The second of the Pitiüses is a strange mix of true / false, where little is enough to end in the calico-tyco cliché. The Formentera Zen is a good way to touch “the other island”
Off season also guarantees virgin visions
The overturning of stereotype in Ibiza is nothing compared to Formentera. Forget rigatoni, beach-soccer and veline because Formentera is actually a profoundly spiritual island.
Yes, it is true that in summer the official language becomes Italian and even the carabinieri in service serve to accompany the desperate local policemen unable to handle the frothy bear herds, but here too you know how to choose times and places and you find yourself in quite another reality.
Of course your Formentera is no longer your fathers, with half-smoked villages and a mixed population of super-hippies and catastrophists sheltered by the forthcoming Usa-Urss nuclear war: restaurants are often more exclusive than the ones in Ibiza, the immense Ses Illetes beach is a semi-perfect tonic body défilé and white-handed stinging Sant Francesc has completed its palletizing, but it has a wide range of patina-like areas such as the legendary Fonda Pepe in Sant Ferran, a true garito de little muerte (formidable expression for “bar where everything can happen”) with live music and atmosphere of the 1960’s or the cosmogonic setting of the Blue Bar at Migjorn or the countless yoga, meditation, ayurveda and everything else.
In order to meet this silent and transcending Formentera, a good event is represented by Formentera Zen in mid-October: during the four days of the event there are alternations of meetings, talk, workshops and concerts starting from the common denominator of the “discussion of conventions and the perception of what we call reality. ”
It is not, as we understand, to think at first glance of a meeting of an anti-capitalist anticapitalist antisocial cult and all the “anti” that comes to mind, if its animator, the thirty-nine navarre Belen Motilva, begins by guaranteeing that in his way of seeing life – and following the practical transposition of the festival – everything begins with the double axiom «zero dogma, zero taboos».
So Zen comes out of the strict sense of Formentera Zen, but for Motilva, “the spiritual world is a very evasive thing. The spiritual world is not doing yoga. Spirituality can not be exhausted in more or less codified practices, and even the free market is spirituality: we are all market and money in spiritual terms is energy, it is our symbolic expression of materializing, that is to create. ”
Insularity accelerates thought: “Formentera is a formidable megaphone, so small, in the middle of the Mediterranean, with a wind that sweeps away everything. It is very powerful, it is a place where utopia can be created even if utopia does not exist, being a projection of individual limitations. ”
For this reason it is necessary to listen: “Only real intellectuals can change continuously. Where there is no chaos there is a continuous line, there is death. So how to offer chaos is the question I ask when I think of Formentera Zen, although the only thing that can really be learned in life, the only one, is to express my voice. “