Proposed Weekend Programme: El Puig de Santa Maria
|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||Cooking (Making English Scones)|
|Cooking: A fun activity with chat about English food and making of traditional scones…………to eat later!|
|14:30 – 15:45||Lunch (See Notes*)||Social Chat|
|15:45 -17:00||Discussion Five||El Puig Royal Monastery and Printing Museum||El Puig Monastery|
|El Puig Monastery and Printing Museum: A trip out, with a tour and discussion in English, to the Royal Monastery and to the recently refurbished printing press museum, located within the monastery.|
|17:00 – 18:30||Discussion Six||Sea Pollution|
|Sea Pollution: Is introduced with a newspaper article related to the problem of plastic waste pollution in the Mediterranean Sea and efforts to counteract this, followed by a short video.|
|18:30 – 19:00||Tea and Scones||Social Chat|
|09.15 – 09:30||Welcome back|
|09:30 – 11:00||Discussion Seven||Ephemeral Art||In the countryside around El Puig|
|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||The Environment of El Puig||El Puig|
|El Puig : A trip out around the outskirts of the town with discussion in English, including looking at the complex system of defenses built during the Spanish Civil War ( 1936 – 1939).|
|12:45 – 14:00||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 (See Notes*)||Social Chat|
|15:30 – 16:00||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.|
The subjects for discussion may vary considerably, according to the interests of the group.
The 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.
Meal times are important opportunities for continued conversational English*.
A bit of history
El Puig (officially and in Valencian, Puig de Santa Maria, also known simply as Puig) is a municipality of the Valencian Community, Spain. The climate is typically Mediterranean in nature.
The village is dominated by two hills, the Mountain Patà, the Mountain of Santa Barbara and the major structure of the monastery.The climate is typically Mediterranean.
El Puig comprises of two perfectly organised areas: the town itself and the beach. The latter, ‘La Playa del Puig’ is a centre for second residences and during the summer months there is a large congregation of people living here. There is a promenade of approximately 1 km in length.
Its traditionally agrarian economy is in a progressive state of transformation towards small scale industrialization, with the agricultural land planted with vines, carob and fruit trees such as orange. The main economic crop has been the cultivation and export of the orange.
There is some livestock farming with almost half a hundred head of cattle and pigs, as well as some poultry farms. The fishing industry has all but disappeared, with the summer residences being the main focus of the coast.
The industrial sector has several workshops including vegetable canning factories. These together with other facilities such as graphic arts and the many activities related to the hospitality sector produce the second major economic income for the town.