At the beginning two families with youngsters decided to step away from the city life and start a new one connected with nature. They dreamed of it since last 10 years and by accident they found this place. Since then we manage to clean the property and to start the activities to buy the place from the state.
We went through some magical moments but lately one of the families decided to go separate way.
The one that stayed continue to develop the place into a future home that provides all possible knowledge from the process to all who is interested in learning the way how to escape from modern life.
Permaculture is one of the key philosophy as a base of living, offering all knowledge to live a sustainable life.
A lot of time is used to reflect on ourselves and to understand and learn the nature's rhythm-circle of life.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
love, peace, sustainability, permaculture, community . In the free time after lunch and in the evenings we share with one another our knowledge, talents, sing by the bonfire, play social games, walk on the slack line, go swimming, climbing, go for night walk with torches, read, watch movies, and talk. You are welcome to share your talents, skills, stories…
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
The property that we will stay was abandoned. A lot of work has been done since the two families arrived but there are still things to do.
The most important are:
-clean the terraces of the ex vineyard and prepare it for no dig garden use
-planting vegetables, flowers, trees, spices, ...
-clean the surrounding area (taking down pine trees, shrubs)
-built up dry stone walls
-build up a wood terrace for chill out area
-fix up the main road to the property
-clean the path and surrounding of the local waterfall Veli vir
-help locals with different daily tasks
To do all that we need many helping hands.
Our work is really diverse, so we are not looking just for specific profiles, but we are searching for volunteers who have enthusiasm, motivation and will to learn new skills. Of course volunteers in with skills in construction, wood, gardening, etc are super welcome.
We will organize meetings with locals about the help they need.
Because this was an abandoned farm, no tap water or electricity or super neat bathroom are available. A true nature experience. We decided to use what nature offers us. In case of emergency we have an agreement with our neighbours to help us with providing drinkable water and other needs. We were able to instal a small sun power plant to offer lightning and charging the cellphones and laptops and of course for some music. We also collect rainwater which can be used for shower, cleaning, watering. Please understand that we need to be carefull with the energy usage.
The house offer an indoor staying with the kitchen and living room on the ground floor and two bedrooms in the first floor. There are also some other under roof places that we can be prepared for sleeping. The toilet is a dry one (compost toilet) outside the house. If you want more privacy you can stay in a tent, but you need to bring it with you.
What if I am cold during the nights?
We can provide extra mats and blankets for you. We have a nice wood stove in the house.
What kind of food is provided in the project?
Vegetarian food. We all help with cooking. Every volunteer helps in the kitchen two to three times a week. We will include you in the cooking shifts after you arrive.
We cook what we grow. But because the garden was just established we are lucky to get local organic food from our neighbours from the village.
Cooking is one of the really important everyday tasks that helps connect with each other. We really try to pass our knowledge to everyone who wants to learn and of course we can not wait to learn new techniques from all over the world.
Vegetarian food is our choice as part of the solution.
Adriatic coast with its many beaches is less than 30 minutes by car from any village in Istria. Same distance away are world level climbing area of Osp valley, historical coastal town of Piran and UNESCO World Heritage site Škocjan caves. There are numerous trekking and cycling options in Slovenian and Croatian Istria. Towns of Ljubljana, Venice and Julian Alps with Triglav national park are 1 to 2 hours away. For our volunteers we've organized charity discounts for some of Slovenia's most interesting activities, such are Soča Valley's canyoning and rafting or hiking in caves of Škocjan.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week