In 2018 we build a lot of the basic facilities like a field kitchen, compost toilet and running water. 2019 I will be focused on cleaning the land, building stairs, electricity, vegetable garden, beekeeping and a outdoor bath. Also I hope to start to renovate an old house in the village to begin with the roof.
Helping hands are always welcome. The current situation is very back to basic, so if this makes you happy, please come and join the fun! I have extra tents for accommodation.
I offer free food and accommodation in return for 25 hours of work per week. You are also very welcome to come here and stay for a while if you want to work less hours, or not at all. In this case I ask for a financial contributions between 5 to 10 euro’s per person per night, depending on how much you work, eat along and want to contribute. If you really want to get a taste of this way of living close to nature, we encourage you to stay for at least 10 days. If you want to use the offer of free food and accommodation in return for work, the minimum stay is 2 weeks, so you get the chance to settle in, learn some things and be able to contribute a little bit (or a lot, if you’re a quick learner or staying longer).
I am able to accommodate short stays of less than 10 days (20,- p.p. per night, all meals included).
On appointment I can give a guided, 3 hours tour on the land/hike through the magic valley (1 pers., 25,- / 2 pers. 40,- / more pers. 15,- pp extra).
Wild nature and aloneness
This magic valley I am living in is not a sweet and mellow Alpine meadow. Don’t imagine Maria, the governess of the Von Trapp children, dancing through the grass in ’The Sound of Music’. Rather think of Indiana Jones, making it’s way through steep and rocky mountains, passing waterfalls, thick vegetation and fallen trees. You need a good physical condition and an adventurous mind to love it here.
There are three tiny, sweet and rural villages in the area and I am blessed to have a bunch of wonderful neighbors sharing my way of living. To get to those villages and those neighbors you will have to hike for 20 minutes, or you can drive with me in my electrical jeep when I am going there. The local cafés in two of these villages sell some basic groceries like bread, cheese, (chocolate) cookies, pasta, rice and sugar. To do our weekly shopping I drive to a larger village, half an hour away, and you are welcome to join me.
On my land we are pretty isolated, and if you come here please be aware that there will be lot’s of hours that you will spend alone with nature or with maybe 2 to 5 other people. If you are used to a life in the city and a lot of social interactions, this aloneness can be deeply nurturing, but also extremely confronting. Without all the city distractions, most people are faced with their longings, fears, expectations and boundaries. Moving through these you have the chance to come to a place of deep surrender and wonder, and to a connection with yourself and nature that feels extremely alive. This can be a difficult process though, and I ask people only to come if they feel ready to accept this challenge and are able to carry themselves in this process.
Back-to-basic and ‘work’
To stay here you can use my tents for guests (with a mattress, bed sheets and woolen blankets), or bring your own. There is a compost toilet, a basic field kitchen and a hammock. To shower you can use a little waterfall or the stream. On appointment you can use the wood heated hot shower at the yurt where I am staying. Winter is cold in this area and I don’t have a heated space for guests yet. So I welcome people from March till September. March and April can bring nice sunny days, and the hills get covered with colorful flowers, but evenings, nights and mornings can still be pretty wet and cold. Those two months are therefore mostly suitable for the well trained campers, who love the more extreme weather camping, or for people who bring their own warm space in the form of a campervan.
The work is diverse and ranges from easy to more difficult tasks. Most of it is (very) physical and makes you dirty (or wet). I am not always there to work together, and I don’t like to count your hours. I use breakfast as an anchor point in the day and this is a moment to come together and talk about the day(s) ahead. Most of the days there is a list of things that need doing and you can choose when to do them and how to divide your working hours. There might also be days that we need to do bigger things together and ask you to join us during specific hours.
Staying with me means getting to know a way of living close to nature. A simple yet complex way. A sweet yet hard life. These mountains offer crystal clear water, clean air, lots of hiking opportunities, sunshine, waterfalls, and so much more. You are welcome to come explore with me
If you want to visit our place, please send me a message (e-mail or Facebook) with the answers to the following questions.
- What attracts you to spending time in nature?
- What is your experience with camping and back-to-basic living? (please be specific)
- What is your experience with spending time alone? (please be specific)
- What do you think you will gain from being in my valley?
- What do you think will be challenging for you?
- When would you like to come, and how long do you want to stay?
- Would you like to work, and if yes, what kind of work do you look forward to?
- Are you coming by car/van/hitch-hiking, or would you like a pickup from the bus station?
- Do you bring your own tent, or would you like to use ours?