While everyone is welcome and accommodation is still free, visitors should realize that the Foundry is a space under construction. It might not yet be the ideal place to finish a book or a symphony, but 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), or if you’re just curious about what’s emerging here, please feel free to visit us. There is no application procedure; just let us know when you plan to arrive by sending an email to email@example.com.
Current state, future plans
At the time of writing (July 2018) we can accommodate around 10 people, more if people share a room. There are 6 or 7 bedrooms with electricity and WiFi, there’s a church where we can set up a few beds, a caravan with two beds, and a huge field where people can pitch a tent. We have plenty of beds, mattresses and linen, so no need to bring those. We are in the process of finishing a big room with a fireplace; maybe we’ll make a small library there (book donations are welcome). We do not yet have a septic tank, so sanitary conditions are somewhat primitive; we built a compost toilet and an outdoor shower, and there’s an improvised kitchen in the workshop. We hope to have flush toilets and indoor showers by the summer of 2019.
We also hope to start organizing events in the summer of 2019 – from that point onward, accommodation might cost a modest fee (The Foundry will always be non-profit, but we have to cover costs for food, electricity, etc). The space will not be completely finished for a few more years, but it 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 there should be comfortable accommodation for around 40 people in the future.
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 have to 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. We have a car and a bike, anyone is free to use them.
How to get to the Foundry
Viveiro is also the nearest place with access to public transport, and we are happy to pick you up from there. There’s three airports with a decent connection to Viveiro: Oviedo, A Coruña and Santiago de Compostela. If you cannot get an affordable flight to any of these airports, it’s also possible to get here from Madrid.
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. It is a direct train connection, however; for timetables, see http://www.renfe.com/viajeros/feve/.
A Coruña: The ride from A Coruña to Viveiro is faster, and you basically 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 might make 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), and from Ferrol you can take the train mentioned above. There are also regular blablacars from Santiago to Viveiro.
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.
Sometimes there are connecting flights with a relatively short layover time (less than one hour) that are actually very good connections, but they don’t show up on Skyscanner because the layover time is considered too short. If you travel with just hand luggage they’re often fine though. Some of these flights do show up on www.kiwi.com.
If your connection is very bad and there’s no way to get to Viveiro, we can pick you up from a Coruña airport (1h20) or Santiago de Compostela airport (1h40); just try not to arrive at 6am, and write us in advance so we can maybe combine pick-ups.