June 16 - 17, 2017
July 2 - 12, 2017
10 day Integrated Self-Sufficiency Course
May through October 2017
Tailor fit courses
If you are a group of 6 - 10 persons, and have the wish to follow a course (1 to 6 days) at Provision,
you can contact us to see if we can fulfill this wish.
10 day Integrated Self-Sufficiency Course
- Towards the Creation of the More Beautiful World
our Heart Knows is Possible -
July 2 - 12, 2017
Lars and Robyn together with the villagers of Alunisu.
Lars and Robyn live since 2009 on their small farm, homestead, smallholding in Alunisu and practice an ever-more-self sufficient lifestyle, especially in regards to food sovereignty on the village level. Before that, they travelled and gained experience on four different continents. Lars has 15 years of experience as a large animal veterinarian, while Robyn has worked as a psychotherapist and musician. The villagers of Alunisu are born with the skills of self sufficiency in their physical surroundings and in their culture and are very willing to share their knowledge with the next generation. They take pride in and are encouraged by the interest of people from all corners of the world who come here to glean knowledge from their experience (you!).
In this 10-day course we will explore ways of interbeing as well as hands-on skills needed to run an agroecological self-sufficient farm, smallholding or homestead. This is Provision's yearly offering for 2017. It will be held at Provision's farm in Hazel Village (Alunisu in Romanian, Magyarokereke in Hungarian), a small community of 100 neighbors on the Eastern Edge of the small Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania, Romania.
This course aims to give participants an integrated experience how to live a self sufficient life that is in balance and peace with one self, ones community and all life on Earth. The course is designed that practical, hands-on skills are learned in a framework of a community/group experience. Here is where the true WellBeing comes in: you will become more clear about the changes you wish to make yourself to have a greater connection with, and through this, a greater influence upon, the world around you.
For the teachings of practical skills we use our own experience, deeply rooted knowledge of local peasants who will also be your teachers and literature of the authors of permaculture, agroecology and self sufficiency.
For the group work, we draw from many holders of wisdom including Marshall Rosenberg who was a great teacher of NonViolent Communication and Joanna Macy who brought forth the Work that Reconnects.
The intention for this course is to have a deep and life empowering experience of self/community/village sufficiency that can radically transform our awareness of who and what we are, why we are alive and what we can do to be of greater service to all of life, while adding a wide range of hands-on skills which will assist you in your day-to-day self sufficient life.
“ This integration of hard- and soft system practical skills is a unique offering in one single course! "
What can you take with you after this 10 day course:
I. Practical Self Sufficiency Skills:
The hands on agroecological peasant knowledge. In this we focus on food and shelter. You will learn how to live a life of food sovereignty and how to build an ecological structure. Among others, these are some of the skills we want to pass on to you:
· Gardening: basic permaculture principles, understanding of the Soil Food Web, Seed Production, planting of kitchen gardens and staple foods.
· Animal husbandry: a holistic approach on care, housing and feeding.
· Food preparation: Cheese, butter, yoghurt, with milk from local village cows and from our own goats; sour dough bread with our six year old home made sour dough culture.
· Food preservation: canning, salting, smoking, drying, fermenting... We live intentionally without a refrigerator, which has toughed us how to preserve food like our grandmothers did (and our neighbors still do!). You will learn to do the same.
· Natural building: making and working with cob and lime. We focus one entire day on these techniques, after which you will be able to build yourself a small chicken house, or your dream home for yourself, it is that simple!
· Working with hay: scything, manually drying, building a traditional Transylvanian haystack.
· Milking: Learn the ABC of milking: you will have possibility to milk our goats by hand and join local peasants to milk their cows (the villagers have one or two cows, which are taken to the common lands during the day and are milked in the peasants barns twice a day)
II. Soft System Skills: increased awareness about yourself, your community and the living Earth.
The "Soft-System" skills are those designed specifically to bring passion, love and care back into our being, our relations, our communities and our world. What we are seeing happening on the edge of evolution is that humanity is moving into a time where self-organization will be valued, and the old model of power-over leadership will be replaced by a new model of power-with leadership based on trust, working together, cooperation. This new style of participatory leadership will include the human capacity to be vulnerable. It will resist the temptation to to things "right" in favor of doing what is possible. Within this new model, we will be better able to take the time we need to pause and to reflect - to slow down! This will allow us to better attend to ourselves, our family members, our communities and the natural world because we will learn, once again, to be deeply empathic, emotionally aware, and use our human creativity in ways that inspire, heal and transcend. As we are transitioning into a new global story with new global systems, we will need a new model for our economy, our "oikos," greek for "house rules." Using the circular economy of the homestead seems an appropriate place to encounter principles that can be extremely meaningful in our largest contexts.
We offer several, mostly shared, rooms and plenty of spots in the orchards for camping. Also the hay barn invites you for a good night of rest (above some ruminating companions). Our sanitary is basic. This means outhouse (compost toilet) and outdoor solar showers. This is challenging for some, while a real treat for others.
We serve healthy farm-style meals with, almost exclusively, local and organic products. Vegetarian is always an option (please let us know before hand if you prefer not to eat meat). Any variations to basic meat or vegetarian diet are challenging for us to cater for, so if you have a specialized diet we advise you to bring whatever you need (Alunisu no store and no ATM so please take care of your shopping before arrival).
For its courses Provision operates on a donation basis. Your donation will be used to improve our chances of transitioning into a more just, sustainable and loving future. For your food and lodging we ask 200 euro for the 10 days. This should be paided in advance and serves as a regestration to hold your place. Your donation for the course can be paid at the end of the course or later by bank transfer. Please contact us for more detailed information.