Participating in Jardins Efémeros – Art Festival Viseu

'O Real é Magico'

Moinhos do Dão is participating in the Viseu art festival Jardims Efémeros with an excursion to Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Maceira Dão & Moinhos do Dão - Eco Quinta.
Dates & times: 8-07 11h - 14h & 16-07 11h30 - 14h30 (both sold out)

PROGRAM

- Guided visit to the exterior spaces of the Monastery of Santa Maria do Maceira Dão by António Tavares, archaeologist, Mangualde City Hall;
- Short walk to Moinhos do Dão
- Welcome Tea with herbs and homemade cakes
- Tour of Moinhos do Dão eco-quinta; visit along the river, from the fluvial beach to the restored mill, to the permaculture garden and to the solar and hydroelectric installation;
- Visualization of the artworks Thinking Box of Pedro Pires and ‘The Nest’ by Anne Friné.
- Gastronomy workshop «The best vegetarian hamburger»;
- Lunch buffet - 2 salads, baked potatoes, bread, hamburger toppings and natural juices (with products of proximity)

One of the stops on the tour of our quinta is Pedro Pires's art piece: "Thinking Box (Dão)"

About the piece:

Thinking box is a project created specifically for Moinhos do Dão, inspired by the Thinking Boxes of the artist Anne-Katrin Spiess. This artist has performed a series of projects with this title in different places of the United States of America. Initially they were designed for people living in large cities, as a place of escape from the outside world, or from other people. Later they were also installed in rural spaces, always with the aim of functioning as a private and personal space.
For ‘the Moinhos’, I wanted to recreate one of these Anne-Katrin Spiess Thinking Boxes, also building 4 white walls where one could isolate oneself to think. But after thinking and living the space of the Moinhos do Dão I realized that the essence of the project Moinhos do Dão, developed by Steven and Freya, is that the entire quinta is a Thinking Box by itself. The river, the houses, the trees, the vegetable garden, the mills, the chickens and their usual residents are what we need to get ourselves out of our hectic lives.
The house that had been planned with 4 opaque walls that hid its occupant, thus gave rise to a house without interior or exterior, in which the inside and the outside are confused. The "island" was the place chosen to install this sculpture inviting the public to visit a more wild part of the Moinhos terrain.
To be in the Thinking Box is to be in Moinhos do Dão.

Pedro Pires
London, July 2017.

More information about the artists who made site specify pieces at Moinhos do Dão:
www.pedropires.p
steigerova.com

 

Art at and inspired by Moinhos do Dão.

Art is happening at Moinhos do Dão and art is made inspired by the Dão river at Moinhos do Dão.

Nest piece by Anne Friné, our current artist in residence. The Nest can be visited until the Dão floods and takes it away. www.steigerova.com

'Studies on Water' by João Dias now on display in João's current exhibition at Museu Nacional Grão Vasco in Viseu.
www.joaodias.pt


Anne Friné's nest by
the Dão river.


Anne Friné in her nest
by the Dão river.

Studies on Water
Joao Dias 2017

Studies on Water
Joao Dias 2017
Based on the Dão river
at Moinhos do Dão.

Vrouwen Power Week – Female Power Week 2016

Moinhos do Dão October 30th 2016.
Still full of the power, love, generosity, humor, insights, honesty, adventure and courage that was shared and experienced during the ‘Vrouwen Power Week’ (Womans Power Week) here at Moinhos do Dão between September 21st and 28th.
How lucky we are to have guests that become friends that become collaborators! Thank you Mara and Janneke for making this special week happen and share the power and inspiration to do more!
The weeks program was totally built with what the various participants wanted to share and do during the week. We had: amazing food, introductions to ‘Human Dynamics’ and The Artist Way, Yoga in the morning, Emerging in Nature moments, massages, running sessions to the 12th century monastery nearby, a moderated conversation about what it takes to have guts and hikes among other things.
There will be more editions I am sure!

From left to right: Helga, Beatrijs, Mara, Iris, Janneke, Selma, Freya, Maaike & Mariette.

From left to right: Helga, Beatrijs, Mara, Iris, Janneke, Selma, Freya, Maaike & Mariette.

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Spring buzzziness & another great experience working with volunteers.

This year is something else! Last year it was just warm and dry between February and October. Now we are getting it all: sun, rain, wind, warm, cold. Really starting to sound like a ‘farmer’ talking about the weather all the time. That’s just what happens when living so integrated with nature. We are surely feeling the spring energy ramping up and we are trying to keep up with all the seasonal changes going on. Today (April 12th) we are bracing for a storm that’s on the way and might dump 6 cm of rain in 4 days……. fingers crossed!

