De Helleborus: Eco-camping and food forest

Travelers from all around the world checkin to De Helleborus. Work with people from different cultures, meet other guests, learn permaculture principles, go explore the city of Groningen and swim lakes around.

Casper and Nienke (Dutch) the owners, are visionaries and devote their lives to developing De Helleborus. Expect hard work, a lot of energy, creative flow, and development. Camilo (Venezuelan/Spanish) the cook is also an artist and musician. He cooks fusion meals from all around the world. swashbuckling approach: intuitive, no unnecessary respect for traditional recipes/culinary rules and boundaries. Expect better food than in a restaurant. You can help with hospitality, building, or work in the vegetable garden. Three marvelous meals per day, drinks, nightly fires, and free bikes. Sleep in one of the accommodations, a shared dorm/tent, or a private tent.


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It was my first volunteer, it's a nice place, the people who work there made me feel very good, but I didn't feel comfortable with the hosts and the cook because of their treatment and when the agreements were not fulfilled, such as not having tents for the volunteers and sleep in the same tent as the guests, where they made me change beds and make me sleep in the laundry room on one occasion, among other inconveniences, I retired earlier. I thank you, because you always learn and I recommend it, but agreeing to what is established, consulting the rules beforehand and not for more than 2 weeks

about 1 month ago

De Helleborus replied

We made a bed for you in the house because you refused to sleep in the tent. That this was a shared dorm tent that was clear from the beginning and in our form. See also our profile here on Worldplackers. Hope with you next volunteering you have a better understanding of English. Good luck!



I would recommend this place to those who enjoy outdoor work and want to learn more about sustainability. The camping is also placed close to all the amenities, everything is withing 30 minutes by bike. The hosts are nice and the atmosphere is calm. I would recommend going in late spring or summer to get the best out of the Dutch weather

about 1 month ago

New Caledonia


This place is amazing and the staff and hosts are very friendly. I would recommand this experience to every traveler, it's a nice bit of nature not too far from civilisation. As a climber, it was refreshing to be able to go to Excalibur on my days off (20 minutes ride)

I am not sure I could have had a better first experience as a volunteer !

8 months ago



This is an exotic place compared to a lot of places in Netherlands. It is close to the city which is beautiful. Me and my boyfriend have bonded well with the staff and they are people we wish to bring with us through our life. We have learned a lot and most importantly this has helped me with my confidence my ability to speak to people is much better. It was nice to sit around the fire to talk to other people guests or other volunteers about their lives and experiences or what has brought them to this place specifically. The food is amazing and the accommodation that you stay in is comfy.

10 months ago

Perfect for you if you're looking for


Contact with nature

Vegetarian / Vegan

Contact with animals

City & Town