In between Berlin and the Baltic Sea we aim to establish a unique workspace and studio for creatives and craftsmen. Germany




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    In the beautiful north of Germany, in between Berlin and the Baltic Sea we aim to establish a unique workspace and studio for creatives and craftsmen. The estate of Hohenbrünzow, built in the 19th century, is about to become our playground for the future.
    Here, in the quite special, vast northern countryside, we generate a space where you can realize your own ideas or join in on shared projects, without feeling cramped by the city and its noise around you.
    We started to work on the estate in early 2018 and built our studiospace. Downstairs we established our carpentry workshop which will be followd by some other workspaces through the next years. The estate consists of our three huge barns (2100 m² of unused groundarea) and the manor (which is run by friends of us) and further 14 ha of greenland.
    Over the next years we want to advance this place and make it lively and beautiful, providing sustainable livingspaces for about 50 people.

    By now, its just us, three brothers (at an age of 24,26 and 29) and our uncle with family, setting up possibilities for friends and people to join. In May 2020 our sister, a bakery master is going to join us on the estate and wants to set up a bakery, cafe and a farm shop.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Language practice
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Crazy skills and lots of fun!

    While staying here you will have the chance to learn many skills and techniques related to contruction and renovation of buildings - from planning to executing them. One of us even is a trained carpenter, and we have also studied design, architecture and sustainable economics.
    in 2020 we want to expand the permaculture garden further and maybe start a little farm shop were we could sell products from the project.
    The society is going to organize workshops for artists, craftsmen where you are invited to take part in or even help organizing a workshop on your topic of interest.
    especially if you stay for a couple of weeks or even longer, we encourage you to bring in ideas and we will try to realise them.

    For us, this place is an incredible play- and learning ground - we constantly test out new things, test ourselves as we make plans that sometimes seem way over our heads. And almost always it works! and we grow with that, gain confidence and experience, and so can you!
    and if you have experiences and skills to share, we can aim still higher ;) but to be clear, all this isnt limited to contruction or the like - if you know a craft, or have some crazy cooking skills, or can lead a yoga session.. there is hardly anything we don't want to learn and many other little things we can teach!

  • Help


    What we do is what you do...
    Well. We do all sorts of stuff around the yard and there are numerous things we do right now where you could help..

    No matter whether you have just finished school or are a skilled carpenter, there is certainly something that you can help us with and will enjoy doing. All the more if you like manual work, be outdoors and get your hands dirty from time to time.

    Construction - This year we want to do a little less construction which was our main work for the past two years, but of course there are still a lot of unfinished things in the living barn and the atelier as well.

    Gardening- Last year we managed to be selfsufficient on vegetables over the summer month which we want to repeat and develop for a greater variety. Our polytunnel gave us a great tomato, chili and eggplant harvest now we are thinking about putting up a second one.

    Animals- We got five sheep, three pigs, four cats and some quail, we plan to add some chicken to our little farm this year.
    So all of them together make up some work were we are happy if you give us a hand.

    we all love cooking and good food, but usually our schedule involves only a late breakfast and a big dinner. We have found this to work best for us - but no one will go hungry or is bound to this schedule. While you're here you are of course free to help yourself to the communal foodstuff and drinks whenever!
    together we try to keep things clean and tidy (sorta) - everyone is a part of this.
    heating and cooking is woodfired, so occasionally we need to make firewood!

    Occasional projects, creative projects - we have space, machinery, lots of scrap material... in the past year, for example, we built an earth-sauna, a wood-fired pizza-oven and raised herb and vegetable beds. Some plans and ideas for 2020 are:
    -garden pavilion, chilloutspaces, outdoor kitchen, camping area, another sauna, plunge pool, stables for animals, furniture

    You can also get involved in planning and taking part in activities of the society which we founded to run the studio. Things we had in mind so far were building a woodfired bakery oven, drawing sessions, analogue photography, setting up a dark room and printmaking, reading circles, seminars on the more theoretical aspects of permaculture and ecological construction and carpentry workshops. We are also gathering ideas for a summeracademy in late august with workshops and lectures to the topic of commons.

    If you have formal training or the relevant experience, we have a wide range of basic and advanced construction machinery and tools, a digger and a fully equipped carpentry workshop from mid 2019 on to put your skills to best use.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    german, english, spanish, some italian,

  • Accommodation


    A work in progress -we moved into the living barn in december 2019, the atelier/studio space offers a few beds/matrasses under a big glasfront where ou can look up into the stars at night. The atelier is fully aquiped with a huge kitchen, bathroom, hot shower, washing machine. The atelier is one big open room so if there are several people staying at the same time (which will most likely happen) there won't be much privacy. The atelier is also the home of our four cats. When the weather is warmer it is also nice to camp outside, sleep in the tipi or in one of our caravans. Its best if you bring your own sleeping bag, but we do have some blankets we can provide.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    For the activities part...while there is not much to do in the immediate suroundings, the baltic sea is only an hour away and there is the possibility to do kayaking in the beautiful peene river. however, we dont get out of here that much, because there is enough fun (and always work) on the estate. as soon as it gets a little warmer we have our daily swim in a nearby lake, enjoy to have barbecues and fires outdoors and.. if you want to visit Berlin, there is a local train going there every hour from the close-by station Sternfeld, which is also where we can usually pick you up and drop you off.

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    • 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 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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