el Valle de Sensaciones

Culture


how a house makes us feel

Studying the low cost buildings in Valle de Sensaciones

Hidden in a steep-sided valley just south of Yátor in the Alpujarras, Spain, el valle de sensaciones is a marvel of art, invention and gorgeous eco-buildings. It’s original intension was to to be a cultural centre and to create an ‘artistic sustainable paradise’. This is no eco-village nor eco-community and there are very few residents. Achim, the founder, runs a broad variety of courses and workshops on practical eco-building skills (among other things) for which people travel far and wide.

how a house makes us feel

Studying the low cost buildings in Valle de Sensaciones

Hidden in a steep-sided valley just south of Yátor in the Alpujarras, Spain, el valle de sensaciones is a marvel of art, invention and gorgeous eco-buildings. It’s original intension was to to be a cultural centre and to create an ‘artistic sustainable paradise’. This is no eco-village nor eco-community and there are very few residents. Achim, the founder, runs a broad variety of courses and workshops on practical eco-building skills (among other things) for which people travel far and wide.

Panoramic view of the Octagono

A 3 dimensional Sensacion

Panoramic view of the Octagono

A 3 dimensional Sensacion

Gaia experience

The Iniciation to Gaia at Valle de Sensaciones

The children of the end of the world

Impressions of Valle de Sensaciones

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Community-Mandala

Daily Life as a game

The community Mandala coordinates daily and common life in an amusing way, and allows a fair and flexible distribution of daily tasks. It also gives an understanding of the different aspects of community life, supports a dynamic and creative being together and encourages to take responsability and to value de role of our flatmates.

Community-Mandala

Daily Life as a game

The community Mandala coordinates daily and common life in an amusing way, and allows a fair and flexible distribution of daily tasks. It also gives an understanding of the different aspects of community life, supports a dynamic and creative being together and encourages to take responsability and to value de role of our flatmates.

Octagon

the heart of the valley

The octagon is the central space of Valle de Sensaciones. Thanks to its design it suits different uses: its a space for meeting as well as for doing workshops, it is also the kitchen and a turns into a dance floor when we party. We can tear off two of its walls and make it into a half open space for summer. Thanks to its central hole on the mandala roof and its vaporizing ground it keeps a nice climate in summer. It is made of 90% materials from our own land: clay, olive and ash beams, crushed reed, esparto and rush.

Flowforms

Water in a swinging flow

The special form of these bowl make the water, which is pouring into them, swing. It swings and forms an “eight” shape, as a wave which flows alternately to one and the other wing of the bowl. This movement is not only magic for the viewer, but it also stimulates the capability of water to clean and regenerate itself. It corresponds to the natural flow of water, which moves vibrating into the shape of meander.

Cave

Sound space in the belly of mother earth

Come in into the cave, into the belly of the earth. In this darkness you will also come in touch with yourself, with your inner voice, maybe with your intuition, or maybe even with your fears. This cave has the shape of a dome; this makes the voices and other musical instruments sound magical and powerful, and seem to get across the earth and across your own body. The resonance pitch is in tune with the earth pitch and it is therefore in tune with the main pitch from our planet, which express itself also in the transition of day and night.

Resonance swing

Body experience of resonance

There is a swing on each of the two pyramids constructed with oak. A rope ties both swings up, so that the movement of both are coupled. That leads to tricky effects.

Medicine wheel of the senses

An artistic, sensual, spiritual park

In the medicine wheel of the senses, a lot of spaces are awaiting to be discovered. They invite to: Open your senses for this journey. Open to the quality and power of each of these spaces. Experiment the thousand and one possibilities of the objects, with the curiosity and playfulness of a child, but also with respect and care. Feel what they offer for you to see, hear, smell, feel, and discover their secrets with open senses.

Space sound string

The magic sound of infinity

There is a 50 meter long musical string running over the middle point. It is tied on the eucalyptus tree on the other side of the valley. Its sound reaches the pentagonal resonance room through an aluminium stick. Due to the length of this string, its basic pitch, this means its basic vibration, is so slow that it cannot be heard by the ear, but it can be seen by the eyes.

