Welcome to join our family community and the development of our collectively owned land. We have started bringing this old farm back to life again after decades of abandonment. It’s a very exciting process with endless possibilities and freedom to try out, make experiments and learn. At the moment the circumstances here are very basic and it is also our conscious choice to live very simply and close to the land. This place is for you if you enjoy a do-it-yourself attitude, have an adventurous spirit and don’t require big comforts as found in the city. We spend most of our time outdoors. We do have electricity in our main house and we are at a biking distance (3km) from a village with all basic services.
We are five adults and 5-7 children – all of them under nine years old. We have three nationalities (Finnish, Swedish and Dutch) and our common language is English. We have tiny houses on wheels and a tipi as living spaces, a 50m2 house with wood heating and wood stove, an outdoor kitchen, a big vegetable garden, a newly dug small pond and a creek running through the land, a lake nearby and forest around us. We fetch our drinking water from a spring. We have chicken and bees.
Some special interests found in our group are democratic schooling/ free schools, social tools and emotional work such as co-counseling and Way of the Circle, ecovillages and intentional communities, environmental activism, painting with natural pigments, music, visual arts, improvisation, horticulture, permaculture, forest gardens, food fermentations, youth work, sustainability education, massage, wilderness & primitive skills/ rewilding, , Werbeck singing... We have also started a Transition Initiative in our nearby town, aiming to strengthen the local community and local economy, particularly the production and local market of organic foods.
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
Our common language is english, so it will be easy for you to integrate into our social life. You’ll get to experience life in community and enjoy the company of children. You’ll get in close contact with finnish nature at it’s prime growing season. You’ll meet lots of alternative minded people and get experience from a low-impact, simple life close to nature.
With us you have a lot of freedom to choose projects according to your skills and interests, for example: building and renovation work at the main house and other building projects, clay plastering walls, gardening, landscaping our new pond area, opening up areas from bushes and tree saplings, planting new trees and perennials, environmental planning, designing our future eco-houses and other eco-solutions, firewood work, cooking, being with children, own innovative projects improving the life quality here (we have tools for working with metal, wood, textiles etc)
A wood heated house. You'd be staying in the house on your own as we live in tiny wagon houses ourselves. Your house is a little off from our other main living areas, so it might be a good idea to come with a friend instead of coming alone, so you don't get lonely in the evenings. You may also bring your own tent, if you like.
Karjalohja is a countryside town about 1h car drive from Helsinki to the west. We live at 4 km from the village with all basic services, a shop, a bar with music gigs, bus connections and a village house with lots of activities. It’s possible to make day/weekend trips to cities like Turku and Helsinki, as well as other smaller cities around. The touristic village Fiskars is at 15km from us and might be worth a visit. There are lots of possibilities for doing nature trips around here, including sleeping out at public lean-to’s, rowing boat on the lake or renting a canoe. This area has a high concentration of ”alternative minded” people, so you’ll have lots of chances to meet nice people and visit places similar to ours where you’ll see for example green building and permaculture in action.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week