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Help with ongoing projects and experience life in an anarchist forest village outside Berlin, Germany

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  • Last activity: 22 Jun 2024

Availability

  2024 

 Min stay requested: at least a week

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  • Description

    Description

    You're always welcome to get in touch, but for the time being there is no availability!

    This is an ecological culture centre & open-air experimentation lab for creativity, tolerance, self-organization, and many other things in the forests outside of Berlin. There are always lots of projects happening around, people building things, tree-planting, sawing cut trees into construction timber, gardening, maintaining, processing food, fantasizing... there may be some specific things we imagine you could be helping out with at a given moment, but at the same time we would like to encourage you to figure out what you would like to learn and how you would like to contribute, and then go for it! If you're honestly interested in learning about (sometimes challenging) community living and DIY, you won't be bored here. On the other hand we won't force anybody to do anything they don't want to do, either.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    Elderly Companionship
    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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

    this is an anarchist village in full operation -- a great opportunity to get inspiration about how to organize (and also about how not to organize...) society differently in the future. The fundamental purpose of the project is to support native ecosystems as they gradually form again in what used to be a life-negating pine monoculture, while also considering the human niche by adding fruit and nut trees. In this way, the project is of course inspired by permaculture. At the same time, it's an open space where we experiment with different forms of construction, community life and decision-making. People here have an incredible array of DIY skills; personally I can offer some pointers about carpentry, edible wild plants, dumpster-diving, ecosystems, and a bunch of other random stuff.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help

    Help

    construction, cooking, maintenance of community spaces, anything else we can come up with

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Accommodation is organized flexibly -- it helps if you bring a tent, but other options may be available. As far as food goes, we usually sustain ourselves by dumpster-diving and a few organic staples that we buy.

    This seems like as good a place as any to warn you that the place you're reading about can be intimidating -- it can be chaotic, people can be grumpy, things can be uncomfortable. We only use compost toilets and the only kind of heating and cooking system we have is wood-burning stoves (that also goes for hot water for the shower). On the other hand side, it can also be super nice, especially in summer -- there is a huge beautiful natural area of forest and heath and lakes around, and of course we also have beautiful moments of community and celebration of life :-)

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    I've done a bunch of volunteering myself, and while most likely I won't be the perfect host (who will, eh?), I have at least basic understanding of the most common problems workawayers encounter with their hosts. Talk to me. We'll work it out.

    No problems with accommodating pets or families (but make sure you read the whole profile). Conversely we don't at all appreciate people with an acute smartphone addiction, if you feel that applies for you, please don't get in touch. (Or commit to withdraw.) Also, please don't fly to come here, especially if you're coming from somewhere you could also travel from overland. We only have one planet in case you haven't noticed yet, and I'm sure there are also plenty of meaningful things to do near where you are if you can't take the time to travel in a sustainable way.

    Also be aware that we drink the ground water, so avoid using any non-biodegradable detergents or toothpaste :-)

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    you are your own master -- but let's make sure nobody feels exploited!

Host ref number: 253731154858

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