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Jan 8 – 20: Permaculture Design Course
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Dec 14: Healing Workshop
Dec 7 & 8: Yoga and Ayurveda Weekend
07/12/2013 - 08/12/2013
Dec 5: Yoga teacher training in India
05/12/2013 - 01/01/2013
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30/11/2013 - 01/12/2013
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The solar de hydrator
Why a solar dehydrator?
Where we live there are many small farms with fruit trees, that while they are productive are not viable to sell the produce fresh and the trees are left without harvesting. Dehydrating the fruit allows these small farms to create a viable way of exploiting their crops. The dehydration process conserves the food while protecting them from the direct rays of the sun and keeping most of the nutrients. This was traditionally done with figs, grapes and apricots, … Continue reading
Cesar Alejandro Orioli, founder of the Arboretum Marbella, one of the coast’s great success stories of the past two years, has also helped launch a transition initiative in Marbella, Marbella INtransition. Although the group was only formed recently, they are already working hard on several projects and are now part of the team that is bringing the 2nd Annual Transition Gathering to Mijas in April.
Why did you launch a transition group in Marbella?
I really think that every community should have a transition initiative, to … Continue reading
Although the Government has no intention of promoting clean alternative energy, we do have the individual opportunity of saving energy by cooking with the sun. There are many different models and designs of solar ovens or cookers available on Interne: parabolic, cardboard box, aluminium reflector, and one that use car tyres! Parabolic reflectors cook very quickly at high temperatures but they are large and have to be orientated towards the sun frequently. The ‘sunstove’ is an excellent design as you only need to point it … Continue reading
Many readers will be familiar with our recent articles by Vanda Laktos, owner of health food shop Biocasa in Fuengirola, and passionate about healthy vegetarian food. A common complaint amongst her clients is that organic food and healthy fresh vegetarian food is more expensive and so she has set out to show that it is possible to have a varied, rich diet for no more than a ‘standard’one. Her daily blog at biocasafuengirola.blogspot.com shows her typical meals for two people for the month of March. … Continue reading
Developing sustainable solutions in your community means different things to different people depending on where they live. Rural environments can be ideal for food autonomy but provide challenges for sustainable transport solutions. Urban environments, on the other hand, make bike and pedestrian transport viable but are short on space for developing food independence. In Cuba, for example they have developed the idea of organic urban farming to a significant degree, and provide much of the city population with food grown within the city limits. This … Continue reading
Registration for the 2nd National Transition congress which will be held on April 12 – 14 in Mijas is now open. The organising group consists of members from the local groups of Fuengirola-Mijas, Coín and Marbella and is looking forward to meeting new people, making old acquaintances and continuing the learning journey of all that is required in these times of transition.
They are looking forward to establishing new links with people and groups committed to building the reality they want and that we need … Continue reading
The first meeting of a new transition group was held on Sunday, March 10, at Algarrobo Costa’s town hall in Axarquia. The event was held under the name ‘First Workshop of the Future’ inspired by Robert Jungk’s methodology laid out in his book “Zukunftswerkstätten, Wiederbelebung der Wege zur Demokratie” (The future workshops, roads to revive democracy), that advocated and implemented a commitment to democratize decisions in modern societies so that its citizens could participate in a comprehensive and equal way, at all levels of socio-political … Continue reading
Petición de firmas:
El tramo final del río Guadalmedina desde el pantano del Limonero hasta su desembocadura tiene una longitud de casi 6 km. Totalmente encauzado por muros de contención que, a partir del Puente de de Armiñán, se convierte en dobles muros en sus dos márgenes y entre esos, sendos caminos de entre 6 y 25 metros, por los que proponemos que discurra este “corredor verde” para peatones y ciclistas. Si volvemos por la margen contraria, tenemos un paseo de unos 12 km, que pondría … Continue reading
Arboretum Marbella promotes sustainability, a change in attitude, raising awareness and conservation of resources. We plant ideas, concepts and values and then water them with action, consistency and responsible work, so that more and more people grow up with a different perspective and a different relationship with their natural and social environment.
Last year Arboretum launched a transition initiative in Marbella, INTransition, which already has 81 people involved in three emerging projects: Responsible consumption, edible gardens and educational activities. This year we intend to get into … Continue reading
Canary balm is one of the rarest herbs, found only in the laurel forests of the Canary Islands. It is a perennial herb that grows in the fresh open or closed spaces of the forest. Reaching a height of 1.50m and a ‘wingspan’ of 1m, its leaves are trifoliate, slightly toothed, light green and slightly glossy. The Flowers, that appear in august, are pink and gather in bunches. The oddest thing about the plant is the aroma of honey and lemon, from my own observation, … Continue reading