You are welcome on our permaculture family homestead in the hills in inland Croatia. 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.
In this (Corona virus) period we are preparing for better times, by constructing gypsy wagons and a beautifully designed sheep stable.
Carpenters, wood workers and people with experience in construction are therefore very welcome!
Another line of our development is in the kitchen. Our son (16) wants to be a chef so professional cooks are also extra welcome!
We live a simple, mostly self sufficient life off the land. We love to prepare delicious dishes with ingredients from the garden and our stable. We like to make our own (sourdough) bread, crackers, cookies, fruit wines, jams, syrups, sauerkraut, yogurt, mayonnaise, kimchi & kefir.
We collect various (medicinal) herbs for the kitchen, for tea, tinctures and oils, 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.
The homestead is slowly growing into a permaculture nut farm and edible landscape, where tourists can camp for a peaceful holiday in nature.
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 animals need fences, the paths need wood chips mulch, we can do some pruning, taking care of the (polyculture, no dig) garden, composting and mulching with various methods, and you can help us with everyday's tasks. Like making jam, drying fruits, collecting seeds, hunting bugs...
You stay for at least 3 weeks to be part of our life and get a good overview of all aspects of a fulfilling, sustainable life in the countryside.
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!
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
We like to share and exchange recipes, music (we have a piano, guitar, wooden flutes, djembe, cajon), inspiring movies, ideas, insights... Peter used to be a blacksmith, Barbara likes to work with wool (from raw sheep wool to yarn or felted purse) and she makes our own herbal health care (tinctures, oils, teas) and body care (face & hand creams).
You can learn about permaculture and personal development.
You can help us with your skills. So if you are good in furniture making, you can help with the interior of our gypsy wagons. If you are experienced in construction work, you can help with constructing a wagon.
The work can also include making fences to keep animals in or out, or constructing new animal housing.
The work is varied, you'll learn about different ways of composting and you will definitely learn new ways of gardening! You can also learn pruning trees, scything grass, preserving the harvest, fermenting food...
Volunteers stay in a caravan or a tent, or in a room in the house, depending on the season.
We're situated on the top of a hill, inland Croatia. The village Vojnic is on a 50 minutes walk distance. In Vojnic there are bars with wifi and a library with computers & internet, and there are shops for groceries.
On Saturdays we sometimes go to the farmers market, to buy things that we don't produce ourselves (yet).
When it's hot, we go swimming in the river.
On a day off you could visit Rastoke (beautiful old, wooden village on the river) or the Plitvice lakes & waterfalls (UNESCO monument), or the nice city Karlovac (half hour bus drive). Also the capitol Zagreb is visitable (just over an hour with the bus).
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Our wifi isn't perfect, especially in bad weather or at the end of the month, but it works. What always works, is a prepaid Tele2 SIM card with data.
On our 12 hectares we have some excellent spots to put your vehicle!
Friendly dogs can play with our labrador-retriever
More than two
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
These are extra optional ratings when members leave feedback. The average rating left for each option is displayed.
Accuracy of profile: