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THE PROJECT

 

Yamay is a "well being" place where those who make it every day strive to achieve a balance between the socio-cultural, environmental, educational and economic aspects.

Yamay is presented as a different tourist proposal based on a commitment to the social environment in perfect harmony with Nature. Through this model we seek to enhance the local natural elements integrating them to sustainable systems through a Permaculture design. The goal is to make visitors feel welcomed by Nature and its charms while enjoying an unforgettable educational experience on sustainable livelihood.

The design of this project, when finished, will include the construction of 10 cottages for tourists, a community center, a building for dorms, and a center for therapeutic treatments with clay and music. Currently, we have finished building a house to receive visitors, a showers/restrooms center, a big tent with a bamboo structure and a spacious kitchen located within an area for Experimentation and Education (to see the blueprint click here).

All the buildings that we planned for Yamay are and will be made with natural building elements and techniques using raw materials such as earth, straw, clay, bamboo, wood, stone, sand, etc. and with natural forms (imitating natural patterns observed in Nature and dominated by curved forms) providing a healthy and welcoming place for tourists and sustainable for the environment.

To achieve our objective we have focused on 3 pillars that form the structure of the project. Around them we will develop several related activities. Our ambition is that these pillars were installed in the community with which we interact and simultaneously serve as a model case to implement in other areas with similar characteristics or requiring additional innovations to our proposal.

The pillars in which we base are as follows:

  1. Social Responsibility

  2. Ecological Awareness

  3. Educational Development and Cultural Rescue

 

Responsible Tourism

Yamay is a place where the inhabitants of the town can add value to the tourist proposal by offering their crafts and personal services. It is also a place for sharing knowledge: experts and trainers are invited to share their techniques and experiences to help us and our visitors care even more for our habitat. Yamay is a site where tourists will have the combined experience of the comfort offered by the modern tourist resorts and the slow pace of rural populations.

Quietness will be a preciously cared attribute in order to make visitors' stay a nice and pleasant one without interfering with the local pace.

In Yamay, the activities offered aim to combine leisure with interaction with the environment providing an opportunity for the development of educational activities, while allowing the sharing of experiences and promote the exchange of ideas.

One of the key elements on which the model rests is the use of appropriate technologies that allow sustainable use of land and resources.

While natural construction is one of the emblems of the project, there are several elements that come together naturally to the permacultural design and other that are associated intuitively such as the concept of fair trade. This concept was included from the beginning in the project in order to encourage traditional production of small local producers as well as promoting their dissemination.

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Social Responsibility

The choice of the site where Yamay is located was strongly influenced by the problems of rural migration and displacement that affected equally Villa Pardo and many other locations in the interior of Argentina.

We believe that the concept of the project will not only create jobs directly (construction and maintenance of the property, tourist service, etc.) but also in an indirect way through activities generated and supplied by local people (historic visits to the village, horse rides, sulky´s rides, etc.)

Under t he concept of fair trade the place is presented as a forum for the dissemination of local traditions where producers can pass on their knowledge create networking through days of knowledge transmission and education.

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Ecological Awareness

The place was conceived as part of a Permacultural design. While each permaculture design is specific to a site, this one is developed to optimize the potential of the place, taking into account the characteristics and limitations of climate, topography, location and size of the environment.

The Permacultural design in Yamay, involves the application of renewable energy, development of organic farming, waste recycling, treatment of effluents and natural construction. The ultimate goal is to achieve the highest possible sustainability and optimizing energy use and other resources.

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Educational Development and Cultural Rescue

We feel the development as a process of co evolution between environmental and social systems, the latter being formed by systems of traditional local knowledge and experience already accumulated, appropriate technologies and organizational methods tested, although no longer in use due to the advance of other methods more widely used, though not necessarily more useful.

Yamay will become a living and educational experience on sustainable livelihood. Part of our objectives are training and demonstration, through workshops with local people and visitors, on natural construction, environment, permaculture, renewable energy, appropriate technologies, efficient use of firewood, waste recycling, organic gardening, worm farming, forestry, native trees and shrubs, shearing, etc.

This will lead to a constant educational and cultural exchange between visitors (mostly from cities) and local people.

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Permaculture

Is the design of conscious landscapes that mimic the patterns and relationships of Nature, while providing food, fiber and abundant energy to meet local needs.  The Permacultural design developed in Yamay, includes the implementation of renewable energy, development of organic farming, waste recycling, treatment of effluents and natural construction.

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Appropriate Technologies

A technology is considered appropriate when it has beneficial effects on humans and the environment.  Appropriate technologies often but not always, use own knowledge of the culture (usually handmade) and raw materials readily available in the natural environment where they are applied.

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Natural Construction

Is the set of building techniques that use organic materials and methods sensitive to the culture, relying on local resources and skills, which offers the potential for self building and are within the economic reach of most people.  This type of construction begins with the use of local natural materials from the very place where the construction will be placed.  Natural building is also a way to re-establish contact with these materials through experimentation and research.

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Fair Trade

We mean by fair trade all business transactions where all parties receive a compensation related to the effort made.

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