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.
Racism, sexism and other forms of (physical or non-physical) violence are not tolerated at the Foundry. If, while at the Foundry, you experience something you would like to address with someone not living there, you can write Estef at email@example.com. She lives nearby and is happy to provide confidential assistance.
Membership and costs
The Foundry is not a tourist lodging, but a space where people work, either on their own projects or on projects related to the Foundry. To stay there, you need to become a member. Membership costs 20 euros per year. As a member, you can participate in the events at the Foundry, and you will be invited to the annual general assembly. You can read the statutes of the association here.
There are currently three types of residencies at the Foundry:
- Residents who contribute money. The prices are:
Per person: 5e per day, 25e per week, 100e per month.
Per room: 5e per day, 25e per week, 100e per month.
That means a single person in a room pays 200e per month; two people sharing a room pay 300e per month; a single person pitching a tent pays 100e per month. Someone staying a single night effectively pays 30e (including the membership fee). There are no discounts for children. Forest cabins count as rooms. The Foundry is non-profit, but this money helps us pay the bills.
- Residents who contribute work. For new guests the first week is always paid. If someone wants to stay as a non-paying volunteer after that, we can figure out whether it’s a good fit and what that person can work on during the first week. Volunteers are expected to put in about 20 hours per week. Volunteer work includes construction, craft, forestry and gardening; keeping the space organized is everyone’s responsibility. There is a volunteer assembly once per week where we talk about what we have been doing and what we will be working on.
- Invited residents. These are people we invite to the Foundry because their work adds something to the space (all residents can suggest who to invite). They give a concert, organize an event, produce a site-specific artwork, teach something, etc. They stay for free and their membership fees are waived. The maximum duration of an invited residency is one month, but this can be extended if everyone agrees.
Ideally, the first group would be bigger than the second, and the second bigger than the third.
We generally organize food together, but you don’t have to join this system (which involves sharing bills and cooking once in a while) if you don’t want to. 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 what you want to do at the Foundry and when you plan to arrive by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will let you know if there’s a room available.
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, the garden and the forest.
-Events (you can propose an event by writing us per mail or on Facebook).
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 Madrid.
Santiago de Compostela: Santiago airport is the most international airport nearby, and there is a direct bus to Ourol or Viveiro, both at about 10 kilometers from the Foundry. The bus 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 and only operate on working days. There’s also a bus connection between Santiago and Ferrol (see www.monbus.es or www.flixbus.com), and from Ferrol you can take a train to Viveiro. This train goes four times a day; 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/), 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 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. Or take a bus from Madrid to Lugo, and from Lugo to Viveiro or Ourol.