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Courses & activities at Bogata Suma

You can also hire Bogata Suma as a venue for your own event!


Individual permaculture tour
If you are curious about what we are doing here, what we have built and how our beautiful land looks, you can visit us on an open farm day or by appointment. You will get a guided tour for € 5,- per person.
In the tour you will see the vegetable park, the food savannah and the food forest, the polyculture nut orchard and you can learn about our permaculture solutions.
Please mail or call Barbara for an appointment.


Courses and workshops 2021

Saturday 24 April - open farm day, introduction to permaculture
Friday 7 - Sunday 16 May - 10 day Country Life Intensive
Friday 18 - Sunday 27June - 10 day Country Life Intensive
Saturday 24 juli - Pick and mix your own herbal tea
Sunday 25 juli - Croatian cooking in the "peka"
Wednesday 28 juli - Pick and mix your own herbal tea
Saturday 31 juli - Croatian cooking : sarma (fermented cabbage rolls)
Tuesday 3 August - Smoking fish and meat
Thursday 5 August - Home made mayonaise and ketchup
Saturday 7 August - Croatian cooking : kotlovina
Tuesday 10 August - Make your own hand cream
Thursday 12 August - Easy home made pasta
Saturday 14 August - Croatian cooking : grah/gulash
Tuesday 17 August - Make your own cleaning products
Thursday 19 August - Home made pasta: ravioli
Saturday 21 August - Croatian cooking in the peka
Sunday 22 August - Pick and mix your own herbal tea
Wednesday 25 August - Easy home made sauerkraut
Saturday 28 August - Easy quiche
Friday 3- Sunday 12 September: 10 day Country Life Intensive
Saturday 11 September - Social permaculture design

 

Open farm day & introduction to permaculture

Saturday 24 April, 10:00 - 17:00
Free entry
Come, see and enjoy our simple but rich life in the countryside. How we work with permaculture ethics, principles and designs, and live a life that can be enjoyed for 7 generations in the future.

What is permaculture and how can you use it in your life. Guided tour with examples on the terrain of Bogata Šuma.
In the tour you will see the vegetable park, the food savannah and the food forest, the polyculture nut orchard and you can learn about our permaculture solutions.

Bring your seeds/seedlings/plants/jams/ajvar/syrup/other home made stuff so we can swap!
For sale or swap on this day: organic seeds, herbs, vegetables, kombucha SCOBY, waterkefir, tinctures, herbal teas and more.

Program

12:00 Welcome
13:00 Guided tour over the terrain
14:00 organic lunch available for 75,- kuna per person
16:00 end of the day

Bogata Suma
Zivkovic Kosa 11, 47220 Vojnic
>> How to get here

 

10-Day Country Life Intensive

Friday 7- Sunday 16 May
and/or Friday 18 - Sunday 27June 2021

In this 10-day course you will learn about "all" aspects of a fulfilling life in nature. Theory and practical, and you can work on your pathway to realise your own dream life.

This program is meant to give you a good headstart for developing your own life plans in nature. The knowledge and skills gained in this course, will safe you lots of time and money later.

Topics in this course:
- Design your project, design your life,
- the people-part: communities, team building, communication, problem solving,
- Land: your ideal terrain, reading the landscape, maintenance,
- Permaculture design and thinking differently,
- Self sufficient life and how to setup an easy, low maintenance garden.

The home base for this course is permaculture paradise "Bogata Šuma" ("Rich Forest ") where you can see and experience theory in practise.


Storing and labeling herbs

Workshop pick and mix your own herbal tea

Saturday 24 juli 09:30 - 12:00
Entrance: € 15,- or 100 kuna
In this full moon workshop we will pick, dry and process herbs for medicinal use, make a herbal tea, a tincture and a herbal oil.
We will start with a walk over the terrain to find some wild herbs. You will learn how to recognise them and what parts to use. We will harvest them and process them for drying and storage.
While sipping from a nice cup of freshly brewed tea, we will talk about the healing aspects of herbs, about making herbal oils and tinctures. At the end of the day you know about the good properties of herbs and how you can use them for your health.
You can mix your own favorite tea blend to bring home.

You will go home with:
- knowledge of when & how to pick, dry, process and store (wild) herbs,
- 25gr your personal herbal tea

Workshop Croatian cooking in a "peka"

Sunday 25 juli, 16:30 with dinner afterwards
Entrance: € 30,-

The peka is like a "Dutch oven". A big cast iron pan with a lid. Except that the lid has a crown, so that ambers from the fire can rest on it to cook the food inside. Spectaculair cooking!
Afterwards we will have dinner together. You can bring your travel companions. For them dinner costs € 20,- per person / € 12,50 for kids.

