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Bogata Suma permaculture farm in Croatia


"Permaculture retreat" at Bogata Suma

Permaculturists that want to experience a sustainable lifestyle on a permaculture farm are welcome at Bogata Suma. Especially people that want to work on their own designs and/or help us with our permaculture designs are welcome.

Wood work with volunteersVolunteering at Bogata Suma (3 weeks or longer) is like having a permaculture retreat. You can learn about land based and social permaculture, designing for 12 hectares and smaller projects, and applying social permaculture.

Together with us you can work on your own designs or make a personal permaculture design to improve your life, while being on a beautiful permaculture homestead.
Barbara is a permaculture facilitator on her diploma pathway; Peter is a personal development trainer and coach.

In a program for 3 or more weeks you can learn about how to apply the permaculture ethics and principles in your life.
For us permaculture is about designing your land and your life, so you can expect to see many examples of implementing permaculture.
We can discuss our land based designs (overall design for Bogata Ĺ uma, nut orchard design, the food savannah design, chicken garden design, grey water cleaning swim pond...) and the personal permaculture designs. Like Barbara's permaculture facilitator pathway design, Speak fluent Croatian design, our family's health and wellbeing design and our elderly community design.

Hunting bugs with chickens

You can learn about organic gardening, no-dig, polyculture and companion plants, several ways of composting and mulching, about how we keep our animals happy & healthy, about self sufficiency and how we ferment food.
Depending on the season and our priorities you can learn about building with natural materials (straw, clay, wood), making natural paint and applying it, pruning or cutting trees, turning grass into animal food, foraging herbs and mushrooms, turn herbs into medicine, harvest vegetables, fruits and nuts and preserve them for winter...

If you are interested in a permaculture retreat and you can stay for 3 weeks or longer, you can write us (Peter and Barbara) about you, what you want to learn for your future, your skills and in what way you want to live your life.

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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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Bogata Suma

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Barbara Scheltus
Peter Scheltus

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- keyhole gardens
- edible fence
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Country Life Academy

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