Help us create a permaculture garden in Ried, Friesland province in the Netherlands



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    We are Willem and Anneke and live in the village Ried,the Netherlands, province of Friesland.
    We live here with 2 cats, 5 chickens and a rooster.
    We are 56 and 57 years old and our children are almost out of the house. We have 2 beautiful granddaughters which we are very proud of.
    Willem is a podopostural therapist (Podiatrist) and has his own practice in Schagen and Ried. Just like Willem, I, Anneke, also have my own practice, but at home. I am an Energetic therapist and guide people on their spiritual path.

    Willem and I are very busy, so many things remain and we could use some help. We have been living in Ried for 3 years now and have a very large garden, we would like to furnish a part as a Japanese garden where you can meditate.
    We share our practice space, Willem downstairs and I the upstairs space that I am completely renovating in my own style. I want to reuse many things.

    Inside and outside our house there is still a lot of work to be done, painting the gutters and window frames, renewing parts in the gutters, inside there are skirting boards that need to be laid and there is another room that needs to be finished (a new ceiling)

    If it seems like something to do with us, then there is always a tasty meal ready for you, cooking is a hobby of mine despite the crowds. Even if you are vegetarian, that is no problem. Your room has a double bed and a sofa bed, you can retire to this room to watch television or just relax. We share the bathroom with each other, but privacy is guaranteed.

    It will sometimes happen that we are not at home because we are at work. You are a guest, but we like it when you feel at home even when you are alone.

    We would like to offer you a pleasant time that you can look back on with pleasure. If you want to use our expertise, we make time for that.

    We look forward to seeing you

    Anneke & Willem

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The environment in which we live has an ancient history.
    We are 20 minutes away from the capital of Friesland, Leeuwarden.
    Leeuwarden has a rich history, our royal family has its roots there.
    In Franeker, one of the Friesche 11 cities is the Eise Eisinga museum and planetarium. Franeker was long ago a university city where many famous scholars have studied. The most famous student was René Descartes (1596-1650). But the later director-general of New Netherland Pieter Stuyvesant (1611-1672) also studied in Franeker.
    A little further in the small town of Wieuwerd you can visit the church, where several mummies are located in the cellar. A special phenomenon because the mummies are mummified in a natural way.

    For those not interested in history, there is of course the water sports for which Friesland is famous. The many lakes offer many activities. We ourselves enjoy visiting small markets in the area and taking a nice walk in the woods, usually we walk in Drenthe which is a 45-minute drive.

    Ried is located 10 minutes from the Wadden sea. You can easily get there by bike. There also are several cycle paths along which you can enjoy nature.
    The Frisians are sports people, so you will find various sports associations in almost every village, including a Kaatsvereniging. Kaatsen is an old Dutch sport that is only played fanatically in Friesland.
    Heerenveen is also fun to visit, especially the skating rink Thialf known from the TV world championship speedskating

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    Projects involving children

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  • Help


    We would love if you know something about gardening and maybe you have some great ideas we can apply. For work in and around the house, it is nice if you are handy with wood and can paint.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    Dutch: Fluent
    German: Intermediate
    English: Intermediate

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    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


    Your accommodation is a spacious room on the first floor of the house. It is our son's “old” room. There is a double bed and a sofa bed where you can chill. There is a TV connection and if you like we can put a TV there.
    The bathroom is located downstairs and we share it with each other. Toilet is both upstairs and downstairs.
    We have dinner together, usually between 6.30 pm and 7.00 pm. We have breakfast together on the weekends, just like lunch.
    Food is generally not a problem, the freezer and refrigerator are full and there is always something at home. I try to get vegetables from local farmers, just like meat.
    Maybe you also like to cook, feel at home, that's important to us.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We like to relax after our busy day. We enjoy eating together and a good conversation.
    We also like to watch a movie via netflix or the like.
    A nice book also is great for relaxing.

    In the summer there is still plenty to do in the garden, especially when it is very hot during the day, it is nice to be busy in the evening.

    As mentioned earlier, we enjoy walking in the forest and visiting markets in the area. (as it is posible)

    Willem makes arch supports/ inlays, which is part of his profession as a podopostural therapist. If there are a lot of inlays to make, I help him in the evening after dinner and we often have the best conversations.

    I also enjoy painting and reading. I regularly leave for my practice room to do my spiritual exercises and I also accompany sound journeys in which you can participate.

    There are several nice theaters and cinemas in the area.
    The city center of Leeuwarden is great for shopping, as is Franeker and Sneek.

    In short, the old 11 cities each offer their own fun peculiarities.The station is in Franeker and is 8 minutes by car and 25 minutes by bike. In consultation we can always bring you and / or collect you from the train.

  • 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

    We have a good WiFi connection.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    The large backyard has enough space for a motorhome or camper. Electricity is also available

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We do not mind a dog as long as it is well trained and well under appeal and does not go after the stray chickens and our cats.

  • 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

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