Two years ago we, now a family of four (our kids are 4 and 1) left the city for a life aligned with the rhythms of nature as much as possible and as it suits us. In the countryside of north-saxony we made a historic water mill with a surrounding huge garden area our new home.
Though we almost finished a little farm house for our living, the more than 200 years old mill still needs restauration. Within the last two years, we've created a place where we are able to live, but still envision so much more: Implementing permaculture principles wherever we can, grow our our own food as much as possible and care for even more animals than our dog, cats and chicken. Also we'd love to host cultural events as film screenings, small concerts and theater plays for the surrounding community now and then.
At the core of it all is our soul project of a nature/wilderness retreat that's slowly becoming form.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
We love to give you some insights in our small farm living in a rural area of Germany with a great amount of ecological awareness. You might learn a thing or two about renovation of old buildings, fixing, maintaining or upcycling.
You might also benefit from our background as wildernis and nature educators, get in deeper connection with nature and explore with us all the facettes of our earth's magic.
And if you want to learn the German language, we are happy to help you with that.
Your hands and hearts are welcome.Throughout the year we always need help with building and most of the year with gardening, as well as preserving the harvest. If you enjoy cooking, we'd love to eat what you prepare. If you like to spend time with our kids/animals, we are happy to tend to some other chores meanwhile. We have also many fun ideas which we will realise at the given time, for example building an outdoor hot tub/sauna wagon or children’s and adult’s playground. And we'd love to sit together at the fire and dwell in mutual inspiring conversation.
German, English, French, Swedish
We have a tiny house on wheels in our garden with a wonderful view over the fields. The wagon contains a wood stove, 2-flame gas cooker, fridge and sleeping space for up to 3 adults. So please take into consideration that you might need to share the space with other Workawayers. In the warmer season you will find many quiet places on our ground for putting a tent. Next to the wagon there‘s a compost toilet and another water toilet can be found within the mill.
We prepare at least one warm meal during the day including meat/fish from ethical sources and greens and fruits from organic farming (as much as possible). We are very conscious about our food but deeply respect other choices of nutrition. So as vegan or vegetarian you are of course very welcome to stay with us. If your preferences of food differ too much from ours you might need to prepare it for yourself.
We live very close to nature, so best if you like to take walks in the woods, listen to old oaks, follow animal tracks or love to hike. We can also offer a small amount of bikes. The big river Elbe is quite nearby and is accompanied by a proper bike trail. 5 mins away there's a bus stop which connects you to the nearest towns Torgau and Bad Düben (both 20 mins.). But busses don’t run that often. From Torgau you can take the train to Leipzig (ca. 40 mins.)
We have internet/wifi but the access is very limited.
Our labrador dog Paula is curious and loves to play and work, so even if she appears big and black she's just a clown with fur..
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week