Help renovate a barn into a space for mindfulness in Uusimaa, Finland



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  • Descripción


    It is me, Atso, living in the timber built house and farm from 1940s just 50 km from Helsinki in a charming, culturally active city of Karkkila with 8800 habitants. The city centre is 10 km away and a vast forest area begins just from our doorstep. There are great forest paths starting in just the corner of the property and you can wander and get lost or follow a map, as you wish. My family used to run a dairy farm some 20 years ago, and the big space in the barn has been renovated as a space for gatherings, parties and theatre performances already 15 years ago. Now my aim is to further develop the barn and the other buildings as a course and retreat centre. Because of the long history in agriculture there are many objects and tools that some would throw away but I want to keep them as part of interior design and decoration. That´s why the big task has been organizing the goods so that later on they can be used. In the renovation and re-design process I want to use natural buildings techniques and thus started to study clay construction. The studying period will be finished in November 2021. This knowledge among others I am happy to share. My aim is to make this place a great home, whether one stays here for shorter period of time or longer.

    After working and travelling +10 years abroad and around in Finland on and off, myself, I now want to continue the maintenance of the house and its' surrounding buildings as a long-term perspective to create it as a sustainable course center for all kinds of activities which elevate mind, body and soul. Therefore I'm focusing my daytime for this project at the moment. There is, of course a lot to do but I have decided to make this as a life-long project!

    Since 2002 I have actively been studying yoga, ayurveda and different perspectives in the area of personal growth. As licensed teacher of Home Economics in the Finnish and Swedish school systems I have a wide understantment how to influence and make a positive change on individual and communities. I do regard myself as excellent cook and are happy to share this knowledge as well. Diet here consist of about 80 % vegetarian and around 20 % fish, eggs, dairy and sometimes meat. I can go 100% vegan, at the times too, but industrial substitutes I want to avoid. Also whenever food is imported there is always the question of how it has impacted the place it is produced in. I highly regard Finnish products with exotic spices. I speak English, Swedish, French and some Russian and other latin languages such as Spanish and Italian. I also dance and train theatre on a professional level.

    I prefer that you as guest living in our house straightforwardly tell "Do you want your eggs stirred, fried or shaken". I am extremely sensible and genuinely want that you enjoy during your stay. I also know that small things count so please be frank and clear what you want, how you want it and when you want it. I try to do likewise myself too. Clear communication is the key point to every success stories! :D Sometimes it is challenging but let´s learn all together!

  • Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Proyectos artísticos
    Ayuda en proyectos ecológicos
    Proyectos de construcción y bricolaje
    Ayuda en una granja
    Cocinar para toda la familia
    Ayuda doméstica
    Mantenimiento general

  • Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    I have done a lot of volunteering myself; in France, England and Canada. For me it has been a great way to learn about myself and how I interact to the environment and in the world. The environment I want to create at the house holds a lot of importance in these same principles; personal growth, finding own strengths etc. Lately I have found sharing circles as a simple way to listen and to be heard what one has to say. Besides what living together and all the other activities may come forth, all the other means of tuning in with the help of yoga, dance, music, culture etc. are very welcome. I practise Art of Living breathing exercises daily so if you know them we can do them together in the mornings!
    As food, theatre, natural building methods and sustainable living are close to my heart there lies a great potential for you to learn in those areas, as well.

  • Proyectos con niños

    Proyectos con niños

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  • Ayuda


    The type of the help will be depended about the weather. The fall time from October to December before the snow falls is often rainy, windy, dark and moist but also sun peaks up sometimes.
    The different activities and tasks may be carried out according to ones´own interest also.
    At the moment people with experience on construction/ carpenter/ electrician /plumber are looked after. Also willingness to learn is a great asset!

    a) Sorting out the goods in the barn upstairs.
    b) There is painting and building projects going on on a continuing basis. Depending of the talents and interests of the workawayer these will be carried out.
    c) Multiple tasks may be done during the same day. Different kinds of maintenance projects will be done in the garden and in the buildings.
    d) As there will be living 3-4 people in the same house, some household help will be needed as well, such as cleaning, cooking etc. We will prepare the food from the basic ingredients. This will be part of your daily volunteering quota.
    I have noticed that as there are many people living in the same house, things get dirty fast. I want to keep a high cleanliness standard.

  • Idiomas

    Idiomas hablados
    Inglés: Fluido
    Finnish: Fluido
    Swedish: Fluido
    Danish: Intermedio
    Francés: Intermedio
    Español: Principiante
    Italiano: Principiante
    Ruso: Principiante

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  • Alojamiento


    You will sleep in a big room downstairs in the house. There will propably be 2-3 workawayers in the same room. Other options may be applied if someone in the room snoores :D
    Another option is also to sleep in the old-timber hut on the yard (no heating, close by the silent village road) in the summer-time or in a tent.

    Indoor toilet and shower. The house and water is warmed by oats grown in the field next-door so consciousness in the usage of warm water is highly appreciated.

    We prepare the food almost always from the scratch, meaning fresh vegetables and legumes. We need to negotiate who will be responsible of each meal but we provide the ingredients and then plan who will prepare the meal. We recycle basically everything post-consuming so thank you having awareness for this.

  • Algo más...

    Algo más...

    Though the city of Karkkila is small with only 8800 habitants it has a great reputation as a cultural hub; Aki Kaurismäki and other film directors and artists with different talents keeping it as their nest. Kayaking, hiking and fishing lovers find great terrains for their favourite activities also. It is much your own activity to ask what you want to do so I can find it for you. If you are performing artist or want to distribute your talents we can also organise a show!

    Helsinki is close and there are different activities in the city of Karkkila as well, I know a lot of people so I am sure what ever you wish for can be carried out. At home you may walk in the forests nearby, read the books I have, most of them from the area of food, personal growth etc. Again, this may also be the time to use internet how you need to. However, the usage of internet should be in moderation and I wish the phones are turned off during the night. Once you have contacted we may change a couple of messages but I do prefer to have a zoom/whatsapp/skype/telegram conversation to further discuss our own needs and wants.

  • Un poco más de información

    Un poco más de información

    • Acceso a Internet

    • Acceso a Internet limitado

      Acceso a Internet limitado

    • Tenemos animales

    • Somos fumadores

    • Puede alojar familias

  • Puede acoger a nómadas digitales

    Puede acoger a nómadas digitales

    There are different rooms to be used as private working space. However, if there are many workawayers, one has to be flexible.

  • Espacio para aparcar autocaravanas

    Espacio para aparcar autocaravanas

    There is space behind the barn providing electricity.

  • Podría aceptar mascotas

    Podría aceptar mascotas

    Can not really say this for sure. We have never had animals inside the house and may like to stay that way in the case of allergenic people to come around. There is space for the animals In the barn, if needed.

  • ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?

    ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?

    Más de dos

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    Horas esperadas

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week. This 25 hours may also be divided on shorter amounts of days, e.g. 3daysX8 hours.

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Número de referencia de anfitrión: 229696492694