Learn how to provide yourself with a healthy, beautiful, soulful shelter in North Karelia, Finland


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    Update: Helpers that want to stay for 2 weeks or longer are welcome!
    We are Mick 39 carpenter from Ireland, Marja 32 from Finland and our two kids Leo 4 and Luna 1 year. We live in the countryside in North Karelia 20 km from Joensuu city center. We are building a debt free, natural, straw bale insulated roundhouse to have a debt free life in. We bought in December 2016 five hectares of forest land adjoining a lake and the fields of Marja's Dads organic vegetable farm.
    We want to live a simple life in the countryside, close to nature and growing most of our own food. In season we pick lots of mushrooms and berries for preserving.
    You will be sharing our rented farm house which is a 500 meter walk through the forest to the building site.
    We are expecting the main house project to last at least 2 years, in 2017 we did the planning, made a road, prepared all the logs, cleared the site, did ground works, foundations and started the timber floor of the house. In 2018 we want to get the roundwood timber framed walls and roof structure up, weatherproof the building and hopefully fit the straw bale insulation.
    If you have interest in crafting, natural building, working with hand tools, organic vegetable growing, being in nature, following natural seasonal cycles, berry picking, mushroom picking, getting or staying out of the rat race I'm sure we will get along.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Help in the house

  • Help


    You will become a member of our building team, and we are happy to find something that suits your skills or ability. We are looking for people with a keen interest in crafts/hand work. The jobs will be varied over the length of the project, but will include peeling trees for building wood, general carpentry, roofing, making wooden shingles, straw bale erecting, clay plastering and many other things.
    We have learned from last year that the longer people stay the better it works out for all involved, and are hoping to have people for a minimum of one month or longer.
    It would be a dream to have someone for the whole building season of 6 months from May to October. This person, treated as an intern/apprentice would learn enough that they would hopefully have the confidence to go and build their own home/shelter afterwards.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Learn how to provide yourself with a healthy, beautiful soulful shelter, which you will not need a thirty year bank loan for!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Finnish

  • Accommodation


    We have two bedrooms available in our traditional Finnish farm house. We eat only vegan food (except for honey). We have all food together, simple, local wholesome mostly organic food.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Free time: we live by two lakes to swim in, we can give you bicycles to go for a cycle and you can cycle to Joensuu 20km, there is a restaurant in the local village! You can do berry and mushroom picking later in the summer, walks in the woods, we have regular sauna.

  • 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?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

My Photo Album

Floor done with frame for rain cover started
Foundation stones in place waiting for floor beams
Building our cob oven
Hand carved spoons
The whole family on the beach in Ireland
Marja peeling logs with Luna asleep on the back
Sketches of ideas for house
Play dough model of house

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