Help develop a non-slaughter Permaculture farm community with a spiritual basis in Lövestad, Sweden

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  • Description

    Description

    This is a small organic farm with the ambition of nurturing the soul and the soil. For many years we (Eric and Emiilia) have had a vision to live a sustainable, spiritual life by putting into practice years of acquired knowledge and training. In the spring of 2017 we bought a small property in the very South of Sweden to realize our dream.

    From the beginning our aim has been to create a small community for simple living and spiritually enlightened life. Simple living consists of using Permaculture principles for growing our own organic vegetables, berries, fruits and nuts, care for our farm animals according to the teachings of Ahimsa and Goraksya (non-violence, non-slaughter), and using manure to build up soil as in Regenerative Agriculture. Our commitment for nature and animals is based on our belief that the Earth and life are sacred and we need to nurture them and each other.

    Our own spiritual practices are based on the ancient Vaishnava or Bhakti-yoga tradition of India and contain studying Vaishnava literature, individual mantra meditation and Kirtan-yoga (singing mantras together). All volunteers and visitors are are invited to learn and participate in this. But people practicing other spiritual traditions are also welcomed and offered the space for their practices. It is not required to have any spiritual practice at all in order to volunteer at our farm, but while sharing space, life and work together, we all need to have a curious and empathetic attitude towards spirituality.

    We would like our volunteers to stay for two to three months, and we normally require volunteers to stay a minimum of six weeks. During their stay, we ask from volunteers orderliness, reliability and politeness. For longer stays according to mutual agreement, or becoming a resident member of the community, we expect and offer more commitment.

    On the premises, smoking and consumption of alcohol, drugs, meat, fish and eggs are not allowed. Volunteers are required to abstain from these products while on the farm.

    NOTE: For the time being, due to the Corona virus, we only accept volunteers who have been in quarantine or self-isolated themselves at least for a week prior to their arrival to the farm.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Other
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We can share our knowledge and skills in:

    - cow care and horse care/animal husbandry according to principles of Ahimsa and Goraksya (non-violence, non-
    slaughter)
    - Permaculture, organic gardening and renewable agriculture through practice and classes
    - building and maintenance
    - vegan and vegetarian cooking and baking, with a focus on Indian and Italian cuisine
    - preserving fruits, berries and vegetables
    - languages including English and Swedish
    - spiritual knowledge/ development through classes, Kirtan-yoga and mantra meditation.

  • Help

    Help

    The help we need at the farm is made up of daily services and projects. The daily services are: cow care and horse care, gardening, cleaning, cooking, baking and preserving. The projects include building, maintenance of buildings and animal training.

    During the summer of 2020 our projects include: Renovating an attic into new living facilities for volunteers, building a winter storage for potatoes and other crops, improving the existing greenhouses, gardening and planting trees. There are also many smaller projects, and volunteers are invited to propose and manage these.

    Volunteers interested in building, both willing to learn or already competent, are especially welcome.
    Please note that the work on the farm is mostly physical and can be demanding if you are not used to physical work.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Finnish: Fluent
    Sami: Fluent
    Swedish: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Guest house with en-suite bathroom, a guest room in the main house, or a small wooden cabin in an orchard. Bed linen, towels and washing detergent are provided, and there is a washing machine available.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We live in the beautiful countryside of Southernmost Sweden (Scania), but still relatively close to the cities of Lund, Malmö and Copenhagen. There is a bus stop nearby with decent communication to these bigger cities during the weekdays.

    In the vicinity of the farm there are plenty of opportunities for trekking, cycling and day trips. You may check out the website skaneleden.se . In a nearby town there is a nice swimming hall and an outdoor swimming facility. The East and South coasts of Scania are within reach for a day-trip by bus or car, and there are some natural lakes nearby for swimming, reachable by bike or by a car. This part of Sweden also offers many historical and ancient places for sightseeing, like castles and towns with old architecture.

    At any given time we normally have a minimum of 2 volunteers staying with us, but most often 3-4 volunteers, plus 2-3 adult residents. Volunteers normally live in shared rooms with modern facilities, with separate rooms for men and women.

    Two sumptuous meals (breakfast and dinner) are prepared every day by a kitchen team. All who partake in the common meals are expected to contribute towards making this work. For lunch and eventual snacks there are different kinds of foods, fruits, tea and coffee available for self-catering.

  • 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

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    Hours expected

    25 hours a week

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