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Jämsä
All Year: no
Area (ha): 20
Persons: 4
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 56124
Country: Finland

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Last Updated: February 28, 2019

This is a permaculture learning center and an eco-village to be starting from the scratch. Sharing life and knowledge. Our volunteers are active members of a small community of equals. We use sociocratic decision making. There is a lot of learning and creativity involved. We work 6 hours, but we engourage our volunteers to follow their feelings and take care of there coping. Usually our volunteers are so enthusiastic that it is more a problem to make them stop and take rest. We plan our work and selebrations according to moon calendar so every second week we might enjoy an extra holiday together prepairing and enjoying something special: day before full moon and day after new moon.
During time off you can go for a swim in the lake, go fishing, hiking or biking, take out the rowing boat or canoe (or kayak if daring enough capsize it), take our dog for a run, do yoga, dance, jump on the trambolin, balance on a slackline, make art, carve wood or make other handicraft with natural materials like birch bark or willow, build your own shelter, sit by the fire, play music, or simply relax in a hammock with a good book from our library. Nearby there is nice hiking routes, a protected area to study old forests, a wooden tipi and a lean-to to to take rest or even to stay overnight.
From May to September we are prepared to host 3-4 hardcore volunteers used to camping conditions. Basic skill needed: handling an ax and a bill, (preferably a chainsaw too), starting a fire in the oven. Minimum stay 1 months. (Shorter visits are possible on special request for skilled enthusiasts, builders, carpenters, gardeners and PDC-holders.) If you are enthusiastic about living in the nature, permaculture, sustainable cultural heritage, natural- and traditional building, sociocracy, talking circles, singing and jamming together, edible and medical herbs, forest garden, fermenting, terra preta... this is your chance! This summer we build sauna by the lake, cellars, outdoor kitchen, greenhouses, lean-to shelters in the forest and by the lake. This is an old farm with 20 ha of land, 300 meters of lake shore protected for flying squirrels and a separate place for sauna by the lake. Old courtyard is also protected. We are learning by doing together. We invite locals to join our work parties and workshops. Possibility to learn traditional Finnish rune singing... Our plan is to start an ecovillage fulfilling all four aspects of the definition: cultural, social, ecological and economic resilience. In our vision it would be possible to live here off grid, outside money-order. Eventually this place will be donated to a foundation making it possible for people to devote themselves to land without owning it.
Our season starts in May. It would be a bit rough still to live in Tärkkilä during winter months. Applicants will be interviewed via skype/zoom fore final decision. We hope to receive your application by the end of March, so that we can take decitions beginning of April. We keep one bed free for shorter visits by skilled enthusiasts. Also volunteers with own accommodation (tent/camping car...) may apply later.

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