Xistopedia

“A tour of ourselves, that’s what this area gives us”

“A tour of ourselves, that’s what this area gives us”
villages and territory
Between night and day, connecting with physical material and the living organism that is an aldeia do xisto (“schist village” in English), a group of 18 people explored wood, leather and linoleum in another initiative by the Aldeias do Xisto Laboratory.

These three workshops, organised by the Aldeias do Xisto Laboratory, went to the heart of what makes up the village of Janeiro de Cima. Here, our relationship with the land and what it provides is still evident, while the proximity of the Zêzere has brought forth boats and their carpenters since time immemorial, where the origins of linen weaving have also been lost. Nature, water, carpentry, weaving are the most significant of the elements in this village that must be reactivated and taken in new directions, in this case crossing local and craft knowledge with new design frontiers. A group of 18 people from the Regional Development Committee for the Centre, based in Coimbra, had the opportunity to try this experience, under the guidance of local residents as well as teachers and students from the University of Aveiro.


The sun is still warm and the season is bountiful: there is a myriad of autumnal colours in the landscape and the earth breathes out moist aromas that permeate the air. The group is on tenterhooks. For some, to set out for these villages is to revisit memories of childhood in the company of parents and siblings, remembering bare-footed walks picking fruit, the absolutely unforgettable starry skies, May thunderstorms and the gales of autumn.


They have known each other for many years of working together. The routine formality of the office has given way to camaraderie among the group. The three-day programme started smoothly, with a culinary welcome at the Restaurante Fiado, sampling the Menú Espírito do Lugar. This was followed by the exceptional Xisto Sonoro concert, at the “O Passadiço” Bar, in Janeiro de Cima, arranged by Luís Antero, as part of the XJazz- 2019 Jazz Encounters in the Aldeias do Xisto.


After a good night’s rest and a refreshing breakfast at the Casa de Janeiro and the Casa Cova do Barro, Saturday started early at the Casa das Tecedeiras (House of Weavers), to group the participants into the three workshops: wood, leather, lino printing, all taught by professors from Aveiro University.
 


Wood Workshop

Location: Acácio Gaspar Woodwork
Trainers: Profs. João Nunes and Nuno Dias.
Assisted by: Gabriel Loureiro, João Nata.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Leather Workshop

Location: Casa das Tecedeiras (House of Weavers)
Trainer: Prof. José Leite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lino-printing workshop

Location: Casa das Tecedeiras (House of Weavers)
Trainers: Prof. Olinda Martins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Aldeias do Xisto are a brand-destination that, over the past few years, have managed to establish a unique area as part of the Central Region and Country, based on tourism, experiment and knowledge,. They have done so by always seeking out what is most distinctive and authentic in the landscape and in their communities, attracting investment and opening doors to innovative projects that start with the essence of these places. The relationship with nature, with the land and with the people has been the guiding principle of this activity, which seeks to revitalise the area based on its cultural uniqueness.

Text: Bruno Ramos (with Andreia Gonçalves)

