Beneficio is often referred to as a permanent Rainbow Gathering. It consists of a plot co-owned by many residents [1] in a river valley, outside of the Alpujarras village of Orgiva in Spain. Within the community, alcohol consumption is prohibited as are hard drugs.

Inhabitants live largely in various styles of light shelters such as tents, benders and tipis, although some more permanent structures have been built, including straw bale constructions. There is also a number of people living in vehicles along the dirt road that leads up to the Beneficio valley. A part of the settlement is against Spanish law and the Junta has been evicting its inhabitants since spring 2013. Inside Beneficio there are small businesses, including a shop, bakeries, free range eggs, and cheese making. There are shared facilities including a large communal tipi, shared outdoor kitchen, composting toilet, and a sports pitch. Drinking water is provided by a mountain spring.

Key Stats.

Year founded


Size of project site

300 hectares

Languages spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

People on site

100 - 200

Dry season

June to August

Wet season

December to February

Living Conditions.


  • private room
  • shared rooms
  • tent camping
  • hammocks

Vegetarian Food

  • communal kitchen access
  • communally cooked meals


  • slow: emails only

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