All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 0.29
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 94356
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Last Updated: July 17, 2020
In mid August 2019 i bought 2,900m2 of land with a part renovated house and a barn in the South West of Bulgaria very close to the Macedonian border. The property is firstly to be my residence, where i can live in comfort, in permaculture ways, growing organic food to eat and share, and help me to experiencially realises true self. Secondly it will be a place where I can share the many holistic healing modalities which have helped me in my awakening journey. It will therefore also be a place to which I will sometimes invite guests on occasions, to join me in my healing sanctuary. Perhaps you will be one?
The land is set in the foothills of the surrounding mountains at approx. 900 mts above sea level, about 15 minutes walk to the nearest village (Ranentsi) passing just a few neighbours on the way. The views are beautiful, the air is fresh and clean (confirmed by litchen growing on the trees). I am 14 kms away from the nearest town - Kyustendil, and water is abundant (2 wells on the land + municipal water + rivers and lakes in surrounding area).
The old brick house, with stone cellar underneath, had been part renovated and doubled in size. The renovations are continuing with a local English builder friend, myself and volunteers. We've already started clearing the huge garden, made a compost toilet,a small rocket stove and a firewood store outside (using reclaimed materials). There is electricity and internet.
You can see a video of the property here before work started: https://photos.app.goo.gl/5Hxfp4EaEZeH1few8
A composting system for humanure from compost toilet and for vegetable scraps is now complete.
Laminate flooring has been delivered and laid in he two bedrooms. Bathroom with hot shower is now finished. Kitchen has also been completed. Plastering and painting inside is virtually finished. New doubled glazed windows and doors have been fitted and ceiling insulation throughout.
The huge gardens were very overgrown when I bought the property in mid August 2019 but I have made much progress in clearing the land and am now growing organic food. With the help of volunteers we have constructed a wood store, a compost toilet, composting bins, a fire circle and several no-till permaculture beds. Several beds have now been made and a small greenhouse and we are eating fresh produce from the garden including beetroot, lettuce, celtuce, cilantro, broccoli, with carrots, parsnips, celery, zuchini, stevia and more on the way.
I am vegetarian, moving slowly toward vegan. also trying not to smoke. No meat or fish on the premises please.
Depending upon when you come, helpers could be asked to work in the garden (clearing overgrown grass, trees, trimming branches, saving and processing firewood, clearing debris from part demolition of old house, salvaging materials, strimming, preparing beds for plants, helping build a masonry rocket mass central heating coookstove, helping with renovation work on house or barn, irrigation system, making cabinets for kitchen / bedroom, etc. etc.
I offer a choice of two options to stay:
25 hours work per week, meals included (food preparation not included in hours - but we share in meal prep)
10 hours work per week, meals not included (you supply your own food).
Accommodation will be on a mattress on the floor in a bedroom (possibly shared with one or two other volunteers), or in your own tent, (or mine) if you prefer to sleep outside.
I will be happy for you to join me in my morning meditation, and some daily kundalini yoga practice, mantra singing round the fire, and to offer holistic health consultations.
A bit more about me:
Atma started to become aware he was on a "spiritual journey" way back in 2005. Since then he has travelled extensively, including living in Turkey, Thailand, Mexico, India and now Bulgaria. Atma began a yoga teacher training in 2008, and then began researching and practicing holistic healing through nutrition, cleansing, meditaion, yoga and emotional integration. In 2012 he opened a healing retreat centre in Mexico which he ran for 5 years before moving on to France for 4.5 months where he volunteered at a yoga school working in the garden and kitchen and completing a Permaculture Design Course. He then moved to India where he stayed at an ashram for 10 months. Atma does his best to be aware of the present moment, remembering who or what he really is. To help with this he is quite often silent and/or taking time to be alone, but is passionate about sharing with others about his journey and practices which have helped him become more balanced and peaceful.
I look forward to hearing all about you if you would like to visit
ps. One of my favourite poems:
The Guest House by Rumi
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.