Pick and mix your own herbal tea

Wednesday 28 juli 10:30 - 13:00
Entrance: € 15,- or 100 kuna
In this full moon workshop we will pick, dry and process herbs for medicinal use, make a herbal tea, a tincture and a herbal oil.
We will start with a walk over the terrain to find some wild herbs. You will learn how to recognise them and what parts to use. We will harvest them and process them for drying and storage.

While sipping from a nice cup of freshly brewed tea, we will talk about the healing aspects of herbs, about making herbal oils and tinctures. At the end of the day you know about the good properties of herbs and how you can use them for your health.
You can mix your own favorite tea blend to bring home.

You will go home with:
- knowledge of when & how to pick, dry, process and store (wild) herbs,
- 25gr your personal herbal tea

Workshop Croatian cooking: sarma (fermented cabbage rolls)

Saturday 31 juli, 16:30 with dinner afterwards
Entrance: € 30,-

Sarma is an authentic Croatian dish. The ingredients are a pickled cabbage head, rice and minced meat, or mushrooms for vegetarians.
Afterwards we will have dinner together. You can bring your travel companions. For them dinner costs € 20,- per person / € 12,50 for kids.


Workshop smoking fish and meat

Tuesday 3 August, 10:00
Entrance: € 20,-
We will start this workshop with visiting the farmers market in Vojnic. The fishmonger hopefully has fresh mackarel from the coast, that he drives straight to Vojnic. Sausages we buy from a local farmer. His mother has 12 cows and a fluctuating number of pigs. She makes sausages and cheese.
We hang our stuff in the home-made smokehouse and smoke it over cherry or plum woodchips.


Workshop easy homemade mayonaise and ketchup

Thursday 5 August 16:00 - 17:00
Entrance: € 15,- or 100 kuna
Home made ketchup and mayonnaise are not only much tastier, they are also much healthier! Store bought mayonaise has at least 10 ingredients, while we use only 4 (that you will have in your kitchen).
Ketchup you can make as easy or complicated as you wish. But with home grown tomatoes we will guarantee a fantastic flavor!

Workshop Croatian cooking with a kotlovina

Saturday 7 August 17:00 with dinner afterwards
Entrance: € 35,-

Croatian cooking with the kotlovina (a big dish on an open fire) is not meant for vegetariers or vegans. Traditionally you start with roasting the neck of a pig and pork chops, and via sausages you will end with potatoes and onions.
So this will be a feast, and afterwards we will eat it all. With a salad from the garden.
You can bring your travel companions. For them dinner costs € 20,- per person / € 12,50 for kids.


Workshop easy home made hand cream

Tuesday 10 August 09:30 - 11:30
Entrance: € 15,- or 100 kuna
During the first corona lockdown in 2020 I was out of facial cream. For years I have made my own hand creams, and this was a great opportunity to experiment to make a (less greasy) facial cream. With simple and effective ingredients! I decided to never in my life buy another facial cream, because mine felt better than the most expensive one I ever bought!

Workshop home made pasta

Thursday 12 August 16:30 with dinner afterwards
Entrance: € 30,-

With hoome made pasta it is like with home grown tomatoes: the moment you taste it, you can never go back to store bought! Home made pasta is a joy to eat, and nothing like the dull, bland stuff you buy, that needs a ton of sauce to make it good.
In this workshop you will learn how you can make home made pasta the quick and easy way. Delicious spaghetti, tagliatelle or lasagne dough.
Afterwards we will have dinner together. You can bring your travel companions. For them dinner costs € 20,- per person / € 12,50 for kids.


Workshop Croatian cooking: gulash of grah

Saturday 14 August, 16:30 with dinner afterwards
Entrance: € 30,-

Gulash and grah are both delicious Croatian dishes that you can easily scale up for a group, or prepare the day before. The next day it tastes even better!
Afterwards we have dinner together. Your travel company can join us for € 20,- per person (kids € 12,50).


Workshop home made cleaning products

Tuesday 17 August 09:00 - 10:30
Entrance: € 15,- or 100 kuna

Make your own organic, effective, even "edible" cleaning products! It is easy, cheap and much better for the planet. With making your own washing powder (or liquid) you safe yourself so much money that you can buy the best essential oils for adding a good smell.
All ingrediënts for all cleaning products are easy to get in a supermarkt.

Workshop home made pasta: ravioli

Thursday 19 August 16:30 with dinner afterwards
Entrance: € 30,-

Home made pasta is sooo much nicer and tastier than store bought! And once you get the hang of making ravioli, you can start experimenting with fantastic fillings.
Afterwards we have dinner together. Your travel company can join us for € 20,- per person (kids € 12,50).

Workshop Croatian cooking with a "peka"

Saturday 21 August, 16:30 with dinner afterwards
Entrance: € 30,-

The peka is like a "Dutch oven". A big cast iron pan with a lid. Except that the lid has a crown, so that ambers from the fire can rest on it to cook the food inside. Spectaculair cooking!
Afterwards we will have dinner together. You can bring your travel companions. For them dinner costs € 20,- per person / € 12,50 for kids.

