Looking for help with a environmentally friendly festival focused on action based workshops and ceremonies in Iceland

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  • Description

    Description

    In August we are co-hosting a action and ceremony festival.

    This means ceremony, action and a few other things in Iceland so we are creating a festival focused on action based workshops and ceremonies. We have a rehersal festival which will be between the 1st and the 5th of August focused on what the volunteers want to experience and then we are part of a bigger festival on 8-12th of August. We will have workshops and ceremonies every day with the ceremonies connecting to nature and action. We will building up fertility of the land and generally creating better lives.

    But we are also building up our land, we focus on using materials that society disregards and throws away. We build up fertility by using the compost from homes in the near by towns, branches trimmed in the home gardens and any organic material thrown out at the county organic disposal site which is next to our land and we have full access to. There is a disposal company that brings us compost, transport pallets and wood chips in the truckloads (literally) so we have plenty of raw material plus having access to many disposal containers of companies which throw out big pieces of wood and metal.


    So we can play and have fun building up fertility for the land and interesting structures for ourself which we cover with sand, turf and soil so they resemble Icelandic turf houses. Everything we build is hidden because we associate ourselfs with the mythological "Huldufólk" roughly translated as Hidden people.

    We are active most of July and August. We work hard when needed but always with a smile. If the world can't be saved while smiling then it isn't worth saving.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Cooking / shopping
    Other
    Help with Eco project
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet
    Teaching

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Together we will build up an amazing festival area with two another community that emphasis nordic mythology and African traditions. There will be active community building within and between the crews and high emphasis of enjoying life while making great things happen. This is an lifetime opportunity to build something amazing from scratch which will keep growing for years to come.

    The site
    Is a flat and barren sand land with a few shrubs, some bushes, a fair amount of lupins, some grass, a lot of moss and ground cover, but completely and utterly at the mercy of the elements. Wind is the largest force to be reckoned with, and combined with rain the atmosphere on site gets really tough really quick. But, weather permitting the place is a post apocalyptic paradise. As our resources are almost entirely salvaged and the landscape is ravaging the atmosphere on site is taking on a post apocalyptic, steampunk-ish, permaculturally inspired, off-the-grid, desert oasis. The birdlife is rich, even with a pair of owls hunting up close, dunes, structures and branch mounds offer protection from elements and we are building more. Weatherwise we are coming up to the best in Iceland, and the sunsets/sunrises are simply gorgeous!

    The main festival will be close to the fishing town Stokkseyri, they have facilities for events and a lot of land where they have had multiple festivals before.

  • Help

    Help

    There will be five volunteer crews and they will interact on many levels

    The groups are the building, land, nourishment, art and organization crew.
    Most people will be part of two crews mainly, this is so that we have our roles and tasks each day and make things happen effectively.

    Building crew
    Responsible for setting up compost toilets, workshop environments, event areas, wind brakes raised grow beds structures and innovative building projects based on the groups skills.

    Land crew
    Responsible for making paths, compost, raised beds, hugelculture grow beds, big burms, herbal gardens and innovative projects based on the skills of people in the group.

    NOURISHMENT crew
    Responsible for keeping up the strength of all groups, food preparation, snacks, work group events and fun projects they want to make happen.

    Art crew
    Responsible for adding magical beauty to the environment that we work with and keeping spirits high. Painting and innovative ways to make recycled material pretty and inspiring.

    Organization crew
    Responsible for information flow, interaction with authorities, design, sourcing resources, arranging logistics and coming up with new ways of improving the location.


    It is possible to shift between crews and this might be taken very loosely.
    Most people will be part of two crews mainly, this is so that we have our roles and tasks each day and make things happen effectively.


    What kind of work?
    We need to set up raised pallet beds, branch-up (branches and soil in a specific form), make paths, paint our wood, clean up, set up a yurt, upgrade the sweat lodge, smile, arrange a ceremonial area, cook food, make potions from local plants, forage food in the shore, build temporary buildings, make everything pretty with your expressive art, dance because we want to, organize events, record everything, present ourselfs to the world and more.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    icelandic, english

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We can only offer shelter from the elements in our shelters that hold rain and wind away.
    We are a short way from the town and have some battery banks to share for phones.

    This is mostly an offgrid experience and there is no intention of changing that in the coming years. If you want to connect to nature and learn how to utilize materials in a new way then we are a great place to be.

    We will try our best to make everyone comfortable but we are funded by one mans disability check the last years but working on funding to increase the quality of life for volunteers.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    It is fairly easy to get a bus from the nearest town which is about 2.5 km away, from there it is easy to get to the major sites in south Iceland which are unique.

    We recommend checking out the hotsprings in Hveradalur and Hrunalaug by Flúðir. We usually go there a few times each summer and sometimes with our brother project Spirit farm. Our volunteers have enjoyed hiking and taken walks in the area.

    We recommend experiencing Íslenski bærinn () where turf house building techniques are shared. These are complex and clever building techniques that any builder or earth lover will be fascinated by.

    There are also amazing caves in the area but people should take extreme care as they can be very dangerous as the rocks are sharp, slippery and no one will hear a scream there. There are some tour guides that frequent our projects so we can leave messages for them regarding specifics if you are interested.

    Last year we got free access for all our volunteers to the swimming pool and that is extremely likely to also be the case this year but hasn't been confirmed.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week






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