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We are a small cooperative situated in the rural area of Slovenian Istria. We are a group of people striving for a sustainable lifestyle that we describe as luxurious simplicity. We fulfill 80% of our need for vegetables from our permaculture garden. We use dry toilets and rid beds for wastewater treatment. This enables us to reuse all water from the kitchen and bathrooms in our garden. Usually, there are 6-12 people in the house, depending on the circumstances and the season. We often have visiting friends and guests that come and go and are temporarily part of the community. Occasionally we organize workshops or host meetings. The place is surrounded by nature and very peaceful.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
You will experience a calm lifestyle in connection with nature, where daily rhythms are adapted to the weather and the season. You'll enjoy pristine nature, mostly organic local food, long walks, and a lot of time for yourself, meditation, book reading and silence. Life at Sunny Hill is mostly suitable for people who know how to entertain themselves. We mostly socialize at the time of common meals and during working actions. We have weekly meetings where we talk more about each other and any topic, brought up by people in the circle. Sometimes we spontaneously make a bon fire or little celebration. You might also have the opportunity to attend some of the workshops that we organize.
Volunteers are welcome for help with our daily tasks and maintenance. It can be preparing wood for winter, helping in the garden, or help with construction.
From March until the end of October there is always work on the garden. Basically preparing the soil for planting, planting and weeding.
Animal lovers can take care of goats, milking them and learn to make yoghurt and cheese.
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 is in an old but fully renovated house. There are 6 beds in the volunteers' room, dry toilets, hot water in the showers, a common kitchen where we prepare lunch and dinner together, while breakfast is self-organized. Homemade bread, butter, and homemade jams, and cereals are provided. We cook mostly vegetarian meals from mainly organic ingredients.
As we recycle all the water from the kitchen and the bathroom we insist on using ecological cosmetics and detergents. There is wi-fi in the house.
We are easygoing and open-minded people. Most of us have been volunteers ourselves, we still are. We encourage volunteers to self-manage their time according to their tasks and weather conditions. There is some structure in the daily schedule, which can be adapted according to the needs of the moment and the group.
We expect volunteers to engage in household tasks such as cooking and maintenance in turns. We call meetings once a week to share our thoughts on what is good and what could be improved and address any issue that might need attention.
Volunteers are welcome to organize activities such as game night or movie night if the crew at the moment is up to it. Or simply enjoy the calmness of the place, play music, or read the book.
During the free time, you can hike surrounding hills and valleys or visit the coastal area and charming small towns Piran, Izola, Portoroz or go and explore the Croatian side of Istra. We are very happy to give you advice on what to see and where to go.
There are a few buses every day from Koper to Hrvoji or Belvedur (no buses on weekends!).
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We have a big parking area in front of the house. There is no size limit for the campervan. The only obstacle is a stiff and narrow road that leads to us, that for a skilled driver shouldn't be an issue.
More than two
maximum 20-25 hours/week