Are you interested in volunteering, living together, sharing knowledge and skills ?
How can you help us?
At the moment we are at the start of our project, so there are countless things we need help with!
We want to dig some ponds and swales. As well as general garden maintainance.
Since the forest is quite steep we create terraces by using the wood from felled trees.
The processing of different herbs, fruits and/or vegetables.
We want to build a proper campsite in the forest like a shelter, fireplace, wood storage etc. Using the materials from the land.
Using living trees we want to make play houses for the children. We would like more children friendly structures.
We would like to make our house beautiful, on one side of the house we want to paint a big tree.
Artists of any kind are very welcome!
Also playing with our son would be a great help.
What Languages can you speak with us?
We speak Austrian (German), Dutch and English.
Simple Spanish as well.
The accommodation we have for our guest
We have a living- and a sleeping house. There is one room where there is a bunk bed. It is possible to camp in the forest. For those camping in the forest we expect that you won’t leave any traces (no garbage etc). We have a 2 cabin tent. In the living house there is a shower and a kitchen.
Our child sleeps in the midday and around 8 PM.
Since people eat different things in the morning we could breakfast together or alone depending on the situation. We bake our own sourdough bread. In the morning we create smoothies. We provide at least 1 warm meal a day. Normally during midday, sometimes in the evening. In the evening, depending on the hunger, we create another meal or we ‘snack’ (eating loose fruits, vegetables and/or nuts)
Note: The only meat ‘in the house’ is for our dogs which stays outside.
We have bicycles. Everything surrounding Mailberg has very little hills, so bicycling is pleasant and there are nice routes.
There is a bus on 5 minute walk that goes every few hours to the next city (Hollabrunn or Laa an der Thaya). The train is by car 15 minute away. We can bring and/or pick you up at the train station.
The train to Vienna is about an hour and to the first city in Czech (Znojmo) about half an hour.
About 1 time per week we go to the next city (Hollabrunn or Laa an der Thaya) (20km) to do some groceries.
Since this is the wine quarter of Austria, there are very good wines found here. Some wine-cellars are open to visitors.
Be aware that the village is a very quiet place that doesn’t have any night life.
We have internet access.
What can you learn?
You will learn to see the interconnection between flora & fauna. You learn about landscaping, forest gardening and how to make the most out of the least input on the long-term (gardening). We can teach about healthy-living and -child raising.
Volunteering hours expected
Maximum 3-5 hours a day, 5 days a week