While the Foundry is now a comfortable place to live, renovations are not yet finished. It 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, electricity, stone walls, etc).
-Work on the garden (permaculture design, greenhouse construction, planting, upkeep).
-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).
-Financial support (at some point we want to convert an old part of the house into a theater / cinema space, but we’ll need some resources before we can start working on that).
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 (but volunteers are only accepted when there is a need for them, and when there is someone on site who knows what needs to be done).
If you come to work on your own project or to attend an event: 10e per night, or 250e per month.
If your stay is paid for by a grant, institution or company: 20e per night, or 500e per month.
Accommodation fees do not include food. Generally we organize food together; 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
We currently have six functioning bathrooms, a professional kitchen and a smaller kitchen outside. By 2020 we will have 11 separate bedrooms (mostly doubles) with electricity and WiFi, a few larger rooms, and a huge field where people can pitch a tent. It will be comfortable to inhabit the space with twenty to twenty-five people. Over time, this number will increase to around forty.
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. 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.
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.
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. 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.