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Bogata Suma permaculture farm in Croatia




"Permaculture retreat" at Bogata Suma

From March to November we host volunteers that want to learn about a different lifestyle. We select adventurous people that are looking for alternatives to absorbing jobs.
They come to Bogata Suma for a month or longer, and we teach them about a self sufficient, independent life, about the ways of nature and permaculture, about teaming up with nature to feed the earth, the soil, wildlife and ourselves.
We aim to inspire these people to life a simple, fulfilling life in the countryside, in harmony with nature.

Volunteering at Bogata Suma is like having a permaculture retreat. You can learn all about permaculture and a sustainable, self sufficient lifestyle while being in a beautiful permaculture homestead.
Peter can help you on your personal path to a fulfilling life for you; Barbara gives you tools to live more in harmony with nature.

In a program for 4 or more weeks you can learn about permaculture, the ethics and it's principles and how to make that practical in life.
For us permaculture is about designing your land and your life, so you can expect to see many examples.
We can discuss the permaculture designs for our land (overall design for the land, nut orchard design, chicken garden design, grey water cleaning swim pond design...) and the ones we made personally. Like Barbara's permaculture facilitator pathway design and Speak fluent Croatian pathway design.

You can learn about organic gardening, no-dig, polyculture and companion plants, several ways of composting and mulching, about how we keep our animals happy & healthy, how we ferment and make bread, yoghurt, wine, kefir and kombucha. Of course we also make our own mayonaise, ketchup, crackers and cookies.

If you are interested and you can stay for a month or longer, you can write us (Peter and Barbara) about you, what you want to learn for your future, your skills and in what way you want to live your life.

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Some of the projects we have been working on with volunteers:

Ecological garden

Forest gardens

Food savannah

Edible fence/branches wall

Outdoor kitchen & Lounge area

Natural playground

Terraced garden beds

Keyhole gardens

Natural swimming pond/water cleaning pond

Animal housing

Chicken garden

Ecological construction work

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"Nearly never leaving and having a daily party because of it, the place keeps you there despite planning other things. Building a roof together & you being the most gracious and generous hosts I could wish for. You are brilliant examples of how to live well."

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Bogata Suma

about us
you're welcome
the name Bogata Suma
"eco" for us
self sufficienct living

Barbara Scheltus
Peter Scheltus

volunteering with us
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Permaculture farm in Croatia

permaculture @ Bogata Suma
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our permaculture designs
natural resources
compost and fertilizers

forest gardens
food forest
food savannah
net and pan orchard
permaculture greenhouse
garden project
- terraced garden beds
- keyhole gardens
- edible fence
chicken garden design
natural playground
naural playground design
ecological construction
natural swim pond



calender of workshops & courses
permaculture workshops
permaculture teacher Barbara Scheltus
personal development
garden workshops
forest garden workshop
workshop herbs
workshops felting and wool
workshops blacksmithing


Camping in nature
Eco camp site
welcome at our table

Bogata Suma,   GPS 45.21798,15.41358,   Call +385-95-5555677,   mail