Chakra-mandala path

An artistic path along our energetic powerspots

The access to the medicine wheel of the senses goes along the chakra-mandala-way, in which the visitor walks across the seven chakras in an ascendant way. Each of the artistic mosaics has a diameter of 1.2 meters and has one or more precious stones. It is an invitation to take your time and feel in a meditative way the energy of each of the chakras.

Swinging platform

Floating on a carpet of sound

The vibrating surface invites to float, swing, dream, sleep as well alone as in society. The many strings tuned to the same frequency which are installed under the surface, are activated through its movement and create a "sound carpet" which makes the visitor swing into the world of dreams. This sound is not only perceivable through your ears, but it goes through the whole body and has a healing effect.

South

Place of the water

Water element Feelings Plants, fertility, growth, Devas of the plants Children, inner child, fantasy, innocence, confidence Devotion, patience, play, mythology and entertainment The water dancer acts ou of its lust, totally in the moment, creative. Be fluid, full of fantasy and playful.

North

The place of the air

Air, wind understanding, intellect, thinking, planing, clarity responsibility, the inner adult communication, philosophies & believe systems animals, instinct, acting instinctively

East

The place of fire

Element fire The sun, light, warmth Spirit The male principle, power, motivation, new beginning, action in the outer Creativity, freedom, zest The East is made up from a big triangle, which is made out of three smaller triangles surrounding a hexagon. A fireplace on the centre invites you to feel the element fire close to your skin. The hexagonal sitting bench makes up a good frame for a circle of people to enjoy fire parties and ceremonies. Playing drums together is a perfect celebration which express the power of the East.

North-East

Chaos, design of energy

Energy design. Chaos, factor-x, the unexpected This is the place in which existing structures dissolve into chaos allowing the new and unexpected to emerge. It shows the potential which is held within every change, the sense which is behind the dissolution and receptivity in times of disorder, which is just waiting to let the New be created.

Plant scarf

Surrounded by fragrance

The bed with its composition of smelling plants surrounds the visitor who can hang out in its interior and enjoy a bath of different smells. When you walk outside, around the installation, you can smell the individual plants.

Spiral of foot experience

Feel the base

Take your shoes off, close your eyes, and let your feet feel the ground and feel the way that leads to the centre. This spiral way is made out of many different materials: lime, sand, foam, cork, wood ... The feet get alive and stablish a conscious contact to the ground, contact which has gotten lost in our world of concrete. Close your eyes, let yourself be guided by your feet through these changing feelings to the centre, where a refreshing bath for your feet is waiting for you.

Solar sculpture

Surprising functions in the crazy energy structure

The energy from the sun is transformed into electric energy by some solar panels build into the sculpture. You can follow this process through some measuring electronic instruments which are visible through a glass. This installation feeds the complete illumination of the garden.

Sound-tree

Sounds are living between roots and branches

Awake the sounds which are dreaming in cavities and niches and between the roots. Achim found this ancient olive tree which was hanging out in an artificial lake in Portugal. It must have stayed for a long time in the depths of the sea, until its rotten roots brought it to the surface. The many holes that it has tell about its maybe millenarian history. Now there is a sound dreaming in each of those holes and is waiting for you to discover it.

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Creating paradises

Permaculture, Landart, Creative green building,... while tuning into the sense of well-being

What a wunderfull dream.... living in paradise. ...in a place with amazing beauty, where all beings are living together in harmony where one can find magic places and spaces, which are aporting wellbeing by there selfclimatisation, where healthy food is growing in abundance, where the sun and the water generate our energy.... and where even objects can be found inviting to get involved with all fecetes of culture, artworks, musical instruments,... where there are workshops to be creative, where the people live in comunity; giving joy and support to each other,

Introduction

All the aspects of this project

The best moment to learn about the project “Valle de Sensaciones”. We will introduce this wide project at all levels. We will walk around the area learning about all the buildings, objects and landscape's creations. We will introduce all the aspects of the project. We will feel all the sensations that are awaiting us in every object of the valley. Rhythm and music will guide us every day. We will experiment the basic energy of the rhythm, we will learn to play drums, we will learn amazing sounds and play unknown instruments.

