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Etropole
All Year: No
Area (ha): 3-4
Persons: up to 10
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 25842
Country: Bulgaria

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Last Updated: June 11, 2014

Hello everybody,

we are in the starting phase for a our eco/community project in the central Balkan. The place is located in a magical lost village called Zhidevitsa, between the towns of Etropole and Teteven in the mountains. We now own a quite huge plot of land there with two old farmhouses on it. Opportunities still exist to buy land or old houses there. Our dream is that the whole village will come alive as an eco project :-)

We have already started to do some basic work (compost toilet, garden, some repairs on the house) but are very much still in planning/funding phase, so we're not in the place yet to take volunteers longer term.

Next general meeting is planned for end of March 2014 on spot, so if you truly feel the call to visit us then, or maybe you could even imagine to become part of the project, don't hesitate to contact us :-)

Our plans for the place include:


Water

- lake / water landscape (storage, micro-climate)
- grey water usage (circular water usage)
- use of the „Sunpulse“ water pump (Sunvention)
compost toilets

Food

- gardens (according to permaculture principles); forest garden
- use of the existing landscape (various fruit trees, herbs, mushrooms, nuts...)
- use of local ressources (milk, dairy prodcuts, honey from the locals)
- processing (canning, drying, etc.)

Energy

- solar energy and warm-water production, solar greenhouse(cooperation with Sunvention)
- wind (wind turbine)
- water (use the slope and existing small streams for energy production)

Living Space

- use of local materials (adobe, stones, wood) to extend the existing buildings und for building new ones (workshop,
atelier)
- collaboration with the locals (carpenters, tools, material)

Eco-tourism

- experience the natural treasures of Bulgaria
- accomodation, meals
- workshops

Sale of homemade biological products

- natural cosmetics (in particular through the already existing company of our partner)
- gastronomic specialties (dried fruit, chutneys, et cetera)
- installation of a small shop and sale on touristic places


Testfield for developing the solar technologies of Sunvention (see: http://www.bsrsolar.com/)

- installation, advancement, workshops
- cooperation as part of the existing worldwide network
- self-sufficiency in the areas water and energy supply
- future possibility of licensing production for the eastern european market, licence

Lifestyle ;-)

Our place should be one where we can rediscover our original connection and freedom without huge a priori statements. All
our efforts should be part of a path in this direction. The most important thing thus is the ability to open yourself anew again
and again for the unprepared and many times difficult wonder that is life, to leave prejudices and used-up attitudes behind
and get into direct contact with your source, your friends, the earth again.

All common activities, but particularly talkingstick
circles and shamanic earth ceremonies (sweatlodges, dances, which are planned for the future) will help us with that.
What's more and very important is that everybody here will have the freedom to follow their individual paths, as long as
they don't try to impose it on anyone. We want a place where spiritedness and possibilities count most!

Greetings!

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