Welcome a.s.a.p to share life and duties with us in the forest of Järbo, Sweden!



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    Of course we do need help, that is why we invite volunteers - but we also want to socialize and to have a very positive atmosphere here on our farrm. That is why we invite volunteers that are joyful and interested in eco friendly living, recycling and similar subjects and also interested in communicating and hopefully also share thoughts of life with us.This is why we prefer to have volunteers who can communicate freely in English - or if you prefer; Swedish. 

    Now finally warmth has come even here, a bit up north in Sweden! Then a lot has to be done! We would like to welcome a few happy volunteers, for example a couple with a positive attitude to come here and assist us!

    One urgent need is to get help with building wooden frames for quite some future rised beds, actually Hügelbeds. So if you can handle a saw, a hammer and screwdriver - please come a.s.a.p! =D Of course I will share with you all I know about Hügelbeds, raised beds and the benefit of those, and much more if you are interested! 

    We have done quite some pre-cultivation - since the cultivation season here is short. That is ongoing and we are happy if you want to assist! Still some seeds are to be sown outdoors. We are now in the middle of transferring precultivated plants to outdoors! (Finally the risk of frost at night is over). Some weeding and caretaking of plants in our food forest also has to be done of course!

    - Willing to read more? Then, please take som time and read our description of life here.
    Usually we hope for volunteers to stay 2-3 months. But of course - with these described specific needs - we are willing to take you on for a shorter period if that is your only option! 

    This little farm is established the first and only Swedish educational center for eco building with clay. From April through October we offer guided tours & at times workshops on clay building and a lot of other subjects like recycling, saving old breeds (sheep and ducks) that are threatened of extinction, and more in line with our ”back to basis interests”. We are continually implementing more permaculture principles on our farm. I, Marjo, the whife of the farm, am the executive director of the non profit NGO that run the public activities on the farm. I am also active in Clay Builders Association in Sweden, so of course one of my main interests and what I am usually busy trying to inspire people with, is clay building. OF COURSE we will tell and show you as much as you like of all what we are up to!  Monday July 8 through Saturday July 13 we will work intensively with clay plastering a building. Do you want to participate?! Of course I will give you the guided tour of all building techniques and also teach you the whole week. We can for this specific need also accept volunteers for only that week, then please arrive Sunday July 7:th.

    Our tiny farm is situated in the forest. In addition to the bear close by we have lynxes, foxes and wolves and of course deer and mouses all around. Since they are extreemly observant and do not want to meet people, they are seldom noticed! We think it is absolutely wonderful to live here, and the wild ones are not a threat to humans - but some of them they can be a threat to our domestic animals - that is why our dogs do such an appreciated effort to mark that this area is for US and not for the wild animals!

    We have found that it is much more beneficial for both parties when volunteers stay here is not a too short period. When the stay is not too short there is time to develop a team, a sensibility for each others points of views and to have a chance to truly communicate and be enriched from each other and hopefully even develop a friendship! So we welcome you to stay for not a too short period - however if that suits you better, and especially for our mentioned urgent needs we accept shorter periods! In addition to working together with different tasks, and socializing of course we all need som private time on our own. For me, Marjo, a daily visit to our tiny chapel is essential.

    One thing though, that is not negotiable: No wireless devices here. I, Marjo, am getting stronger, but have been highly hypersensitive to wireless communications. I sit by the computer as you realize ^^ since we have wire bound internet. I can nowadays tolerate electricity well, but not wifi or cellphone radiation. We also currently have a volunteer with the same diagnosis. So here you will have to have your cellphone/Ipad turned off. We offer wire bound internet and of course you can connect your laptop (if you travel with one) and just turn off "searching for wifi". If you want to send an sms or make a phone call from your cellphone you just take a walk a few hundred meters before starting it. OK?!

    Do not hesitate to contact us and ask questions!
    Hoping to see you soon!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We will be eating most meals together and also sharing some spare time excursions and possibly film-watching some evenings. We will do our best to help you benefit as much as possible from your stay with us and we hope that you will enrichen our lives too! Often at meals and other times - if you are up to that - we hope for communication and sharing thoughts of life and subjects that interest you and us in common!

    If you are interested of course you can go for some tourist trip for example a weekend in Stockholm or Uppsala or to the archipelago of Stockholm or wherever you want yo go! We gladly help you make plans and drive you to to the busstation to help you get going if this is something you want to experience during your stay here. We will also bring you to "simple amusements" that we enjoy a lot all year around, like excursions into the wilderness around, like simple barbecues and making coffee over open fire in the forest close to creeks with trouts... (my husband is a devoted fly fisher).

