Iscles is a small village in the region of Ribagorza in the Huesca province. It’s located between the mountain range of Berganuy and Sis, on a hill 1107 m above sea level, a few km northwest of Cajigar.
Its history dates back to the dawn of our era, was also involved in the battles between the Arab and Catholic world and still retains some medieval remains.
In its last times it consisted of 6 or 7 houses with several comunal buildings, among which the imposing church, built in the 17th century with its bell tower stands out.
In the decade of the sixties its inhabitants abandoned, little by little, until the last inhabitant left, very to his regret, in 1971 the village. Time and abandonment did their job and when we arrived at the village it was invaded by weeds and thorns and in such a ruinous state that it seemed practically demolished. The fountains had dried up, the cisterns were broken and there were no roofs left to collect rainwater.
We have spent the last 6 years dedicated to rehabilitation, reconstruction and creation of basic living spaces, to the search and management of water, that so very essential element to develop life. We accommodated animals, prepared orchards and gardens, lived together, celebrating and planning how to make better use of our energy and the resources around us.
In this time we have managed to rebuilt homes with roofs that shelter us, some communal and some of our own. We have left behind the tents, the open-air kitchen and the barge cutter as the star tool of the day. Now not everything is in ruins, the village is full of flowers, we can enjoy our gardens and take a hot shower at the end of the day.
The work continues…