In August ARK had volunteers from Switzerland Roman, PhD in Agro-Ecology and his wife Rahil, a physician. They helped us to supply the camp with comfort. But we are especially greatful to them for assistance in the project of developing eco-tourism in the village of Tandzaver, which is an important hub in ARK Bridge project. The project aims at having positive ecological effect, reducing CO2 emission and increasing energy efficiency, preventing land erosion and degradation, recovering population of the local fish breed. ARK will do their best to penalize the project in spring 2018. Follow our news!
Eco Car in the Eco Camp
In April 2017 ARK had special guests from Switzerland, Benedict with his wife. They undertook the firs travel about Eurasia by electric car Tesla. They began their travel in Switzerland further to Balkans, Turkey, Georgia and came to Armenia. After Kapan they continued their way through Iran, Central Asia to Russia, from where they will go back to Germany. Their aim is to show advantages, accessibility and comfort of traveling by electric car even through countries where there are no electric charging stations. In most cases they charged their car from ordinary socets, for extra charging they used ifrastructue of industrial enterprises. While the Tesla was charging in the furniture factory Benedict and his wife told us a lot of interesting about their amazing journey. Thanks, guys, we are very glad you have chosen ARK!😘🤗
1 ha Permaculture Garden Mapped
ARK plans to establish a 1 ha community based permaculture expo garden in Arajadzor. The expo garden will be used for big scale permaculture training as well as an eco-farming fair where the farmers will sell their goods to eco tourists.
A permaculture garden begins with design and landscaping which requires mapping first. Our volunteers from Czech Republic who are professional cartographers mapped the plot for the expo garden. In September – October we plan to do landscaping and plant 200 fruit trees and bushes given to us by ATP. Everybody who wants to help with tree planting is welcome! Join in!
ARK volunteers repaired the initial part of the staircase leading to Halidzor district
In May – June 2017 ARK local and international volunteers together with Kapan Municipality completed repairing the staircases leading to Halidzor fortress, one of the main sights of Kapan. This part of the trail was very dangerous and almost impassable. We built 70 stairs, fastened the barriers, concreted the landings. Special thanks to the mayor of Kapan Mr. A. Hayrapetyan for financial support and the Hakobian family who helped greatly in constructing.
About ARK Hoistica in Short
Each rehabilitation course begins with a diagnostic massage, then Armen develops a program of rehabilitation combining massage with different rehabilitation practices depending on the patient’s individual needs. The main idea is to harmonize psychological and physical components of a person. Treatment includes cardio workout, muscle streaching, relieving of psychological tension. We will teach you to breathe happily!
Mongol Rally. Englishmen at ARK
This year Mongol Rally started in London. About 500 participants continued their way to Mongolia. One of the routes runs through Kapan. We were told about it by British travelers, a father and his son, participants of the rally Who stayed at ARK on their way. Our guests were from Bristol and they travelled in an old Suzuzki Wagon. They reached Kapan having travelled through West Europe, Balkans, Turkey and Georgia. As they say travelling is the best way to improve relationships between two generations in the family. Let’s wish them good luck, a happy and interesting journey and loads of sweet memories!😀😎💪
Permaculture as Art
Recently we speak a lot about Permaculture. What is Permaculture?🤔
Permaculture is the art and science of creating “Eden Gardens” or producing food in sustainable eco systems.
We began practicing Permaculture because of laziness as this is a kind of agriculture that requires minimum efforts. And then we fell in love with it. Right landscaping, wind protection , mulching make it possible to get the healthiest yield of all possible fruit, vegetables and herbs without harm to the soil and environment. We are eager to share our knowledge and experience with all those who wish!
New Rehabilitation Center at ARK
Initially ARK Project was planned as a rehabilitation center with holistic approach to health, i.e. combining massage, breathing exercises, pilates, yoga, training on apparatus. The center is to be located in a picturesque permaculture garden of ARK.
ARK realized the first part of the project with the help of EU and World Vision grants. Now there is a multi-functional pavilion for massage and rehabilitation. Now our task is to equip the center with training apparatus. We will keep you informed! Follow us!
Armen at work
Three New Hiking Trails
In July – August ARK hosted volunteers from Czech Republic Lubomir and Christina, specialists in cartography.
They scouted and mapped three new hiking trails.
- Eco Camp in Arajadzor – Baghaberd Fortress
- Baghaberd Fortresss – Vahanavank Monastery
- ARK Camp Kapan – Shikahogh (Center of Zangezur Biosphere Reserve)
These trails gapped the bridge between Tatev and Zangezur Biosphere Reserve.
Many thanks dear Lubo and Christina!
In September 2016 ARK together with World Vision Armenia realized a project aimed at promoting permaculture ideas and practice in Kapan Region. Permaculture as the most progressive type of sustainable organic agriculture begins with landscaping to create most comfortable conditions for growing plants.
Permacuture garden beds
In climate and landscape conditions of Kapan Region the created garden beds are to keep water and humus, protect soil from wind erosion and make a good balance of light and shadow. With constriction material provided by World Vision, ARK created these very garden beds in the ARK Camp not far from Kapan. In agriculture season of 2017 ARK plans to share this innovative practice with farmers and youth of the region. We plan to hold the workshops in the pavilion built by the construction material from World Vision.
The pavilion and garden beds.
We express our gratitude to World Vision Armenia for their support and hope for further fertile cooperation.