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Bogata Suma permaculture farm in Croatia

 

Courses & activities at Bogata Suma

You can also hire Bogata Suma as a venue for your 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 appointment and 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

 

Open farm day & introduction to permaculture

Saturday 24 April, 10:00 - 17:00
Free entry
What is permaculture and how can you use it in your life. Guided tour with examples on the terrain of Bogata Šuma.

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 Suma" ("Rich Forest ") where you can see and experience theory in practise.


Workshop pick and mix your own herbal tea

Saturday 24 juli 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 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
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 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
Zelfgemaakte ketchup en mayonaise zijn niet alleen veel lekkerder, maar ook veeeel gezonder! In gekochte mayonaise zitten minstens 10 ingredienten; wij maken het met 4 ingredienten die iedereen in het keukenkastje heeft staan. Ketchup kun je zo eenvoudig of ingewikkeld maken als je wil. En met tomaten uit onze tuin wordt het gegarandeerd een feest!

Workshop Croatian cooking with a kotlovina

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

Croatian cooking met de kotlovina (een heel grote schotel op een vuurtje) is niet echt voor vegetariers of veganisten. Traditioneel begin je met varkensnek en koteletten, en via worstjes eindig je met aardappels en ui.
Een groot kookfeest dus, en na afloop eten we het allemaal op.
Je reisgezelschap kan mee-eten voor € 20,- per persoon. (natuurlijk maken we er ook een salade bij voor extra vitaminen!)


Workshop easy home made hand cream

Tuesday 10 August 09:30 - 11:30
Entrance: € 15,- or 100 kuna
Tijdens een lockdown in 2020 raakte mijn creme op. Ik maakte al jaren mijn eigen handcremes, maar in voorjaar 2020 maakte ik ook een heerlijke gezichtscreme, met simpele maar zeer effectieve ingredienten! Ik nam mij voor NOOIT meer cremes te kopen want mijn eigen creme voelt beter dan de duurste creme die ik ooit kocht.

Workshop zelf pasta maken

Thursday 12 August 16:30 met aansluitend gezamenlijk diner
Entrance: € 30,-

Met handgemaakte pasta is het net als met tomaten: zodra je zelfgegroeide tomaten hebt geproefd wil je nooit meer een supermarkt tomaat! Zelfgemaakte pasta is net zo'n feest in je mond.
Hoe je eenvoudig en snel zelf spaghetti, tagliatelle of lasagnedeeg maakt, leer je in deze workshop.
Na afloop van de workshop dineren we gezamenlijk. Je reisgezelschap kan mee-eten voor € 20,- per persoon (kids € 12,50)


Workshop Croatian cooking : gulash of grah

Saturday 14 August, 16:30 met aansluitend gezamenlijk diner
Entrance: € 30,-

Gulash en grah zijn beide gerechten die je in een grote pan kunt maken voor 2 dagen. De volgende dag is het altijd lekkerder!
Afterwards we have dinner together. Your travel company can join us for € 20,- per person (kids € 12,50).


Workshop zelf schoonmaakmiddelen maken

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

Zelf effectieve schoonmaakmiddelen maken is zo eenvoudig! Met je eigen waspoeder ben je zo veel goedkoper uit dat je geld overhoudt om etherische olie te kopen voor een lekkere geur.
De ingrediënten voor alle schoonmaakmiddelen zijn goedkoop en simpel in de supermarkt te koop.

Workshop zelf pasta maken: ravioli

Thursday 19 August 16:30 met aansluitend gezamenlijk diner
Entrance: € 30,-

Zelfgemaakte pasta is zo ontzettend veel lekkerder dan gekochte! En als je eenmaal weet hoe je ravioli maakt, kun je lekker gaan experimenteren om je favoriete vulling te vinden.
Na afloop van de workshop dineren we gezamenlijk. Je reisgezelschap kan mee-eten voor €20,- per persoon (kids € 12,50).

Workshop Croatian cooking in de "peka"

Saturday 21 August, 16:30 met aansluitend gezamenlijk diner
Entrance: € 30,-

De peka is een soort "Dutch oven". Een grote gietijzeren schaal met deksel met een kroon erop. Die kroon zorgt ervoor dat de kooltjes van het open vuur op het deksel blijven liggen als je je peka "begraaft" in je kolen. Spectaculair koken!
Afterwards we have dinner together. Your travel company can join us for € 20,- per person (kids € 12,50).

