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Bogata Suma ("rich forest")

Bogata Šuma is established in 2009 to let us (the Scheltus family) live a natural life in the countryside of Croatia, and to inspire others to make natural choices.
We host camping guests in an edible landscape that slowly transforms into a polyculture nut orchard.

The familyBogata Suma now is a permaculture family homestead on the top of a hill in the forests of Croatia. We lead a simple, healthy, mostly self sufficient life as practical realists. We like to create a sustainable habitat by following nature's patterns.

You can find our permaculture designs on Barbara's page.

Originally we come from citylife in The Netherlands (Amsterdam and Leiden); in 2009 we moved to Croatia. Peter because he always dreamed of living in nature, Barbara because she wanted to live a permaculture live in self sufficiency.
We use permaculture principles to develop our terrain and our life. We care for the earth, for the people around us, for the future and we like to share our abundance.

Volunteering with usBesides guests we also host volunteers (from all over the world) that want to learn about setting up a self sufficient permaculture homestead. What is permaculture, how do we apply permaculture in our lives and how can you use it in your life. You can see how we observed our land and our life, thought of solutions for our needs, put a design on paper and how this is implemented on the terrain and in our lives.
Most of them are interested in seeing permaculture being used, to compare our designs to reality, hear about our lessons learned. We like to show them easy ways to grow (part of) their food and how to use nature to help you live a healthier life. We aim to inspire people to think differently, more natural.



Article in The Optimist



Article (in Dutch) in The Optimist

article in Sensa magazine
>> Article in Sensa about volunteering in Croatia

Article about our area, with interview at the end
Article in Jutarnji list
Article about us in the morning newspaper
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Bogata Šuma

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

Barbara Scheltus
Peter Scheltus

digital nomads welcome!

artist in residence

eco venue Croatia
venue with organic food
venue pictures

picture gallery
pictures forest garden
pictures natural home
pictures ecological garden


Permaculture farm in Croatia

permaculture @ Bogata Suma
permaculture principles 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
our permaculture designs
natural resources
compost and fertilizers

goat stable
rabbit palace
chicken garden design
permaculture greenhouse
forest gardens
food forest
food savannah
net and pan orchard
tree guillds
garden projects
- terraced garden beds
- keyhole gardens
- edible fence
natural playground
natural playground design
the house
strawbale insulation
compost toilet
summer kitchen
natural swim pond


What we do

calender of workshops & courses
permaculture workshops
Cultural Emergence
permaculture teacher Barbara Scheltus

Country Life Academy

micro restaurant The Table

volunteering with us
volunteers about us
pictures with volunteers

Camping in nature

in Google maps

Camping in nature
Our permaculture camp site

"eco" for us
Welcome at our table
Our ideas about food

venue in nature in Croatia
venue with catering
venue pictures


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