Wellbeing Festival: Kids+Clay, Fermenting Fun!

The bi annual Well Being Festival in Fundao was again held at the Parque de Convento this summer. There were workshops, gong baths, live cooking, stalls and lots of different types of therapies.

Many of our friends from BioEco were present, and Mount of Oaks shared 2 sessions.

In the pictures below you can see that on the Saturday I (emma) had a great time playing with the kids as part of the programme organised by Susana Carvalho. We built with clay and then made crowns from natural materials. It was brilliant to chat with the kids and their parents about how enlivening it is to play with mud, get dirty and be outside!!!


And after making a castle we made the crowns…..

On the Sunday morning Marcia Luz, Jeannette Trevethyen and I ran a fermenting workshop and tasting session. While it started with only a few participants, buy the end we were a big group of food lovers ~many with questions and comments!

Thank you to the team of organisers, in particular Paula Roque, and look forward to an even bigger crowd in 2 years time!!



In the public eye!

A few weeks ago we were interviewed by journalist Ana Cristina Perira for an article she wanted to write about ‘Sustainable Lives’. She and the photographer Paulo Pimenta joined us from Porto on a hot summer day.

The article was published this week in ‘Publico’ a well respected daily newspaper. We were surprised and amused at how our stories had been recalled. The headings would not have been our choice of words, but beyond that, the piece was fairly representative of our views and ideas.

It was surprisingly emotional to respond to deep questions about our philosophy, spirituality, economy and daily lives! We did most of the talking over lunch and then up at the N’jango beside the pond.

Ana was really interested to see where Samuel goes to creche, so she accompanied us to Alpedrinha, and then to the river beach at Castelo Novo to finish the day.

Since the publication of the article we have had a lot of welcome attention – several portuguese families are coming to camp for some days and others interested in our future events. So, in this case, the media attention has been really helpful.

Thank you Ana.

To see the full article click here