Workshop pluk en mix je eigen kruidenthee

Sunday 22 August 09:30 - 12:00
Entrance: € 15,- or 100 kuna
De workshop start met een wandeling over het terrein waarbij je verschillende wilde kruiden leert kennen. We oogsten de werkzame delen en verwerken ze thuis om te drogen.
Daarna praten we (onder het genot van een kop kruidenthee) over de helende aspecten van kruiden, over het maken van olie en tinctuur. Tot slot mix je je eigen kruidenthee.

Workshop fermenteren en eenvoudig zelf zuurkool maken

Wednesday 25 August 09:30 - 12:00
Entrance: € 15,- or 100 kuna
Met het fermenteren van groenten worden ze gezonder! Zuurkool heeft naast vitamine C ook veel probiotica. En het leukste is: het is heel eenvoudig om zelf te maken en je hebt er alleen een jampot voor nodig! (die hebben wij voor je)
Naast zuurkool kun je ook andere dingen fermenteren.
Je bent welkom bij deze experimenteersessie!


Workshop hartige taart in een handomdraai

Saturday 28 August, 16:30 met aansluitend gezamenlijk diner
Entrance: € 30,-

Snel en eenvoudig een hartige taart bakken met iets groens uit de tuin, eieren, iets romigs en kaas bovenop. Simpel en verukkelijk, en het ziet er feestelijk uit! Dit is de truc om de blits te maken met gasten aan tafel.
Afterwards we have dinner together. Your travel company can join us for € 20,- per person (kids € 12,50).

 

10-daagse Country Life Intensive

Friday 3 - Sunday 12 September
In deze 10-daagse cursus leer je over "alle" aspecten van een voldoeninggevend buitenleven. We leren je vaardigheden en je kunt aan de realisatie van je eigen droom werken.

Doel van het programma is om je een sterke startsituatie te geven voor het ontwikkelen van je eigen levensplannen in de natuur. De verworven basiskennis bespaart je later tijd en geld.

Onderwerpen die aan bod komen:
- Ontwerp je project en je leven,
- Het mensen-deel: gemeenschappen, teambuilding, communicatie, problemen oplossen,
- Land: jouw ideale terrein, lees het landschap, onderhoud,
- Permacultuur ontwerp en omdenken,
- Zelfvoorzienend leven en hoe zet je een onderhoudsarme tuin op.

De thuisbasis tijdens deze cursus is permacultuur paradijs "Bogata Suma" ("Rijk Bos") waar je de theorie in praktijk kunt zien en ervaren.

Ben je geïnteresseerd in een van deze workshops maar zou je die graag op een andere datum hebben, neem dan contact op met Barbara@bogatasuma.eu

 

 

 

Storing and labeling herbs

Herbal health / witches workshop

Saturday 31 October 2020 at Bogata Suma, Croatia
with Barbara Scheltus

In this Haloween 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 go foraging and drying wild herbs, and we will make teas, oils and tinctures. You can mix a herbal tea for yourself or a friend, we will make a tincture and I will show you how you can easily make your own hand cream.

At the end of the day you know about the good properties of herbs and how you can use them for your health.

You will go home with:
- knowledge of when & how to pick, dry, process and store (wild) herbs,
- 25gr your personal herbal tea (perfect for your body),
- 20ml tincture of your choice

Entrance: 100 kuna or some home made products
More information: contact barbara@bogatasuma.eu or call 095-5555677



Kombucha bottled

Ferment your food

Saturday 4 July 2020 at Bogata Suma, Croatia

Fermented foods and drinks not oly have a great taste; they are a boost for your health!

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.

The workshop includes tea, cookies & a fresh organic lunch from our garden, a scoby and enough tibicos for a liter of water kefir.

Entrance: 100 kuna or some home made products
More information: contact barbara@bogatasuma.eu or call 095-5555677

 


Social permaculture design

Practical permaculture in your life

Saturday 12 September 2020 at Bogata Suma, Croatia
with Barbara Scheltus

How do you do permaculture? How do you use ecologically based techniques to build a sustainable, regenerative landscape or life? How can permaculture ethics and principles help us to make sustainable changes to our lives? 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 Suma 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 12 September 2020, 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

 


Open farm day - what is Bogata Suma? Permaculture in practise

Sunday 4 October 2020 at Bogata Suma, Croatia
Would you like to live a rich, self sufficient life in the countryside too? Curious how to setup a permaculture homestead? How to create a sustainable life with multiple income streams and live of the land?

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!

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
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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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