Bhudeva

Bhudeva
Contact person: 
Iulia Sara
Languages spoken on the farm: 
English (main), Romanian, Dutch, Portuguese, Hebrew.
Description of the area: 
Between hills, in a valley, surrounded by Mother Nature, outside the village, in silence :)
What do you grow on the farm: 
We only have a small garden, experimenting how, starting some perennial gardening, dreaming of forest gardening for the future.
Farm size: 
Bhudeva it's about 9 ha.
Months when they accept voulteers: 
We only invite volunteers for specific projects, previously announced. Please check with us if we have an ongoing project and we are open for volunteers.
Volunteer activities: 
We are, for the first time since starting this adventure called Bhudeva, considering inviting volunteers to partake in the earth-bag cellar project. This is that invitation. If you are interested in being with us here at Bhudeva and experiencing earth-bag construction first hand then please read through this invitation with care. It contains valuable information that will hopefully help you understand what the invitation is and if it is relevant for you. Schedule We have been developing this project since early spring. After much preparation we have taken major steps forward into the construction phase. After experimentation and learning we feel we have arrived at a working process which we can share with others. For the coming weeks we will be entering a flowing construction phase which involves building up the walls and preparing the structure for burial. There is a lot of physical work involved and we can benefit from more helping hands in doing it. The work is also becoming clear and organized enough that we feel we can bring others into the process. Moving around a lot of soil interlaced with some other tasks. It is a lot of physical work. The work... If you approach it with seriousness and force you may experience it is as difficult … and probably not get far. If you are playful and curious and are interested in learning to pace yourself and move gracefully and make every shovel swing good … it can be grounding, pleasant and even meditative. If you rush it, it is hard-going, if you pace yourself with correct effort you make good, reliable progress.
Accommodation: 
You will be camping in a tent (that you need to bring with you). We do not yet have built structures to house other people. We have one small house which is a private space and we prefer to keep is that way. We have one composting toilet in the house. If you stay here for a few days or more, you will learn not just to use it (make contributions) but also learn to care for it (emptying it in our humanure hacienda). If you are staying here for a few days we will provide you with a short warm shower at the end a working day. We know how precious this can be, we treasure it and expect you will too. We have a small outdoor kitchen. We eat mostly vegetables and fruits, with some dairy productions and eggs. Most of it locally (in the village) produced.
Diet: 
We mostly eat vegetarian, dietary produce and eggs.
A few words about the family: 
Bhudeva has, over the years, settled into distinct rhythms and patterns. It is hard to describe them, but as we write these words we feel that the people currently here (there are three of us) share an interest in practicing an authentic, grounded presence. We trust that our individual pursuits of these qualities result in a good shared existence. This is a delicate, intimate and sometimes challenging pursuit both individually and collectively. Almost everything we do here is in service to that exploration. So while superficially it make look like we are making an earthbag cellar, we are actually practicing being authentically present and true to ourselves while doing the actions that lead to an earthbag cellar. If our actions (big or small) do not support our individual practices of being authentically present we stop doing them and reconsider.
Pets: 
we have two outside dogs, neutered females.