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Heist-op-den-Berg
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 1.5
Persons: 6-10
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 10188
Country: Belgium

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Last Updated: October 6, 2017

A permaculture farm since 1982, we host six hundred visitors a year as well as people taking courses, interns, students and people from all walks of life. Feel free to join us if you're interested in an alternative lifestyle with a focus on organic gardening.

Work = love in action; we expect all our volunteers to perform valuable help, please no mental or physical slacking.

We are located in Schriek, Belgium.

Anyone willing to volunteer 5 hours/day is welcome to join us.

Help consists of: carpentry, building, gardening obviously; scratching, seeding, watering, weeding, making jam & curry, cleaning, etc. a plethora of activities mostly outdoors.

We have an ongoing year-round permaculture theory & practice course. Come and join, we work by the principle of contribution = you give what it's worth to you.

In our experience nearly all of our volunteers have called their visit to our farm an eye-opener; to many our inspirations were a library they didn't know existed. Our balance in group dynamic through absence of addictive substances, ego and greed has been called an inspiration that many will apply further down the road of life.
We strongly believe that in our universe travelers benefit from "carrying" other people and being carried by their peers; our volunteers come from all over the globe and this international mix has proven to be educational for everyone; creative sparks tend to fly when two worlds collide. We have created an atmosphere where a change in paradigm away from so called Western values makes more sense - core members of the farm have run businesses or held down straight jobs, we believe this is a tremendous opportunity to sample the best of both worlds and learn how to go back home with extra luggage.

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We are a flexible community around 15.000m permaculture garden feeding very many. We also give courses and have the opportunity to come for an internship from 3-6-9-12 months. During that internship we teach on a daily base the principles of permaculture and the way we live them. We do not sell but we give away our produce. Free contributions in a magic hat bring in the little necessary money. Vegetarian (not always) meals, sleeping places in caravans, yurts, attic rooms, no meetings, rules kept to a minimum, no sexism, violence, drugs or alcohol please. We are linked to transition town movements, free restaurants, spiritual centers. Creative workshops(dance, yoga, meditation,...) are given by anyone wanting to do one.

Check out our website for more info and photos.

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