Update 25/10 : Hello hello, I have published some updates in a new post "Autumn News" . Thank you so much for your amazing support !
We still need help, to finance the creation of the dance space (inside walls + floor) and to keep reforesting the land.
Hello, my name is Anaïs. I am a dance facilitator, body & energy worker and poet, living in South Portugal with my two children. I have the vision and strong wish to co-create a dance community within a reforesting project.
My kids and I called it FoxLand ~ a Terra da Raposa !
FoxLand is a 7 hectares land, in the middle of beautiful soft hilled landscape, quite abused by agriculture (over-grazing from sheeps and cows, extensive eucalyptus planting....).
Our wish is :
* to rewild and reforest a big part of the land
* to ceate a 100m2 dance studio and a healing arts space to support the well-being of the regional community.
* to host the community daily life of womxn* (cis& queer) artists and their children (food forest, living spaces) and
We have started in january 2022 to renovate the old barn of the land (100m2). The vision is to create a dance studio for the local area, to bring the work of local teachers and international teachers to Alentejo, and have a place to work daily on embodiement practices as a community. We want this space to be oriented on community well-being, artistic and healing arts practices.
We need support to finance the plastering of the walls (the material has been bought already but we need professional help to cover this big surface) and a wooden dance floor !
On the reforestation and permacuture side, I have planted throughout the dry winter 2021/2022 about 80 local trees mostly coming from the tree-nursery of "eco-intervention", a local association that support reforestation in Alentejo + some fruit trees : almond, lemon, nesperas (loquat), kakis, medronheiros (strawberry trees) peach, prune, guava...
A neighbourg helped to trim the 10 young olives trees of the land (that have been a bit damaged by the goats and sheeps kept on the land before) and some of the old pear trees (there are many of them on the down part of the land).
Most trees survived summer... depsite the hard sun and the hungry locusts (crickets). I bought some water hooses and pies and taps with part of the donation recieved ! That was great support, THANK YOU !
It would be awesome to buy and plants more trees this winter and to get a proper irrigation system for next summer, as the sun and ocean wind are dreadful for young trees.