    We cook mainly vegetarian plus fish and eggs, My husband and our dear friend and volunteer, Erik, who is here since long, also eat meat. So quite often meat is served as a side dish.

    We are committed to do the best we can for mutual benefit and exchange. If you share your skills, engagement, energy and time here - we try to contribute with all what we can to make you stay in Sweden and your time with us as rewarding as possible. To socialize is important to us. So communication about ”life”, cultivating, culture, transition, recycling, music, personal development, being a sensitive and observant person... and sharing lot more in conversations is some of the benefits we hope to gain from having volunteers! But of course time to be alone and reflect is also very important! (to me personally our tiny chapel is my haven - everyone has his/her own way of "recharging" ones batteries") We welcome you who are social, friendly, attentive and regardful person willing to contribute with effort and energy in what is to be accomplished here.

    We have been so lucky that several of our previous volunteers have come back to us. Some just to visit a few days, others to come work with us for a period again, contribute and share life. To us this is a wonderful gift!

    Me and my husband have lived here since april -10 and already offered many courses, workshops, lectures and a few hundred guided tours where we show different techniques of building with clay. 
We are a happily married couple. My husbands name is ”Lärkan” which is Swedish for ”the Lark” (=the singing bird). My name is Marjo. We are an active couple, upper middle age, that have changed our lifestyle into a more sustainable one. Our two sons are grown up and only visit once in a while. We found this worn down little cottage in the middle of the forest. A lot had, and still has to be done here. Square meter by square meter we take care, restore, build new buildings and cultivate... Long way to go.

    Of course we will try to show you some of our Swedish culture and tell you as much as you want! We listen to music a lot, play guitar and sing some at times too.

    One thing though that is not negotiable: No wireless devices here. I, Marjo, am recovering, but have been highly hypersensitive to wireless communications. We also have a young Swedish guy living here on the farm that also is hypersensitive to all radiation and electromagnetic fields. He is much more sensitive than I am or was. I sit by the computer as you realize^^ I can nowadays tolerate electricity well, but not wifi or cellphone radiation. So here you will have to have your cellphone/Ipad turned off. We offer wire bound internet and of course you can connect your laptop (if you travel with one) and just turn off "searching for wifi". If you want to send an sms or make a phone call from you cellphone you just take a walk a few hundred meters before starting it. OK?!

  • Help


    we welcome you who are observant, friendly, easy going persons, ready to help with several things

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Swedish. English

  • Accommodation


    Simple guest room in an insulated bunkhouse
    Shower, toilet and washing machine in another house than where you sleep
    There is also an outdoor shower cabin that is appreciated during summer
    We have bikes for you to borrow for a tour
    At times you can go to a nearby community farm for wood heated sauna

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    170 km north of Stockholm Arlanda International airport. If using public transportation 2 hours 20 minutes busride from Stockholm Central Station to Sandviken, the small city close to us. There we pick you up by car for the last 18 km. If you come by car: Road E4 to Gävle then road 80 to Sandviken and little bit further up north to Järbo.

  • 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

    25 hours, 5 days maximum per week

Here Lärkan "stomping" cabbage to become sauerkraut
This is late fall 2018 when we started to prepare the "hügelbeds" with the help of two volunteers (and at times a tractor ;)
Here cooking for the first time in the recently built barrel oven in the outdoor kitchen. When this photo was taken, it was not even plastered. Now we cook ever so often in it: pizzas, gratins, crumble pies etc... Yummie!
Here two volunteers are finishing the rain-proof plank cover on the reciprocal roof of our fancy outdoor shower cabin. It is a true sensation to have outdoor showers, in fresh air and looking out over the field with the sheep and their guardian dog...
Here clayplastering the outside of house for hen build last summer with a totally different technique: straw moised with clay and pressed into a form.
"Lärkan" (="The Lark") with his beloved sheep
Here finishing the plaster on the outside of the house for sheep built with brushwood.
Here we had started to clear brushwood from our piece of land that had not been well kept for decades... we didn´t burn it or throw it away: we used it to shape walls! A method that is known to have been used by the vikings during the Bronze age. : ) This is the house for sheep, about 40m2.
Our little peaceful square in the middle of the forest
Here is the result after having carried 14,5 tons of clay-mixture into our bedroom... and after it was painted with earth-pigments, eggs and flaxseedoil :)
Here I, Marjo am plastering claymixture to the ceiling of my and my husbands bedroom

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