Gaia-Initiation

Gaia-initiation is a powerful healing process and self-discovering. The shamanic teacher Sunwalker has developed it from Americans and Africans shamanic teachings for people of western culture. His ceremonies and shamanic techniques will help you to experiment the union with yourself and GAIA, the spirit of the Earth. The person can experiment a new orientation, more clarity and more vitality. The life is enriched with important and deep experiences. With: inipis (Sweat lodges) Trance dance Working with the medicine wheel Shamanic journeys with the drum

Taller GAIA

Weaving dreams with Water, Earth, Air and Fire

Water, air, earth and fire are the 4 elements around which our life is based. Understanding their character and potential is basic for a conscious life with nature. Whether it be designing and creating the place, a garden or biotopes; building houses and toilets or generating and making use of energy; be it through artistic expression or in the continuous interaction with the environment.

Living together

Communal living

During these days the Valley of Sensations is open to participate under every concept that we offer. With all participants we celebrate an intensive community life, using the community mandala, having talking stick circles, spontanous parties and much more. Under 'Experiment' we offer a stay with a minimum of engagement, in order to get the most out of the place, the objects, the works and the contact with people alike. 'Collaborate' means helping with the necessary tasks to the project.

Welcoming the new season

Inner and outer preparation for the next phase of the year.

The cicle of the 4 seasons is an essential prozess to whom is living close to nature. Each season has its magic and brings its own quality. Our life, the activities, the pleasures are off a different type. We invite you to life this cicle consiously, beeing part of the inner and outer preparation of the arrival of the new fase and celebrate its beginning. The prozess is acompanished by teoretical and practical teachings about a creative life in unity with nature. In each event we will give a introduction into permaculture, the creation of green livingspaces, comunal living and much more.

Full moon celebration

Days and nights to celebrate the magic of this little paradies

Days.. and nights! to celebrate the magic of this paradise, to get to know the philosophy, the constructions, the objects and the sensations of this Valle, to get together with people alike and enjoy these special nights. Rhythm and music will be with us every day. We will experience the elementary energy of the rhythm, we will learn how to play drums, we will get to know amazing sounds and learn how to play unknown instruments, we will sing power songs and we will do music jams in which everybody wil be able to feel part of a common wave of rhythm and sound.

Summer in paradise

Wellbeeing, creativity, learning... in a flow

Because of personal reasons we are not able to offer the here announced workshops this year Still we will celebrate this special moment as usual. Part of the creative activities will still be available. As result the fee is dramatically reduced. Joining 7 days or more the complete daily fee will be 28 €. -----------------------------------------------------------

Drum making

Make your own drum and learn how to play it

Making your own drum is a fascinating experience. To create its body with all your love, see how it comes together with the leather and hear its first sound ... Your contact with your instrument will be a different one. It won't be anymore an alien object with which you may not even know what to do without "knowing" the "right way" of doing it. It will be your very own drum and you will be able to experiment full of curiosity, and listen to what it is telling you, letting yourself be guided by its touch, its sound and its rhythm.

Day of sensations

Presentation of the project and its sensations

A walk through the land, presenting its constructions, objects and places. We will explain the reason behind things and enjoy their charm. We will be also making some music, playing the drums and getting together with everybody in our medicine wheel. Kids are welcome. From 11 in the morning until 8 in the evening. Participating is free. Donatios are welcome.

Handiwork

working together, to realize extraordinary creations

We are going to work together in this artistic project and its objects. Experienced creators are welcome to bring in and develop their capacities. Other interested people have a change to learn a lot, while colaborating fittingly to their abilities.