At the beginning of summer, yörük make the trek from the dense city plains to summer in the warm breeze and highlands. Arriving with collaborators, bundles, extended methodologies, pots, thoughts, homes and conversations to set up their retreat and settlement to dream a new way.
‘Mount of Oaks’ a permaculture community nestled within the Gardunha Mountains – a beautiful place of convergence, micro climate and refuge. Within the District of Fundao, meaning ‘Deep Place’.
The gathering explored the following themes:
*holistic practice – through body and breath work, relating to the cyclical and sacred processes of the earth and cosmos
*the role of myth and storytelling
*the role of the feminine principal in societal progress
*handheld knowledge – how our ancient knowledge as humans can reveal itself through acts of making
*acts of collective making
*working collectively to discuss and reform ideas
*migration of homemakers to form a collective domesticity
Each day we had 3 meals of organic vegetarian food from the land, including delicious olives and natural spring water. Camping in a simple way in shared bell tents, close to nature. This is very much part of the experience of returning to and becoming ensconced in the land with lovely compost toilets, wood and solar showers.
Timeframes 5th-10th July
5th July – Arrivals and 6pm dinner and Opening evening ceremony.
(Guests are also invited to arrive the evening before)
9th July – Closing shared offering on the full Moon
10th July – Shared breakfast and departures
Flight to Lisbon and from Lisbon take a beautiful train journey to Fundao or Alpedrinha, from where transport to the site will be arranged.
If travelling on the 5th July, flights should arrive in Lisbon by 11:30am giving time to get the 1:30pm train from Oriente to Fundao ( 3 metro stops from the airport).We can advise on routes. This train is 10 Euros single and 16 Euros return if booked in advance.
More details about daily programme, discussions and travel can be found on:
Mount of Oaks permaculture community, location for gathering