We are a not for profit arts organisation / residency called Joya: arte + ecología based at Cortijada Los Gázquez, an ‘off-grid’ sustainable destination in the heart of the Parque Natural Sierra María-Los Vélez in the north of the Provincia de Almería, Andalucía.
It was founded in 2009 by us, Simon and Donna Beckmann, with the intention of making a strong cultural destination within a Spanish rural context. We believe that dynamic and sustainable creative activity is the backbone to regenerating land that has been slowly abandoned over the last fifty years.
Arid zones such as southern Spain have anthropogenically become increasingly vulnerable as a consequence of climate change and land usage. Joya: arte + ecología, as an arts led field research centre, aims to be an exemplar to sustainable land use, creativity and invention.
We use the power from the sun and wind, cooking and heating with wood and recycling everything. As an arts residency we ask for help with resident artists, guests and working on the land.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
NOTE: as winter approaches we are looking for strong folk who can cut and chop wood for the house. People who are physical and able to move rocks, dig holes, build roads, clear overgrown areas of land and dig soil. If that's you (genuinely) then you will have a good time in the fresh air in the mountains.
At our place, please ask
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
5 hrs 5 days a week or 6 hrs 4 days a week
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