Come and enjoy a spiritual lifestyle at our organic self-sufficiency farm community in Järna, Sweden

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Availability

  2024 

 Min stay requested: at least 3 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    An organic ISKCON Hare Krishna farm community in Järna, Södertälje, a bit south of Stockholm. About 65-70 adults, youth and children live here in the countryside surrounded by forest and we have the oldest cow sanctuary in Sweden. Our village was founded in 1981 and since then we are growing vegetables, fruits, flowers, berries, sometimes grains organically, without any pesticides.

    We live a spiritual lifestyle so we have a large temple where we meet daily or as often as we like, we celebrate festivals according to the ancient vaishnava culture. We also do forestry according to alternative methods that promote diversity of trees in the forest, preserving more valuable trees.
    We use wood for heating in the winter and as building material. We have 5 kinds of cows in our cow sanctuary, 4 of very rare indigenous breeds that are threathened by extinction.

    We are lacto-vegetarian and smoking/drinking/drugs are not used in our village and we ask our visitors and volunteers to follow our life style etiquette also while staying here. We don't sell much of our produce, it is mainly for self-sufficiency.
    Apart from that, our farm is beautifully situated near the lake Ogan and there's lots of forest around. We're friendly people and it's easy to get to know us. We are also people living here from many different countries and cultures.

    We have lots of experience with having volunteers from other sites. Most of our volunteers in the past have been very happy with their stay here. :-)

    There's a bakery and two small shops in our village plus a second hand room. They are open a few times a week. We have our biological sewage system so we need to use soaps, schampoo e t c that are biodegradable. There's no public transport to our village and about 12 km to the Järna. But villagers daily go to different places so it is always possible to arrange something.

    On Sundays we have open house and the whole village plus anyone from outside who wants, come and we have kirtan (singing) together, there are lectures, sometimes we watch a film and then there's a vegetarian lunch.
    We prefer that you stay at least 4 weeks but it's great if you want to stay longer. Usually it takes a couple of weeks to get into stuff.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    Teaching
    Gardening
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We like to share our experiences as an old eco village and knowledge about organic gardening and protecting cows. We are also happy to share our life philosophy and anything you think we can help you with.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help

    Help

    We mainly need help with gardening and our cows, but if you have any suggestion, it may be possible too.
    We like to share our experiences as an old eco village and knowledge about organic gardening and protecting cows.

  • Languages spoken

    Danish: Fluent
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Finnish: Fluent
    Latvian (Lettish): Fluent
    Russian: Fluent
    Sami: Fluent
    Swedish: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have a newly renovated guest house. You will stay in your own room with bed and space for belongings. There's a shared washing machine, kitchen, bathrooms, toilets and wifi-connection. No pets, no smoking in the guesthouse (no smoking anywhere on the premises to be precise).

    You will be served vegetarian/vegan food 3 times a day, we eat breakfast and lunch together at 9 and 14.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There's lots of forest around and in the nearest little town there are also many other organic farms, we're 50 minutes by train from Stockholm.

  • 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?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 533981231639

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