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Country Life Academy
courses & activities at Bogata Šuma

Individual permaculture tour
If you are curious about what we are doing here, you can come as a camping guest, come on a course or enjoy a private tour (with home grown lunch) on appointment. Please mail or call Barbara for the costs and an appointment.

Coming courses and workshops

11 - 15 September '23
Sustainable living and permaculture course >>


Courses and workshops in 2024

29 April - 3 May '24
Introduction to permaculture & sustainale living >>
5 June '24
How to setup your low maintenance garden
22 June '24
Using wild herbs for your health
15 - 19 July '24
Introduction to permaculture & sustainale living >>
19 - 23 August '24
Social permaculture and designing your life course
4 September '24
How to setup your low maintenance garden


Permaculture courses at permaculture farm Bogata Suma

3 - 7 July 2023 at Bogata Šuma, Croatia
Introduction to Permaculture

What is Permaculture? Is it "gardening for hippies" or is there more to it?
What are the ethics and principles and how is this going to save the world?

This week is about how permaculture is a practical method of developing ecologically harmonious, efficient and productive patterns and systems that can be used by anyone, anywhere.

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Art in nature

Monday 21 - Friday 25 August 2023
Course by Jeroen Spijker @ Bogata Šuma

Modeling, sculpting and painting in nature

This creative course (for beginners and advanced) teaches you new techniques and views on your artwork. It can be a nice start in moulding or sculpting, and it's definitely a nice atmosphere for outdoor creativity.

You can choose to deepen your techniques in sculpting, moulding or painting, or a combination of techniques. In the second half of the week you can change materials or techniques.

The result: usually people make two clay figurines, one or two paintings, or a stone sculpture in a week.

More information about the course

Permaculture courses at permaculture farm Bogata Suma

Mon 11 - Fri 15 September 2023

Sustainable living and Permaculture week at Bogata Šuma

This week is an introduction to what is permaculture and how we do permaculture, sustainable living and self sufficiency here at Bogata Šuma.

You will learn about setting up a self sufficient life, skills, planning and designing your food growing systems. What is a food forest and how did we setup ours, 6 ways of composting, how to prune and propagate shrubs and trees. And what do you do with the harvest? We'll speak about storing & preserving techniques, do some fermenting.

This week is also the introduction week for volunteering at Bogata Šuma.

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Are you interested in one of these workshops on a different date, please contact


Past workshops:

Social permaculture for Peace
Practical permaculture weekend
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

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

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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
permaculture teacher Barbara Scheltus
personal development
garden workshops
forest garden workshop
workshop herbs
workshops felting and wool
workshops blacksmithing

Country Life Academy

micro restaurant The Table

volunteering with us
volunteers about us
pictures with volunteers

Camping in nature

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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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