Proposed Weekend Programme: Casa Portalico, Jérica
|Arrival in Casa Portalico, Jérica, any time after 15:00hrs|
|19:30 – 20:00||Welcome and Introduction||Overview of the Weekend|
|20:00 – 21:00||Discussion One||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.|
|21:00 – 22:30||Supper (See Notes*)||Social Chat|
|08:30 – 10:00||Breakfast|
|10:00 – 11:00||Discussion Two||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 Three||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 Four||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 Five||Fragrant Oils: Local Production||Walk to the local Lavender Press|
|Fragrant Oil Production: After an introduction and discussion about the cultivation and pressing of various aromatic plants to produce fragrant oils, we will visit the nearby old derelict oil press.|
|14:30 – 16:00||Lunch (See Notes*)||Social Chat|
|16:00 – 17:00||Discussion Six||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 Seven||Jérica´s Environment||Jérica Town|
|Local Environment: After initial discussion we will walk around the town via the river. It will become obvious that there have been many influences over the years that have affected it’s development, both historical and natural.|
|18:30 – 19:00||Tea and Scones||Social Chat|
|19:00 -21:00||Free Time|
|21:00- 22:00||Supper (See Notes*)||Social Chat|
|08:15 – 09.15||Breakfast|
|09:15 – 11:00||Discussion Eight||Ephemeral Art||In the vicinity of Casa Portalico|
|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 Nine||Jérica’s History||Museum: Torre Mudéjar|
|Jérica’s History : A more specific historical discussion followed by a visit to the Museum in the Torre Mudéjar.|
|12:45 – 14:00||Discussion Ten||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 Eleven||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 town.
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. With this in mind, we hope to eat both lunches and dinner together, in one of the several options of bars in the village.*
A bit of history
Jérica (in Valencian Xèrica) is a municipality of the Valencian Community, Spain. Located in the interior of the province of Castellón, in the region of Alto Palancia. The place name derives from the Arabic -šāriqa, or the western slopes of a mountain.
Human presence has been observed since the Neolithic period. The remains of the Roman period are the most numerous of all the region, shown in the great amount of tombstones found.
The first references to the present nucleus of Jérica occur during the Muslim domination. From this time the first body of the bell tower and the oldest parts of the castle remain. In 1235 it was conquered by the Christian troops.
The town suffered a great devastation during the Spanish Civil War ( July 1936- April 1939), to the point of requesting inclusion in the list of Devastated Regions, the state taking charge of the reconstruction of numerous monuments.
Economically, the primary sector has maintained a great importance for the town. In this sense the importance of various rain-fed crops such as olive, carob or almond trees are especially noteworthy.
Recently the rural tourism is gaining more prominence.
As of December 31, 2009, Jérica had 1703 inhabitants registered, split between Jérica and Novaliches, of which 8.4% were foreigners.