As we arrive at the end of a very busy and exciting year of diverse activities, it’s time to reflect on our general direction and see how far we’ve advanced our overall objectives as a continually popular Green movement, both on the island of Ibiza and beyond.

Rewinding the movie to the beginning of 2016, we had some rather ambitious plans and hopes for this very special year. As main director of the local Greenheart movement, I have to say that we have done extremely well with the majority of our objectives and have managed to attract a wonderful team to join us at our main centre in Casita Verde.

Apart from myself, Carlos de Andres and el Cubanito, we have two lovely new permanent volunteer members from Valencia, Estefanía Burguete and Alberto Párraga, who arrived to join us at Casita Verde at the beginning of November and have moved into the old yurt, which is a very comfortable space for couples and is also good for all weather conditions. Estefanía is a pharmacist and Alberto is an agronomist. Thankfully, we still have Dorus Rijkers the Dutch carpenter/ Builder zooming along with his eco-buidling projects and repairs at Casita Verde, visiting us many days a week. I also have a lovely new Personal Assistant, called Giada Forneris, to help out in the main office and with the social media and Ibiza Fènix project, so I’m hoping to have a less stressful lifestyle for the near future at least.

Meanwhile, we’re still looking for a suitable person to manage the cooking on Sundays and help with the kitchen organisation, when ‘Cubanito’ goes off to Granada some time in January to begin the new centre there. However, we’re managing quite well with the present team and producing some wonderful dishes for both our Sunday open day event and for our Thursday fundraising and networking evenings.

We decided to dedicate each weekly Thursday event to a different branch of our ‘Ibiza Fènix’ tree, so please check our facebook page for information about upcoming networking events (http://www.facebook.com/CasitaVerdeIbiza).

On Sundays during the winter time, we make a kind of exchange market at Casita Verde, where members are invited to bring along used but good items to exchange with others. This idea began a couple of weeks ago, as part of the series of events we offered for the European week of Waste Reduction, also promoted and organised by the Consell Insular of Ibiza.

This year, we’ve planted a lot of vegetables in our by now well established food gardens, which are supplied with waste water from the main installations and hope to be more or less self sufficient for our home consumption of seasonal produce within a couple of months. Of course, we still buy a lot of things from the owners of the land here, plus from the local payes market in San Antonio and the local products market every Saturday at Forada (see our facebook page for details of the special Aliolli Festival planned for this Saturday 10th of December). On this occasion, Casita Verde will make a children’s treasure hunt for items of garbage, hidden around the market area and offer prizes for those who find them. Later we’ll make some kind of artwork from the materials we gathered and mount it somewhere in the market).

Apart from all the action at our main centre in Casita Verde, we’re still very busy working on the new website for the Ibiza Fènix project, which seems to be getting more popular every day, as more island residents and members of the local authorities recognise the great value of such a programme in these changing times.

The Fènix project, with fifteen branches or sections, presented in the form of a carob tree, (a fabulously strong and nutritional evergreen organism, present all over the island of Ibiza), will be developed under the legal umbrella of the newly constituted ‘Ibiza Fènix’ NGO. Also, in order to ensure its success, we are in the process of creating a number of other new NGO’s during the next six months or so, each responsible for a different branch of activities on the expanding tree.

This is happening in an organic fashion, whereby as soon as we find enough people who are willing and prepared to make an action team, we will create another NGO for that branch of the tree. For each new organisation, there will be a separate legal agreement and a different legal number / bank account and working group, but using the same well-designed statutes. This will enable us to operate at a much higher speed, since we can all participate in the operation and expansion of the whole tree, as an evolutionary tool to get things right on planet Earth, in time to make a difference!

Finally, if you want to have a laugh and haven’t already seen the movie from the Ben Fogle ‘New lives in the wild’ series, filmed during July here at Casita Verde, check out this link below (only available until 13th December) and follow the instructions 🙂

https://www.my5.tv/ben-fogle-new-lives-in-the-wild-2/season-5/episode-5

Don’t forget, that if you have any questions about alternative lifestyle techniques, or want to know how you can be a more eco-conscious citizen, please come and see us on Sundays, or Thursdays at Casita Verde, Saturdays at the Local products market in Forada, or participate in our weekly cleaning events with Ibiza Limpia. Check us out on www.facebook.com/CasitaVerdeIbiza for more info.

You can also get in touch by email, sending your request to info@casitaverde.com, or calling our main office on +34 971 187353.

With warm greetings from Casita Verde,

Chris Dews – coordinator