Bioconstruction in Iscles
After more than six years of experience building with natural materials, found right arround us, we want to open the doors and share our knowledge through weekend courses, which we will begin to realize in our village, Iscles from the spring of 2019
The courses will be carried out in collaboration with the Okambuva bio-construction cooperative (Sagunto), and as part of the Master’s programme in Management of Bio-construction Projects taught by this cooperative.
The teaching team is made up of all the members of the Iscles Association, which is a multidisciplinary group, covering the areas of construction, architecture, engineering, art, nutrition, pedagogy, health, anthropology among others. We will also have collaborators in topics such as geology, radiesthesia and traditional construction that make the content of the courses more complete and interesting.
This spring we will launch two courses: stone construction, with a practical approach focused primarily on dry stone, and earth/clay construction, where we will learn to build load-bearing walls of clay (adobe, cob, cob formwork, thatch).
Accommodation, meals and equipment:
Our village is remote and isolated, the access is only possible with 4×4 vehicles prepared to circulate through mud. During the the course the participants will be accommodated in the village. For this reason, we offer courses with everything included, contemplating the costs of lodging and diets within the price.
There are few possibilities of accommodation, at the communal house (the former school of the village) with a capacity for up to ten people, or in a large Tipi of six meters in diameter with a capacity for ten people. If you prefer more privacy, you can set up your own tent in any of the numerous surrounding meadows. In all cases, we have mattresses for all the participants, wherever they lodge.
The food we prepare is homemade, all with organic ingredients from our orchards and garden and occasionally from our chicken coop. We prepare it with love and dedication, always including a delicious dessert. In general the diet is ovo-dairy vegetarian, and if we prepare some dishes with meat there will always be a vegetarian alternative. In case of vegans or people with special needs, do let us know in advance.
There is a shower with hot water in the communal house and an outside shower if the weather is warn enough, dry toilets and electrical installation at twelve volts suitable for charging mobile devices. We do not have Internet access and extremely low or no mobile coverage, depending on your provider.
How to get Here?
How to get here?
You can get by normal car up to two kilometres before Iscles following a dirt road that leaves Cajigar to a designated parking area.
For those who arrive without a car we will organize a pick-up in Tolva (Huesca), as it is the nearest town through which the main road passes. There are two or three buses a day, from the company Alsina Graells, coming from Barcelona or Lleida. For those who come in Bla Bla car or similar the collection point will also be Tolva. In any case, we will organize the Pick up meeting before each course, ensuring to optimize the trips.
The final stretch of the road to Iscles will be done with our 4×4 vehicles, if you have your own off-road vehicle, please do check with us before, because depending on the weather, the road can be impassable if you are not prepared.
What to Bring?
- Sleeping bag, pillow and towel
- Work clothes and mountain footwear
- Work protection material such as gloves and goggles
- Bathing suit and clothes that can get dirty (specially for construction courses with earth)
- Raincoat and warm clothing (it may cool off at night)
- Flashlight or frontal (we do not have exterior lighting)
- All kinds of medicines, toiletries, special meals, tobacco or anything else you need to buy, as there is no nearby store here.
- Desire to learn and share
What NOT to Bring?
- Household appliances such as hairdryers, iron, razors, computers…as we do not have electricity at 220V.
- Dogs, cats or other pets (We have loose chickens and other dogs here)