In the forested hills between the Pyrenees and Mediterranean Sea, Bastarra is a new project on terraced land abandoned 60 years ago, where now mixed oak and beech forests rise within this nature reserve.

Beside an ancient volcano, forest gardens begin to grow in small clearings and on the spoil heaps of charcoal burners, while a simple cabin and house are being built from the wood and clay found on site.

Nearby the old stone farmhouse has been rebuilt beside the spring - a rare occurrence in these dry hills, over which towers a great willow that can be seen from miles around.

This Permaculture project takes its lead from the slowly regenerating forest, aware of the fragility in this rapidly changing climate, and there is always time to sit and listen to the birds or the wind high in the trees, or wander the many tracks along this forgotten sierra, as monks once wandered between its chapels and hermitages.

We are just beginning to find our way here, you'd be welcome to join us.

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May 01 - Oct 31, 2023Minimum stay: 3 nightsMaximum capacity: 10 people
Food Not Included
Come and explore this forgotten backwater of regenerating mixed oak and beech forests away from the mass tourism of the Costa Brava, Barcelona and Girona.
Ancient tracks weave their way through these hills from silent chapels deep in the forest and larger hermitages and sanctuaries perched on rocky ridges.
Year by year this forest expands and diversifies; genets and wild cats return as eagles and vultures circle overhead and soon bears and wolves will return too.
Our basic campsite facilities offer a perfect base for eco-adventures in this protected site, close to the Natural Park of the Volcanic Zone of La Garrotxa.
To make the most of your stay there will be someone always on site to help with information, sharing walking routes, maps, food foraging and information on places of particular interest.
If you do not have your own 4x4 vehicle to get here, a lift will be provided free from the nearest public transport.
Accommodation includes tents, toilets and showers.

Reciprocal Framework Meditation House - Natural Building Course

Sep 19 - Sep 25, 2023
Food included
Come and join us to build a reciprocal framework meditation house atop a hill with views to the Pyrenean Mountains and Mediterranean Sea.

In a single week we will select, cut, carry and debark the necessary oak trees, before then raising the reciprocal framework.

Although accommodation is basic, as we put together the infrastructure for this developing Nature Centre, we hope that for a small communal group, this step-by-step process, from standing tree to light and airy meditation platform, will be truly satisfying.

This course is designed for those with no experience of carpentry or meditation, but are motivated to try both in this beautiful forest, sharing a week of work, in silence, in conversation, in community with each other and the forest too.

While these will be long days, physical strength is not as important as good health and an open attitude to learn with others of any age, sex or gender.

It is open to persons of any religion, spirituality, philosophy or none.

Key Stats.

Year founded


Size of project site

30 hectares

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Catalan
  • French

People on site

4 - 15

Dry season

June to September

Wet season

October to May

Living Conditions.


  • hammocks
  • tent camping

Vegetarian Food

  • communally cooked meals


  • slow: emails only

Ongoing classes

  • meditation
  • permaculture


Bastarra is currently offering the following opportunities:

  • Permaculture
  • Ecotourism
  • Natural Building
  • Meditation Retreat
  • EarthHead! DAO

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