Now Spring is coming, and gardens, building projects are getting slowly prepared – I wanted to share some of my favorite country side projects. Places I visited in the last year – where you can go to if you feel like having a break or want to experience something different.
There’s something about building tangible things together with others.
It gives a rewarding, confident feeling ( look! I never thought I could create a cement foundation / herbal garden / homemade falafel dish and now it’s there, I can do it!)
And being fully engaged in something creative with both mind & body, outside in nature all day long, makes new insights about life or business pop up more spontaneously (aha! this is what I really like to do next!).
All these places have the following in common:
> are located in beautiful natural surroundings in the country side, close to an international hub/city
> have eco-building, garden projects going on, using local recourses, doing as much as possible by themselves
> model the whole spectrum of soulful creative living, incl. cooking, crafting and sitting around the camp fire
> have people coming and going from all over the world
> have experienced trainers, coaches around to support with life, business questions or to teach about eco-building projects, cooking or gardening.
> are connected with a local network of craftsmen, farmers and businesses
> and …are open for visitors, to give them a great experience and are happy to have some extra hands around to co-create with them
I believe in the power of these experiences, and look forward to help create more of them and stay actively engaged in these projects.
Hereby some favorites I visited for days, weeks or even months, for you to explore if you’re interested, let me know if you have any Q’s
The Chittle Homestead USA, near Seattle, a family building their self-sustainable homestead. Next to their work as a business coach, writer and therapist. Hosting vacations, coaching sessions and retreats.http://thechittlehomestead.com/
Obenaus community Austria, near Graz. Turning an old farm into a self-sustainable place to live and work. Hosting strategic and creative workshops, welcome volunteers (for 2 weeks or more) or you can co-live/work for longer periods. http://www.obenauscommunity.org/
Park Istra Slovenia, near Ljubjlana. A project team re-building a remote empty village into a self-sustainable, joyful place to live, incl. an education/research centre. Hosting workshops and welcome volunteers to co-create and learn http://parkistra.com/en/
And then there are the more nomadic collectives that move around to organise building workshops and give the full experience of living self-sustainable, joyfully in the country side, while leaving a garden or eco-building behind.
> The Dutch Masconmenos http://masconmenos.nl/en/. Who have a home base here near Barcelona now.
> And the women building collective in the West-coast of Canada https://mudgirls.wordpress.com/.