Practical work

Nearest beach

Summer kitchen

Sabine Engelhardt

Camping area

Strawbale cabin

Geodesic dome

Delicious food




Volunteering: Permaculture in Practice
available from 6th April-20th October, duration 1-4 weeks

This is an invitation to immerse yourself in Permaculture from head to toe! Spending time at Gea Viva, our island eco retreat camp, is a chance to experience true eco living, get hands-on experience in Permaculture and make a meaningful contribution to what is happening here at Gea Viva.

You will experience life in balance with natural ecosystems and how to make the world a greener place.

More about the programme
According to the season, you will be able learn about dry-stone walling, tree and site maintenance, gardening, cooking vegetarian meals when we host bigger groups, harvesting herbs, eco building and preparing products for sale (soaps, massage oils, balms, seasoned and bath salts, tinctures).

If you are happy to work four hours of your time per day (Mondays to Saturday mornings, Sundays are off), you are welcome to join us for a period between one to four weeks. Accommodation is in tents, and if you do not have your own, we can provide one for you including matts. The financial contribution for "Permaculture in Practice" is 7 Euros a day in your own tent and 8 Euros a day in a hire tent.

You will get

The Venue
Gea Viva is an eco retreat camp in a tranquil olive grove, 15 minutes’ walk from the sea and the harbour village Milna on the beautiful Croatian island Brač.

Being completely off-grid, our 1.35 ha site is designed according to Permaculture principles, featuring a geodesic dome, a greenwood pavilion, compost toilets, solar showers, solar energy, a strawbale evo cabin, a cosy Summer kitchen, a giant mosaic dragon and a stone circle. We have two cats, a dog and a donkey, 175 olive trees, 150 young fruit trees, a vegetable garden and also grow medicinal herbs. At Gea Viva, it is essential to use water frugally as we have very dry Summers and only have water from our rain water tank. Please note that alcohol and drugs are not allowed on site.
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Sabine Engelhardt is an eco architect, joiner and geomancer, who is the innitiator of the Gea Viva project. She has designed the site according to permaculture principles and has built most structures on site, with friends and volunteers. Having lived close to nature for the last six years, Sabine has also constructed her own tiny eco strawbale house, which you can see on site. Sabine has been cultivating the connection with the unseen layers of the Earth for many years, known as sacred permaculture.
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To secure your place on this programme, please pay a deposit of 100 Euros at the time of your registration. Payments are by bank transfer in Croatian Kunas (HRK) or in Euro or in cash. If the fee due is less than 100 Euros, we will refund the remainder to you on your departure.

For cancellations up to one month in advance the agreed arrival day, we will deduct a handling fee of 50 Euros, and return the remainder of the deposit to you. For cancellations later than one month of your arrival date, the deposit is non-returnable.


Food and practicalities
We have a fully equipped kitchen on site, and will prepare vegetarian meals jointly. If you have special dietary requirements, please let us know in the registration form.
Please note that alcohol and drugs are not allowed on site.

The village Milna has grocery shops, restaurants, bars, cash points, a currency exchange, a doctor and a post office.

Getting there
The nearest city is Split, which can be reached by plane, ferry, rail, coach and car. From there you can catch a passenger ferry directly to Milna on Brac or travel via Supetar with the car ferry (more frequent). Milna is also serviced by a ferry from Dubrovnik, Mljet, Korcula and Hvar.
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What to bring
Please bring working clothes, sturdy shoes, a sun hat, sunscreen and a towel.

Enquire here, if you have questions, please contact Sabine Engelhardt, , tel + 385 99 749 3711.

Gea Viva is a beautiful place where you can learn to live with nature! People I met there were very kind :) I learnt so many things thanks to Sabine. We built an eco-cabin with straw bales and it was very interesting. Moroever, Brac island is such a nice spot to camp!
Jerome, France

I had a great time a Gea Viva. Sabine was a terrific host. Brac is unlike any landscape I have ever seen and there were plenty of beaches within walking distance from camp. I would definitely recommend Gea Viva.
Garrett, US

The Gea Viva camp and Sabine hosted us for a week and we had a great time! The food was excellent: freash fish, fruits and vegetables, good coffee, awesome! Sabine is also a really good host, we had great discussions about everything, she is really a wonderful woman, full of spirit and talent. The camp has a really good way of thinking, in harmony with nature and soul. It is perfect to relax and have a break from the stressful city life. The beach is only at 20 mins walk from the camp, really peaceful. You have another one a bit more far away (40 min), really beautiful. We really appreciated our stay! Thanks again Sabine!
Marie-Philippe, Canada