create and learn

Create and Learn

create and learn

The Aldeias do Xisto are a territory of intersection and convergence, a living laboratory of experimentation to create and learn.

Presentation

The roots of the Aldeias do Xisto come from an ancestral agricultural/forestry and communal experience and a deep relationship with nature mediated by man in the specific context of the places. Something that is far beyond the fantasy that some today call “the rural world" and that, unlike it, has not crystallised in time or in folklore, but carries an enormous potential for experimentation, innovation, learning and for transforming the future of these territories and even society in general.

The territory as a living laboratory

Re-creating the culture of places with the people who live there is the thrust of the Aldeias do Xisto’ plans to produce social and economic value in the region. We are exploring our cultural identity, drawing upon creativity and know-how. We can make this area a living laboratory, open to new thought and people capable of establishing connections to transform the social fabric and give rise to new ways of doing, living and being. This is only possible if there is a continuous opening to the outside world and a capacity to offer unique and unrepeatable experiences based on what is most distinctive: cultural identity.

School Village

The villages are schools, learning spaces where bread, cheese, vegetables, olive oil, walls and houses are made traditionally and where the whole landscape is a reference book. The villages are cultural heritage made of stones and people, the merging of man and nature where we can return to what is essentially human, where it is still possible to imagine a future that trades egocentricity for ecocentricity. The Village as a School is an entertainment programme entirely dedicated to sharing locally- and traditionally- based knowledge, bringing generations together and empowering more people to live in the region. The aim is to empower the Aldeias do Xisto as a destination to live, invest and create, through an innovative ecosystem of permanent learning, the valuing of knowledge and sharing it, and establishing the conditions for a community to flourish and an intergenerational environment of mutual help and support.

Craft+Design

The Aldeias do Xisto have promoted a collaborative culture between the region, design and artisanal know-how, through projects involving craft workshops, universities and designers. The trilogy Craft+Design+Identity, with the Água Musa, L4Craft and Agricultura Lusitana projects are paradigmatic of this. Starting from immersion and inspiration in the context of the villages, artefacts are created that are representative of cultural identity, the values of the region and Portuguese spirit. These artefacts illustrate a new way of living, of being, a more ecological philosophy, governed by ethical principles.

Tourist experiences of creating and learning

The Aldeias do Xisto are implementing a series of tourist experiences, with educational and experiential content, with a view to disseminating knowledge that contributes to a more balanced, fair and happy society. They link local techniques and knowledge with entrepreneurship and innovation, focusing on the values, practices and resources of rural areas. They bring generations together and create favourable conditions for people to adapt, endure and transform the settings in which they interact. To discover and learn, in a family or by yourself, you can book workshops in weaving, woodworking, ceramics and design, through the Bookinxisto platform, or more scientific activities, such as the identification of local flora and fauna, or even those that relate to the villages’ local offerings, such as traditional goats’ cheese or bread baked in wood ovens. Among many others.

Re-creating the culture of places with the people who live there is the thrust of the Aldeias do Xisto’ plans to produce social and economic value in the region.

The villages are schools, learning spaces where bread, cheese, vegetables, olive oil, walls and houses are made traditionally and where the whole landscape is a reference book.

The Aldeias do Xisto have promoted a collaborative culture between the region, design and artisanal know-how, through projects involving craft workshops, universities and designers.

To discover and learn, in a family or by yourself, you can book workshops in weaving, woodworking, ceramics and design, through the Bookinxisto platform.

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restaurants
Casa da Ti Augusta
Casa da Ti Augusta
Figueira
restaurants
Fiado
Fiado
Janeiro de Cima
restaurants
Callum
Callum
Oleiros
restaurants
Sabores da Aldeia Restaurant
Sabores da Aldeia Restaurant
restaurants
As Beiras
As Beiras
Pampilhosa da Serra
restaurants
Bem-Me-Quer
Bem-Me-Quer
Martim Branco
restaurants
Fugas Restaurant
Fugas Restaurant
restaurants
Museu da Chanfana
Museu da Chanfana
Miranda do Corvo
restaurants
Varanda do Casal
Varanda do Casal
Casal de São Simão
lodging
Casa do Caminheiro Hostel
Casa do Caminheiro Hostel
Talasnal
lodging
Aldeia Oliveiras
Aldeia Oliveiras
Proença-a-Nova
lodging
Mountain Whisper
Mountain Whisper
Gondramaz
lodging
Casas de Água Formosa
Casas de Água Formosa
Vila de Rei
lodging
Aqua Village Health Resort & SPA
Aqua Village Health Resort & SPA
Caldas de São Paulo
lodging
Casa Lausus
Casa Lausus
Talasnal
lodging
Casas da Serra do Açor
Casas da Serra do Açor
Casal Novo, Arganil
lodging
Casa do Talasnal
Casa do Talasnal
Talasnal
lodging
Casa Cova do Barro
Casa Cova do Barro
Janeiro de Cima
tour
Panoramic Road: Barroca - Fajão
Panoramic Road: Barroca - Fajão
offer
E-Bike Getaway in Aldeias do Xisto
E-Bike Getaway in Aldeias do Xisto
heritage
Igreja Matriz de Aldeia das Dez
Igreja Matriz de Aldeia das Dez
heritage
Chapel of São Sebastião
Chapel of São Sebastião
heritage
Religious tour in Pedrógão Pequeno
Religious tour in Pedrógão Pequeno
village
Martim Branco
Martim Branco
village
Benfeita
Benfeita
village
Comareira
Comareira
tour
PR1 PPS - Fajão Schist trails  – Climbing the cliffs
PR1 PPS - Fajão Schist trails – Climbing the cliffs
Casas do Rio
offer
Geological Walk in Sobral Fernando
Geological Walk in Sobral Fernando
offer
Passeio Geológico de Foz do Cobrão e Sobral Fernando
Passeio Geológico de Foz do Cobrão e Sobral Fernando
tour
PR2 MCV - Gondramaz Schist trail - In the Miller’s Footsteps
PR2 MCV - Gondramaz Schist trail - In the Miller’s Footsteps