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All Year: yes, and now
Area (ha): 1 ha
Persons: 1
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 16019
Country: Denmark

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Last Updated: November 5, 2019


We welcome you into our 3 generation-family. We are working on becoming selfsufficient and we also have small animals. We don't sell any of the things we produce...
We do work a lot, but we really like the working atmosphere to be friendly and calm .

We are a family of 2 adults (Simon and Hanne), 1 young girl (13) and 1 grandfather (82) living in a rural area in the beautiful south-eastern part of Denmark. ..
We have a lovely homestead of 2 acres where we use principles from permaculture, forestgardening, biodynamics and organic gardening to become more and more selfsufficient all the time. We also have small animals (hense, ducks, cats, rabbits, guinneapigs, turtle, dog).

We live mainly from homemade things, e.g. we only buy a few highly processed foods. Hanne is almost glutenfree and almost vegan, Simon and grandpa eats everything. We love to cook, and the food here is mostly organic, varied and excellent.

For us the social part of having volunteers is as important as the work part. The work can be hard sometimes. So can the humor. We don’t sell any of the things we produce.
We have built the house ourselves (since 2004) and we love to live here.

We are looking for ONE dedicated person to support us in daily tasks for at least 2 weeks, preferably longer.

During the autumn, winter and early spring (the dark period) the tasks are:
-> feeding animals (it takes about half an hour per day),
-> planting in the garden, and forest garden
-> filling up the trailer and going to the garbage station/second hand
-> help sorting out and photographing things to be sold
-> help in the house (cleaning, doing dishes),
-> help cooking in the evening most days. If you are vegetarian or vegan, we will do the meat part.
-> construction work if you have such skills

In exchange for all this we will let you be an appreciated and closely integrated member of our family, and we will share our life and knowledge with you. Simon knows a lot about soil, plants and permaculture – and he loves to share. We love to also hear about your ideas and knowledge and learn new tecniques, and we love to discuss ideas of how to deal with climate-changes, world economy, welfare models, ethics…..
Hanne likes to meditate and do yoga, and you are welcome to join. Hanne is also a chok-release-master.

We all make a plan every morning at 9.00 that tells everyone what to do for the day, but its up to you when you want to do it, and when you want to have a break. – as long as the tasks are done.

Working will mostly be Monday to Friday. You can either work alone or together with one of us – depending of what you prefer and the tasks to be done. In the weekends there is usually no planned work, but if you are at home during the weekend, we will all help each other to make things work out. (Just because someone misunderstood the weekend thing: the food and lodging IS included also in the weekends)
You can also go and see the beautiful country. Here is a bike you can use, and you can often get a lift to the train-station (and back). At the end of this text you will find links to beautiful places nearby.
Distance to forest: 3 km, to nearest little town 5 km, to the sea 5-20 km – depending on which way you go.

If you stay with us for a longer period you can take some days off to go on a longer trip. We will be happy to share our knowledge about Denmark.

We have 1 lovely fostergirl 13 years old. She needs quite a lot of attention and contact from us. Working with her is our fulltime job – so we will basically be at home all the time. Our focus will always be on her needs first.
Every second weekend we have another girl coming here to stay for the weekend. She lived here before, but now she lives in an institution for young people with autism. In the weekends where she is here, we spend all our time with the kids.

Because of our work with the children, we don't have a very outgoing social life, so for us the social part of the helper-exchange is very important.

The accommodation: You will have a room on your own on top of grandfathers house (very quiet) .

We want to validate the chemistry between us before, so we want to skype/messenger with you before making an appointment.
Thank you for taking time to read all this. We are looking forward to get the chance to give you a wonderful experience.

Languages spoken
Languages spoken
Danish, English, Scandinavian

A room with a nice balkony - view to the old part of the garden.
Here is a bike you can use, and we will often be able to offer you a lift to the nearest town/ and back.

What else ...
What else ...

Nice places to see nearby:
Møns klint:
Nakskov, Albuen:
Maribo domkirke:
Local brewery:
Marielyst strand:
Knuthenborg Safaripark (free entrance):
and many more…

reviews (3)
Helper: Coline Roullet-Marchand Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 19, 2018
I loved staying with Hanne and Simon, They are awesome loving people with a b... view complete review

Helper: Yu hsuan Lin Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Taiwan Date: July 22, 2013
brilliant place!sorry for giving the late review! I stayed in Simon & Hanne'... view complete review

Helper: Rafael Gutiérrez Sánchez Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: December 20, 2012
I stayed with Simon and Hanne from November the 19th to December the 16th. ... view complete review

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