Workshop pick and mix your own herbal tea

Sunday 22 August 09:30 - 12:00
Entrance: € 15,- or 100 kuna
We will start with a walk over the terrain to find some wild herbs. You will learn how to recognise them and what parts to use. We will harvest them and process them for drying and storage.
While sipping from a nice cup of freshly brewed tea, we will talk about the healing aspects of herbs, about making herbal oils and tinctures. You can mix your own favorite tea blend to bring home.

Workshop fermenting and sauerkraut

Wednesday 25 August 09:30 - 12:00
Entrance: € 15,- or 100 kuna
Fermented foods and drinks not oly have a great taste; they are a boost for your health! With fermenting vegetables, you can make them healthier and easier to digest for your body.

Store bought yoghurt doesn't have half as many probiotics as home made yoghurt. Same for sauerkraut*, kimchi**, turshya***, kefir****, kombucha*****...
And making it yourself is actually quite easy. All you need, you probably already have in your kitchen. (knife, jar, salt)

* Sauerkraut is fermented cabbage. With fermenting red cabbage you also bring in anti oxidants!
** Kimchi is the Korean variety, with red hot chili pepper, onion, garlic and ginger.
*** Turshia is the Eastern European name for various fermented vegetables.
**** Kefir can be made with water and sugar (for refreshing waterkefir), or milk (the kefir you can get in shops).
***** Kombucha is a fizzy sweet & sour drink, made of fermented black tea

In this workshop we will show you how easy it is to ferment vegetables or drinks at home. you know how to make all this yourself, and what supplies you need. You will get the special needs, like a "scoby" for kombucha and "tibicos" for waterkefir.


Workshop easy quiche

Saturday 28 August, 16:30 with dinner afterwards
Entrance: € 30,-

Delicious, quick and easy with simple ingredients. That is our favorite way of cooking! You need something green from the garden, eggs, flour, butter, something creamy and cheese on top. Simply delicious, and usually impressive. Our go-to for extra guests at the dinner table.
Afterwards we have dinner together. Your travel company can join us for € 20,- per person (kids € 12,50).

 

10 day Country Life Intensive

Friday 3 - Sunday 12 September
In this 10-day course you will learn about "all" aspects of a fulfilling life in nature. Theory and practical, and you can work on your pathway to realise your own dream life.

This program is meant to give you a good headstart for developing your own life plans in nature. The knowledge and skills gained in this course, will safe you lots of time and money later.

Topics in this course:
- Design your project, design your life,
- the people-part: communities, team building, communication, problem solving,
- Land: your ideal terrain, reading the landscape, maintenance,
- Permaculture design and thinking differently,
- Self sufficient life and how to setup an easy, low maintenance garden.

The home base for this course is permaculture paradise "Bogata Šuma" ("Rich Forest ") where you can see and experience theory in practise.

Social permaculture design

Social permaculture design

Saturday 11 September 2021 at Bogata Suma, Croatia
with Barbara Scheltus

How do you do permaculture? How do you use ecologically based techniques to build a sustainable, regenerative life? How can permaculture ethics and principles help us to make sustainable changes? How to create a healthier and happier ecosystem for a peaceful, connective life and a positive, regenerative future?

This will be a day about designing and implementing permaculture ethics and principles in everyday's life. Conscious design and action, even for city people!
You will leave the workshop with a personal design to improve your life.

We will use Looby Macnamara's Design Web, with a nice balance between theory and practise. Her Design Web is an effective toolkit that translates the use of permaculture ethics & principles, and helps you design for people based systems.

Bogata Šuma is a permaculture venue and camp ground where you can enjoy a permaculture holiday in Croatia's pure nature. For this workshop you can bring your own tent if you travel from far.

Saturday 11 September 2021, 10:00 - 16:00 at Bogata Suma, Croatia
Including tea, coffee, cookies and a lunch break
Entrance: 150 kuna / € 25,- or some home made products
More information: contact barbara@bogatasuma.eu or call 095-5555677


Are you interested in one of these workshops on a different date, please contact Barbara@bogatasuma.eu

 


Past workshops:

Cultural Emergence Effective Design course, with Looby Macnamara
Fermenting: how to make wine, kombucha, kefir, kimchi, yoghurt & sourdough bread
Setting up an organic garden
Permaculture at Bogata Suma
Permaculture & Forest garden design weekend
Foraging and processing herbs
Sourdough bread and raw sheepwool
permaculture design chicken garden
Keeping happy healthy animals for organic meat
Blacksmithing
Self sufficiency weekend



"I learned much here and I hope I have taught you all a thing or two as well. One day I'll come back, also for the Bukovica festival, and you can be sure I'll be asking you too many questions again."
Colin Drake, United States of America



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