Beneficio

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Beneficio
Levi Lord
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
Province Granada
Area
 • Total 3 km2 (1 sq mi)
Elevation 550 m (1,800 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 200
 • Density 67/km2 (170/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Hippies
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

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

Tipis and gardens in Beneficio, April 2011.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Beneficio Orgiva, Spain. Fellowship for Intentional Communities. 2009.