We are a family with two children, aged eight and twelve, living on a little farm on the side of a lake, at the end of the road, near to the sea and next to the forest on the beautiful island of Orust on the Swedish West-Coast. We've recently moved here and are working hard to make this little paradise flourish on all levels. For the moment we're still renovating, so the accommodation we can provide is quite simple with a basic standard.
We have several buildings to take care of and quite a lot of land to grow food, herbs, flowers etc. We have a few beehives and plan to get more animals (sheep, chickens,...) by next summer. Our children attend the local Waldorf-school, and we like to have people coming over so that we can together enjoy the beauty of the place, work, food, life... We used to travel a lot in different parts of the world, and now that we settle down here, we want to invite the world to our place, to keep on learning and exchanging.
Our goal is to make this place into a platform for all kinds of social activities, promoting cultural exchange and sustainable development on many different levels: personal, educational, (agri)cultural, environmental, artistic, etc.
Help with Eco Projects
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.
There is all kinds of stuff to learn and to exchange here. To name some of it:
Except for just learning about the land, the country and the nature by spending time in it, there is all kinds of practical stuff to learn, such as renovating and building with wood, managing the land, making your own timber and building with it, planting trees, growing your own food, making firewood, taking care of kids, plants, animals, the earth and each other. We have a small tractor from 1954 that you can learn to use and maybe learn something about mechanics together?
This is all new to us, so we are just learning by doing, and you’re welcome to join us in this challenging but fun proces!
If you want, you will also get to know the wonderful world of bees and beekeeping. In the summer season there is quite some work with the beehives, and taking care of the precious honey…
We speak several languages fluently. We both love to teach (used to work as a teacher) and learn new languages and other interesting stuff. We also have a wide interest in stuff like nutrition, natural health care, midwifery, arts and music, philosophy, anthropology, shamanism, different spiritual traditions etc.
We are world citizens and if you stay here, you will find yourself in an international environment, as we have friends from many different places that show up now and then, so many languages are spoken here. We can share a lot about the cultures of Belgium, Sweden and many other countries we’ve traveled or lived in. If you want to, you might join us when we go for a sauna, go out rock-climbing or visiting friends in nearby eco-villages and so on.
We love traveling and we will be happy to help you find places of your interest on the island, in the region and beyond.
Right now we mostly need help with renovating different (wooden) buildings, making more space available by re-organizing, moving stuff around (both inside and outside), building, making (and using) a little sauna, developing the fruit and vegetable garden, beekeeping, working out in the forest (cleaning up fallen trees, cutting timber and firewood), preparing the land for the sheep and chickens (fencing, building a mobile chicken house etc), picking berries...
If you like hanging out with kids, there will be many opportunities for that too.
We also like to share daily household-tasks such as preparing food, making fire, cleaning, etc. As it is quite an old farm (the main house is from 1894), there is always all kinds of maintenance work, depending on the weather and other circumstances.
During the summer season, we will probably have quite some visitors coming over, to eat, camp, and hang out or join us on working days/parties, maybe some workshops, sweatlodge-ceremonies, and possibly other gatherings. That means there will probably be some preparation to do in order to let this all go smooth and get stuff done.
We both work part-time. This means we are not always at home. We try to organise it so that at least one of us is home, but there may be days where none of us is home for a few hours. We do not count the hours we work on the farm ourselves and prefer not to count yours either, unless you prefer that. We are quite flexible and we believe in open communication where we can all listen to the needs of everyone and act accordingly.
This host offers a language exchange
We love languages, always interested to learn more, and to share and teach, questioning the meanings and origins of the words and phrases we use. We have quite a few dictionaries (and a lot of other books) and love to look up and discuss things all the time. Also, we try to teach our kids new languages, by exposing them to a variety of languages and involving them in talks in other languages than their own.
Wake up in the morning, walk down to the lake, have a swim, get up, pick some berries, go out in the forest, start the day.
There are different possibilities for accommodation, both in the main-house and in other places. There are different indoor spaces such as a guest room in the main house, a separate cabin with a kitchen, and a small apartment-like room in the barn. In the summer, you could also sleep in a caravan or in a very big and comfortable round canvas tent, where we could even install a little stove if it gets cold. Depending on when you come and how many other people are staying, we will provide you with the most comfortable accommodation we can. You can also sleep in your own tent or van if you like, or build your own cabin while you're here.
It's important to mention that we have a very "poor" or basic standard compared to most Swedish households, but we feel rich, because of the beauty of nature around, the good and healthy food we eat every day and the exchanges we have with people visiting. You'll be living close to nature, sharing most facilities with us and/or other people that might be around. Don't worry, we'll make sure that there is space enough for everyone.
The island of Orust and the region of Bohuslän on the Swedish West Coast are known as a popular tourist attraction, mainly in the summer season, when the number of people staying on the island almost triples. At our farm you don’t get bothered by all these tourists though. There are plenty of nice sights just nearby, especially if you like nature. The region is perfect (and therefore popular) for bathing, diving, hiking, biking, sailing, rock-climbing, paddling etc.
You can walk or run to the forest, and the sea, but we also have several bikes, which you are welcome to use. In Slussen, the nearest (tiny) village, there is a vegan summer cafe, and a place where they have regular live-music performances during the summer. If needed, we can take you to the bus-station or the main town (Henån) where you can also find a local health-care centre, several shops, a library and other basic facilities.
There are several interesting natural and archeological and art-sites nearby.
If you want to go to a big city: Gothenburg (Sweden’s second biggest city) is just about an hour away by public transport or by car. Oslo (the capital city of Norway) takes about three hours. We’re relatively close to the E6 highway (on the mainland) and we have regular busses from the island to the main transportation hubs (bus, train) for both local, regional and international transport.
We don’t use facebook or other social media, we prefer live, face to face contact. We like to have people around and do stuff together. We hope to share this beautiful place with many like-minded people. We believe we can all learn from each other and together make this place bloom.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host can provide space for campervans.
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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