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Valle de Sensaciones

Last updated: March 15, 2016 (1 month ago)

Listing created on: May 30, 2005

Valle de Sensaciones

(Alpujarras, Granada, Spain)

Mission Statement:

Temporary community and learning experiences.
An experimental field close to nature for Permaculture, DIY construction, sustainable technologies and living in community.
Living creativity in sensual contact to nature.

Community Description:

The Valle de Sensaciones (valley of sensations) is the prototype of an ecovillage laboratory, a place which enables the establishment of temporary communities to provide extraordinary experiences of communal living and learning.
It offers the infrastructure and the framework to allow groups of people to come together for training, inter-project research, inspiration, experimentation, development and creative output.
The focus of the project is the feelable integration of humans in nature, the artistic accomplishment of the educative infrastructure, as well as a habitat which supports building community and the creative expression of each individual.

Valle de Sensaciones also aims to be a place of inspiration and cooperation among creative people. Here we are creating an artistic sustainable paradise. You can find an educational park, experience artistic tree houses or caves, take part in multiple workshops, and jump instantly into community life. The wide range of subjects, like permaculture, green building, eco-technology, LandArt, music, instrument-making, drumming, and shamanism, is merging into an experimental fusion of Nature, Art and Sustainability.

The project is mainly dedicated to people and existing groups who want to experience this unique environment for a short period, even if we are open for new long-term members in the event that we get a special personal and professional resonance.

Our communal living is based on our community-mandala which consists of a game board as a tool to organize the tasks and responsibilities of the communal living. It enables a community to share these functions in a flowing, flexible, fair and holistic way. This tool was developed by the project and is offered on our website www.tooools.org.

About

  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability)
  • Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 9 hectares
  • Current Residence Types: Tiny house, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Mobile homes, RV’s, converted buses, Natural built structues
  • Current Number of Residences: 7
  • Planned Residence Types: Natural built structues
  • Housing Provided: Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)

Membership

  • Adult Members: 3
  • Non-member Residents: 7
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Subscribe on our website: www.sensaciones.de
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: Take part in the offered events. If integration feels good, one can get long term member

Government

  • Decision Making: By a board, council, group of elders, or leadership group
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are totally off grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Hydro-Electric
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Current food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Library, Workshop, Swimming pond or pool, Hot tub or hot springs, Outdoor Kitchen, Fire pit, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for some people.
  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Native American, Paganism or Earth Religions
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), Iberian Ecovillage Network (RIE)

Keywords

Ecovillage laboratory, permaculture, creativity, art, music, shamanism, treehouses

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.