Sonce Moe (My Sunshine)

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Star Istevnik, Macedonia via
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Maja

Sonce Mije is Macedonia's first WWOOFing community. It began in September, 2010 as a place where people could come together to create art, community and live sustainably. Volunteers have built a solar shower and composting toilet, harvested apples and walnuts, made winter preserves, dreamcatchers, and mobiles. Upcoming projects include building a Turkish bath (amam), a yurt out of cob, installing solar panels and converting an old building on the property into a theatre to put on free performances for the community.

There are two double story barns on the property, one of which has been converted into a chillout area with a layer of blankets over the hay, hammock and a swing and the other of which is used for winter storage. There is a storage shed with a rakia (local plum whiskey) distillery and another for the storage of kitchen utensils and winter preserves, an outdoor sink, and a fireplace area with seating. Additionally there is a greenhouse full of tomato plants, a small plot of land for corn and capsicum/bell pepper plants, and crossing a bridge over the stream and heading up the hill, apple and walnut trees.

Volunteers are invited to bring tools, materials and creative ideas. They can help with existing projects or initiate their own projects. Volunteers with skills in permaculture, ecological building, yoga, meditation, dance, natural healing, or theatre can give workshops. Plumming and carpentry skills are needed for repairs on the buildings. Jewelry making supplies and musical instruments are also good things to bring.

There is no minimum or maximum length of stay but volunteers who stay for four weeks or longer can learn more and accomplish more in creative projects. 

Sonce Moe is located in the village of Star Istevnik, eastern Macedonia, about 170 km east of Skopje. It is a very small village which has just 40 people. Before the community began, foreigners had not visited that region. The closest major town is Delčevo.

The four-bedroom farmhouse can fit up to six people and the open-air loft can fit 10-20 from spring to autumn. A second farmhouse that needs volunteers to help with repairs can host up to 20 people in the winter. Volunteers can also bring their own camping equipment.

Volunteers can visit the farm or find out more information by joining WWOOF independents or get in touch with Maja through her website, www.invitationforadream.blogspot.com.

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People: 
The four-bedroom farmhouse can fit up to six people and the open-air loft can fit 10-20 from spring to autumn. A second farmhouse that needs volunteers to help with repairs can host up to 20 people in the winter. Volunteers can also bring their own camping equipment.
Commitment: 
There is no minimum or maximum length of stay but volunteers who stay for four weeks or longer can learn more and accomplish more in creative projects. Both short-term and long-term volunteers are needed.
Skills: 
Volunteers are invited to bring tools, materials and creative ideas. They can help with existing projects or initiate their own projects. Volunteers with skills in permaculture, ecological building, yoga, meditation, dance, natural healing, or theatre can give workshops. Plumming and carpentry skills are needed for repairs on the buildings. People with skills in solar technology are needed to help install solar panels. Jewelry making supplies and musical instruments are also good things to bring.
Type: 
sustainable living, environmenta, artistic, spiritual
Date: 
2010-09-26 - 2010-10-10
Money: 
Participants naturally cooperate by pooling resources to buy food and take turns going on regular food missions. Donations are welcome and help keep the farm running. They can be monetary or in tools, building supplies, seeds, art supplies, farming equipment, or food. More details about donations can be found at www.invitationforadream.blogspot.com.

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Star Istevnik, Macedonia


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