el Valle de Sensaciones

Green building


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

Panoramic view of 'la bola'

A 3 dimensional sensation

The children of the end of the world

Impressions of Valle de Sensaciones

Creations related to '':

Hexagono

an artistic little house

A small hexagonal house of just 11 square meters. Its walls are build with local clay, whereas a different mixture and technique has been used on each of the sides, so as to experiment with the process and its result. The floor is made with stones from the river, fixed with the same clay, and a coat of linseed oil make it water resistant.

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.

La bola

a spherical treehouse

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Icosaedro

Geometric treehouse with sound

Events related to '':

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.

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.

Clay construction

Creative and healthy building

Clay is an amazing material. It is a composition of mineral particles, which is offered by nature to us for a variety of uses. From the very first contact, the material is caressing your skin. Clay has a healing power for wounds, is able of sucking infections out of the body, heals the digestive apparatus and much more. You can get it into shape either with your hands or with some tools; in either ways it is a smooth, moldable material of great adherence. It invites us to experience our creativity, may it be doing small sculptures or artistic constructions.

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 €. -----------------------------------------------------------

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.

Beautyfull lodges from recycled material

Building a sound sunroom, with glas wood and a mandala roof.

Low Budget Mini House Workshop

Living in a tiny home

Mini houses are very trendy, this concept provides us with opportunities for cost-effective, sustainable and environmentally friendly interior design. Mini homes are economical to maintain and low in energy consumption, the structures can be realized in a small space or can be constructed on mobile platforms. Learn how to build your own mini home Here are few of the topics you`ll learn about how to design and build your home in the most cost effective and ecological way which materials are best from an ecological point

Summer in paradise

Valle de Sensaciones in transition

Dear friends of Valle de Sensaciones The project Valle de Sensaciones is in a difficult but also promising phase of transition. This spring Rahma decided to leave the valley and our relationship, getting back to her life in Germany. This conducted me, Achim, into a phase of grief and reorientation, in which I retreated from nearly all social contacts during 2 month. In this time Peter (the third team member) and me didn't receive guests in the valley.