countryside projects

My favorite country side projects

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.

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.

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

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 Who have a home base here near Barcelona now.

> And the women building collective in the West-coast of Canada

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Mapping initiatives

Hola guapas y guapos,

Wanted to share with you a Google Maps I just created with my friend Stef Denamps Gomez here to visually document all those positive projects we joined, visited or are planning to explore. Just to get them all out of our heads into an overview.

These are businesses, communities and co-working spaces that practically show new possibilities related to food, entrepreneurship and self-sustainable living.

For me they show such a positive development!

Finding these projects felt for me at times like rowing to Avalon – they would only show up when I drove in my camper through the fog with a strong believe in their existence. And I wish for these projects more visibility and for you to find them more easily if you like.

Here you can follow the development of the visual overview:…

After all this traveling, I’m now creating my home base in Barcelona. And although I start to work 1 on 1 with clients again via Skype (which I really enjoy!). I feel I’m now interested in finding a partner or team to work with, and offer group programs/experiences. I believe it works better for myself to collaborate ( much more fun!) and also it’s better for people to be surrounded by peers when learning or starting something new (e.g. in combination with 1 on 1 sessions on the side).

Anyways, I will take my time to explore projects, teams I could optionally join or people to collaborate with coming weeks/months (as long as it takes:)

Let me know if there are any ideas, connections or projects popping up for you that could help me in this exploration.

Sending you buzzing vibes from Barcelona ~~~

If you’re curious you can follow the map here

And feel free to tip me on interesting initiatives