Join us at our house by the lake in Vidin, Bulgaria



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  • Description


    We are a project aiming to develop an eco spiritual travellers hub. The project is supported by a small group of young people and is located in the middle the woods, near a lake, where we see and hear more animals (birds, frogs, dormice, deer, jackals, and our own cats and dogs) than humans every day.
    Currently, Annelies is the only permanent resident, together with the cats and dogs, forming dynamic community with travellers like you.

    We are building up a home/travelers hub for Eco Nomands and people who feel the need to come and live close to nature for a while. In the future, you'll find us hosting permaculture courses, natural building workshops, meditation retreats, creative events and more... Meanwhile, we are exploring the possibilities to expand the vision to grow towards a more tribal community living in harmony with Nature.

    At the moment, we are still in the development phase. Building up the gardens and home, according to permaculture principles, having some events in summers, and working out how to make all of this possible.

    Feel like joining us for a while, enjoy the wonders of nature and the environment? We'll welcome you with open arms!

    Please respect that we are a community based organization, making this place available for travellers like you and not earning a cent on all this full time work :)
    We are very happy if you chose to contribute to our project, by coming over, volunteering, putting in your suggestions, leaving a donation, or however it is that you would like to contribute.

    Merope is a safe place for all beings.
    We are open-minded people welcoming all kinds of diversity. We would like to inform you that we are LGBT+ positive, pro-vegan, respecting everyone's choices in life and religious or spiritual beliefs.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Staying here will teach you some things about permaculture, self-sufficiency, living in community and spiritual growth.
    We also love to learn from every visitor :)

  • Help


    garden work and general homesteading
    help with renovation of the 2 houses
    playing with dogs and petting cats :)
    some natural building projects
    finishing the interior of the rooms
    helping with permaculture design
    creative community building
    social media outreach
    visual documentation

    If you have other, own ideas of things you want to do, feel free to share them with us!

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    German: Beginner
    French: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    We would love some more Bulgarian classes, as we are foreigners living in Bulgaria. Can offer English and Dutch language exchanges.

  • Accommodation


    For volunteer roles we can accomodate you in a dorm room or tents.
    For people staying longer and interested in a coordinating role, we likely can offer you a private room (if available)

    We have limited electricity.

    There is running water, but for now only outside the house in the garden. We try to live as close by nature as possible, but we love it!

    The food served is mostly local and vegetarian (pro-vegan)only. We are moving towards zero-waste and ask you to be very conscious about any packaging when buying food.

    For guests, eating meat in any of the public areas is against the house rules, since we wish to create a safe space energetically as well as mentally for animals, for people who do eat vegan, and a sanctuary towards life. Also, living without electricity, eating plant based foods is the easiest way to ensure food safety. We do not promote vegetarianism or veganism as an ideology, nor do we condemn eating meat. However, we like to push people into experiencing healthy plant based food, since we do not agree with the meat and dairy industry. If you want to consume meat, you are totally free to enjoy a meal with meat outside of the property boundaries.

    We do have a car and can pick you up at the train- or the busstation if you feel like joining us.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We live in the very north west area of Bulgaria, near the borders with Romania and Serbia. It is a very poor region, but has a quite rich history.
    In Vidin, the nearest city (16 km away) there's some nice things to see, like the Baba Vidin Castle and the old city walls, and there's the Danube river!
    It's a very nice area for walking and biking (amidst the sunflowers in summer)!
    You can have a dive in the lake just in front of the property, and have a refreshing drink at the beach bar of our friend there.
    Also some day trips are possible: Go and visit the Belogradchik Fortress and natural rock formations, it is amazing. Spend a day on the Danube beach, or why not have a weekend in Sofia?

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    smaller campervans can be accomodated on the property, bigger motorhomes can park outside the property. We are very welcoming to people travelling with their own home and accommodations as this gives us the opportunity to welcome more people! Unfortunately we can't provide connection to electricity or running water to your camper (as we don't have this ourselves :) )

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    4 hours a day, 5 days a week

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