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
Fugas Restaurant
Fugas Restaurant
restaurants
Restaurante O Pascoal
Restaurante O Pascoal
Fajão
restaurants
Bem-Me-Quer
Bem-Me-Quer
Martim Branco
restaurants
As Beiras
As Beiras
Pampilhosa da Serra
restaurants
Callum
Callum
Oleiros
restaurants
Museu da Chanfana
Museu da Chanfana
Miranda do Corvo
restaurants
João Brandão
João Brandão
Oliveira do Hospital
restaurants
Varanda do Casal
Varanda do Casal
Casal de São Simão
restaurants
Quinta da Palmeira Romantic Boutique Restaurant
Quinta da Palmeira Romantic Boutique Restaurant
Cerdeira, Arganil
lodging
Casa do Caminheiro Hostel
Casa do Caminheiro Hostel
Talasnal
lodging
Casas da Mina - Hostel
Casas da Mina - Hostel
Cabeço do Pião
lodging
Casas do Sinhel
Casas do Sinhel
Relva da Mó
lodging
Aldeia Ruiva Campsite
Aldeia Ruiva Campsite
Aldeia Ruiva, Proença-a-Nova
lodging
Hotel Parque Serra Da Lousã
Hotel Parque Serra Da Lousã
Miranda do Corvo
lodging
Pátio do Xisto
Pátio do Xisto
Gondramaz, Miranda do Corvo
lodging
Arganil Municipal Camping Park
Arganil Municipal Camping Park
Sarzedo
lodging
Casa da Moenda
Casa da Moenda
Benfeita
lodging
Casas do Favacal
Casas do Favacal
Favacal
offer
Dia e Noite no Centro da Natureza
Dia e Noite no Centro da Natureza
tour
The Tagus Route - Cabeça Gorda Rest Area> Aldeia do Mato - GRZ on Foot - Stage 5
The Tagus Route - Cabeça Gorda Rest Area> Aldeia do Mato - GRZ on Foot - Stage 5
heritage
Igreja Matriz de Aldeia das Dez
Igreja Matriz de Aldeia das Dez
village
Comareira
Comareira
tour
GRZ on Foot  - Return to Serenity [sector 7]
GRZ on Foot - Return to Serenity [sector 7]
heritage
Chapel of São Sebastião
Chapel of São Sebastião
offer
Passeio Geológico de Foz do Cobrão e Sobral Fernando
Passeio Geológico de Foz do Cobrão e Sobral Fernando
village
Martim Branco
Martim Branco
tour
Panoramic Road: Barroca - Fajão
Panoramic Road: Barroca - Fajão
offer
Geological Walk in Sobral Fernando
Geological Walk in Sobral Fernando
village
Benfeita
Benfeita
heritage
Religious tour in Pedrógão Pequeno
Religious tour in Pedrógão Pequeno

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Introduction to Woodcarving Workshop
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