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Malin's hermitage, educational permaculture farm, Romania
Malin's hermitage, educational permaculture farm, Romania
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Adriana and Philippe, Nr 199, Malin, Bistrita-Nasaud, RO
Climate zone:
Cool Temperate

Basil Laleman Florin Baci Versavia-Maria Ancusa
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Malin's hermitage, educational permaculture farm, Romania

Project Type

Rural, Residential, Demonstration, Educational

Project Summary

Since 2007. Adriana and me, Philippe, are restoring a 8ha farm completely isolated in a wooded valley in northern Romania: forests, pastures and orchards We have a rural touristic lodge with 20 beds and want to become an educational farm in permaculture, self-sufficient for the families who live there and for the visitors . We started to organize P.D.C., workshops of practical ecology and accommodate groups of meditation We have 7 donkeys and organize 5 days hiking trips

Project Description

The hermitage of Malin is an 8ha farm located (300 m above sea level) in a wooded and grazed valley in the north-central of Romania. We started restoration work in 2007
Project: Permaculture educational farm.
Ensure food and energy independence for families who will live there, residents and visitors and the surplus in direct selling self service

1. The farm
Buildings: 20-bed cottage ● large kitchen room - dining room with covered terrace ● another house to restore ● barn 20m x 10m including place for donkeys and the workshop ● two large cellars ● a tepee of 6m ● a 15 M2 platform in a century-old willow

water: many sources, dug pond 2 acres;  harvesting rainwater
electricity: in 2012 plan to install solar panels. Until now no electric current, two generators for the work
firewood : dead wood at will in the forest

vegetable garden of 800 m2 not fully grown until now, each year planting tree seedlings, plant orchards and older


chicken coop

bread oven

2. Public activities
● for 5 years organizing a 5 days trip with donkeys. We have seven donkeys. Essentially foreign public frenchspeaking
● since 2010 we are the first and the only one to organize, in collaboration with the  Université populaire de permaculture of France, a P,D.C. Steve Read directed the first course. Nom Pascal Depienne has taken over.
● in March 2011 we started the monthly workshops of practice ecology. In 2012 the program: two Saturdays a month, bi-monthly workshop ecology  practice: mandala garden, compost Jean Pain, solar cookers and fruit dryers, news of the garden, etc.● a nature camp with young people ● and 3 work sites : children play ground - a cob house of 11 m diameter for workshops and the dojo - a cob cottage on the hill
Further we’d like to organize nature camp for the schools and to make the farm a place of experimentation in ecoconstruction and gardening (nursery, mushrooms, etc.) open to the public: guided walks or not, educational panels, activities with donkeys

3. Meditation place
Philippe has pronounced in 2005 his vows  boddhisattva Zen in France. The hermitage will be open to individuals and groups wishing to engage in meditation or simply people looking for calm

We are currently a couple with a child born in 2008. But Philip is suffering from Parkinson's for several years. Because of the disease, we have to call outside help , For. 2 years ,WWOOF volunteers have come throughout the year to support us. But we seek to form a ecohameau / ecohamlet and therefore partners to share experience


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