Help us restore a former water mill on the southern edge of the Harz mountains, Germany

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  • Description

    Description

    Our former water mill is situated in private setting with a little current, meadows and a small piece of wood near the geographical center of Germany on the southern edge of the Harz mountains. Since the building has been abandoned for more or less 15 years, there is lots of things to do. We (Gabriel, Jule and all these wonderful helpers) have begun in January 2016 to restore the place mainly with material out of nature and from the neighbourhood ;-)
    More than building new features, things are rearranged. Hence a former dog pound became a greenhouse with raised beds. Existing fences were taken down in order to re-erect them as a surrounding of the cottage garden. In the house, sleeping rooms are converted into an office, kitchen/ sitting room and the mill tower contains whatever we need at the moment. We love to experiment and to get creative. With some closed down train rails next door, the old mill current, a past electricity-supply tower, plenty of wild nature around us, a wonderful four-sided farm... it seems opportunities are endless. It is our aim to give back to this mill the love it deserves, to find compromises with the arisen wild, wonderful nature, to create a place for living together, to use wild herbs and other gifts from nature and to observe a lot foremost, before we interfere.
    We start into the day with morning gymnastics/ Yoga, collect wild herbs for a smoothie and see about, what the day holds in store for us. Quite often, the evenings are spent together, making music around the fire, we paint, knit … What we wish for is a welcoming place full of trust and awareness. Buzzwords: Vipassana meditation, predominantly vegan food, Internet, taking into account permaculture principles and the phases of the moon.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

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

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We start into the day with morning gymnastics/ Yoga, collect wild herbs for a smoothie and see about, what the day holds in store for us. Quite often, the evenings are spent together, making music around the fire, … What we wish for is a welcoming place full of trust and awareness. Buzzwords: Vipassana meditation, predominantly vegan food, Internet but no W-LAN, taking into account permaculture principles and the phases of the moon.

  • Help

    Help

    Gardening according to permaculture guidelines, growing vegetables/herbs/fruits, maintaining the mill current, working with wood, baking bread, preserving food, working with clay and chalk, collecting wild herbs, beekeeping, being creative, observing nature... There are not so many routine jobs yet. You are welcome to try new things on your own :-)

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    german, english

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    You will have a place in the house or outside. wherever you want ;-)

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    beautiful place to relax, close to the hartz mountains, beautiful landscape, natural fish lakes to swim, beautiful little river, 1 hour ride to Göttingen, Erfurt, Weimar, Leipzig

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

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

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