Nevada Naturales popped up on Trip Advisor whilst I was researching my holiday to the Alpujarras region of Southern Spain. They’re based near the charming spa town of Lanjaron and offer wildflower and foraging walks, herbal, soap making and artisan bread and cheese making workshops and are huge proponents of organic gardening and self-sufficiency.
Luckily for me they had availability on their forthcoming wildflower walk and herbal workshop. Un-luckily for me I fell six foot off a mountain a few days beforehand taking a big chunk out of my left heel and making it difficult to walk. Very kindly Sue of Nevada Naturales arranged for her husband Pete to collect me from the town and take me up to their house whilst the others went walking.
I was completely enchanted by the piece of paradise that Sue and Pete have worked so hard to create. Terraces laden with delicious fruits, flowers, herbs and vegetables all spill down the mountain with some of these delectable goodies finding their way to restaurants and retreat centers across the region.
Their place is totally off-grid; electricity from solar panels and snow melt off the Sierra Nevadas channels down through the extensive acequia system filling water tanks for the gardens. Pete has built the most luxurious compost toilet I’ve ever had the pleasure of using as well as a reed bed to filter used water. Very impressive!
A wonderful lunch was served on the terrace when the others returned – delicious home grown, home made food before the workshop aspect of the day began. Sue instructed us in how to make a skin cream using beeswax and a selection of aroma therapy oils. I chose to use camomile, rose and frankincense which produced a fabulous balm for my skin suffering from the roasting Spanish sunshine.
It was such a lovely day. Sue and Pete are excellent hosts making us all feel very welcome and comfortable. Their extensive knowledge and beliefs manifest in the exquisite oasis that they’ve built. It was a great group, lots of fun and we learnt loads of practical information.
Also, I’m a huge dog lover and enjoyed lots of cuddles with their dog Rastus who despite my best efforts, refused to pose properly for my camera. Well they do say never work with kids and animals!
And just to make me fall in love with Nevada Naturales even more, they hold an open day every year to raise funds for Valle Verde animal rescue. This year – their open day is Sunday 25th September. A great opportunity to see and hear about their work, share their warm hospitality and raise money for a fabulous cause.