Natural horsemanship, zero waste construction, childcare and language exchange in Southern Hungary




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    We are a community of 3 families living close to nature, sharing our common aims detailed below.
    We are looking for people with independent-mindset with specific skills, so please read till end if interested and tell us which program would you like to cooperate in. We are busy laying the foundations of a horse riding center, spiritual retreat centre and permanent zero waste life between the rolling hills of the Zselic range in Southern Hungary. All of our activities are non-profit: The Natural Rider Project, Spiritual Retreat and Yurt Camp, Zero Waste Lifestyle Design and Language practice.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity 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

    Almost everyone among us speaks English and has travelled extensively, so we can give you a different angle on Hungarian traveller subjects. Learning: we are busy with our own shot at minimalism, ecological living, non-violent communication, mindfulness and holistic living. There are many professionals supporting us in person, so everyone can dwelve into their own favorite subject from the above list.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

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    The Natural Rider Project
    Our method aims at teaching children (and adults) how to handle and ride horses independently, building mainly on the child’s self-confidence and instinctive learning desire, encouraged by local kids “living” on horseback. The program offers an alternative way to experience the thrills of cross-country or trail riding for those who are not comfortable with classical European horsemanship, elegant stables and the military-style training of riders and horses used at most locations. We find it important to give ample respect to all participants, be they two or four-legged, young or old, so we use modern natural horsemanship techniques (Monty, Parelli) mixed with ancient riding and horse keeping methods from Central Asia and Europe.
    We are looking for a single equestrian professional or a horse-loving family who can engage in our horsey activities for at least 2 weeks. Preference given to those familiar with non-violent training or have kids that ride themselves.

    Zero Waste Construction and Lifestyle:

    Members of our small community strive to reduce their carbon footprint continuously, all agreeing on the final goal being zero emissions or waste, but proceeding at different speeds. (Basic rule: never judge anyone, all of us are trying our best. Spend 99% of your energy bettering your own zero waste techniques, and only 1% on offering advice to others:).

    Current projects: Building of Yurt Platforms, Earth houses, green decks and roofs, irrigation systems, reed bed waste water plants, organic furniture, rocket stove mass heaters, and many other permaculture designs from reclaimed or reused materials.

    We welcome all inspiration, initiatives and good examples at reducing our waste stream collectively and independently - from all volunteers. We attempt to minimize our impact during construction and site development, going to such extremes as using wooden pegs and organic glues instead of nails or screws, coppicing timber from our own land, planting trees for future CO2 offsets, using roundwood construction (eg. Ben Law) instead of sawmill lumber, using hand tools where feasible, minimizing use of electric/petrol engines, purchasing carbon credits for business-related impacts. Engineers, carpenters and architects will be co-ordinating the work, providing a great opportunity to learn practice and theory simultaneously, on site.
    We are looking for social and hardworking person(s) or family (only one member is asked to work) who have experience in woodworking, DIY, building, fixing, or have a larger than usual desire to learn.

    Spiritual retreat and yurt camp
    We are offering accommodation in two yurts (at present), and planning on organizing fasting weekends, yoga camps, meditation and mindfulness workshops, sacred medicine rituals, sweat lodges, shamanic nights… We have the intent, space and support, but need a dedicated person, preferably a yoga instructor or spiritual advisor, who would eventually lead this program with shared profits or pass on the knowledge to a suitable successor. Of course, anyone with a mindful and loving attitude is welcome to share their energies.

    Language practice
    The core community has 4 children and several adults who speak varying levels of English and Spanish. We are looking for individuals or/and family(ies) who are willing to communicate in English or in their native language so as to support the community members' language practice. We would like to experience a “total immersion” environment where we can pick up or better the language faster than using more traditional methods. Longer stays are welcome.

    If you apply, please choose one or more from the projects above.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Hungarian: Fluent
    German: Intermediate
    French: Intermediate
    Slovak: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    Spanish, Hungarian and English language exchange, mostly for children.

  • Accommodation


    Tent, campervan, hammock, sleeping bag, guest yurt, old houses in need of repair, residential container houses, guest hotel in the village…. We have a lot of possibilities, final offer will depend on availability, help on offer or season. All our spaces are heated during the winter-spring.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are a bunch of beautiful cities, tourist sights and activities in the region, check out the tourist pages of Nagykanizsa, Pécs, Kaposvár, Mohács and Villány. What we can offer are hiking and riding maps and apps of the area, with all the wild trails and pristine nature surrounding us.
    To get here from Budapest: Train from Keleti Station by train, switch trains in Szentlőrinc, then take the bus from Szigetvar until Vasarosbec station. We'll send you the specific address by message.
    We may also pick you up from Szigetvár railway station if needed.

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We have a decent WiFi, free for basic use, shared costs if unlimited. Private workspace limited, best use your own campervan or ask beforehand.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    A steep dirt track leads to a number of sites on the property with 220/380V and water hookups. Ideal for smaller or 4x4 campervans. Strict zero waste policy (no single-use plastics allowed, no chemical toilet downlet, please save water and energy). Families exceptionally welcome!

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    There are dogs on site, please bring yours only if obedient. Horses welcome!

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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