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Can Comú: A Family-Oriented Permaculture and “Active Education” Project
This project has been supported by a grant from the foundation Terre Humaine
Can Comú is a holistic educational project where collective learning leads us towards regenerating the landscape and rebuilding the relationships between ourselves and the environment around us.
We founded Can Comú on the principles and ethics of permaculture, and the inspiration provided by active education (“educación viva” in Spanish).
Permaculture is a system of agricultural and social design principles centred around simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems.
Active education focuses on the learning processes of children who have freedom to learn according to their own interests and necessities…within clear limits. The children are accompanied by adults with respect and unconditional love, as free of judgment and prejudice as possible.
We have purchased a property in Catalunya in a natural park (Parque Montnegre i el Corredor) that will make an excellent site for this project. Located less than two hours north of Barcelona by public transport, the property has about 35 mature fruit and nut trees and rich soil that have never been treated with chemicals. Our goal is to create a highly self-sufficient “closed loop” system: the vast majority of our food, water and energy will be produced/captured on site, and our “wastes” (which in permaculture we treat as resources) will be recycled/reused here as well.
Can Comú is a family-oriented creative learning space developed for the common good, taking care of both people and nature.
Our mission is to create a permaculture demonstration site which models best practices of organic farming, nature, water management, solar energy, natural building, the impact of their ecological footprint, and “people care” (the second ethic of permaculture).
For Whom Is This Project Created?
- For people who are interested in permaculture and want to learn it
- For families who want to learn together and enjoy recreational time together and with others
- For people who want to explore and develop their own creative potential through artistic expression
- For people of all ages
Who are we?
Alfred Decker and Daniella Querol are a family who work as facilitators in courses, as well as collaborate with the local associations of our coastal mountain zone.