This week, we speak with: José Villanueva

Hope. This is the perfect word to resume our interview, with someone who deeply believes in honesty, humility and union with the nature as the tools to start a change, to start caring for the general welfare instead of the individual. This week we have talk with the founder of the non-profit association Graciasunivers: José Villanueva. José, has... View Article


Hope. This is the perfect word to resume our interview, with someone who deeply believes in honesty, humility and union with the nature as the tools to start a change, to start caring for the general welfare instead of the individual. This week we have talk with the founder of the non-profit association Graciasunivers: José Villanueva.

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José, has always been attracted by nature and the positive thinking, influenced by his father. But it is not until a few years ago when he started organizing excursions for his friends, sending them a text message to inform about the time and the meeting point. We can also highlight from him that he joined the Mossos d’Esquadra (the police force of Catalunya), that he got a certification as a Mountain Guide and that his skills and passion has help to train and organized several excursionists associations.

But lets focus on the big change that has inspired this interview:

After 12 days of silence and meditation, going deep into the techniques of yoga, polarity therapy and learning about the transpersonal philosophy (among other knowledges that has affected him so deeply), he decided to share all this acquired skills, helping people who could benefit from them, having always in mind that doing what he loves, with humility and gratitude, he will eventually achieve his purpose.

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And he has succeed..

Creating an atmosphere of union, where ideas are openly shared and the group benefits from each other’s experiences, José organizes excursions where meditation, yoga and philosophy are the main ingredients, creating the perfect balance among them. Everything unfolds according to its own tempo. He doesn’t rush things to happen. Some questions are being ask, leading to a debate to express, share and learn from the biggest, such as Eckhart Tolle, Ken Wilber o Viktor Frankl that will complement the group. And all this, without forgetting the nature, moving with respect, stopping to enjoy some yoga poses, surrounded by a group of people looking for a better world.

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But the story keeps going, even when the excursion ends. Each one of the participants will contribute with a donation, made voluntarily, with respect and anonymously, that will be added to the funds of this non-profit association. When those funds reach one thousand euros, they decided to reinvest them in other charitable or sociocultural projects, such as:

– Organizing a weekend for the whole group in a rural house, where to keep on sharing and learning from each other.
– Organizing a conference to learn more about social values
– Helping three different non-profit organizations with a donation: Fundació Arrels, helping homeless people, providing food and lodging; Associació Envi, introducing interns who are in penitential institutions to the consciousness, meditation and yoga through reiki; and promoting urban vegetable gardens in Barcelona.

The funds of this association can be checked on their website, which has decided to trust the ethic bank Triodos to keep their money safe.

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We can keep on talking about the ideas around this project but, why don’t you join this wonder experience on October 5th and then share your sensations with us? A nice Sunday to discover the Montseny, enjoy Catalunya, the nature and talk about the meaning of life, giving hope to the wonderful place we are living!

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If you decide to enjoy this experience or if you know other similar options, do not hesitate to contact us. You can reach us by e-mail or on the main social networks: FacebookTwitter or Google +. And you can also share your pictures on Instagram, and don’t forget to use the hashtag #livecatalunya.


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