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Volunteering at Bogata Šuma

We love to host young people from all over the world! It brings us inspiration, new ideas and insights, views on politics, new games or recipes, a rhythm in our day and fun for our kids.


Wood work with volunteersYou are welcome to come and volunteer on our permaculture family homestead in the green hills in the heart of Croatia.
We are looking for nature lovers that want to learn all about setting up a sustainable and self reliant life in the countryside. People that can stay for 4 weeks or longer, or even want to stay "forever" in a nice spot on our 12 hectares.

We live a simple, healthy, colorful, holistic lifestyle as practical realists. We like to create a sustainable habitat by following nature's patterns.
We use permaculture principles to develop our terrain and our life. We care for the earth, for the people around us, for the future and we like to share our abundance with you.
Our homestead is slowly growing into a permaculture nut farm and edible landscape where people can camp for a peaceful holiday in nature.

This season (2021)

In this (Corona virus) period we are preparing for better times, by constructing fantastic gypsy wagons, and maybe also a well-designed wooden tiny house for (tourist) families.
Carpenters, wood workers and people with experience in construction are therefore very welcome!

Another line of our development is in the kitchen. Our son Nol (17) wants to be a chef so professional cooks are extra welcome!

Turning our terrain into a beautiful edible landscape with camping spots

Volunteer work on a permaculture farm in Croatia

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

Try out living your dreams

Cooking delicious and helping Nol (17) on his pathway to become a chef

Permaculture workshops and craft workshops in nature

On our homestead you can learn about permaculture and how to implement practical permaculture solutions in life. You can learn about self sufficiency and a lot of skills to get there, like how to setup a low maintenance garden, using animals for certain tasks, scything grass and making hay, wine making, composting in many ways...

We live a simple but abundant, mostly self sufficient life off the land. We love to prepare delicious dishes with ingredients from the garden, the terrain and our stable. We like to make our own (sourdough) bread, crackers, cookies, wine, beer, jams, syrups, sauerkraut, yogurt, mayonnaise, kimchi & kefir. We love fermented food!
We collect various (medicinal) herbs for the kitchen, for tea, tinctures and oils. We make our own cosmetic products and cleaning products.

We live with quite some animals: 5 cats (mouse & squirrel catchers), 2 dogs (for fun and to guard the other animals), various amounts of rabbits (manure and meat producers) and chickens (compost turners, bug hunters, for eggs & meat), bees (but we are newbie beekeepers) and soon also turkeys, goats and sheep (terrain cleaners for milk, wool and meat). And Barbara wants a peacock.

Hunting bugs with chickens

You can help us (4-5 hours per day, 5 days a week, for at least 4 weeks) with construction work, furniture making, the garden, making the camp site more beautiful and turning the terrain into an edible landscape. The garden needs a fence, the paths need wood chips mulch, we can do some pruning, taking care of the (polyculture, no dig) garden, the forest garden or the food savannah, composting and mulching with various methods, and you can help us with everyday's tasks. Like taking care of the animals, making jam, drying fruits, collecting seeds, hunting bugs...

You need a certain amount of independence, curiosity, flexibility and fun and don't mind dirty hands, curious cats and noisy kids :-)
If you eat vegan or your main motivation is consuming travelling and to have a cheap place to stay, please do not apply. 

Please write a personal message (to Peter and Barbara) about you, what you want to learn, why, what we can learn from you, your skills and your dream future, so we can setup a good stay for you.
We normally get more than 400 requests a year so you need to make it a PERSONAL message with your motivation!


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"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."

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