We are Hans and Marjolijn, our three children Noah (15), Ravian (7) and Levin (3) and our cats. We are from the Netherlands and have been living in this fabulous church in Czech Republic for five years.
Now we have moved back to Holland and the church is alone for several months a year.
We have been building a lot and the place is like a home for us. We magically turned a piece of the surrounding forest into a garden but as it goes when we are away: the forest takes it back.. so there is always a lot to maintain. Also chores like chopping wood, small and bigger jobs in the house, household, cooking, shopping, taking care of the children..
We are both creative people, Hans is a musician and Marjolijn makes felt and many other things, but because the house is so big here there's too little time for that.. A lot of creativity goes to the house and the garden and we could use some help. We also love to meet new people, share meals, music and wisdom :)
We are living the natural life, heating with woodfire, drinking water from a spring (although we have a hot shower:) using wood from the forest to build or reusing building materials.
We are outside a lot, the children have all freedom to play. The church is in the forest, close to fields and rockformations, ideal to hike, bike, enjoy silence and nature.
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
The help can be anything, there is gardening, painting, small building, cleaning, organising events, or taking care of the children. Next to the chores that needs to be done we also want to create a treehouse, shed, outside woodoven for pizza or bread etc. It will depend on your skills and pleasures what you can do.
In July and August we want to celebrate summer. Make fire, sleep outside, go swimming, and be creative with the children.
Lets get in touch and see what feels good.
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We have a spare room with a bed for two. Its at the back of the church with your own entrance. We also have a camper or you could bring your tent.
This area is very good for trips in nature, hiking, biking, camping outside, climbing. Also cultural there is a lot to visit, old towns, castles, mines. We can give you tips or take you there. I hope our meeting will bring us joy and we can learn from eachother, we are open for everything. We have a big hall we use for concerts, taichi and other events. You are free to use it as an atelier, dancing place or whatever it is you love to do. Just ask us about it!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
4-5 hours a day, and if we make trips you can join us.