Work: Manual work is highly appreciated at the Free Farm. Its agricultural project couldn’t be maintained without volunteers. Most common tasks on an organic farm are: weeding, planting, hoeing, harvesting, cleaning, storing, watering, collecting herbs, etc. The work is usually physically demanding, but it is manageable if we all work together. You can also enjoy fresh air, while working outside. In the autumn, you will help mainly with the harvest, cleaning and storing vegetables, or gardening (e.g. planting trees or bushes). You can also help with preparing herb mixtures. The house and its surroundings are being renovated on regular basis, so some minor construction and renovation works can also be done depending on current needs. Bring good working clothes, solid shoes, and a raincoat. The fields are located within walking distance (app. 500m) from the accommodation.
Study part: Learning about the Camphill movement, Rudolf Steiner’s anthroposophy, living in a community, and biodynamic agriculture. Learning about Czech Republic, each other’s cultures and other related topics. It will also be possible to organize workshops on e.g. bee wax candle making, eurythmy and intuitive pedagogy. If you are interested in organizing an international evening for everyone to present their national cuisine and culture, there will be space for it. It’s up to your initiative. Bring your favourite recipes and some specific ingredients if needed.
Accommodatie en maaltijden
In 1 attic room on mattresses. Bring a sleeping bag! A common room, 2 showers with hot water and 2 toilets are available. Local partner will provide food and vegetables from the farm for cooking (vegetarian diet is possible). You will prepare breakfasts and dinners on your own as a group, lunches will be prepared by all the members of the community with help of volunteers.
Locatie en vrije tijd
Ceske Kopisty – a small village near the historical town of Litomerice. The farm uses 11 hectars of fields; there is a garden and a yard with a couple of animals (a cow, a horse, chicken, ducks, pigs). The area is quite vast – there are 3 residential houses, a candle workshop and a common hall. There are 8 adults, 4 children and 7 people with special needs living there. You might meet around 10 other external co-workers.
Address: Ceske Kopisty 5, 412 01 Terezin
Leisure time: Barbecue with the members of the community, playing football, visiting the local pub, swimming in the river, visiting the nearby Terezin Memorial at the location of the former concentration camp for Jews – the Terezin Ghetto, going for trips to the nature protected area of Ceske Stredohori (historical cities of Litomerice, Usti nad Labem, castles, beautiful countryside) etc.
The workcamp is suitable for people who are interested in farming and learning about the community. Please bring enthusiasm and good mood. As you will stay in the place for people with mental disabilities, there are certain rules you are asked to respect: smoking and consumption of alcohol within the community area are restricted, and it is necessary to respect the privacy and night rest of the inhabitants. Be aware that some members of the community don’t speak English.
You can learn more about the Free Farm on: http://www.svobodny-statek.cz.