Proposed Weekend Programme: La Surera, Almedíjar
|09:30 – 10:00||Welcome and Introductions||Overview of the weekend|
|10:00 – 11:00||Discussion One||Music|
|Music: It is introduced by listening to clips of various styles of music. The intention is to motivate discussion in relation to: the participants own preferences and how various music styles make them feel. Those who can play an instrument will be encouraged to bring it with them to promote further debate.|
|11:00 – 12:00||Discussion Two||Surrogacy in Spain|
|Surrogacy: There is much debate in Spain at the moment on this subject. We will introduce the topic with a newspaper article and a short video. Debate will then follow about positives and negatives of this ‘product’.|
|12:00 -12:15||Coffee||Social Chat|
|12:15 -13:15||Discussion Three||Euthanasia/Dignified Death|
|Euthanasia: Is introduced with a newspaper article related to the debate in Catalonia to decriminalize Euthanasia and a short video. The discussion will look at the polemic related to the topic and about the need for a ‘dignified death’.|
|13:15 – 14:30||Discussion Four||Wine Production Locally||Wine Cellar Almedíjar|
|Wine Production: Visit to the local Bodega ‘Alcovi’. After a guided tour in English related to the process of wine production, there will be opportunity to buy some of the local wines yourself.|
|14:30 – 16:00||Lunch
|16:00 -17:00||Discussion Five||Cooking (Making English Scones)|
|Cooking: A fun activity with chat about English food and making of traditional scones…………to eat later!|
|17:00 – 18:30||Discussion Six||History of Almedíjar||Almedíjar Village|
|Almedíjar Village: A local trip out with discussion about the history of the village, the influence of its conquerors over time leading to the development of Arabic, Christian and Jewish quarters.|
|18:30 – 19:00||Tea and Scones||Social Chat|
|19:00 -21:00||Free Time|
|21:00- 22:00||Supper (See Notes*)||Social Chat|
|Discussion Seven||Ephemeral Art||In the vicinity of La Surera|
|Ephemeral Art: This topic is introduced with two short videos of the work of Andy Goldsworthy. Discussion will follow on his work followed by a short trip out to create an ephemeral piece of art using the natural resources found locally.|
|11:00 – 11:30||Coffee||Social Chat|
|11:30 – 12:45||Discussion Eight||Cheese Production Locally|
|Cheese Production: Initial discussion re: the process of cheese production followed by a visit to the local Cheese Factory ‘Los Corrales’. There will then be opportunity to buy from the range of cheeses produced, should you so wish.|
|Discussion Nine||The Spanish Diet|
|The Spanish Diet: Using a recently published article by a well-respected Spanish Medical Consultant, we will look at his research in relation to the Spanish diet, both in the past and today.|
|14:00 – 15:30||Lunch
|15:30 – 16:30||Discussion Ten||Feedback|
|Feedback: Your feedback is extremely important to ‘Weekends With Words’. In this session you will have a chance to discuss your ideas both positive and negative in relation to the weekend. Please be as honest as possible about your views.|
The subjects for discussion may vary considerably, according to the interests of the group.
This timetable is also subject to change dependent on the weather conditions.
Bringing lightweight walking boots or sports shoes would be advantageous for our trips out into the village.
Newspaper articles and/or short videos based on some of the themes, will be forwarded to you before the weekend in order that you can watch/read them in advance, if you have the time.
We feel that meal times are equally important for continued conversational English but for those who are not booking accommodation through the venue there are several options of bars in the village.*
A bit of history
Almedíjar is a municipality of the Valencian Community, Spain. Located in the region of Alto Palancia. It is located in the Sierra de Espadán, to the south of the province of Castellón. The municipal area of Almedíjar is entirely within the Natural Park of the Sierra de Espadán. Its mountains are covered with cork oaks, pines and holm oaks.
Though finds have been discovered from the Iberian period and some Roman remains, the present locality has a clear Muslim origin. It was conquered by the troops of Jaime I of Aragon in 1238. After diverse changes of owner, the locality happened to comprise of the family Centelles. Despite the Christian conquest, the Muslim population continued being the majority, generating multiple revolts until its definitive defeat in 1528, in the called battle of Almedíjar, that put an end to the rebellion of the Moriscos in the Kingdom of Valencia. In 1611 the Muslims were expulsed from the kingdom. The subsequent first settlers were from the neighboring towns of Jérica and Segorbe. Later many of these families left the village and were replaced by others from the other localities of the area or the south of the province of Teruel.
Traditionally the economy of Almedíjar has been based on agriculture, being predominantly olive trees and almond trees.
Vineyards (vines) have always been cultivated to produce wine for local consumption but more recently a bodega has opened in the village producing commercial quantities of wine for sale.
The exploitation of its waters had been a fundamental element for the people and with the opening of the bottling plant local people were employed. This has subsequently closed.
There is a thriving cheese factory in the village which has won many awards for its fine quality cheeses made from local goat and sheep milk.