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Unique opportunity to build vegan self sufficiency Vogtland, Germany
These barracks are a disused former East German military installation for housing the troops of the inner-German border. I moved in here in March 2019 and, up until now, have been engaged in a one-man transformative task.
I am creating a self-sufficient bastion of calm and contemplation. A place of art and love and conversation. Whilst the world outside tears itself apart with greed and ready-meals, here is a place where stillness and slowness reign.
There is much work to be done. The facilities are bare.
In the first year (2020) or workawaying, we created the Workaway Suite - 6 bedrooms and a kitchen. It's still pretty bare, but it's comfortable and quite pleasant. We repaired perimeter fences, brought in the piggies, chopped a lot of wood, created the nut orchard, painted the cinema, renovated the table tennis table, and tended the vegetable garden to a harvest of great bounty! And then we dried it, pickled it, made jams and sauces, and learned all about how to store carrots and pumpkins.
We ate well, drank some rum from time to time, and exchanged pirate stories from all over the world. We culturally exchanged, we had good times!
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
In 2020, we tried to create the toilet and shower block. It turned out to be a lot more work that anyone thought possible. So, all of the ground work is now done, and this will be the first project of 2021.
The huge range of practical skills you can try your hand at, from carpentry to brick laying, electrics, painting, interior decoration and, of course, self sufficient living.
The opportunity to learn from my decades of vegetable growing, preserving and pickling
Vegan cooking and a chance to experience self-sufficient veganism close up.
The opportunity to create. Living a few weeks entirely beyond the commonly accepted luxuries of modern living.
These are all experiences which are uncommonly offered. The aesticism of life here is most definitely seen as not just a plus, but intrinsic to the philosophy of what I am trying to build. It is not so much a rejection of modern living, as a wide-eyed amazement how modern living is so little questioned.
In other words, you are up for an adventure, you are of a happy disposition, and you believe in the transformative quality of hard work, I believe that anyone coming here will one day in the future look back on their time here and decide that, yes, it was indeed an important stepping stone which truly helped them find their path.
Vegan. Green. Drug Free. Drama Free.
We are always creating new productive areas from what is basically wasteland, growing food, pickling and preserving, saving seeds, whatever the season demands.
And there are "big project" improvements on top. I'll regularly update here with the next project. Check back frequently!
THE KUMIKO OCTO-YURT
In March, I want us to build a wooden-framed octagonal performance / gathering space. I have all the wood here, but in the form of "trees". Freshly chopped trees, a gift from the forester. The performance space is neither yurt nor an example of Japanese kumiko woodworking, but rather inspired by both. Ask me for my Instagram or my blog if you want to see more about this.
If you are an experienced woodworker, or a total beginner looking to build their skills, no worries. We will learn everything about chainsaws, the alaskan saw mill, making a wildcrafted glue sealant from the forest, joining, jigging, using a large variety of tools and techniques. All the way through to actually erecting a completely new building.
I think we can do it in a month!
Thank you to all the wonderful workawayers who were with me in 2020. We rocked.
The barracks is still no place for people to be over the winter, and so we are closed now until spring next year.
That doesn't mean I'm not checking my workaway profile - I am, but maybe not every day. If you have any questions, or if you want to come here in 2021, get in touch any time, and let's chat.
We now have two Workaway Suites. The main one has 4 bedrooms, a kitchen with all the basics, a drying line, and a stack of games. A constant undertaking of volunteers is to make these spaces better.
Tents and campervans are more than welcome!
There are only 3 rules in the Barracks:
1. No Drugs
2. Don't be a offensive
3. Don't be offended
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We have decent WiFi, table tennis, and decent coffee. What more do you need to know? :D
We have plenty of hard-standing, drinkable well water (certified by the german water purity people!) and are (still) working on a solar RV charging station.
More than two
5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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