Organic Farming in the Centre Tabor
Description: The workcamp is held in the little village of Nova Ves nad Popelkou in Eastern Bohemia in collaboration with the Social Therapeutic Centre Tabor. The mission of the centre is to integrate people with various disabilities into the society, by means of living in a community and working in biodynamic agriculture and craft workshops. They are inspired by Camphill communities. Besides, the centre supports a community life in the village by maintaining folk traditions and customs. The centre is also a training space for educational programs focused on Waldorf pedagogy; various educational events for schools and public take place here. The aim of the workcamp is to help with different construction, renovation and agricultural tasks.
Type of Work: Work: The work in agriculture is done outdoors and is physically demanding for beginners but is beautiful, makes you stronger and healthier. Some jobs will be also less demanding. The tasks will include: cleaning the organic potato field (weeding, removing potato beetles); cutting wood in the forest, collecting herbs in meadows and haymaking; painting and building fences in the garden, removing muck from stables; repairing fences and shelters for animals. It is necessary to bring sun protection (light clothing, a hat) as well as waterproof, fully enclosed shoes and a raincoat.Study part: Workshops on biodynamic agriculture and crafts (working with wool and wood, baking bread and traditional Czech cakes, production of homemade jams); excursion at the local geologist s i workshop on processing of gems. It will be also possible to organize an international afternoon for local children and an evening with Czech folk music and dancing together with the neighbours. If you play any instrument, feel free to bring it.
Accommodation: In a historical wooden cottage, in several rooms with beds (bed linen provided). There are 3 bathrooms, a washing machine, a kitchen with an oven, a common room, and an outdoor fireplace. Three people live in the house on permanent basis. Meals (mainly vegetarian) will be prepared for everyone in the house by a local cook and you can help in the kitchen. You will also have an opportunity to cook for yourselves as a group. Food comes from the local farm and its organic.
Requirements: In the premises of the Centre Tabor (both house and garden) it is not allowed to smoke or drink alcohol. Allergies notice: cats, pollen, hay.Note: This workcamp is perfect for everyone who wants to enjoy peaceful but meaningful experience in the countryside, discover local history and traditions, and learn more about organic farming.
Approximate Location: Nova Ves nad Popelkou (650 inhabitants) i Social Therapeutic Centre Tabor. It is located on the edge of Nature Protected Area of Bohemian Paradise. A nearby town of Lomnice nad Popelkou is about 4km far away. The historical town of Jicin is 20km away.Leisure time: It will be up to you i there are many options: e.g. trips both on foot and by train (Tabor observation tower, ruins of Kumburk and Bradlec castles, Bohemian Paradise rock town - all-day trip), swimming, playing games, having a campfire, visiting local beekeeper and other craftsmen (wooden toys and musical instruments, home-made cosmetics), visiting museums in nearby towns etc.