Tucked away in a hidden corner of Brittany, France, we discovered these little gems. Small, enchanting cottages, sculpted by hand from hemp and limestone. The conceiver of this spectacle is Evelyn Adam, who has a strong vision about how living simple, yet warm and comfy, can bring us back to our natural state of being in connection with nature.
On the last day before leaving Portugal we met Leen. She is building a cob house on a hill by experimenting with different techniques. She’s showing us the way she saw a good functioning building method in India. She learned it all using Facebook and Youtube. The elements are wool, sand, clay, water, stones. All available nearby. Why she wants to build like this has all to do with the fires. She realizes she wants to live in a natural building that will survive fires and exists for ages. This way her ecological footprint will be smaller.
Bees, waterfalls, fruit trees, yurtlife on steep hills, a messy garden, rawness and feline cuteness! All in Magic Valley where Haico and Else worked hard to create a place to not only reduce their ecological footprint, but to give something positive back to the earth. It took us a long time to release this video, and in the meantime a lot has changed. The dream is still very much alive, but in a different format. Haico about this video: “You can see the build-up of our land in the summer of 2018. Our first year! What a lovely time. So much energy and enthusiasm. Unfortunately we, Haico and Else, didn’t make it as a couple. Half 2019 we mutually decided to go our own way. I will continue Magic Valley. Else went traveling and will possibly find her own place in the region.”
Find Magic Valley on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/magicvalleyportugal/
Brice Mathey is the conceiver of the Love-Shack concept. They’re impossible to define, but think Hobbit houses, rock ‘n’ roll and ecological living. Put those in a blender, add a dollop of silliness and there you have it. Love-Shack cottages.
We joined Brice to build the 4th iteration. Watch us dig positive energy into the earth, while putting Brice’s most important lesson into practise: Above all, sustainability should be FUN!
Find the Love-Shacks on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LoveShack777/
Wendy Howard is the personification of resilience. In 2008 she decided to escape the rat race and start a sustainable permaculture project in Benfeita, Portugal. Fast forward ten years and there is a blooming site where many aspects of the permaculture philosophy came together. Then disaster struck in the form of forest fires. In 2017, about half of the project got destroyed.
Wendy tells us about the inner guidance she experiences and how she still has a strong sense that she needs to be here, in Portugal. She is rebuilding everything, and after a grim winter, things are looking good again.
Meet Brice in his beautiful habitat in French Britany. He’s taking you on a journey in which you’ll learn all about plastering with clay being the wonderful, strong, smooth natural material as main ingredient. Not only you’ll get to know the Japanese style tools he’s using, he’s also showing step-by-step how to mix the plaster and how to bring it on the inside of the hobbit houses.
Who says bread making has to involve strenuous kneading? It doesn’t have to be like that! Michel teaches us how to make sourdough rye-bread. The great thing about his recipe is there is no kneading involved. The preparation of this bread is done in 10 minutes.
Here is the list of ingredients:
590 grams / 1.3 pound of rye flour
540 ml / 18.3 fl oz of water
13 grams / 0.46 oz of salt
6 grams / 0.21 oz of sourdough bread starter
Mix all the ingredients. Put in breadform and leave in a warm place to rise for 24 hours. Bake at 200 degrees for 1 hour and 5 min.
Check out Michel and Sina at their permaculture garden: http://whichgarden.org