Come share life and activities with us a.s.a.p in the forest of Järbo, Sweden


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    Welcome to live and work with us and stay at least 2-3 weeks or if we like each others company - longer, a couple of months or more.
    Our farm is the first and only educational center in Sweden for clay building. We are of course ready to give you guided tours and speak with you as much as you want about that. However there will not be much of practical clay building this period. Our need this period is help in our cultivation for self suffciancy (for us, guests and volunteers). We need help with weeding, harvesting and attendance to our food forest and other crops.

    We might also start some window renovation and then probably hire a professional painter to teach us all (some hours) - you too of course - how to go about when it comes to window renovation. Good knowledge to get!

    As mentioned this little farm is established the first and only Swedish educational center for eco building with clay. From April through October we offer guided tours & workshops on clay building and a lot of other subjects like recycling, saving old breeds (sheep and ducks) that are threatened of extinction, and more in line with our ”back to basis interests”. We are raising our ambitions concerning implementing more permaculture principles on our farm, also concerning more cultivation.

    We are used to having a lot ongoing, and are also blessed to usually have energy for it all but this winter I, Marjo, the wife on the farm, was found to have rathe bad breast cancer. I have had surgery and chemotherapy, also radiation and medicine... .I am now recovering well, however not as strong and active as I usually am. Anyhow I am the work leader of all ongoing work on he farm.

    I, Marjo, am the executive director of the non profit NGO that run the public activities on the farm. I am also active in Clay Builders Association in Sweden, so of course one of my main interests and what I am usually busy trying to inspire people with, is clay building.

    We prefer to have volunteers that are interested in communicating and hopefully also share thoughts of life with us. That is why we prefer to have volunteers who can communicate rather freely in english - or if you prefer; swedish.

    We have found that it is much more beneficial for both us and for the volunteers when the stay here is not a too short period. When the stay is at least a month here there is time to develop a team, a sensibility for each others points of views and to have a chance to truly communicate and be enriched from each other and hopefully even develop a friendship! So we welcome you to stay for at least 2-3 weeks, or possibly longer! I We hope to hear from you very soon and to see you here as soon as possible! Most Welcome!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project

  • Help


    we welcome you who are an observant, friendly, easy going person, ready to help with several things; also some paint job outdoors

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We will be eating most meals together and also sharing some spare time excursions and possibly film-watching some evenings. We will do our best to help you benefit as much as possible from your stay with us and we hope that you will enrichen our lives too! Often at meals and other times - if you are up to that - we hope for communication and sharing thoughts of life and subjects that interest you and us in common!

    If you are interested of course you can go for some tourist trip for example a weekend in Stockholm or Uppsala or to the archipelago of Stockholm or wherever you want yo go! We gladly help you make plans and drive you to to the busstation to help you get going if this is something you want to experience during your stay here. We will also bring you to "simple amusements" that we enjoy a lot, like excursions into the wilderness around where we live, like simple barbecues and making coffee over open fire in the forest close to creeks with trouts... (my husband is a devoted fly fisher).

    We cook mainly vegetarian plus fish and eggs, my husband and the two volunteers that are already here also eat meat. So quite often meat is served as a side dish.

    We are committed to do the best we can for mutual benefit and exchange. If you share your skills, engagement, energy and time here - we try to contribute with all what we can to make you stay in Sweden and your time with us as rewarding as possible. To socialize is important to us. So communication about ”life”, cultivating, culture, transition, recycling, music, personal development, being a sensitive and observant person... and sharing lot more in conversations is some of the benefits we hope to gain from having volunteers! But of course time to be alone and reflect is also very important! (to me personally our tiny chapel is my haven - everyone has his/her own way of "recharging" ones batteries") We welcome you who are social, friendly, attentive and regardful person willing to contribute with effort and energy in what is to be accomplished here.

    We have been so lucky that several of our previous volunteers have come back to us. Some just to visit a few days, others to come work with us for a period again, contribute and share life. To us this is a wonderful gift!

    Me and my husband have lived here since april -10 and already offered many courses, workshops, lectures and a few hundred guided tours where we show different techniques of building with clay. 
We are a happily married couple. My husbands name is ”Lärkan” which is Swedish for ”the Lark” (=the singing bird). My name is Marjo. We are an active couple, upper middle age, that have changed our lifestyle into a more sustainable one. Our two sons are grown up and only visit once in a while. We found this worn down little cottage in the middle of the forest. A lot had, and still has to be done here. Square meter by square meter we take care, restore, build new buildings and cultivate... Long way to go. We share most responsibilities with our dearest friend, Monika, that moved here because of our friendship. She lives (=sleeps) 600 meters away but spends a lot of time here. We are slowly increasing our cultivation in order to in some years hopefully become self sufficient at least in some respects for ourselves, volunteers and guests.

