Hello! The sun has gone down on the 5th Roots Surf Festival in Morocco! It was an awesome week with many twists and turns – photos below! We continue on the Roots road with our 3rd Magazine edition & in case your wondering our next fest is from the 4th to the 10th of January in Morocco. Stay tuned for more info!
This issue features some Longboarding tips, An interview with Anna Gurney from the ‘Boodaville Project’ News of ‘Kid Hyena’s debut album, Plastic Footprinting & Much More!
DISCOVER 10 – ANNA GURNEY FROM THE BOODAVILLE PROJECT
Boodaville is an environmental education / permaculture project in the Matarranya region of Spain. 2.5 hours from Barcelona, near Calaceite town. For ‘Discover 10’ We catch up with inspiring and hardworking creator of the project -Anna Gurney.
1) How did Boodaville start?
I bought a t-shirt from an eco clothing company called Howies. On the label inside the t-shirt it said in small letters “Buy land, they don’t make it any more” and absolutely truthfully that was what got me thinking. I started looking and soon discovered that in Spain the more remote pieces of land are the cheapest which was great because I wanted to be far from roads and towns. I found this little piece of Aragon on May 16th 2008 and 6 months after seeing it for the first time I bought it.. with a vague plan to do eco-tourism but very few long-term ideas!
2) What were the greatest challenges at the beginning?
At the very beginning it was my playground and I very much enjoyed it. The greatest challenges have come since trying to push the project forward as a place for volunteers to work and as an education centre. It is such a huge task, and it is such hard work. I have been let down countless times by people who say “yes” to something but overestimate the time they can really dedicate to you. But that has been an amazing learning curve.. everything has! Right now I am determined to slow down a bit, and start working together with a team. The initial time input is much bigger but when we have consensus and communication between a group with the same objective, I expect to move forward successfully. I am doing a Sociocracy training in April to help learn how to get a good team together!
3) Have you had local support?
Community is hugely important in this project. From the very beginning I have made an effort to get to know locals, especially the farmers with neighbouring plots. At the beginning they thought “Who is this crazy English woman?” but the more they see the project develop and the better they understand the aims, the more respect and support I get from them. They still think I’m kind of crazy though!
4) Would you have done some core things differently?
Yes. At the beginning I had resources like money and a bit more flexibility than I have now, but I didn’t have contacts, or access to skilled teachers and useful networks. If I had visited more projects, and got to know people in the Permaculture community, I would have been able to use those initial resources more effectively. For example.. one of the first things I did in 2010 was build a vegetable garden. That was a terrible idea! We have no water on site, so that was very poor design. Even now in 2017 we don’t have a proper veg garden, we are still working to regenerate the soil and bring rainwater to the land.
5) Where is Boodaville heading?
Now I have completed the Permaculture Design Certificate I understand the importance of the long term design of the site, and in 2015 spent a month really thinking about that very question. The answer is that we are aiming to set up a small eco-village, with 4 owners and between 4 and 8 residents. The site will be lived in all year round so we can produce our own food and raise animals, and between the 4 owners decisions will be taken about how to realise the long-term design and generate enough income through educational activities… aiming in the end for a “Permaculture Paradise”!
6) How can Boodaville be more sustainable?
Interestingly, among permaculturalists, the word sustainable is being used less and less. “Sustainable” is the idea that we don’t make things any worse, but what we really want to do is have a positive impact, and by living our lives we want to regenerate – we want to create community and work towards healthier ecosystems. Right now at Boodaville we are regenerating the land, and doing great work at forming a community. There are many unsustainable aspects that still need to be fixed though – for example we still generate rubbish, and we use petrol, butano, and a lot of duct tape.
7) What has been the most rewarding thing from the project?
It’s a rollercoaster. Every few months there are moments which are rewarding and other times where it feels like i’m working too hard, but doing it and moving forward fills my soul. The rewards come when I feel the support of the community we’ve created, and when I hear that we have inspired people to go out and make changes in their own lives. I don’t spend time reflecting on whether I am happy with my life or not, because I know I am on the right path.
8) In what way does Boodaville connect with your everyday life?
It is my life! I think about it all the time.
My everyday life is mostly in Barcelona not at the Boodaville site. One thing that’s interesting is that by running the courses it creates time for conversation about how to live in a regenerative way, and to share good practices and resources. The closer I am to the courses the better I live in terms of things like buying ecological products, eating less cheese, and designing those little changes into my life that take me and my family step by step towards consuming less resources. Only very recently we put a bucket in the bathroom so while we run the shower waiting for the hot water we can collect the water and use it to flush the toilet!
9) If you could encapsulate your experience in creating the project with a line of wisdom, what would it be?
“If it’s not fun, it’s not sustainable” – although sometimes I’m making it fun for other people while running around in the background doing everything from cleaning toilets to sorting out the budget to fixing any and all problems that come up!
10) What is the least Roots (earthy) and most Roots thing about you?
I sometimes describe myself as an efficient hippy. Efficient because I work really hard to design the project in an ethical, effective, and economically sustainable way, plus I have to spend far too much time marketing. Hippy because I love nature, highly recommend breathing deeply in a forest, and believe in the good in people.
More Info about Boodaville can be found here: boodaville.org
PLANET SURF – LONGBOARDING TIPS
Here are a few headturning tips to make the most of your longboard!
Leash or No Leash?
To wear a leash or not wear a leash that is the question! Essentially classic longboarding technique requires no leash. Apart from looking as cool as, it totally frees up your feet to dance up and down that board. If you are going to wear a leash, make sure it is proper longboard one that attaches to your calf, to make sure you don’t trip up. It should also be longer than the board itself!
