SPAIN: STEM Course Woodworking tradition & innovation in Galicia

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Woodworking & forest management: tradition and innovation in Galicia.

Update 7th May 2020: Course postponed: we are in discussion with the hosts about the potential for rescheduling.We will contact participants when we have firm information on new course dates. It is possible that some participants will be unable to make the new dates. Please email an expression of interest if you would like to be considered as a reserve for this course.

Hosts: XERA Agency for Forest Based Industries Galicia

Course Dates: 25th May to 1st June 2020

Application Deadline: 2nd March 2020

Preparation Meeting Dates: 30 April 2020

Aims & Themes: exploring traditional woodworking alongside forest management: innovation, enterprise and strategy in Galicia

Galicia is a diverse region of North West Spain with a rugged coastline, the famous wine region of Riberia Sacra, and Atlantic forests of oak, chestnut and beech. Pine and eucalyptus are grown widely for timber.  It is perhaps best known for the pilgrim route of St James which leads to the UNESCO world heritage city of Santiago de Compostela and numerous monasteries.

The exact order of the itinerary is still being finalised but the course will visit different regions around Galicia.

Day 1:  Arrival & visit to wood workers in Villa de Cruces/Estrada (accommodation near Santiago de Compostela)

Day 2: MELGA (Museum Etnoludico Galicia), Wood Workers in the Corcubion/Pontecesco Region (accommodation on the North Coast area)

Day 3: Carpenters & Wood workers in the Lugo Area (accommodation in the Lugo area)

Day 4: Devesa da Rogueria certified community woodland in the O Caurel Area; Museum Madeira (

Day 5: Wood working associated with the wine industry in the Ribeira Sacra River region, the Museum of Wine in Galicia & the Roman thermal spa in Ourense (accommodation in the Ourense Region)

Day 6: Boat building and the cultural heritage of the Atlantic Coast region around Bueu and the Illa de Ons (accommodation near Santiago de Compostela)

Day 7: Artisans and musical instruments of Santiago de Compostela, Museum de Pobo Galego (accommodation near Santiago de Compostela)

Day 8: final course evaluation & return home


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Click here for the STEM 2020 application form.

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