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What I really loved about Forest Garden was first the people: Torill
and Nicolette are really cool and interesting people, and I liked
them from the moment they met me in the nearby town on my way there.
Then it was the place, the fresh air and stunning scenery; I have
never seen so much life! There were the animals, particularly the
dogs who I really miss playing with! I also loved meeting other
volunteers, I was amazed at the type of people who turned up. And of
course there were the activities I was involved in.
I learnt many new skills, such as how to scythe and make hay, how to
grow food and herbs in better ways, how to live in nature without
mains electricity and water. I learnt about living in community
more, its many joys and occasional challenges. I learnt not to be
afraid to dream big, that if you think of something cool you would
like to do, go ahead see how it can be done and do it! But I guess
overall it was the many little things that counted most, the
richness of my overall experience at Forest Garden. I think it is
these many little things that shape a person and can really make for
a wonderful life! So many heart-felt thanks to Nicolette and Torill,
all the animals, and the truly wonderful nature at Forest Garden.
year I spent at Forest Garden was extremely valuable for me,
both practically and for my well-being. Besides experiencing a
more sustainable way of living in close connection to nature, I also
had the opportunity to live in close connection to members of
the community and to myself. I worked together with others on
various projects (building, decorating, landscaping, gardening), and I
was the language link to the larger community, since I could facilitate
conversation between people speaking Hungarian, Romanian or English
(sometimes even French), and this was valuable experience for my career
as an interpreter.
and Torill demonstrated a high degree of organizing skills and
awareness when planning out the tasks for different projects. They are
some of the most caring people to work with, those who come here always
feel welcome and appreciated. In addition, they encourage people to
express their personal opinion and creativity, so that the various
buildings or designs have a touch of authenticity from every person that
was there at their creation. Their faith and confidence was an
inspiration to me as to what is
possible if you simply start out at it.
I certainly would recommend
living a however small a part of your life at Forest Garden
Transylvania, since it will be an enriching
experience of connecting with nature and with interesting, lovely people.
stayed at Forest Garden with Nicolette and Torill in
August 2011 and I’m very glad to report those days were beautiful and
peaceful. Forest Garden is a haven of peace, a clearing in a forest
where you seem to be suspended out of the rest of the world. Nicolette
and Torill were very welcoming hosts, and they shared their space,
food. thoughts and feelings generously. Somehow the lack of running water and
the very small amount of electricity mattered very little, and it
became natural to collect water from the spring
in the forest, to swim in the pond and to have candlelit evenings. I
remember night-time bonfires and watching the stars, and breathing in
the nature and the peace during the long summer days. I did some cooking, gardening, tiling and pointing, and I
helped making a lot of cob, which was great fun! I would definitely
recommend this place to anyone who is looking for quietness
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