In the last three weeks we unexpectedly had some great help from two volunteers Aline and Duarte who contacted us through HelpX. The collaboration with them was really fluid and fun and together we got so many things done it felt like they were here for much longer than 3 weeks!

Just to enjoy and remember all the work that was done:
– Woodchipping a LARGE quantity of piles of sticks we had been saving up.
– Garden path and bed building.
– Wood management.
– Clearing out basements.
– Dogbed sowing.
– Old apple crate cleaning and sanding.
– Seeding and planting.
– Clearing pieces of our new terrain on the other side of the Dão.
– Plastics and trash removal from ‘The Island’, left by the high river of early January.
– Mimosa removal.

WOW!!!!! Thanks Aline and Duarte!

Limpeza do Rio Dão Communicação de Imprensa

Noticia no Jornal do Centro sobre a limpeza do Rio Dão organizada pela CuidaDão.

Noticia no Jornal do Centro sobre a limpeza do Rio Dão organizada pela CuidaDão.

Communicação de imprensa:

As inundações de 10 de Janeiro 2016 não só deixaram um rasto de destruição ao longo das margens do rio Dão,como também grandes quantidades de lixo: sacos plásticos, garrafas, pneus de automóvel e outros objectos estão pendurados nas árvores, cobrindo as “praias” e estragando vários lugares do ambiente natural. Se forem deixados aí, continuarão a poluir o ecossistema do rio, podendo acabar no Atlântico visto que o Dão desagua no Mondego que por sua vez termina no oceano. É sabido que 80% do plástico encontrado nos oceanos provém de terra e que milhões de aves marinhas e mamíferos morrem todos os anos por o ingerirem.

CuidaDão, uma iniciativa de cidadãos pela defesa da natureza no vale do rio Dão, verificou a quantidade de lixo resultante das inundações referidas e decidiu agir. Uma ação para convidar cidadãos a fazer uma limpeza conjunta e contribuir para a sensibilização acerca dos problemas resultantes da poluição do ecossistema deste rio e a sua ligação ao que acontece nos oceanos. O tema desta ação é, por conseguinte, “como é que aquilo foi ali parar?” Saber como o lixo acaba num praia fluvial ou numa praia do oceano poderá ser uma forma de iniciar a resolução do problema.

CuidaDão é um movimento de cidadãos que habitam próximo do rio Dão, estão preocupados com a poluição do rio e a degradação do ambiente no vale. CuidaDão acredita que o património natural é um recurso subestimado e está empenhado em proteger e divulgar os valores naturais, culturais e económicos em presença. CuidaDão faz parte de um projeto nacional: ProjetoRios. Este projeto desenvolve e oferece métodos simples para os cidadãos e profissionais poderem monitorizar a saúde dos rios de Portugal e sensibilizar o público para a necessidade de a melhorar. De acordo com o método “ProjetoRios”, CuidaDão adotou um troço de 500 metros do rio Dão acima e abaixo da Ribeira dos Frades onde esta desagua neste rio.

Objetivos de CuidaDão:

  1. Saber mais sobre como a poluição afeta o ambiente.
  2. Aumentar a consciência pública sobre a importância de rios limpos em Portugal.
  3. Trabalhar em conjunto com todos os envolvidos para descobrir o que pode ser feito     no que respeita à poluição.

A ação de limpeza referida é apoiada pela Câmara Municipal de Mangualde, Freguesia de Fornos de Maceira Dão, Câmara Municipal de Viseu e Junta de Freguesia de Fragosela. Estas autarquias ajudam fornecendo ferramentas, remoção do lixo apanhado, e oferecendo um almoço aos participantes.

CuidaDão – A new environmental initiative for the Dão valley.

When you live in a place like the Moinhos do Dão, where the river and woods are your daily world, you cannot just stand and watch idly by when you see the damage caused by pollution in the river, ‘eucalyptification’ of the landscape for short term economic gain and fires every year due to poor land management. Environmental protection has become an undeniable necessity for us not just because of where we live, but also because we think the natural world at large needs protection. We wanted to ‘do something’ so we started a group, using the Projecto Rios method, that monitors the Dão river and its banks and aims to raise awareness about the importance of healthy ecosystems and clean rivers. Continue reading