We will return next weekend 15 - 18 feb and have a whole weekend planned viewing farms.
It would be great to hear from other permies in the area.
Joined: Oct 02, 2012
Location: Galicia, Spain Zone 9
There's actually a Permaculture Institute in Tarragona, I am going to be there for the next two months. If you want I can let you know what they have planted there and see about local permie contacts.
Why work hard when god made so many mongongo nuts? - !Kung
The notion that man must dominate nature emerges directly from the domination of man by man - Murray Bookchin
C'est drôle comme les gens qui se croient instruits éprouvent le besoin de faire chier le monde.-Boris Vian
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Joined: Feb 07, 2013
many thanks for the reply !
yea I would be glad of any information about the Institute in Tarragona.
Local contacts are always good to learn and if you know of any rural b&bs in the area as we will be travelling there for weekends untill we find a place of our own.
I know there are lots of places on the web but Im so into learning the permaculture way that that is our preference.
thanks again Jose
Although the english knowledge is getting better in the youngsters; I thing that knowing Spanish or Catalan it's quite an advantatge if you want to live in the area.
PD: I live in the Barcelona Area, north of Tarragona. I'm interested in the permaculture and organic agriculture and homesteading; but at the moment I'm just reading about it.
Joined: Feb 07, 2013
Hi Joan ,
many thanks for yoiur reply and links , great to see the courses offered.
I et yoiur point about being able to speak Spanish and eventually catalonian, Im busy learning spanish altough Im impatient !!
my partner speaks spanish so that helps as we look for the right farm to buy and get our life started in the beautiful catalonian countyside.
we will go again for the weekend of 15 march to see more fincas and hopefully find the right one.
Untill my spanish is up and running Im doomed to check everything o ut in english
Joined: Mar 09, 2012
Location: west London and SW France
My partner Corinne and I are looking to set up an intentional eco-community in Matarranya, just on the southern boarder with Catalunia. We are moving in early June and already have a small network of like-minded people involved in sustainability and permaculture in the area from previous trips.
Please get in touch if you are interested...its always good to collaborate and share!
Lover of Nature, Health and Happiness
Joined: Feb 07, 2013
we are still looking for a piece of land in catalonia and it takes a bit of effort as we live in Amsterdam !
Its nice to know there are some other people interested in Permaculture and indeed to start a net work.
I hope to update soon with a property and a plan to get from teh city to the countryside.
keep in touch
Hey, another Catalan here. It's getting more common to find local initiatives related to permaculture and specially biologic agriculture over here. However, I still see the general permaculture conception too much close to some social movements (which I'm also part of, so it's a mere observation, not a critique). So in many gatherings we do, we often say ironically that each of us is part of too many initiatives at once, and that we should individually concentrate our efforts in few things and do them better, instead of trying to take too many things and sometimes not being able to have enough time for so much.
I love to go to visit some of these initiatives in my spare time, but I'd really love to see here (and it's not just Catalonia or the rest of the Levant, but in Spain in general and neighboring countries) a kind of grassroots movement involving not just socially-conscious people but instead relying more on some kind of individual entrepreneurship spirit like I can see in many of Permies (like me and my family want to buy a land on X and try to make the most of it, etc). Until that time, there's a huge distance between the dream and reality which is far too wide for many of us.
I think the moment of truth will come when we can reach this point where you can find individuals involved in community experiences like those you can find on the links user Joan Pérez posted above, for example, but supported by tens of thousands of individual families spread on the territory and being able to get a living in whatever permaculture activities they do - and not just performing courses, please, which is great for newcomers but it sometimes feels like a ponzi scheme. Anyway, I'm convinced that time will come sooner or later, and I hope to be able to see and to live it.