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All Year: No
Area (ha): 6.5
Persons: 6
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 28338
Country: Estonia

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Last Updated: May 18, 2018

Surrounded by old growth forest, we have spent our days developing our home and site into an honest example of sustainable 'low impact' living and hopefully something that grows to be a social enterprise.

We need some help right now with small building and repairing jobs, gardening social media, cleaning, general help, cooking.
Also looking for someone to fix and do maintenance on bicycles.

The vision of the place is to share an alternative and sustainable happy and vibrant space, where people can relax and enjoy.

Last 5 years me and Jim have gone through an immense journey and pushing many limits to establish our place. We live completely off-grid in Lahemaa National Park and we love it! We believe in using only natural and reclaimed materials when constructing, and have renovated our log cabin home this way. In addition, we have built a straw-bale sauna, an outside kitchen, cordwood chicken shed and finishing up outside showers (3) and new outside compost toilets (4). We have run various events and workshops here and have a yoga course, pop-up restorant days and workshops planed for this year too!

If you love outdoors living, love getting stuck into a project, love socialising - then you will love it here. Happy people only need apply!! For some (coming from a city) this place is quite wild (and alternative haha). We are spending most of our time outdoors and live in a quite simple way but for us it very normal!!

From May we are looking for long term volunteers. The main help we require is to do with the hostel. The tasks include welcoming quests and interacting with them, general cleaning (kitchen, chill out tent, sauna, toilets) setting up beds. But we also need on-going help with gardening and general maintenance, lighting up sauna, doing firewood, looking after animals.

You will have your own space in the woods - 4 metre Bell tent shared with other volunteer(s) that will be furnished. For us it is important that volunteers are as happy as quests and ourselves. You are welcome to use sauna every night its lit, use outside kitchen etc. Every evening we will make a meal for visitors and volunteers, so this would also be one tasks that rotates among people.

In summer we have food from the garden and from the forest. We try to be as organic as possible.

The sea and beach is 1km away, loads of walks in the forest, two lakes within 20minutes walk which are amazing for swimming. Plus, the abandoned soviet submarine base in our village which is a must to explore day or night...!! We also plan to run events which you are welcome to join as a helper or as a quest.

Mari's passion is foraging and she is planning to do foraging in most of the days and you are most welcome to join and learn about edible (medicinal) plants.

We have built our own photovoltaic solar panels (and teach others how to during workshops) using factory rejected cells and old double glazing units. The shallow well on site provides pure water for drinking and washing. In addition, we utilise the small stream which runs through the property for washing and bathing at the strawbale sauna wash house. The sauna is an integral part of Estonian culture and we too frequent ours and use it as a common social hub. With an ice cold plunge pool, chill out decking area with hammocks, fire heated bath tub - its a great place to unwind, get clean and sink a beer or fruit juice in the evenings.

We obviously, use outdoor compost toilets. These are clean and hygienic.

We wont ask you to do anything we wouldn't want to do ourselves and looking to host helpers who can work in a group and / or independently. Its a great space and surrounded by forest so its a pretty magical place to be. Days off will be arranged with the rest of the team. It is important for us to take time off and we would like you to offer the same.

Any questions, just ask.

Peace and Good vibes,
Jim & Mari

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