Ecofriendly and International community starting up in the hills of Romania in Hunendoara



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    This Year we'll organize a 14 days SummerParty event , join us for preparations and party-cipation, artists highly welcome!

    As a traveler and world citizen I love to meet and host other broadminded and adventurous people. I offer accommodation, good food and company and I appreciate all help given. I meditate and do yoga almost daily and invite you to join me if you like. If you want to smoke, use drugs or drink alcohol then this is not the place for you.

    Since a bit more than 3 years I live most of the year in an old house on 8 hectares of diverse land. It was abandoned for 16 years, needs some restoration and renovation but is livable. Since 1 year there is electricity and wifi. I live here in good harmony with David, my son, his girlfriend Iris, and their kids Felix and Norah. They are my closest neighbours at a good stonesthrow away, on another 6 hectares of land. In this little valley of more than 15 hectares we found all we need for a good life in peace and harmony. There are all kinds of trees and a rich biodiversity, there is silence, clean water, fresh air and some nice challenges.
    Mathias and girlfriend Jennifer landed here a bit more than a year ago with their daughter Emilia, they built a nice wood-straw-and- cob house with help from friends and volunteers. Their newborn son Kyan was born there last year.
    A bit further George and Dina live with kids Jean Paul and Daphne, a third child is expected this year. Another young family with a daughter is joining the community this year, they are buying a house with nice land a bit uphill.
    We share a 4 weel drive car and some tools and a certain vision, we help each other when needed, we respect each other's privacy and we have good times together.
    As an internationally oriented, multilingual and diversly skilled group of people we work together and teach our kids according to their interests and needs.
    We live a mainly vegetarian, natural and eco-friendly lifestyle keeping the balance between idealistic and realistic, theory and practice, as much as we can. We eat and drink for good health, good taste and good energy. We are not a bunch of fanatic freaks but hard working and life enjoying humans with a warm heart for all life on earth and wide open senses for the miracles of nature, including humans.
    In spring- and summertime volunteers from all over the world join us and live with us.

    The group of houses divided here in the hills around this valley were called Bratea, this is how we call our eco community again.
    David & Iris' land was given the name of ' Gradina Edenului', wich in Romanian means 'Garden of Eden.. The name reflect the need that we have of a safe heaven or home, with a fertile garden with enough to feed us and keep us healthy. Here we do what we can to fulfill this dream, nowadays explained in terms as 'permaculture' and 'foodforest' with 'earthships' and 'tiny houses' to live in. In my project we build different eco friendly 'habitats' where guests and volunteers can live for longer or shorter periods, we dig 'swales' and lakes to keep the water uphill to soften the earth and to stimulate life, we plant trees and bushes, we seed whatever we think will add to the quality of the soil and biodiversity of the land, to enrich and balance, to produce food and materials, to make it all as comfortable as possible. We do all this with as much respect and love for the whole as we can generate.

    Together we will work in the mulched gardens, in the forest, at the buildings, on better waterways, we will transport stuff, clean and organizie, bake bread, collect raw salads, we will have pizza parties, music sessions, creative days, nature discoveries, rain, muddy days, sweaty bodies, camp fires, philosophical discussions, we will grow friendships, food, muscle, sixpacks, consciousness, skills and hopefully some wisdom. Certainly I forget to mention a few things like building a greenhouse, an outside kitchen, compost toilets, swimming in the lake...doing 'chickens paradise', making roofs for solar panels and wood storage and last but not least, preparing facilities for ourselves and guests that will join us at the Open-Bratea-summerparty-festival ! We will work focused on that event in the telescope. We'll find a better name for the summerparty, make a program and invite all the nice people in the whole world to join us from 25th of July to 8th of August. .. ..

    The circumstances are simple and 'off grid' which technically means no triple A comfort except in your bed, improvising and surviving in the wild, cooking on wood fires, recycling our food in a 'compost' toilet. So far we get our drinking water from the well 100 meters below the main/old house. Washing can be done near the lake, with collected rainwater or with water from the well we have next to the house.
    So far a gipsy wagon is finished, the Tarzan & Jane-tree-villa is almost half way and a big tepee will be set up this spring, furthermore 2 restored rooms with beds are available in the old house and some tents will be set up as soon as the weather permits.

    We'll have an 'organic' way of working, a loosely structured way of spending the day. This means no fixed working times, things have to be done when needed and only with pleasure. In principle we'll get up fairly early to start with an hour of silence meditation, mostly from 08.00 to 09.00, for who wants to join. After breakfast everyone will do what he or she thinks is the best contribution to the whole including oneself. In the afternoon we can again have an hour of silence meditation mostly between 1.30 and 2.30, after that a good lunch together and some more work. In the evening another hour of meditation between 8.00 and 9.00pm after which snack and drink and the possibility to watch an interesting documentary, a movie or explanation about the meditation technique called Vipassana (='insight' in Pali), read a book, write, make music, whatever you like. Within this structure everyone is completely free to join or not although it is essential and highly appreciated if you are part of the TEAM.
    Almost every Saturday morning some of us will go down to the town of Orastie to buy what is needed on the local market, in shops and supermarkets. Sometimes we organize a hike or declare a special Sunday superchillday.

    If you are motivated to take the challenge I guarantee that you will get used to the circumstances and that you will enjoy the energy and freedom that will be released from within. If you are practically skilled, a musician or other artist, a professional in something we can use or just a nice and motivated person please apply, we need you and will be super grateful if you come and share some time and energy with us.

    We ask for a minimum stay of 1 month, this year preferably longer, because we want to do some serious development together, we ask commitment, individuality, proactivity, motivation, willingness to contribute and a smile. If you look for a place to stay longer or to settle down come over, participate and check us out. We will have space for about 8 to 10 volunteers, all ages and cultures are welcome.

    If any questions or wishes, let me know.
    I am looking forward to welcome you to work with you.

    Mike and company,
    Bratea, Balşa, Hunendoara, Romania.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will have a very good time and unforgettable experiences. You will learn everything you want, from philosophy and meditation to gardening and building, music making and other ways of being creative. You will make new friends.

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    We'll take good care of you. We'll discuss what kind of tasks you like to do. We'll give you the time you want to discover the environment and the country. We'll help you to get the experience that you are looking for. We'll see that you have a good time being part of the team.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Dutch, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Rumanian, .. language of Love and of Silence.

  • Accommodation


    You'll get a sleeping place for yourself, in a tent, the gipsy wagon, the Tepee or in the house.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We will do whatever we can to give you a good time and to fulfill your wishes. Hikings, bike rides, dinners together, board games, creative sessions, campfires, cooling down in the river, music, ..go to the swimming pool nearby, .. visit sites, ..

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    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

    about 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

nice hikes
volunteers transportation
bench making
Preparing the veggie garden
teaming up for the job. Lots to do & learn.
Rainbow house
view from the hill
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