Life in a Spanish Ecovillage

Life in a Spanish Ecovillage

Saturday July 11, 2015 Written by Ronan

Spanish Ecovillage Matavenero

Spanish Ecovillage Matavenero

While most of us live in city or towns, resistant groups of individuals remain on the fringe. Kevin Faingnaert photographed one such group in the remote, isolated mountain region of North West Spain only accessible by foot. Known as Matavenero, the so-called "ecovillage" is a world away from the crowded, busy existence of urban society. And it looks bloody inviting.

Spanish Ecovillage Matavenero

Spanish Ecovillage Matavenero

The micro-society was settled 26 years ago, after a temporary, countercultural community known as a Rainbow Gathering was held in the area in 1989. Faingneart’s portraits capture a bohemian-looking crowd and their children residing in cosy, ramshackle structures improvised out of salvaged wood, concrete, glass, and even sections of vehicles. Some live in reclaimed houses from the abandoned village that stood there previously, while others simply live in tepees. Residents are expected to work one day a week for the community and attend fortnightly meetings.

If you’re tempted to move into one of the empty houses, you can write to the council, or try tweeting them. Send us a postcard when you get there.

Via Ignant.