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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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Aprende a restaurar ríos con Biodiversa

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Join Biodiversa in the training course “Youth for Rivers”, which will take place in Aghveran, Armenia, from 6th to 12th October 2013. Almost all expenses are covered by the Youth in Action Programme of the European Commission, you can’t miss this opportunity! Apply now!

River CasañoProject description: Europe has been facing problems with rivers in all its member countries. The consequences of human impact are of a large-scale and affect not only particular ecosystems of each river, but also our health since water is essential for life. Improvement of all water bodies is necessary. Some of the leading examples of the poor state of rivers can be found in Armenia. Being aware of the situation, 13 youth environmental organizations decided to join forces, meet for one week to learn about how to help improve river ecosystems, how to take the lead in environmental citizenship and finally, how to organize volunteers for the purpose of increasing sustainability.

The training course ‘YOUTH FOR RIVERS’ will gather 26 young Europeans from 11 countries (Czech Rep., Portugal, UK, Italy, Latvia, Romania, Spain, Russia, Armenia, Moldova, Ukraine) with the aim of equipping the participants with practical tools and knowledge to be able to contribute to the development and improvement of the state of European river systems.

The young leaders will learn through non-formal education; field visits, common actions, sharing of knowledge and  experience to become multipliers in their own organizations.  The project shall take place from 6th to 12th of October 2013 in Aghveran, Armenia and aims to empower European youth to take an active role in the conservation of water resources. Youth and Environment Europe (Czech Republic) is the applying organisation, Khazer(Armenia) is the hosting organisation and Biodiversa is one of the sending organisations. Biodiversa will be in charge of a big part of the training and facilitation for this course.

The participants will be accommodated in a rest house in Aghveran recreation area (50 km to North from Yerevan), which is situated close to the Arzakan town in Kotayq Marz of Armenia. Aghveran is famous for its mountains covered with virgin woods, streams rolling down the hills, crystal clear mountain air full of oxygen and far from the hustle of the big cities. As well Aghveran is near by Arzakan-Meghradzor State Sanctuary, one of the most famous forests of Armenia.  It’s right in the center of Armenia which will allow the participants  “Youth for Rivers” to easily travel to Akhuryan river and Lake Sevan.

Participants will be youth workers or youth leaders of age 18+, able to work in English, motivated and interested in the topic. Spanish nationality and current residence in Spain are essential. Preference will be given to existing members of Biodiversa and to people from Asturias or other areas in the north atlantic coast of Spain.

Accommodation and food
at the training course venue are fully covered by the organizer during the activity dates. 70% of travel expenses will be reimbursed on presentation of relevant receipts. Participants must choose the cheapest travel option. The organization only reimburses public transport costs (no taxis will be reimbursed). The reimbursement will be made by bank transfer only after receiving the return tickets. According to the rules of the Youth in Action Programme, participants can arrive no more than two days before the start of the activity and can leave no more than two days after the end date of the activity.

Note: Participants must be members of Biodiversa in order to attend this training course. Membership costs 15 € and gives full membership rights for the whole natural year.

In brief: participants will only have to cover 30% of their travel costs plus Biodiversa membership.

Instructions for applying:
Send an e-mail with your expression of interest to telling us:
1. Name and Surname
2. Full residential address
3. Telephone number
4. Age
5. Tell us about yourself, what do you do and why?
6. Motivation for participating in this training course
7. What do you expect to learn?
8. How do you plan to apply what you learn?

The subject of the email should be: “Youth for Rivers application, YOUR FULL NAME”

Deadline for applications: Open until we cover the last available place.

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