Friendly Hospitality House
Description: The workcamp is held for 4th time in a little village of Skalka u Doks in Northern Bohemia in cooperation with a local NGO The Friendly Hospitality House. Its name refers to the ancient tradition of mutual help of pilgrims. They focus on revival of natural, cultural and spiritual heritage and on personal and community development. They own and renovate a traditional rural house which will one day become a facility for pilgrims, neighbours and volunteers. The intention is to create a welcoming cultural and crafts centre. This workcamp aims to restore relations between the place and its inhabitants, both of today and the past, mutual understanding and respect. You have an opportunity to learn about each other s perspectives and to help renovate several culturally significant buildings.
Type of Work: The work will be manual and sometimes demanding, it will take place at several locations. In Skalka u Doks, the tasks can include renovation and cleaning of the house, working in a permacultural garden, and renovation of the municipal fire station. In the nearby village of Borejov, you will clean interior of a church and prepare it for a special St. Jacob s pilgrim mass, clean the cemetery surrounding the church and renovate its wall and tiles under the church s tower. In Bezdez, you will treat the wooden interior of St. Giles church against woodworm. Finally, you will help to renovate a historic log building in a heritage protected area of Zdar. Bring solid work shs, clothes that can get dirty and a raincoat. All the tasks will depend on the current needs and weather.Study part: Getting to know the history of the region from old photos, film screenings and lectures, an organ recital in the Bela church, attending a special Roman Catholic Pilgrim Mass on Sunday 20th July in Borejov, meeting the local permaculture community, learning about farming in harmony with nature - it will be possible to spend one day with the community and take part in their daily program (work activities, discovering their lifestyle). It is possible to organize an international evening with presentations about different countries.
Study Theme: Getting to know the history of the region from old photos, film screenings and lectures, an organ recital in the Bela church, attending a special Roman Catholic Pilgrim Mass on Sunday 20th July in Borejov, meeting the local permaculture community, learning about farming in harmony with nature - it will be possible to spend one day with the community and take part in their daily program (work activities, discovering their lifestyle). It is possible to organize an international evening with presentations about different countries.
Accommodation: In the main building of the traditional house that is under reconstruction, so the conditions are basic. You will sleep on mattresses, but you need to bring your own sleeping bag. There are 2 showers, a washbasin, toilets and an equipped kitchen. You will prepare your own meals as a group; you are invited to prepare a traditional dish from your country when it s your turn in the kitchen. Bring simple recipes from home. For cooking, it is also possible to use the outdoor fireplace.
Requirements: This workcamp is perfect for curious, open-minded and hard-working people or those who are motivated to be. Please get ready to share your experience and opinions.
Approximate Location: A small village of Skalka u Doks (170 inhabitants) and its neighbourhood. The village is located in a Protected Landscape Area near the Macha Lake which is a popular tourist attraction. When we work at more distant places, transport by car will be arranged.Leisure time: Visiting beaches of the Macha Lake, evening activities on the beaches and in the town of Doksy, visiting the Houska and Bezdez castles, hiking in the countryside, mushroom and blueberry picking, a barbecue, a party at a fisherman s cottage on the banks of the Macha Lake with a steamboat cruise at sunset. There will be 2 free days (21st, 27th July) available for one-day trips.
Notes: There is friendly, but big old dog living in the house (it is strictly forbidden to feed it!).
See photos from the 2018 workcamp: goo.gl/1WNqxB