    All that we cultivate of course is organically grown, but what we buy is not always. I, Marjo, eat vegetarian, but also often fish and eggs. I have some food intolerances, for example no tolerance to gluten, and most dairy products, the same for Monika. 

    We have three cats and two very kind family dogs. In addition to the family dog we also have a cattle-guardian dogs. He lives with the sheep day and night all year around and keep them and our other small animals safe. There are a lot of wolfs, lynxes, foxes and bears around our place. Exiting and interesting wildlife and ABSOLUTELY NO THREAT TO HUMANS but dangerous for our small animals. We also keep gene bank on one of the old fashion breed Swedish sheep that are the second most threatened of extinction. The same with the old fashion red listed ducks. We also, for egg production, have some 20 hen of different breeds. All our animals - domesticated on the farm and wild around - contribute to a sensation of peacefulness and joy, The ones on the farm also volunteer with their special abilities and contribute with what they can... manure for the cultivating, hen and duck pick bugs and give eggs, the sheep open up the valley, contribute with fur for handicraft and ground cover in cultivating, etc. At fall some rams are slaughtered that also provides meat for income and for meat eaters on the farm.

    A lot is still not at all as organized and tidy as we would like it to be on the farm. There is always a lot that has to be done. However every task is lot more enjoyable in companionship!

    Of course we will try to show you some of our Swedish culture and tell you as much as you want! We listen to music a lot, play guitar and sing some at times too.

    One thing though that is not negotiable: No wireless devices here. I, Marjo, am recovering, but have been highly hypersensitive to wireless communications. We also have a young Swedish guy living here on the farm that also is hypersensitive to all radiation and electromagnetic fields. He is much more sensitive than I am or was. I sit by the computer as you realize^^ I can nowadays tolerate electricity well, but not wifi or cellphone radiation. So here you will have to have your cellphone/ipad turned off. We offer wire bound internet and of course you can connect your laptop (if you travel with one) and just turn off "searching for wifi". If you want to send an sms or make a phone call from you cellphone you just take a walk a few hundred meters before starting it. OK?!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Swedish. English

  • Accommodation


    Simple guest room in an insulated bunkhouse
    Shower, toilet and washing machine in another house than where you sleep
    There is also an outdoor shower cabin that is appreciated during summer
    We have bikes for you to borrow for a tour
    At times you can go to a nearby community farm for wood heated sauna

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    170 km north of Stockholm Arlanda International airport. If using public transportation 2 hours 20 minutes busride from Stockholm Central Station to Sandviken, the small city close to us. There we pick you up by car for the last 18 km. If you come by car: Road E4 to Gävle then road 80 to Sandviken and little bit further up north to Järbo.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    25 hours, 5 days maximum per week

My Photo Album

Harvest of pickled radishes. As someone said "now it will be summer on the food table the whole winter"! =D
Here cooking for the first time in the recently built barrel oven in the outdoor kitchen. When this photo was taken, it was not even plastered. Now we cook ever so often in it: pizzas, gratins, crumble pies etc... Yummie!
Here two volunteers are finishing the rain-proof plank cover on the reciprocal roof of our fancy outdoor shower cabin. It is a true sensation to have outdoor showers, in fresh air and looking out over the field with the sheep and their guardian dog...
Our three family dogs
Here a friend is pressing clay-moistered straw into the form to shape the 24 cm thick = very insulating walls in the future house for hen...
Here clayplastering the outside of house for hen build last summer with a totally different technique: straw moised with clay and pressed into a form.
"Lärkan" (="The Lark") with his beloved sheep
Here finishing the plaster on the outside of the house for sheep built with brushwood.
Here we had started to clear brushwood from our piece of land that had not been well kept for decades... we didn´t burn it or throw it away: we used it to shape walls! A method that is known to have been used by the vikings during the Bronze age. : ) This is the house for sheep, about 40m2.
Our little peaceful square in the middle of the forest
Here is the result after having carried 14,5 tons of clay-mixture into our bedroom... and after it was painted with earth-pigments, eggs and flaxseedoil :)
Here I, Marjo am plastering claymixture to the ceiling of my and my husbands bedroom

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