Forest Garden Transylvania

If you want to learn about sustainable lifestyles in a unique and outstanding natural environment, and if growing, preparing and preserving your own food, breathing fresh air and drinking fresh spring water are important to you, and you want to be involved and experienced in Permaculture design, earth building, woodworking, forest gardening and various other daily activities then you have a unique and rare opportunity here, and we would love to hear from you.

We offer educational participation at very reasonable rates.

Cost full board : £100 a week, £350 a month or £850 for three months

We welcome those of you who are interested in learning and participating

in 'Off grid' living and are happy to work.

Some weekend projects, workshops or events may be available.

Accommodation & Facilities:

You will be staying in a the main building .

The accommodation is clean and simply furnished in twin rooms.

single occupancy may be possible, depending on availability.

Rain water and well water for washing only.

Drinking water is

from a natural spring in the forest.

Wi~Fi in main building.

Mobile signal is usually good.

Insurance is not provided, so we recommend you arrange your own.

Location and local facilities:

Nearest airports: Tirgu Mures, Bacau. Cluj Napoca or Bucharest

Nearest Train Station: Mercurea Ciuc

We are 20km from Miercurea Ciuc and 30km from Odorheiu.

Our nearest village is Vlahita 6km.

We are 800m from the road, down a small stony lane and are among old farmsteads and

woodlands, by pristine forests and diverse landscape. (altitude 850m).

The nearest town Miercurea Ciuc, is about 25 minutes by bus, and has a

Museum, Cafés, restaurants, 'live' venues, P.O, ATM's and a good market.

Our nearest village Vlahita, is 8 minutes by bus, and has thermal swimming pools, restaurants, P.O, shops, ATM's and Internet suite.

The local language is Hungarian and Romanian.

There are wonderful areas close by to explore

Homorod, is about 15 minute bus ride, has a swimming pool,spa, restaurant , basket ball, ski slop, traditional craft shops and horse riding and inside and outside swimming pools..

Harghita mountain top village, 12km away, has 3 ski slopes, husky dog/sled trails, zip wire adventure park. cafés and restaurants.

You will have free time most evenings and weekends.

Group Size.

We can accommodate up to six people.


We have four very beautiful distinct seasons. Summer can reach 30c+ and winter can reach -30c, So we recommend you bring suitable clothing layers for the times of year you stay.

Suggested packing List:

Notebook, pen, pencil, work gloves, waterproof boots, sandals, layered clothing, work clothes,

rain jacket, swimsuit, torch or headlamp, towel,toiletries, medication, musical instruments, art essentials....

If you have any questions or need more information,

Please contact: Nicolette Keizer. (Facilitator)

Email: [email protected]

Tel: (0040)732541984

(0040) 372935117

  If you are interested please complete the application form below.

Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you!

Forest Garden Transylvania


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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.

The 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.

Nicolette 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.

I 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 and beauty.


Forest Garden Transylvania

PO Box 33, Kossuth Lajos No3.

Miercurea Ciuc.Jud Harghita. Romania

Tel:00 40732541984 (0040) 372935117