This is my main residence in Catalonia, between the towns of El Perelló and L'Amet'lla de Mar. The cistern I am building at the moment will hold in the capacity of something like 80,000 litres. On top of this will hopefully sit an eco-build raised above ground. The conception of the idea is already prevalent, outlined in my publications The Carob Pod: An Antropological Guide to Permaculture, and Petriarchy: The Law of the Land, available in journal format along with other spiritual writings from SLP's market page. The 3 hectares lie amid a grove of olive trees from which I produce the bulk of my product "Bum Bum" Extra Virgin cold-pressed and chemical-free olive oil. The cistern as such sits in a carob field. I have already planted up cypress windbreaks if I hope to produce more than the odd almond tree. The potential is for lemons and oranges, pomegranates, figs and other fruits. Likewise carob as a health food is an untapped potential to market as a flour as well as honey and wax products from the new hives. We also have a 50ft food tunnel with 3 raised beds along it. Surrounded by chicken, pig and rabbit farms as well as a host of private land plots that maintain ducks, geese, goats, and pigs, and with the adjacent dry river beds that hunters use for shooting game, the ideal is to create an holistic and mentoring approach towards land management.
There are a lot of unused plots within the landscape that year after year go untended and the crops of mainly carob, almond and olive gets wasted. Without due care the trees die or fail to produce for years on end. The opportunity is to buy more land or set up a cooperative to manage this potential. We also have another hectare of land for sale situated in a valley setting formerly of grapes but now overgrown with pine, rosemary, carob and olive trees. A land trust could extend indefinitely as a cooperative or collective of people to make use of abandoned plots with a view to restoration. This cannot be permitted on any other level other than to cultivate an augmented spiritual awareness of life. As a model for its implication effectively I would like to see a "Church" of no religious persuasion but only of spiritual cultivation. Members from all philosophical and religious backgrounds are welcomed to exchange ideas and implement their own projects in accordance with a consensus vote, whilst the structure and management of the collective remain in dynamic tension towards its further growth.
Media & Learning
The potential here is to develop a learning and retreat center for exchange students. This is the vision, to cultivate a spirituality that is outside mainstream culture and that will further enhance lifestyles in preparation for a saner future. Much of my own understanding of life is being published, but South London Permaculture also wants to publish other materials from different authors. The purpose of this material is didactic, in that it needs to open the eyes of people who live in a disenchanted world disconnected in spirit. I have also set up a chat forum online whereby pesonal exposition regarding my philosophies can be discussed towards the creation of a network of like-minded individuals. South London Permaculture is a printing company too, albeit it operates on a small scale. Thus partnerships concerning the printing of books, journals, essays etc. are welcomed if it means that we can continue to operate as a not-for-profit organisation. A learning center though is definitely a vision in which practical and artistic approaches will be encouraged as well as life skills, survivalism, cybernetics, fitness and health, permaculture design and implementation, philosophy and coming-to-knowledge, tourism and travel, rehabilitation, esoteric practice, and evolution. Again, like-minded partners, business and social, are invited here.
The developments here are extended from the completed bike journey from Catalonia to The Gambia, where I was welcomed by The Ecotourism Society (ESG). They are a vibrant young group supported by the World Transition Trust (WTT). Piloting a project called EcoGambia it is my intention to support various aspects of it, not least the initiating of a Pemaculture Resource Center in the region of Serrekunda. I spent a month in their company looking at their main objectives. With a drive towards making The Gambia an eco-nation the philosophy of permaculture fitted into their ideals. As such, I will focus on using funds to establish the center for the dissipation and practical application of permaculture throughout the country, developing a student and teacher base. I will run a series of courses in my return travels linking with other sustainable projects in the area. Additionally I would like to establish an extensive cycle network over the years and so to encourage more cycling, and to facilitate market gardens in order to make the schemes self-financing through volunteer contributions. Meanwhile back here in Catalonia I will promote a volunteer exchange system, not least as a cultural exchange, for instance, financing an invitation to bring over Moroccan women to teach their Berber carpet-making skills. And finally, I would like to introduce alternative crops into Catalonia as a viable long-term project.
AT THE PRESENT MOMENT SOME OF THE ACTIVITIES HERE ARE SUSPENDED.