Ruralise Yourself: results (II)

This is the second part of the results and outcomes of our “Ruralise Yourself!” international training course, which took place in Valeri, Asturias, from 5th to 11th May 2014. Enjoy!

Skills sharing

We made marigold handcream during the training course.

Calendula handcream making (Medium)

Here you have the recipe. Do it yourself!

“Dry the petals. Then, infuse them in oil in a water bath for 45 min. Melt wax and strain it, if necessary (the wax must be clean of impurities). Mix 5 tbsp of oil, 2 of wax and 1 of lavender or any other powerful flower’s extract, and mix it very well, in order to create a uniform cream. Then leave it to rest in a recipient.

Recipe to do the lavander extract:
– Pour 2 cups of 100 proof vodka into the jar of flowers.
– Cut 100 flower heads and put into a sterile jar.
– Twist the lid on, shake, and place out of direct sunlight.
Shake once a day during 8 days.

As you can see, I recomend to increment the proportion of oil, because the other day the cream was a bit hard, but it depends how you like it. While mixing it, you can see the consistence and correct the proportion as you like. But I think with 5 tbsp of oil instead of 4, might work!” Lidia Fanjul, from Gaiaysofia

We also made toothpaste:

And learned how to make soap:


Here’s a list of interesting books that we recommend (special thanks to Lidia and Seb, from Gaiaysofia for this!):

1. The Art of Fermentation
2. La Casa de mi Padre
3. Asturias, Región Agropolitana
4. Ecology, Community and Lifestyle
5. Sociología Rural – Agroecología
6. Nature’s Due
7. Thinking like a Mountain
8. Good Food for Everyone Forever
9. Towards a Transpersonal Ecology
10. Animate Earth
11. Space and Place
12. Widening Circles
14. Mycelium Running
15. Steps to an Ecology of Mind
16. Signs of Life
17. Small is Beautiful
18. Growing Gourmet Mushrooms
19. The Dream of the Earth
20. Active Hope
21. Creating a Forest Garden
22. Selfsufficiency
23. The Holistic Orchard
24. Hearing our Calling

And so much more!

And when we thought that we had shared all we had to share, we realised that we were soooo wrong. It had only just started! All this (and much more) has already been shared in our Facebook group way after we all got back home!:

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Post on a participant’s blog about the training course: Thank you, Chris!

Website from the neighbours who invited us for cider on the last day:

Website of our cook:

Hand made jewlery by one of the participants:

The project from the partner of a participant: sustainable handmade knotware:

To watch:

75 documentaries that will change how you see the world:
Russell Brand – Awakened Man:
Jane Goodall visits the University of Iowa:
The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz: (and the book in English – You can try download it from e.g.
The Overview Effect:
How we can eat our landscapes:
Winter nomads – hiver nomade (trailer):
The take (documentary), a new economy is emerging in Argentina…:
The Venus Project – Future By Design – Full documentary:
Alan Watts – Co jste to zapomněli:
The Power of Community. How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (sub español)

About gardening, food, ecology, eco-agriculture and “green intelligence”…:

I Thought She Was Just Gardening… Then I Looked Closer. WOW!!SPl6t
Vertical gardens:
7 Awesome DIY Hacks to Get You Gardening:
The Future of Food (EUropean Learning Partnership):
Open Source Ecology:

One last DIY! How to make non-toxic body wash:

And some life-changing stuff, ha! ;)… 12 Little Known Laws of Karma (That Will Change Your Life):

And last but not least, one of the most enjoyable results of our project: the invitation to home-made cider that we got from the fantastic neighbours!! Thank you so much!


Please leave us a comment to let us know whether you found this compilation of results useful or not! Thanks in advance!

This project has been possible thanks to the financial support of the  Youth in Action Programme of the European Commission.

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