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Help create an ecosocialist-ecovillage off-grid intentional community in a Transilvanyan forest, Romania

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  • Last activity: 19 Jul 2024

Availability

  2024 

 Min stay requested: at least a week

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  • Description

    Description

    "One who lives well lives unnoticed!"

    "One who lives well lives unnoticed!"

    I am Tudor (43), a human that chose to leave behind the city in search of a simpler life closer to nature.
    During winter, I read books, listen to podcasts, learn what I feel like, and wander in the forest with my dogs. When there is no more wood I gather some. When I miss my family I call them. Z
    During summer I work at my mud house, maybe do some gardening, take care of my surroundings and enjoy nature with friends. When there is no food I go and buy some. When I feel like having a break I just lie down in the grass. When there is nothing to do, I do nothing.

    "Divide and conquer" is the name of the game in today's society: every one for himself, no cooperation, permanent growth, no care for the environment, no compassion and no spirituality. This is not sustainable, this is not the future that we want to build for our kids.

    We can make a difference, either from the top down hoping that it will trickle down, or bottom up setting up a fire that will heat everything. For the last 5 years I have closed nothing, now I chose the latter since that will come from the people, from cooperation, from community.

    An eco-socialist mindset will be a great beginning for a conversation. Learning from the mistakes of others, using consensus, knowing our neighbors, learning from nature while living off the land, guiding our kids to grow, impacting the society as a whole, sharing the knowledge and resources, are the essence of an intentional community that I would like to build with you, because a good life must not be only for the prilegiade ones. Join me, let's do this together!

    For more details you can access my web page, , that will detail in several articles issues regarding: the concept of community, why ecosocialism, sociocracy, land and buildings, economy, membership, education,health, other

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    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

    You will have the opportunity to spend time in nature and experiîence the beauty of a simple life. My home is located in the forests of Mureș county. I have no close neighbors and we are surrounded by forests, meadows and a river.

    If you are in search of a community that you can build and be a part off this might be the place since the grratrst value that you mighy add is you.

    I would like to find out your story and tell you mine, stay around a fire singing and playing musical instruments, talking about books, philosophy, traveling, hiking, biking, and sometimes just listen to silence.

    You can practice languages like Romanian and English that I speak very well, French and German that I speak a little and also the language of other volunteers.

    Hopefully there will be other volunteers at the same time so we can learn from each other and enjoy their company.

    For a wider view of this place the villages are not that far so if you know some English or Hungarian you the villagers.

    And since happiness passes through your tummy, we should cook traditional foods and experience interesting tastes.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help

    Help

    I will add and delete items on this list during the year so if you find my project an opportunities, please revisit. I will be more than happy to hear from you. Do not be intimidated by the list below, I am more chaotic and disorganized, I am easy going and go where the wind takes me that day. Keep in mind the most important project is building an intentional community. ;)

    *Teaching me you language
    *Setting up / taking care of the garden
    *Photo and video editing
    *Plastering walls
    *Other projects

    *Teaching Hungarian
    1-4 weeks, anytime
    easy but patience is required
    I live in an area with a majority Hungarian population but since I am not a local I do not know the language. I know numbers, colors, food items and greeting people. This is not enough for me. Speaking every day with someone for several hours will be of great help. We should find activities around the house, like cooking, gardening, foraging, gathering wood, taking care of the animals, reading, or just traveling or hiking, so learning will be a hands-on experience.

    If French is your native language I will love to brush up my French that I rarely have the occasion to speak.
    If German is your native language it will be of great hrlp.to remember how to speak it. My sister is married in Germany but we speak in Romanian and in English and for my brother-in-law it is hard to follow me.

    *Setting up / taking care of the garden
    1-2 weeks, may-september
    maybe some specialized work that i will help you with while learning from you
    I created some raised beds a few years back and I add over them each year leaves, straw and manure. But the soil has high clay content, the area is pretty cold, and I am not a good gardener since my eyesight is not that good. So if we can set up the garden together it will be great. In the last few years I have grown potatoes, beans, celery, pumpkins, zucchini, eggplants, cucumbers, some tomatoes and many others that did not grow.
    If your schedule will allow a longer stay it will be even greater so you can also enjoy the fruits of your labor.