Using the technique of trimming you can put your board in the best place in the wave to get absolute minimum resistance. Where is that spot? Right in front of the breaking part of the wave. Find it and cruise!!!
Point the nose of the board in the opposite direction that the wave is breaking. Paddle into the wave and popup. As you drop down the face of the wave, start to turn the board around in an exaggerated bottom turn. Sounds easy, right?
Cross Stepping and your be turning heads on the break
With assured balance, quickly cross the leg of your rear foot over your front foot, then quickly bring your rear foot (the original front foot) around behind the other foot. Repeating this over and over will take you nicely along the board. Practice on balance beams.
Cross stepping takes you to the nose and Nose riding. Position the board in trim at the top third of the wave, with the back half of the board locked in the curl. Arch your back, get those toes hanging off the front and enjoy the ride!
ROOTS MUSIC – SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION FROM ROOTS ORGANIZERS ‘KID HYENA’
Just before setting off for Morocco we completed our debut album ‘Rebel Heart Club’, it was recorded over a 3 month period starting in Tarifa, Southern Spain and finished in Barcelona. In some way we think it captures the spirit of both places with a laid back vibe and occasional fiery blasts. We wrote, recorded & mastered it ourselves and are stoked with the results. Have a good listen when you can!
“You don’t know it but in fact you are a sleeper agent operating far into enemy territory, in the heart of the machine. You were hypnotized to forget about your real purpose so as to better establish a cover identity. Your secret mission is to bring down the machine and establish abundant earth community. This is your signal to become operational.” Jason Hine
More Band Info: www.kidhyena.com
ROOTS FOOD – HOMEMADE HOUMOUS
Save yourselves a ton of money and make this tasty and nutritious recipe made from primarily from chickpeas.
Did you know…?
That chickpeas contain about 120 calories for every 100 grams and are an excellent source of protein and fat, making them a staple food in many vegetarian diets.
Why are chickpeas so good for you?
Well, besides being packed with lots of protein and good fats, 45 grams of chickpeas equals the recommended dose of your daily fruits and vegetables. Chickpeas are also super-rich in fibre, which is an important part of keeping your cholesterol in check. Having enough fibre in your diet plays an important role in keeping your digestive system on track.
Chickpeas are gluten-free and rich in iron B-6 and magnesium. They also contain essential amino acids, the building blocks for protein, and are considered an essential part of any vegetarian or vegan-based diet.
To top it all off, chickpeas also contain phytoestrogens and some studies have supported that this particular nutrient may help to regulate certain hormones that can lead to breast cancer.
– 250grs of dryed chickpeas
– 3 cloves of garlic
– 1/2 juicy tomatoe
– 1 green pepper
– 1 hand of celery leaves
– 1 lemon
Put the chickpeas in water the night before you want to make Houmous.
On the next day boil the chickpeas for 3h approximately.
Cut in small pieces the garlic, the tomatoe, the green pepper and the celery leaves and put them in a bowl. Once the chickpeas are ready, add them into the mix with some salt and pepper.
Use a blender and blend all the ingredients together. While you are doing this, slowly add the juice of the lemon and check the texture of the Houmous. If the mix is not smooth enough when you have used all the lemon juice, add just a little bit of water. Be careful not to put too much water, if not you won’t get the right texture (this is the most tricky part).
Once you get the right texture and you are happy with the amount of salt and pepper leave it to rest a little bit in the fridge.
One tip!! The lemon juice will make the other flavours stronger, so you can use your own judgement if you would like it with more or less flavour.
Extra ingredient!! If you feel adventurous, add a little bit of corriander to have a more exotic final flavour!
LIVING CONCIOUSLY – REDUCE YOUR PLASTIC FOOTPRINT
At Roots in Morocco we made a wishing tree in which the festival participants made a pledge alongside the local children to help the ocean.
Reducing plastic waste is one massive way you can help the oceans recover, check out this online ‘Plastic FootPrint Calculator’ – you may find the results surprising!
GET BACK TO YOUR ROOTS – SPRING SOLSTICE & POSITIVE THINKING
Yes! Spring is almost here denoting new beginnings, birth, sunrise & new horizons.
It is a time to set intentions for our dreams with the seeds of thoughts we plant. As spring is experienced you can begin to sense the intended dream build and take form in the physical world.
What can you do to engage fully with Spring Equinox?
Take some time out to think carefully about what you would like to see grow over the coming seasons. Is it realistic? Do some adjustments need to be made? Is the goal selfish? Are you engaging with spirit?
Make your intentions clear, sit and visualize them and afterwards perhaps write them down or so something creative to make sure the intentions remain with you day to day. Imagine your intentions like a seed if you keep them watered in the right conditions they will eventually grow.
This time of year with its intense energy can sometimes bring on stressful situations, so make sure you spend time in nature & with friends. This can help you remain grounded and with a sure footing to help tread a path of harmony and balance.
Riding Giants is a 2004 documentary film directed and narrated by Stacy Peralta, a famous skater/surfer. The movie traces the origins of surfing and specifically focuses on the art of big wave riding. Some of the featured surfers are Greg Noll, Laird Hamilton, and Jeff Clark, and surfing pioneers such as Mickey Munoz. Sit back and soak it up!
…and finally we are looking for a intern to help with a Zero Waste Project in Taghazout.
This video explains further.
If you are someone with good communication and presentation skills and are passionate about Ocean Conservation, please get in touch!
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Next fest on the horizon 4th to the 10th of January.
See you next time!
Matt & Maria