Ulex South

Ulex South is located in the rural village of Saleres, in El Valle de Lecrín 30 minutes south of Granada city and 40 minutes from the coast. The local population earn their living predominantly through agriculture, many of the residents are elderly farmers working in small-scale orange and lemon, almond or olive production.

Ulex south Saleres smallUlex South is hosted by La Bolina and situated within La Bolina’s Learning Centre. The Learning Centre comprises two spaces, the residential based on rural village houses in  Saleres  Village and the learning space that is situated in the old school closed for many years due to the decrease of children and families in the village. It has a large workshop space and an outdoor playground.

The village is surrounded by walking routes amongst the orange groves and mountains. Nature connection and land regeneration is a key focus for La Bolina and the natural environment will significantly feature within the Ulex South courses.

What is distinctive about the Ulex South Programme?

Ulex South is based within the ‘living’ project of La Bolina. This means that through immersion in this context, course participants will get a real sense of the ways of working, organisational model, values and practices of a project intending to respond to intersecting global challenges at a local level.

The pedagogical and methodological approach of Ulex South is based on three pillars:

Living Systems: The complex and uncertain qualities of the context we live in needs a complex living systems approach to be able to understand, adapt, response and influence. From complexity theory, systems thinking to participatory action research there is a whole range of tools and approaches that we use to explore transformative change.

ulex south mapping smallLearning in praxis: We are fascinated by the power of participatory creative change rooted in concrete local actions. We are actively researching how change happens, and most importantly for us, experiencing the phenomena of change in the living system of La Bolina. We are practising learning to ‘see’ differently to sharpen our faculties to the subtle shiftings of the system we are impacting and being impacted by. We avoid universal and exclusively theoretical approaches, we believe change happens in concrete, contextual and specific therefore our learning approach is based on a “delicate empiricism”, learning from reflection on concrete personal and collective experience and practice and inspired and influenced by theory and method.

Diverse ways of knowing: Our work is based on performance, social art, bodywork and contemplative practices as key methods and source of knowledge that support deeper diverse and more plural ways of knowing. Moreover, these practices are a source for creativity and innovation and enable us to address complex processes and learnings.

La Bolina values, mission and approach

ulex south regenerationThe La Bolina team moved to El Valle in December 2017 motivated by co-creating a project and way of life that integrates regeneration, integration and sustainability. We are a diverse team of people who visions a world of connected ecological, regenerative and intercultural communities; this is why we founded La Bolina, an alive exploration of contextualised systemic change.

As well as regeneration of land and repopulation of rural villages, we are dedicated to the dignified and respectful integration of migrants and refugees through running education and training programmes, building just and ethical employment opportunities and providing community living whilst constructing alternative food systems based on local and circular economies. La Bolina has developed an eco-business growing and distributing veg boxes to a community of customers and to restaurants and eco shops.

La Bolina’s projects and actions adapt (like a living ecosystem) responding to changes in the local context – such as connections with people, new collaborators, local politics, the trends in migration and the realities of the Spanish asylum system, availability of land and learning new farming techniques.

In all of our activities we commit to:

  • Live with the reality of complexity and uncertaintyulex south bolina open day
  • live our values
  • take courageous, responsible and positive action.
  • think, do and act with creativity.
  • meet all humans as humans and embody the values of equity, love and respect.
  • embed ecological regeneration in all that we do, acknowledging the non-separateness of ourselves and nature.

Even though La Bolina is a young project it has gained international recognition for its dedication to regeneration, local rural development and work with migrants and refugees.

Ulex south toto georgeLa Bolina hosts courses throughout the year such as Permaculture Training Matters, Cultivando Futuros for Migrants and Refugees, Local Community Development in association with the local authorities and Social Theatre exploring Diversity, Belonging and Race.

Maria Llanos and Ruth Cross two of the co-founders of La Bolina are working with Ulex to set up Ulex South.

To find out more about La Bolina and what we do please see our website – www.labolina.org