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All Year: yes
Area (ha): 2000m2
Persons: 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 2841
Country: Austria

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Last Updated: June 16, 2018

Please first of all notice: We are a family and what we offer you is being a welcome part of our family for the time of your stay - we are not a hostel and dont want to be one! You will work and live in the middle of our (sometimes loud and emotional) family, means share/mix our and your life for that time; we open our whole house (+heart) for you: so if you look for a separated/isolated working and hostel place, please go somewhere else.
Times of change, we have started a New project in Greece, planting a dryland forestgarden in Order to geht a fertile Land in an area that has no agriculture since the 1980th.
So we share our time and energy, but soon we will move.
This summer we look for helpers, willing to help us finishing here and moving there.

We (Hartwig&Leila) and Hartwigs mum, sometimes our kids (22 and 18) - (and some wonderful volunteers) live together with chicken, ducks, cats and dogs. We grow our own vegetables, a lot of berrie bushes and fruits are planted and starting to fruit this year.
Our hot water and heat is produced from solar and wood sources, electricity mainly comes from a photovoltaic and
from an ecoelectricity-provider and our waste water is cleaned by plants, the toilets are composted in order to produce as few waste water as possible and produce wonderful fertile terra preta.

We are learning to make our lifestyle as sustainable as possible through our experiments in
natural gardening and permaculture. We also try to find new ways of spending our life together with others, learning from those around us
and always very curious to see the next interesting thing that awaits us! We decided to have no television so we spend our free time in the evenings playing together, sitting around the fireplace, talking, doing handcrafts or listening to music.

People with handicraft qualities are very welcome.
Anyone wanting to stay with us as a volunteer can learn and help with
many different projects; baking sourdough bread and cakes, making noodles and other produce from whole corn, preparing kefir, herbs for teas and healing oils and many other things.
You will also work with our animals and in the garden.

You are welcome for at least 14 days or (better) more, have your own room and organic wholefood (vegetarian or not, like you prefer it) and work about 5 hours daily for five days a week. Help in the kitchen and housekeeping routines for you and the community are not included.

ROOM: We ask you to take care for the room you live in and leave it clean and proper.

SPECIALS: When you want you can get body- and energywork-treatments during your stay (CraniosacralTherapy, Osteopathy and SIB, thats a bodywork-method similar to Feldenkrais) in exchange with extra working-time.

HOLIDAYS: Around our place are hills with woods(Dunkelsteiner Wald) with a lot of different mushrooms, two lakes, a river in a nature reserve with wild horses (Koniks), you can swim or walk/hike or go by bike, have a visit at the famous monastery in Melk, or the old castles along the Danube, in winter there is a skiing area nearby.

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