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Practical Ecology III: experiences

Estefanía Mena y Antonio Martínez, participantes de Biodiversa en la tercera edición de Practical Ecology, nos hablan de su experiencia durante el curso: 

Qué días más maravillosos hemos pasado en Bedeille, uno se acostumbra muy rápido a dormir rodeado de bosques y praderas verdes y cuesta volver a casa. Hemos estado en el curso de formación Practical Ecology III y, la verdad, es que ha sido una experiencia muy bonita donde hemos tenido la oportunidad de conocer gente muy entrañable, con mucha energía y con ganas de cambiar el mundo a base de pequeñas acciones.

Foto recogiendo madera

Recogiendo madera

Hicimos un montón de cosas en las dos semanas que duró el curso: aprendimos distintos aspectos de bioconstrucción, hicimos paredes y hornos de adobe, nos manchamos de barro, hicimos senderismo, nos hicimos amigos de unos caballos que pastaban los montes, dormimos en la montaña junto a un pequeño fuego, fuimos a una granja ecológica, recogimos setas silvestres, pasamos noches charlando a la luz de la hoguera y.. ¡muchas más cosas! Pero sobre todo lo mejor fue poder conocer y compartir con toda la gente que asistió al curso.

Foto haciendo bioconstrucción


Recogida de setas silvestres

Se notó que en Francia hay buena afición por el queso, pudimos comer un montón de tipos deliciosos… por la mañana, a medio día y por la noche, ¡siempre era un buen momento! Para desayunar tenían mermeladas caseras de higos y de tomate, todo un manjar, y las comidas eran muy saludables y sabrosas. ¡Al menos a cambio les enseñamos lo rico que está un buen fuet y una tortilla de patatas!

El curso se realizó en una antigua granja reconstruida por la organización, donde se vive de una forma sostenible y colaborativa, lo que creo una buena sensación de grupo. Lo mejor de todo…. dormir en la yurta!

En fin, me traigo muy buenos recuerdos de allí, ¡así que os lo recomiendo a todos!

¡Saludos!” – Antonio Martinez

Foto al calor de la hoguera

Al calor de la hoguera

Foto de lago cercano

Lago cercano

After 2 wonderful weeks in a lost place between mountains, we’ve developed new skills and experience an alternative way of living, which allow us to grow in a personal way as well as a person within the community – a huge eco-community. We learnt how to build a wooden terrace & a bio-oven with natural materials, how to get oriented in the middle of the French Pyrenees, how hard is to run an organic farm/garden, how to lead outdoor activities, and much much more. It’s not only about WHAT have we learn, but also the way we did it. An incredible group of 24 people participating in this project, sharing experiences around a bonfire and a guitar, cooking for each other in the intercultural nights, and all supported by lovely Solafrika youth workers and a pretty clear organized schedule.

Thank you all to show us how a new a better society is possible.” – Estefanía Mena.

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Practical Ecology II, Bédeille, France

(This post has been written by Bea, Noa and Javier, participants from Biodiversa in the training course Practical Ecology II, which took place in Bédeille, France, from 22nd July to 1st August 2014.)

From left to right: Bea, Javier and Noa

From left to right: Bea, Javier and Noa

We have to admit that this training course has changed the way we see the life.

We spent ten great days in a small village in the middle of nowhere, disconnected from the rest of the world. No wi-fi, no many neighbours… we only had ourselves and a little farm which would become our own paradise.

984189_777654295619460_1355863326663674620_nFrom the beginning of our experience we adapted well to the life there, even the dry toilets weren’t a problem for us! We fell in love quickly with the place, surrounded by green mountains and with a really clear sky to see the stars at night.

10376741_777857155599174_7683789790479834355_nBut the best was our partners: 20 guys from Lithuania, France, Italy, Slovenia, Poland and Czech Republic. We really enjoyed the time together and made a great team of friends; the cultural differences weren’t a wall between us but a way to enrich and learn from each other. We miss them a lot…

20140730_085221Our daily routine in the farm was very nice: in the morning and in the afternoon we spent our time in interesting workshops and before lunch we split up in work teams for the everyday life tasks (cleaning, preparing lunch…). Furthermore, each evening we had an intercultural dinner in which one country team prepared typical dishes and told us some curiosities and traditions about their nation.

10368263_777649472286609_839460147074609043_n 10590674_777649368953286_786479587310285941_nThe workshops were amazing, we learned to do a lot of things, from ecological cleaning products and earrings with second hand objects to solar cookers, clay ovens or wood water heaters. Moreover, we visited an insect clearing in which we could see many different insects and touch them, and also we had the opportunity to go for a walk in the village to discover wild plants and pick them up to cook especial dishes; the nettle omelette was great!

10430413_777654615619428_5855207297885851128_n 10530678_777652015619688_9050314814754847037_n 10568858_777658408952382_9216895243009207352_n 10570563_777658758952347_3325039155625070909_n 10579969_777658555619034_450017098968773682_nIn addition, we could enjoy a free day in Saint Girons and another one in Toulouse. There, we visited some organizations related to ecology and in the evening we had dinner in an especial restaurant which works with bio products; it was really tasty!

10329050_777653972286159_4251128050010862606_nIn short, this training course taught us a lot of things about ecology and how to develop a more ecofriendly lifestyle easily. Moreover, thanks to this project we also know ourselves a bit more than before, it changed our way to see the life.

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Practical Ecology II: call for participants

Practical Ecology IIUpdate: application process CLOSED. No more places available. Thank you all for your interest and congratulations to the lucky selected!!

Biodiversa is selecting 3 enthusiastic Spanish participants for its next training course in the french Pyrenees, in partnership with SOLAFRIKA.

When?: 22nd July to 1st August, travel dates included.

What?: This project is a training course about ecology. This topic will allow us to think collectively about one of the most important global issues of today.

Aim: The main goal is to make you aware of a new way of life, healthy and respectful of the environment. This training course will give you tools to act, at your level, in your everyday life, to protect our planet and raise awareness of people around you.

Methods: We will use participative methods. You will have to be active and involved in every workshop and ready to think, analyse and debate.

Venue: The training will take place in a rustic old farm rented by our partner organisation SOLAFRIKA in the countryside, in a village called Bédeille (Ariège, France). The place is confortable enough for everyone, but don’t expect a 5 stars hotel!

Information Pack and how to get there:

Programme: You can check the programme of activities here:

Participant requirements:
– Spanish resident;
– Over 18 years of age by 1st July 2014;
– Able to communicate fluently in English language (the whole course will be in English);
– Available to participate in the whole duration of the training course (22 July to 1 August).

There will be 3 Spanish participants, and a total of 25 participants coming from France, Poland, Estonia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Spain, Italy and Lithuania.

Costs: You will only have to pay for 30% of your travel costs plus Biodiversa membership (15 EUR). The rest will be covered by the organisers with funds from the «Erasmus +: Youth» programme of the European Commission.

How to apply: Send a short (no more than 250 words) motivation email to introducing yourself (who you are, what you do…),  explaining why you are interested in participating in this training course and why you should be selected. Include also your personal data: name, age, city or village of residence and contact telephone number.

Some more info: This project is organised by the French non-profit organisation SOLAFRIKA, in partnership with Biodiversa, the European Youth Centre of Břeclav, L’Africa Chiama, Continuous Action and other European NGOs, thanks to the support of the European «Erasmus +: Youth» programme.

This is the second part of «Practical Ecology», which took place also in Bédeille in July last year. You can check some results of last years edition in the following booklet that was published by SOLAFRIKA:

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