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Creating a permaculture eco-retreat in beautiful Spasovo, Chirpan, Bulgaria

  • Bulgaria
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  • Last activity: 4 May 2023



 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    Right now I am looking for help to look after my 2 dogs in June, as well as watering the garden when it needs it. That's it!

    If you felt like it there are other things that you could get involved in around the house and garden, but the dogs are the priority.

    My home is comfortable but fairly rustic, basically a typical Bulgarian village house. The toilet and shower are both in outbuildings separate from the main house, although the corridor to the shower room is under cover, and there is a small compost toilet next to the shower room (when I can get sawdust or similar for it).

    My two dogs are friendly although one sometimes needs a little time to feel comfortable around new people. They don't have any health problems or special requirements. They're not particularly keen on other animals especially the boy.

    I'm asking for probably around 15 hours a week according to the needs of the dogs, in return for accommodation and some food. I can accommodate one single person, or a couple / two people travelling together sharing a room. I'd prefer non smokers, or at least someone prepared to only smoke outside.

    This would be mostly a house-sit although a friend would be here some of the time.

    My house is in a good position in a popular village, with 2 shops and a bar. The nearest town, Chirpan, is around 7km away with a wide variety of shops, bars and restaurants, banks, supermarkets, and a fabulous weekly market. There are 3 buses daily into Chirpan, with an extra one on Fridays for the market. The house is basic but comfortable, with electric hob and oven, fridge freezer, washing machine, and hot shower. I don't have a television, but there is high speed internet. The garden has a nice view up into the hills. There are many tracks around the village that are great for walking with the dogs.

    I'm self employed, working from home, with hours to suit myself. Work is a means to an end, just to earn enough to live. Apart from permaculture and becoming self sufficient, I'm into meditation, yoga, rowing, walking, cycling, going to the gym, playing uke (very badly, in truth), reading, and generally being outdoors.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    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

    There are museums in many of the villages and the town. It will be a chance to live a quiet Bulgarian style life for a while - ideal for someone wanting a quiet place for work or retreat.

  • Help


    Helping with house and garden projects, and helping to care for the dogs.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Bulgarian: Beginner
    Russian: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    Two large single beds in one room in the house or tents later in the year

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There's are three buses a day into Chirpan, with an extra on Friday for market day.

  • 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

    The internet is good but it does stop occasionally, so it would be good to have mobile backup if it's essential to always have internet. It's not usually down for long. The house is small so at the moment I can't offer a dedicated office space.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    There is space at the end of the garden for parking a caravan or large van

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 25 hours per week, by mutual arrangement

Host ref number: 713366716344

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