Natural building, pottery, gardening in our new community in the natural area around Ełk, Poland



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  • Description


    We are a family with 4 children (aged 2, 10, 12 and 15 years). Some people call us artists, but we prefer to be called craftspeople. I am Jurek (34 yrs young). I am a potter, builder, dreamer and I love to play drums and didgeridoo. Liwia (40) helps in the studio, makes recycled toys and takes care of house, children - makes the BIG job! She also loves music....

    5 years ago we started building our wooden frame house on our 1,5 hectare land. It is already filled with celulose insulation which is covered with approx 7cm of cob (clay/straw/sand mix). We use lots of re-used materials (for ex. all windows and doors, bricks, rooftiles and more). We have a tiny eco garden and a green house - more experimental than self-suficient, maybe in the future. We enjoy to share our knowledge how to put down the price of building a house!

    We cook vegetarian (mostly even vegan). From time to time we eat fish.(our tiny fridge is also vegetarian ;)

    In our village we dream, talk and work to grow into cooperative community - our website is (our neigbour have almost 40ha of land to sell for new settlers - we are the 3rd family which came here from the outher world). The 'old' part of village is opened for settlers becouse most of young peple are leaving to the cities.

    SO WHO WE ARE (as a community)?
    A potter/drummer/didgeridoo player, an actor (one man theatre - ), gardeners, mothers, fathers, electrican/plumber/inventor/one man technical orchestra, natural builders, dreamers, children, teenagers, adults, and more...

    We live in area called Mazury Garbate, which means a hilly area of Masuria. It is beutifull area with lakes, forest, animals...

    You can also look at our buisness Pracownia Lipowa website (mostly potterry)

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    Language practice
    Art Projects

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • 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

    You can learn pottery and natural building technics. We are also home musicans (we really enjoy drumming, playing didgeridoo, piano, bagpipes - we have small colection of music instruments).
    Jurek is a master potter - young master and still learnig (life is too short to now everything but he is trying to get it!). He really enjoys sharing with his knowledge!!!
    We also can teach some basket weaving basics, didgeridoo, drumming...
    We love to share and exchange!

  • Help


    Now we need help mostly in building activities. We also have a tiny garden and green house. For sure there will be work with clay plastering, wood/branch construction and some help in the pottery studio - mostly for people who have some ceramic knowledge.
    Dreams/plans - what we want to do this year:
    -closing gallery walls with cob, branches, glass, rocks, clay plaster...;
    -renovating our second hand wooden windows;
    -painting our woodden siding (outside) with natural earth-based coat;
    -building a plant sewage treatment.
    -wooden floor
    ....and for sure more...

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Polish: Fluent
    Russian: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    Second floor of our House. There is warm and clean but still under Construction. Acoustic solution are not complete so the volounteers have to practise Thai-chi steps.

    An old but renovated camping-trailor (Max 3 people can sleep inside on three beds).
    There is also a compost toilet and outside shower + bath wit fire to heat the water.
    The kitchen for volounteers is outside.
    It is not possible to use non organic and not biodegradable cosmetics!!! Pure nature!
    You have to respect the Earth Mother/Pacha Mama...
    Bring your own sleeping bag and a tent (if you have one and if you need privacy)!
    You can also put a tent on top of our hill or we can build a shelter from branches, tarps and more...

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We have some old bikes, some of them need a little repairs. Less than 1km is to our tiny but around 20m deep lake. At our pond you can meet beavers, crans, different frogs, plenty of different birds... Nature, nature, nature...
    Ełk (7km) is city with population of 60000, with deep and clean lake, with pubs, restaurants by the lake side.
    Masury are beautiful and lifetime is not enough to explore....
    On weekend we often travel through mostly estern Poland to handcrafts markets, festivals, giving workshops, so there is possibility to explore more places, knowing more people!

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 765972528633