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Beneficio community tent
Beneficio community tent
Coordinates: 36°55′20.5″N 3°26′6.5″W / 36.922361°N 3.435139°W / 36.922361; -3.435139Coordinates: 36°55′20.5″N 3°26′6.5″W / 36.922361°N 3.435139°W / 36.922361; -3.435139
Country Spain
Autonomous community Andalusia
 • Total3 km2 (1 sq mi)
550 m (1,800 ft)
 • Total200
 • Density67/km2 (170/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)

Beneficio is an intentional community in southern Spain. It consists of a plot co-owned by many residents in a river valley, outside of the Alpujarras village of Órgiva.[1]

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, and secondary water is provided by the stream running through the valley.[1]

Tipis and gardens in Beneficio, April 2011.


  1. ^ a b Beneficio Orgiva, Spain. Fellowship for Intentional Communities Archived 2011-07-22 at the Wayback Machine. 2009.