You are welcome on our permaculture family homestead in the green hills in the heart of Croatia. We are looking for nature lovers that want to learn all about setting up a sustainable and self reliant life in the countryside. People that can stay for 3 weeks or longer, or even want to stay "forever" in a nice spot on our 12 hectares. We live a simple, healthy, colorful, holistic lifestyle as practical realists. We like to create a sustainable habitat by following nature's patterns. We use permaculture principles to develop our terrain and our life. We care for the earth, for the people around us, for the future and we like to share our abundance with you. Our homestead is slowly growing into a permaculture nut farm and edible landscape where people can camp for a peaceful holiday in nature. In this (Corona virus) period we are preparing for better times, by constructing fantastic gypsy wagons, and maybe also a well-designed wooden tiny house for (tourist) families. Carpenters, wood workers and people with experience in construction are therefore very welcome! Another line of our development is in the kitchen. Our son Nol (17) wants to be a chef so professional cooks are extra welcome! On our homestead you can learn about permaculture and how to implement practical permaculture solutions in life. You can learn about self sufficiency and a lot of skills to get there, like how to setup a low maintenance garden, using animals for certain tasks, scything grass and making hay, wine making, composting in many ways... We live a simple but abundant, mostly self sufficient life off the land. We love to prepare delicious dishes with ingredients from the garden, the terrain and our stable. We like to make our own (sourdough) bread, crackers, cookies, wine, beer, jams, syrups, sauerkraut, yogurt, mayonnaise, kimchi & kefir. We love fermented food! We collect various (medicinal) herbs for the kitchen, for tea, tinctures and oils. We make our own cosmetic products and cleaning products. We live with quite some animals: 5 cats (mouse & squirrel catchers), 2 dogs (for fun and to guard the other animals), various amounts of rabbits (manure and meat producers) and chickens (compost turners, bug hunters, for eggs & meat), bees (but we are newbie beekeepers) and soon also turkeys, goats and sheep (terrain cleaners for milk, wool and meat). And Barbara wants a peacock. You can help us (4-5 hours per day, 5 days a week, for at least 3 weeks) with construction work, furniture making, the garden, making the camp site more beautiful and turning the terrain into an edible landscape. The garden needs a fence, the paths need wood chips mulch, we can do some pruning, taking care of the (polyculture, no dig) garden, the forest garden or the food savannah, composting and mulching with various methods, and you can help us with everyday's tasks. Like taking care of the animals, making jam, drying fruits, collecting seeds, hunting bugs... You need a certain amount of independence, curiosity, flexibility and fun and don't mind dirty hands, curious cats and noisy kids :-) If you eat vegan or your main motivation is consuming travelling and to have a cheap place to stay, please do not apply. Please write a personal message (to Peter and Barbara) about you, what you want to learn, why, what we can learn from you, your skills and your dream future, so we can setup a good stay for you. We normally get more than 400 requests a year so you need to make it a PERSONAL message with your motivation!
You can be part of our family/household but at the same time we're not your mother. We regard you as a responsible adult and you take care of your space. There are usually more volunteers, but it depends on the season, the quality of the requests and our budget. We don't regard you as a cheap worker; if we need workers we will call our neighbors. For us volunteers bring fun, a rhythm in our day, cultural exchange, recipes, games, music and new ideas. We are also interested in the culture and politics of your home country. Every Friday we evaluate the week so there is feedback possible.
I've been 4 weeks in Bogata Suma and it has been a really good experience. The family is really charming and I felt good since the first moment.
I've been working mostly in the garden with Barbara, because at that moment were no projects of building. I have learnt a lot of permaculture and the uses and properties of the plants. I am really happy with that.
We were working some hours in the morning and a bit more after lunch. The rhythm was calm.
I recommend it to everyone who wants to learn, have good conversations and eat delicious food!
7 months ago
Barbara, Peter y sus dos hijos son muy amigables, tienen un muy buen carácter, mi estadía aquí me lleno de muchos momentos de aprendizaje por el lenguaje y por el trabajo con la madera. también es un lugar especial para aprender de comida ya que encuentras un mundo de posibilidades nuevas. disfrute cada noche de comida en familia. para mí cada noche fue una experiencia gastronómica. que más puedo decir. hermoso lugar con un gran bosque para recorrer y una linda fauna que conocer.
12 months ago