Joya: AiR / Alma Bohn / Germany

photo simon beckmann

photo simon beckmann


“One of the things that made the greatest impression on me during my stay at Los Gazquez (Joya) was the stillness. The lack of constant man-made noise gave my mind more space than usual to focus, wander and explore itself. I also really enjoyed going on walks and exploring the fields, ravines and hills surrounding the farm. The flora and fauna is very different to where I live, and I enjoyed finding twigs (they all had tiny lines twisted around them) much more than I probably should have. On most days when I woke up and looked out of my window, the clouds were extremely low, sort of like blankets for the hills, which I thought was really beautiful.

Being around lovely, inspired people, from whom a learnt a lot, has encouraged me greatly. At the moment I’m still experimenting and figuring out where I want to go with my art. The other residents, as well as Simon and Donna, opened my eyes more and showed me that there are endless possibilities, and that it’s important to trust myself and go for it. Not to mention Frida, the giant puppy. I’m still trying to figure out how to achieve even half of her energy and bounciness. I guess being a puppy probably helps… Anyway, I had a really nice time at Joya. It truly is a beautiful place that Donna and Simon have created, and I think everyone who leaves takes a little of its spark with them. I know I have and I am ever so grateful for that”.

Alma Bohn

Simon Beckmann