Spiritual eco-project requires people with gardening and building skills in a mountain valley forest in Bulgaria

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  • Description

    Description

    Hello. I am Petra, a Bulgarian woman, owner of the property where our project is based. I am living here with my partner Atma who is volunteering and helping the project to grow.

    This is an eco project in a starting phase, oriented to spiritual and self-sustainable lifestyle. The name of the project means healthy, free of sickness, free... The inspiration for this project came from the spiritual centre founded by beloved teacher Sahajananda, the yoga of the spiritual heart. In our place the highest authority is the Spiritual Heart, connecting with the Sacred Self, discovering our true authentic essence. We focus on mindful living in connection with nature and the Spirit.

    Petra studied film directing & visual art but then she was attracted to travel and spiritual search. She is a talented musician, playing drums and guitar, a passionate traveller,an applied artist. She studied eco-building in Denmark and is very keen on mindful life in nature. The last few years she discovered ancient vedic non-dual teachings and now she practices meditation every day and yoga very often. Through a holistic approach she is healing her body, mind and soul. She is working for a non-profit spiritual organisation . This is following the path of The Spiritual Heart, opening to love, opening to our real essence.

    Atma started to become aware he was on a "spiritual journey" way back in 2005. Since then he has travelled extensively, including living in Turkey, Thailand, Mexico, India and now Bulgaria. Atma began a yoga teacher training in 2008, and then began researching and practicing holistic healing through nutrition, cleansing, meditaion, yoga and emotional integration. In 2012 he opened a healing retreat centre in Mexico which he ran for 5 years before moving on to France for 4.5 months where he volunteered at a yoga school (where he met Petra) working in the garden and kitchen and completing a Permaculture Design Course. He then moved to India where he stayed at an ashram for 10 months. Atma does his best to be aware of the present moment, remembering who or what he really is. To help with this he is quite often silent and/or taking time to be alone, but is passionate about sharing with others about his journey and practices which have helped him become more balanced and peaceful.

    We are happy to share with work-exchangers many practices and ways of living that are helping us to become more happy, healthy and loving. Through meditation, consecrating every action and offering it to the Divine Source, opening the heart, opening to our Dharma, working joyfully, sharing in excitement, creating art and music, we slowly discover the inherent peace within and witness more and more the miracle and gift of life. We will be so happy to welcome you in our forest sanctuary.

    Our project is located in a mountain forest valley about 80 minutes drive south west of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. It is close to the town of Kjustendil, in the Konyavska planina (The Horse mountain)

    We are open for sharing and exchanging practical and theoretical knowledge such as self-healing, emotional growth, physical and mental balance, raw food and fasting, meditation, energy healing, gardening, herbal and alternative medicine, carpentry, masonry, building with eco-materials, working with clay, music, drawing, smiling a lot (because laughing is the greatest medicine:)

    And an important remark: Even though we may sound very spiritual and serious we are not, we are down to earth, like most couples we have disagreements sometimes and occasionally there are heated moments, but we very soon notice our egos have been at play so we kiss and make up :-). We work smart, we are mostly easy going smiley people and we like to enjoy life, and every moment we take as a gift.

    We love to sit аround the fire sometimes and to play music, chant, sing, read mystic poetry from the sufi poets Rumi, Hafiz, Tagore and share uplifting stories about our life experiences. We would love to get to know you and share together the sweetness and beauty of life. Come to play with us! Here is an inspirational poem:

    I am bewildered by the magnificence
    of your beauty
    and wish to see you
    with a hundred eyes

    My heart has burned with passion
    and has searched forever
    for this wondrous beauty
    that I now behold

    I am ashamed
    to call this love human
    and afraid of God
    to call it divine

    Your fragrant breath
    like the morning breeze
    has come to the stillness of the garden
    You have breathed new life into me
    I have become your sunshine
    and also your shadow

    My soul is screaming in ecstasy
    Every fiber of my being
    is in love with you

    Your effulgence
    has lit a fire in my heart
    and you have made radiant
    for me
    the earth and sky

    My arrow of love
    has arrived at the target
    I am in the house of mercy
    and my heart
    is a place of prayer”

    ― Rumi, The Love Poems of Rumi

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We offer yoga and meditation instruction and sessions, holistic health coaching, community living experience and other recreational practices. You may well learn more about the "meaning of life" and become more aware of your true self, leading to increased health and happiness.

    You can learn many ways of how to interact with nature, how to plant and grow, how to work with clay and other ways of eco-building.

  • Help

    Help

    We specifically require experienced people to help in the garden and for construction.

    Garden - making flowerbeds, weeding and propagation. Permaculture knowledge also helful.
    Construction - We work with clay and wood, and stones, so masons and carpenters are
    particularly welcome. Electrical and plumbing experience will also be very useful.

    Some of our current and future projects include:
    Construction of Summer Kitchen (framework and roof now complete - 18/7/19)
    Creating vegatable and herb garden beds
    Construction of indoor bathroom
    Upgrading Water System
    Stone paving house entrance
    Construction of greenhouse on front of house
    Creating central heating system for guest house

    For people with extensive construction and/or gardening experience we offer a help exchange of accomodation + food (3 meals per day) for 25 hours work per week.

    For people with less experience, but still with some construction and/or gardening experience, we offer a work exchange of accomodation only for 15 hours per week (no food).

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    english, spanish, bulgarian

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Shared bedroom or camping.

    We have a space in our eco house which we offer wth a simple mattress in a shared room for our work-exchange guests.

    People who prefer to be more private can bring a tent and camp in the garden.

    We have a private kitchen which we use for ourselves and to prepare meals for work exchangers receiving meals. One of our top priorities is to construct an outdoor covered summer kitchen (part completed - see picture) whichever can be used by those work-exchangers who prepare thier own food.

    As we are an eco-project, we have an outdoor compost toilet and an outdoor summer shower with solar heater so warm showers should be available from about 10am onwards depending on sunshine. There is an outside sink for washing and cleaning teeth and a kettle for making tea or coffee.

    Our site is no-smoking, no recreational drugs or plant medicines, and limited alcohol for special occasions. No drunken-ness! If you wish to smoke tobacco you may go outside one of the gates. Also we are vegetarian (doing our best to move toward vegan) so no meat is allowed on site either.

    We have wi-fi internet using a mobile connection with limited data, so although you are welcome to share our wi-fi for checking e-mail and messages and for limited internet browsing, you are asked not to view videos. We have a very extensive library of uplifting videos and e-books which we are happy to share, so you might like to bring a large memory stick/hard drive with you. To conserve energy and reduce electro magnetic frequencies {EMF's) we tend to turn the router off at night and at other times especially during work periods. Our helpers are encouraged to turn off mobile devices, or switch to airplane mode when not required for the same reasons, and also to help bring more presence to each moment.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We live in a beautiful valley in south-west Bulgaria and in the free time our helpers can go for a hike, read or use internet.

  • 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?

    Two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    15 or 25 hours per week depending upon experience

Roof on summer kitchen completed
Niko made a shoe rack/bench for his brother while he was here 😀
Niko and Atma made a great start on new summer kitchen.
Niko (our first workawayer) and Atma enjoying a healthy lunch taking a break from making our new summer kitchen.
Lunch of wholewheat pasta (although we prefer no gluten, this was in the cupboard) made with spring onions greens, turmeric and olive oil, served with stinging nettle and cashew pesto
Firepit height increased for temporary storage of stones as we clear space to construct summer kitchen
Petra preparing a bed for cucumbers (in case they want to sleep :-)
Morning Yoga (some days)
Singing with the neighbours

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