Acasa la Gugu

Acasa la Gugu
Contact person: 
Sabin Muresan
Languages spoken on the farm: 
Romanian, English - fluent, French, Spanish, German and Hungarian - basic to moderate
Description of the area: 
Hilly area at 630m altitude.
What do you grow on the farm: 
We grow fruits and vegetables according to permaculture and forest gardening. We don't have livestock.
Farm size: 
5 hectares for hay and grazing + 2 hectares (and growing) for gardening and fruit trees. We are in service of individual and collective healing and regeneration, through creating a space for conscious re-connection to self, nature and others. Our main topics of practice are permaculture and natural constructions, forest school, sacred masculinity and femininity, holistic therapy, inner peace, harmonious communities, arts, gift ecology. We are currently renovating our traditional and classic houses, started our permaculture garden in 2011 and built a cob cottage and a straw bale shed in 2013 - 2014. This space is emerging as an activity/educational and living Center.
Months when they accept voulteers: 
May, June, July, August, September, October. (It may be possible to host people throughout the entire year, please check with us).
Volunteer activities: 
Volunteers are welcome to contribute with: renovation of existing buildings, expanding the permaculture garden and food-forest project, building raised beds and hugelkultur, tree planting, cleaning the little forest, forest gardening design, mulching and composting, building solar oven / dryer / glass house; building with wood, cob, straw bales, green roofs, tree houses; building rocket stove and ovens.
Accommodation in tents, camping style. Facilities: solar shower, dry composting toilet, phone / laptop charging, basic internet. Indoor accommodation will be available starting with 2017.
We eat mainly vegetarian meals, including a lot of raw food, using recipes from four continents. All the milk, cheese and eggs come from organic farmers in the village. Drinking water comes from a spring. We eat many seasonal fruits from the area. We don'
A few words about the family: 
We are a group of friends (three families), including children (3 years old +), creating this place together. We alternate living in Gugu with traveling and working in nearby cities.
No. We are frequently visited by rabbits, wild pigs, deers and many birds from the surrounding forests. We often visit our neighbors livestock. Pets are welcome (if they will get along with the local fauna).
Other comments: 

Being in Gugu can be a complex experience. The area where we are is excelent for hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing and caving. We practice all that with joy in our free time or whenever we feel like it. We play guitar and percussion instruments, we love drawing and dancing. We practice several methods of nonviolent communication, conflict transformation, community building and group processes. meditation and therapy. We play with friends and visitors. Often working in the garden, in the orchard or building goes by together with the happiness of being together and connecting with each other on many levels.