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Apparatus comunitus creativus

The crazy marble run which coordinates activities in community life

The Apparatus comunitus creativus is an art project as well as a solution to economic dynamics in our Ecovillage Laboratory. The system has been implemented in the valley in the summer 2016 and it is at present at its second stage of evolution. It is by no means a finished system but rather the beginning of a socio-economic experiment. It has also an approach of a game through which we are all brought to reflections about our contribution to the world, its value, our choice of work etc. Have fun and play the game lightly!

With the help of the Apparatus comunitus creativus every participant can dedicate themselves flexibly and spontaneous to activities they like: creative projects, daily tasks (land, garden, building), workshops, music, massages, relaxation etc. Your financial contribution to the project adjusts itself by the means of marbles automatically. Therefore, it is possible to participate for free, with a mix of financial and work contribution or even gain little pocket money if the commitment is accordingly. People who prefer to primarily use the variety of educative and "lucid" happenings (which are offered by the team and participants) will be helping the project financially.

Every participant of our community can freely choose his own personal daily course.
And every person will be fully integrated into the community without distinguishing between different roles (living together participants, volunteers, workshop participants, professionals, collaborators or team members). All can flow naturally - on an individual and group level.
This creates an ideal surrounding to experience real group dynamics together with all attendees and therefore learn self-responsibility while living together.
Thanks to the Apparatus comunitus creativus people with distinct backgrounds and expectations can come together on one plane. The united experience gives fertile breeding ground for self-realisation in the areas of creativity, spirituality and love, and sexuality.


In the Apparatus comunitus creativus colourful marbles are always on the run. They symbolise the energy exchange between the participants and the project in a playful way.
Each participant can pick some of the many activities presented by the Apparatus comunitus creativus. At the same time, the marbles allow to recognise if the contribution to the project (in the form of money, work or other input) is fair according to the received benefit.
Each day the Apparatus comunitus creativus drops 4 marbles from each participant, who has to take care that their stock never runs empty. As there are many ways of getting hold of marbles, taking part in this Laboratory is possible under very flexible conditions.

Nature marbles

Projects and tasks

A variety of tasks and projects are documented on cards that are placed on the Apparatus comunitus creativus. Participants can recieve marbles through taking responsibility for one task or by helping others.

Bronze marbles

External supporting works

For the support of El Valle de Sensaciones you will get bronze marbles:
Translation of the website, publishing of articles, bringing in participants, etc.
For example you will get one bronze marble for each participant you arrange.

White marbles

Receiving trust

We give white marbles occationally as leap of faith. Thus it is possible for interested people to take part without money being involved beforehand.

Marbles of activity

Offer workshops, courses, massages, ...

Every participant is invited to offer activities, like workshops, teachings, massages, performances, etc. in exchange of marbles.

Golden marbles

Buying marbles

Golden marbles can be bought here in the Valle or through the internet. One glass-beat costs from 6 to 16 € (depending on amount and individual financial situation).

Amethyst marbles

Giving and recieving as a present

With each 10 Gold marbles bought we issue one Amethyst marble for free. It should be endowed to an other participant. Amethyst marbles make the experience more interactive and invites to give appreciation to each other.

Elemental marbles

Water, air, earth and fire. Positive feedback

Our team gives sporadically colourful marbles as positive feedback for special contributions. They are associated to the 4 elements.
Water (dark blue) : beauty, fantasy, art, music, social flow
Air (light blue): Taking responsibility, introduce knowledege...
Earth (brown): structure, diligence, consistency, tidy working - space
Fire (red): Motivation, inspiration, creativity, spirit

Participation at the project

Daily the Apparatus comunitus creativus takes four marbles of your stock.
Other marbles might be required for the participation at the activities like workshops, courses, massages, etc, which are offered by the team or other participants.

Jane Public and Joe Lunchbucket joining

How can one apply the Apparatus comunitis creativus?

Here are some example scenerios.
The stated costs are an estimation.

Kerstin Knowhow

Concentrating on the learning experience

Always present in active projects, she selects the most informative works which she complements with supplemental teachings.
Weekly: 112 € / 168 € / 224 €

Sophia Soul-Dangling

My well deserved holiday

Enjoy life in the nature and community without any commitments:
Relaxing for hours at the pool - in between refreshing activities: Music, dance, massages, ...
Weekly: 224€ / 336€ / 448€

Franscisco Read-Me

Realise your own works

Withdrawn devoted to own creative processes. Enriched by the regularly inspiring meetings with the community.
Weekly: 224€ / 336€ / 448€

William Woodworm

Craftman with impetus and vitality

William, former carpenter, gets 5 marbles per day, or even more, and uses them also for enjoying masage, music and pocket money.
Costs: none

Maria Sculpturius

Creative projects as a part of the entire work of art

Maria is working freely and full of inspiration on a sculpture for the Valle de Sensaciones.
Costs: none

Max Moneynix

Low budget ecovillage experience

For not streching his budget, Max is selecting works which he can cover effectively even without previous experience.
When registering 56 €. Later no costs.

Why an Apparatus comunitus creativus?

Since long we are searching an effective and attractive mechanism, which allows each participant to freely select the conditions of taking part at any moment, while learning self-responsibility in the context of community. Still we need to make sure the ratio of giving and taking is sustainable for the project, so that the needed economy and working power is covered.

The crazy marble run which coordinates activities in community life