Hi! We are Stanislav and Diana - a family with four kids, ages 8, 6, 2 years and a 2-month old baby born at the end of April, 2020. We live an hour away from Sofia in a village located on Pchelina Dam, where we are starting an ecological community. Our house is as eco-friendly as we could make it from the old building we got - with clay plastering, wood-fibre insulation, light-earth walls, earthen floors and tadelakt bathrooms. We grow our garden using permaculture principles. Our piece of land is 4000 square meters and behind it is a 5000-square-meters forest that we are trying to revive. Around our place, there are quite a few opportunities for settlement of like-minded families. Our dream is to find new friends to join us in co-creating a community of environmentally conscious people who walk gently on Earth and take ownership of our lives, health, education and the planet's well-being, who have fun and grow together, who share food, work, learning, resources and life's bounties to the level each one feels appropriate. We are planning to host a weekly Waldorf playgroup, inviting families from the area to come with their kids to sing songs , play finger games and share a potluck lunch, free of charge.
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
Stanislav play Bulgarian folk dancer, so he can teach volunteers how to dance the ''Bulgarian way." We can also teach them about Bulgaria and the Bulgarian culture, as well as the Bulgarian language, and last but not least - the Bulgarian cuisine. Our neighbors are a Venezuelan family and they can also share the same things from their own country, other than the dancing. :) There is a Belorussian family also looking to move to our community, and once they do - there will be lots to learn from them too - including how to extract threads from nettle and knit hats and other things from them! We also host volunteers from helpX from time to time. We have had volunteers here from Taiwan, Vietnam, Israel, Greece, Brazil and USA, so there is an abundance of cultural exchanges happening here.
We are looking for one helper, or a family, to stay with us and help us with the daily tasks of maintaining our space neat, preparing food and playing with the kids. We are offering to provide vegetarian meals to our visitors (including eggs and dairy), as we do not bring meat into the house. We are planning to host a Waldorf playgroup once or twice a week and it would be nice to have some help with that as well. In the warm seasons, or when the weather allows throughout the year, we will be busy with outdoor projects like - finishing the graywater system, building a compost toilet, planting the garden, creating a clay oven, creating some outdoor playground areas for the kids, and of course having fun and exploring the surrounding areas. In the cold seasons, we have quite a few indoor projects as well, including but not limited to plastering, carpentry, creative painting (on windows and wall trims), sewing, waldorf toy-making, etc. We would also like to create some common amenities for the community members in the near future, so we will need help with that as well.
One room in our house with a big double bed, that could be replaced with one or two single beds, if needed. There are also two abandoned houses across from our house that are in decent condition and we can adapt for living. There is internet in the house, hot water and heating of course, and a shared bathroom and kitchen.
We have a couple of kayaks that we like to paddle in the Dam , which is 4 km away. There is also a bike that could be used (and lots of kids bikes) for very nice nature rides. There are lots of nature hikes in the area. Unfortunately, there is no public transportation, so we go by car to shop in nearby Pernik or Radomir once a week or so. There is public transportation - 20 minutes walk from our house though, which can take people to Pernik and to Kovachevtsi.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host can provide space for campervans.
depends on what kind of pets
5 hours a day, 5 days a week