The Foundry is a collective and self-organized project, where we are all using and taking care of a shared space in a non-hierarchical way. We try to put this in practice through the following principles:
• Doers decide. You don’t need to ask permission to show a movie or plant a tree. Communicate, but feel free to develop initiative; that’s what the space is for.
• Make things possible for others. Leave space for others; don’t occupy all the physical space. Support other’s initiatives. Keep, help and take care of other people’s work, and work together to keep the space clean and organized.
• Act as host and guest at the same time. Some know the place better than others, but we all use the Foundry without difference in privilege or control. We all use and care for the place; nobody manages it.
Making a horizontal space like the Foundry work sometimes requires more communication rather than less, and a willingness to question your own position. Those who make use of the space take care of the space; they renovate it, maintain it, and pay for its expenses. If you want to spend time here, think of what you want to contribute, whether it’s physical labour, organizational work, a nice meal for everyone, or simply help out with the costs.
Membership and costs
To stay at the Foundry, you need to become a member. Membership costs 20 euros per year, and it includes the first two nights of accommodation. As a member, you can participate in the events at the Foundry, and you will be invited to the annual general assembly.
The Foundry is and will always be non-profit, but there are costs to running a site like this. To cover our expenses, we currently suggest a donation of 10 euros per night, or 250 euros per month. If you are unable to pay this, there may be other ways in which you can contribute: by helping with the buildings or the garden, for example. Please address this before arriving, so that we can coordinate between your ideas and the needs of the project.
If your stay is paid for by a grant, institution or company, the suggested donation is 20e per night, or 500e per month. This does not include food (which we generally organize together). We want to keep the Foundry as cheap as possible, so we have no staff; guests are expected to take care of the space together.
There is no application procedure; just let us know when you plan to arrive by sending an email to email@example.com.
If you want to support us financially, you can become a patron at www.patreon.com/bravosfoundry.
Current state, future plans
We currently have six bathrooms, a professional kitchen, 11 bedrooms (mostly doubles) with electricity and WiFi, several larger rooms, and a huge field where people can pitch a tent.
The Foundry is located in a valley surrounded by a river and a forest. For our regular groceries we go to Viveiro, a seaside town at 10 kilometers distance. We have a car and a bike, anyone is free to use them.
We could currently use help with the following things:
-Work on the buildings and the garden (we hope to build a theater / cinema soon).
-Events (you can propose seminars and workshops here or by writing us per mail or on Facebook).
-Furniture (if you have furniture or appliances you do not need anymore, we’ll be happy to take them).
How to get to the Foundry
Viveiro is the nearest place with access to public transport, and we are happy to pick you up from there. There’s four airports with a decent connection to Viveiro: A Coruña, Santiago de Compostela, Porto and Oviedo. If you cannot get an affordable flight to any of these airports, it’s also possible to get here from Madrid.
Santiago de Compostela: Flying into Santiago de Compostela often makes most sense, as there’s direct flights from Amsterdam, London, Paris, Frankfurt, and other major cities. There is a direct bus from Santiago airport to Ourol or Viveiro, both at about 10 kilometers from the Foundry, that leaves every workday at 19.15 and arrives about two hours later (it costs about 15 euros to Ourol). There’s another bus that goes from the airport to Burela (at 25 kilometers from the Foundry) that leaves at 14.45 (about 20e). Both buses are operated by Arriva, only operate on working days, and you might have to wave them down.
If you arrive in the weekend or somehow can’t take these direct buses, there’s also a bus connection between Santiago and Ferrol (it takes about 1h20; for timetables, see www.monbus.es or www.flixbus.com), and from Ferrol you can take a train in the direction of Oviedo that will stop in Viveiro after about two hours. This train goes four times a day; for the schedule, see http://www.renfe.com/viajeros/feve/. There are also regular blablacars from Santiago to Viveiro.
A Coruña: To get from A Coruña to Viveiro you have two options: 1. a direct bus, that takes two and a half hours but unfortunately only goes twice a day, and only on weekdays (https://arriva.gal/servicios/horarios-en-pdf), or 2. get a train or bus to Ferrol (there’s a fair number of connections, and it takes about an hour) and from there take the train mentioned above.
Porto: Porto is about four hours away by car (blablacar?), but there’s a flixbus (www.flixbus.com) that goes from there to Ferrol. From Ferrol one can take the train mentioned above.
Madrid: Finally, if you don’t mind sitting in a bus for eight hours, you can also take a direct bus from Madrid to Ferrol (www.alsa.es) and take the train from there, or look for a blablacar. Alternatively, take a bus from Madrid to Lugo, and from Lugo to Viveiro or Ourol. This trip is doable in one day, it’s affordable, and in many cases it saves the environment one flight.