this is a project within a project: I'm building a tiny house on wheels in an ecological culture centre in the forests outside of Berlin. This summer I'll be doing the interior work on my tiny house: insulation, closing the walls, building furniture. It's always nice to have somebody to help with the work. If you don't feel like carpentry is your calling but the place still sounds interesting, it also would be super nice to just have somebody to cook a meal or two a day because I get really lazy with food when I'm deeply immersed in my work :-)
The amount of help I actually need can vary from day to day, but there are always other projects happening around, people building things, tree-planting, sawing cut trees into construction timber... 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.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
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.
construction, cooking, maintenance of community spaces, anything else we can come up with
English, German, Spanish, French, and a bit of everything else
There's a teepee we're using as a space for workawayers and other friendly spirits drifting in and out. 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 around, and sometimes we also have beautiful moments of community and celebration of life :-)
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 don't have 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 :-)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week