In 2021, some camps are organising camp experiences for you to participate in. We are hopeful that they will be able to go ahead. Camps will follow the local conditions closely, and may have to cancel activities if the local COVID-19 situation forces them to do so. If you have already signed up for a camp-activity you will be informed when this happens. We will update the website also, when such decisions are taken. Please check your own local authority travel advisory to see if you can travel to or return from the camp after the activity. At all times, when at camps, please observe it’s COVID-19 policy (such as wearing masks, social distancing, washing hands, etc). 

Camp Humble Habitat is located in southern Dalarna at zone 5 (growing zone) in a rural area. The area has been exploited by mining companies and clear cutting for centuries. It is time to give back to the ecosystem and walk hand in hand with nature as it regenerates.

The camp is restoring the area through grafting, conscious forestry, gardening, natural building, bio-char production and soil building, to name just a few of the holistic approaches for regeneration at the camp.

Achievements to date

Over the past 1.5 years, the camp has begun the process of regeneration on 13 ha of land. Hundreds of visitors and course participants have contributed to the restoration process. Over 400 trees and other perennials have been established and many more allowed to grow naturally where they previously were not able to do so. Top-soil building has been a main focus and a lot of infrastructure has already been implemented, including four composting toilets, several intensive “gardening areas”, mushroom farms, vineyards, orchards, camping sites and introduction of chickens and rabbits. Everything has been established with a foundation in Permaculture principles.

What to expect at the camp

The heart of the camp is the outdoor kitchen where the barrel oven, grill and fireplace circle create an atmosphere where visitors feel immersed in the landscape and connect directly to it through shared meals and the regenerative projects going on. By the beaver dam you will find a sauna on wheels for personal care and social gathering “after hours”. In the region nearby are several nature reserves, mountain bike trails, hiking, fishing, swimming etc. 

Who is needed

In particular it would be of benefit to have researchers and scientists on the ground helping to quantify the rapid change and succession that is taking place in biodiversity, soil structure, biomass and other quantifiable changes.

Camper opportunities

In collaboration with the organisation “Biotopbyggarna” we held the first camp during September 2021 with the theme “From clear cut to food forest”. 

Every year there are multiple workshops in natural building, tiny house building and many guided tours through the property and surrounding bio-region, as well as gatherings, events and festivals.

Vision and socio economic context

Humble Habitat is a 13 ha off-grid homestead run by David and Eliza Roxendal as a private company. On site are both annual and perennial gardens as well as a forest garden that melts into the surrounding nature and landscape. It is a place for biodiversity, foodscaping and learning by doing. There are many workshops, educational events and celebrations every year to include both neighbours and travellers to the experience. 

Cost to stay and what's included

The introductory event costs 750 SEK per person and includes meals, camping and a 5 day intensive hand-on learning experience. 

The 5-day tiny house workshops run at around 500 EUR per person including camping sites, lunch and coffee breaks.

An AirBnB stay costs approx. 40 EUR per person per night including access to a private fireplace, private composting loo, fresh water, electricity, wifi, wood-fired shower, sauna and lots of room to roam. 

Organising partners

Facilities

Camping (basic – bring your own tent)
Camping (advanced)
Cabins
Homestays with local families|
Sanitation (basic)
Sanitation (advanced)
Cellphone/mobile signal
WiFi
Electricity
Children’s play facilities
Kitchen (basic)
Kitchen (full) – vegetarian
Swimming facilities
Learning centre

Restoration activities

Water retention
Tree planting
Composting
Regenerative entrepreneurialism
Food planting
Community building
Natural building
Fire prevention
Restoration of livelihoods
Cover cropping
Agroforestry
Water retention
Soil restoration
Erosion prevention
Habitat creation
Restoration holidays

Other opportunities for campers

AirBnB
Tiny house building learning
Off-grid solutions
Sauna
Swimming
Hiking
Camping

Latest news from the camp

How to apply

Please complete the form below to express your interest in joining the team at Camp Humble Habitat

What you must do to ensure your own safety at an Ecosystem Restoration Camp

Your safety is very important to us. Most camps are in locations that are completely safe for you to travel to. Some camps are in locations where there is civil unrest, higher levels of crime, or in areas where there could be severe nature events (earthquakes, tornados, vulcanic eruptions). We strongly advise you to check with your national authority’s travel advisory service to see if there are specific travel advisories for the region you are travelling to. We strongly advise you to comply with that travel advisory. If there is a negative travel advisory for the area you plan to go to, we want to impress on you that it is your decision to not heed the warnings and go. ERC can then not be liable in that situation if something happens to you.

Work at camps is usually safe. The camp coordinators make your safety their highest priority too. But you will be working with tools and sometimes even (heavy) machinery. Sometimes the terrain can be slightly treacherous. Heat or cold can become a problem for people at work that do not take the necessary measures to prevent injury from weather conditions. Especially in remote locations, all people at an Ecosystem Restoration Camp will need to watch out for eachother’s safety. For this reason we ask you to also sign our Code of Conduct, through which you commit to contributing to a safe environment at camps for all that are there with you. Take yours and all other camper’s safety seriously! Together, while watching over eachother, we can restore our ecosystems safely and successfully.

Contact us:

info@ecosystemrestorationcamps.org

Stichting Ecosystem Restoration Foundation /
Ecosystem Restoration Camps 2020

Joppelaan 77
7215 AD Joppe
The Netherlands

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