This is a place for people to work on transformative projects. It is inhabited by a dynamically changing group of changemakers who choose to live together in a sharing community. That means we aim to using as little money as possible and rather go out and save the quality things that are wasted in our abundent consumer society. It also means that we try to share a lot - be it food, clothes, tools, time, space or thoughts.
We base our actions on our values instead of what is seen as normal, we try to think and live independently and authentically. Self-determination, equality and acceptance are our main values and we would love them to be lived and spread over the world. Our main areas of work are to save and share resources, to support movements for social justice, sustainability and climate action, to develop free, libre and open source software, to provide and connect public and common pool resources and to be authentic in our needs and capacities. Let's come together, inspire each other and save the world while having a good time! ;)
There are enough resources, they only need to be distributed more fairly.
Reduce Waste. Promote Sharing
Ayuda en proyectos ecológicos
Proyectos de construcción y bricolaje
Cuidado de niños y juegos creativos
Cocinar para toda la familia
We live together as a close community and practice a culture of sharing. Everybody here spends their time on some area of social change, so you can possibly get some new perspectives here. You can learn about alternative ways of consuming and living. Hitch-hiking, dumpster diving, building awesome things out of "trash", organizing events for people to spread ideas, coding free software, talking about and living alternative forms of relationships are some of the things we do :)
In a big community like ours there is always a lot of reproductive work to do - you might also call it housework: cleaning dishes, doing laundry, saving food, emptying bins, tidying up, you name it. Every Thursday we do 1-2 hours of communal cleaning, but there is something to be done everyday really.
We have two small children (born October 2019 and January 2021) who need a lot of attention. The parents are super relaxed and always happy about people who help to take care of them.
There are several big construction projects that we'd like to tackle in the coming years. The one which we already started is the roof. It is more than half finished now and this year (2021) it will hopefully come to an end. Afterwards there are ideas to build a ventilation system, to insulate the walls and to change the heating system - but those are not planned yet.
And of course there are all the projects the people of the house work on. If you are interested in a project specifically just talk to the person working on it.
There are no personal rooms, all sleeping spaces are shared between residents, guests of the house, workawayers and so on. Private rooms (where you can be alone) are available to sleep in on a night-by-night basis, but nobody has "their own room". If you want your very own space, you can put up one of our tents in our garden.
There is always an abundance of food and you are obliged to do your part seeing that it reaches people's stomachs ;)
But seriously: we usually do not buy food. Most food is either dumpster-dived, comes from cooperations with local food stores or is saved at festivals. Rarely we buy (vegan only) stuff like oil, oats or legumes. We usually cook communal meals vegan but dairy, eggs, fish and meat is also consumed by some, when there are dead animals in the bin...
If you do not feel comfortable with eating food that has once been in the trash, maybe this project is not the right one for you. In case it has still not been clarified for you: Workaway volunteers will receive 3 meals a day/ingredients that can be used for cooking for free (from the above mentioned sources).
Mostly there are around 10-15 people. There can be times when there is only 5 people here and there can be times when we are more than 20 people (at hackathons, meetups, or meetings of external groups).
For fun activities we like doing yoga and acroyoga, go swimming in the nearby lake, play games of all kinds (cards, boards, video, pen&paper, impro), play music together or for each other (we have a variety of instruments including a piano and some guitars), and simply talk and cuddle in the evening.
There is not sooo much to do in Wurzen outside of our project, but some options are: going to the Mulde river (about 15 mins.) which is also good for swimming. Taking a walk to the "Spitzberg" a very nice area with lakes, forests and meadows. There is a group doing self-organized self-defense as well as a feminist group.and some of us participate there as well.
We also are good friends with a housing project on the outskirts of Wurzen, the "Villa Klug". They have a big garden, a sauna and are very nice. Helping in the garden there can also be arranged.
Wurzen is very close to Leipzig, the train runs several times an hour and takes you to Leipzig central station in 18 or 40 mins. (depending on whether it's a small or fast train). Leipzig is a modern and pretty "hip" city with plenty to do and explore. It has been called 'the new Berlin' some years ago already and it becomes truer every day.
Acceso a Internet
Acceso a Internet limitado
Puede alojar familias
Our internet connection is excellent, but we wouldn't want to provide it to someone who does a job that does not ft our values. If it does - be welcome to work on your project in our space!
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Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week