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Living in Utopia: Ecovillage Movement in Spain
 
Matavenero, León

A dwelling in an old train car.

A. Aragón

A man from a neighboring village helps clear debris during a day of community work at A. Aragón.

Matavenero, León

Cristina, a wine producer, checks her medicinal plant garden. She is one of the original founders of the eco-village back in the 80's.

A. Aragón

Stradi, a musician living in A. prepares himself a cigarette while a friend of his, also living in the ecovillage, reads a paper.

A., Aragón

This half-collapsed church is used now as a hang-out place.

A., Aragón

Time to relax after work: Every month, people from neighboring villages gather in a different village to help with construction, repairs, cleaning or any task that requires extra hands.

Triste, Aragón

Inhabitants of various squatted villages in Aragón and Navarra meet to prune almond trees. They have an agreement with the owners to take care of the trees and retain the almonds after the harvest.

Triste, Aragón

"Pepe el Mielero", a beekeeper, checks the beehives during the winter time.

S., Aragón

S., another abandoned village, was squatted in 2005 by a group of 17 people. Nowadays (2011), 17 adults and 9 children live there.

S., Aragón
S., Aragón

Everyboy take shifts to cook communal meals that are held everyday.

Aineto, Aragón

Some people use almond shells as fuel for heating in the winter. Here, a villager is uncovering them after a cold night.

Aineto, Aragón

The bakery.

Aritzkuren, Navarra

Marai, one of the 5 children in Aritzkuren, makes bee's wax candles at the village free school.

Aritzkuren, Navarra

"Txinorri" in her tepee. She is one of the 12 inhabitants of the 15 years old ecovillage of Aritzkuren.

Aritzkuren, Navarra

Nahia is the oldest of 3 siblings, all of them born and raised in Aritzkuren, a small ecovillage in the mountains near Pamplona.

Uli alto, Navarra

Erwan, a French carpenter who built his own trailer-house, has been living in Uli Alto since 2007.

Tanquián, Lugo

A compost toilet for recycling.

Valdepiélagos, Madrid

The project of Valdepiélagos, an ecovillage north of Madrid, started in 1996 as a housing cooperative society. They moved to the site in 2008, when the sustainably built houses were finished.

Valdepiélagos, Madrid

These retired cheese-makers were two of the first people to move to the village.

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Living in Utopia: Ecovillage Movement in Spain

Ecovillages are urban or rural communities who strive to integrate a supportive social environment with a low-impact way of life.
As a result of some favourable conditions, like good weather and the existence of many abandoned villages in the countryside, there are many ecovillages in Spain. This photo-essay is the result of a trip covering 9 of these communities in Northern Spain between 2009 and 2011. Some of them are settled on mountain villages that were abandoned in the 50′s under Franco’s regime, and now are squatted. Others have been squatted in the past, but after a long process, the land’s ownership has been transferred to them.

✚ For more information and pictures on this photographic project, visit “Ensayando la utopía: Un viaje por las ecoaldeas españolas“, a post in my blog.