explore

restaurants
Fiado
Fiado
Janeiro de Cima
restaurants
Restaurante O Pascoal
Restaurante O Pascoal
Fajão
restaurants
Ponte Velha
Ponte Velha
Sertã
restaurants
Quinta da Palmeira Romantic Boutique Restaurant
Quinta da Palmeira Romantic Boutique Restaurant
Cerdeira, Arganil
restaurants
D. Sesnando Restaurante
D. Sesnando Restaurante
Penela
restaurants
Museu da Chanfana
Museu da Chanfana
Miranda do Corvo
restaurants
Casa da Ti Augusta
Casa da Ti Augusta
Figueira
restaurants
Callum
Callum
Oleiros
restaurants
João Brandão
João Brandão
Oliveira do Hospital
lodging
Casas de Água Formosa
Casas de Água Formosa
Vila de Rei
lodging
Mountain Whisper
Mountain Whisper
Gondramaz
lodging
Casas da Serra do Açor
Casas da Serra do Açor
Casal Novo, Arganil
lodging
Quintal de Além do Ribeiro
Quintal de Além do Ribeiro
Ceira dos Vales, Lousã
lodging
Aqua Village Health Resort & SPA
Aqua Village Health Resort & SPA
Caldas de São Paulo
lodging
Aldeia Oliveiras
Aldeia Oliveiras
Proença-a-Nova
lodging
Casa Lausus
Casa Lausus
Talasnal
lodging
Casa Cova do Barro
Casa Cova do Barro
Janeiro de Cima
lodging
Quinta da Fonte Agro-Tourism, Bed&Breakfast
Quinta da Fonte Agro-Tourism, Bed&Breakfast
Fontaínha 3260-328 Figueiró dos vinhos
tour
Cyclin' Portugal Centre - Aldeias of Xisto de Oliveira do Hospital: P5 – Red
Cyclin' Portugal Centre - Aldeias of Xisto de Oliveira do Hospital: P5 – Red
heritage
Ponte Medieval de Alvoco das Várzeas
Ponte Medieval de Alvoco das Várzeas
village
Figueira
Figueira
offer
Passeio Geológico de Foz do Cobrão e Sobral Fernando
Passeio Geológico de Foz do Cobrão e Sobral Fernando
heritage
Roman Villa of Rabaçal
Roman Villa of Rabaçal
heritage
Church of São Bartolomeu
Church of São Bartolomeu
offer
Geological Walk in Sobral Fernando
Geological Walk in Sobral Fernando
village
Ferraria de São João
Ferraria de São João
offer
Escapadinha de E-Bike nas Aldeias do Xisto
Escapadinha de E-Bike nas Aldeias do Xisto
village
Sobral de São Miguel
Sobral de São Miguel
tour
The Tagus Route - Fontes > Souto Rest Area - GRZ on Foot: Stage 3
The Tagus Route - Fontes > Souto Rest Area - GRZ on Foot: Stage 3
tour
Cyclin'Portugal Centre of Fróia River Beach (P31 - Green)
Cyclin'Portugal Centre of Fróia River Beach (P31 - Green)

next events

event
Project@X – Viagem à Luz das Estrelas
Project@X – Viagem à Luz das Estrelas
25 jun 2022 - 24 sep 2022, 22:00
Fajão
event
Escalada no Zebro
Escalada no Zebro
16 jul 2022 - 17 dec 2022, 14:00
Estreito
event
Mostra de Xinema da Benfeita
Mostra de Xinema da Benfeita
08 aug 2022 - 12 aug 2022, 21:00
Benfeita
event
Benfeita Trail 2022
Benfeita Trail 2022
14 aug 2022, 09:00
Benfeita
event
Oficina de Destilação Artesanal de Óleos Essenciais
Oficina de Destilação Artesanal de Óleos Essenciais
01 oct 2022, 10:00
Lousã
event
Campeonato Nacional de Carrinhos de Rolamentos 2022 - Circuito Aldeias do Xisto
Campeonato Nacional de Carrinhos de Rolamentos 2022 - Circuito Aldeias do Xisto
13 nov 2022 - 11 dec 2022, 13:00
Miranda do Corvo
event
2.ª Prova do Circuito Aldeias do Xisto Carrinhos de Rolamentos 2022 - Sobral de São Miguel
2.ª Prova do Circuito Aldeias do Xisto Carrinhos de Rolamentos 2022 - Sobral de São Miguel
13 nov 2022, 13:00
Sobral de São Miguel
event
3.ª Prova do Circuito Aldeias do Xisto Carrinhos de Rolamentos 2022 - Figueira
3.ª Prova do Circuito Aldeias do Xisto Carrinhos de Rolamentos 2022 - Figueira
27 nov 2022, 13:00
Figueira
event
4.ª Prova do Circuito Aldeias do Xisto Carrinhos de Rolamentos 2022 - Pedrógão Pequeno
4.ª Prova do Circuito Aldeias do Xisto Carrinhos de Rolamentos 2022 - Pedrógão Pequeno
11 dec 2022, 09:00
Pedrógão Pequeno