Those concerned enough with the carbon emitted from their holiday and business air travel may perhaps have investigated the options for offsetting the carbon. Those really concerned, or just ladled with more guilt, may even have donated with a flick of their credit card to one of the many compensation projects currently on offer.
To assuage guilt by donating to tree planting projects is perhaps admirable but how many of us can say we have actually planted trees for that cause, and better still, call it a holiday?
Cortijo Romero (www.cortijo-romero.co.uk) is a year round alternative holiday retreat centre in an idyllic part of Spain. Every week offers a different course (www.cortijo-romero.co.uk/courses) and they range from yoga, tai chi and meditation to laughter yoga, ecstatic dance, living Spanish to others such as bringing your dreams to life and handling stress, to name only a few. Something for everyone with an emphasis on friendliness and like-mindedness.
The week from 10th to 17th November is Tree Planting week at Cortijo Romero. For this week holidays here are half the usual price £230 instead of £460. It’s for a good cause, of course, to help restore the eco-system of the Alpujarras mountains where Cortijo Romero is located and described by National Geographic as one of the most inspiring and uplifting areas of the world – so definitely worth saving!
Recently, the Spanish authorities have been making great efforts to restore the wooded areas, with considerable success. In particular, large communal forest areas have been created, mostly using fast-growing Mediterranean pines. The public forestry organisation provides saplings to anybody who is willing and able to plant and look after them.
Cortijo Romero decided to take part in this work by offering to plant and maintain a new wooded area. This is no small commitment – planting trees is one thing but undertaking to look after them for many years requires love and dedication.
Of course, a tree-planting week may not be your idea of a holiday however; a week’s stay at Cortijo Romero is probably one of the best things you can do for yourself.
Participants spend four or five hours each day working in the stunning plantations, under the guidance of local experts. In tune with Cortijo Romero’s general approach, the week also includes tai chi and meditation, masseurs on hand for tired bodies as well as fun and celebration – a real working holiday in superb surroundings with friendly likeminded folk. Better still the weather here is good all year round so you may also find yourself having a daily swim and relaxing by the pool in the sun.
And if you like it that much, a further low priced week in April is devoted to taking care of the trees that have been planted, so you won’t have to wait a whole year till you go again!
For further information, please call:
Nathalie Tesson – Tesson PR
01273 503 304 or 0789 980 6880
How Can You Contribute?
The most immediate way is to sign up to attend a tree-planting week. Most participants will need to be fit and healthy, but there will be a few places for others who can help with logistics, picnics or other support activities.
Whether or not you attend such a week, you can help in a number of other ways:
Offset Your Carbon Footprint
For £3 or £4 each way, you can offset the carbon dioxide produced by your holiday flights, whether or not you attend one of the special weeks. Some of our guests have chosen to pay this money directly into the project, instead of one of the several organisations which now exist to channel such payments to various projects.
Sponsor A Tree
£15 secures the maintenance of a new tree for several years.
£100 does that and also gets a plaque with your name on it – or you can dedicate it to the memory of a loved one.
Sponsor A Person
£230 pays for somebody to attend the tree-planting we who could not otherwise afford to come (or you can just offer a part of the cost).
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