Join us to renovate a beautiful castle in Slovenia



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 Min stay requested: at least a week

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    Fellow Workawayers,

    This is an invitation for you to be part of a humanitarian project in a beautiful castle in Slovenia!

    Join us for this epic mission to write history and co-create a sustainable castle as a platform for
    the an institute for Sound Medicine, Education, Treatment, Art and Research.
    A place for the healing arts to be explored and celebrated in service of the people and future generations.


    The castle is known as the sleeping beauty, is an iconic monument dating back to the 11th century.
    After its destruction in 1942, historian and theatre director Marko Marin rebuild the castle in 50 years of dedicated work to provide an inspirational platform for artistic events.

    To continue his legacy we are starting this summer of 2020 with the further renovation, building and the landscape design in preparation of permaculture gardens.

    Developing organic food and medicinal herb gardens.

    Renovation of floors, walls, ceilings plastering with natural building materials. 

    We are looking for carpenters and designers to help design gypsy wagons for mobile accommodation units. 

    Plumbers are wanted to help establish bathrooms, contained phyto sewage systems with least impact on the environment. 

    Electricians and oven builders are welcomed to help establish heating systems, fireplaces as well as over all electricity,
    air circulation systems and chimneys.

    Application of sustainable technology, cultivation and preservation of seeds and healthy food as medicine, hanging food gardens, production, storage and distribution of organic living food, super foods and medicines plants are basic needs for any sustainable community who wishes to grow into a healthy future. 

    Looking forward to sharing this experience with you,

    Kailash and LukaYa

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Art Projects
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • 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

    The castle will be developed and transformed into a sanctuary for education, treatment and research of the healing arts, cultural exchange, seed preservation and sustainable solutions. Volunteers will have the unique opportunity to be part of the creative and inspirational process of reviving the sleeping beauty castle where the future meets the past.

    Studying and learning about medicinal plants, healing sound, chi movements, natural building, transparent communication and much more.

    Lets explore the possibilities of a creative co-creation in an ancient historical environment.

  • Help


    Currently we are cleaning up the castle from old furniture and accumulations, preparing for plastering the walls with clay and other natural building materials.
    We are looking for hands on support with castle cleanup, basic renovation, building and gardening.

    It is an amazing project with many possibilities to bring yourself in and find where you thrive the most.

    Around dinner we cover tasks, reflect on the day and how to improve the next day. We are open for solution oriented suggestions. Tasks range from collecting medicinal herbs and planting fruit trees to building clay ovens and plastering the castle walls with organic building materials.

    Permaculture designers, layworkers, Woodworkers, Seedplanters, Plumbers, Builders, and all kinds of motivated healthy human beings with practical skills, hands, head and heart welcome!

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    We welcome workawayers with camper van. There are facilities for such in the vicinity of the castle.

    Other individual volunteers will be hosted in new spacious tents at the volunteer basecamp around a fire place on a beautiful meadow next to the castle.

    If you wonder about the tomb stones at the entrance - they are put there by the historian and theatre director Dr. Marin as a display for the art work and not real graves.

    Please note that the castle is still a building site!
    For security reasons we have to lock it at night time.
    There is no running water yet in the castle. We use compost toilets and are collecting well water for drinking from the springs close by.

    Additionally we are renting a vineyard cottage 20min walk through a beautiful beech tree forest where all the facilities can be used: warm and cold shower, washing machine, wifi, etc.

    Occasionally and if available we can host an individual volunteer in own room at the vineyard cottage.

    We prioritize non-smokers and vegetarians and will not provide meat, fish or poultry. If you are on a vegan diet you are at the right place. We would appreciate your appreciation that we provide costly organic food. Please notify us about your eating habits and if quantity goes before quality.

    In general we are solution oriented and happy to meet your needs which we welcome you to communicate clearly.

    We ourselves have often 7-10 hr days at the castle plus administration work afterwards and some volunteers choose to be in the workflow with us beyond the agreed 5hrs but this is by free choice and not mandatory. Every volunteer is responsible for their working hours and when to stop. We appreciate fair and balanced exchange. Welcome.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The region around Mirna offers a great variety of things to explore. Slovenia in general has everything from caves and thermal water wells to lakes, mountains and the sea: a beautiful country with pristine nature and loads of opportunities for adventurous explorations!

  • 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

    any size motor home welcome. there is parking space right next to the castle and extra parking and facilities close by within 5 min drive.

  • 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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