As the Foundry is a space under construction, it might not yet be the ideal place to finish a book or a symphony. That being said, if you are interested in being part of and giving shape to this project, materially (building, cooking, farming) as well as conceptually (thinking about how and what to organize here), please feel free to visit us. The Foundry is a community-driven project; we employ professionals for the things we cannot do, but we try to do a lot of the work ourselves. We could currently use some help with the following things:
-Work on the buildings (woodwork, kitchen installation, plumbing, electricity, walls, etc).
-Work on the garden (permaculture design, greenhouse construction, planting, upkeep).
-Events (you can propose seminars and workshops here).
The Foundry will always be non-profit, but we do want to transition to a model in which operating costs are covered by accommodation fees. We are currently charging the following fees:
If you come to help with the site or are organizing an event: free.
If you come to work on your own project or to attend an event: 6e per night, or 150e per month.
If your stay is paid for by a grant, institution or company: 15e per night, or 400e per month.
Accommodation fees do not include food. Generally we organize food together; 3 to 5 euros per day is reasonable, depending on diet and harvest. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current state, future plans
At the time of writing (June 2019) we can accommodate around 10 people, more if people share rooms. There are 6 or 7 bedrooms with electricity and WiFi, several larger rooms, and a huge field where people can pitch a tent. Bathrooms have recently been constructed, but as we are not connected to the sewers and do not yet have a septic tank, sanitary conditions are somewhat primitive; we built a compost toilet and an outdoor shower and hope we will have functioning flush toilets and indoor showers by August.
The space will not be finished for a few more years, but it is inhabitable and will get more comfortable over time. We are planning a large theater / cinema space in what used to be the servant’s house, the church will function as a seminar / concert room, and at some point there should be comfortable accommodation for around 40 people.
The Foundry is located in a valley, so it feels quite isolated, but there is a small bar / restaurant at 500 meters, and a bakery at a few kilometers. For our regular groceries we go to Viveiro, a seaside town at 10 kilometers distance. We organize food collectively, and try to make sure there is always enough to eat on site. There’s also a permaculture garden and a lot of fruit trees. We have a car and a bike, anyone is free to use 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.
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 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/.
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’s a good 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 the train mentioned above. There are also regular blablacars from Santiago to Viveiro.
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.
Oviedo: This is probably not your best option – not many planes fly into Oviedo, and the train ride from there to Viveiro takes 5 hours. There is a direct train connection, however; for timetables, see http://www.renfe.com/viajeros/feve/.
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.