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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. Early work-awayers will be helping future work-awayers to have a more pleasant stay here. There is no desire for 5-star luxury, but initial projects include - the building of toilets, repairs to fencing and, of course, the Sisyphean tending of the gardens. Creating productive, food-producing gardens from massively overgrown grassland is hard work. Establishing the groundwork onto which every success will be built is very rewarding.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
The huge range of practical skills you can try your hand at, from carpentry to brick laying
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
I’m not looking for plumbers and potters, I am looking for people who think that if they tried some plumbing or potting, with a little guidance, they think they can probably make a decent go of it.
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.
Until last year the barracks had never been used to grow anything except grass, so there is always a lot to do in the gardens. From landscaping, weeding, planting trees, watering plants, mowing the lawn, cleaning the edges to installing showers, toilets and fresh water.
So far this year, with the help of some splendid workawayers, we have built new compost boxes, created a cinema and a ping pong table, eaten tonnes of great food from the garden, completed all the fences (and brought in the piggies!) and made an amazing start on the toilet / shower block.
From here until the end of the season, thoughts start to turn towards getting ready for the winter.
So if you want to learn about
• drying, salting, hanging
• pickling, chutneys, sauces
• preserving, freezing
• juices and jams
then this is a great time to come
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.
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
More than two
5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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