Experience community life in Druviena, Latvia

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  • Last activity: 20 Mar 2023




  • Description


    We are volunteer-based initiative that has recently begun to develop into a new quality and new base - the former dairy building in Druviena parish – PĒRLE (Pearl), where we are planning to build a Center of Wholeness, or the house of Creativity and Health. This beautiful but forgotten house has been given to the idea and vision of the youth association. It is located in an empty area between Druviena, Jaunpiebalga, Cesvaine and Liezēre - in the ancient, now lost center. Pērle is one of those places in Latvia that has remained empty in the process of human outflow to the bigger cities. However there are still people in this area who has remained and rooted in with grate love towards their near surroundings and land, as well as the unspoiled and clean nature of the area. Here, around 10 newborn like-minded families are already settled for a long time. Over the time, there has been a unique community of mutual support and co-operation already, based on our lands ancestral knowledge and together being practices. Only the node of the place - the point of meeting, exchange and joint power - Pearl - forgotten.

    We are visioning this place as a center of healthy human being. As a place dedicated to the mankind and its integrity. Within it they are learning new ways of being, becoming healthy and whole, learning to detect and implement its wholeness in the life. A place where a wide variety of people encounters and forms a Whole society.

    Health and wholeness at all levels :
    • In the relationship with the sensor - Mother Earth - in a loving relationship with the cradle of life
    • with the spirits of the planet and our ancestors
    • with our family and kin
    • with our primevality and materiality
    • with our body
    • with other people, in a harmonious relationship with you partner and family
    • with our strength
    • with our rote, our land and our nation
    • with our heart
    • with our creativity and expression
    • with our wisdom
    • with our human wholeness, with our soul
    • with our soul family
    • with our universal source, spirit and comprehensive divinity.

    But, specifically, at this place the Wholeness - its remembering and incarnation can manifest itself in a diverse, flowing, transforming environment and space laboratory. First of all, it can be a meeting point for people around. It can serve as a platform for exchange, cognition, support and sharing. It can be an ecological and renewable energy station. It can be a live library with the information you need for our development, transformation and prosperity. There would be engrossing lectures, workshops, seminars and individual counselings. A house as alive school for big ones and small ones – a lifelong learning practice. It can also take the form of artists' workshops and events - plenary sessions, youth training and transformation camps, as events with music, art, dance, poetry, cinema and joy. As leisure time and interest education activities. It can serve as a port of peace, relaxation and therapy in a exercise, healing and meditation spaces. As a sauna area and a restructuring trails. As a place for transformation festivals and retreats. As a place where to learn about the nature and the ways of cultivating and nurturing it. As a Sunday bio coffe and a healthy kitchen, a free shop and shop of local crafts. As a “Direct shopping” from peasants, a market and exchange area. This and much more as needed. Everything is up to the participants.

    Since the road to this wholeness will be long and probably not simple, we have decided to start with basics. First of all, cleaning up the beautiful, but forgotten Pearl house, which includes renewal and restoring work. In a harsh times and weathers, the building was traumatized and damaged, and now craving for a new roof, windows and patient hands. At the moment we are creating a common space for both locals and friends for Sunday unions and opinion exchange place, as well as a co-production space or creative studio that will include activities such as photo studio and laboratory, sewing, screen printing, ceramics, material recycling, painting and drawing and much more. There is a place for a long-distance travelers already. Secondly, in addition to the cleansing processes for the house, we will also tidy and straighten ourselves, so that in the right time and form we as a team are ready to create a Center of social, cultural, artistic, scientific and spiritual development.

    All of this on the way, in the process and in openness. At the moment, the house is undergoing a major repair work and can only rise to joined public work, donations, projects, sponsors and patrons. But power is rising from the earth, from people and their investment. And a Miracle also has its place and time.

    In peace, Love and appreciation.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • 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

    Most Latvians live in strong connection to the mother Nature. An image of an grandmother that maintains garden and cooks jams are a common one. With this comes an ancient knowledge how to live with and within. Also, ritual practices are quite common, especially here, in Pearl we use the old wisdom to help us move forward in life.

  • Help


    Right now the main attention and work goes into the renovation of the community center - right now we are changing the roof for the house. Also possible that help is needed to the community members with their projects.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Latvian (Lettish): Fluent
    Russian: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    In the range of three previous.

  • Accommodation


    For this summer - there is a plan to clean and equip an attic - space planned to be used for communal living. Toilet is situated outside the house. For eco friendly cleaning and refreshing rituals we use river or pond of mill. Food is going to be made and eaten collectively three times a day.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are situated 160km from Riga, capital of Latvia. You can find a bus from there to Ozoli, Liezēres pagasts or Liezēre, We are ready to pick you up at the bus stop, there's still some 16km to go from there.
    As the place is situated in the middle of nowhere, there is a wide range of possibilities for exploring the Nature. From time to time we have some local gatherings. During the work camps - it is common to have morning stretching exercises and the evening program with dance, music, creativity, inner work practices and so on...
    On the common ground we don't use any kind of intoxicants.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We can arrange this to happen.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Plenty of free spaces in the Nature.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Would be nice for them to be cat friendly.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 644222757757


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