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Volunteering on our permaculture family homestead in these green hills in the heart of Croatia

Here at Bogata Šuma we love to host people from all over the world! It brings us inspiration, new ideas and insights, first hand views on international politics, new games or recipes, a rhythm in our day and fun for us and our kids.

At the moment however, with this corona situation and after the earthquakes, we're only hosting CHEFS and WOOD WORKERS to help us with specific fun tasks.

For other people we have setup a 3 week sustainable living program, who are interested in
- learning about a self sufficient life in harmony with nature,
- permaculture solutions and how they work in practice,
- how you can use permaculture design methods for setting up your own sustainable life

For these people we developed a 3 week hands-on learning program. It is like doing an intensive permaculture course (the Permaculture Design Course/PDC) but you don't have to sit in a chair and listen. Our program is based on doing, designing and experiencing.
>> More about our program below

Learn about permaculture and design in our practical permaculture program for sustainable living

Volunteer work on a permaculture farm in Croatia

Help Peter with constructing cool stuff like a gypsy wagon and furniture

Try out living your dreams

Cook and grow delicious organic food and help Nol (17) to become a chef

Permaculture workshops and craft workshops in nature

If you are a chef, please send us an email with your experience and how you can inspire and help to homeschool our 17 year old son Nol.

If you know your way around with wood and/or construction, Peter would be happy with your help to construct fun stuff. Things like a new gypsy wagon, a solar panel-outdoor kitchen roof, a reciprocal roof, furniture, animal housing... Please email us and tell us about your experience!

As a chef or wood worker we provide you with a comfortable bed and 3 (organic, healthy AND delicious) meals a day.
You work 5 hours a day, 5 days a week, in a small team or alone with Peter. Weekends are off.

For people that want to learn about permaculture, self sufficiency and a sustainable lifestyle, we developed a special program:

Sustainable living program

A 3 week intensive program to learn about practical permaculture in real life. How to design your land and how to design your life with permaculture ethics (earth care, people care and fair share or future care) and principles as decision making tools, and how to implement techniques.

The first week is a (paid) course with possible other participants; in the 2nd and 3rd week we will have time to go deeper into the subjects of the course, and you can finish your personal design.

- what is permaculture, ethics, principles, how do we apply those here
- design methods, social permaculture design
- observing and reading of the landscape,
- how to grow your own food (behind a window, on a balcony, in pots and in a garden),
- techniques for setting up a low maintenance garden,
- growing food in a forest garden ecosystem,
- calculating and growing for self sufficiency,
- setting up multiple income streams for resilience,
- natural building techniques,
- various ways to make compost,
- how to make fertilizers for your plants,
- caring for animals and giving them a function in the system,
- setting up a permaculture greenhouse,
- picking (wild and cultivated) herbs and making herbal tea blends, oils, tinctures, cosmetics and cleaning products,
- processing the harvest: jams, chutneys, fermenting, wine making,
- seed saving

In these 3 weeks we will not only talk about these subjects, but also DO all these things. After the 3 weeks you will have a design for your vegetable growing space, and a design for a part of your life.

The program is 5 hours a day, 5 days a week. Weekends are off.

For € 75,- (550 kuna) per person for the first week, you'll get a practical permaculture course, a comfortable bed and 3 meals a day plus tea breaks.

Only the first week is paid; after that you can stay as a volunteer.


Interested in this program? Contact or call +385955555677.

Hunting bugs with chickens
Using a chicken in the garden to catch caterpillars

David Holmgren's permaculture flower

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Volunteering in Croatia volunteering on a permaculture farm

>> More pictures with volunteers

"Nearly never leaving and having a daily party because of it, the place keeps you there despite planning other things. Building a roof together & you being the most gracious and generous hosts I could wish for. You are brilliant examples of how to live well."

Hannah Hunter, Canada >> more

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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
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venue pictures

picture gallery
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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
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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