    *Photo and video editing
    1-2 weeks, anytime
    independent specialized work.
    Your skill will be of great value since my youtube channel is a mess and I take too few pictures and videos to document my projects and my editing skills using a tablet are very limited. I will change all my content creation to English so we may start right now.

    *Plastering walls
    1-4 weeks, anyltime
    easy but skilled work that i can teach you
    Most of the house has the base earthen plaster rendering but there are the last layers to add and lime wash, and also some wood or earthen shelves and if you want decorative elements to create or paint.

    *Other projects
    Do not run if you have other skills. Working is just an excuse to create, to learn, to share. If you have ideas I am more than willing to listen, to discover new points of view, skills, activities.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Romanian: Fluent
    French: Intermediate
    German: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    A multicultural community will use many languagrs. I will like to learn hungarian and german but also any language dat you are willing to help me learn.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Depending on the weather:
    - there is a loft available inside the house perfect for two;
    - the bench of the mass rocket stove perfect for two, if you love hdat;
    - a camping bed perfect for one;
    - a bedroom with two single beds, starting from april;
    - a bedroom with a bed for two, starting from april
    - a tent, sleeping mats and sleeping bags, good for two starting from may;
    - a camping tent with 4 mattricesses and blankets starting from may.

    At the moment I have a kitchen with cold running water, a gas cooking top, electricity from solar panels, wi-fi internet access, a mass rocket stove for heating, and a dry compost toilet.

    I provide 2 mostly vegan meals per day and cooking is done by rotation. I am a flexible vegan so I can provide milk and tofu from my neighbors or local produce depending on the season. Bread we make it every few days from local flour.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    My land is 3 and 5 km away from the nearest villages (Ghindari 5 km and Solocma 3 km) and you are welcome to use my bicycles to explore the area.
    If you would like to visit a more populated areas there is Sovata, Târgu Mureș, Sighișoara,, Praid, Corund, Crișeni and many others.

    Sovata is a popular health resort and is 15 km away by bus from Ghindari. Here you can walk around several salt lakes like Lacul Ursu (The Bair lake) , take a boat on Lacul Tineretului (youth Lake), hike around the salt mountain, and take a ride on Mocăniță (a steam train), have a bath in salted water outside in a lake or inside at a spa..

    Târgu Mureș is the seat of Mureș County in the historical region of Transylvania and is 45km away by bus from Ghindari. Here you can visit the old fortification complex, the arts museum and the hall of stained glass windows, go to classical music concerts in the opera house or to the theater.

    Sighișoara is a very old medieval town 1 hour away by car. Here you can visit an old town up on a hill still surrounded by fortification walls and all of the towers. There are churches, schools, restaurants, souvenir shops and a great cemetery with a beautiful view of the surrounding area.

    Praid is a salt mine 1 hour away by car. Is a tourist destination and a health resort.

    Corund is a craft village 1 hour away by car. They are specialized in pottery and with dome luck we can visit a workshop to see how it is done.

    Crișeni is a small village 30 minutes away by car. In here they have a straw hat museum. The craft is alive and they are still creating hats from straw of a special wheat that they plant each year.

    But if you ask me what I enjoy, I will recommend you to take the dogs and randomly hike the surrounding forests. There are thousands of hectares of forest with many hills and valleys, forgotten trails and great panoramic views. And if you are lucky, you may see some wildlife under the protection of my trusted dogs.

    I do not enjoy much visiting cities but once a week you may convince me to accompany you to Sovata or Târgu Mureș but i love more to hike the surrounding hills

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    If you are a webdesigner, photo or video editor or a journalist you will be more than welcome. Your knowledge will be of great value since promoting the birth of a community is important. Also your knowledge of other communities that you visited or lived in, are of great value

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    I have a big parking area that you can use and the road is ok all year around.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    I am happy to welcome pets as long as they are friendly with other animals as I already have 5 shepherd dogs and 5 cats. The dogs are 40 kg each so they look intimidating but they are friendly with cats, dogs, humans and kids.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Help is important when you build a community - 5 hours/day, 5 days/week maximum

Host ref number: 545424565786

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