What it is, purpose and values
Q is a retreat space surrounded by nature,
where to experience a simple and conscious lifestyle, with low environmental impact.
where to internalize, meditate, change habits, become aware, be oneself.
Our modus vivendi integrates 3 key dimensions of human life: Economy, Ethics and Spirituality.
3 essential spheres for local and planetary sustainability.
We experiment in these spheres with the following purposes:
- At the economic level:
Tender towards an economic system based 50% on money exchanges and the other 50% on barter.
For this, we consider essential: reduce the needs, optimize the management of all resources, establish
organic labor rhythms, linked to natural cycles; and develop the related social network.
- At the ethical level:
To achieve a community of 6 like-minded people, able to organize themselves in an agile and efficient way,
without leader. That requires in each person full capacity of dialogue, self-determination, initiative and
lot of awareness, responsibility and transparency.
- At the spiritual level:
Facilitate a place of healing, fulfillment and transcendence.
A place to retire individually or in small groups, and devote to spiritual practice.
Likewise, we offer a place of inter-and-transreligious encounter.
To offer a favourable environment for the developement and fulfillment of human being
for the sake of a Culture of Peace.
E C O N O M Y
Understanding 'economy' as the art of managing matter and energy, we experiment and inquire on the development
of an economic system based on a free exchange of material goods, work, knowledge and in the free act of giving.
Setting a central economy which respects the individual economic freedom.
Key principle and purpose: To establish equable relationships. To get rid of the unnecessary.
AUSTERITY, sobriety, moderation and respect to matter.
GENEROSITY, what someone gives without taking any profit.
SELF-SUFFICIENCY, to make use of own resources to achieve survival.
TRANSPARENCY administrative and financial.
in the use of resources for non speculatives aims.
QUALITY, prevail quality over quantity.
WORK, understood as a way of liberation when is done without waiting for any results.
E T H I C S
Understanding 'ethics' as the values, principles and practices that guide the daily life and help to place the
conscious request of the moment; we seek to establish a leaderless organization, based on absolute respect
for the individual and for the purposes of the project.
Key principle and purpose: To achieve an agile and efficient organization which conjugates:
awareness, responsibility and transparency.
NOBILITY, sincerity, transparency, clarity and kindness
RESPECT, humility, acceptance and gratitude
DIALOGUE from human being to human being, learn to listen and speak without etiquettes neither roles.
CONSENSUS, the common agreement to stipulate habits, customs, and routines.
RESPONSABILITY, the commitment with ourselves, the others and the project.
S P I R I T U A L I T Y
Understanding 'spirituality' as the recognition and fullfilment of the essence, call it
God, Goddess, Being, Spirit, Consciousness, Light,Vacuity, Love, Tao, Allah, Brahma, Freedom ...;
we offer a favorable environment for spiritual development, open to all traditions of the world.
Key principle and purpose: The total fulfillment and liberation of the human being,
to go beyond the personage; to transcend duality.
LOVE, that which transcends the “you” and the “I”, compassion, surrender.
WISDOM, thorough knowledge of belonging to the whole.
FREEDOM, the reflection of Consciousness.
CREATIVITY, vital principle as generator and regenerator of the existent.
SILENCE, as a power-presence of the Being.
Origin and actual situation
Q arises from two currents which fuse together in one, to live conscious.
Phases of the project
. Gestation: 2006-2009
. Birth-creation of basic infrastructures: 2010-2013
. Developement of the project: 2014 onwards
Europe, Barcelona 2001
On the one hand arises from the social worry and the need to do "something"
for Peace and Democracy, the need to transcend the dualities that maintain
us in conflict and to live with dignity as human beings. From this impulse is
created in 2002 the web-manifest quelcom.net ('quelcom' in Catalan means
'something'). Some years later, I choose the letter q as the name of the project.
India, Arunachala 2003 · Himâlaya 2004
On the other hand, arises from the need to stop, to be with oneself, internalize,
self-understand, be conscious. The first time that appears the idea to create a
centre where to grow spiritually, to go further from the personage, etc. is the 21st
September 2004 in Bradinath (Himâlaya) with Jaume Massana, both influenced by the
life experience of Ramana Maharshi's ashram and Ramana himself as realized being.
At that time it was only an idea in our mind and hearts. During 2005 we were specifying
some aspects, we visited some places and we met with people potentially interested.
In January and February 2006, I write the first text of the project, at that time a
project of ashram which integrated 3 fields: Temple-Research Centre-Organic Farm.
Jaume joins a woman with whom he will have a daughter. I continued alone with the
idea, as flame once lighten in the heart cannot be extinguished.
The written is polished
thanks to the contribution of: Josep Maria Pi i Faura, José Sarto, Carme Torrent, Àngels
Rovira, Rosaura Rosell, Elvira Pérez, Rafa Cao de Benós, Manuel Arcos, Carme Tort.
On 13 and 14 January 2007, Q is redefined as 'Sustainability Research Center' adding
the contributions of Angeles Soto and Santiago Caballero, with whom we began the first
steps of the project; in 2008 it is fine-tuned with the suggestions of Rafa and Susana,
Berto, Pilà and Andreas, and finally in January 2009 with the contributions of
María Jesús San Llorente, with whom the gestation cuminates and together
we realize the physical creation of the center in Molinos, Teruel (Spain).
From many, many conversations with many and diverse people during more than a decade,
I was only the writter. Neus Buira Ferré
The ideas are not of anybody,
they belong to time.
Molinos, Teruel (Spain) 2009-2016
2009 · Neus in July and Maria Jesus in September, we move to Molinos.
2010 · April 4 Q gets the ground: 8 hectares in Valdepuertas.
2011 · From 9 February to 21 September we built the central space.
2012-2013 · We built 2 cabins, one of them for Maria Jesus, and repair a pond.
2014 · We began the first activities. In autumn 2014 Maria Jesus decides to retire
from the active life that requires the project and becomes a passive member.
2016 · July 25 Maria Jesus leaves the project. On August 1st, Q is redefined as
Center of Experimentation. Neus writes a reflection on the 10 years lived process.
2017 · Start of a new phase with an annual programme of retreats.
2019 · March 3rt, Maria Jesus comes back to the project as retired member.
During Spring we built a 3rt cabin, where Neus moves to live.
2020 · We spread a new communication to meet kindred ascetics-yoguis
to create a small community and to carry out Q: How to be part of the project
. No debts, no bank credits or loans.
. To achieve and maintain a reserve (internal bank) to ensure the survival of two years.
. To a short term the first objective is to maintain deficit zero.
. Once the project is fully active, the benefits will be invested in internal projects, pocket money
and in collaboration to related external projects, never for a personal profit of any of the participants.
Sources of Income
Q in its early years (2009-2014), has been funded by donations from its 2 founders:
Neus Buira and María Jesús San Llorente, and respective relatives and friends.
At present the financiation is based on:
3. Donations: through the Circle of Collaboration, which is born in 2015 as support instrument to economic viability.
Q thanks deeply to the people that help us with yours collaborations
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