Los Molinos del Río Aguas
Los Molinos del Río Aguas is an ancient little Andalusian village with a long historical background, situated in a green oasis in the middle of a Natural Park. In our GUIDED TOURS we high-light the richness of our unique ecosystem which is home to a variety of endemic species of fauna and flora. All the houses in the village are self-sustaining with river water and solar power as we live free from any water or power supply provided by the government. There are about 30 people living here, not counting the many volunteers and visitors passing through throughout the year. Los Molinos on Google Maps
The Karst en Yesos de Sorbas is a Natural Park located in the southeast of Andalusia (Spain) and one of the world’s biggest gypsum karsts with over 1,500 caves offering a spectacular and diverse world of crystal formations: stalactites, stalagmites, columns and corals. The Karst has become one of the jewels of the geological world due to its educational value and scientific interest, a true and green oasis that is now threatened by the risk of the over-exploitation of water caused by the macro plantations of olive trees in superintensive cultivation. Over the last four years we have brought this case of human and environmental abuse to the level of international awareness. Please find out more on our website: rioaguas.org
Almería is the province with the least rainfall in the whole of Europe and, statistically, 300 days of sunshine per year. Various protected areas can be found here and we are undoubtedly privileged to behold the sea, the alpine peaks, Mediterranean forests of the mountain range, and the only desert on this continent in one and the same province. The flora and fauna are some of the most abundant and diverse to be found in the Old Continent, and for living creatures, this land of contrasts offers a multitude of different habitats. Due to the circumstances of its geographic situation, climate, proximity to the African continent and its extreme aridity, the province of Almería is one of the wealthiest places of endemisms found per unit area in the whole of Europe.
The PITA-ESCUELA house has been completely renovated during a period of 3 years with the aim to transform it into an example of a self-sustainable house with all kind of modern comfort.
It is provided with 230V solar energy current, a giant 20m2 bathroom with hot water and a washing machine, intelligent heating system, ecological futon mattresses, swimming pool with river water, broadband Internet and a ‘Music-Lounge’, which includes a recording studio and a collection of more than 60 musical instruments.
The house is where some of our activities take place and where we expone a great number of our products and colections, as well as it offers sustainable accomodation for you to get the full experience.
The Pita-Escuela house is the core of our project. It incorporates an Agave Museum situated in the heart of our village, Los Molinos.
The museum reflects 25 years of our work with the wood of the desert and a number of musical instruments, craft articles and samples of products made from agave fibres are exhibited here, as well as we hold informative, photographic and film material and a whole archive of scientific information, like reports and articles, related to the integral uses of the Agave and much more.
It’s the perfect spot for you to get inspired, study and develop your own beautiful creations!
Our beloved workshop-space of creation in the school garden next to the PITA-ESCUELA house, is a flat-packing structure which can be moved to another place any time, but actually, there is no reason to do so.
Entertained by bird sounds, surrounded by trees and plants and just a few steps away from our swimming pool, we have the perfect working conditions for the realization of our workshops, to get inspired and develop our beautiful creations.
And of course, all the machines that we use for the elaboration of our products work 100% with solar energy.
The summer camp organized by GREENPEACE in July 2011 was the start of our own little agave plantation located down in the valley next to the river.
The plantation functioned as a nursery to ensure the growth of future generations, especially the A.americana subspecies, as well as having been a perfect spot for educational and research activities.
Unfortunately, this plantation has been completely disappearing because of the aggressive attacks of the plague of the Picudo Negro, in 2007 detected for the first time in Spain. At the moment the Picudo continues attacking all along the Mediterranean coast. As there is no economical use for Agave in this country and due to the fact that it is included in the National Catalog of invasive exotic species, nobody takes measures to regulate this plague.
The Casa de la Realidad up the hill provides the Pita-Escuela House with solar energy and water from the river, our lifeline so to speak. With the help of many friends from different countries, the Englishman David Dene transformed this former ruin with 25 years of constant work into a self-sustainable house. With 3,5 KW of solar energy including a 5 KW inverter the house is now totally adapted to the needs of the 21st century.
National Geographic made a report about the Casa de la Realidad as a perfect example for low environmental impact and a high living standard at the time. The house can store up to 15,000 liters of water . The water is pumped through a ram pump from the ancient, Roman water supply system, and can transport 5 liters per minute, 24 hours a day.