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Permaculture design for your life

Start designing your way to abundance on our hands-on permaculture design course!
At Bogata Suma you can experience a permaculture lifestyle, as you gain the necessary skills to implement permaculture in your own life.

When: 15-24 April 2022
permaculture farm Bogata Šuma, Vojnic, Croatia
Costs: € 670,- including a bed in a 2-persons room and 3 meals per day

If you are under 18 or over 70 or you have a low income, you can ask to pay the low rate of € 400,-

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Experience and enjoy permaculture in practise at our homestead Bogata Šuma!
Together we can discover how permaculture can be a solution to many (world) problems.

For us, permaculture is an inspiring way to design our land and life in a sustainable way. Growing almost all of our food, staying healthy with home grown herbal remedies (teas, oils, tinctures) and natural building techniques is part of that.
We love to use permaculture principles to develop our land and our lives. We take care of the earth, of the people around us and we love to share our knowledge, skills and good food from the garden.

The program

Permaculture is about designing with nature, by observing her functions, patterns, connections and systems. Social permaculture is about growing, protecting and cultivating thriving people and environments. It is about creating a healthier and happier ecosystem for a peaceful, connective life and a positive, regenerative future.
In this workshop we will work with permaculture ethics and principles to help us make sustainable choices for a more peaceful world.

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.
You will make a personal design for an aspect of your life that you want to improve

Within the first 3 months following the course you can have 2 consultancy calls with us, to bring your theoretical and practical knowledge together for your situation.

Subjects covered

- What is permaculture, what is designing,
- Living with permaculture ethics and principles, social permaculture,
- Reading the landscape,
- Natural building techniques,
- Energy and resources (low and high tech),
- Water (rain water collection, swales, ponds, grey water filtering),
- Soil (types, erosion, nurturing, soil life),
- Animals and wildlife (functions, habitat, how to attract or repel),
- Growing food, polyculture, sowing, planting plants and trees, orchards, designing a garden, a forest garden,"weeds"
- Feeding plants and trees (compost types, natural fertilizers, mulch),
- Processing the harvest: jams, wine making, fermenting
- Herbs (foraging, drying, making teas, oils and tinctures)

In the afternoons you have time to work on your own designs, to explore the area or swim in the river.


Peter and Barbara Scheltus live with their kids on permaculture farm Bogata Šuma in Croatia. They live almost food-self sufficient, have hosted over 200 volunteers over the last 10 years. Recently they have setup a Country Life Academy and now they are growing a village on their hill top.

Barbara has been working with permaculture ethics and principles for more than 15 years now. She designed for land and for life, teaches people how to bring permaculture into practise and how to design for personal and social issues.
Barbara works with Looby Macnamara (“People and Permaculture”) and Delvin Solkinson. She learned also from international teachers like Rosemary Morrow, Mark Shepard, Rakesh and Taco Blom.

Peter is a life coach and personal development trainer, a visionary project developer and skilled craftsman. He used to be a blacksmith; now he prefers working with wood to make beautiful things.
He has been trained by many international trainers on various subjects of personal development.

The venue

Permaculture farm Bogata Šuma is situated on the top of a hill in the heart of Croatia, with forests all around. We have been on this land since 2005, after it was abandoned by the previous owners after the Yugoslavian war. 15 Years ago we found a jungle with overgrown fruit and nut trees, and we turned it into a beautiful edible landscape where guests have been enjoying camping holidays ever since.

This program is designed for people who want to know (and experience) more about permaculture, about living a happy life on the land and living with nature in a sustainable way.


When: 15-24 April 2022
permaculture farm Bogata Šuma, Vojnic, Croatia
a full permaculture training and practical knowledge
Costs: € 670,- including a bed in a 2-persons room and 3 meals per day

If you are under 18 or over 70 or you have a low income, you can ask to pay the low rate of € 400,-

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More information: or call +385 (0)95 5555 677


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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
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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

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

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